News for Tuesday, December 20, 2011

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Alcovy girls win Savannah Holiday Classic; boys come in third

COVINGTON -- After getting beat in the second round of the Class AAAA playoffs last year, Alcovy's girls basketball team got a little bit of revenge, beating GACA Class AAAA No. 1 ranked Stateboro 56-50 to win the three-day Savannah Holiday Classic.. "It felt good, it did, just because

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Dye leads Salem girls cross country

COVINGTON -- Every time Salem's Jamara Dye hit the course she seemed to get a little better which is why she was able to hold off the competition to become the Citizen's All-Area Girls Cross County Runner of the Year.. Eastside head coach Leah Carlisle provided the leadership needed

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Thompson shines for Eagles

Bernard Thompson had one of his finest games as a collegiate Monday.. Thompson, the former Rockdale star now at Florida Gulf Coast, had 16 points on 6-of-9 field goal attempts and added three assists and two steals in the Eagles' 80-75 loss to USC Upstate in an Atlantic

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Tech men win third straight

DULUTH -- It wasn't pretty, but the Georgia Tech men's basketball team will take it. Glen Rice Jr. had 21 points and 10 rebounds, Mfon Udofia added all 16 of his points in the second half and the Yellow Jackets defeated Alabama A&M, 65-54 Monday at the Arena at

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Hawks aim for conference finals with slimmer Smith

ATLANTA -- For a team that looks so familiar on paper, the Hawks look much different on the court.. Point guard Jeff Teague will be the only new starter when the Hawks open their season on Tuesday at New Jersey, but some of the veterans have new looks.. Strong forward

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LETTERS: State patrol cautions against impaired driving

The Georgia State Patrol plans concentrated enforcement efforts to stop impaired driving.

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CAL THOMAS: Death of an atheist

I have always found atheists to be interesting people because they just may be the world's smallest minority group, one that gets smaller still as its members pass on and meet God face to face.

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DARRELL HUCKABY: What did we accomplish with Operation Iraqi Freedom?

During that time, while Jamie and her friends have been enjoying their life and liberty and During the past nine years, nearly 1.5 million men and women have put their lives on hold to fight to protect the rights and safety of 300,000,000 of us at home and to liberate the entire population of Iraq from the hand of an evil dictator.

LETTERS: Thanks for support of park event

Friends of Newton Parks offer their thanks for support of Twilights at Chimney Park.

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Norcross names Summers new police chief

Former Rockdale sheriff's deputy, Newton Asst. DA hired

Warren Summers named Norcross' new police chief

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Familiar -looking elf

Special photo. East Newton Elementary School students were surprised to see a live "Elf on the Shelf" in their school office just before they were dismissed for Christmas holidays. Turns out the reason the elf looked so familiar is because it was Principal Dr. Kim Coady

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Liberty Middle students graduate from sheriff's drug program

Special photo. A second group of Liberty Middle School students recently graduated from the Newton County Sheriff's Office program, "It's party time and it's no game." The program is a drug and alcohol prevention program, designed to show students the importance of making good choices in life. Among the

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Christmas program celebrated

Special photo. Organizers of Sojourner Truth Observational Study Hometel Inc. recently held a Christmas celebration for those taking part in the program conducted by Lillian Bittaye (far right). Also pictured at the party is volunteer Tiffany Clay and the course mascot Mr. Pitt. For more information on the program or

Ga. 20 project in Loganville hits milestone but will miss deadline

Traffic to shift on Ga. 20 median project.

Man wanted out of Newton County arrested

From staff reports. CONYERS -- A Conyers man wanted in Newton County on a failure to appear warrant was charged with drug violations by the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office Friday.. According to the RCSO incident report, an informant at Allied Recycling called a deputy shortly after 5 p.m. to report

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Marine Britton fought racism, perceptions during WWII, Korea

Theodore R. Britton Jr. dealt with racial segregation at home but was a brother in the U.S. Marine Corps as World War II wound down. Denied a commission during the Korean War, he led a successful life of learning that culminated in an ambassadorship to Barbados and Grenada.

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Power of music Women renew passion to play in Community Band

Three local women have rediscovered a passion for music thanks to the Newton County Community Band.

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Porter library gets LEED Gold certified

Porter Memorial Library has achieved LEED Gold certification status.

Newton man charged in Conyers Walmart robbery

One man has been arrested and another is sought by the Conyers Police Department in connection with two armed robberies.

Mystery man buys gift cards for hungry, homeless

WAYCROSS -- The owner of a south Georgia McDonald's restaurant says a man walked in and bought $500 in gift cards, then handed them back to the manager and asked that they be used for the hungry and homeless.. Brian Fey, owner

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Why are toys selling out? Might be mommy blog buzz

Emily Vanek is not buying up a bunch of LeapPad Explorers herself, but she may be at least partly to blame for some stores selling out of the $99 children's tablet this holiday season.

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Pets are available for adoption at Rockdale, Newton animal shelters

Pets are available for adoption from the Rockdale and Newton County animal shelters.

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The lights go out, but San Francisco doesn't blink in beating Steelers, 20-3

The lights went out during the Monday Night Football game between the 49ers and Steelers, but not even the 35-minute delay could slow down San Francisco, which hammered the Steelers, 20-3

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Richt expects injured RB Samuel to play in the Outback Bowl

Richard Samuel, who was injured picking up a game-sealing first down in the final seconds during Georgia's win against Florida, should return in time to bolster Georgia's depleted rushing attack for the Jan. 2 Outback Bowl against Michigan.

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Ominous start for Hawks, who blow late lead in NBA preseason opener vs. Bobcats

The Atlanta Hawks get back on the court for the first time since the NBA lockout and open their preseason on Monday against the Charlotte Bobcats, and after leading for most of the game, the Hawks fall, 79-77.

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The lights go out, but San Francisco doesn't blink in beating Steelers, 20-3

SAN FRANCISCO — Monday Night Football nearly became a Monday Night Fiasco.

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Marine Britton fought racism, perceptions during WWII, Korea

CONYERS -- Theodore R. Britton Jr. dealt with racial segregation at home but was a brother in the U.S. Marine Corps as World War II wound down. Denied a commission during the Korean War, he led a successful life of learning that culminated in an ambassadorship to Barbados and Grenada.

Michael Funderburk

Mr. Michael G. Funderburk, 55 of Covington passed away December 15, 2011 at Piedmont Hospital. He was born in Augusta, GA to L.C. and Irene Hollis Funderburk. He was a ...

Irene Whaley

Irene A. Whaley, of Naples, Florida died Saturday, December 17, 2011. Where she resided for approximately 30 years doing what she loved; playing golf, dancing and playing bridge. Mrs. Irene ...

John Osborn

John “Raymond” Osborn, Sr., age 90, of Conyers, GA passed away December 18, 2011. Arrangements by Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home, (770) 786-7062, (770) 784-5582 (24 hr. obituary ...

Frank Tyler

Mr. Frank (Frankie) Owen Tyler, 73 of Oxford and Panama City Beach, FL. passed away at his home in Panama City Beach on December 17, 2011. Frankie was born in ...

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Falcons can wrap up playoff spot vs. Saints

FLOWERY BRANCH -- The Saints will try to clinch the division title and the Falcons will try to lock down a playoff spot when the teams meet on Monday night.

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