News for Wednesday, March 12, 2008

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Second time around is charm for speaker's tax cuts

ATLANTA - Proving that nothing is ever dead in the General Assembly until the final gavel, the House passed legislation Tuesday to abolish Georgia's car tax and the state portion of property taxes.

Civil War re-enactment set for Gaither's

COVINGTON - It's whispered that the ghost of a Civil War soldier haunts Gaither Plantation.

Newton schools get federal grant

COVINGTON - The Newton County School System is using federal grant money it received to expand its Advanced Placement program in the county's three high schools.

Avalanche score easy 5-2 win over Thrashers

ATLANTA - Andrew Brunette scored two goals and the Colorado Avalanche got a goal and two assists each from Joe Sakic and rookie David Jones in a 5-2 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers on Tuesday night.

Three jailed after near car collision

COVINGTON - A Conyers man who authorities said almost had a head-on collision with a Newton County sheriff's deputy was arrested along with two others last week following a high-speed chase on Salem Road.

Salem boys, Rockdale girls prevail in golf

CONYERS - The Salem boys and the Rockdale girls were victorious in a clash of county rivals on the links Tuesday at the Highland Golf Club.

Ric Latarski - Not every plan is perfect

Crossover Day has come and gone.

Botched drug deal leads to shooting death

COVINGTON - Two teens have been arrested and charged with felony murder by Covington authorities after they were allegedly involved in the shooting of a man following a drug deal gone awry at the Magnolia Heights apartment complex on Ga. Highway 36 on Monday afternoon.

Salem shows no mercy to Alcovy soccer teams

CONYERS - Region 8-AAAA South foes Salem and Alcovy did battle on the soccer field Tuesday night at Reid Memorial Stadium.

Ride to the Capitol

Staff Photo: Robert Porter

Bill Shipp - Who are the real terrorists?

Nothing hurts parents as deeply as news of the violent death of a child. Over time, the grief subsides slightly but it never goes away - not after a year or a decade or even a quarter of a century.

Salem's Brown, Dunlop combine for one-hitter

CONYERS - Stephen Brown and Dustin Dunlop combined on a one-hitter to lead the Salem baseball team (5-0 overall, 3-0 in Region 8-AAAA) to a 10-0 victory over visiting Habersham Central in five innings Monday night.

Patriots roll past Eagles

COVINGTON - The Heritage soccer teams were able to take advantage of Eastside's inexperience and win both Region 8-AAAA South games Tuesday.

Mark Shields - Taking stock of the race up to now

What sauce do you eat with crow? That's the question asked by yours truly and an unhealthy majority of my fellow travelers on the press bus who could not resist speculating the fallout from Hillary Clinton's losing the Texas or Ohio primary.

Jay Jones - Stop calling me Shirley

My 4-year-old daughter Katie begs me almost every day to play with her as we drive home after I pick her and Ellie up from the day care, and it's getting harder to say no.

Alcovy gets first win Tigers break through with victory over Eagles

COVINGTON - Alcovy picked up its first win of the season Tuesday, defeating county rival Eastside 8-5 in eight innings.