By the time Lily and I got started on our walk on Saturday, the sun was already well over halfway up the sky and streaming through whatever is left of the ozone like a wide-angle laser. The wet air settled on my arms and the curls on the nape of my neck the minute I walked out onto the porch. The faint drone of bugs of every sort warned me that I would soon become someone's lunch.
Agapanthus, better known as Lily of the Nile, is truly a garden treasure. This semi-tropical-like beauty is an asset to south Georgia gardeners for some very good reasons. First, it provides blue flowers that bring a cooling effect to areas of the landscape. Second, Agapanthus comes into bloom in late May and early June to provide some early summer interest to landscape beds. The flower head is umbel shaped, similar to that of the onion. The stem and flowers rise above the strap-like foliage to create a show-stopping appearance. Flowers last several weeks because all the flowers in the umber ...
Many in Bulloch County recognize that the Mathis' and Matthews' families were some of the first to settle in the area. Their first ancestor, as far as I have been able to ascertain, would be Robert Edward Mathis. He came from the small Welsh town of Mathias. Robert was born in 1640, and married Sarah Bishop. They had two children: James Ezekiel Mathis, born in 1670 and Edmund Mathis, born in 1675.
BOISE, Idaho - Idaho Sen. Larry Craig resigned Saturday over a men's room sex sting, bowing to pressure from fellow Republicans worried about a scandal dimming their election prospects.
BAGHDAD - Civilian deaths rose slightly in August as a huge suicide attack in the north two weeks ago offset security gains elsewhere, making it the second deadliest month for Iraqis since the U.S. troop buildup began, according to figures compiled Saturday by The Associated Press.
SALT LAKE CITY - For nearly four weeks a mining community in central Utah held out hope that six men trapped in a coal mine cave-in would be found alive. That hope is gone now that federal mine officials have suspended the search for the men.
OAKLAND, Calif. - A maze of wooden planks and glass panes is gradually taking shape among the austere office buildings of downtown Oakland, a structure alternately described as a bee hive, an inverted basket or a nuclear reactor.
ARLINGTON, Va. - While it's the start of the school year for most U.S. students, children at Barcroft Elementary have been at their desks for nearly a month - and they're fine with that.
NEW YORK - Retiree Gene O'Brien hurried to the World Trade Center site after Sept. 11, 2001, as a volunteer helping to shuttle supplies to police and fire workers. Some days, his only ID to get into the disaster site was a tattoo on his forearm.
EDITOR'S NOTE - Labor Day 2007 comes during a period of high-pitched debate about an increasingly visible segment of the work force - illegal immigrants. But when an influx of immigrant workers and their families, legal and not, revives a fading town and creates new relationships, the discussion gets more complicated. Here's a look at one such community.
Virginia Anne Franklin and Bill Waters were united in marriage on August 18, 2007, at four o'clock p.m. The double ring ceremony took place at the Hideaway, the home of the bride, on Savannah Avenue. Judge Henry Scott Allen of Augusta officiated. Dr. Delma Eugene Presley of Statesboro was the lay liturgist.
Jana Christine Altman and David Michael Newland were united in marriage at seven o'clock in the evening on Saturday, May 26, 2007. Dr. Charles Houston at Statesboro First United Methodist Church performed the ceremony.
Jenny Rebecca Hall and Brooks Clark Blumenthal were united in marriage at half past six in the evening on Saturday, October 14, 2006. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Charles Fiveash at The Mansion on Forsyth Park in Savannah.
LOS ANGELES - "American Sniper" hit the mark with moviegoers again.
From inside the house I can hear both sets of wind chimes clanging, harmonizing from opposite eaves, dancing madly like Russian Cossacks. The sun is high and the light is white. There is no good reason, no reason to stay inside.
NEW YORK - Coach 1K. How grand.
NEW YORK - The Monday morning commute was normal for much of the Northeast as officials continued to urge residents to prepare for a "crippling and potentially historic" storm that could bury communities from northern New Jersey to southern Maine in up to 2 feet of snow starting later in the day.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Saying his team "followed every rule to the letter," New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick described in detail how his team prepares its footballs on game day and defended his players from chatter that they made it to the Super Bowl by cheating.
ATLANTA - The Hawks know it can be done.
CHICAGO - To Chicago Cubs fans, Ernie Banks was sunshine that cut through decades of darkness. To baseball players, he was the spirit of the game.
ATLANTA - A black man shot while driving back to his Washington, D.C. home after attending an Army Reserve camp.
ATLANTA - A Texas lawmaker would strip the salaries from government officials who honor same-sex marriage licenses.
"It won't happen to my child."
PORTAL - The Portal Panthers have found themselves in some close games over the last couple of weeks, but they weren't playing around against Emanuel County Institute Friday night.
Three seniors scored in double figures to lift the Bulloch Academy boys to their eighth straight win Friday night, outlasting GISA Region 2-AAA foe Trinity Christian School of Dublin 56-42.
GUYTON - The Statesboro Blue Devils improved to 12-8, 6-3 in Region 3-AAAAA with a 77-72 win on Friday at South Effingham.
Not so long ago, we came to praise the New England Patriots.
LA QUINTA, Calif. - Ryan Palmer missed a chance to shoot 59 or lower Friday in the Humana Challenge, settling for an 11-under 61 after playing an eight-hole stretch in 10 under.