U.S. Route 1
U. S. Route 1 is a major north–south U. S. Highway that serves the East Coast of the United States, it runs 2,369 miles, from Key West, Florida north to Fort Kent, Maine, at the Canada–US border, making it the longest north–south road in the United States. US 1 is paralleled by I-95, though the former is farther west between Jacksonville and Petersburg, Virginia; the highway connects most of the major cities of the East Coast—including Miami, Richmond, Washington, D. C. Baltimore, New York City and Portland, passing from the Southeastern United States to New England. While US 1 is the easternmost of the main north–south U. S. Highways, parts of several others occupy corridors closer to the ocean; when the road system was laid out in the 1920s, US 1 was assigned to the existing Atlantic Highway, which followed the Fall Line between the Piedmont and the Atlantic Coastal Plain north of Augusta, Georgia. At the time, the highways farther east were of lower quality and did not serve the major population centers.
Construction of the Interstate Highway system changed the use and character of US 1, I-95 became the major north–south East Coast highway by the late 1960s. US 1 travels along the east coast of Florida, beginning at 490 Whitehead St. in Key West and passing through Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Fort Pierce, Cocoa, Daytona Beach, Palm Coast, St. Augustine, Jacksonville; the southernmost piece through the chain islands of the Florida Keys, about 100 miles long, is the two-lane Overseas Highway built in the late 1930s after railroad tycoon Henry Flagler's Florida East Coast Railway's Overseas Railroad, built 1905-1912 on stone pillars was ruined by the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935. The rest of US 1 in Florida is a four-lane divided highway, despite the existence of the newer I-95 not far away. Famous vacation scenic route Florida State Road A1A is a continuous oceanfront alternate to US 1 that runs along the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean, cut only by assorted unbridged inlets and the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral.
North of Jacksonville, US 1 turns northwest towards Georgia. In Florida until the 1990s, US 1 used high-contrast markers; the part of US 1 in Georgia, as it shifts from the coastal alignment in Florida to the Fall Line alignment in South Carolina, is very rural, passing through marshes and former plantations between the towns and cities of Folkston, Alma, Lyons and Augusta. The Georgia Department of Transportation has an ongoing plan to widen all of US 1 to four lanes with bypasses, more than 50 percent complete. In South Carolina, US 1 serves rural areas as it falls west of I-95 while the coastal areas are served by routes east of it. Starting in South Carolina, US 1 is paralleled by Interstate 20 along the Fall Line through Aiken and Columbia to Camden and Lugoff. US 1 functions as a local two-lane road with occasional boulevard stretches. After Camden, US 1 continues northeast away from any Interstate towards Bethune, Patrick, McBee and Cheraw with no bypasses or four-lane sections except around Cheraw through the US 52 and SC 9 multiplexes.
After SC 9, it continues northward into North Carolina as a two-lane highway. SCDOT has no plans to widen or bypass any US 1 alignments northeast of Camden to the North Carolina line. Between the South Carolina line and the US 74 bypass, US 1 is a two-lane road but sees a considerable amount of truck and tourist traffic of people cutting through from the US 74/US 220 and I-73/I-74 corridor attempting to reach points south and east. US 1 goes with a bypass in the future plans. North of the NC 177 junction, it becomes four lanes or greater, becoming a super-street with limited access and becoming a limited access freeway. US 1 becomes a major artery for the state. After Richmond County, it goes into Moore County with two expressway bypasses in Southern Pines and Cameron. US 1 continues with the Jefferson Davis Highway label through Lee County and Sanford, on to Cary and Raleigh. US 1 runs concurrently with US 64 through most of Cary, where the freeway underwent a major renovation and improvements that added lanes in both directions.
