Mr. and Mrs. Alva Joseph Hopkins III of Folkston, Ga., announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Melissa Ann Hopkins, to Ronald Gregory "Greg" Johnson Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Gregory Johnson of Swainsboro.
Although life expectancy has risen considerably in this country, we still face significant health challenges in the 21st century. Chronic diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, COPD, and diabetes, account for approximately 70 percent of all deaths in the United States. Data indicate that more than 90 million Americans live with a chronic illness and 25 million people experience either disability or physical activity limitations due to these conditions. In addition to the personal burden, the medical care costs of people with chronic diseases are staggering and account for approximately 75 percent of the nation's health care budget.
ATLANTA - Two more young men have been freed after serving time in jail for a case involving a 17-year-old who had consensual oral sex with a 15-year-old girl.
PHOENIX - Illegal immigrants in Arizona, frustrated with a flagging economy and tough new legislation cracking down on their employers, are returning to their home countries or trying their luck in other states.
GAINESVILLE - The acres of drying mud that span much of what once was Lake Lanier jolt to a stop at a bend, where a concrete foundation suddenly appears.
BAGHDAD - Residents of Baghdad packed the capital's parks and amusement rides on Saturday, taking advantage of a lull in violence and the Islamic feast of Eid al-Adha to venture out of their homes in droves.
ISTANBUL, Turkey - Turkish warplanes bombed separatist Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq on Saturday, a statement posted on the military's Web site said.
PESHAWAR, Pakistan - Police examined clothing, shoes and the severed legs of a man Saturday to try to identify a suicide bomber who killed at least 50 people during a holiday prayer service at a crowded mosque in northwestern Pakistan.
TEHRAN, Iran - The wife of a missing former FBI agent said Saturday she has been unable to find out what happened to her husband despite visiting the Iranian island where he was last seen.
An easy to read yet striking fantasy book for young children, George R. R. Martin's "The Ice Dragon" is a cunningly crafted tale of childhood friendship and the beauty of winter. While many will recognize the author for his adult fantasy and science fiction novels, parents can rest assured that "The Ice Dragon" has none of the mature themes of Martin's other books. Instead, "The Ice Dragon" focuses on themes of love, friendship and sacrifice.
Melanie NeSmith became the bride of Joseph Cannady on November 17, 2007, during a 2 p.m. ceremony held at the Gracewood Baptist Church. Dr. Bill Eckles officiated.
Members of the 165th Air Support Operations Squadron, 224th Joint Communications Support Squadron Georgia Air National Guard demonstrated their unit's capability to provide worldwide communications support to the Army JROTC cadets at Southeast Bulloch High School.
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PITTSBURGH - Justin Upton dropped a routine fly ball to left-centerfield in the ninth inning which set the stage for Gaby Sanchez's game-winning sacrifice fly that capped a late-inning comeback as the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Atlanta Braves 3-2 on Wednesday night.
ATHENS - Hutson Mason finally has the job he wanted all along.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith has put a strong emphasis since the start of training camp on improving the team's run defense.
Southeast Bulloch saw many years of constant losing and frustration fade into the mist last fall as it earned a spot in the state playoffs for the first time since 2003.
WASHINGTON - The political tilt of the Senate during President Barack Obama's final two years in office is likely to hinge on a handful of female contenders in tight and costly races.
Georgia Southern University made history Wednesday when the University System of Georgia's Board of Regents granted the university the first undergraduate manufacturing engineering degree program in the state and the Southeast.
BEREA, Ohio - Brian Hoyer defied long odds - and stiff-armed Johnny Football - to keep his dream job.
NEW YORK - The Dallas Cowboys are the first U.S. sports franchise to top $3 billion in value.
CLEVELAND - Kent State football player Jason Bitsko, who was slated to start at center for the Golden Flashes this season, died Wednesday.
WASHINGTON - The United States stood firm Wednesday in its fight against Islamic State militants who beheaded a U.S. journalist in Iraq, pledging to continue attacking the group despite its threats to kill another American hostage. President Barack Obama denounced the group as a "cancer" threatening the entire region as the administration weighed sending even more American troops to Iraq.
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - A Rhode Island Little League coach had a team of disappointed kids when they were eliminated from tournament play, but his speech is one for the very best of books.
CLAYTON, Mo. - As U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder arrived in Missouri on Wednesday, a small group of protesters gathered outside the building where a grand jury could begin hearing evidence to determine whether a Ferguson police officer who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown should be charged in his death.
MONROVIA, Liberia - Hundreds of residents of a seaside slum in Liberia's capital clashed with security forces Wednesday to protest an armed blockade of the peninsula that is their neighborhood as part of the government's desperate efforts to stop the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.
Georgia Southern University has rescheduled its Leadership Lecture Series featuring speaker Archie Manning, a National Football League player, 1989 National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame member, and chairman of the National Football Foundation, until March.