Berry College Eagle Expert and Biology Professor Renee Carleton will host a live chat at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 5. She will discuss our eagle family and take questions through email and twitter.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Unsure what to get your sweetheart this Valentine's Day? Nothing is the wrong answer.
An Associated Press-WE tv survey found only 17 percent of adults in committed relationships say they don't want a gift this Friday or are skipping the holiday.
Flowers and candy top the list of preferred gifts. But there are those who want something pricey like a car, jewelry or a vacation, and others who'd be fine with a teddy bear.
About a third say they'd most like to have intangibles such as time together, health or happiness.
Overall, the survey found that Cupid's arrow hits the target for most Americans.
Two-thirds of paired-off adults feel their relationships are perfect or nearly so. A scant 3 percent think their partnerships have serious problems.
All told, 68 percent of Americans are in committed relationships of some kind, and 11 percent aren't currently coupled but would like to be. Seventeen percent say they aren't seeking a relationship.
In this love-struck society, Valentine's Day holds strong appeal. About 6 in 10 say they're excited about Feb. 14, while a third say they feel more dread about the approaching onslaught of candy, flowers and dimly lit restaurants. Apprehension isn't limited to the lonely: Even 11 percent of those who say they are in a great relationship dread Valentine's Day.
Contrary to stereotypes, men are just as excited as women about Valentine's Day. In a more expected finding, men are more likely than women to say they're hoping for sex as a gift Friday (10 percent among men, 1 percent among women). Women are more apt to wish for flowers (19 percent vs. 1 percent among men). The survey found no significant gender differences on jewelry, chocolate or teddy bears.
A notable generational divide emerged on the gift front: Americans age 65 or older are more likely to say they'd like a card or note this Valentine's Day (17 percent of seniors want a card; just 1 percent under age 30 say that's their gift of choice). Perhaps there's a lesson for the young: Seniors are also most apt to say their relationships are perfect and to see time spent with their partner as a key benefit of their relationship.
The poll, conducted by GfK Public Affairs and Corporate Communications, also explored how Americans find partners and how they prioritize pairing off vs. other life goals.
For the 11 percent of Americans currently trying to find a committed relationship, there are all kinds of tools available to help. But traditional methods — asking out someone you know or having friends set you up on a date — outpace technological ones. Forty-one percent have used an online dating service, while 19 percent have tried an app that connects them to people nearby.
Overall, about half of adults say getting married or finding a romantic partner are important life goals, while more than two-thirds consider saving for retirement, owning a home or success in a career their most important or a very important goal.
For those who've found love and feel their relationship could use a little work, 75 percent are willing to make a great deal of effort or more to fix those problems. Three percent say they're unwilling to work on their issues. Most of those, 72 percent, who see any kind of problem in their relationship attribute it to both partners equally. One in 6 says blame lies mostly with his or her partner. The bigger the problem, the more apt one is to blame a partner. Among those who say their relationships have only minor problems, 9 percent blame their partner, compared with 26 percent who report bigger issues.
One in 8 accepts the blame for any relationship problems. That peaks among married men, 21 percent of whom say their relationship flaws are their own fault, compared with just 5 percent among married women who see trouble in their relationships.
And what vexes Americans' relationships most? More than 4 in 10 of those who say there are problems in their current relationship cite issues with their sex lives, communication, romance or finances. Those in unmarried couples were generally more apt to see problems than married people, except for two areas: sex life and romance.
The poll was conducted in conjunction with WE tv ahead of the launch of the show "Marriage Boot Camp," from Jan. 17-21 using KnowledgePanel, GfK's probability-based online panel designed to be representative of the U.S. population. It involved online interviews with 1,060 adults and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.9 percentage points for the full sample.
Respondents were first selected randomly using phone or mail survey methods and were later interviewed online. People selected for KnowledgePanel who didn't otherwise have access to the Internet were provided with the ability to access the Internet at no cost to them.
AP News Survey Specialist Dennis Junius contributed to this report.
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NEW YORK (AP) — The bloodhound drew the loudest cheers. The Portie came with presidential connections. And the Irish water spaniel tried to earn another win for Seattle in the Super Bowl — of dogs, that is.
A little wire fox terrier called Sky stood in their way.
The 5-year-old Sky won best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club on Tuesday night, finishing off a season in which she was ranked the nation's No. 1 dog.
Handler Gabriel Rangel scooped up Sky in one arm after she was picked as America's top dog. He kissed judge Betty Regina Leininger's hand as the title was awarded inside a nearly full Madison Square Garden.
Rangel may've learned that trick from his dog.
"Her personality is she loves to kiss people and she connects with everybody," Rangel said.
This was Sky's 129th best in show ribbon overall — she became a Triple Crown winner in dogdom, having previously taken the National Dog Show and the AKC Eukanuba event.
And it was the 14th time a wire fox terrier has won at Westminster. No other breed has won more than eight.
The winner with the ginger-and-white coat and terrier goatee beat out an impressive lineup in the final ring. Joining Sky were a standard poodle, a Cardigan Welsh corgi and a miniature pinscher, along with the bloodhound, Portuguese water dog and Irish water spaniel.
"She has the 'it' factor. She owned this night," Leininger said.
