News for Thursday, February 2, 2012


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No. 21 Georgia women beat Mississippi State

Khaalidah Miller shook off a two-game shooting slump as she and teammate Jasmine Hassell scored 16 points each and No. 21 Georgia defeated Mississippi State 70-60 on Thursday night, ending a two-game losing streak.

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Georgia finally gets its guy, Harvey-Clemons

ATHENS -- Nearly 24 hours later, Georgia finally has its top prospect and one of the best recruiting classes in the country.. Josh Harvey-Clemons, an outside linebacker from Lowndes High School in Valdosta, went on national television to announce he was signing with the Bulldogs.. But he didn't immediately

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LA story: 2 Lakers, 2 Clippers get All-Star nods

NEW YORK -- Blake Griffin and Andrew Bynum were voted Thursday to the All-Star game, joining Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul to give the city of Los Angeles four starters.. Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant kept the West from being entirely an L.A. story by earning a forward spot for

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Egypt rioting depressingly familiar for soccer

LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- The riots that killed 74 people in Egypt were sickeningly familiar for soccer: a rush to the field by fans, fighting, a deadly stampede -- scenes replayed over and over at stadiums around the world. This time, however, there were important differences.. Most important, context. Soccer in

Oxford's Ordu named GCAA Player of the Week

Oxford College guard Alex Ordu has been named the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association Player of the Week for the week of Jan. 30, the college announced.

Heritage soccer alums score on the honor roll

While their former teammates Courtney Hodges and Arielle Gunderson signed athletics scholarships Wednesday, Sydney Smith and Shealy Kulp are already making headlines at the collegiate level.

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Back in rotation? Hanson says his shoulder feels fine

ATLANTA -- Braves right-hander Tommy Hanson said Thursday his right shoulder is feeling good and he expects to be on a regular routine for the start of spring training.

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Super Lou and SuperBowl

Ah yes, this is the way you cover the Super Bowl — the Lou Holtz way.

LETTER: Snapping Shoals should be a better steward of our money.

Snapping Shoals should be a better steward of our money.

LETTER: President isn't getting results; it's firing time

The bottom line of good leadership is the ability to produce results.

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DARRELL HUCKABY: Wheeler Davidson is a hero among us

I love Wheeler Davidson. He is one of my heroes. He is larger than life.

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JACK SIMPSON: Westerns told us tales that live on in memory

If you are a senior citizen, you probably miss those old western movies we used to go see on Saturday afternoons.

Heritage resource officer faces allegation of inappropiate relationship with student

A school resource officer has been placed on administrative leave in the wake of allegations that he may have been involved in a relationship with a student.

Conyers ponders bids to take over garbage collections

The Conyers City Council is expected to decide next month on outsourcing garbage pickup service in the city after hearing proposals from three companies.

Covington man charged in Conyers rape

A man suspected in a December rape has been arrested by the Conyers Police Department.

MOVIE REVIEW: As a whole, 'Chronicle' is original

Movie critic Michael Clark gives "Chronicle" 4 out of 4 stars.

Hightower parents invited to info session

Hightower Trail Elementary School will offer a free Parent Information Session later this month.

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Clayton state to hold majors fair

The Clayton State University Enrollment Management Division will host a Care & Majors Fair soon.

Jewish leaders offended by Ga. preacher's ceremony

ATLANTA -- Jewish leaders are criticizing a ceremony that involved a controversial megachurch leader being wrapped in a religious scroll and exalted as a "king" to the applause of his parishioners.. The video from a service last Sunday at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church shows Rabbi Ralph Messer, a Messianic

Arbor Day celebrated with local fests

Several local celebrations will commemorate Arbor Day this year.

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Cousins student takes Spelling Bee

MaKenzie Snyder, a sixth-grader at Cousins Middle School, was the winner of Newton County's 2012 Spelling Bee.

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Arborist offers advice on tree care

With Arbor Day approaching, Arborist Debbie Bell is offering tips on how to plant and care for trees.