North of Raleigh, US 1 crosses Interstate 540 and again becomes a four-lane divided arterial to Interstate 85 near Henderson. The North Carolina Department of Transportation has begun a corridor study for this section of US 1. Moreover, NCDOT is planning to finish four-laning US 1 in Richmond County past NC 177 with a Rockingham bypass to the east. There are no plans from SCDOT to widen US 1 from the state line. From Henderson into Virginia, US 1 runs parallel with I-85 as a two-lane local road until the state line, where Virginia hosts a continuous third center lane for alternate passing towards US Highway 58 before South Hill. Main articles: U. S. Route 1 in Virginia, District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New YorkIn the Mid-Atlantic region, US 1 serves some of the most populated areas of the east coast. Through Virginia, US 1 is paralleled by Interstates: the remainder of Interstate 85 to Petersburg, Interstate 95 through Richmond and Fredericksburg to Alexandria, Interstate 395 into Arlington.
In most of Virginia, US 1 is called Jefferson Davis Highway by state law, although most of the Fairfax County portion is better known as Richmond Highway.
United States Census Bureau
The United States Census Bureau is a principal agency of the U. S. Federal Statistical System, responsible for producing data about the American people and economy; the Census Bureau is part of the U. S. Department of Commerce and its director is appointed by the President of the United States; the Census Bureau's primary mission is conducting the U. S. Census every ten years, which allocates the seats of the U. S. House of Representatives to the states based on their population; the Bureau's various censuses and surveys help allocate over $400 billion in federal funds every year and it helps states, local communities, businesses make informed decisions. The information provided by the census informs decisions on where to build and maintain schools, transportation infrastructure, police and fire departments. In addition to the decennial census, the Census Bureau continually conducts dozens of other censuses and surveys, including the American Community Survey, the U. S. Economic Census, the Current Population Survey.
Furthermore and foreign trade indicators released by the federal government contain data produced by the Census Bureau. Article One of the United States Constitution directs the population be enumerated at least once every ten years and the resulting counts used to set the number of members from each state in the House of Representatives and, by extension, in the Electoral College; the Census Bureau now conducts a full population count every 10 years in years ending with a zero and uses the term "decennial" to describe the operation. Between censuses, the Census Bureau makes population projections. In addition, Census data directly affects how more than $400 billion per year in federal and state funding is allocated to communities for neighborhood improvements, public health, education and more; the Census Bureau is mandated with fulfilling these obligations: the collecting of statistics about the nation, its people, economy. The Census Bureau's legal authority is codified in Title 13 of the United States Code.
The Census Bureau conducts surveys on behalf of various federal government and local government agencies on topics such as employment, health, consumer expenditures, housing. Within the bureau, these are known as "demographic surveys" and are conducted perpetually between and during decennial population counts; the Census Bureau conducts economic surveys of manufacturing, retail and other establishments and of domestic governments. Between 1790 and 1840, the census was taken by marshals of the judicial districts; the Census Act of 1840 established a central office. Several acts followed that revised and authorized new censuses at the 10-year intervals. In 1902, the temporary Census Office was moved under the Department of Interior, in 1903 it was renamed the Census Bureau under the new Department of Commerce and Labor; the department was intended to consolidate overlapping statistical agencies, but Census Bureau officials were hindered by their subordinate role in the department. An act in 1920 changed the date and authorized manufacturing censuses every two years and agriculture censuses every 10 years.
In 1929, a bill was passed mandating the House of Representatives be reapportioned based on the results of the 1930 Census. In 1954, various acts were codified into Title 13 of the US Code. By law, the Census Bureau must count everyone and submit state population totals to the U. S. President by December 31 of any year ending in a zero. States within the Union receive the results in the spring of the following year; the United States Census Bureau defines four statistical regions, with nine divisions. The Census Bureau regions are "widely used...for data collection and analysis". The Census Bureau definition is pervasive. Regional divisions used by the United States Census Bureau: Region 1: Northeast Division 1: New England Division 2: Mid-Atlantic Region 2: Midwest Division 3: East North Central Division 4: West North Central Region 3: South Division 5: South Atlantic Division 6: East South Central Division 7: West South Central Region 4: West Division 8: Mountain Division 9: Pacific Many federal, state and tribal governments use census data to: Decide the location of new housing and public facilities, Examine the demographic characteristics of communities and the US, Plan transportation systems and roadways, Determine quotas and creation of police and fire precincts, Create localized areas for elections, utilities, etc.
Gathers population information every 10 years The United States Census Bureau is committed to confidentiality, guarantees non-disclosure of any addresses or personal information related to individuals or establishments. Title 13 of the U. S. Code establishes penalties for the disclosure of this information. All Census employees must sign an affidavit of non-disclosure prior to employment; the Bureau cannot share responses, addresses or personal information with anyone including United States or foreign government
Candler County, Georgia
Candler County is a county located in the U. S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 10,998; the county seat is Metter. The county was named for Allen D. Candler, the 56th governor of Georgia. According to the U. S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 249 square miles, of which 243 square miles is land and 5.8 square miles is water. The majority of Candler County is located in the Canoochee River sub-basin of the Ogeechee River basin; the western edge of the county, west of State Route 57, is located in the Ohoopee River sub-basin of the Altamaha River basin. Interstate 16 State Route 23 State Route 46 State Route 57 State Route 121 State Route 129 State Route 404 Bulloch County Evans County Tattnall County Emanuel County As of the census of 2000, there were 9,577 people, 3,375 households, 2,426 families residing in the county; the population density was 39 people per square mile. There were 3,893 housing units at an average density of 16 per square mile; the racial makeup of the county was 65.45% White, 27.08% Black or African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 6.16% from other races, 0.81% from two or more races.
9.21% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. There were 3,375 households out of which 33.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.80% were married couples living together, 14.30% had a female householder with no husband present, 28.10% were non-families. 23.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.40% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.17. In the county, the population was spread out with 26.80% under the age of 18, 9.40% from 18 to 24, 26.10% from 25 to 44, 22.50% from 45 to 64, 15.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 100.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.40 males. The median income for a household in the county was $25,022, the median income for a family was $30,705. Males had a median income of $24,482 versus $18,750 for females; the per capita income for the county was $12,958.
About 21.40% of families and 26.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 36.90% of those under age 18 and 22.00% of those age 65 or over. As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 10,998 people, 4,041 households, 2,793 families residing in the county; the population density was 45.3 inhabitants per square mile. There were 4,761 housing units at an average density of 19.6 per square mile. The racial makeup of the county was 65.9% white, 24.4% black or African American, 0.5% Asian, 0.1% American Indian, 8.0% from other races, 1.0% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 11.2% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 10.6% were Irish, 9.4% were English, 8.2% were German, 4.6% were American. Of the 4,041 households, 35.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.1% were married couples living together, 15.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 30.9% were non-families, 25.5% of all households were made up of individuals.
The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.15. The median age was 37.6 years. The median income for a household in the county was $35,828 and the median income for a family was $39,105. Males had a median income of $31,348 versus $23,044 for females; the per capita income for the county was $16,068. About 18.5% of families and 22.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.7% of those under age 18 and 16.7% of those age 65 or over. Metter Pulaski National Register of Historic Places listings in Candler County, Georgia Candler County Candler County historical marker
Georgia State Route 15
State Route 15 is a 346-mile-long state highway that travels south-to-north across the entire length of the U. S. state of Georgia, east of its centerline. It connects the Florida state line, south-southeast of Folkston with the North Carolina state line, in Dillard, via Folkston, Sandersville, Athens and Clayton. SR 15 used to travel through Hazlehurst and Dublin, now the path of SR 19, it used to travel from Dublin to Wrightsville, now the path of US 319/SR 31. It used to travel from Athens, through Arcade and Jefferson, to Commerce, now the route of SR 15 Alt. SR 15 enters Georgia just south of Folkston as a four-lane highway, along with US 1, US 23, US 301, SR 4. In Homeland, US 301 branches off to the north while the other four routes plus SR 121, head northwest. After about 10 miles, SR 15 and SR 121 branch off from US 1/US 23/SR 4, as a two-lane highway, crossing US 82/SR 520 in Hoboken; the two state routes continue northwest through Blackshear, where they cross US 84/SR 38. After that, the two state routes continue to stay together, heading north through the community of Bristol.
