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BACK TO SCHOOL: Teachers saying ’yes’ to merit pay tied to test scores

WASHINGTON - While the words ''merit pay'' drew hisses and boos at a recent teachers' union convention, educators are endorsing contracts that pay bonuses for boosting students' test scores.

September 02, 2007 | By NANCY ZUCKERBROD AP Education Writer | Nation


Police say adopted children were subject to years of torment; scam stretched from NYC to Fla.

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Adoption is supposed to be a refuge for parentless children, but for Stephen Wells it was a house of horrors.

September 02, 2007 | By BRIAN SKOLOFF and ADAM GOLDMAN | Nation


Say what? Misspeaking candidates fall over themselves to clarify, apologize

WASHINGTON - Say what? The 2008 presidential campaign theme could be ''Oops! What I meant was ...''

September 02, 2007 | By LIZ SIDOTI Associated Press Writer | Nation


Owings single-handedly shuts down Braves

ATLANTA - Rookie right-hander Micah Owings went 4-for-4, including a pair of mammoth homers, drove in six runs and scored four times while pitching three-hit ball through seven innings as the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Atlanta Braves 12-6 on Saturday night.

September 02, 2007 | By AP Sports Writer | Sports


Averitt Center offers dance, drawing classes, begins its fall season

The easels are lined up, the dance floor is down and the piano is tuned. It's time to sign up for the Averitt Center for the Arts' fall season of community instructional programming.

September 02, 2007 | By PHIL BOYUM pboyum@statesboroherald.com | Life


Braves drop another one

ATLANTA - Brandon Webb isn't one of those guys who claims ignorance about his stats. He knows as well as anyone just how long he's gone without giving up a run, and what he needs to do to reach an amazing milestone.

Well, here's the latest update: He's two shutouts away from Orel Hershiser.

September 02, 2007 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | Sports


Hendrix-Shuman

Jerry Wayne Hendrix Jr. and Traci Lucas Fulmer of Statesboro announce the engagement of their daughter, Brandi Lynn Hendrix of Statesboro, to Jason Edward Shuman, son of William and Patricia Davis.

September 02, 2007 | | Wedding Planner


McNeely-Jordan

Dr. (Col.) Harry and Minister Brenda Holiday of Valdosta and Carlos McNeely of Savannah announce the engagement of their daughter, Sheila McNeely of Statesboro, to Stacy Lamont Jordan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Willie and Linda Faye Mercer and the late Charlie Willie Jordan of Portal.

September 02, 2007 | | Wedding Planner


Barton-Pippin

Mr. and Mrs. Stuart E. Barton III of Demorest, formerly of Statesboro, announce the engagement of their daughter, Laurie Lynn of Macon, to Stuart Lee Pippin of Forsyth, son of Janice Pippin and the late James Pippin of Forsyth.

September 02, 2007 | | Wedding Planner


Taylor-Meadows

Rachelle Taylor became the bride of Justin Meadows during a 7 p.m. ceremony held on May 12, 2007, at Meinhardt Vineyards. Bro. Ed Neubert officiated.

September 02, 2007 | | Wedding Planner


Kathy Bradley

It was a spur-of-the-moment jaunt. A whim. An impulse. Katherine and I were visiting our friend Lee Lee in Atlanta one hot summer weekend and, with nothing in particular to do, the three of us decided that a Braves game might be fun. I had never been to a Braves game and, though my awakening to the truth of baseball as metaphor for practically the entire human experience was yet to come, I was eager to get to Fulton County Stadium and immerse myself in the iconic sights and sounds and smells.

September 02, 2007 | By KATHY BRADLEY | Lifestyles Columnists


Think of God by Larry Sheehy

Occasionally a study or survey is reported suggesting a link between active religious faith and physical and/or mental well-being. Though there are many exceptions to this, people who go to church, statistically speaking, experience better health than those who avoid spiritual groups. A number of reasons are suggested for this connection, including (1) the fact that Christianity teaches respect for the body, and (2) the positive social relationships that can be found in religious circles.

September 02, 2007 | By LARRY SHEEHY | Lifestyles Columnists


Bulloch History by Roger Allen

Note: The following begins a four-part series on the expansion of rail service in Bulloch County.

September 02, 2007 | By ROGER ALLEN | Lifestyles Columnists


Hurricane Dean strengthens in Caribbean, takes aim at Hispaniola, Jamaica

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic - Jamaica opened shelters nationwide on Saturday and Cuba declared a ''state of alert'' as the Caribbean's warm waters fueled a strengthening Hurricane Dean, with forecasters predicting the storm could grow to a powerful Category 5.

September 02, 2007 | By JONATHAN M. KATZ Associated Press Writer | Nation


Flooding leaves 181 Chinese coal miners trapped, feared dead

BEIJING - Floodwaters from heavy rains poured into two coal mines in a town in eastern China, leaving 181 miners trapped and feared dead, government officials and state media said Saturday.

September 02, 2007 | By JOE McDONALD Associated Press Writer | Nation


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July 3 - Mr. Charles Edward Bland, age 49, died Wednesday at his residence.

Mr. Charles Edward Bland

July 02, 2015 | | Obituaries


Braves walk off with win over Nats

ATLANTA - Cameron Maybin drove in the go-ahead run with a chopper against Max Scherzer that bounced over third base in the ninth inning, lifting the Atlanta Braves to a 2-1 victory over the Washington Nationals on Thursday night.

July 02, 2015 | By GEORGE HENRY AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Braves


Nadal bows out early at Wimbledon

LONDON - On the final point of the first set of his latest Wimbledon disappointment, Rafael Nadal swung his mighty, lefty forehand - and whiffed, accidentally whacking his right leg with his racket.

July 02, 2015 | By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Tennis Writer | Sports


NASCAR tracks unite, ask fans not to fly Confederate flag

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - NASCAR's national series tracks announced Thursday that they are asking fans to refrain from displaying the Confederate flag at races following the deadly attack at a South Carolina church two weeks ago.

July 02, 2015 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


U.S. asks for extradition of FIFA officials

GENEVA - The United States has submitted a formal request for Switzerland to extradite seven FIFA officials arrested in Zurich as part of a corruption probe that has rocked soccer's world governing body.

July 02, 2015 | By GRAHAM DUNBAR AP Sports Writer | Sports


Bishop tearing up the track

July 02, 2015 | By HORACE HOLLOMAN hholloman@statesboroherald.com | Prep Sports 360


More heartbreak for English soccer

MANCHESTER, England - England's national teams keep finding ways to make agonizing exits from major soccer tournaments.

July 02, 2015 | By STEVE DOUGLAS AP Sports Writer | Sports


How Obama reversed course on federal college ratings

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama dearly wanted to get the government in the business of rating colleges and universities based on value and affordability, promising a new system by 2015. Now that goal is shriveling under the weight of a concerted opposition from universities, lawmakers and bureaucrats in Obama's own administration.

July 02, 2015 | By JOSH LEDERMAN Associated Press | Associated Press


US unemployment falls to 7-year low

WASHINGTON - U.S. unemployment fell to a seven-year low of 5.3 percent and employers hired at a solid pace in June, but other gauges of the job market drew a bleaker picture: A wave of people stopped looking for work, and paychecks failed to budge.

July 02, 2015 | By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER AP Economics Writer | Associated Press


Metter man electrocuted while working under house

A Metter man was electrocuted Wednesday while working on an air conditioning system at a Neville Dairy Road home.

July 02, 2015 | From staff reports | Local




Defense has keyed run to World Cup final

MONTREAL (AP) - It used to be that the U.S. women's national team was known more for its fierce attack. For the Women's World Cup in Canada, the Americans are finding success with a locked-down defense.

July 01, 2015 | By ANNE M. PETERSON AP Sports Writer | Sports


Venus, Serena on collision course

LONDON - Venus Williams is no longer the player she once was, on account of the passage of time and the day-to-day ups and downs of an energy-sapping condition.

July 01, 2015 | By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Tennis Writer | Sports


Dollars flying in NBA free agency

Kevin Love has unfinished business in Cleveland and Tyson Chandler will be conducting his in Phoenix.

July 01, 2015 | By BRIAN MAHONEY AP Basketball Writer | Sports


16-year-old French girl breaking baseball barriers

PARIS - Simply by playing ball, Melissa Mayeux is busting through barriers.

July 01, 2015 | By JOHN LEICESTER AP Sports Writer | Sports


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