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.
When you walk in the door of Dingus Magee's at lunch, chances are you will be met by owner, Stephanie Owens with her 100-watt smile, boundless energy and her trademark question, "You doing alright today?"
Today is my 31st birthday, which brings to mind one of the best parties I've ever thrown, my Low Country Boil Birthday Bash just a few years ago. The most popular search engine terms I receive on my food blog this time of year include phrases like "shrimp boil decorating ideas" and "Southern boil party." It's no wonder so many folks are looking for complimentary side dishes and décor ideas, now that the beautiful weather has returned to us and the spring breeze beckons us outdoors. This week, I'll share some easy entertaining tips for hosting ...
The 26th Annual Deen Day Smith Service to Mankind Awards, like the 25 before them, spotlighted Bulloch County residents who do many things for other people simply because that's what they want to do.
Because of scheduled system maintenance, we will not be able to make any changes to customers' accounts on Tuesday or Wednesday, April 8 and 9. Customers wishing to make a payment, schedule a start or stop or have their papers held for vacation should do so by 3 p.m. Monday, April 7. We anticipate being able to process customer transactions again starting after 8:30 a.m. Thursday, April 10. Customers who have questions should call Customer Service at (912) 489-9460.
LOS ANGELES - Mickey Rooney's approach to life was simple: "Let's put on a show!" He spent nine decades doing it, on the big screen, on television, on stage and in his extravagant personal life.
PRETORIA, South Africa - Fighting back tears, Oscar Pistorius began testifying at his murder trial on Monday by apologizing to the family of the girlfriend he shot dead.
George Strait won his second entertainer of the year - 25 years after he won his first - and Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban teamed up to earn top honors Sunday night at a jam-packed Academy of Country Music Awards that had a little something for everyone.
Though there were days when we thought winter would never end, the beauty surrounding us in shades of green and blossoms of every color convinces onlookers that spring actually has arrived. Don't waste a minute of this glorious season - get outdoors and smell the flowers, run barefoot in the grass, go for late-evening walks, and fire up the grill for a family picnic. Create some new springtime celebrations for your family to enjoy, or take part in the following April holidays.
Q: My 14-year-old daughter says I don't trust her because, unlike her best friend's parents, I won't allow her to stay home alone for several days while I go out of town. Her friend's parents do this at least once a month while they go to their second home, and their two teenagers - 14 and 16 - have thrown at least two raucous alcohol (and most likely sex) parties in their absence.
KABUL, Afghanistan - Millions of Afghans defied Taliban threats and rain Saturday, underscoring their enormous expectations from an election that comes as the country's wobbly government prepares to face down a ferocious insurgency largely on its own.
BERLIN - Michael Guhle met the love of his life on the beach of a little fishing village in Vietnam. Thi An Nguyen was selling freshly cooked mussels and fruit to the German tourist and they immediately clicked. Soon the Berlin nursing home worker was saving up all of his money and vacation days to visit Nguyen.
SAN DIEGO - A U.S. Navy warship reached a crippled sailboat hundreds of miles off the Mexican coast and was preparing Sunday to complete the rescue of a sick 1-year-old girl.
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ARLINGTON, Texas - Shabazz Napier looked up toward the Connecticut fans in the crowd at AT&T Stadium and held up one finger.
Beverly Youmans was shocked when she heard her name at a recent banquet.