News for Sunday, May 10, 2009

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Strong outing by Vazquez helps Braves beat Phillies 6-2

PHILADELPHIA - Javier Vazquez kept his pitches down and in the strike zone. Even in a hitter-friendly park, that's a formula for success.

Bill Shipp - 05/10/09 THE HONESTY FILE

Gary Horlacher has hit upon an idea that every Democratic and Republican political candidate ought to applaud. Let every statewide candidate submit to a lie-detector test to prove he or she is morally ready for public service. OK, so I didn't hear a single clap or cheer; it's still a worthwhile notion.

Murphy Letter - 05/10/09

There is something detached and surreal about effortlessly driving a temperature controlled fiberglass and metal box (car) from point A to point B. You never experience the actual journey or notice the beauty of the landscape. I say it's time to use pedal-powered transport. Stop being a car drone. Ride a bike.

Georgia to get sales-tax holiday at end of July

ATLANTA - Many Georgia residents will have a good reason to shop later this summer.

Troops get real glimpse of war Camp gives first-hand view of Afghan conflict

CAMP SHELBY, Miss. - Walking through the war-torn Afghan village of Ghazni, the senses get a workout.

Eastside senior takes dash crown Williams wins state in 100 meters

JEFFERSON - Karl Williams wore a smile as wide as Newton County on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium in Jefferson. The Eastside senior had just won the AAA 100 meters dash at the 38th Georgia Olympics Boys Track and Field Championship.

Darrell Huckaby - 05/10/09

Happy Mother's Day. It's hard to believe that we only set aside one day a year to honor the wonderful women who gave us life and sustained us throughout. Hopefully, of course, we do remember to show honor and appreciation to our mothers, but it's still nice for them to have a special day of their own - and if you are taking yours out for dinner, remember that Oprah KFC coupons aren't being honored today. You'll have to pay with your own dime.

Community Calendar - 05/10/09

May 11

BOC to discuss fire station construction

CONYERS - Construction of Fire Station No. 9 on Walker Road, which has been tabled since March due to budget concerns, is slated for discussion Monday by the Rockdale County Board of Commissioners.

Alcovy outlasts Harlem 15-12 to advance

COVINGTON - After a combined 27 runs and hits, Alcovy's baseball team outlasted Harlem 15-12 to win the deciding game of its first round Class AAAA playoff Saturday at Tiger Field.

Celebrating Mom

Staff Photos: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith

Eastside moves on with win over No. 4 Creekview

CANTON - Eastside's win over Class AAA No. 4 ranked Creekview was a total team effort as they advanced to the second round of the baseball playoffs with their 8-6 win in eight innings on Saturday.

Alford to head technical colleges

CONYERS - Dean Alford has been instrumental in helping guide education in the state and has now been tapped to oversee all the state's technical colleges.