News for Sunday, November 16, 2008

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Salem boys basketball ready for tipoff Seminoles hope to rebound from 9-18 season

CONYERS - Two hours before tipoff Saturday afternoon, a scrimmage against live competition for the first time this season, and Salem boys basketball coach Darren Wilkins was all smiles.

Community Calendar - 11/16/2008

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Salem Gate to get face-lift Ill. developer seeks to annex property into the city of Conyers

CONYERS - The old girl known as the Salem Gate shopping center is in line for a face-lift as an Illinois-based developer seeks to annex the property into the city of Conyers.

College notebook: Rockdale grad makes All-Peach Belt

Former Rockdale standout Michael Morgan was named to the second team of the All-Peach Belt Conference men's soccer team.

Letter - America needs its auto industry

To the editor:

Border war Georgia holds off Auburn for 17-13 win

AUBURN, Ala. - Georgia coach Mark Richt is getting tired of 'dodging bullets' and coming from behind for close wins in the final minutes.

Darrell Huckaby - Texas preacher has the right idea

For two years back in the late '70s, I lived in exile in deep South Georgia, way below the gnat line. Meigs wasn't the end of the world, but if you stood on your tiptoes you could see the end of the world from there. I was closer to Florida than a McDonalds and could only pick up two channels on my television - three if I went outside and turned the antenna.

Metals market slump: RCSO: Auto repair shop thefts drop

CONYERS - The market price for metals has dropped significantly, and so, it would appear, has the number of thefts from auto repair shops.

Like old times: Falcons' Elam welcomes Broncos to Atlanta

ATLANTA - Before every game, Jason Elam envisions himself lining up for a game-winning field goal.

Water woes Residents say well is unsafe

CONYERS - Pearl Vonderhaar and her Fair Oaks subdivision neighbors said they are looking forward to any move that will get them onto county water and off private well water they deem undrinkable.

Lady Rams softball has good year

COVINGTON - The Newton Lady Rams softball team had a few ups and downs this season but it was a decent season overall.

Senior housing ordinance faces criticism

CONYERS - The county's proposed senior living zoning ordinance was criticized this week during its first reading as being unusable and ignoring the needs of lower-income seniors.

Bill Shipp - Is DOT really experiencing a change in culture?

The past week has seen new revelations in the ongoing saga of Gena Evans, nee Abraham, the woman whom Gov. Sonny Perdue put in charge of the state Department of Transportation. Perdue pushed Evans for the job supposedly to clean up a deeply troubled agency, which is facing a staggering funding shortfall in excess of $7 billion over the next six years for needed road construction and improvements. According to DOT's own estimate, its expected funding shortfall over the next 25 to 30 years is an almost incomprehensible $51 billion.