News for Sunday, March 2, 2008

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Fifth-graders to take writing test

CONYERS - Rockdale County Public Schools wants all of its fifth-grade students to be at school on time Wednesday morning.

Water customer questions billing

CONYERS - While the leak in John Roberts' water line had been repaired, close inspection of his water bill showed that a few extra dollars were being drained from his wallet each month.

Rams fall twice in twin bill

COVINGTON - The Newton baseball team found out the hard way that making errors against good teams is a deadly combination.

Bill Shipp - Georgia needs a fourth branch

Georgia needs a new constitution. We haven't adopted a new one since 1983. Before that, the Peach State regularly rolled out new constitutions at the rate of one about every 20 years since the Civil War.

Service above self Conyers Rotary Club celebrates 40th anniversary

During the 40 years that the Conyers Rotary Club has been in existence, names and faces have come and gone, but the club's motto of "Service above Self" has never diminished.

Celebrating growth

Staff Photos: Robert Porter

SIU shuts down alleged drug house

COVINGTON - Agents with the Covington/Newton County Special Investigations Unit and Officers with the Covington Police Department raided a suspected drug house Friday afternoon on Avery Street, arresting six people and seizing a quantity of cocaine and marijuana.

Lawmakers to bypass court on tax districts

ATLANTA - A shudder went through city planners last month when the Georgia Supreme Court rejected the financial underpinning of many of the state's most promising urban redevelopment projects.

County offers mulch with free loading

CONYERS - Rockdale County officials are encouraging local gardeners and landscapers to pick up what they say is high-quality mulch, free of charge, at the Rockdale County Recycling Center.

Dave Williams - Transportation funding puts Republicans in tight spot

When it comes to raising taxes for transportation improvements, legislative Republicans find themselves stuck between a rock and a hard place.

Jack Simpson - Maturity

I guess it is time to admit that I'm an old codger. I don't concede to being senile or an old fossil, but I've seen my day! Perhaps what I am confessing to is that I'm time honored, old-fashioned, and old-fangled.

Rockdale golf ready to launch '08 season

CONYERS - The Rockdale golf squads will have an interesting mix of experienced players and newcomers this spring.

Morrow, Tech beat Wake Forest 87-79 in overtime

ATLANTA - Georgia Tech still has a chance to avoid a losing season after all.

Ronda Rich - Romance by committee

It would behoove all you men to thoroughly understand one thing: we women normally conduct our romances by committee.

Coach upbeat about Eastside baseball's young squad

COVINGTON - A lack of experience does not deter Eastside coach Michael Poor's enthusiasm for his 2008 team.