News for Sunday, April 6, 2008

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Conyers scores win on hotel tax

CONYERS - The General Assembly passed a bill last week that will allow Conyers to raise its hotel/motel tax in an effort to fund improvements at the Georgia International Horse Park.

Hawks win, inch closer to playoff berth

PHILADELPHIA - Joe Johnson scored 22 points, Josh Smith added 18 points and 10 rebounds, and the Atlanta Hawks built a big lead and held off the surging Philadelphia 76ers 92-85 on Saturday night.

Georgia's spring game draws praise from Richt

ATHENS - Georgia football coach Mark Richt moved into the press box for Saturday's G-Day, getting a birds-eye view of the team that some are predicting will win the college football national championship in 2008.

Memphis madness Tigers top Bruins, will play for national title

SAN ANTONIO - All Derrick Rose and Memphis were missing was a trapeze.

YMCA to hold Cheerios Challenge 5K/10K race

COVINGTON - The Covington Family YMCA is gearing up for its annual Cheerios Challenge5K/10K race and 1-mile fun run/walk.

Area man publishes reimagining of 'Sleeping Beauty' tale

Covington resident Joe Tompkins, who serves as the technology specialist at General Ray Davis Middle School in Rockdale County, said he knew he was moving in the right direction with his first novel based strictly on the feedback he received from a very particular critic.

Teen gets 15 years in robbery

CONYERS - One of two former Salem High School students charged with armed robbery during a home invasion has been sentenced to serve 15 years in prison and another 10 years on probation.

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Competitive spirit

Staff photos: Robert porter The rainy day Friday did not dampen the spirits of athletes with Rockdale County Special Olympics. The competitors took the track at Reid Memorial Stadium to participate in the 2008 track and field meet. Here, Kameron Jay, 8, a student at Honey Creek Elementary School, gets ready to hurl a softball in the softball throw while another student-athlete proudly displays the ribbon she won. Kameron threw the softball 7.2 meters.

Jack Simpson - Obama has moved past Wright's remarks, so should we

Those who closely follow the race for the White House know that a recent hot topic was the Rev. Jeremiah Wright's remarks and Sen. Barack Obama's eloquent speech disagreeing with his pastor's sermons and addressing the race issue.

New RMC head is optimistic

CONYERS - The newly appointed CEO of Rockdale Medical Center offered an optimistic view of the hospital's future despite the recent uncertainty concerning the sale of the facility to Signature Hospital Corp.

Ronda Rich - Of beauty and the heart of the beholder

Sophie Rose was not, in the assessment of other women, what you would call "pretty."

Grand slam puts Braves past Mets

ATLANTA - Kelly Johnson couldn't talk his way into the lineup before the game. He was as persuasive as possible when given a chance during the game.

College Notebook: GSU's Lee named CAA Rookie of the Week

Georgia State freshman catcher Catherine Lee was named the Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Week for the week of March 24 to 30.

Bill Shipp - While Perdue traveled, Legislature was left to its own devices

What did I tell you, Sonny? "Don't go to China." And what did you do, Sonny? You went to China. OK, so you made history, too.