News for Saturday, December 24, 2011

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Police: DUI suspect rams officer's car

A woman is facing drunken driving charges after authorities say she rammed an Atlanta police officer's car.

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Pope urges end to Syria bloodshed, peace worldwide

Pope urges end to Syria bloodshed, peace worldwide

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Penn State saga voted AP sports story of year

The Associated Press lists its top 10 stories of the year, and Penn State's ugly scandal leads the list.

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Auburn’s 2011 national title seems like a distant memory

Led by quarterback Cam Newton and defensive tackle Nick Fairley, the Tigers beat Oregon to claim their first national championship since 1957, making it one of the top sports stories in Alabama for 2011.

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Last combat troops out of Iraq back at Fort Hood

Associated PressFORT HOOD, Texas (AP) Soldiers in the last U.S. combat brigade to leave Iraq have arrived home in time for Christmas.Nearly 200 soldiers arrived at Fort Hood on Saturday, while others arrived earlier in the week. The drizzling rain and chilling wind didn't dampen the excitement of relatives who

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Wade, James say time has made them closer

For the second year in a row, the Miami Heat enter the game as the favorites to win the NBA title — and stars Dwyane Wade and LeBron James say they are more comfortable playing with each other in their second year as a duo.

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Last-minute buyers top off strong shopping season

It's that time for caroling, eggnog, holiday cheer -- and for some, a frantic dash to the mall.. Last-minute shoppers hit stores on Christmas Eve in a surge that is expected to top off an unexpectedly strong holiday shopping season.. Among them was Len Boswell. He started his shopping

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AP: Gingrich, Cain election bids are top Ga. story

Herman Cain's longshot bid for the White House hardly earned any national attention when he announced his candidacy in May.

BOC denies permit for personal care home

The BOC denied a request to open a personal care home on Ga. Hwy. 81.

Rockdale eyes permits to serve alcohol

Wait staff in Rockdale County restaurants may soon be asked to obtain a county permit to be allowed to serve alcohol.

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Rockdale legislators to hold listening session

The Rockdale delegation in the Georgia General Assembly will host a pre-session listening meeting next month to discuss upcoming issues state legislators will face in 2012.

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Local teen singer appears in 'Joyful Noise'

Lithonia resident Ivan Kelley Jr. had a great year in 2011, appearing in the feature film film "Joyful Noise."

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GOP: Gingrich, Perry will not be on Va. Ballot

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Gov. Rick Perry have failed to qualify for Virginia's March 6 Republican primary, a setback in their bids for the Republican presidential nomination.

Feds approve new Georgia political districts

The Obama administration on Friday approved new boundaries for Georgia's congressional and legislative districts even though state Democrats charge that the Republican-drawn maps dilute minority voting strength.

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Playoffs? For the Lions, a win will do it

The Lions, who started the season 5-0 before hitting a midseason slump, can improve to 10-5 and lock up a spot in the playoffs with a win against the Chargers

Willie Mae Payne

Wille Mae Payne, age 83, of Lithonia, died December 23, 2011. Arrangements by Henry Funeral Home, Lithonia, 770-482-4411. henryfuneral.com.

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For QB Brees, a balanced life makes a prolific passer

NEW ORLEANS — Approaching 33 and with two young boys at home, Drew Brees has been emphasizing his role as a father lately, appearing on Sesame Street and in commercials with his children.

Clarence Shope

Clarence Shope, age 63, of Covington, GA passed away December 20, 2011. Arrangements by Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home, (770) 786-7062, (770) 784-5582 (24 hr. obituary line) www.caldwellandcowan.com

Tony Harris

Tony Lee Harris of Social Circle, passed away December 23, 2011, at the age of 57. Tony was a deacon and faithful member at Word of Life Tabernacle, in Covington, and was a very strong witness for the Lord. He enjoyed deer and rabbit hunting and freshwater fishing. Tony was a livestock trader, and operated a deer processing business during hunting season. He is loved, and will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Tony is preceded in death by his father, Carl Harris, Sr. Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Gloria Harris of Social Circle; sons and daughters-in-law, Lucas and Kim Harris of Covington, Kevin and Michelle Harris of Social Circle; grandchildren, Michael Harris, Tyler Harris, Dillan Harris, Kyle Harris, Nichole Harris, Kolton Harris; mother, Myrtle Harris of Oxford; brothers and sisters-in-law, Carl, Jr., and Laura Harris of Social Circle, Lamar and Carole Harris of Lithonia; several nieces and nephews. Funeral Services for Tony will be held Tuesday, December 27, 2011, 2:00 PM, at Word of Life Tabernacle, with Rev. Daniel Gissendaner and Rev. Joe Reynolds officiating, and interment following in Lawnwood Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Monday, December 26, from 12:00-2:00 PM and 6:00-9:00 PM. Flowers are accepted, or a love offering may be made to the family. www.caldwellandcowan.com to place online condolences 770-786-7062

Delma Harvill

Delma Mae Harvill, age 85, of Conyers, passed away after a long battle with Congestive Heart Disease, on Thursday, December 22, 2011. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, December 27, 1011, at Rockdale Baptist Church at 11:00 a.m., with Rev. Billy Moss & Rev. Steve Powers officiating. Interment will follow at Eastview Cemetery in Conyers. A native of Douglasville, GA, Mrs. Harvill retired from Lithonia Lighting and was a member of Rockdale Baptist Church. She is survived by: sons & daughters-in-law, Mike & Janice Harvill, of Conyers, Mark & Cindy Harvill, of Conyers, Johnny Harvill, of Conyers, Nick & Robin Harvill, of Acworth, Rod & Karen Harvill, of Covington; numerous Grandchildren, Great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; brother, Fable Fountain, Gene Fountain, Lance Fountain, Ray Fountain; sister, Faye Lathan; several nieces & nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack and her son, Bob. The family will receive friends Monday, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 pm at the funeral home. Condolences may be offered at www.horisawardrockdalechapel.com. Horis A. Ward Funeral Home, Rockdale Chapel, (770) 918-8851.

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Auburn's 2011 national title seems like a distant memory

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — It would be easy to forget these days about how Auburn started the year.

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Playoffs? For the Lions, a win will do it

The last time the Detroit Lions were this close to the playoffs, Barry Sanders was in their backfield.

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Local teen singer appears in 'Joyful Noise'

No matter where he winds up, Lithonia resident Ivan Kelley Jr. will always remember 2011 as perhaps the most pivotal year of his life.

Rockdale eyes permits to serve alcohol

CONYERS -- Wait staff in Rockdale County restaurants may soon be asked to obtain a county permit to be allowed to serve alcohol.

Janice Mayo

Janice Mayo, age 64, of Conyers, GA passed away December 23, 2011. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200. www.wagesfuneralhome.com

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