News for Tuesday, November 1, 2011


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Falcons hope Snelling can take over at fullback

The Atlanta Falcons are hoping Jason Snelling, who has played running back in the past, can help them at the fullback position.

Newton playing for possible playoff spot

COVINGTON -- Even if Westlake and Newnan have to win their games, it will not do Newton any good unless they control their destiny by beating Luella in the final game of the season on Friday at Homer Sharp Stadium.. A short three weeks ago it did not seem like

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HUCKABY: Traveling the byways brings back fond memories

Road trip through Reidsville brings back memories of an influential educator.

PSC suspends Atlanta schools cheating cases

Atlanta educators implicated in a widespread test cheating scandal may have to wait several more months before finding out whether they will lose their teaching license as a result of test tampering.

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Long road in restoring Northeast power

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Crews trying to restore power to hundreds of thousands of Northeasterners two days after a freak snowstorm swept up the coast face a tough job, even with fair weather to work in.. The wet, heavy snow that snapped branches and toppled trees across the region Saturday and

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Reagan statue unveiled at namesake airport near D.C.

ARLINGTON, Va. -- The 18 million passengers who travel in and out of the nation's capital through Reagan National Airport each year will now be greeted by a 9-foot tall, nearly $1 million bronze statue of the former president that was unveiled Tuesday.. The statue is the fourth dedicated

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Rockdale Volleyball Finishes With First State Ranking

The Rockdale volleyball made some more history Tuesday.

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BISHER: Tech's Johnson a special breed of coach

Coach's career goes from small mountain town to the big time

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World Series: Early bore ends with strong finish

It’s possible you may be old enough to have tuned in to the World Series of 1944.

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THOMAS: Picture this!

Judge's decision is about politics, not free speech.

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Public has new access to Alcovy River

The public now has better access to the Alcovy River thanks to the efforts of a dozen local and state agencies.

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Conyers engineer plied his trade in Pacific Theater of WWII

Hill Phoenix cofounder served along with four brothers in war

Julius Rainwater was fascinated by new automobile radios as a kid that turned into a lifelong love with radio technology and communications. Too young to enlist after Pearl Harbor, he stayed in school, graduated from Hapeville High, and attended Georgia Tech to study a special class in radio technology. After his 18th birthday in 1943, Rainwater joined the Army.

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Newcomer Savage seeks election to Porterdale council

Political newcomer Tim Savage is seeking election to the Post 3 seat on the Porterdale City Council.

Walton Chamber hosts Social Circle political forum

Candidates for Social Circle school board, mayor and city council shared their views at a forum.

Body found at Live Oak School parking lot identified; NCSO still looks for missing man

Authorities have identified the body of a woman found ion a car Monday at Live Oak Elementary School.

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Pets available for adoption this week in Newton, Rockdale counties

Pets available for adoption this week in Newton, Rockdale counties. Questions to ask before adopting a pet:. Can I make a long-term commitment to this pet?. Will I be able to spend enough time with a new pet?. Am I prepared for the cost a new

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Hometown Animal Rescue offers low-cost pet vaccines

A foster volunteer for unwanted dogs, Dianne Jaynes pulled a small terrier mix from Rockdale Animal Care and Control for rehabilitation and eventual adoption. Within five days, the dog died of parvovirus, a highly contagious but preventable disease.. "It just broke my heart," said Jaynes. "That's when we really

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Broadaway misses PGA Tour card, looks to Q-School

Albany native Josh Broadaway, who climbed as high as 13th on the Nationwide Tour money list two months ago and seemed poised to finally earn his PGA Tour card after nearly a decade of trying, finishes a disappointing 28th on the money list after a sub-par finish Sunday at the season-ending Nationwide Tour Championship.

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Chiefs edge Chargers in overtime

Kansas City capitalizes on a late Phillip Rivers fumble to win Monday's night's AFC West battle in overtime, 23-20.

Body found in school parking lot

COVINGTON -- The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Newton County Sheriff's Office are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a person who was found in a vehicle in the parking lot of Live Oak Elementary School late Monday afternoon.

Ombudsman plans to move to permanent location

COVINGTON -- The Newton County School System's alternative education program plans to move to a permanent location.

Troy Ray

Troy Lee Ray, age 74, of St. Mountain, GA died on October 26, 2011. Arrangements by Metro Embalming & Crematory, Inc., Conyers, GA 30013, 770-922-8182

SunTrust to eliminate $5 debit card fee

ATLANTA ? SunTrust, the Atlanta-based regional bank, became the latest major financial institution to reverse itself after strong consumer backlash.