The standard poodle named Ally was chosen as the runner-up.
Sky sat still backstage alongside the prized silver bowl after the biggest win in her career. By the weekend, the pooch might be pooped.
Sky was scheduled to tour the morning TV news shows Wednesday, eat a steak lunch at famed Manhattan restaurant Sardi's and also go up the Empire State Building.
And on Thursday night, she's set for her Broadway debut with a walk-on part in the Tony Award-winning musical "Kinky Boots."
Neat treats for a dog with the champion's name of Afterall Painting The Sky. A special time for all those around her, too.
"It's like winning an Oscar," said Victor Malzoni Jr., one of the owners who is an economist from Brazil.
There were 2,845 dogs entered in the 138th Westminster Kennel Club show. They were eligible in 190 breeds and varieties.
Nathan the bloodhound was clearly the crowd's choice as all seven dogs circled around in the final ring. The min pin called Classie had won 121 times.
And Matisse the Portie had a great history. He is a cousin of President Barack Obama's newest house pet — the White House, that is.
But once again, a terrier prevailed. Terriers have taken 46 of the 105 best in show ribbons presented at an event that dates to the late 19th century.
Rangel, who lives with Sky in Rialto, Calif., has plenty of experience in winning. He guided Sadie the Scottish terrier to victory at Westminster four years ago.
This time, it was Sky's turn.
"She's a princess," he said.
The Cherokee County Board of Education, during its Tuesday, Feb. 4 meeting, adopted a resolution proclaiming February 2014 as Career and Technical Education Month.
Cherokee County residents continued the slow process of thawing out late last week after a fast-moving surprise winter blast blanketed the area with snow in the late morning and early afternoon hours Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 28.
ROME, Ga. – The Rome Symphony Orchestra principals and Berry College music faculty will play together at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Ford Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public.
Rome, Ga. — Guest pianist Dr. Charles Asche will present a solo piano performance at Shorter University on Monday, Feb. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in Brookes Chapel.
If you are tired of this winter weather, Georgia's own General Beau Lee has some good news for you.
As the nation continues to commemorate the American Civil War (1861 – 1865), the 6th Cavalry Museum will host a lecture series on Saturdays in February at the Catoosa County Library’s community room from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Birmingham, AL. (January 31, 2014) — As severe winter weather begins to subside, the American Red Cross is asking all eligible blood and platelet donors to help offset a weather-related shortfall in donations.
The Paradise Garden Foundation (PGF) will host a reception at the Paradise Garden Visitor Center from 6 p.m. till 8 p.m. this Saturday, Febuary 1st. This reception, free to the public will spotlight the newest exhibition, The Arts of Life: Traditional Craft in Chattooga County, at the Paradise Garden Visitor Center. The Center, completed just this past year will showcase many items that were done by locals of the county that show the world just how vibrant Chattooga County has been in the arts.
“You have the fishery, but you don’t have the facilities right now. That is not a bad thing. Everybody has got to start somewhere, but it is obvious that you have the people who want that.”
The Cherokee County Commission met on Jan. 12, 2013 at 9 a.m. for a planning session.
The line up for the CounterPoint Music & Arts Festival that will take place April 25-27 at Kingston Downs has been announced. Among the artists headlining the show includes Outkast, Pretty Lights and Foster the People.
University of Alabama senior student and Crimson Tide football team equipment manager AJ Starr spent his Christmas break in Centre. He was glad to be back home for the holidays, but part of him yearned to be on the sideline with the team he loves, wishing he could help the Tide earn another national championship.
SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (Jan. 9, 2014) – Live-streamed video of Georgia’s best-known bald eagles can now also be seen on the website of Georgia’s best-known wildlife agency.
CARTERSVILLE, GEORGIA – In January 2014, Booth Western Art Museum is opening two new exhibitions featuring the art of two female artists. Georgia artist Susan K. Friedland’s exhibit Windows of the Soul: A Portrait of America by Susan K. Friedland opens January 7, 2014 in Borderlands Gallery and will run through April 6, 2014. On January 16, 2014, Donna Howell-Sickles, who is among the most recognized women artists in the West, will open her exhibit Taking the Reins! The Art of Donna Howell-Sickles in the Booth’s Temporary Exhibition Gallery and it will remain on view through April 27, 2014.
Rome, Ga. — Mezzo-soprano Cynthia Wohlschlager will join Shorter University assistant professor of music Dr. Jerico Vasquez, on piano, for an evening of music on Monday, Jan. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Brookes Chapel.
Park Ranger Larry Beane will present “Trail of Tears: The Benge Route” at Little River Canyon Center on Saturday January 11, 2014, from 2 to 3 PM. The survivors of the Benge Detachment of the Trail of Tears arrived in Indian Territory 175 years ago, on January 11, 1839. The presentation will include a discussion about the people who left here and a short video about the Cherokee Removal.
Millions of fans mourned the passing of one of the great legends of country music this past Dec. 16 when Ray Price died. For one local musician and businessman, it hit on a more personal level as his father, also a musician, was not only colleagues with Price, but was also a good fishing buddy.
They came with their floats, wagons, fire trucks and more as a community joined together once again for the 13th Annual Rock Run Christmas Parade held Saturday, Dec. 21.