News for Friday, February 20, 2009

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Serving at the Golden Dome

Brandon Rhineheart met with Gov. Sonny Perdue at the state Capitol Feb. 11 after serving in the Capitol as a page. Rhineheart, son of Nancy and Jeff Rhineheart of Covington, and student at Young Americans Christian School in Conyers, served as a page in the General Assembly on Feb. 11. Brandon served with Rep. Wendell Willard in the House of Representatives. He also recently spent a week in Washington, D.C., in the People to People program as one of three students from Georgia. Among his many interests are the topics of presidential history as well as political science. Paging in the House of Representatives is just one item among his list of accomplishments which include Who's Who, Middle School; Straight A Honor Roll; Jr. Beta Club; Duke Talent Identification Program 2008; and Junior Black Belt. He also plays baseball and soccer and enjoys being a part of the Conyers First United Methodist Church Youth Group, where he has participated in the choir, several plays and other special programs.

GPC signs transfer guarantee with Morehouse

In a move that will create a seamless transfer of students from Georgia Perimeter College to Morehouse College, presidents Dr. Anthony Tricoli and Dr. Robert Franklin signed the first Transfer Admission Guarantee between Georgia's largest and most successful transfer institution and one of the nation's most prestigious private colleges.

Local judge tapped for high court Ozburn would serve as an associate justice

COVINGTON - Superior Court Judge Samuel D. Ozburn has been nominated to serve on the Georgia Supreme Court.

'It was unbelievable' Residents stunned in aftermath of fast-moving storm

COVINGTON - Residents in the Highpoint Community awoke Thursday morning to find they weren't having nightmares Wednesday night when high winds briefly touched down and ravaged many homes in the area. The damage was all too real, but most were giving thanks no lives were lost.

Deadline nears for farmers' incentives

COVINGTON - District Conservationist Dennis Brooks, of the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service announced Wednesday that farmers interested in funding via the Environmental Quality Incentives Program fill out an application before Feb. 27. EQIP is the U.S. Department of Agriculture's largest conservation program for working agricultural lands.

A lesson in romance

On Friday, Traci Brady and Sharon Garner's kindergarten class at Oak Hill Elementary School held a wedding to "marry" the letters Q and U as a way to emphasize the spelling rule that "U" must always follow "Q." The groom, Mr. Q, was Casey Johnson, and the bride, Mrs. U, was Cloey Wilcher. The wedding party included flower girl Taylor Wiggins; bridesmaids Sydney Brown, Haleigh Milligan and Megan Doyle; and groomsmen Rafael Soria, Joshua Terry and Larry Kennedy.

State reps delay resolutions on hotel/motel tax

COVINGTON - State legislators have placed two prerequisites on the city of Covington before agreeing to present resolutions to the General Assembly that would increase the hotel/motel tax and designate alternative projects to be funded by the additional revenue should the proposed civic center project fall through.

Crews begin cleanup of community

COVINGTON - The sound of chain saws and smell of fractured pine trees permeated the air in the High Point community Thursday morning following Wednesday night's storms that tore across southern Newton County, alternately devastating and sparing homes with no apparent rhyme or reason.

Size doesn't mean everything for NFL offensive linemen

INDIANAPOLIS - Andre Smith has the highest profile among offensive linemen at this week's annual NFL scouting combine.

Prep tennis: Patriots look for hot start Girls have already beaten defending state champs

CONYERS - The Heritage tennis program is off to a hot start on the court thus far.

Women's college basketball: Maryland extends win streak to six

ATLANTA - Marissa Coleman scored 23 points and Lynetta Kizer had a career-high 22 points with 10 rebounds to help No. 9 Maryland win its sixth straight game in an 87-79 victory over Georgia Tech on Thursday night.

Doug Holt - 02/20/09 A View from the House

The General Assembly began to slow down its proceedings last week, to give us time to respond to federal initiatives you've probably read about. Some of those initiatives may be helpful, but others may have too many strings attached - we'll need to review them. For now, we plan on three days of session each week. Meanwhile, the House voted on nine bills and resolutions. Several are interesting.

8-AAAA boys hoops title up for grabs Rockdale must beat Loganville for third time to clinch region

WINDER - Conventional wisdom says after tonight's 8-AAAA championship game, which tips off at 8:30 p.m. at Winder-Barrow, the Rockdale boys basketball team will be region champions.

Jack Simpson - 02/20/09

I'm sitting in a soft, comfortable chair in a lobby looking out a large plate-glass window. The sun is shining, the sky is clear, and the American flag is flying in the breeze from a large pole on the edge of a circular driveway. The outside temperature is about 40 degrees, but here where I sit, it is about 20 degrees warmer.

Clark-Tiller

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Olin Clark Jr. of Conyers announce the engagement of their daughter, Jessica Layne Clark of Conyers, to James Cory Tiller of Watkinsville, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Edward Tiller of High Shoals, Ga.

Rockdale Blotter - 02/20/09

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office (RCSO), Conyers Police Department (CPD) and Georgia State Patrol (GSP) between Feb. 10 and Monday:

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Darrell Huckaby - 02/20/09

For years February was most notable to me because I had learned in first grade that's when a lot of famous people had their birthdays. Most notable among them were Abraham Lincoln, who has gotten a lot of press lately, and George Washington, the father of our country. And then, 21 years ago, we buried my own father in February, and my perspective changed considerably. Now when the third week of our shortest month rolls around, my thoughts turn to him.

White-Young

Mr. and Mrs. Larry S. White of Conyers and Ms. Yvonne F. White of Covington announce the engagement of their daughter, Shana Yvonne White, to Travis Benjamin Young, son of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin A. Young of Conyers.

Braves move forward without Griffey

KISSIMMEE, Fla. - The Atlanta Braves emerged from the dugout as though it was just another spring training day. The pitchers headed to the mound. The hitters wandered in and out of the cage, taking their swings. Bobby Cox wobbled around the field trying to get a look at some of the promising kids.

Newton Blotter - 02/20/09

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Newton County Sheriff's Office, Covington Police Department, Oxford Police Department and Porterdale Police Department: