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‘Fun’ teacher may be tops in Georgia

Teaching her 11th grade U.S. history class at Southeast Bulloch High School on Tuesday, Tiffany Todd doesn't stand in one place for very long. She's always moving around the classroom, navigating between rows of desks as she keeps her students focused on the lesson with sing alongs and constant interaction.

February 11, 2009 | By ROGER ALLEN Special to the Herald | Local


Police Report - February 12

(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.)

February 11, 2009 | From Staff Reports | Crime Report


Peanut Co. owner refuses to testify to Congress

WASHINGTON - The owner of a peanut company refused to testify to Congress on Wednesday amid the disclosure that he urged his workers to ship bacteria-tainted products, pleading with employees to at least "turn the raw peanuts on the floor into money."

Stewart Parnell, owner of Peanut Corp. of America, repeatedly invoked his right not to incriminate himself after sitting before the House subcommittee holding a hearing on a national salmonella outbreak blamed on his company.

February 11, 2009 | By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR and BRETT J. BLACKLEDGE Associated Press Writers | World


Stimulus pared to $789 billion in race for deal

WASHINGTON - House and Senate negotiators agreed to pare economic stimulus legislation below $800 billion and reached for a final deal with the White House on Wednesday on a bill designed to create millions of jobs in a nation reeling from recession.

"Time's getting short," said Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, one of a handful of Senate moderates whose votes are crucial to the bill's passage.

February 11, 2009 | By DAVID ESPO AP Special Correspondent | World


Valentine's fails to jump-start loveless economy

Even in this loveless economy, chocolate and a candlelit dinner have a date for Valentine's Day. Diamonds and special-delivery flowers, though, are on the outs.

February 10, 2009 | By BETSY VERECKEY and MARC LEVY AP Business Writers | World


Police Report - February 11

(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.)

February 10, 2009 | From Staff Reports | Crime Report


Studio Statesboro Vodcast - 2009 Citizen of the Year; Boro Business with Jan Moore: Prom

Studio Statesboro Vodcast - Tuesday, February 10, 2008

February 10, 2009 | MATTHEW BANKHEAD/Producer mbankhead@statesboroherald.com | Local


A-Rod admits using performance-enhancing drugs

NEW YORK - Alex Rodriguez's reputation is in tatters, his credibility shredded. Having admitted that he, too, cheated in baseball's steroids era, the New York Yankees star must go about rebuilding his image in the eyes of teammates, opponents and fans.

Following a weekend Sports Illustrated report that he flunked a drug test six years ago, baseball's highest-paid player told ESPN on Monday he used banned substances while playing with the Texas Rangers from 2001-03 to justify his 10-year, $252 million contract.

February 10, 2009 | By RONALD BLUM AP Baseball Writer | Crime Report


GM cuts 10,000 salaried jobs, trims employees' pay

NEW YORK - General Motors Corp. is planning to slash another 10,000 salaried jobs this year, saying the cuts are unavoidable with a government restructuring deadline looming and industrywide sales in one of the worst downturns in history.

The Detroit-based automaker said Tuesday it will reduce its total number of white-collar workers by 14 percent to 63,000. About 3,400, or 12 percent, of GM's 29,500 salaried U.S. jobs will be eliminated.

February 10, 2009 | By BREE FOWLER Associated Press Writer | World


Obama warns of risk of economic 'catastrophe'

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama, in the first nationally televised evening news conference of his young presidency, demanded that lawmakers pass an $800-billion-plus economic recovery plan, or risk turning "a crisis into a catastrophe."

February 10, 2009 | Associated Press | World


Police: Juvenile arrested in auto break-ins, burglaries

Statesboro Police arrested a juvenile Friday they said was responsible for a series of entering auto incidents. Chief Stan York said detectives, following up on information that the South College Street teen could be involved, searched the suspect's home. Statesboro Police detectives Keith Holloway, Ken Scott and Ben Purvis discovered "numerous electronics devices, including Ipods, cell phones and digital cameras," he said.

February 09, 2009 | From Staff Reports | Local


Police Report - February 10

(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.)

February 09, 2009 | From Staff Reports | Crime Report


New Web site for First Southern

First Southern National Bank has launched its newly re-designed Web site, www.first-southern.com. The state-of-the-art site is easier to navigate, user friendly, and includes product and service information, as well as news and details of the bank's green policy. In addition, the newly integrated content management system (CMS) allows First Southern to apprise customers of up-to-the-minute updates, new products and services, news flashes, security alerts, and events at the bank and in the community.

February 09, 2009 | Special to the Herald | Business


Studio Statesboro Vodcast - The Circus comes to Statesboro, Bulloch History Moment: STARS

Studio Statesboro Vodcast - Monday, February 9, 2008

February 09, 2009 | MATTHEW BANKHEAD/Producer mbankhead@statesboroherald.com | Local


Australian fire zone a crime scene; 166 killed

WHITTLESEA, Australia - Police declared incinerated towns crime scenes Monday, and the prime minister spoke of "mass murder" after investigators said arsonists may have set some of Australia's worst wildfires in history. The death toll rose to 166.

There were no quick answers, but officials said panic and the freight-train speed of the fire front - driven by 60 mph winds and temperatures as high as 117 degrees Fahrenheit (47 C) - probably accounted for the unusually high toll.

February 09, 2009 | By TANALEE SMITH Associated Press Writer | World


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