News for Wednesday, October 8, 2008

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Acuity Brands to lay off 800 workers

CONYERS - Lighting manufacturer Acuity Brands, the parent company of Conyers-based Lithonia Lighting, announced Tuesday plans to lay off 800 employees and close two manufacturing plants.

Oxford fire chief resigns

OXFORD - The fire chief from the City of Oxford's volunteer fire department has resigned over a conflict with the mayor.

Citi Trends employees are robbed

COVINGTON - Two employees of Citi Trends, located at 3205 Elm St. in the shopping complex where El Charro Mexican restaurant is located, were robbed at gunpoint about 9 p.m. Sunday as they left the store, according to the Covington Police Department.

Community cleanup Rivers Alive works to beautify waters

COVINGTON - Newton County residents are once again invited to participate in Rivers Alive, the state's largest volunteer effort to beautify Georgia's waterways.

Covington looks to eliminate water rate differential

COVINGTON - The city is working toward implementation of a new water and sewer rate ordinance that will eliminate a rate differential between customers inside and outside the city limits, while it increases rates for large water and sewer customers.

Lady Patriots punch ticket to state sectional Melson tosses 14 shutout innings in wins over Habersham, Apalachee

DANIELSVILLE - Jamie Melson made sure nothing got in the way of Heritage's goal of a state tournament berth Tuesday in the Region 8-AAAA tournament.

Correcting the mistakes Richt turns to physical punishment to fix penalty problems

ATHENS - Mark Richt says he knows one way to make sure his Georgia team plays better than in its deflating loss to Alabama: Cut down on penalties.

Alcovy falls to Griffin in region tourney

HAMPTON - A lack of hitting, as well as mental and fielding errors, proved to be too much for top-seeded Alcovy to overcome as the Lady Tigers lost 10-1 to Griffin in the first round of Region 4-AAAA tournament at Lovejoy Park on Tuesday.

Darrell Huckaby - Procrastination takes hold during fall break

They say fall is coming, but you would be hard put to prove it by the weather we've enjoyed the past few days. (And if it is raining as you read this, just be glad. We need it.) It has been sunny and warm - downright hot some days - and although there have been a few mornings with a nip in the air, those have been few and far between.

Lady Eagles open region playoffs with 8-0 victory

HARTWELL - The No. 2-seeded Eastside softball squad secured a spot in sectionals Tuesday by blanking Franklin County 8-0 during the first round of the Region 8-AAA playoffs at Hart County High School.

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Bill Shipp - A Dog-gone mess

Georgia has one of the largest and most violent prison populations in the country, yet the state - in its haste to try to balance an insanely optimistic budget in a recession - has cut prison guards' pay to just four days a week. Some prison guards already are among the lowest-compensated state employees.

No starting QB drama for Gamecocks this week

COLUMBIA, S.C. - No tryouts. No controversy. No drama. Steve Spurrier has a starting quarterback at South Carolina - at least for this week.