Kathleen Head

Kathleen Head, age 56 of Covington, GA passed away October 27, 2011. Arrangements by Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home, (770) 786-7062, (770) 784-5582 (24 hr. obituary line)

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James Crutcher

Dr. James C. Crutcher passed away peacefully at home on October 11, 2011 attended to by his family. He excelled in his many careers. His key positions included: Emory University Professor of Medicine and Professor of Health Science; Atlanta VA Hospital Associate Chief of Medical Services; National VA Chief Medical Director; Brigadier General in US Army Reserve Medical Corps; Regional Health Director for Gwinnett and Rockdale Counties. He was most proud of being a devoted Dad to his children who cherished him. He was pre-deceased by his wife Frances L. Crutcher and his oldest son James M. Crutcher. He is survived by Edith C. Crutcher, the mother of his children, and his remaining children: Carole C. Hauert of Powder Springs, GA; Deborah J. Darugar of Eatonton, GA; Dr. Kenneth L. Crutcher of Little River, SC; and Bruce G. Crutcher of Hazel Green, AL. A private ceremony was held at Arlington Memorial park in Sandy Springs, GA. While we mourn his loss we celebrate his life. Visit to express tributes. Moores Funeral Home & Crematory had charge of arrangements.

Dorothy Rowland

Mrs. Dorothy W. Rowland, age 93 of Decatur, died Friday, October 28, 2011. She is survived by her sons, Evans Rowland, Decatur, David Rowland, Tucker; daughters, Beverly Odom, Buford, Linda Glasco, Gainesville, Juli Moncrief, Conyers; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Sunday, October 30, 2011 at 2 p.m. at Scot Ward's Green Meadow Chapel with Rev. Howard Greer officiating; interment will follow at Hillandale Memorial Park, Lithonia. Family will receive friends Sunday from 12 until 2 p.m. prior to the service. Condolences may be submitted on-line at Scot Ward Funeral Services, 699 American Legion Road, Conyers, GA 30012, 770-483-7216.

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Aaron Fowler

LCpl Aaron Michael Fowler of Conyers, passed away October 27, 2011, at the age of 19. LCpl Fowler was on reserve status, having served in the United States Marine Corps. He was a 2010 graduate of Salem High School, in Conyers. LCpl Fowler was a black belt, in karate, and enjoyed riding ATV's, running, playing tennis, riding jet skis, traveling, and sky diving. Survivors include his father, William J. Fowler of Conyers; mother, Sherry Lee Fowler of Covington; and his sister, Alex Fowler of Conyers. Funeral Services for LCpl Fowler will be held Sunday, October 30, 2011, 5:30 PM, at the Chapel of Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home, 1215 Access Road, with LtCol Paul Fagan officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Sunday, from 2-5 PM. Interment will be held Monday, October 31, 12:30 PM, at Georgia National Cemetery, in Canton. Flowers are accepted, or donations may be made to Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, 18251 Quantico Gateway Drive, Triangle, VA 22172. to place online condolences 770-786-7062

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Rockdale Volleyball Finishes With First State Ranking

Conyers — The Rockdale volleyball made some more history Tuesday. After reaching the state quarterfinals for the first time, the Bulldogs are ranked No. 10 in the final Class AAAA coaches poll of the 2011 season. It's the first state ranking in the history of the volleyball program. Rockdale won its second consecutive Area 8-AAAA championship before knocking off Northgate, who at the time was ranked in the top 10, in the first round, 3-2.

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World Series: Early bore ends with strong finish

About the time I was close to embarrassing myself, the World Series, current edition, made a hard right turn. It wasn’t just the late up-sweep in TV ratings, nor was it all the fuss about Tony LaRussa’s ancient telephonic system with his bullpen.

Braves trade Lowe to Indians for minor leaguer

Derek Lowe's durability -- and price tag -- were too much for the Cleveland Indians to resist.

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Braves trade Lowe

The Atlanta Braves trade Derek Lowe for a minor league pitcher, and pay the Indians $10 million of Lowe's $15 million contract to unload the aging pitcher.

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Georiga educators trained to identify sex trafficking

Law enforcement officials estimate that about 5,000 girls in the state are at risk for human sex trafficking each year, and many of those children spend some time in a public school.

Duckworth Morgan

Mr. Duckworth Morgan, age 91 of Conyers, died October 30, 2011. He was preceded in death by wife, Catherine B. Morgan. He is survived by daughters, Dian Morgan, Conyers, Fay ...

Helen Brantley

Mrs. Helen O. Brantley, age 81 of Conyers, died October 31, 2011. She was preceded in death by husband, DeWitt Brantley. She is survived by daughters, Vickie & David Mann ...

Emanuel Grier

Mr. Emanuel Grier, of Conyers passed October 25, 2011. Funeral services will be Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 10 AM New Bethel AME Church, 8350 Rockbridge Rd. Lithonia, GA. Pastor ...

Ann Hutnick

Ann Hutnick of Oxford, passed away October 29, 2011, at the age of 69. Mrs. Hutnick was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church, in Covington. She loved trail riding ...

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Dorothy Turner

Dorothy L. Turner of Conyers, born December 11, 1922, passed away peacefully Saturday morning, October 22nd. A Memorial and Celebration of the Life of Dorothy Turner will take place on ...

Allie Hawkins

Mrs. Allie Brock Hawkins, age 92 of Covington, GA passed away October 29, 2011. Arrangements by Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home, (770) 786-7062, (770) 784-5582 (24 hr. obituary line) ...