News for Sunday, February 17, 2008

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'A true American hero' Conyers resident and original Tuskegee Airman honored

CONYERS - Vernon K. Sport felt like a celebrity Friday. The 85-year-old Conyers resident - and one of the original Tuskegee Airmen - signed autographs and took pictures with dozens of his admirers during a celebration given in his honor.

Jack B. Simpson - Those little buggers

Let me ask you something. Have you been bothered more than usual with ants around the house of late? Even during the recent snow, those little buggers showed up in the kitchen and the bathrooms. I thought they went underground in cold weather!

Eastside takes third straight area crown

WINDER - The Eastside Eagles won their third straight Area 8-AAAA traditional title and claimed five individual area champions in the process Saturday.

League forum to feature tax reform plan

CONYERS - The Newton-Rockdale League of Women Voters chapter will host a panel discussion this week on current legislation being considered that would eliminate the local school portion of property taxes.

Helping to make a difference Rockdale CASA works to better children's lives

Conyers resident Pat Mann said she knows firsthand the pain and confusion a child feels when he or she is taken from home due to neglect or abuse. Social workers removed her from her home at age 8 because her mother, an alcoholic, would disappear for days, sometimes weeks, at a time, leaving Mann's father to care for her and her younger brother.

Newton wrestlers take 2nd in area

MCDONOUGH - For the Newton County wrestling team, the task was clear: Perform well in the Area 2-AAAAA tournament and place as many wrestlers into the state tournament as possible. Mission accomplished.

A very 'Happy Tony' Stewart wins Nationwide race; on to 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Swarmed by the autograph-seekers who often have caused him angst, Tony Stewart patiently made his way to his car Saturday for one final practice before the Daytona 500.

Divided at the Capitol House nixes Gov. Perdue's $30.7M school funding cut

ATLANTA - Only one substantive issue in Georgia's mid-year budget separates Gov. Sonny Perdue and the General Assembly.

Bill Shipp - Back from the dead?

Proponents of a strong two-party state government ought to be jubilant at the outcome of Georgia's Feb. 5 presidential primary.

Bulldogs fall short of upset Tennessee's Lofton scores 19 in second half as Vols win 74-71

ATHENS - Chris Lofton scored 19 of his 22 points in the second half and No. 4 Tennessee held on for a 74-71 win over Georgia on Saturday.

Salem girls win over Heritage Mays, Southwest DeKalb await in state tournament

DACULA - State seeding and county bragging rights were fought over Saturday at Dacula High School as the Heritage girls and the Salem girls faced off in the consolation game of the Region 8-AAAA basketball tournament.

Hawks trade for guard Mike Bibby

ATLANTA - The Atlanta Hawks are trying to balance out their backcourt and make a playoff push by bringing in Mike Bibby.

In addition to prison time, judge banishes three men for burglaries

CONYERS - Three men involved in a series of burglaries were ordered on Wednesday to stay out of Rockdale County for the next 10 years, after they are released from prison.