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'Alt-right,' 'troll' and 'dog whistle' among new entries added to Merriam-Webster dictionary

More than 250 new words have been added to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, from old terms now imbued with political meaning - like "dog whistle" - to newer portmanteaus like "froyo." It's the second batch of words to be added this year to the online dictionary, which frequently expands as the Englis

SUWANNEE DEMOCRAT - 2017-09-19 11:53:00

Attorneys general in Appalachia pressure, sue health insurers over opioids

HUNTINGTON, W. Va. - The nation's advancing opioid epidemic has officials and lawmakers in the most impacted states taking on the entities they deem responsible for skyrocketing drug addiction and overdose numbers. Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear and West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Mor

SUWANNEE DEMOCRAT - 2017-09-19 19:55:00

Pet may help kid grow up, senior stay healthy

Furry friends can play a significant role in the lives of pet owners. Research verifies the old saying, "Dogs are man's best friend." For a long time, studies have shown that growing up with a pet encourages social skills and self-esteem in kids. Dogs and cats generally provide a higher level of int

SUWANNEE DEMOCRAT - 2017-09-19 19:30:00

VIDEO: Implosion brings down boilers at Plant Branch

After thick dark clouds of dust cleared the air from Saturday's implosions at Georgia Power Company's Plant Branch, the impact of a series of blasts there was obvious as shown in this particular photograph. The majority of what was once known as Georgia Power Company's Plant Harllee Branch no longer

SUWANNEE DEMOCRAT - 2017-09-19 18:00:00

Irma interferes with Cherokee Lake drainage project

THOMASVILLE - Cherokee Lake is being drained to make way for repairs and improvements to the Covington Avenue park. The lake contained about 30 percent of its full capacity of water until Tropical Storm Irma blew through last week, dumping rain into the now-visible lake bed. The pump removing the wa

SUWANNEE DEMOCRAT - 2017-09-19 16:59:00

Environmental, outdoor groups vow to fight national monument reductions

Environmental and outdoor recreation groups threatened Monday to sue if President Donald Trump adopts Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's leaked proposal to alter nearly a dozen national monuments, while grazing, fishing and other groups welcomed the recommendations. Zinke's plan to reduce the size of a

SUWANNEE DEMOCRAT - 2017-09-19 12:01:00

Texas House Speaker Straus faces possible GOP censure

AUSTIN - Texas House Speaker Joe Straus won a number of high-profile legislative battles in this year, but fellow Republicans are now passing no-confidence resolutions aimed at removing him from his leadership role. Ray Myers, chair of the Kaufman County Tea Party, said 50 Texas county GOP organizat

SUWANNEE DEMOCRAT - 2017-09-19 21:00:00

Grand jury indicts inmates in murders of officers

EATONTON - A Putnam County grand jury has indicted a pair of Georgia prison inmates in connection with the June 13 shooting deaths of two state corrections officers during an escape from a state prison transport bus. Grand jurors returned a six-count indictment Monday against Ricky Allen Dubose and

SUWANNEE DEMOCRAT - 2017-09-19 19:23:00

In UN speech, Trump calls Kim Jong Un 'Rocket Man' and threatens to 'totally destroy North Korea'

NEW YORK - President Donald Trump on Tuesday warned the United Nations that the world faces "great peril" from gathering threats posed by rogue regimes with powerful weapons and terrorists with expanding reach across the globe, issuing a call to fellow leaders to join the United States in the fight

SUWANNEE DEMOCRAT - 2017-09-19 15:04:00

State's first lady planting seeds on elementary school tour

DALTON, Ga. - Sandra Deal has been Georgia's first lady since her husband Nathan Deal's election as governor in 2010, but she is still an educator at heart. Sandra Deal made a tour through several Whitfield County and Murray County elementary schools on Monday, reading to students on such themes as

