News for Thursday, August 13, 2009

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Council plans work session on revenue shortfall

PORTERDALE - City Council members will hold an Aug. 20 work session to come up with a plan to deal with a projected $108,000 shortfall in revenues for 2010. City department heads will be asked to come to the meeting to speak in support of their budgets.

City studies need to increase millage

PORTERDALE - Raise taxes or cut expenditures - those are the two options presented to City Council members at a work session on Tuesday night by City Manager Tom Fox.

Girl, 6, dies of injuries Local man faces charges in death

COVINGTON - A Covington man faces charges in connection with the death of a 6-year-old who was hit by an SUV after getting off a MARTA bus with her mother in Clarkston Tuesday afternoon.

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Fundraiser to be held for murder victim's family

CONYERS - When Kim Campbell's cousin Timothy Clements was murdered in June, she knew she had to help the family out.

Video games help keep seniors sharp

CONYERS - Ed Bingham grips the Wii video game controller in his hand and poses before his roll as he and other Remington House residents play a game of Wii bowling.

Alcovy returns with mix of youth and experience

COVINGTON - A new season brings new hopes for the Lady Tigers softball team as it gets ready to start its season with a mixture of experience and new players with eight freshman and 10 returners.

Braves make it five in a row

ATLANTA - Adam LaRoche gave the Braves the lead with a seventh-inning homer, his second of the game, and Atlanta continued its second-half surge by beating the Washington Nationals 6-2 on Wednesday night.

Battering ram Falcons' Turner looks for another big year

FLOWERY BRANCH - When Michael Turner arrived at training camp a year ago, he had to put all doubts out of his mind.

Salem faces rebuilding for softball Seminoles hope to improve after dismal season in 2008

COVINGTON - Trying to turn around a team that finished 3-17 in 2008 is enough to think about, but Salem softball coach Stephanie Bassett has to do it while rebuilding half the roster.

Atlantic Coast Conference out to prove its swagger is back

It's hard to believe a conference with Miami and Florida State could lose its swagger. The Hurricanes and Seminoles in their heydays practically invented the term.