News for Saturday, March 12, 2011


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OUR VIEW: Georgia needs more sunlight

While efforts by new Attorney General Sam Olens have aimed at shining more light on government -- something we applaud here at the opening of Sunshine Week -- a much less visible effort is being launched in the Georgia Senate to hide critical information from the public.

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Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival hits 30 years

What started as a kind gesture of friendship between two different cultures has literally blossomed over the past 30 years into an event which draws tens of thousands of people -- the annual Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival.

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Zoning changes on table

City officials talked about changes to a zoning ordinance this week.

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Officials talk tax increases, jury selection reform

Most of the sighs and silent head shaking during Saturday's legislative meeting came from discussion about looming tax hikes on the horizon.

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Meeting set for plan on growth, transportation

Residents from Rockdale County and nearby communities will have the chance weigh in on the region's 30-year plan for land development and transportation needs with a planned town hall meeting here next month.

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Flint Hill, Airport top names for new school

Newton County's 14th elementary school will be named Flint Hill or Airport Elementary School.

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SPLOST to fund $17M for roads

Editor's Note: This is the final story in a multi-part series on projects that will be funded if SPLOST 2011 is approved by voters in the March 15 Special Election. The SPLOST is expected to generate $57.6 million over a six-year collection period.