News for Sunday, May 25, 2008

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Alcovy's 2008 seniors second class to graduate

COVINGTON - The second graduating class at Alcovy High School filed in to the school's gymnasium - some dancing, some waving their hands and others screaming with excitement - even as friends and family members continued to take their seats and fill in around the railings.

VFW members hand out red poppies to honor veterans

CONYERS - Wars come and go, but the red poppies endure. Members of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 5290, in Conyers are handing the small flowers out this weekend as a reminder of those who made the ultimate sacrifice and to raise money for disabled veterans who returned from those wars.

Fumble in Florida Yellow Jackets routed by Clemson

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Ben Paulsen broke a 3-3 tie with a grand-slam home run in the seventh inning and Clemson went on to rout Georgia Tech 10-4 on Saturday in the Atlantic Coast Conference baseball tournament.

Newton graduates praised as 'high achievers'

Covington - Newton High School's 398 graduates probably didn't mind waking up early on their Memorial Day weekend to graduate at the school Saturday morning. Others caught a few more winks of sleep as they waited in the hallway to walk onto the gym floor to accept their diplomas and start the next phase of their lives.

Conyers resident helps NIH diagnose mystery diseases

WASHINGTON-They're the cold cases of medicine, patients with diseases so rare and mysterious that they've eluded diagnosis for years. And 26-year-old Amanda Young of Conyers is a patient who's hoping that she'll see just one more miracle.

New feeling, bigger buzz at Indy 500

INDIANAPOLIS - The Indianapolis 500 is new again.

Francoeur hits game winning HR

ATLANTA - Jeff Francoeur hit a game-ending, two-run homer off Chad Qualls in the ninth inning, and the Atlanta Braves overcame a sparkling 10-strikeout performance by Randy Johnson to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-1 Saturday.

RCHS, Magnet students all smiles despite weather

CONYERS - A rainstorm was brewing as students made their way into the Church In The Now on Friday, but the skies had cleared and there were nothing but blue skies ahead as they exited a few hours later, emerging as the 2008 graduates of Rockdale County High School and the Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology.

Grads look forward to life after Eastside

COVINGTON - While many Newton County residents spent their Memorial Day weekend relaxing outside or at a vacation spot, 242 Eastside High School seniors celebrated the completion of one phase of their lives in a graduation ceremony at Church In The Now on Saturday morning.

Salem remembers their past as they look to the future

CONYERS - In a place where Salem High School students played and watched basketball games or took physical education classes will now long be remembered as the place where many said their last goodbyes and ended one phase in their lives during Saturday's graduation ceremonies in the school's gymnasium.

Bill Shipp - Jordan was a fighter smart and loyal

"I wondered how much I had changed. I had gone to Washington a hero, described by many in the media as a 'genius.' I was returning to Georgia a loser. ... The green bird turned west toward Plains, lifted quickly into the dark sky, and was gone." - Hamilton Jordan, Jan. 21, 1981

Heritage graduates ready to take on the world

CONYERS - Not even the rain, the cramped space in the gymnasium or parents full of anxiety could dampen the spirits of Heritage High School's Class of 2008 graduates who were set to embark on their long-awaited journey into adulthood.

Darrell Huckaby - Lost hero remembered on Memorial Day weekend

If a person were seeking the prototypical "All American," Todd Christmas would be an excellent choice.

Letter - Are you worthy?

To the editor:

Seminoles face familiar foe in semifinals

CONYERS - What defines a road warrior?