News for Wednesday, March 26, 2008

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Smooth sailing for commuters who travel Ga. Highway 138 GDOT officials say most of work is done

CONYERS - Commuters who travel Ga. Highway 138 on a regular basis can now see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Group commemorates march

Special Photo: Nancy Lockridge

Festival to go on without trees

CONYERS - The 27th annual Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival gets under way this weekend at the Georgia International Horse Park, but it will have to carry on without one of its long-time symbols.

16-year-old beaten, robbed on his way home

COVINGTON - A 16-year-old boy was taken to the hospital Monday night after he was reportedly beaten and robbed by a group of fellow teenagers.

Senior tax exemption gets state approval

COVINGTON - Local legislation providing an additional homestead exemption for senior citizens has passed both the state House and Senate.

Nearing completion School set to open for 2008-09 school year

COVINGTON - On the outside, mud and gravel surround much of the new South Salem Elementary School, and on the inside, ceiling tiles and furniture are still missing, but the building is starting to look more like a school every day.

Man accused of murder pleads not guilty to charges against him

COVINGTON - Courtney Thornton, 25, who stands accused of killing a man during an attempted robbery earlier this year pleaded not guilty to the charges against him Tuesday at a hearing held in Newton County Superior Court.

Businesses close doors

COVINGTON - Less than two weeks after a Home Depot representative said plans for a second store in Newton County were dead, two local building supply stores are closing.

Heritage rolls to soccer sweep of Alcovy

CONYERS - Heritage's Megan Drish made the most of senior night, getting a hat trick as the Lady Patriots shut out Alcovy 11-0, while Tyler Peoples got a hat trick in the first half of the boys game to give Heritage a 5-1 win and the sweep Wednesday at Evans Memorial Stadium.

Ric Latarski - Perhaps Perdue will learn a few things from the Chinese

It appears our august leader, the honorable Gov. Sonny Perdue, will take off to China as part of an international business mission.

Smoltz likely still on his way to disabled list Braves' starter has good throwing session

KISSIMMEE, Fla. - John Smoltz said he felt no discomfort while throwing Tuesday morning, the first time he tested his right shoulder since he was held out of his last scheduled spring start on Friday.

Jay Jones - You just look different with a bow tie

I crossed a defining moment in my life the other day that may not strike many people as all that important. After a spring cleaning of my closet and recent purchases I now own more bow ties than straight ties.

Bill Shipp - Let's go back to the backroom

Bring back the guys in the smoke-filled rooms. They knew how to pick candidates who could win the White House.

SEC announces refund policy for tournament

ATLANTA - The Southeastern Conference will issue refunds to fans who bought tickets through authorized locations for games in the March 14 to 16 basketball tournament that were affected by the tornado in Atlanta.

Mark Shields - In sixth year, Iraq war longer for America than both World Wars combined

What have we learned after six years? That we went to war against a country that did not threaten the United States, a country that had never attacked the United States, and because of weapons that this country did not have, weapons that did not exist.

Huckaby captures favorite stories onto new CD

Darrell Huckaby wears a variety of different hats.

Pats, Lady Rams win Citizen Challenge Heritage boys claim third title in four years, Newton girls repeat

COVINGTON - The Heritage boys and the Newton girls claimed the team trophies on the final day of the Citizen Challenge on Tuesday at Newton High School.

Salem gets pounded by Heritage Patriot tennis teams give Seminoles 5-0 defeats

CONYERS - The Heritage tennis teams both recorded 5-0 victories over Salem on Tuesday to remain undefeated in Region 8-AAAA South.

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