News for Sunday, December 16, 2007

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Kansas beats Ohio 88-51

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Brandon Rush drained his first three 3-pointers and helped Mario Chalmers spark a 19-0 run in the opening minutes, and No. 3 Kansas swamped Ohio 88-51 Saturday in its inaugural appearance in Kansas City's new Sprint Center.

Board of Education OKs open campus

CONYERS - The Rockdale open campus will soon be open.

Clemens for the Hall? Mitchell Report throws that in doubt

NEW YORK - On his climb to 300 wins, Roger Clemens made a point to learn all about baseball's greatest pitchers.

Bucs can clinch NFC South against reeling Falcons

TAMPA, Fla. - A year removed from finishing with their worst record in more than a decade, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are not in a charitable mood when it comes to talking about the Atlanta Falcons.

Jack Simpson - Finding baloney at the fuel pump

I'm not Clark Howard, but like him, I do enjoy saving money. I particularly do not appreciate being ripped off. In our family, we try to be smart shoppers. We seek buying advice from consumer advocates like Clark.

Home sweep Newton squads too much for Alcovy

COVINGTON - The Newton basketball team chalked up a home sweep over county rival Alcovy on Saturday.

Woman faces 3 years in prison for selling drugs

CONYERS - A woman who pleaded guilty to her third felony violation Friday morning will be facing the next three years in prison.

Judge tailors sentence so man can be deported

CONYERS - A man caught with a small amount of methamphetamine who admitted he was in the country illegally will face deportation after he completes one year and a day in jail.

Long-time dealerships combine

COVINGTON - Two long-time local auto dealerships joined forces Dec. 1, when Ginn Motor Company purchased Walker Harris Chrysler Jeep Dodge.

A season of betrayal for Falcons' owner Blank First his star QB, then head coach leave only regrets

FLOWERY BRANCH - Arthur Blank must feel like a jilted lover.

College notebook: Salem's Thomas, Huff reunite at Lawson State

Former Salem girls standouts Kristina Huff and Joy Thomas have been reunited on the basketball court at Lawson State Community College in Birmingham, Ala.

Bill Shipp - Perdue uses the dreaded "O" word

Gov. Sonny Perdue announced last week that he would be outsourcing state technology jobs in an attempt to save money. The plan is to turn over several technology-related functions to private companies and eliminate about 1,100 jobs.

Two robbers swipe cash, phone cards

CONYERS - Two employees of a convenience store were threatened Thursday at gunpoint while two men stole approximately $12,000 in cash and $25,000 in prepaid phone cards.

Carols and cocoa

Staff Photo: Robert Porter

Crazy about country Local singer honored with three awards

Although 2007 did not begin auspiciously for Newton County native Julie Redish, the year has ended quite well.

State water plan divides Atlanta, rest of Georgia, calls for conservation

ATLANTA - For decades, political and business leaders outside Atlanta have watched uneasily as the metro area grew by leaps and bounds, adding subdivisions faster than seemed reasonable for a region dependent upon a narrow river for most of its water.

Schools pleased with reclassifications

CONYERS - So far, the Georgia High School Association's biannual reclassification has been smooth sailing for the Rockdale and Newton schools.