“It’s a ‘sluggish’ show,” says host Walter Reeves of his “Gardening inGeorgia” show Sept. 20 and 23 on Georgia Public Television. “It’s perfect forthe slothful gardener who prefers the shade.”Reeves starts the program with “slime time,” showing how to control the slugsand snails that love to eat plant leaves in your yard and garden. Then he moves torepairing garden hoses. Did you run over a hose left carelessly on your driveway? Reevesshows how easy it is to fix it.For indoor gardeners, Reeves demonstrates an African violet feeder. Your African violetcan feed itself while you sleep with the contraption he makes out of a plastic margarinetub. Finally, Reeves gets Helen Phillips of Callaway Gardens to proudly show off hercolorful shade garden. It’s full of bright foliage, but few flowers.Wednesdays, Saturdays on GPTVDon’t miss “Gardening in Georgia” Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. and on Saturdays at10 a.m. The show is designed especially for Georgia gardeners. “Gardening inGeorgia” is produced by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences and GPTV. Walter Reeves
continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Walking into a credit union branch can be a gamble for members. Will it be crowded? Will the person working the teller line be able to handle a particular request? Will the time spent be worth it?Enter in-branch queuing and online appointment scheduling, which are eliminating one of the biggest pain points prevalent in the legacy branching experience: the unknown.Digital Federal Credit Union($9.0B, Marlborough, MA) implemented online appointment scheduling four years ago; and Michigan State University Federal Credit Union($4.5, East Lansing, MI) aims to launch in 2020. By partnering with third-party vendors that specialize in these technologies, credit unions are giving members the power to bank where they, when they want, and with whom they want.Here, leaders from Digital and MSUFCU discuss the in-branch capabilities of this new technology, member response, and lessons learned along the way.
A tropical storm watch has been issued from Jupiter Inlet south to Ocean Reef near Key Largo after tropical depression 19 formed at 5 PM on Friday.Tropical Depression 19 currently has maximum sustained winds of 35 mph and is moving WNW at 8 mph.The system is expected to bring occasional heavy rainfall and possible tornado activity to our area over the weekend as the system moves in from the Bahamas over the next 6-12 hours.The storm is forecast to move into the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday where further strengthening is expected.September is considered the peak of hurricane season and there are currently 6 active systems in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico including Tropical Storms Paulette and Rene.Stay with 850 WFTL for the latest.
Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Wake Forest all-conference wide receiver Sage Surratt has opted out of the coming season to prepare for the NFL draft amid the coronavirus pandemic. Tickets will cost $150 per game.___Roma goalkeeper Antonio Mirante says he has the coronavirus but is currently asymptomatic.The 37-year-old Mirante says in a video on Instagram that he has tested positive for COVID-19 and is in isolation.He says “I feel well, I have no symptoms, neither a fever nor a cough.” August 19, 2020 ___Appalachian State has paused football practices after reporting a coronavirus cluster involving the team.The school in Boone, North Carolina, says athletic director Doug Gillin has suspended practice “until further consultation warrants a change in status.”The decision announced Tuesday night comes after there were active cases reported for seven students and four staffers. The school said health officials have instructed the individuals to isolate while recovering, while those in close contact with the active cases have been instructed to quarantine.___ Associated Press The Latest: Wake Forest star receiver opts out of season The news comes a day after Roma announced that two of its youth team players had tested positive for the virus.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Surratt announced his decision Wednesday on social media, citing “the many uncertainties and risks associated with COVID-19.” Surratt said he’s set to earn an economics degree in December, saying the school in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has “forever transformed my life.”“My experience at Wake Forest has been extraordinary, and I leave with a humble and grateful heart,” Surratt said.The 6-foot-3, 215-pound redshirt junior made The Associated Press’ All-Atlantic Coast Conference first team last season after hauling in 66 catches for 1,001 yards and 11 touchdowns in nine games before going down with an injury. The 1,001 yards were the best for all power-conference receivers at the time of the injury, with four games of at least 150 yards last season.Surratt’s brother, Chazz, plays linebacker at North Carolina after starting his career as a quarterback and is also an NFL prospect.UNC team spokesman Jeremy Sharpe says in an email that Chazz Surratt’s status remains unchanged. ___The Georgia Bulldogs are planning to have some fans for their football games played between the hedges.The university announced ticket plans that call for allowing 20 to 25% capacity at 92,746-seat Sanford Stadium, where the field is surrounded by hedges. That would mean maximum crowds of between 18,500 and 23,000 for Georgia’s four home games in 2020.The Bulldogs are offering single-game tickets in hopes of accommodating as many season ticket holders as possible for games against Auburn, Tennessee, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt.The school says those who choose not to attend games this fall will be eligible for a refund on all donations and season ticket purchases, while retaining their preferred status for 2021. The largest 10-kilometer road race in the United States will be run virtually in 2020.The Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta, which has been held on the Fourth of July since its inaugural event in 1970, shifted to a Thanksgiving date in hopes of staging the race during the coronavirus pandemic. It normally attracts some 60,000 runners.But the Atlanta Track Club now says the race will not be run down the city’s famed Peachtree Street because of safety concerns. Georgia has been one of the nation’s hardest-hit states during the pandemic, recording nearly 250,000 confirmed cases and more than 4,700 deaths.“As coronavirus has spiked in recent weeks here in Georgia, we recognize that this decision is the best and only responsible way forward,” executive director Rich Kenah said in a statement.The track club now plans a virtual event that will allow runners to experience some of the race’s traditions and compare their times with others who take part.
