WASHINGTON - While the words ''merit pay'' drew hisses and boos at a recent teachers' union convention, educators are endorsing contracts that pay bonuses for boosting students' test scores.
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Adoption is supposed to be a refuge for parentless children, but for Stephen Wells it was a house of horrors.
WASHINGTON - Say what? The 2008 presidential campaign theme could be ''Oops! What I meant was ...''
ATLANTA - Rookie right-hander Micah Owings went 4-for-4, including a pair of mammoth homers, drove in six runs and scored four times while pitching three-hit ball through seven innings as the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Atlanta Braves 12-6 on Saturday night.
The easels are lined up, the dance floor is down and the piano is tuned. It's time to sign up for the Averitt Center for the Arts' fall season of community instructional programming.
ATLANTA - Brandon Webb isn't one of those guys who claims ignorance about his stats. He knows as well as anyone just how long he's gone without giving up a run, and what he needs to do to reach an amazing milestone.
Well, here's the latest update: He's two shutouts away from Orel Hershiser.
Jerry Wayne Hendrix Jr. and Traci Lucas Fulmer of Statesboro announce the engagement of their daughter, Brandi Lynn Hendrix of Statesboro, to Jason Edward Shuman, son of William and Patricia Davis.
Dr. (Col.) Harry and Minister Brenda Holiday of Valdosta and Carlos McNeely of Savannah announce the engagement of their daughter, Sheila McNeely of Statesboro, to Stacy Lamont Jordan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Willie and Linda Faye Mercer and the late Charlie Willie Jordan of Portal.
Mr. and Mrs. Stuart E. Barton III of Demorest, formerly of Statesboro, announce the engagement of their daughter, Laurie Lynn of Macon, to Stuart Lee Pippin of Forsyth, son of Janice Pippin and the late James Pippin of Forsyth.
Rachelle Taylor became the bride of Justin Meadows during a 7 p.m. ceremony held on May 12, 2007, at Meinhardt Vineyards. Bro. Ed Neubert officiated.
It was a spur-of-the-moment jaunt. A whim. An impulse. Katherine and I were visiting our friend Lee Lee in Atlanta one hot summer weekend and, with nothing in particular to do, the three of us decided that a Braves game might be fun. I had never been to a Braves game and, though my awakening to the truth of baseball as metaphor for practically the entire human experience was yet to come, I was eager to get to Fulton County Stadium and immerse myself in the iconic sights and sounds and smells.
Occasionally a study or survey is reported suggesting a link between active religious faith and physical and/or mental well-being. Though there are many exceptions to this, people who go to church, statistically speaking, experience better health than those who avoid spiritual groups. A number of reasons are suggested for this connection, including (1) the fact that Christianity teaches respect for the body, and (2) the positive social relationships that can be found in religious circles.
Note: The following begins a four-part series on the expansion of rail service in Bulloch County.
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic - Jamaica opened shelters nationwide on Saturday and Cuba declared a ''state of alert'' as the Caribbean's warm waters fueled a strengthening Hurricane Dean, with forecasters predicting the storm could grow to a powerful Category 5.
BEIJING - Floodwaters from heavy rains poured into two coal mines in a town in eastern China, leaving 181 miners trapped and feared dead, government officials and state media said Saturday.
The average American family's financial picture may be flat or even flailing, set against a backdrop of little lucrative work for men who didn't go to college and an income gap between the richest and everyone else that is widening. But for all the headlines and hand wringing, not much has been said about how marriage could stabilize families.
Mrs. Eva Roberson Bland Blackburn
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Madison Bumgarner pitched five innings of near-perfect relief and the San Francisco Giants held off the Kansas City Royals 3-2 Wednesday night in Game 7 of the World Series for their third championship in five seasons.
SYLVANIA - When Ron Duncan arrived at Screven County prior to the 2012 season, the Gamecocks were in a decade-long rut.
Halfway through the season, the Metter Tigers found themselves with their backs against the wall.
Back in 2010, New Orleans went 11-5 and Seattle was 7-9. But the Saints were a wild card for the playoffs and the Seahawks won their division.
ATHENS - The NCAA said Wednesday that Georgia star running back Todd Gurley must sit out until Nov. 15 for accepting more than $3,000 for autographed memorabilia and other items over a two-year period.
ATLANTA - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is joining GOP candidates across the country increasingly working to tie their Democratic opponents to President Barack Obama in the final days of his campaign against Jason Carter, the grandson of former President Jimmy Carter.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is crossing his fingers that Republicans won't come close to capturing the six Senate seats they need to seize the majority in next week's election. But for Vice President Joe Biden, there's a silver lining if Republicans fall just short.
More than 3,000 people packed Statesboro High School's Womack Field Saturday to catch the sounds of the 38th Annual East Georgia Marching Band Festival.
PORTAL - The Portal Panthers celebrated their homecoming two weeks ago, but a few more alums will get an encore performance when Jenkins County comes to town on Friday night.
Mrs. Ginger Martin Miller
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Lorenzo Cain looped a two-run single and Eric Hosmer chopped a two-run double over shortstop in a seven-run second inning as the Kansas City Royals battered the San Francisco Giants 10-0 Tuesday night to force a decisive Game 7 in the World Series.
A contrite Jeff Monken accepted responsibility on Tuesday for a football recruiting trip that happened a month after he was hired as head coach at Army and resulted in minor NCAA violations.
Mississippi State, Florida State, Auburn and Mississippi are the top four teams in the first College Football Playoff rankings.