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11 Reasons to Keep Georgia on Your Mind


is located about 11 miles southwest of Folkston and was established in 1937 to preserve the 438,000 acre Okefenokee Swamp. Encompassing about 403,119 acres, this place will have you mystified. Photo courtesy of Georgia Department of Economic Development.

Freddie C. Bailey


He was born in Birmingham, AL. but spent most of his life in Florida and South Georgia. Jacksonville has been home for the last 50-plus years. Freddie graduated from high school in Folkston, GA, then joined the Air Force where he served as crew chief on ...

Georgia's rural hospitals continue to deteriorate


As a result, hospitals in Georgia's rural areas have continued to shut their doors. Among the most recent facilities to do so: Charlton Memorial Hospital in Folkston, which closed in August 2013. Patients have suffered due to the closing. Some patients in ...

Family wants body of service dog back after alleged wrongful euthanasia


They are asking for her body back but aren’t sure if that will happen. “Her along with several other dogs had been shipped to Folkston Georgia to a landfill,” said JoAnn Williams. Action News reached out to county officials, who said, “The body was ...

When it comes to cornbread, some prefer sweet and others like savory


“You’d have cornbread with every meal cause it filled you up.” In Folkston, Ga., Stefany Lovett, owner of the catering company Lovett Creationz, said cornbread is still a must for her family. They don’t have it every night, but she believes she ...

FBI seeking Folkston, Ga. bank robbery suspect


FOLKSTON, Ga. -- The FBI is asking for your help identifying and finding a man suspected of robbing a bank in Folkston at gunpoint Friday morning. The suspect may have even called in threats to nearby schools beforehand to distract authorities from the ...

Folkston native, former Georgia Bulldog Champ Bailey retires from NFL


Champ Bailey, a Folkston, Ga. native, and one of the best defensive backs to play in the NFL, has decided to retire from the league his agent said Tuesday. Jack Reale, told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, that Bailey planned to retired instead of trying to ...

Tesheka Campbell, Of Folkston, Georgia, Missing, Car Found


Tesheka Campbell missing persons case: Georgia police are searching for a Charlton County woman who vanished on Monday. FCN-12 is reporting tonight that Tesheka Maria Campbell’s car was found abandoned but Tesheka, whom friends and family refer to as ...

Georgia Looks To Reopen Some Closed Hospitals As ERs


An ambulance races down an empty street in Folkston, Ga., population about 5,000. It bypasses Charlton Memorial Hospital, makes a sharp right turn and speeds to an emergency room 40 miles away. Why? Because Charlton Memorial Hospital has been closed since ...

Georgia's 'Folkston Funnel' a mecca for train lovers


FOLKSTON, Ga. — Alerted by the crackling voice of an unseen dispatcher, two devoted rail fans spring into action. All aboard: Nearly every freight train from the eastern half of the country passes through Folkston, making it a train lover's mecca.




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6 Tips for Managing Portion Size

Eating healthy is about enjoying your food while also managing portion size. Most people eat and drink more than their bodies need especially when they are served larger portions. So, choosing smaller portions to begin with is important for maintaining your overall health and well-being.

Here are some tips to help you manage your portion size:

  1. Measure out 1 cup, 1/2 cup, or 1 ounce of some different foods onto the bowls, glasses, cups, and plates you usually use to see what these portion sizes look like on them.
    Remember:
    • 1/2 cup = light bulb
    • 1 cup = baseball
    • 1 oz. or 2 tbsp. = golf ball
    • 3 oz. of chicken or meat = deck of cards
    • 3 oz. fish = checkbook
  2. Eat you meals on a smaller plate. The smaller your plate, the smaller your portion.
  3. Finished your plate but think you’re still hungry? Wait 10 minutes before going back for seconds. You might not want them after all. If you do go back for seconds, aim for the same balance you had with your first serving and start with veggies.
  4. When ordering at a restaurant, ask for a take-home container as soon as your meal comes. Put half of the meal in the take-home container so you’re sure to let your stomach—instead of your eyes—be your guide. Or share the meal with a dining companion. Many restaurants offer a smaller or “appetizer size” of entrees, so when a smaller portion is available, go for it!
  5. Buy or portion out treats and snacks in small, single-serving bags or packages.
  6. Check out the food label for serving size info

Try This: Small changes like these can make a big difference. Commit to making at least one change to reduce your portion sizes this week.