Soon after, SR 121 branches off to the north while SR 15 heads northwest to rejoin US 1 and SR 4 at Baxley. North of Baxley, the three highways continue, remaining a four-lane highway all the way to the Altamaha River. 10 miles past the river crossing, SR 15 branches off to the northwest again, where SR 29 begins and follows SR 15. At Vidalia, SR 15 and SR 29 turn west and follow US 280/SR 30 for several miles to the community of Higgston; the two highways head north from there through the community of Tarrytown and on to Soperton. SR 29 heads northwest of Soperton while SR 15, along with SR 78, continues north, reaching an interchange with I-16, goes to Adrian; the two state routes continue northwest to Wrightsville. SR 15 continues by itself through the adjacent cities of Sandersville. Through these cites, most of SR 15 has been widened to four lanes, it picks up SR 24. North of Sandersville, SR 15 crosses SR 24/SR 540 and heads north through the community of Warthen and onto Sparta. Through Sparta, SR 15 makes a few turns picking up SR 16 and SR 22.
North of Sparta, it picks up SR 77, continues north through White Plains and Siloam. At Siloam, SR 15 has an interchange with I-20. SR 77 departs to the north while SR 15 continues northwest to Greensboro, passing beneath I-20, but without direct access. In Greensboro, SR 15 makes two more turns following US 278/SR 12 through downtown. SR 15 continues northwest to Watkinsville, after which it joins US 129/US 441, it travels together with US 441 as a four-lane highway throughout the rest of their course in Georgia. The three highways, along with several others, circle around the east side of Athens along the SR 10 Loop and head north through the town of Nicholson and around the east side of Commerce via a bypass; the highways have an interchange with I-85, head between the towns of Baldwin and Cornelia, where they become a limited access freeway for a short time and rejoin US 23. The three highways remain together and head through the cities of Tallulah Falls and Dillard before crossing into North Carolina.
The entire length of SR 15 is included as part of the National Highway System, a system of roadways important to the nation's economy and mobility. SR 15 was established at least as early as 1919 on three segments; the southern segment extended from the current southern terminus through Folkston and Alma, ended at Hazlehurst. The central segment extended from SR 27 in Lumber City to SR 19/SR 30 west-southwest of Mount Vernon; the northern segment extended from SR 30 in Mount Vernon to Athens, through Jefferson to its current northern terminus. There was no indication. By the end of September 1921, the portion of SR 15 from west-southwest of Mount Vernon to Wrightsville was shifted westward, to travel north-northwest to Dublin and had a separate segment from SR 26 east-northeast of Dublin to Wrightsville, its former path from Mount Vernon to Adrian was redesignated as part of SR 56. By October 1926, US 1 was designated on SR 15 from the Florida state line to north-northeast of Alma. US 129 was designated on SR 15 from just south of Watkinsville to Jefferson.
Three segments had a "completed hard surface": a portion southwest of Waycross, a portion in the south-southwest part of Athens, the Cornelia–Clarkesville segment. By October 1929, SR 4 was designated on US 1/SR 15 from the Florida state line to north-northeast of Alma; this segment, as well as a portion south of Sandersville, had a completed hard surface. By the middle of 1930, the southern terminus was truncated to the point it left the concurrency with US 1/SR 4 north-northeast of Alma. Four segments had a completed hard surface: a portion in the northwestern part of Athens, from southeast of Jefferson to southwest of Commerce, the Baldwin–Cornelia segment, the Clarkesville–North Carolina segment. Between November 1930 and the beginning of 1932, US 23 was designated on the Baldwin–North Carolina segment. In January 1932, SR 29 was established on SR 15's current path from US 1/SR 4 in South Thompson through Vidalia to SR 56 in Soperton. In March, the Watkinsville–Athens segment was completed.
The next month, SR 24 was extended from Athens on what is now SR 15's. The Tennille–Sandersville segment was completed. Nearly two years SR 121 was established from US 84/SR 50 in Hoboken to SR 38 in Blackshear; that yea
Special routes of U.S. Route 1
Several special routes of U. S. Route 1 exist, from Florida to Maine. In order from south to north, separated by type, these special routes are as follows. U. S. Highway 1 Alternate is a alternate U. S. Route in Jacksonville, United States, it bypasses downtown to the east via the Hart Bridge, running on freeways. Like all AASHTO designated highways in Florida, US 1 Alternate always carries a FDOT designated state road number, be it signed or unsigned: State Road 126 from Philips Highway to the south end of the Hart Expressway State Road 228A from the end of the Hart Expressway to the junction with the Commodore Point Expressway State Road 228 from the north end of the Hart Expressway to the Downtown Jacksonville exit via the Hart Bridge State Road 115A from the Downtown Jacksonville exit to the junction with the Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway State Road 115 from the junction with the Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway to the route's northern terminus at US 1/US 17 Exit listThe entire route is in Jacksonville, Duval County.
