News for Tuesday, December 27, 2011


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Darrell Huckaby: Presidents have given us lots of laughs over the years

Modern comedians have made careers of cracking jokes about the people we elect to lead our country. Let's face it. There is lots to crack on, and always has been.

Local hoops start tournaments with win

COVINGTON -- The Alcovy and Rockdale girls basketball teams paved the road for the rest of the local basketball squads as they started the basketball classics with their participation in the Peach State Invitational on Tuesday while the rest of the teams start today.. The Rockdale girls started the tournament

Rockdale, Alcovy girls win first round games

ATLANTA -- Seneca High School in South Carolina came into the Peach State Hoops Tournament with one of the most high-profile players in the country. But in Tuesday's opener, Rockdale had the most high-profile team.. Kree Clark had 16 points and 18 rebounds to lead four scorers in

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THOMAS: Certain prediction for 2012 — government waste

It's time for taxpayers to put bloated governments on a diet.

Blood donations sought to meet holiday demand

The American Red Cross is asking residents to give the gift of life and donate blood at several blood drives planned in the coming days to help metro Atlanta hospitals meet the demand for blood for the Christmas and New Year's holiday period.

Emergency drill set for spring 2012

A major emergency services training event will take place in Newton County next year.

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A level head served Kerr well during Pearl Harbor attack

Confusion reigned in Honolulu during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor 70 years ago this month, but the quick thinking of Bob Kerr helped save lives on that "day that will live in infamy."

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Purchasing supervisor creates city slogan

Scott Cromer, the city of Covington's purchasing coordinator, submitted the winning entry slogan for the city's strategic plan.

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Recycling Christmas trees

Snapping Shoals EMC Graphic Marketing Specialist Scott Fuss drags what was yesterday a family Christmas tree into the designated area for the used trees to be dropped off at the EMC's main office at 14750 Brown Bridge Road. Trees can be recycled at the location from Dec. 27 through Jan

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Pets available for adoption this week in Newton, Rockdale counties

A variety of pets are available for adoption at the Newton County and Rockdale County animal shelters.

Danish zoo raises polar bear cub by hand

A Danish zoo says a month-old polar bear cub is being raised by humans after his mother failed to produce enough milk to feed him.

Plate-reading devices help police make arrests

Gwinnett County police say the license plate readers added to patrol cars have helped them increase their arrests.

Rains help Lake Lanier rebound from low level

Recent rains have helped to replenish the water level at Lake Lanier, a main drinking water source and recreation area for metro Atlantans.

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Sears to close 100 to 120 Kmart, Sears stores

Between 100 and 120 Sears and Kmart stores will be closed, the retailer said Tuesday, after terrible holiday sales during what is the most crucial time of the year for retailers.

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Brees sets passing mark, Saints top Falcons 45-16

Brees set the NFL record for yards passing in a season and the New Orleans Saints clinched the NFC South title with a 45-16 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Monday night.

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THOMAS: Certain prediction for 2012 - government waste

According to the Mayan “long count” calendar, the final day on Earth is less than a year away, on Dec. 21, 2012.

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 ...

Jerry Braswell

Jerry Lee Braswell, age 65, of Covington, formerly of Lithonia, died December 26, 2011. Arrangements by Henry Funeral Home, Lithonia, 770-482-4411,

Donald Cronic

Donald M. Cronic Jr. of Covington, GA died Sunday, December 25, 2011 at his residence. He was born on October 21, 1961 in Madison, GA to Donald M. and Annette ...

Willie Payne

Willie Mae Payne, age 83, of Lithonia, died Friday, December 23, 2011. She was preceded in death by husband, Joe Payne and son, Eddie Payne. Surviving are son, Bobby Joe ...