Many in Bulloch County recognize that the Mathis' and Matthews' families were some of the first to settle in the area. Their first ancestor, as far as I have been able to ascertain, would be Robert Edward Mathis. He came from the small Welsh town of Mathias. Robert was born in 1640, and married Sarah Bishop. They had two children: James Ezekiel Mathis, born in 1670 and Edmund Mathis, born in 1675.
BOISE, Idaho - Idaho Sen. Larry Craig resigned Saturday over a men's room sex sting, bowing to pressure from fellow Republicans worried about a scandal dimming their election prospects.
BAGHDAD - Civilian deaths rose slightly in August as a huge suicide attack in the north two weeks ago offset security gains elsewhere, making it the second deadliest month for Iraqis since the U.S. troop buildup began, according to figures compiled Saturday by The Associated Press.
SALT LAKE CITY - For nearly four weeks a mining community in central Utah held out hope that six men trapped in a coal mine cave-in would be found alive. That hope is gone now that federal mine officials have suspended the search for the men.
OAKLAND, Calif. - A maze of wooden planks and glass panes is gradually taking shape among the austere office buildings of downtown Oakland, a structure alternately described as a bee hive, an inverted basket or a nuclear reactor.
ARLINGTON, Va. - While it's the start of the school year for most U.S. students, children at Barcroft Elementary have been at their desks for nearly a month - and they're fine with that.
NEW YORK - Retiree Gene O'Brien hurried to the World Trade Center site after Sept. 11, 2001, as a volunteer helping to shuttle supplies to police and fire workers. Some days, his only ID to get into the disaster site was a tattoo on his forearm.
EDITOR'S NOTE - Labor Day 2007 comes during a period of high-pitched debate about an increasingly visible segment of the work force - illegal immigrants. But when an influx of immigrant workers and their families, legal and not, revives a fading town and creates new relationships, the discussion gets more complicated. Here's a look at one such community.
Virginia Anne Franklin and Bill Waters were united in marriage on August 18, 2007, at four o'clock p.m. The double ring ceremony took place at the Hideaway, the home of the bride, on Savannah Avenue. Judge Henry Scott Allen of Augusta officiated. Dr. Delma Eugene Presley of Statesboro was the lay liturgist.
Jana Christine Altman and David Michael Newland were united in marriage at seven o'clock in the evening on Saturday, May 26, 2007. Dr. Charles Houston at Statesboro First United Methodist Church performed the ceremony.
Jenny Rebecca Hall and Brooks Clark Blumenthal were united in marriage at half past six in the evening on Saturday, October 14, 2006. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Charles Fiveash at The Mansion on Forsyth Park in Savannah.
Note: The following is the third part of a four-part series on the expansion of rail service in Bulloch County.
The Minnesota Vikings have made their in-person pitch to Adrian Peterson, the latest step toward resolving the star running back's unclear status.
WASHINGTON - Sharply divided along familiar lines, the Supreme Court took up a politically charged new challenge to President Barack Obama's health overhaul Wednesday in a dispute over the tax subsidies that make insurance affordable for millions of Americans.
Ogeechee Technical College signed articulation agreements with Valdosta State University on Wednesday, simplifying student transition between the two institutions of higher education.
BOSTON - The question, for all practical purposes, is no longer whether Dzhokhar Tsarnaev took part in the Boston Marathon bombing. It's whether he deserves to die for it.
Statesboro police are seeking a woman reported missing since Feb. 24.
Mr. Billy A. "Coon Dog" Kendrick
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Nick Markakis is looking forward to opening day in Atlanta. Crabcakes down south, that's another story.
ATLANTA - North Carolina needed a boost after failing to win consecutive games in a rough February.
FALL RIVER, Mass. - A state police trooper who specializes in fingerprint analysis testified Tuesday in the murder trial of Aaron Hernandez that the fingerprints of the former NFL player and his alleged victim, Odin Lloyd, were found inside a car that was allegedly used to drive Lloyd to his death.
ATLANTA - Jeff Teague scored 25 points, Al Horford added 18 and the NBA-leading Atlanta Hawks rallied from an 18-point deficit to win their fifth straight game, 104-96 over the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night.
WASHINGTON - Bitterly admitting defeat, House Republicans on Tuesday abandoned their attempts to use the Homeland Security Department's spending bill to force concessions from President Barack Obama on immigration, and sent him legislation to fund the agency through the end of the budget year with no strings attached.
WASHINGTON - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Congress on Tuesday that an emerging agreement between Iran and the United States would all but guarantee that Tehran gets nuclear weapons and would be a very bad deal, drawing an extraordinarily blunt rebuttal from President Barack Obama.
SELMA, Ala. - When the nation's first black president steps onto the Edmund Pettus Bridge to honor the marchers beaten there 50 years ago, he'll be standing on a structure that's at once synonymous with the civil rights struggle and a tribute to a reputed Ku Klux Klan leader.
ATLANTA - Georgia prison officials were indecisive about whether to proceed with a cloudy lethal injection drug, at one point saying they weren't sure whether they checked "this week's or last week's" batch, according to court documents.
Georgia Southern University's Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health welcomes retired Army Maj. Gen. David Rubenstein, FACHE, to campus as the featured speaker for the Healthcare Symposium on Wednesday from 2-3:15 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center.