News for Wednesday, January 21, 2009

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Hope meets history: Seniors celebrate inauguration

COVINGTON - Local senior citizens gathered Tuesday morning to witness history, as Barack Obama became the first black president of the United States.

Obama takes spot as first black president

WASHINGTON - Before a jubilant crowd of more than a million, Barack Hussein Obama claimed his place in history as America's first black president, summoning a dispirited nation to unite in hope against the 'gathering clouds and raging storms' of war and economic woe.

Doug Holt - Session launch sees governor's address, new bills

Our first week of session revolved around legislative rituals. Tasks like electing the speaker and other House officials for the 2009/2010 term, adopting rules for our chamber to operate by, and holding a joint session with the Senate to hear Gov. Sonny Perdue's state of the state address. This time was a bit different for me, since I had the honor of serving on the governor's escort into the House chamber. In any case, while these activities seem a bit time consuming, they are vitally important to maintaining a society based on the rule of law.

Sears employee accused of theft

COVINGTON - A man identified as the "on-site manager" of Sears on U.S. Highway 278 has been arrested and charged with theft by conversion, according to the Covington Police Department.

City office renovation to begin Covington city council sets budget

COVINGTON - The budget for furniture purchases for the renovation of the elected officials' office at City Hall was set at $10,000 to $12,000 at a special called meeting Tuesday afternoon.

From midfielder to manager Ex-Heritage player guides soccer team after coach's departure

CONYERS - This fall, the Heritage boys soccer team faced a bit of a dilemma.

Darrell Huckaby - Obama stands on the shoulders of giants

Well, it was a heck of a thing, wasn't it? I don't care what your color, creed, political persuasion, college football allegiance or sexual preference is - the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States confirmed what most of us have known for a long, long time. The United States of America is unique among all the nations on earth, and in the history of the world. What happened in Washington, D.C., just before noon on Tuesday, given all the variables and potential scenarios for a different outcome, could not have happened anywhere else in the world.

Community Calendar - 1/21/2009

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Sports world pauses to witness Obama's historic inauguration

WASHINGTON - Muhammad Ali and Magic Johnson had prime seats at the Capitol. LeBron James watched from a hotel room in Los Angeles with his two sons. Across the country, coaches rescheduled practices, and even the Super Bowl had to take a back seat Tuesday to the inauguration of Barack Obama.

Bogosian has goal, assist in Thrashers' win

ATLANTA - Rookie defenseman Zach Bogosian and Chris Thorburn each had a goal and an assist in the Atlanta Thrashers' 4-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night.

John Douglas - The Gold Dome opens for business

The 150th session of the Georgia General Assembly opened for business Jan. 12 facing a number of serious issues. The budget, education, healthcare, transportation and water are again at the top of our list. We have already begun acting on these critical issues in the pursuit of making Georgia a state that people are proud to call home.

Rice, Eagles outlast Jackets 80-76 in OT

ATLANTA - Tyrese Rice scored 24 of his 26 points after the first half, including six points in overtime, and Boston College recovered after blowing a big lead in the second half to beat Georgia Tech 80-76 on Tuesday night.

Patriots place 7th at Clayton

On Saturday, the Heritage boys swim team placed sixth while the girls took ninth out of 24 teams at the Clayton County Invitational.