News for Sunday, December 7, 2008

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BOC aims to keep services in budget HOST property tax exemption remains in question

CONYERS - After a week of budget meetings, Rockdale County residents can expect about the same level of services to be provided in 2009, however, officials are not making any promises on keeping the 100 percent property tax exemption provided by the county's HOST.

RCPS sees an increase in homeless students

CONYERS - Like all over the country, Rockdale County Public Schools are seeing a spike in the number of homeless students and families it serves.

Automaker rallies support for Fed bailout

COVINGTON - A Ford Motor Company official visited the Guardian Autoglass plant in Covington on Friday to rally support for the proposed bailout of the domestic automobile industry that is being considered by Congress.

Newton hoop teams sweep rivals

COVINGTON - Newton brought plenty of cleaning supplies to Alcovy on Saturday night, as both the boys and girls basketball squads swept their crosstown rival.

Regulators take over local bank First Georgia Community reopens as United Bank

CONYERS - The Georgia Department of Banking and Finance closed the First Georgia Community Bank on Friday and named the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation as receiver.

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Newton runs mixed season

COVINGTON - Newton's cross country team had highs and lows on the course this season.

Bill Shipp - Beaten Democrats turn

Georgia reporters, pundits, bloggers and political junkies are all trying to assess the meaning of the result of Tuesday's U.S. Senate runoff, which Republican incumbent Saxby Chambliss won by an unexpectedly large margin. Chambliss, who fell just short of 50 percent on Nov. 4, bested Democrat Jim Martin by 14 points.

Darrell Huckaby - Thoughts turn to Pearl Harbor

The forecast for today is for partly cloudy skies. The high temperature is expected to reach 80 degrees.

Here comes Santa Claus

Staff Photos: Robert Porter

Yates off to fast start at Virginia Tech

Freshman Peter Yates has posted a 6-1 record early in his wrestling career at Virginia Tech.

Gator chomp Florida likely headed to title game

ATLANTA - Tim Tebow took it upon himself to give Florida a shot at another national championship.