News for Sunday, May 3, 2009


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Perdue releases final report from education group

ATLANTA - Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue released in late April the final recommendations that an educational work group prepared as a vision for Georgia's educational system over the next 10 to 15 years.

Elkins inks with Lenior-Rhyne

Salem's Precious Elkins recently signed a basketball scholarship with Lenoir-Rhyne College. Looking on were, front, from left, father Sylvester Elkins, Precious Elkins, mother Lelia Elkins and grandmother Annie M. Williams; back, from left, Salem assistant coach Kiffany Kody, Salem principal Tony Bloodworth, Salem girls basketball coach Bill Roberts and grandfather Richard Williams.

Bill Shipp - 05/03/09 WHAT'S AN ELEPHANT TO DO?

You have to hand it to those folks in Austin, Texas. They know a good campaign issue when they see one. Just the other day, Gov. Rick Perry of Texas mentioned "secession" - resigning from the United States - as a way to escape the odious government in Washington.

Magnolia blossoms Assisted living home gets modern makeover

An Olde Town Conyers landmark has undergone quite a transformation over the last year, and now the historic home is hard to miss.

Bird pulls off miracle in the mud

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Calvin Borel was in a familiar place, along the rail and urging Mine That Bird to fly through the mud. Trainer Bennie Woolley Jr. was someplace he never imagined - the Kentucky Derby, with his horse in the lead.

Town and Country Chrysler: Owner says outlook is looking up Local dealership reacts to car manufacturer bankruptcy news

CONYERS - The announcement of U.S. car maker Chrysler filing for bankruptcy was encouraging news for the local Chrysler Dodge Jeep dealership.

Darrell Huckaby - 05/03/09

I lived in Athens, Ga., for four wonderful years. It's a great city. It has a tree that owns itself. It also has double-barreled cannon. If it had worked the South might won the War Between the States. Athens is also the home of Dan Magill, one of my favorite Americans, and Claude McBride. Ditto what I said about Dan.

On the beat: Son arrested after police serve warrant on dad

On the Beat is an occasional reporting of various crimes and complaints confronted by law enforcement personnel in Newton County in the course of their duties. It is compiled by News Editor Barbara Knowles, who can be reached at

Community Calendar - 05/03/09

May 3

Longbottom Letter - 05/03/09

Letters to you from Mr. Grady Mullins consistently claim that we are a nation headed for disaster. This Joseph Goebbels style of fact-fracturing represents a frightening disregard for the truth. Despite his and others' claims, night is not day, hot is not cold, black is not white.

Eastside golfers take experience to state

COVINGTON - The unknown became clear to the Eastside boys golf team after appearing in the Class AAAA state tournament last season.

Newton qualifies 4 for state

DECATUR - The Newton track teams collected a total of four state meet berths during the Region 2-AAAAA meet at Panthersville Stadium.