News for Saturday, February 26, 2011

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Towering task: Eagle Scout builds platform to help with band rehearsals

The Rockdale County High School marching band now has an edge over the competition thanks to the work of one local Eagle Scout.

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Murder suspect appears in court

CONYERS -- The Conyers man charged with the December 2008 beating death of a Lithonia woman appeared in court Friday to ask the judge to throw out evidence before trial.

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Newton Co. officials discuss declining tax revenue at retreat

COVINGTON -- The tough times aren't over for Newton County.Commissioners are bracing for more revenue loss as they begin this year's budget process. Discussions at the annual Strategic Planing Work Session held at Burge Plantation over the weekend focused on county finances.

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Local BOE member on state board

CONYERS -- One Rockdale County school board member now will play a bigger role in state education.

LETTERS: Stand up to HOPE

First let us just look at the word and meaning of scholarship, and then put it with our state use as in "HOPE scholarship."

HUCKABY: Porterdale -- great place to grow up

Where I was speaking and to which group is insignificant to the story, so I will leave that information out of the telling. Suffice it to say that the vast majority of the people to whom I was speaking were warm and gracious and made me feel right at home.

SHIELDS: The question is, 'Who exactly is Mitt Romney?'

Mitt Romney, the once and almost certainly future Republican presidential candidate, has great teeth and hair and near-perfect features. He hasn't gained five pounds in the last 40 years, and I bet, as an adolescent, he never had pimples. To this day, his suits and shirts miraculously never seem to wrinkle.

LETTERS: Toliver was a great, dedicated man

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I would like to express condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of Alvin Leroy Toliver on his recent and very untimely passing.

LETTERS: Charter schools are a big danger to the public

I've been very interested and somewhat confused by all the chatter about "Charter Schools." I've barely gotten into the rules on the Georgia Department of Education website when it became very clear what is going on. Apparently the state is assisting the federal takeover of education. The whole apparatus of petitions and assistance is geared to obtain federal grant money.

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Newton County facing more budget woes

The tough times aren't over for Newton County.Commissioners are bracing for more revenue loss as they begin this year's budget process. Discussions at the annual Strategic Planing Work Session held at Burge Plantation over the weekend focused on county finances.

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Toddler rescued from Conyers bank vault

CONYERS -- A 14-month-old girl who wandered away from her mother and grandmother spent several tense hours trapped inside a time-locked bank vault was freed Friday night.

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