Apple CEO Tim Cook said Saturday the company’s retail operation outside of China is going online-only for two weeks as part of efforts to fight the coronavirus pandemic.Cook tweeted Saturday that “Apple will be temporarily closing all stores outside of Greater China until March 27.” He also said the company is donating $15 million to help with worldwide recovery.In a separate online statement, Cook said that Apple’s stores in China have all now reopened, and what the company has learned there has helped it develop “best practices that are assisting enormously in our global response.”
Maybe they can do it again.Making his first NFL start, James Conner helped Pittsburgh forget that Bell — the team’s disgruntled star running back — isn’t around and may not be back anytime soon.Conner scored two touchdowns, rushed for 135 yards and added 57 more on five catches as the Steelers escaped Sunday with a 21-21 tie against the Cleveland Browns, who ended their 17-game losing streak without winning.Conner was more than an adequate fill-in for Bell, who remains separated from the Steelers in an ugly contract dispute.While his teammates slopped around in the rain at FirstEnergy Stadium, Bell continued his holdout in South Florida as his replacement gave the Steelers hope they’ll be able to withstand not having one of their biggest stars.Conner could be their newest one.The anti-Bell.“I’m so tired of Le’Veon,” Steelers right guard David DeCastro told reporters. “I’m so tired of it. Let’s just worry about the guys that are here. I know you guys have stories to write and what not. I love Le’Veon, but we have to worry about the guys that are here. That’s the only people that matter.”Conner scored on a 4-yard run in the second quarter and added a 22-yarder in the fourth as the Steelers opened a 21-7 lead that appeared safe.However, as Pittsburgh appeared on the verge of putting the Browns away, Conner had his lone blemish on an otherwise stellar day.Running right, Conner got stripped by Browns end Myles Garrett and his fumble led to the Browns quickly scoring two touchdowns in the final 7:32 to force overtime.Cleveland had a chance to win it, but linebacker T.J. Watt added a blocked field goal to his four-sack game by getting a hand on Zane Gonzalez’s 43-yard field-goal attempt with 9 seconds left.Bell’s messy situation cast a shadow over the Steelers all week, bringing a distraction to a team that usually avoids drama. The stand-off could last for a while, and if it does, Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin, his staff and the Steelers have to feel better about what Conner can provide.“He did some really great things,” said superstar receiver Antonio Brown. “He ran well and brought great energy all day. I was excited to see him make some plays, not only in the run game, but in the pass game as well.”On a day when quarterback Ben Roethlisberger struggled throwing three interceptions and fumbling twice, Conner was solid and steady.“Pressure is always there,” said Conner, who survived a cancer scare while he was at Pitt. “You’re either feeling pressure or applying pressure. I was trying to apply the pressure today. There were no nerves or nothing. Just playing football.”It looked that way. Conner patiently looked for running lanes, taking what Cleveland’s defense gave him and never trying to do too much.The 23-year-old finished with 192 total yards, matching Bell’s best game from last season.“I thought he played well,” said Roethlisberger, who struggled from the outset. “Ran hard, caught the ball well. Made plays for us. I’m proud of the way he played for this team.”Conner took it all in stride. Following the game, he casually accepted congratulations while dressing and came across as composed off the field as he was on it.“It is what I expect,” he said of his performance. “It’s the mentality of our offense. We feel like we’re going to run the ball when we want to run the ball so I know the mentality of those guys up front. I knew the lanes were going to be there. I knew today was going to be a good day on the ground, just not enough to win.“I have confidence in myself and the guys in front of me blocking, so it’s what we expect to do.”___For more AP NFL coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner (30) celebrates with wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) after Conner scored a 22-yard touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane) CLEVELAND (AP) — The Steelers survived one week without Le’Veon Bell.