SUWANNEE DEMOCRAT - 2017-09-19 14:33:00

VSU volleyball tops West Georgia

Four Valdosta State volleyball players registered double-digit kills, Sara Dandridge finished with 40 assists and Sydney Chick had 24 digs as the Blazers downed the West Georgia Wolves 3-1 (25-22, 25-17, 25-14, 25-11) at The Complex on Saturday afternoon. Tristyn Sells, Katie McInnis and Lindsey Rob

SUWANNEE DEMOCRAT - 2017-09-19 13:00:00

Experts: Pleasant weather expected for Southeast, but residents should watch out for Maria

VALDOSTA, Ga. - Much of the Southeast this week can expect sunny skies and warmer temperatures that feel more like summer after feeling the effects of Harvey and most recently taking a beating from Irma. However, there's another hurricane looming on the horizon that those in the nation's southern st

SUWANNEE DEMOCRAT - 2017-09-18 22:00:00

After single payer failed, Vermont embarks on a big health care experiment

John Graves lives in a South Burlington, Vermont, apartment building that is part of a program that provides housing for formerly homeless people. It also helps them obtain medical care. Doug Greenwood talks with nurse care coordinator Anne-Marie Lajoie at Cold Hollow Family Practice in Enosburg Fa

SUWANNEE DEMOCRAT - 2017-09-18 15:45:00

Scientists are unraveling the mystery of your body's clock - and soon may be able to reset it

For people who don't get sleepy until 2 a.m., the buzz of an alarm clock can feel mighty oppressive. Relief may be on the horizon, thanks to the discovery this spring of a genetic mutation that causes night-owl behavior. Whether you're a night owl or a morning lark rising effortlessly each day with

SUWANNEE DEMOCRAT - 2017-09-18 18:30:00

US Ag Secretary Perdue examines fields damaged by Irma

MOULTRIE, Ga. -- It's been more than a half decade since former Gov. Sonny Perdue gave his last state of the state address. On his return to Georgia on Friday as U.S. secretary of agriculture, he found that the state's farmers could be in a potentially perilous state due to Tropical Storm Irma's Mon

SUWANNEE DEMOCRAT - 2017-09-18 18:26:00

Cafe Central provides food, shelter to evacuees

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - When Hurricane Irma passed through the Caribbean and north into Florida, Georgia and Alabama, the storm's impact reached far outside its destructive wake. As millions of Florida and coastal Georgia residents fled their homes late last week and into the weekend, hotels, gas stat

SUWANNEE DEMOCRAT - 2017-09-18 18:00:00

UPDATED: 2 Oklahoma officers shot while serving warrant, suspect in custody

CHICKASHA, Okla. - Two Oklahoma police officers were shot while serving a search warrant Sunday afternoon. Alex Warren Klinger, 61, was taken into custody following the incident Sunday. "The police went to serve a warrant and quickly gunfire erupted," said Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Pub

SUWANNEE DEMOCRAT - 2017-09-18 16:45:00

Upcoming banquet helps benefit families and children

DALTON, Ga. - Sally Knox, a board member for the Women's Enrichment Center in Dalton, said many of the women the center serves are not there because of a crisis, but more because of not being prepared for a pregnancy and what comes next. "They are not prepared financially," she said. "We want to hel

SUWANNEE DEMOCRAT - 2017-09-18 14:55:00

Broadrick steps down from state House

Bruce Broadrick talks with children at the Whitfield County-Dalton Day Care Center after reading to them. Broadrick recently stepped down from the state House of Representatives, citing health reasons.Matt Hamilton/Daily Citizen-News DALTON, Ga. - Bruce Broadrick says he very much wanted to finish h

SUWANNEE DEMOCRAT - 2017-09-18 14:54:00

Autumn Artfest reception rescheduled for Friday

LIVE OAK - The Autumn Artfest was delayed once again by Hurricane Irma. But with power now restored to the majority of Suwannee County and Live Oak, including the Suwannee River Regional Library's Live Oak branch, the reception will now be held Friday from 5-7 p.m. at the library. The awards present

SUWANNEE DEMOCRAT - 2017-09-18 14:54:00