News for Sunday, February 24, 2008

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School system offers enrichment camp during winter break

CONYERS - While most Rockdale County students were relaxing at home or vacationing during their Winter Break, more than 300 students attended classes.

Virginia Tech tops Yellow Jackets 92-84

BLACKSBURG, Va. - A.D. Vassallo scored 27 points and J.T. Thompson added 13, including several key baskets to quiet Georgia Tech's attempt to rally in the second half, and Virginia Tech held off the Yellow Jackets 92-84 Saturday.

Teacher allotments approved

CONYERS - The Rockdale County Board of Education approved at its last meeting 782 certified teacher allotments as the minimum number of positions needed for the 2008-09 school year. The move is one of the first steps for the school system's 2009 budget development.

Woman charged with making false report of crime

COVINGTON - A woman who allegedly made a false report to Newton County authorities regarding threatening statements levied by her ex-husband was taken into custody earlier this week.

Feeling good Schuerholz eases into his new role

KISSIMMEE, Fla. - John Schuerholz is wandering toward the Atlanta Braves dugout when a fan shouts out a request.

Dave Williams - Most issues still on table for legislature

The 2008 version of the Georgia General Assembly seems hellbent on atoning for last year's historically long session.

Law training course starts next month

CONYERS - Whether learning how to handle a gun or gaining an understanding of how the jail works, the Citizen Sheriff's Academy gives residents an opportunity to learn about law enforcement in Rockdale County.

Bill Shipp - On taking Tennessee

Every once in a while, a crisis comes along that tells you everything you need to know about the character and courage of our elected leaders. When circumstances collide to create a situation where only tough trade-offs and compromises offer the chance for a real solution to a problem, that's when you can see if the people we have entrusted with elected office are up to the task. Anyone can pass laws or manage state agencies when everything is humming along. It's when leaders are in a position where they have to make someone mad to solve a problem that we learn if they're really worthy of the power we've given them.

History's design City Council looks to update design guidelines

CONYERS - The Conyers City Council got its first look at updated design guidelines for development in Olde Town Conyers Historic District on Wednesday night.

Jack Simpson - Frustrations arise from dwindling economy

A recent copy of the local newspaper contained about a dozen pages of "Sales under Power." Global stock markets are going wild and the economy is on the minds of the people. We lost 17,000 jobs in one month.

Heritage looks to adjust after losing key seniors Defending region champs' coach 'concerned' going into season opener

CONYERS - Coming off three straight Region 8-AAAA titles and last year's trip to the Class AAAA championship series, one would think all the Heritage baseball team has to do is simply reload for another season.

Woods holds off Stenson to reach Match Play final

MARANA, Ariz. - Tiger Woods faced another pivotal putt on the 17th hole, this one from only 12 feet, the stakes much higher Saturday afternoon than his signature 35-foot eagle putt he made three days earlier in the Accenture Match Play Championship.

Foster's 29 leads Vandy over UGA

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Georgia coach Dennis Felton figured it was only a matter of time before Vanderbilt started to click offensively Saturday.