U. S. Route 1 Alternate is a alternate route forming a loop off U. S. Route 1 between Washington, D. C. and Hyattsville, Maryland. Route descriptionIn the District of Columbia, U. S. 1 Alternate splits from U. S. 1 at New York Avenue, following U. S. Route 50 east. U. S. 1 Alternate turns on to Bladensburg Road, which it travels into Prince George's County, Maryland. After passing through Colmar Manor and Cottage City, the road enters Bladensburg and turns onto Baltimore Avenue toward Hyattsville, where it rejoins U. S. 1 at Rhode Island Avenue. HistoryIn the 1940s, this route was known as Bypass US 1, was cosigned with U. S. Route 50 Alternate and Maryland Route 411. Major intersections U. S. Route 1 Alternate is a 3.92-mile-long long alternate route forming a loop off US 1 between Arbutus and Baltimore, Maryland. US 1 Alternate serves the southwestern Baltimore County community of Halethorpe and connects US 1 with full-access interchanges with Interstate 95 and I-695. U. S. Route 1 Business in St. Augustine is a business route of U.
S. Route 1. From its southern terminus at US 1 to the intersection with SR 16 it carries the hidden FDOT designation of State Road 5A; the segment from SR 16 to the northern terminus at US 1 is maintained by the City of St. Augustine, is the only AASHTO defined road in Florida, not under state maintenance. US 1 Business begins at the intersection of U. S. Route 1 and King Street. US 1 Business travels east on King Street, with a short water crossing two blocks east of US 1; the route continues, passing the southern end of Flagler College, becoming a one way pair for four blocks, with King Street taking eastbound traffic and Cathedral Place, one block north, taking westbound traffic. At the intersection with State Road A1A just west of the Bridge of Lions towards Anastasia Island, US 1 Business heads north as a two way road, starting a concurrency with SR A1A, now known as North Ocean Boulevard, going through the heart of St. Augustine. At West Castillo Drive, the name changes to San Marco Avenue.
At May Street, SR A1A heads east. A bit further north, it intersects with the eastern terminus of State Road 16 at Picolata Road. Six blocks to the north, US 1 Business terminates at US 1; the entire route is in St. Johns County. U. S. Route 1 Business is a 9.622-mile-long business route of US 1 in the city limits of Waycross. It is concurrent with US 23 Bus. and State Route 4 Business for its entire length. US 1 Bus./US 23 Bus./SR 4 Bus. begins at an intersection with US 1/US 23/SR 4 and US 82/SR 520. The business routes travel northwest on Memorial Drive; the green traffic island on the north-northeast of the intersection is named the Millie DeShazo Triangle. They extend into the heart of Waycross, while the mainline route of US 1/US 23/SR 4 heads west across the southern portion of the city, they curve to the west-northwest and begin paralleling some railroad tracks of CSX. Just past Harrison Street, they pass Memorial Stadium. On a curve to a nearly due west direction, they leave the CSX tracks and cross over the city drainage canal.
They curve to the travel under a railroad bridge for the CSX tracks. After this bridge is an intersection with US 84/SR 38 and the eastern terminus of Carswell Avenue; the business routes turn to the right and travel northeast on a concurrency with US 84/SR 38 for 1,000 feet. The five highways begin paralleling a different CSX line and pass an office of the Georgia Department of Labor. US 1 Bus./US 23 Bus./SR 4 Bus. turns left onto State Street signed as Ossie Davis Parkway, travel to the northwest. They pass Wacona Elementary School. An intersection with Tebeau Street leads to a Mayo Clinic hospital; the three highways curve to the north-northwest. Between Charlton Street and Clough Street, the southbound lanes meet the northern terminus of Johnson Avenue, a one-way street, at a partial interchange. Just north of Abner Street, they begin paralleling a CSX rail line, they pass Wacona Elementary School They cross over Kettle Creek, where they leave the city limits of Waycross. They leave the rail line.
