News for Sunday, December 2, 2007

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Sounds of the Season Singing groups to present Christmas concert

What better way to get into the holiday spirit than to listen to the joyous sounds of children singing Christmas music? The Oxford Singing Children and Oxford Youth Singers choirs, featuring 105-voices, are offering just that for two performances Dec. 7 and 8 at 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Covington as they present their annual Christmas in Covington choral event.

Prep basketball roundup: Buzzer-beater nips Salem at Loganville

LOGANVILLE - The Salem boys did not enjoy their first foray into Region 8-AAAA action Friday night.

States reconsidering approaches to juvenile justice

Editor's Note: This is the first in an ongoing series of stories by the Associated Press on ways in which America is reconsidering its get-tough approach to juvenile justice. Please see Tuesday's Citizen for part two.

Late turnovers cost Vols as LSU wins SEC

ATLANTA - Les Miles and LSU can now focus on their future together, starting with a trip to the Superdome.

Mayor: State leaders key to local transportation

CONYERS - A transportation plan for the metro area presented by the Metro Atlanta Transit Planning Board may have many good proposals, but according to Conyers Mayor Randy Mills, there continues to be one glaring problem: no money.

Eagles emerge on top Bulldogs, Pats take second and third at competition

CONYERS - Some of the area's top grapplers were in action Saturday at Heritage High School in the East Metro Duals.

Rams take two from Eastside

COVINGTON - Newton's basketball teams continued their domination over crosstown rival Eastside with a yet another sweep Saturday.

Jack Simpson - Are we living in a country divided by labels?

Have you noticed how prone some people are to putting labels on everyone else and their ideas? Where do you fit - black, white, Catholic, Jew, Republican, Democrat or Independent? If you are a Democrat, are you a New Dealer or a Yellow Dog?

Parading through Covington

Staff Photo: Colin M. Stewart

Domestic violence a growing problem

COVINGTON - Since the beginning of September 2006, there have been 14 violent deaths in Newton County. Of those killed, authorities say nine of them were related to incidents of domestic violence.

Rockdale duo helps UCF in championship run

Two former Rockdale County high school football standouts played key roles in Central Florida's Conference USA championship season, which culminated with UCF's 44-25 win over Tulsa on Saturday.

Dave Williams - House bill potential death knell for hate crimes push

Supporters of stiffer penalties for criminals convicted of hate crimes have been working to get legislation back on the books since the Georgia Supreme Court overturned a previous law as unconstitutionally vague.

Bill Shipp - Symbol of a new, new South

Over the last several months, we've learned exactly how Georgia's elected officials perceive their mandate from the voters. Our leaders' view of where we want them to go is changed considerably from where we wanted to go in Georgia during the second half of the 20th century.

Change in sex offender law has little impact locally

CONYERS - When the Georgia Supreme Court struck down restrictions on residency requirements for registered sex offenders, it did not mean those living in Rockdale County will receive less scrutiny.

College football roundup: UCF wins C-USA title behind Smith's 284 yards

ORLANDO, Fla. - Central Florida junior Kevin Smith has run through 13 teams for 2,448 yards this season. Now all that stands in his way is a Hall of Fame rusher who hasn't played college ball in 19 years.