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GET YOUR MEDICARE READY FOR 2015 IN FOLKSTON

Do you make resolutions for the new year? Here are some easy ones you can keep that will help get you ready for 2015:

1. Check to see that you have the right insurance card to use when you go to the doctor in 2015. Did you change your health or drug plan during Medicare Open Enrollment? If you did and you haven’t received your new card or welcome packet by January 1st, contact your plan for help. If you need to fill a prescription right away, find out how to fill a prescription without your card.

If you changed from a Medicare Advantage Plan (like an HMO or PPO) back to Original Medicare, use your red, white, and blue Medicare card when you go to the doctor. Get a new card if you lost or damaged yours, or need to update your information.

2. Budget for next year’s Medicare Part B deductible.

Remember, if you have Medicare Part B and you’re in Original Medicare, you’ll have to meet your deductible before your Medicare coverage pays for services and supplies. Next year, the Medicare Part B deductible will be $147, the same as it was in 2014. Plan your health care budget to account for the increased cost of doctor visits for the time that it will take to cover your deductible. Find out more about Medicare costs in 2015.

3.  Schedule appointments to get any preventive tests or screenings.

Medicare covers all sorts of preventive services to keep you healthy and screenings to check for health problems, and many are covered each year at no cost to you. Ask your doctor when you should schedule your wellness visit and other screenings. You can also use MyMedicare.gov to track your visits and make a calendar of preventive services.

Talk to your doctor about these covered preventive services to find out what’s right for your health needs.

4. Make sure your drug or health plan meet your needs.

If not, Medicare has a way for you to get the coverage you want instead of having to wait for the next Open Enrollment. At any time during the year, you can switch to a Medicare Advantage Plan or Medicare Prescription Drug Plan that has a 5-star rating.

Plan ratings are based on member surveys, information from doctors and health care providers, and other sources. The plan ratings are scores that show the quality and performance of the plan, on a scale of 1 to 5 stars, with 5 being the highest rated plans.

You can make this change once per calendar year. Find 5-star health and drug plans in your area.

Remember to check www.medicare.gov for the latest Medicare news and information, and have a happy and healthy new year!

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Two years of community college free for responsible students in FOLKSTON

The President unveiled a new proposal: Make two years of community college free for responsible students across America.

In our growing global economy, Americans need to have more knowledge and more skills to compete -- by 2020, an estimated 35 percent of job openings will require at least a bachelor's degree, and 30 percent will require some college or an associate's degree. Students should be able to get the knowledge and the skills they need without taking on decades' worth of student debt.


The numbers:

If all 50 states choose to implement the President's new community college proposal, it could:

  • Save a full-time community college student $3,800 in tuition per year on average
  • Benefit roughly 9 million students each year

Under President Obama's new proposal, students would be able to earn the first half of a bachelor's degree, or earn the technical skills needed in the workforce -- all at no cost to them.


The requirements:

  • What students have to do: Students must attend community college at least half-time, maintain a 2.5 GPA, and make steady progress toward completing their program.
  • What community colleges have to do: Community colleges will be expected to offer programs that are either 1) academic programs that fully transfer credits to local public four-year colleges and universities, or 2) occupational training programs with high graduation rates and lead to in-demand degrees and certificates. Community colleges must also adopt promising and evidence-based institutional reforms to improve student outcomes.
  • What the federal government has to do: Federal funding will cover three-quarters of the average cost of community college. Participating states will be expected to contribute the remaining funds necessary to eliminate the tuition for eligible students.

Expanding technical training programs:

President Obama also proposed the new American Technical Training Fund, which will expand innovative, high-quality technical training programs across the country. Specifically, the fund will award programs that:

  • Have strong employer partnerships and include work-based learning opportunities
  • Provide accelerated training
  • Accommodate part-time work

Read the full fact sheet on the President's proposal here.

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