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PERRY BUCHANAN: Understanding your caloric calculation

HEALTH AND FITNESS: Successful weight management is a result of proper caloric balance

Pretty much all weight loss diets cause a reduction in calorie intake. Many people get frustrated though, because they get the math wrong when calculating their individual needs.

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MANDY FLYNN: A doggone ugly cry

FEATURES COLUMNIST: TV crying just not the real thing

The tears have been flowing around here. And it ain’t been pretty. Not pretty. Not pretty at all.

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MARY BRASWELL: May 1974 in Albany and Southwest Georgia.

HISTORY: In May 1974, gas prices were up to 58 cents per gallon.

In May 1974, Richard Nixon was still the president, unemployment was down to five percent and gas prices were climbing.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Shawn Mendes wows teen, tween crowd at Wild Adventures

OPINION: Teen pop star provides his own accompaniment at Valdosta show

Canadian singing sensation Shawn Mendes draws the adoring shrieks of teens and tweens during his Wild Adventures performance.

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JULIE WELLS: Enjoy the flavor of hot wings without the mess

THE RECIPE BOX: Buffalo Chicken Casserole

If you love hot wings, but hate the mess that comes with eating hot wings, then today’s recipe should make you happy.

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RONDA RICH: Jim Lofton one of the great ones

THE DIXIE DIVA: Coach Lofton touched many lives during his life

I saw coaches, roaring like lions on the sidelines or in the locker rooms, become gentle lambs at the appropriate time when a player’s personal life called for compassion. I saw them take fatherless boys and rebellious ones and guide them onto the path of respectability. I watched them make a difference when the rest of the world turned a blind eye.

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EDDIE SEAGLE: A different choice for landscaping

GEORGIA CLIPPINGS: A weekly look at home gardens and landscapes

Ornamental grasses offer an alternative to traditional landscaping choices and bring forward a new approach in landscape ideology.

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LORAN SMITH: Rocking relics of days gone by

FEATURES COLUMNIST: Slower paced travel reveals beauty of Georgia

Whenever I travel our beautiful state, I am seduced emotionally by the rural scenes. You can’t get that on the interstate, which is overrun by haulers of all descriptions; vacationers with storage bins on their roofs; pickups with oversized tires, rifle racks, and a NRA sticker on the bumper; and cars with tags that say Michigan, Wisconsin, and Canada, some of whom display bumper stickers saying “Regulate Firearms.”

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MICHAEL LOMAX: 'Tomorrowland' belongs to the children

FILM COMMENTARY: Films plot makes sense, but loses a little gas two-thirds of the way through

Casey Newton (Britt Robertson) is a brilliant teenager who runs afoul of the law after disarming demolition drills at a Cape Canaveral launch pad. In the process, she attracts the attention of the mysterious Athena (Raffey Cassidy), and after being ensnared by visions of a futuristic fantasy world, Casey goes on the run with former boy-genius Frank Walker (George Clooney) to return to the world of their dreams.

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SUZANNE WILLIAMS: Conservation key to preserving precious water

OPINION: One day without water is a wake-up call

Only about 1 percent of the water on Earth is fresh water fit for human consumption. It is a precious commodity that must be preserved.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Whispers of life as it used to be

FAITH COLUMNIST: Country cemeteries testaments to less mobile society

A country cemetery whispers of continuity and eternity in ways that modern burial places cannot replicate.

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PERRY BUCHANAN: Determining your daily caloric needs

HEALTH & FITNESS: Just as watts measure electrical energy, calories measure heat energy

Whether you want to maintain, gain, or lose weight, you need to start by determining your caloric maintenance.

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MANDY FLYNN: Innocent comments can cause fear

FEATURES COLUMN: Brother steps up to the plate

I will never again say someone is so adorable I could eat them up. I will respect the fact that some of the innocent, sweet intentioned things we say and do to little children might just be traumatizing them.

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MICHAEL LOMAX: 'Mad Max: Fury Road' packs furious feminist punch

FILM COMMENTARY: Mad Max update sets bar for franchise sequels this summer

Starring Tom Hardy as the title character and introducing Charlize Theron as one-armed warrior woman Furiosa, the latest installment in director George Miller’s game-changing action series is every bit as innovative and wild as the original “Mad Max” in 1979.

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RONDA RICH: Enough to bury me

THE DIXIE DIVA: My people spent their lives toiling, looking forward to heavenly rest

When someone died in our church or community, two questions would always be asked. First came, “What ‘kilt’ him?” and then, “Did he have enough to bury him?”