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Bush makes holiday phone calls to U.S. troops around the world

WASHINGTON - President Bush made Christmas Eve calls to 10 U.S. troops serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and other spots around the world, thanking them for their sacrifice and wishing them a happy holiday even though they'll be far away from their families and friends.

January 08, 2008 | By DEB RIECHMANN Associated Press Writer | National


Leader of Iraq's Catholics urges emigrants to return in Christmas message

BAGHDAD - The spiritual leader of Iraq's Catholics made a Christmas appeal Monday for all those who have fled Iraq to return and help rebuild their shattered homeland, acknowledging that fear still persists even as the country enjoys one of its most peaceful holiday seasons in years.

January 08, 2008 | By ELENA BECATOROS Associated Press Writer | World


Virginia Tech victims' families lobby for state changes in gun, mental health laws

RICHMOND, Va. - As he sat in a hospital, watching blood ooze from his son Colin's gunshot wounds, Andrew Goddard negotiated with a higher power: Let my son live, and I will do what I can to spare another parent this torture.

January 07, 2008 | By KRISTEN GELINEAU Associated Press Writer | National


Beauty salons enlisted in fight against domestic violence

NEW YORK - At the Divas beauty salon, Spanish-language talk shows play on the TV, blow driers and scissors are at the ready and customers chat about everything from men to money to jobs.

January 07, 2008 | By CRISTIAN SALAZAR Associated Press Writer | National


Pakistan opposition leader Bhutto says ruling party failing to fight Islamic militants

LARKANA, Pakistan - Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto accused the government Sunday of failing to crush Islamic militants, days after a suicide bombing killed 56 people during prayers in a mosque.

January 07, 2008 | By ASHRAF KHAN Associated Press Writer | World


Today in History - December 23

Today is Sunday, Dec. 23, the 357th day of 2007. There are eight days left in the year.

January 07, 2008 | The Associated Press | National


Deported former Milwaukee police officer arrives in Mexico

GUADALAJARA, Mexico - The U.S. deported a man to Mexico on Sunday who had taken a dead cousin's identity to pose as a citizen in order to become a Milwaukee police officer.

January 07, 2008 | By GUILLERMO ARIAS Associated Press Writer | National


Living out parable of giving, congregation receives joy in return

CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio - The Rev. Hamilton Coe Throckmorton shivered with anticipation as he gazed at the loot - wads of $50 bills piled high beside boxes of crayons in a Sunday school classroom.

January 07, 2008 | By HELEN O’NEILL AP Special Correspondent | National


Boro man selected to Agri-Leaders development program

Elliott Marsh of Statesboro has been selected as a participant in the Georgia Agri-Leaders Forum's Leadership Development Program for 2008. Marsh, coordinator and instructor of agribusiness courses, is employed with Ogeechee Technical College in Statesboro. Jimmy Hill, executive manager of the Georgia Agri-Leaders Forum Foundation, said, "Elliott was chosen to participate in the year-long leadership program because of his involvement in and commitment to Georgia agriculture."

January 07, 2008 | Special to the Herald | Business


AP Impact: Americans' debt woes expanding. Now it's unpaid credit card bills that are rising.

SAN FRANCISCO - Americans are falling behind on their credit card payments at an alarming rate, sending delinquencies and defaults surging by double-digit percentages in the last year and prompting warnings of worse to come.

January 07, 2008 | By RACHEL KONRAD Associated Press Writer | National


Britain's Queen Elizabeth, an icon of tradition, launches video site on YouTube

LONDON - Just call her Queen e-Lizabeth.

January 07, 2008 | By THOMAS WAGNER Associated Press Writer | World


For some, the writers strike is the Grinch that stole Christmas

LOS ANGELES - Nearly two months without paychecks. Scores of shuttered shows. Thousands out of work. The Hollywood writers strike suggests a bleak Christmas for many in Tinsel Town.

January 07, 2008 | By SANDY COHEN AP Entertainment Writer | National


Police Report – December 24

Note: All information included in this report is taken from law enforcement incident reports and arrest records, which are public records and available for review at any and all local law enforcement agencies. Not every arrest leads to a conviction. Guilt or innocence is determined by the court system.

