News for Sunday, December 9, 2007

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Patriots' run another chapter in asterisk era

The New England Patriots head into the homestretch of their pursuit of perfection every bit as reviled as they are respected, and every bit as suspect as they are superior.

College notebook: Henderson makes 11 stops in C-USA title game

Chance Henderson turned in a strong defensive effort for Central Florida in the Conference USA championship game.

RMC unveils heart center

CONYERS - Rockdale Medical Center opened its new and expanded Heart and Vascular Center this week, a move that health care providers said would greatly improve diagnosis and treatment with new, state-of-the-art imaging, diagnostic and treatment system.

Committee to propose school funding reform

ATLANTA - After three years of work, a committee created to overhaul the way Georgia funds public schools is about to propose a simple tradeoff: flexibility for accountability.

Tebow wins Heisman Florida quarterback first sophomore to win award

NEW YORK - Tim Tebow needed only two years of college to graduate to Heisman Trophy winner, putting the sophomore in a class by himself.

2 charged with church copper theft

COVINGTON - Two brothers were arrested and charged with burglary and criminal damage to property last week after they were caught stealing copper from a vacant building on church grounds by a minister.

Dave Williams - Scaling back tax plan unlikely to defuse opposition

City and county governments have a lot less reason to oppose House Speaker Glenn Richardson's tax reform plan than they did two weeks ago.

Olde Town holiday

Teaching through literature Local author publishes young adult book about segregation

Monticello resident Ted Dunagan jokes that it only took him six months to write his first book but it took another decade to finally see his work in print.

Bulldogs take down Deacons

ATHENS - Wake Forest was reminded Saturday that creating turnovers is less than half the battle.

Newton boys pull away in third on way to victory Hurt scores 24, gets 15 rebounds in Lady Seminoles' win

COVINGTON - A 25-point third quarter helped the Rams overtake the Seminoles 61-50 in the boys game, while Courtney Hurt scored 24 points and had 15 rebounds as the Salem girls beat Newton 67-52 in the opening game Saturday.

Tenuta's future with Ga. Tech still in doubt

ATLANTA - Navy moved quickly to name a successor to Paul Johnson, and that may help Johnson avoid delay in making decisions about his new staff at Georgia Tech, including whether to keep interim head coach and defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta.

Contract for Salem Road extended Federal Highway Admin seeks more information

COVINGTON - County commissioners extended a contract with transportation consultants handling preliminary engineering for the Salem Road widening project Tuesday night.

Jack Simpson - Rain dances are fine, but do we have a fallback plan?

I was not there, so I can only imagine how some of our early Americans reacted to drought. In my fantasy, I can see a gathering of American Indians along a river bank where the water level has dropped and the foliage on the shrubs and grass is in distress. Crops need water and a rain dance has been suggested as a way to call upon the spirits for assistance.