News for Saturday, November 12, 2011

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Eastside boys hoops look to new season

COVINGTON -- Eastside's boys basketball team has not had an overall winning record since their 2004-05 season when they went 16-11.

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JENKINS: Of two minds on homeowners' associations

There may actually be some good things about having an HOA.

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HUCKABY: Forget Hollywood awards, it's CMAs for me

I'm not real big on the political statements some of the Hollywood shows try to make and easily tire of the acceptance speeches.

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OREILLY: Selling John Lennon's body parts a new low

New low for cult of celebrity: Selling body parts.

Friends of Porterdale host holiday tour of homes

Friends of Porterdale will sponsor a Christmas in the Village Tour of Homes on Dec. 8.

Tech company bringing jobs, HQ to Covington

A new industry is bringing 100 jobs to Covington.

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Patriots survive, move on to round of 16

CONYERS - Rarely has a football team gone through such a wide range of emotions in such a short amount of time as Heritage did Friday. In a thrilling, second overtime period, Harrison Kulp kicked a 24-yard field goal and the Heritage defense gave up what looked to be a

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Bowden: Paterno 'negligent' in Penn State scandal

For the first time since legendary FSU coach Bobby Bowden's longtime friend and one-time coaching rival Joe Paterno was fired late Wednesday night by Penn State amid an ongoing investigation into child abuse by Paterno's former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, Bowden gives his candid thoughts on Paterno's dismissal during a one-on-one interview with The Albany Herald on Friday afternoon at Doublegate Country Club.

Alcovy eliminated in first round of Class AAAA playoffs with 51-28 loss to Tri-Cities

COVINGTON -- Alcovy's football team stayed step for step with Tri-Cities for the first 20 minutes of the game before turnovers and experience gave the Bulldogs the edge to beat the Tigers 51-28 in the first round of the Class AAAA playoffs on Friday at Homer Sharp Stadium.. The

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CMA awards bring out stars

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — It’s Jason Aldean’s party at the Country Music Association Awards, but a melancholy song about dying young by rising stars The Band Perry is the early surprise.

Frank Mccrackin

Frank A. McCrackin, age 86 of Covington, GA passed away November 10, 2011. Arrangements by Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home, (770) 786-7062, (770) 784-5582 (24 hr. obituary line) www.caldwellandcowan.com

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Rick Perry says his campaign won't end

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. — Rick Perry says he "stepped in it" when he couldn't remember the third federal department he would abolish if elected, but insisted the debate blunder wouldn't force him out of the Republican presidential field.

Susan Ross

Susan Parker Ross, 54, of Simpsonville, S.C., passed away Saturday, November 5, 2011, at Greenville Memorial Hospital. Ms. Ross was predeceased by her husband, Donald Ross. She is survived by her parents, Lyle and Mary Ethel Parker, a sister, Brenda, and her husband Curtis Turner, one niece, Regina and her husband, Christopher Stoner, two nephews and their wives, Michael and Jessica Turner, and David and Joelle Turner, five great nieces and nephews, a number of Uncles, Aunts, and Cousins, including her Uncle Harvey, with whom Susan had a very close (Brother/Sister) relationship. Ms. Ross donated her body to the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. A memorial service will be held November 19, 2011 at 11:00 AM at First Church of the Nazarene in Greenville, SC. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Children's Ministry of the First Church of the Nazarene, 1201 Haywood Road Greenville, SC 29615.

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Mabel Moss

Mabel Lucille Creek Moss went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on November 10, 2011. She was born in Greene County, Georgia on October 4, 1919, and grew up in Madison Georgia. She was a devoted daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and aunt. Her lifelong mission was to share the gospel, and she was a living testimony to her family and to everyone she met. She attributed her amazing strength to her Lord. She enjoyed listening to gospel music and reading; but her greatest joy was her family. She was a member of Monticello Baptist Church and enjoyed attending Crossroads Baptist Church in Social Circle. Previously she had been a member of Rutledge Baptist Church for many years. She is pre-deceased by her husband Melvin Moss, son James Moss, grandson John Fish, brother Carter Creek and parents James (Jim) and Sally Creek. She is survived by her children Lawrence Moss and Ozell, Lawson Moss and Rebecca, Dianne Moss, Joyce Moss Dunn and Allen, Geneva Moss Copeland and David, Joan Moss Fish and Jake, Ricky Moss and Jean, and Nathan Moss; and grandchildren David Moss, Michelle Moss Wadkins, Richard Moss and Jamie, Scarlett Moss Temple and Harold, Jeff Moss and Mary Ann, Greg Moss and Mary Jane, Chris Moss and Tonia, Ben Dunn and Maurine, Sonya Dunn Story and Jeff, Boyce Dunn and Karen, Richard Haymore and Janet, Terry Haymore and Yvonne, Todd Haymore and Christy, Jamie Wise and Nikie, John David Copeland, Chris Copeland, Mary Dell Fish, Tambra Fish Mitchell and Pac, Matthew Chastain and Jennifer, Julie Fish Carter and Kip, Lynn Blankinship and Steven, and Gennie Lynn Moss; and 45 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to your local church.

