News for Sunday, March 23, 2008

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Salem girls tie Oconee County

CONYERS - The Salem girls soccer team wasted little time getting back on the field after its Friday night showdown with Loganville.

Tax cuts cause split at Capitol

ATLANTA - Karen Hallacy brought a prop with her earlier this month when she spoke during a news conference outside the Capitol against tax cuts being pushed by Georgia lawmakers.

Book Review - "The Devil's Bones"

So the other day, you were getting something out of the oven and you weren't paying attention. You grabbed the hotpads, opened the door, and as you leaned in and touched the pan, your arm accidentally brushed the hot rack. Quickly, involuntarily, you yanked yourself back from the heat.

Cherry Blossom Festival named Best Festival in the Southeast

CONYERS - With the 27th annual Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival set to start next weekend at the Georgia International Horse Park, Conyers officials announced the event was recognized for the second year in a row as one of the best festivals in the country.

Drug trafficker gets 15 years Judge imposes a $200K fine

CONYERS - A bench trial for a Newton County man charged with dealing in drugs never got started Friday when the defendant entered a guilty plea to the charge.

Ronda Rich - Continuing an Easter tradition

Two rather disturbing things happened during our family Easter last year, both of which I hope can be corrected this year.

College notebook: Dobbs plays in All-Star JUCO game

Former Heritage standout Jaquas Dobbs picked up another postseason honor in his final season at Truett-McConnell.

All shook up W. Virginia beats No. 2 Duke 73-67

WASHINGTON - Joe Alexander had 22 points and 11 rebounds, and No. 7-seeded West Virginia reached the NCAA tournament's round of 16 in Bob Huggins' first season at his alma mater by beating second-seeded Duke 73-67 in the West Regional on Saturday.

Sign-ups for pre-K begin in late April

COVINGTON - Rockdale County parents have about one month to get paperwork in order if they want their 4-year-old to attend prekindergarten in a Rockdale County public classroom.

Bill Shipp - The bankers' tale

Gov. Roy Barnes drove one of the last nails into his political coffin in 2002. He forced passage of a law to rein in predatory lenders gone wild. Lobbyists for lenders were stunned at the way they were run over by Barnes, but they swore to get even.

Dave Williams - Sunday sales debate pits "two Georgias"

There was a time when Georgia politicians wouldn't dare even talk about loosening restrictions on the sale of liquor in an election year.

Small Business Person of the Year awards are this week

CONYERS - One local business owner will be singled out this week and recognized by his or her peers.

Celebrating Easter Sunday

Staff Photo: Robert Porter

"Oaklahoma" Hit Broadway musical comes to Newton

The year is 1906 and settlers stream into the territory of Oklahoma. Tension between farmers and cowboys runs high as the two groups squabble over boundaries and water rights. Enter a cowboy, Curly, and a farm girl, Laurey, who can't deny their attraction to one another but are too proud to act upon it. To complicate matters, bring in a hot-tempered farm hand, Jud, who also falls for Laurey. Add a sizable helping of catchy songs and it all adds up to the pivotal Broadway musical "Oklahoma!"