News for Sunday, March 9, 2008

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KidsNet partners with Atlanta area counseling center

A new partnership with KidsNet Newton and Rockdale will provide help to children and families with sexual issues.

Heritage girls edge Oconee County Lady Pats enter subregion schedule with 7-0 record

CONYERS - In a battle of state-ranked soccer squads, the Heritage girls relied on a set play to knock Oconee County from the ranks of the unbeaten on Saturday at Evans Memorial Stadium.

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Kenseth ends drought with Nationwide series win

HAMPTON - It wasn't pretty, but Matt Kenseth was just happy to be in a NASCAR Nationwide Series Victory Circle after nearly a year.

Illuminating Olde Town

Staff Photo: Robert Porter

Increase in hotel/motel tax one step closer

CONYERS - A bill allowing the city of Conyers to increase its hotel/motel tax cleared its first hurdle in the General Assembly last week.

Jack Simpson - Battling an unwelcome visitor

Remember last year when it was so difficult to locate a flu shot? Everywhere folks went for awhile, all they found was a brick wall. The family doctor had no vaccine. The local health department had a few shots and people ended up standing in long lines at their local grocery store.

Is this it for Cox? Braves skipper mum on plans past this season

KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Bobby Cox spent the first few days of spring training trying to fight off a cold. And what about the future? He'll shoo away those questions with even more fervor.

Ronda Rich - Great Southern characters never die

After early church and Sunday School, Mama and I had hurried to the grocery store. An older friend was ailing badly with the flu, so I told Mama I'd made him some quick homemade chicken soup and she could make the cornbread muffins. Then, I'd run it over to him.

Bill Shipp - Watch your back, Glenn

If Gov. Sonny Perdue had been speaker of the House last week, he could have easily passed SR 796, a proposed constitutional amendment to remove property taxes from cars, trucks and motorcycles.

College notebook: Chandler earns consecutive PBAC honors

Mandy Chandler, a junior pitcher at Georgia College and State University, was named the Peach Belt Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week for two consecutive weeks.

SPLOST tax collections down for '07

CONYERS - Effects of the worsening U.S. economy are being felt locally and are cited for causing a drop in sales tax revenue in 2007 for Rockdale County's special purpose local option sales tax.

Collins signs with Georgia State Salem goalkeeper to stay in state with Lady Panthers soccer team

Salem standout goalkeeper Kellianne Collins will be continuing her soccer career on the collegiate level at Georgia State University.

Croquet tournament gives back to the community

Giving back to the community doesn't have to be hard work. In fact, it can be lots of fun, especially if you choose to join in the 17th annual Conyers Cherry Blossom Charity Croquet Tournament. Sponsored by the Heartland Woman's Club, the tournament raises several thousand dollars each year for two local charities - one in Rockdale County and the other in Newton.

Book Review - "Hard Time"

In what might be the most interesting political year ever, with Democrats literally flipping coins in the voting booths and Republicans arguing over who is or isn't conservative, it looks like many people are standing with ballot in their hands and tough decisions in their heads.

"I know my sister would have done the same' Man to give older sibling gift of life

COVINGTON - As gifts to big sisters go, Tim Wayt's is about as personal as it gets: He has agreed to donate a kidney to older sibling Bobbi Wayt, who is in need of a transplant to save her life.