Louise Hamby

Louise Hamby, age 84, of Covington, GA, died Saturday, November 12, 2011. Arrangements by Scot Ward Funeral Services at Green Meadow Memorial Gardens, Conyers, 770-483-7216.

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Teams across Rockdale kicks off Relay for Life 2012

CONYERS -- Relay for Life is gearing up for its 2012 campaign.

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Applications for unemployment aid drop to 390,000

WASHINGTON ? The number of people who applied for unemployment benefits last week fell to the lowest level since April, a sign that employers could be stepping up hiring.

Rockdale Election Board members tossed out by judge

CONYERS -- Lynn Brown and Garvin Haynes were removed Friday from the county Board of Elections by Rockdale County Superior Court Judge Sidney Nation. Neither are eligible for reappointment to the board.

William Mayhall

William "Will" Edward Mayhall, infant, of Covington, GA died on November 8, 2011. Arrangements by Metro Embalming & Crematory, Inc., Conyers, GA 30013, 770-922-8182

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Billy Crystal tweets that he's hosting the Oscars

LOS ANGELES — Billy Crystal says he is hosting the Academy Awards.

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Senate approves jobs benefits for veterans

WASHINGTON ? A united Senate emphatically approved legislation Thursday intended to help unemployed veterans and companies doing business with the government, endorsing a measure that includes the first small slice of President Barack Obama's jobs plan that is likely to become law.

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KCRB putting focus on recycling

CONYERS -- Keep Conyers-Rockdale Beautiful is asking Rockdale residents to participate in the nationwide day of recycling drive.

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As Cain, Perry scramble, Gingrich seeks an opening

WASHINGTON ? Mitt Romney chugged ahead Thursday as the conservative-fueled drive to deny him the Republican presidential nomination reached a difficult new phase: Once-surging rivals Rick Perry and Herman Cain scrambled to control serious damage, while an old face sought new ways to exploit their problems.

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Mary Waters

Miss Mary E. Waters, age 85 of Huntsville, AL, formerly of Milstead, GA, died Friday, November 11, 2011. She was a retired inventory control manager with Redstone Arsenal. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lonnie and Lorene Waters; sister, Sara Moon; and brother, Lonnie Miles Waters. She is survived by her sister, Charlotte Henderson, Loganville; 6 nieces and nephews; numerous great and great-great-nieces and nephews. Miss Waters enjoyed working at the Boys and Girls Club, teaching English as a second language, GED classes, and sewing classes. She was employed with the U. S. Government for 42 1/2 years, serving 20 years at the Atlanta General Depot at Fort Gillem. She was an active member of First Baptist Church of Huntsville, Alabama. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 11 a.m. at Milstead Baptist Church with Rev. Mark Walker and Rev. Doug Craver officiating; interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery. Family will receive friends Monday, November 14, 2011 from 4 until 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Contributions may be made to a church of your choice in memory of Mary E. Waters. Condolences may be submitted on-line at www.scotward.com. Scot Ward Funeral Services, 699 American Legion Road, Conyers, GA 30012, 770-483-7216.

Keith Carfi

Keith Carfi, age 58, of McDonough, died November 9, 2011. Arrangements by Henry Funeral Home, Lithonia, 770-482-4411, henryfuneral.com.

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Rockdale high schools take first, second places in regional theater contest

When Heritage High School Theater Director Michelle Thorne cast her students in "The Boys Next Door," a play about special needs adults, she had faith they would embrace the challenging roles.

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Bowden: Paterno 'negligent' in Penn State scandal

ALBANY — Bobby Bowden, the legendary former coach at Florida State who shares a friendship and rich football history with Joe Paterno, said Friday he was shocked by the news of the child sex-abuse scandal at Penn State involving Paterno’s former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.

JENKINS: Of two minds on homeowners' associations

I have mixed emotions about neighborhood homeowners' associations, or HOAs. I don't really want anybody telling me what I can and can't do with my own property. On the other hand, I definitely want someone telling my neighbors what they can and can't do.

Tech company bringing jobs, HQ to Covington

COVINGTON -- The Georgia Department of Economic Development announced Friday that Vestar Technologies will open its headquarters and manufacturing facility in Covington. Vestar is a new venture, and will manufacture specialty metal products used in a number of high-tech and growing industries including semiconductor and LED lighting. The company expects to create at least 100 jobs, with operations scheduled to begin in December.

OREILLY: Selling John Lennon's body parts a new low

The cult of celebrity has reached a new low. No, I'm not talking about Kim Kardashian making millions from her wedding and then dumping the groom less than three months later. We could have predicted that. What is even worse is that one of the late John Lennon's body parts has sold for more than $31,000 at an auction.

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