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Prince William in Falklands for 6-week pilot tour

Prince William arrived in the Falkland Islands Thursday for a six-week deployment as a search and rescue helicopter pilot, British officials said.

Newton County authorities charge Tennessee man in 2003 molestation incident

NCSO makes arrest in in 9-year-old molestation incident.

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Reports have Trump endorsing Gingrich

Real estate mogul and reality show star Donald Trump intends to endorse Newt Gingrich's GOP presidential bid, according to a source close to Gingrich's campaign.

Ga. lawmakers OK charter school amendment

State lawmakers are a step closer to passing a constitutional amendment addressing a Georgia Supreme Court ruling that disbanded the state’s charter school commission last year.

Actor John Travolta donates jet to Georgia museum

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. (AP) -- Actor John Travolta plans to donate a jet plane to a museum in central Georgia.. Robins Air Force Base spokeswoman Chrissy Miner says the actor will donate a G-2 Gulfstream executive jet to the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame at the Museum of Aviation

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Deal asks drivers to stay sober in Super Bowl ad

ATLANTA (AP) -- Gov. Nathan Deal is making a special pitch to urge Georgians to make sure they don't driver drunk and ride with someone sober at the wheel on Super Bowl Sunday.. The governor appears in a 60-second TV ad scheduled to air on before the game Sunday

Georgia musicians form to oppose Walmart plans

Musicians connected to R.E.M., the Drive-By Truckers and other Georgia bands have joined forces to perform live and in a video as part of an effort to stop a planned Walmart store from being built in Athens.

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Mayweather to fight May 5 — but not against Pacquiao

The Fight of the Century looks like it may never happen after Floyd Mayweather Jr. once again talks a big game about squaring off against Manny Pacquiao but then does an about-face and changes his mind just when it looks like the negotiations could be finalized, deciding instead Wednesday to schedule a May 5 bout in Las Vegas against journeyman Miguel Cotto.

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NATIONAL SIGNING DAY: Florida State lands nation’s No. 2 recruiting class

Florida State and head coach Jimbo Fisher ends National Signing Day with the nation's No. 2-rated signing class, marking one of the best offseason in Seminoles history. (ADDS: Florida State's complete 2012 signing class at end of story)

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NATIONAL SIGNING DAY: Auburn lands solid 2012 class

Lineman Avery Young highlights the Tigers' 2012 signing class Wednesday. (ADDS: Auburn's complete 2012 signing class at end of story)

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NATIONAL SIGNING DAY: Georgia Tech lands 6-6, 255-pound DE Kallon from across the pond

England native Francis Kallon is the prized recruit Wednesday of Georgia Tech's signing class, which experts don't rate very high. (ADDS: Georgia Tech's complete 2012 signing class at end of story)

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NATIONAL SIGNING DAY: Bulldogs snag Top 5 class

ESPN ranks Georgia’s 2012 signing class as No. 5 in the nation Wednesday, but it could’ve been even better had top prospect Josh Harvey-Clemons of Lowndes followed up on his verbal commitment to the Bulldogs by making it official and faxing his paperwork in, which — as of late Wednesday — he still had not. (ADDS: complete UGA signing list at end of story)

Helen Young

Helen T. Young of Oxford, passed away January 31, 2012, at the age of 68. Mrs. Young was a nurse at Rockdale Medical Center for nearly 40 years. She enjoyed ...

Opal West

Mrs. Opal M. West, age 81 of Conyers, died Wednesday, February 1, 2012. She was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Audrey Merritt; brother, F.A. Merritt and sister ...

Nora Johnson

Nora Cornelia White Johnson, 91, widow of C. Estes Johnson, of Conyers, GA, died January 30, 2012 surrounded by her family. Born February 13, 1920 in Conyers, GA, she was ...

William Wilson

William Lewis Wilson, age 63, of Conyers, GA died on January 30, 2012. Arrangements by Metro Embalming & Crematory, Inc., Conyers, GA 30013, 770-922-8182