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Holiday Organizing Tip #6 - Pare Down the Decorations

Holiday Organizing Tip #6 - Pare Down the Decorations

When you put out your Christmas decorations, do you have a few lone items that can’t seem to find a home?  Don’t let them just live in a box year after year, get rid of them! Donate them to Goodwill or a local women’s shelter. Share the holiday spirit with others and keep your valuable storage space available for the items you truly love!

 

NORAD: No fighter escorts for Santa this year

NORAD: No fighter escorts for Santa this year

As it has every year since 1955, the North American Aerospace Defense Command will be tracking Santa on his whirlwind journey to deliver presents to all the good little boys and girls around the world.

But he won't be escorted by armed fighter jets.

When NORAD recently launched its yearly online Santa tracker, the site featured a video showing the jolly old elf being escorted by U.S. fighter jets "bristling with missiles," as the Boston Globe put it.

That caused a minor earthquake in the Twitterverse about why Santa would need an armed escort. The answer: Russia.

But a NORAD spokesman confirmed to Military Times that the "missiles" are actually fuel tanks.

Holiday Organizing Tip #3 - Edit the Master Calendar

Holiday Organizing Tip #3 - Edit the Master Calendar

The holidays can be extremely busy times. When making your master family Holiday calendar, consider which events are “Must attends” like your daughter’s band concert, which are “Would be nice to attend” like the town Christmas parade and which are “I would rather have a root canal than attend” like your neighbor’s annual open house. If there are events that you can edit out of your schedule with gentle excuses, you will make the holidays more about spending time with the people you love doing things you love to do.

 

Creative ideas for Thanksgiving leftovers

Thanksgiving dinner doesn't have to end when you pass out on the couch from too much food. Gillian Pensavalle (@GillianWithaG) has some ideas for what to do with all of those leftovers.

Thanksgiving: A time to celebrate family dysfunction?

Thanksgiving: A time to celebrate family dysfunction?

By Sharon Jayson, USA TODAY

Getting together for Thanksgiving may bring to mind turkey, football and of course, giving thanks.

But Thanksgiving in the USA also seems to have become a time to celebrate (and vent about) our dysfunctional families.

Benefit race at Cochran Motor Speedway

Benefit race at Cochran Motor Speedway

Friday and Saturday feature the Second Annual Arlene Pittman Memorial Thanksgiving Race at Cochran Motor Speedway. That's on November 29 and 30.

Friday's events:
Complete Late-Model Feature Event
Admission: 
Grandstands: $10
Pits: $25
Children 6-12
Grandstands: $5, Pits $10,

Children 5 and under are free.

Saturday:

Six Complete Feature Events
Admission:
Grandstands: $15
Pits: $35
Children 6-12:
Grandstands: $5
Pits: $10
Children 5 and under are free. 

Twiggs library remains open, funding uncertain

Twiggs library remains open, funding uncertain

By Kristen Swilley

The grand opening and closing of the $1.5 million Twiggs County Library has left some people with unanswered questions about what caused the developments in the first place.

Today, none of the officials wanted to appear on camera.

But they did provide 13WMAZ with a copy of the library's budget for the first four months of 2013, when the facility was located in a temporary building, which was really just a storefront.