A person familiar with the situation says the Sixers have made Brand their new general manager, replacing Bryan Colangelo. Colangelo resigned in June as the 76ers’ president of basketball operations after what an investigation concluded was “careless and in some instances reckless” sharing of sensitive team information on Twitter.The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the move had not been officially announced. Brand is expected to be introduced at a news conference on Thursday.Brand had worked for the Sixers as vice president of operations and also served as the general manager of the Delaware Blue Coats, the 76ers’ G League affiliate.Brand was the No. 1 pick of the 1999 draft by the Chicago Bulls and played two stints with the Sixers.Sixers coach Brett Brown had served as Philadelphia’s interim GM and said earlier Tuesday he wasn’t interested in holding both jobs. Brown pledged the Sixers would name a general manager before the season started.“This is not something that interests me. I do not believe in the role that I have as a head coach that it’s tenable,” Brown said. “We will have, to the best of my knowledge, a general manager appointed, announced by the start of the season. And it’s not me. It was never going to be.”Hours later, the Sixers had their guy.Brand played in 1,058 career games over 18 seasons with the Bulls, the Los Angeles Clippers, Dallas, Atlanta and the Sixers. He posted career averages of 16 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two blocks per game. A two-time All-Star and the 2000 rookie of the year, Brand was also the recipient of the 2005-06 Joe Dumars Trophy, presented each season to the player who exemplifies the ideals of sportsmanship on the court.The person familiar with the decisions also said Ned Cohen will remain assistant general manager and Marc Eversley will stay as senior vice president of player personnel. They both interviewed for the GM job. Alex Rucker was promoted to executive vice president of basketball operations.The Sixers won 52 games last season and beat Miami in the first round of the playoffs before they were eliminated in the conference semifinals by Boston. Under Brown’s watch, Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons have blossomed into two of the top young players in the league.The Sixers were rocked when an independent review found that Colangelo’s wife, Barbara Bottini, operated four Twitter accounts it investigated, and she admitted using private information to criticize the Sixers and rival colleagues.Colangelo and his predecessor Sam Hinkie, who hired Brown, had the final say in player personnel decisions. Brown said he was looking “for a partner” in personnel moves with the new GM.“I do have a voice. I’ve always had a voice here,” Brown said. “I think as the head coach, it should be that, to a point. I get the role of the general manager.”Brown said losing Colangelo was a “game-changer” but said his absence or lack of a general manager had nothing to do with the Sixers striking out in their bid to land LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, a lower-tier free agent — or anyone beyond a couple of modest pickups such as Wilson Chandler.“I think we would all be naive to think free agents choose a basketball program because of a general manager,” Brown said. “They come because of Joel and Ben. And I hope the coach has got a little bit to do with it.”He added: “The general manager situation had zero to do with us not being able to acquire one of those talents.”Brown, who took the 76ers from 10 wins to the third seed in the Eastern Conference in just two seasons, agreed in May to a three-year contract extension that runs through the 2021-2022 season.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/tag/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Elton Brand is in charge of the Philadelphia 76ers. In this March 23, 2016, file photo, Philadelphia 76ers forward Elton Brand stands during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The first half of 2018 was one to forget for Pittsburgh basketball. The Panthers went 0-18 in conference play to finish the season with just eight wins, which led to the firing of head coach Kevin Stallings.The second half showed a ton of promise, though, as new head coach Jeff Capel earned win number 10 to close out the calendar year with Saturday’s 68-54 victory over Colgate.“It’s time to flush 2018,” Capel said after the win. “It’s over. . 2018 provided all of us with some really good things but some hard things, some adverse things and some difficult things, but they’re all things, I think, that helped make us stronger.”Now, Pitt will head into ACC play and attempt to snap an 18-game conference losing streak. The final tuneup against the Raiders suggested that they’re capable.Five Pittsburgh players cracked double figures offensively. Freshman guard Trey McGowens led the way with 16 points, with Jared Wilson-Frame (15), Au’Diese Toney (14), Terrell Brown (10) and Xavier Johnson (11) joining him in double figures.Colgate (8-5) got out to a strong start, and led by a point with nearly seven minutes gone by in the first half. A 9-0 Pitt run over the next three minutes, sparked by seven points from Wilson-Frame, ended any hopes of a Raiders upset. Pitt went into the half with a nine-point lead and extended it in the second period.“It was the energy on defense,” Wilson-Frame said. “I think we just needed to have a little bit more energy and focus up and get the job done.”Pitt held the Raiders to a season-low 30-percent shooting. Junior guard Will Rayman led Colgate with 10 points, eight of which came in the first half.BIG PICTUREColgate: Rapolas Ivanauskas, Colgate’s second-leading scorer, was held to just five points. He came into the game averaging a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds per game.