News for Sunday, May 18, 2008

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RCHS track set to get a makeover

CONYERS - Rockdale County High School track and field athletes will have a better surface to run on next school year.

State grant fuels library expansion Perdue signs budget with $2 million earmarked for project

CONYERS - Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue signed the state's budget for fiscal year 2009 this week, approving a $2 million grant targeted for Nancy Guinn Memorial Library.

Community Calendar 5/18/2008

May 18

Farris charms crowd at weightlifting trials Conyers' Alford fails in bid for Olympics

ATLANTA - Kendrick Farris may not win a gold medal at the Beijing Olympics. No one will be more entertaining.

Hurt, Hawkins named to GACA all-state teams

COVINGTON - The postseason basketball accolades continue for Salem's Courtney Hurt and Newton's Jamon Hawkins, who were both named to the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association's all-state teams.

Text messages clear up CPD wild goose chase

CONYERS - The Conyers Police Department spent more than eight hours Thursday searching the woods behind Wal-Mart for a woman who was reportedly stabbed, only to find out she was alive and well in Stone Mountain.

Newton looks at career academy

COVINGTON - Newton County School System officials are researching the possibility of bringing a career academy to the county, like neighboring Rockdale and Walton counties.

Slow and steady

Staff Photo: Robert Porter

Bill Shipp - The four-corner offense

Raving against the shortcomings of government is as easy as eating ice cream. Governing itself is as painful as walking on hot nails.

Darrell Huckaby - The beat goes on in Democratic race

Remember Sonny and Cher? Sure you do. Where are they when you need them? They should be providing the background music for the seemingly never-ending series of Democratic primaries that has kept us entertained, agitated and scared to death throughout the winter and spring. Yes, the beat does go on - and on and on and on and on. And if you believe Hillary, the end is still not in sight - not if the June 3 primaries end without Barack having enough pledged delegates to claim the nomination outright.

Howell atop AT&T Classic leaderboard after round 3

DULUTH - Charles Howell III shot a 5-under 67 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead over Kenny Perry into the final round of the AT&T Classic.

College notebook: Chandler gains more honors for Lady Bobcats

Georgia State College and University junior pitcher Mandy Chandler has been named to first team of the Daktronics All-South Atlantic Region Team for the second time in her career.

Hudson hammered Ninth-inning rally not enough as Braves fall 5-4

ATLANTA - Jack Cust hit a solo home run and Ryan Sweeney added a three-run shot, and the Oakland Athletics held on to beat the Atlanta Braves 5-4 on Saturday night to end a season-worst four-game losing streak.

Big Brown a big winner at Preakness Colt is one win from sport's first Triple Crown in 30 years

BALTIMORE - Not once but twice, jockey Kent Desormeaux sneaked a peek to see if anyone was gaining on Big Brown.

Letter - Iraq death toll exceeds 4,000

To the editor:

Rockdale considers car-crushing biz

CONYERS - A car-crushing business is one step closer to opening its doors along Dogwood Drive.