Next week, students all across the state will begin taking mandatory tests - even those in first grade.
Delta and Northwest executives want to smoothly complete their deal to create the world's largest airline by the end of the year. But investors reacted negatively Tuesday, amid word there are no plans for further domestic flight cuts as well as the challenges of integrating companies with contrasting cultures, planes and labor relations.
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE - Traveling on his first papal journey to the United States, Pope Benedict XVI confronted the clergy sex abuse scandal, saying Tuesday that he was ''deeply ashamed'' of the problem and vowing to keep pedophiles out of the priesthood.
JERUSALEM - Former President Carter angered Israel's government Tuesday by embracing a Hamas politician during a visit to the West Bank, ignoring Israeli and U.S. designation of the Islamic militants as a terror group.
KAMPALA, Uganda - Sobbing Ugandan parents sifted through the ashes of a school dormitory Tuesday, searching for their daughters after a fire swept through the building, killing 19 schoolgirls and two adults.
CAIRO, Egypt - An Egyptian military court on Tuesday convicted 25 key members of Egypt's largest opposition group and sentenced them to up to 10 years in jail, a security official said.
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Tuesday defended the commitment of the nation's diplomats, despite recent resistance by many foreign services officers to a proposal to require tours in Iraq.
NEW DELHI - Two years after coming out of the bush, Nepal's Maoists are marching across the Himalayan kingdom - just not in the way many thought they would.
AIRPORT CITY, Israel - Former President Jimmy Carter said Monday he hoped to help open talks between Hamas and U.S. leaders, saying Washington's policy of not meeting with people it labeled terrorists was counterproductive.
PITTSBURGH - Democratic Sen. Barack Obama on Monday questioned rival Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's opposition to free trade agreements that some voters contend have eliminated thousands of U.S. jobs and mocked her weekend visit to an Indiana bar as pandering to the working class.
NEW YORK - About two weeks after he was released from prison, Freddie Johnson was arrested on charges of illegally rubbing up against a woman on a crowded Manhattan subway train.
SAN ANGELO, Texas - A court began laying the groundwork Monday to sort out the custody arrangements for hundreds of young children seized from a polygamist sect, with nearly four dozen lawyers seeking to represent the children in attendance.
DETROIT - The City Council rebuffed embattled Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's attempts to propose a budget on Monday, the latest sign of increasingly frosty relations between the mayor and city leaders.
ATLANTA - Northwest pilots have threatened to oppose a combination with Delta if the decision-makers don't keep the pilots' interests in mind. That may not be enough to stop the carriers from pushing ahead with a deal.
SOQUEL, Calif. - As the state prepares to spray the San Francisco Bay Area with pesticides to fight an invasive moth, local officials are worrying not only about the potential impact on human health, but on local commerce as well.
DEARBORN, Mich. - Jeff Buczkiewicz stood before the chair Abraham Lincoln was sitting in when he was assassinated 150 years ago. He peered silently into the glass-enclosed case at the rocking chair, then snapped pictures for posterity.
DENVER - Detectives in Denver were on the hunt for an increasingly brazen shooter.
CHICAGO - Trying to slim down? Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig scored the best marks for effectiveness in a review of research on commercial diet programs, but many other plans just haven't been studied enough to evaluate long-term results.
On Time Fashion, located at 19 North Main Street across from the Bulloch County Courthouse, is known for quality mens and boys wear for every style and budget.
Even though 180 Fitness offers nearly 50 group fitness classes per week, you may not realize that they also offer a program that specifically targets senior adults! It's called the Healthways SilverSneakers Fitness Program. Through SilverSneakers, several individual health plans and group retirement plans may provide a free gym membership to their insured.
Forest Heights Pharmacy is a service driven pharmacy. Everything they offer, be it free in town delivery, convenient drive thru window service, prescriptions that are ready in minutes not hours, Medicare part D help, Medication Therapy Management (MTM) or compounding services - the goal is to benefit their customers.
Bernard's Jewelers owners Pamela Anderson, Polly Reed Schuman and Pamela Reed have just returned from market and packed every inch of their beautiful little jewelry store "that service built."
Sherry Lynn's Farm Girl Miscellany and Sherry Lynn's Salon is located at 8 East Vine Street behind the Sea Island Bank's downtown drive thru.
Marc and Danielle Nauts are the owners of B&R Accounting & Taxes at 45 East Main Street. They share office space with their other company, B&R Treasures & Treats.
Renee Kalloniatis became the owner of Grace Gardens in June 2014.
Forest Heights Pharmacy, located at 4439 Country Club Road, was founded by the late Joel Sikes in 2006. He was a long time Brooklet resident. Joel sold the business to Ben Ross in 2008 after he became ill. Ben is a second generation pharmacist/pharmacy owner who grew up working in his dad's pharmacy, Ross Drug, in Sylvania. Ben, his wife, Lauren and their two girls, Lanie and Lucy Kate, are active Bulloch County residents.
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