“I think their physicality didn’t let him get the ball close to the basket,” Colgate coach Matt Langel said. “He missed a couple early around the basket that if he’s able to get those to go down, maybe it changes what his game could be. He didn’t get the shots we need him to get.”Pitt: Has been inconsistent rebounding all season. On the whole, they have a positive margin, with 466 rebounds for and 413 against entering Saturday, but there have been games where the Panthers struggled on the glass. This was one of those games, as Colgate won the battle of the boards, 50-34, and 25 of those rebounds coming on offense.Capel thought his team’s inability to control the defensive glass held back his team’s transition offense.“If we defensive rebound, then we’re able to get out in transition and that’s where we’re at our best,” he said. “We did a very, very poor job this afternoon of that.”BLOCK PARTYBrown had nine blocks, setting a Pitt program record, besting the previous mark of seven, which had been set 15 times, most recently by Gary McGhee in 2010. Pitt also tied a team record with 13 blocks.Brown was Pitt’s leading shot-blocker a year ago, but had just 16 this season coming into Saturday.“Today, I just had energy,” Brown said. “I felt different. I think that helped. . It’s kind of just a mental thing.”UP NEXTColgate: Starts Patriot League play with a trip to Navy on Jan. 3.Pitt: Has a week off before beginning ACC play by hosting North Carolina on Jan. 5. Pittsburgh’s Trey McGowens (2) goes past Colgate’s Tucker Richardson (15) to dunk during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
Facebook216Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston CountyAccording to Thurston County Public Health and Social Services (PHSS), there are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 originating in Thurston County. Thurston County is working closely with the state Department of Health (DOH) and other local partners to provide up-to-date, reliable, accurate information to the public and other partners regarding the rapidly evolving situation around the COVID-19 outbreak.PHSS is monitoring and responding to the situation day and night and working to provide support to the public and our community partners. The county will keep the media and public updated through news releases, social media posts, and website updates as the situation changes.People who are at increased risk of illness include:Healthcare workers caring for COVID-19 patientsPeople who have had close contact with confirmed COVID-19 patientsTravelers returning from travel in countries with community spreadOlder people with underlying health conditions including heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes, people who have weakened immune systems, and people who are pregnant“Due to the nature of how viruses are transmitted, we expect that we will see COVID-19 cases in our community. The vast majority of people who contract this virus will experience mild or moderate symptoms and fully recover,” said Schelli Slaughter, Thurston County Public Health and Social Services Director. “In order to slow the spread of the virus and protect those who are at higher risk of complication, we are encouraging people to cover their coughs, stay home if they are sick, and wash hands often and thoroughly.” Testing for COVID-19There is criteria that must be met for someone to be tested. PHSS recommends persons experiencing symptoms of an illness and are concerned about fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, call their healthcare provider to seek medical advice and direction.What about school or event closures?At this time, Thurston County PHSS officials are not recommending school or event closures. If that changes, the county will notify the public and the media through news releases, social media posts, and website updates.What can you do right now? There are many specific actions you can take now to help keep your family safe:Wash your hands often! Use soap and water for at least 20 seconds (sing Happy Birthday twice).If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.Avoid touching your face. Your eyes, nose, and mouth are open doors for germs, especially when you touch them with unwashed hands.Avoid people who are sick. Steer clear of illnesses, if possible.Cover your coughs and sneezes. Hold a tissue over your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Then throw that tissue away and, again, WASH YOUR HANDS!Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces often, using a regular household cleaning spray or wipes.Stay home if you’re sick.Call first. If you or a family member are sick and plan to seek care, call first. Healthcare partners need to prepare for people who are showing symptoms—or direct you to the appropriate resource.Stay informed. Follow and share trusted sources of accurate public health information.Make sure your family emergency plan is in place, should you need it.For more information on how you can prepare your family or business, read here. More information on COVID-19 is available at:Washington State Department of HealthThurston County Public Health and Social ServicesCenters for Disease Control and PreventionWashington State Coronavirus (COVID-19) hotline at 1-800-525-0127Follow Thurston County on social media for the most updated information:Facebook – Thurston County WashingtonTwitter – @ThurstonCountyFor questions about the potential isolation and quarantine site at Maple Lane in South Thurston County, please contact Lisa Stromme, Washington State Department of Health, at 360-628-7883 or [email protected]