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.
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Adoption is supposed to be a refuge for parentless children, but for Stephen Wells it was a house of horrors.
WASHINGTON - Say what? The 2008 presidential campaign theme could be ''Oops! What I meant was ...''
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Note: The following begins a four-part series on the expansion of rail service in Bulloch County.
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.
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.
PRETORIA, South Africa - Oscar Pistorius will probably testify at his trial later this week, a defense attorney said Tuesday after prosecutors rested their case against the double-amputee runner who is accused of murder in his girlfriend's death.
WASHINGTON - Seemingly divided, the Supreme Court struggled Tuesday with the question of whether companies have religious rights, a case challenging President Barack Obama's health overhaul and its guarantee of birth control in employees' preventive care plans.
The Belle House was filled to capacity with local coaches, players, parents and supporters at last Thursday's Fellowship of Christian Athletes Fundraising Banquet.
BRUNSWICK - U.S. Coast Guard crews and others were searching Tuesday for two people who were aboard a small plane that went missing in the St. Simons Island area.
HONG KONG - Investigators are closer to solving an international aviation mystery thanks to a British communications satellite and classroom physics.
NORFOLK, Va. - A sailor was fatally shot aboard a guided-missile destroyer docked at the world's largest naval base late Monday, and security forces killed the lone suspect, according to the Navy.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Malaysia said Tuesday that it has narrowed the search for a downed jetliner to an area the size of Alaska in the southern Indian Ocean, while Australia said improved weather would allow the hunt for possible debris from the plane to resume.
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