News for Sunday, November 25, 2007

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Oxford loses 5 straight to start season

COVINGTON - It's been a tough start for the Oxford Eagles in the 2007-08 basketball campaign.

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College football roundup: Vols clinch SEC East with 4OT win at Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Sorry Georgia, resilient Tennessee is back on top of the SEC East.

Salem moves to 2-1 while Heritage teams fall

CONYERS - Both Salem's and Heritage's basketball teams wrapped up play in their respective holiday tournaments Saturday.

'Really something' Local family donates tree to governor

CONYERS - When Anne White picked out a small tree to plant in her front yard in 1973, she had no idea that almost 35 years later it would sit in the governor's front yard.

State title, but no SEC East Bulldogs defeat Jackets for 7th consecutive year

ATLANTA - Georgia won't get a chance to play for the Southeastern Conference championship. At least the Bulldogs still have their state title.

RCPS approves purchase of 10 school buses

CONYERS - The Rockdale County Board of Education approved last Thursday the purchase of 10 buses worth more than $750,000.

Bill Shipp - Can candidate Cardwell save himself?

The wheels are falling off Dale Cardwell's campaign bandwagon, and the senatorial election is still nearly a year away.

Jack Simpson - Veterans Day: New name, same sentiment

Another Veterans Day has come and gone. Locally, a sculpture depicting five soldiers supporting a globe was officially unveiled in a Veterans Day ceremony. Each community had its own way of remembering our veterans. Some people attended special programs in their churches.

Planning chairman quits post Presley leaving to spend more time with ailing wife

COVINGTON - Covington Planning Commission Chairman Johnny Presley has resigned after more than 20 years of service.

Judge refuses to issue warrant against teacher

CONYERS - Chief Superior Court Judge Sidney Nation rejected a warrant application request for a Rockdale County school teacher, saying there was no sufficient evidence to justify a warrant.

Oxford hosts forum prior to runoff vote

OXFORD - The two Oxford City Council Post 1 candidates in the runoff election will participate in a forum Tuesday night.

Johnson offers sharp contrast to McKinney

WASHINGTON - When Hank Johnson ran fellow Democrat Cynthia McKinney out of Congress last year, Republicans rejoiced at the political demise of one of President Bush's sharpest critics.