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CMA awards bring out stars

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.

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THOMAS: Surprise? Iran still trying for nuke weapon

That so many in the State Department over several administrations could deceive themselves into believing claims by the Iranians that their intentions are nothing but peaceful and their sole objective is to develop more sources of electricity for their country reminds me of the Munich Agreement of 1938. British Prime

Richardsons win 21st Oaks Course tournament

COVINGTON -- Bob and Whitt Richardson used their 23-team handicap to win the 16-team, 21st Oaks Course Anniversary Tournament with a combined net score of 124 for the two-day tournament.. The Richardsons had the fifth lowest gross score for the first 18-holes on Saturday with a

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Turner wants bulk of Falcons' carries

FLOWERY BRANCH -- Mike Smith says he's looking to find more help for Michael Turner in the Falcons' running game.. The plan worked last week, when it was easy to rest Turner in Atlanta's lopsided 31-7 win at Indianapolis. Turner had less than half of Atlanta's 41 carries.. By comparison

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Penn State fires Paterno, university president

Penn State trustees fired football coach Joe Paterno and university president Graham Spanier amid the growing furor over how the school handled sex abuse allegations against an assistant coach.

Oxford Eagles back on the road after two wins

The Oxford Eagles will be on the road for the next four games.

BISHER: A Friendship Overdone

For most of the past 37 years, beginning in 1963, when he arrived at State College as a defensive end, Jerry Sandusky has been "a Penn State Man." He was a three-sport letterman and later served for many seasons as "one of the great defensive coaches of all

Basketball season about to get underway for six programs

CONYERS -- The basketball season has arrived for six teams in Rockdale County.RockdaleThe boys are just eight months removed from playing in the Class AAAA state championship game, a 67-59 loss to Miller Grove. Three starters are gone from that historic team -- Bernard Thompson (now at Florida Gulf Coast

Berry Plastics closing Covington plant

Berry Plastics is closing its Covington facility.

Dally elected mayor of Social Circle

Hal Dally garnered more than 52 percent of the vote in a field of four candidates for mayor of Social Circle.

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Wheeler works to help generations of veterans

A walk through Pete Wheeler's office in the James "Sloppy" Floyd Building across from the State Capitol is a walk through Georgia and American history. The man has worked to help veterans since he joined the Georgia Department of Veterans Service in 1949 -- 12 governors and 12 presidents ago.

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Oliver retires from Oxford City Council

Hoyt Oliver is retiring after 12 years of service on the Oxford City Council.

Newton school board OKs bus purchase

The Newton County School System will purchase news buses through a state program.

YMCA urges exercisers to avoid holiday slump

The holidays are no excuse not to exercise, according to the Covington YMCA.Tthe organization is launching "Get Off the Couch Week" Saturday.

Veterans to be honored during ceremony at Walk of Heroes

Veterans will be honored Friday during a ceremony at the Rockdale County Walk of Heroes/Veterans Memorial Park.

Rockdale, area Vietnam vets travel to Washington

Veterans Day this year will mean something even more special for a group of local Vietnam veterans as they go to Washington, D.C., to view the Vietnam War Memorial Wall for the very first time.

Both Techs again eyeing ACC division title

ATLANTA -- When the Techs get together, there's usually a division title on the line.. No difference this year.. No. 10 Virginia Tech controls its fate in the Atlantic Coast Conference, while No. 20 Georgia Tech is in good shape though still needing a bit of help to get to

With 14 teams, SEC scheduling could get sticky

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Welcome to the Southeastern Conference, Missouri and Texas A&M. Come visit in a decade.. The newly minted 14-team SEC faces potentially sticky scheduling issues if it goes to a larger divisional slate, tries to protect rivalries and keep marquee nonconference showdowns.. While most coaches and

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Penn State coach Paterno retiring at end of season

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Joe Paterno, the Penn State football coach who preached success with honor for half a century but whose legend was shattered by a child sex abuse scandal, said Wednesday he will retire at the end of this season.. Paterno said he was "absolutely devastated" by the

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Georgia chancellor formally installed in office

University System of Georgia Chancellor Henry "Hank" Huckaby was inducted into office during a ceremony Wednesday at the state Capitol, receiving the chancellor's medallion amid the colorful academic robes of the presidents of the state's 35 public colleges.

