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  • Jill Pertler, For The News Courier

Change is inevitable, necessary and even desired. We choose change all the time.

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  • By Kathleen Ross, For The News Courier

While spending quality time with cats Andy and Gracie, I realized that they would soon be 15 years old. That definitely puts them into the category of senior pets.

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On Monday, the Athens Fire Department responded to a possible fire at Athens Intermediate School.

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Flowers are popular come Valentine’s Day, as various blooms can signify love and affection. Roses are one of the most popular flowers to gift on Valentine’s Day, and according to Bankrate, men and women can expect to spend $41.66 on a dozen roses.

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  • Commentary By Jill Pertler, For The News Courier

I lie awake sometimes in bed, in the wee hours of the morning, and I think. Better put, I brood — but not about a single topic.

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A coworker was pet-sitting for her mother’s two dogs, and she mentioned her promise to brush their teeth every day. Every day? I know that dental care is important for pets, but who brushes their dogs’ teeth every day? Is that even a good thing?

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Those seeking unique Valentine’s Day gifts will find flowers that never wilt, dancing that never ends and hearts that are always fat-free during the Sweet’art Saturday event at High Cotton Arts in Downtown Athens.

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Hosting a football party for friends and family is a big responsibility. Each year, more than 100 million people watch the championship game of the National Football League.

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  • By Jill Pertler, For The News Courier

My husband and I aren’t big gamblers. I suppose it stems from the fact that we’ve never really had a large pile of cash we were itching to lose. Plus neither one of us was born with the lucky gene. So if you ever see us at a casino, rest assured — we’re there for the buffet.

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  • By MESFIN FEKADU, AP Music Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Bruno Mars owned the Grammys with his R&B-inspired album "24K Magic," winning all six awards he was nominated for at a show where hip-hop was expected to have a historical night.

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  • By Kipp Irland, For The News Courier

It is hard to believe that I passed the Master Gardener course over a year and a half ago. My garden has a plan, the plants are surviving and flourishing in it, and I have house plants — that live!

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  • By Jill Pertler, For The News Courier

Life is hard. I’ve told my kids this dozens of times. I’m not trying to be a Debby Downer parent, but I do think I owe them honesty. And honestly, life is hard.

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  • By NEKESA MUMBI MOODY, AP Entertainment Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — The music industry hasn't been rocked with as many public allegations of sexual misconduct as Hollywood, but insiders are still seeking to show solidarity with the Me Too movement on its biggest night.

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  • By MESFIN FEKADU, AP Music Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Elton John is retiring from the road after his upcoming three-year global tour, capping nearly 50 years on stages around the world.