It is dry. Very dry. So dry that the new leaves on the holly trees at Sandhill have rolled into tight brown spirals that make them look like miniature cigars. They disintegrate into fine powder when pressed between my thumb and index finger.
BAGHDAD (AP) - U.S. and Iraqi troops searched house-to-house and combed fields with their bare hands Saturday after American troops and their Iraqi interpreter came under attack in the notorious ''triangle of death'' south of Baghdad, leaving five dead and three missing.
ATLANTA - The South, which has lagged for decades in most areas of education, is leading the country in early childhood education enrollment and quality, according to a report released Thursday by the Southern Education Foundation.
A Sylvania woman was killed in a traffic accident on Friday.
GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Georgia Southern softball team forced a deciding game, but Furman's Amber Kiser hit a walk-off double in the bottom of the ninth to give the Lady Paladins the 2007 Southern Conference Tournament Championship 3-2.
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Struggling to balance grief with a graduation celebration, Virginia Tech President Charles Steger handed out class rings Friday night to the families of students slain during last month's shooting rampage.
As images of the slain students and faculty flashed on a huge screen at Lane Stadium, Steger and Provost Mark McNamee handed out the rings and got hugs from the victims' relatives.
WAYCROSS - Officials closed a 35-mile stretch of Interstate 75 from the Georgia-Florida state line to Lake City, Fla., as well as a 40-mile stretch of Interstate 10, from U.S. 90 to U.S. 129, as a gigantic wildfire approached them Saturday morning.
CAMDEN, N.J. - Six Muslim men suspected of plotting to massacre U.S. soldiers at Fort Dix were ordered held without bail Friday.
Prosecutors argued that the men, all born outside the United States, pose a flight risk. They are being held at a federal detention center in Philadelphia.
DEAR ABBY: Next to your column in today's newspaper was an article about a coming fad. It's camouflage clothing for young children. In part, it read, "The juxtaposition of the rough and rugged with the soft babyness is what gives the look its ying-yang charm. Kids in camo are, quite simply, adorable."
You might have to make some adjustments in order to facilitate achieving your goals. Don't be afraid to make these changes because chances are they'll prove to be better and improve the quality of your targets.
DEAR DR. GOTT: My 83-year-old mother has suffered from debilitating fatigue for the last two years. She had mild anemia that responded to monthly Procrit injections, keeping her hemoglobin in the 12.8 to 13.5 range. She also has mild-to-moderate Alzheimer's, which has been treated with Namenda for the last year.
PORTAL - The Portal Panthers dropped Game One of the first-round three-game series of the Class A State Playoffs to the Wilcox County Patriots Friday, but when it came down to elimination, Brett Rivers pitched a complete game, struck out eight, led PHS to a 7-3 victory and forced a Game Three.
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Sophomore Robyne Siliga hit a two-out, bases-loaded, walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh to keep Georgia Southern in the Southern Conference Tournament, defeating UNC Greensboro 3-2 Friday at the UNCG Softball Stadium.
PITTSBURGH - Andruw Jones and Jeff Francoeur homered on consecutive pitches in the sixth inning to help the Atlanta Braves end their longest streak without a homer in 24 years, and manager Bobby Cox tied Sparky Anderson for fourth place in career victories with a 4-1 decision over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night.
HONOLULU - Iselle was supposed to weaken as it slowly trudged west across the Pacific. It didn't - and now Hawaii is poised to take its first direct hurricane hit in 22 years.
Jon Maxwell Middleton
For a number of years, Prevent Child Abuse Bulloch County has conducted the annual back-to-school supply drive, Stuff the Bus.
MARIETTA, Ga. - People across the country who want to memorialize the late 22-month-old Cooper Harris have created a fundraising campaign online to build a park in his memory.
LONDON - As a deadly Ebola outbreak continues in West Africa, health officials are working to calm fears about how the virus spreads, while encouraging those with symptoms to get medical care. Typically, outbreaks of the disease have been in other parts of the continent, not in West Africa.
SEATTLE - The Seattle Mariners handed Atlanta its eighth straight loss, with Dustin Ackley and Logan Morrison hitting home runs in the third inning to beat the Braves 7-3 Wednesday.
ATHENS - Coach Mark Richt isn't sure when Malcolm Mitchell and Justin Scott-Wesley will be cleared medically to play, so he's counting on Georgia's entire group of receivers to fill the void.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - After a bit of confusion, Tiger Woods finally arrived at Valhalla on Wednesday.
Once toe meets leather and the Georgia Southern Eagles play N.C. State on Aug. 30, one of the more interesting storylines to follow will be who trots out there to play defensive line.
BROOKLET - The end of the 2013 softball season couldn't have left a worse taste in the mouths of the Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets.
Mrs. Mildred Dykes Spivey
Mrs. Mildred Dykes Spivey
Reba Wood Barnes
Is a vacation good for your mental health? And if so, is that a good enough reason to take one?
The Georgia Southern University Police Department recently received an $8,000 grant from the Governor's Office of Highway Safety. The grant was awarded to purchase a CMI Intoxilyzer 9000, which will replace the current Intoxilyzer 5000.