News for Sunday, July 26, 2009

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Hooper Letter

First, let me tell you that I a neither a Democrat or a Republican nor am I connected to any other political party. Secondly, let me tell you that I keep trying real hard to make sense of all this mess that our country and our state are in these days. Thirdly, I keep listening and reading the media explanations and the political blame games being played by all our elected folks at the national and state levels. I am continually amazed at how gullible we as voters and taxpayers have become. I read and listen to the new proposals to solve health care in America by converting everything over to a government-controlled and run system. Are you paying attention? What successfully run federal program will the new Federal Health Care Program emulate? I can't think of one. Maybe I just don't understand, but it seems to me that there is a better way to solve some of the country's problems right now besides creating something big, new, cumbersome, very, very, very expensive and which down the road will become a mess. Here are some suggestions that the feds in Washington should address before creating another boondoggle.

Newborn Schoolhouse: Repairs to take months

NEWBORN - It looks like the Newborn Schoolhouse, home of the Newborn Opry, could remain closed until Christmastime.

Historic trip Goldman to test his game on some of the older Scottish links

CONYERS - Talk about a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Martin oldest to win pole at Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS - So excited for last year's race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Mark Martin predicted victory six weeks before the event.

Community connection Boys & Girls Club reaches out with annual fundraiser

Erly Saldano, the newly-hired executive director of the A.R. "Gus" Barksdale Boys & Girls Club in Conyers, grew up in South Central Los Angeles where he witnessed how the Boys & Girls Club provided safe haven for those youth who wanted to escape the danger of the streets.

2 plead guilty in beating

CONYERS - Two defendants pleaded guilty and were sentenced to probation this month while two others await trial involving the brutal assault of a Conyers man at a West Avenue gas station in 2007.

Conyers to play for Legion title

DOUGLASVILLE - One win to go. Kelvan Diaz pitched 72/3 innings of one-run ball and Cameron Gibson belted a three-run home run to pace the offense in Conyers' 8-3 win over Douglasville in the winner's bracket final of the Georgia American Legion State Tournament at Hunter Park. Conyers awaits the loser's bracket winner in today's championship game, scheduled for 3 p.m.

Kathleen Parker - 07/26/09 THE CRONKITE FACTOR

There was something about Uncle Walt. He was so ... avuncular.

Community Calendar - 07/26/09

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Darrell Huckaby - 07/26/09

And I used to think Roy Barnes was bad.

Norman ahead at Senior British Open

SUNNINGDALE, England - Greg Norman shot a bogey-free 6-under 64 on Saturday to grab the lead by a stroke heading into the last round of the Senior British Open.

A chance to serve others Newton teens plan community service projects

COVINGTON - Some Newton County teens who didn't expect a summer job were put to work this summer to help the community.

Ryan, Falcons prepare for training camp

FLOWERY BRANCH - Bob Berry was the quarterback when the 1971 Atlanta Falcons finished 7-6-1 for the first winning season in franchise history.