ATLANTA - Don't blame the defense for Georgia Tech's scares in taking narrow victories over North Carolina State and North Carolina the last two weeks.
Out of the state playoff picture since February, 1995, the Screven County High School Gamecocks of Coach Arthur Davis, now in his sixth year at the helm, have improved steadily over the past three seasons. Ten returning letter winners have given rise to the hope that this is the season the red and white finally break through.
Florida beat Michigan on Sunday in the only game that mattered.
In the year ahead, there is every indication you are likely to do things on a far larger scale than you have in the past. This doesn't simply stop with your workaday world, but will pertain to your social life as well.
In a few days, about 400 families encountering financial difficulty will receive a bit of Christmas cheer, thanks to donations from local citizens and efforts by local law enforcement, businesses and other volunteers.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - The Atlanta Falcons closed ranks around embattled quarterback Michael Vick, who was clearly stunned by reports that Jim Mora's father referred to No. 7 as a ''coach killer.''
DEAR DR. GOTT: I am a white male, 90 years of age. My medical history is as follows: measles at age 5, flu at age 32 and "busy legs" syndrome 1969 to present.
BOONE, N.C. - Kevin Richardson rushed for 131 yards and four touchdowns and defending national champion Appalachian State beat Montana State 38-17 on Saturday to reach the semifinals of the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs.
Six players from the Herald coverage area were recently named to the All Region 3-A first team. The group, as voted by coaches from the region, was otherwise dominated by ECI and Savannah Country Day.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia is headed to the Gator Bowl for the third time in four years, and the 13th-ranked Mountaineers will play Georgia Tech on Jan. 1 in Jacksonville, Fla.
Texas town almost goes dry
DEAR ABBY: My husband, "Jimmy," and I moved to the United States from an Asian country 15 years ago. About seven years ago, he lost a lot of money in the stock market. After that, he quit his well-paying job to do day trading and recover the money he lost. He has tried several strategies; none has made any money.
Donations are being collected for the annual Mayor's Christmas Motorcade, which provides gifts and necessities to patients of Georgia's mental health and retardation facilities.
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Hard though he tried, Jimmie Johnson just couldn't give another Nextel Cup championship away.
DEAR ABBY: "Worried Sister" (10/4), who asked if she should inform her parents that her sister, "Cindy," is playing the choking game, may feel it is a betrayal if she breaks the confidence. But imagine how she'll feel if her sister dies.
Mrs. Margaret Ann Beard Hodges
In addition to being one of the most electrifying players in the area, Claxton's Zach Grant has dealt with a bit more adversity than the average high school senior.
BROOKLET - The Southeast Bulloch Lady Yellow Jackets only had one senior to honor on Senior Night, but they went out with a bang anyway, topping Calvary Day 3-2 in the final regular-season game of the year.
Statesboro's softball team is in a bit of an unfamiliar position, but one they're glad to be a part of.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Drivers have been fretting about the second round of NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup championship for weeks.
You might say the Minnesota Vikings are pondering a quarterbacking dilemma.
The gaudy rushing, passing and receiving statistics being put up in the Southeastern Conference have grabbed headlines, but offensive balance is what leads to SEC titles.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A jury convicted a Florida man on Wednesday of first-degree murder in his retrial for killing a teenager after an argument over loud music.
A 10-point buck struck by a car Wednesday morning on Westside Road crashed through the windshield of a second vehicle, according to the Georgia State Patrol.
DALLAS - The first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States told health care workers on his initial hospital visit that he had recently been in an area affected by the deadly disease, but that information was not widely shared, a hospital official said Wednesday.
DENVER - A fight in Colorado over how United States history is taught has pitted the new conservative majority on a suburban Denver school board against students and teachers who accuse the board of censorship.
Whooping cough, measles and other preventable illnesses are making a comeback, thanks to an anti-vaccine movement whose members might surprise you.
Mr. Otis Waldo Campbell
ATHENS - Al Horford stood on the sideline during the first day of training camp Tuesday, tugging anxiously at his No. 15 jersey while his teammates went through a five-on-five drill.
ATHENS - Help is on the way for Hutson Mason and Georgia's struggling passing game.