Sunday alcohol sales heads to many Ga. communities

Sunday alcohol sales are coming to dozens of Georgia cities and several counties as voters overwhelmingly approved the change on Tuesday.

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'Family Circus' creator Bil Keane dies at 89

PHOENIX — For more than a half century, Bil Keane's clever "Family Circus" comics entertained readers with a mix of humor and traditional family values, intentionally simplistic because the author thought the American public needed the consistency.

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Obama signs order to cut travel, cellphones, swag

With the stroke of his pen, President Barack Obama has sacked souvenirs federal agencies buy with taxpayer money to promote their work.

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Germany's Heinz wins WSOP Main Event, nearly $9 million

Late Tuesday night, Germany's Pius Heinz conquers the World Series of Poker Main Event final table to claim $8.7 million, the coveted gold bracelet and achieve poker immortality.

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Defiant Cain says he won’t drop out of GOP race

Under rising pressure from fellow Republicans, presidential hopeful Herman Cain sought to muddy the reputation of one accuser, forcefully denied any and all allegations of sexual impropriety and vowed Tuesday the growing controversy would not drive him from the race for the White House.

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Players respond to NBA's offer: No deal

It's getting close to the point where the 2011-12 NBA season is about to be canceled as the players reject the league's latest -- and possibly final -- offer Tuesday.

Asteroid, as big as an aircraft, in nearest swing by Earth in 35 years

LOS ANGELES -- An asteroid as big as an aircraft carrier is zipping by Earth on Tuesday in the closest encounter by such a massive space rock in more than three decades.. Scientists ruled out any chance of a collision but turned their telescopes skyward to learn more about the

Jeffrey Mayo

Jeffrey "Jeff" David Mayo, age 48 of Conyers, died Sunday November 6, 2011. Funeral plans will be announced at a later date. Condolences may be submitted on-line at www.scotward.com. Scot Ward Funeral Services, 699 American Legion Road, Conyers, 30012, 770-483-7216.

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Johnston wins mayor's race

COVINGTON - Ronnie Johnston will be Covington's next mayor.

Chapman defeats Hamby in Porterdale mayor's race

PORTERDALE -- In city elections that drew more candidate interest than any other recent city balloting, Porterdale voters chose a new mayor, two new council members and returned one incumbent council member to office.

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Turner wants bulk of Falcons' carries

FLOWERY BRANCH -- Mike Smith says he's looking to find more help for Michael Turner in the Falcons' running game.

BISHER: A Friendship Overdone

In the Penn State University campus directory, Jerry Sandusky is listed as “Assistant Professor Emeritus of Physical Education.” He has had an office in East Area Locker building, has had access to the weight room. He has had a parking pass and other amenities, as part of the retirement package bestowed on him in 1999.

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Players respond to NBA's offer: No deal

NEW YORK -- NBA players made it clear Tuesday: No deal.

Penn State fires Paterno, university president

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Penn State trustees fired football coach Joe Paterno and university president Graham Spanier amid the growing furor over how the school handled sex abuse allegations against an assistant coach.

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BISHER: Game of the Century, huh?

Call it the "Game of the Century," if you will, but what century?

Sunday alcohol sales heads to many Ga. communities

ATLANTA — Sunday alcohol sales are coming to dozens of Georgia cities and several counties as voters overwhelmingly approved the change on Tuesday.

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'Family Circus' creator Bil Keane dies at 89

PHOENIX — For more than a half century, Bil Keane's clever "Family Circus" comics entertained readers with a mix of humor and traditional family values, intentionally simplistic because the author thought the American public needed the consistency.

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Georgia chancellor formally installed in office

ATLANTA — University System of Georgia Chancellor Henry "Hank" Huckaby was inducted into office during a ceremony Wednesday at the state Capitol, receiving the chancellor's medallion amid the colorful academic robes of the presidents of the state's 35 public colleges.

Jeff Mayo

Mr. Jeffrey "Jeff" David Mayo, age 48 of Conyers, died Sunday, November 6, 2011. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Edward and Eva Collins, Clyde and Elbert Wesder ...

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Obama signs order to cut travel, cellphones, swag

WASHINGTON — With the stroke of his pen, President Barack Obama has sacked souvenirs federal agencies buy with taxpayer money to promote their work.

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