DEAR DR. GOTT: At my last bone-density result conference, my doctor said that arthritis is just beginning to show up in my spine. Since the "invasion" was minimal, she indicated I do not have to do anything about it now. So, do I really just exercise to the best of my ability, or do I do something else until it gets worse, or is there some way to slow or stop the progression of arthritis?
CHIMALTENANGO, Guatemala - Tattoos, baggy pants and tank tops are out. Smart blazers and university recruits are in.
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.
EDITOR'S NOTE - A yearlong exploration by The Associated Press suggests that despite immense challenges, progress is gaining a foothold in pockets of Africa, in spheres ranging from democracy to education. And after minimal results from five decades of Western advice and aid, the progress is led by Africans themselves. This is Part V of the series.
Holiday Lights - Mozelle Blankenship's Nutcracker collection presented by Wal-Mart.
Holiday Lights - The lights of Guido Gardens presented by Lullaby Baby
GARDEN VALLEY, Idaho - If her battered joints are stiffening with the approach of winter, Jan Youren isn't complaining.
Holiday Lights - Melton's Christmas Village presented by Wise Nursery.
Watch Statesboro Cpl. Paul Medley's Christmas greeting here. To see all the videos click on the following link to the Coastal Courier Web site:
Holiday Lights - The lights of Roy Thompson's farm presented by 180 Fitness
DEAR ABBY: I am a professional woman in my late 20s. I admit to being commitment-phobic. I have no desire to be married or even in a relationship. I have always felt this way.
DEAR DR. GOTT: This is for the 51-year-old woman who is having irregular heartbeats. I was having the same problem, which began with infrequent palpitations, for years. They increased to several times a day, every day. I was also very tired. I, too, had the same tests she had, with the same results.
In the year ahead, the favors and kindness extended to others will likely be repaid in greater measure and have more influence on your welfare than ever before. It behooves you to do what you can for others whenever possible.
German foreign exchange student Arne Bencker is adapting well to the American style of basketball.
Elizabeth "Betty" Hall Adams
The Associated Press
Plans have been finalized for the wedding of Taylor ReAnn Miles, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Reggie Dale Miles of Hazlehurst, and William Bradford Stewart, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Moore Stewart Jr. of Statesboro.
A second-grade teacher writes: "I teach in a very competitive school where parents have developed a 'mob mentality' for bullying administrators and teachers. They have gone beyond helicopter parenting to Apache Blackhawk parenting."
MINNEAPOLIS - Teddy Bridgewater got hurt before he could finish a fine first NFL start.
Mr. and Mrs. Robin Rich of Statesboro are proud to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Hannah Elizabeth Rich, to Jacob Todd Zeigler, son of Mr. and Mrs. Perry Zeigler of Statesboro.
(Note: The following is the first of a series of articles looking at the history and evolution of agriculture in Georgia and Bulloch County.)
WASHINGTON - It's time for flu vaccines again. While the shot is important for the whole family, this year health officials have some different advice for different ages: Certain kids should opt for the ouchless nasal spray. Seniors, expect to get a new kind of pneumonia shot along with that flu jab.
A flock of blackbirds covers the field. Two hundred, maybe. Silent and still before rising, as though at the lift of some unseen maestro's baton, into the air in one loud flap like a bleached sheet on a clothesline. I watch and listen and shiver. Blackbirds. Sign of cold weather.
FERGUSON, Mo. - A Ferguson police officer was shot in the arm Saturday night after encountering two men at a community center who ran from him and then opened fire during a foot chase, authorities said.
ATHENS - Todd Gurley shook off a couple of defenders in the backfield, built up speed down the sideline, and saw another would-be tackler in his path.
GLENEAGLES, Scotland - Justin Rose swept that magical putter into the air before his ball even reached the hole, and he punched his right fist when it dropped for a birdie. Just like at Medinah, the final match in the Ryder Cup on Saturday gave Europe another big boost of momentum going into the last round.
PHILADELPHIA - Brothers B.J. and Justin Upton each homered and the Atlanta Braves held on for a 4-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday night.
DOVER, Del. - Kurt Busch looked around and saw NASCAR's biggest stars crowding his car. Dale Earnhardt, Bobby Labonte, Dale Jarrett all zooming past Busch and giving the rookie driver a reality check - his racing heroes from TV were now his toughest competitors on the track.
FLOWERY BRANCH - These days, the game looks so much slower to Julio Jones.