Tonight Show host Jay Leno proclaimed, "Now there are more overweight people in America than average-weight people. So overweight people are now average, which means you've met your New Year's resolution."
I used to have fall foliage envy until I realized that "leaf peeping" season for our northern neighbors signaled the end of their gardening year. Along the southeastern coastal plain, our fall foliage display may not be as spectacular (and actually comes later in the season) but fall also brings with it some of the most colorful flowers of the year and another wonderful season of gardening.
Everyone in Statesboro knows what an important role United States Highway 301 has played in the growth of Bulloch County over the last 80 years. Begun in 1926, 301 was originally designed and intended to be part of U.S. Highway 17, and a spur of U.S. Highway 1. To the north of Bulloch County, 301 bore the name of "Burton's Ferry Road," and throughout the Mid-Atlantic region was known as "The Tobacco Trail."
Reminders of the changing season are all around us. It is time to begin a decorating transition in our homes. We can start at our entries, both front and back. Just as a garland of greenery can be draped around our doors at Christmas time, the same idea can be used with sticks, twigs, and grapevine for the fall season. Live or silk greenery and leaves in fall colors of oranges, browns, and burgundies can be intertwined among your twig garland. Strands of berries are an effective way to add color across your garland.
Popular evangelist Chuck Swindoll was speaking on the theme of grace and its relationship to God's will on his radio program "Insight for Livin.," He was looking at material from Paul's letter to the churches of Galatia, and among his textual references for the day was this sobering one from chapter 1:
I noticed it, what at first appeared to be a matted, wadded up piece of spider web, as I started down the back steps. It was hanging from the dryer vent moving just slightly in the breeze. As I reached to pull it away I realized that it was a fragment of leaf attached to a thin twig attached to a larger twig stuffed inside the vent, not just dangling on the edge.
Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Gorman of Washington, D.C., announce the engagement of their daughter, Jill Stevens Gorman Blackmon of Hagan, Ga., to Paul Foy Smith, son of Paula Banks Smith and the late Jasper Edmund "Ed" Smith Jr.
The plans have been finalized for the wedding of Jami Teal Barrow and Brian Wayne Newland.
Mr. and Mrs. Lewis K. Cason of Brooklet announce the engagement of their daughter, Thelma Diane "Tootie" of Brooklet, to William A. Hickman, son of Tammy Hurst and Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Hickman.
Sharon Holloway Sowards of Bluffton, S.C., and Mr. and Mrs. Gary and Sarah Sowards of Chelsea, Ala., announce the engagement of their daughter, Susannah Lynn Gooding, to Keary Don Cuebas, son of Mr. and Mrs. Billy and Vicki Lewis of North Augusta, Ga., and Mr. and Mrs. Jose and Tommette Cuebas of Warner Robins, Ga.
Cynthia Lane Armstrong and Henry Trigg Chaplin were united in marriage on March 24, 2007, at the home of the bride. The Rev. Doug Carpenter officiated the 5 p.m. double ring ceremony.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Lane Armstrong of Statesboro announce the engagement of their daughter, Charlotte Elaine, to Michael Wade Elliott, son of the late Donald R. Elliott of Calvert County, Md.
MOSCOW - High-level talks Friday between the United States and Russia failed to bridge major differences over U.S. plans for a missile defense system in Europe and a range of strategic arms issues.
PALO ALTO, Calif. - Former Vice President Al Gore, newly named co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, said Friday he hopes the honor will ''elevate global consciousness'' about the challenges of global warming.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The mighty river delta that supplies water to two-thirds of California's population and serves as one of the most important wildlife habitats on the West Coast is in worse shape than ever despite $4.7 billion in government spending.
Editor's note: This is the third of three parts of the Associated Press' interview with Republican Senate candidates Jack Kingston and David Perdue.
LONDON - Novak Djokovic won his second Wimbledon title and denied Roger Federer his record eighth by outlasting the Swiss player in five sets Sunday.
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ATLANTA - Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons wasted no time recovering from a rare two-error inning.
Editor's note: This is the second of three parts of the Associated Press' interview with Republican Senate candidates Jack Kingston and David Perdue. Part three will run in Tuesday's print edition of the Statesboro Herald.
School superintendents in Bulloch and Evans counties say they prefer to rely on law enforcement response instead of arming teachers or other school employees. But now that state law allows it, school officials in Effingham County might take a look.
The cost to attend college has risen sharply over the years. Not surprisingly, so has the number of college graduates with large amounts of debt.
BRASILIA, Brazil - This time for Argentina, it was less about Lionel Messi and more about the men behind him.
HARROGATE, England - Mark Cavendish went down in a late crash. Marcel Kittel's hands went up in victory. And British royals who turned out for the Tour de France debut in England witnessed new signs of a changing of the guard among two of the world's top sprinters.
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. - Billy Hurley III doesn't plan to lose much rest sitting on a third-round lead for the first time on the PGA Tour.
LONDON - Petra Kvitova overwhelmed Eugenie Bouchard 6-3, 6-0 in less than an hour Saturday to win Wimbledon for the second time in the most lop-sided final in more than two decades.
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A total of six people - including one found hiding in a suitcase inside a closet - were arrested Friday in two separate investigations into drug sale or possession, according to the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office.
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.
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.