News for Friday, February 17, 2012


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Five reach wrestling finals

Five wrestlers from Rockdale and Newton counties will wrestle for a state championship Saturday.

HUCKABY: Recess post brings back host of memories

Recess at school could be a magical time.

New Jersey man found guilty in 2008 murder of Newton County man

A New Jersey man was found guilty of murder in Newton County Superior Court late Friday. Sentencing in the death penalty case will begin Monday.

Obama promotes steps to boost US trade

President Barack Obama on Friday called for more steps to help U.S. companies compete overseas, standing in front of an enormous Boeing Dreamliner to summon a bright future for American manufacturing and exports.

Snellville man dies in crash on Ga. Highway 81

A Gwinnett County man was killed in a crash at Ga. Highway 81 and Cowan Road Thursday night.

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Levett Funeral Home serves Conyers for over half a century

Levett Funeral Home in Conyers is the oldest black-owned business in Rockdale County.

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RECIPE BOX: Ambrosia salad is a fast, easy, sweet treat

Ambrosia salad -- it seems to me that this is one of those dishes people either like or they don't. I've not met too many people who are in-between about it.. Some time last year I shared my version of an ambrosia salad and it is my favorite but

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RONDA RICH: Even your best friends may surprise you sometimes

When you've known someone since you were teenagers and have shared deep secrets ranging from boys to money to worries and wishes, you think you know them well and that there is nothing they can do or think that will surprise you.That would not be the case with Karen, one

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Congress sends payroll tax cut bill to Obama

Congress on Friday approved legislation renewing a payroll tax cut for 160 million workers and jobless benefits for millions more, backing the main items on President Barack Obama's jobs agenda in a rare burst of Washington bipartisanship.

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Gingrich, Santorum head to Georgia

The campaign trail in Georgia is getting crowded.With less than three weeks left until the state's March 6 presidential primary, candidates in the topsy-turvy Republican race are turning their attention to Super Tuesday's biggest prize.

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GOP candidates pass over Georgia for Super Tuesday debate

Georgia Republican Party Chairman Sue P. Everhart released a statement Thursday concerning the presidential candidates' decision to pull out of a planned debate in Atlanta ahead of Super Tuesday.

State Patrol reports fatal crash in Newton County

COVINGTON --The Georgia State Patrol has reported there is one fatality in a two-vehicle crash on Ga. Highway 81 at Cowan Road Thursday night. It involved a tractor trailer and a passenger vehicle.

Caterpillar to build plant in Georgia

Caterpillar plans to build a new manufacturing facility in Georgia, bringing an estimated 1,400 jobs to the state, an official familiar with the project told The Associated Press on Friday.The plant will be built in the Athens area, said the official, who requested anonymity because a formal announcement has not been made.

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UGA baseball opens 2012 season today

The Georgia baseball team, which was ranked as high as No. 11 in one of the four major polls, opens its 2012 season at home today.

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Eagle Scouts, Gold Award Scouts recognized

Eagle Scouts and Gold Award Scouts from Rockdale and Newton counties were honored Thursday for their achievement by the Rotary Club of Rockdale County during the club's annual recognition banquet.

Lee Turner

Jimmie Lee Turner, age 64 of Conyers, died Wednesday, February 15, 2012. She was preceded in death by her sister, Jamie Bridges. Mrs. Turner is survived by her husband, Guy ...

Dennis Homer

Dennis A. Homer, age 56, of Conyers, died Thursday, February 16, 2012. Arrangements by Henry Funeral Home, Lithonia, 770-482-4411,

Donna Purmort

Donna Purmort, age 53, of Covington, passed away on Sunday, February 12, 2012. Memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 1:00 P.M. at Horis A. Ward ...