What will make the year ahead one of your more happier and fortunate ones will be your friends playing such helpful roles in your affairs. In each situation where a pal steps in to assist you in some way, the results will be favorable.
NEW ORLEANS - A powerful storm and likely a tornado hit the New Orleans area early Tuesday, killing an elderly woman, injuring at least 16 other people, and damaging dozens of business and homes in a region still trying to recover from Hurricane Katrina.
SALT LAKE CITY - An off-duty police officer having an early Valentine's Day dinner with his wife was credited Tuesday with helping stop a rampage in a crowded shopping mall by an 18-year-old gunman who killed five people before he was cut down.
For three weeks this March and April, Microsoft Corp. warns that users of its calendar programs ''should view any appointments ... as suspect until they communicate with all meeting invitees.''
DEAR ABBY: I took my grandsons to see a movie. They were looking forward to our outing all week. As we stood in line to buy tickets, I realized I had only a $20 bill in my wallet.
DEAR DR. GOTT: Is it harmful for a person to consume candle wax? My 10-year-old granddaughter has flameless candles (no wick) in her bedroom that melt into liquid when placed on a candle warmer. I have seen her eat both the melted and unmelted wax.
John Donne wrote, "Hail, Bishop Valentine, whose day this is, / All the air is thy Diocese."
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.
WASHINGTON - Maybe Susan B. Anthony and Sacagawea should not take public rejection personally. It's not easy overcoming people's indifference to dollar coins, even those honoring such historic figures.
NASSAU, Bahamas - Photographs of Anna Nicole Smith in bed embracing the Bahamian immigration minister who approved her application for permanent residency here revived a political scandal in the islands Monday.
SAVANNAH, Ga. - A small plane broke apart in the air and scattered wreckage over 1.5 miles when it crashed on Fort Stewart over the weekend, killing the pilot and his three passengers flying from Florida to South Carolina to buy a recreational vehicle.
Winners at Sunday's 49th Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles:
ATLANTA - Artists Gnarls Barkley and rappers T.I. and Ludacris were among the Georgia artists who won Grammys in Sunday night's awards show by the Recording Academy in Los Angeles.
Gregg Ponder has been named to the position of Assistant Vice President at Farmers and Merchants Bank. Rick Nessmith, President of FMB, explained that Ponder's official title will be Assistant Vice President-Loan Officer.
A number of changes, both socially and financially, could be in the offing in the year ahead. However, certain good friendships you've established will be helpful in ways you don't expect.
By FRED LIEF
BROOKLET - As the Region 1-AAA boys tournament began Tuesday evening, Southeast Bulloch knew exactly what the task was.
The script was flipped on Georgia Southern during its last road trip.
AUGUSTA - Richmond Academy exploded for 21 points in the fourth quarter and eliminated the Statesboro Blue Devils from the Region 3-AAAA tournament with a 66-58 win on Tuesday in Augusta.
NEW ORLEANS - Georgia Southern men's soccer has a new home with the re-introduction of the Sun Belt Conference for men's soccer. The Eagles will compete in the six-team league beginning in the fall of 2014 with an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament on the line.
Warmer temperatures are probably not far off and even though winter may not be completely over with, it's time to go ahead and start planning your strategy.
ATLANTA - B.J. Upton would like a do-over on his debut season with the Braves.
LOS ANGELES - This is what Tom Watson knows about the American with a big lead in the Ryder Cup standings.
SOCHI, Russia - The most decorated country in Winter Olympic history earned four more medals Tuesday, and the most famous snowboarder in the world had his hopes for a third straight gold in the halfpipe dashed.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Southeastern Conference's efforts to upgrade men's basketball remain a work in progress.
At first, Bulloch County Schools announced Tuesday afternoon that classes would be held as scheduled Wednesday.
David Pennington says that if elected, he will be Georgia's first limited-government, conservative Republican governor.
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. Arrest photos are available for viewing at statesboroherald.com/arrests/
June Eileen Hart
BROOKLET - The Southeast Bulloch girls had to fight and claw through the majority of their Region 1-AAA tournament opener Monday night, but a steady resolve and a big fourth quarter run paved the way for a 56-38 victory over Appling County.