January 07, 2008 | Herald staff reports | Crime Report


Holiday shoppers crowd stores on last weekend before Christmas, as stores remain on edge

NEW YORK - The nation's shoppers - taking advantage of deep discounts and expanded hours - jammed stores over the last weekend before Christmas to try to grab a hard-to-find Wii or scoop up bargains on other items. But the spending surge may not be enough to offset what is shaping up to be a mediocre December for some retailers.

January 07, 2008 | The Associated Press | Nation


Gaza's Christians keep low profile during Christmas after slaying of activist

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Gaza's tiny Christian community is keeping a low profile this Christmas, traumatized by the killing of a prominent activist in the wake of Hamas' takeover of the coastal territory.

January 07, 2008 | By SARAH EL DEEB Associated Press Writer | World


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Blue Devils to be featured at Erk Russell Classic

With Friday night's Fourth of July celebrations fresh in the minds of local residents, it's hard to believe that in just 50 days the midair explosions of fireworks will be replaced with the pad-crunching hard hits of Statesboro High football.

July 04, 2014 | By MIKE ANTHONY manthony@statesboroherald.com | Prep Sports 360


Navy vet takes lead at Greenbrier

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. - Billy Hurley III has been waiting for a breakthrough moment on the PGA Tour. On Independence Day, the former U.S. Navy officer might have set himself up for one this weekend in the Greenbrier Classic.

July 04, 2014 | By JOHN RABY AP Sports Writer | Sports


Federer back in finals

LONDON - Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic will meet for the Wimbledon title after the old guard held off the new in the semifinals Friday at the All England Club.

July 04, 2014 | By STEPHEN WILSON AP Sports Writer | Sports


Germany, Brazil first to advance into semifinals

RIO DE JANEIRO - It just wouldn't be the World Cup without Germany in the semifinals.

July 04, 2014 | By STEVE DOUGLAS AP Sports Writer | Sports


Tour de France gears up for UK start

LEEDS, England - So your national team is out of the World Cup in Brazil, Wimbledon doesn't seem the same without Serena Williams or Rafael Nadal and your baseball team is slumping.

July 04, 2014 | By JAMEY KEATEN Associated Press | Sports


Gilliland takes poll for Coke Zero 400

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - David Gilliland might have summed up Daytona qualifying best.

July 04, 2014 | By MARK LONG AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Statesboro man arrested on drug sale charges

Officers arrested a man Thursday after he led them on a vehicle chase and eventually had to be subdued with a Taser, according to the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office.

July 04, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


7 arrested on drug, weapons charges in Statesboro

Seven people - including a man who was shot during an attempted robbery Sunday evening - were arrested Thursday after officers responded to an apartment trying to find a man wanted for selling cocaine, according to the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office.

July 04, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Perdue, Kingston talk immigration

By CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY

July 04, 2014 | | Local


Bulloch County schools preparing for new Georgia standardized tests

When Bulloch County public school students set foot in their classrooms on Aug. 1, they will notice some changes.

July 04, 2014 | By JENNIFER ARTHURS Herald Intern | Local


North Carolina coast survives Hurricane Arthur

KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. - Proving far less damaging than feared, Hurricane Arthur left tens of thousands of people without power Friday in a swipe at North Carolina's dangerously exposed Outer Banks, then brought lousy Fourth of July beach weather to the Northeast as it veered out to sea.

July 04, 2014 | By EMERY P. DALESIO Associated Press | Nation


An early, encouraging glimpse of 2015 Georgia health insurance rates

At least three health insurers plan to offer insurance statewide in Georgia's exchange for 2015.

July 04, 2014 | By ANDY MILLER Georgia Health News | Local




Pilcher-Kent

Dr. and Mrs. Britt Pilcher of Kathleen, Ga., are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Brenna Elizabeth Pilcher, to William Allen Kent, son of the Reverend Bill Kent of Pitts, Ga., and the late Mrs. Cindy Kent.

July 03, 2014 | | Weddings


On a roll — finally

ATLANTA - The Braves, finding new ways to create runs, have regained the lead in the NL East with their best two-week stretch of the season.

July 03, 2014 | By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Braves


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