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GOP proposes protections for clergy on gay marriage

ATLANTA - A top-ranking Republican leader wants to make clear that Georgia clergy can refuse to perform gay marriages, a protection they already enjoy under the U.S. Constitution.

July 31, 2015 | By RAY HENRY | Local


Not guilty plea in federal court for church shooting suspect

CHARLESTON, S.C. - The white man accused of gunning down nine parishioners at a black church in Charleston wants to plead guilty to 33 federal charges, but his lawyer said in court Friday that he couldn't advise his client to do so until prosecutors say whether they'll seek the death penalty.

July 31, 2015 | By MEG KINNARD and BRUCE SMITH Associated Press | Local


Search for missing teens to be suspended

OPA-LOCKA, Fla. - After hundreds of rescue workers fanned out across a massive swath of the Atlantic for a full week, the Coast Guard's search for two teenage fishermen was to end Friday, a heart-rending decision for families so convinced the boys could be alive they're pressing on with their own hunt.

July 31, 2015 | By MATT SEDENSKY and MARISOL MEDINA Associated Press | Local


OTC partners with GSU engineering program

An articulation agreement signed Thursday between Ogeechee Technical College and Georgia Southern University will make the path to earning a Bachelor's of Science degree in Manufacturing Engineering at Georgia Southern an even more uniform process.

July 31, 2015 | Jim Healy | Local


50 years of service

The Pilot Club of Statesboro has reached a milestone in the history of the club. For 50 years, the Pilot Club has served Statesboro and Bulloch County, reaching many in need and touching the lives of countless local residents.

July 30, 2015 | By JULIE LAVENDER Herald Writer | Local


Confederate flags left near Rev. Martin Luther King's church

ATLANTA - Police worked Thursday to identify two white males who were caught on surveillance camera laying Confederate battle flags neatly on the ground near the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s church.

July 30, 2015 | By KATE BRUMBACK Associated Press | Local


Teen arrested on child molestation charges

Statesboro police arrested a teenage male Wednesday who is accused of sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl.

July 30, 2015 | | Local


Man charged with molesting 9-year-old

A man with a criminal history of indecent exposure and child cruelty now faces child molestation charges, said Bulloch County Sheriff Lynn Anderson.

July 30, 2015 | Holli Deal Saxon | Local


Local essay, poetry contests accepting entries

The Bulloch Council of Garden Clubs is sponsoring the 2015/16 High School Essay Contest (grades 9-12) and the 2015 Youth Poetry Contest (grades 5-9). Winners of each contest will win monetary prizes. Additionally, the High School Essay Contest winner will then compete for larger prizes on the state and national levels.

July 29, 2015 | Special to the Herald | Local


Teens' 6 days adrift verge on limits for survival at sea

TEQUESTA, Fla. - Crews pushed the limits of an ever-expanding search zone Wednesday for two teens missing at sea and potentially nearing the boundaries of human survival.

July 29, 2015 | By MATT SEDENSKY Associated Press | Local


Women’s recovery center is “home”

Women facing addiction issues in Bulloch County have a new option for recovery and rehabilitation. The Women's Transition and Recovery Home is more than a service center; it is a real home, a refuge for women with children in need of help getting back to healthy lives, said Pineland Mental/Behavioral Health executive director June DiPolito.

July 29, 2015 | Holli Deal Saxon | Local


Bulloch County residents sound off on proposed tax increase

Attendance was light Tuesday at two separate public hearings regarding a proposed tax hike for Bulloch County citizens, but those present were vocal about the pending increase.

July 28, 2015 | Holli Deal Saxon | Local


Ex-prison guard accused of forcing inmates to have sex with him

ATLANTA - A former high-ranking corrections officer at a southeast Georgia women's prison used his position of power to prey on inmates, targeting their vulnerabilities and forcing them to have sex with him, according to investigators.

July 28, 2015 | By KATE BRUMBACK Associated Press | Local


Night Out Against Crime

A celebration to promote community relationships with local law enforcement and "take a stand against crime" is free to the public, said Bulloch County sheriff's Sgt. Jimmy Billings.

July 28, 2015 | Holli Deal Saxon | Local


No charges filed in crash Monday

No charges were filed Monday in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Highway 25 and Rocky Ford Road.

July 28, 2015 | | Local


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‘Friday Night Live’ on Saturday

The eighth season of "Friday Night Live," where a Bulloch County high school football game is streamed live each week on statesboroherald.com, kicks off ...

August 20, 2015 | From staff reports | Local


Two semis collide in fiery crash

A fiery crash between two 18-wheelers on Interstate 16 near Metter and Excelsior early Thursday morning kept both lanes of traffic closed for several hours.

August 20, 2015 | Holli Deal Saxon | Local


Divers raise wreckage of Confederate warship

SAVANNAH - After 150 years at the bottom of the Savannah River, the armored skeleton of the Confederate warship CSS Georgia is being raised to the ...

August 19, 2015 | By RUSS BYNUM Associated Press | Local


Private curbside recycling service planned

As Bulloch County ends its curbside recycling program in Statesboro and other towns, a local business owner intends to begin offering a similar service, but ...

August 19, 2015 | Al Hackle | Local


Army pilot, military cop are 1st women to pass Ranger School

SAVANNAH - An Apache helicopter pilot from Texas and a military police officer from Connecticut are the first women to complete the Army's grueling Ranger ...

August 19, 2015 | By RUSS BYNUM Associated Press | Local


Plague case in Georgia

A Department of Public Health spokeswoman told GHN that tests by the state show an individual in Georgia has the disease. CDC testing results have ...

August 19, 2015 | By ANDY MILLER Georgia Health News | Local


Teens' e-cigarette use linked with later smoking

CHICAGO - Teens who use e-cigarettes are more likely than others to later smoke conventional cigarettes and other tobacco products, a study at 10 Los Angeles ...

August 18, 2015 | By LINDSEY TANNER Associated Press | Local


Claxton auto dealer faces cruelty, molestation attempt charges

A Claxton auto dealer was jailed Monday on charges of inappropriate behavior with a child after an almost two-month long investigation. The allegations concern his ...

August 18, 2015 | Holli Deal Saxon | Local


Studying temp vendor rules

Flea markets and seasonal stands have experienced a regulatory holiday in Statesboro this summer while the city develops new regulations for temporary vendors.

August 17, 2015 | Al Hackle | Local


Inside Bulloch Business with DeWayne Grice - Merchants, restaurants rejoice as GSU returns

Statesboro welcomed nearly 21,000 students Monday back to classes at Georgia Southern University.

August 17, 2015 | By DEWAYNE GRICE Herald Writer | Local


Downtown pioneer 'Dub' Lovett passes

The Statesboro community is mourning the loss of a man who helped build the city's downtown area into a thriving business district.

August 17, 2015 | Holli Deal Saxon | Local


Quick arrest nabs Metter bank robber

A man who robbed a Metter bank Monday morning didn't get very far, thanks to an alert citizen and fast-responding police.

August 17, 2015 | Holli Deal Saxon | Local


'A friend we'll never forget'

The final strains of "She Talks to Angels" faded away and Joey Fennell, executive pastor for Connections Church, approached the microphone. Addressing the devastated Aubrey ...

August 16, 2015 | By JIM HEALY | Local


Up with People: Meet the cast, part 4

About 100 members of the Up with People cast touring North America in 2015 will be in Statesboro for the week of

August 16, 2015 | Special to the Herald | Local


Play like a girl

About 180 participants got the full game-day experience during Thursday's Women's Football Clinic at Georgia Southern University, including a tour of the facilities ...

August 16, 2015 | From staff reports | Local


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