An intersection with the northern terminus of Airport road leads to the Erin Johnson Softball Complex, Ware State Prison, St. Illa Substance Abuse Center, the Ware County Sheriff's Office, the Southland Waste Transfer Station; this intersection is just north of the Waycross–Ware County Ai
The Ogeechee River is a 294-mile-long blackwater river in the U. S. state of Georgia. It heads at the confluence of its North and South Forks, about 2.5 miles south-southwest of Crawfordville and flowing southeast to Ossabaw Sound about 16 miles south of Savannah. Its largest tributary is the Canoochee River, which drains 1,400 square miles and is the only other major river in the basin; the Ogeechee has a watershed of 5,540 square miles. It is one of the state's few free-flowing streams; the Ogeechee runs from the Piedmont across the Fall Sandhills regions. There it flows across the coastal plain of Georgia to the Atlantic Ocean. From a shallow clear running stream with several shoals, a small falls at Shoals, below Louisville the river becomes a lazy meandering channel through cypress swamps and miles of undeveloped forests; the Ogeechee River basin contains parts of the Piedmont and Coastal Plain physiographic provinces, which extend throughout the southeastern United States. This boundary follows the contact between older crystalline metamorphic rocks of the Piedmont Province and the younger unconsolidated Cretaceous and Tertiary sediments of the Coastal Plain Province.
Other rock types found in the basin include metasedimentary rock and phyllites, felsic and mafic metavolcanic rocks, amphibolite. Coastal Plain sediments overlap the igneous and metamorphic rocks of the southern edge of the Piedmont Province at the Fall Line; the Ogeechee River watershed in Georgia crosses four major land resource areas. About 6 percent of the area lies within the Southern Piedmont MLRA, about 4 percent in the Carolina and Georgia Sand Hills MLRA, 48 percent in the Southern Coastal Plain MLRA, 42 percent in the Atlantic Coast Flatwoods MLRA; the dominant soils in this part of the watershed have 40 to 60 inches of sandy materials overlying a loamy subsoil. Soils in the Southern Coastal Plain part of the watershed are more variable than in other parts concerning their textures and water table depths. Paleo-Indian societies arrived in the area of the Ogeechee River around 11,500 years ago, the river was settled for several centuries by the Mississippians and Yuchi until the arrival of Europeans.
In fact, though the origin of the name "Ogeechee" is uncertain, it may be derived from a Muskogee term meaning "river of the Uchees", referring to the Yuchi people, who inhabited areas near it. Some scholars have drawn a connection between the river's name and the name Gullah Geechee for the Gullah people who inhabit coastal Georgia. South Atlantic-Gulf Water Resource Region
Georgia's 12th congressional district
Georgia's 12th congressional district is a congressional district in the U. S. state of Georgia. It is represented by Republican Rick Allen; the district's boundaries have been redrawn following the 2010 census, which granted an additional congressional seat to Georgia. The first election using the new district boundaries were the 2012 congressional elections; the district covers portions of the southeastern parts of the state. It includes the cities of Augusta, Dublin and Statesboro. Columbia Richmond Burke Jenkins Screven Emanuel Treutlen Laurens Wheeler Montgomery Toombs Candler Bulloch Effingham Evans Tattnall Appling Jeff Davis Coffee Chatham As of May 2015, there are two living former members of the House from the district. Georgia's 3rd congressional district Georgia's congressional districts Martis, Kenneth C.. The Historical Atlas of United States Congressional Districts. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company. Martis, Kenneth C.. The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress.
New York: Macmillan Publishing Company. PDF map of Georgia's 12th district at nationalatlas.gov Georgia's 12th congressional district at GovTrack.us U. S. Census data searchable by congressional district Opensecrets.org Fundraising data from FEC reports Analysis of district from Capitaleye.org 2006 results by county from CBSNews.com