News for Tuesday, February 21, 2012


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Oxford Eagles close out regular season Thursday

Following a week in which they played three games in four days, the Oxford College men's basketball team will have a few days of relative rest prior to beginning play in the GACA Division III tournament on Saturday, March 3.

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Santorum blasts Obama on power, abortion

A surging Rick Santorum is making increasingly harsh remarks about President Barack Obama, questioning not just the president's competence but his motives and even his Christian values.

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GOP's 'super PACs' overtaking presidential campaign fundraising

An unmistakable dynamic is playing out in the money game among Republican presidential candidates: New "super" political action committees are growing more powerful than the campaigns they support.

Patriots knock off No. 10 Panthers

CONYERS -- For 68 minutes in Tuesday's showdown with Class AAAAA No. 10 Parkview, the Heritage girl's soccer team didn't have a single shot on goal. But it was the last four minutes that made the difference. University of Florida signee Arielle Gunderson scored with 4:32 left for the only

Salem has tough start on diamond

COVINGTON -- Salem's baseball team got off to a rough start Monday in Covington. Though the Seminoles led after two innings, the host Tigers' bats exploded in a 14-4 victory in five innings.. "I was very disappointed that we didn't compete better than this," said Salem coach Chad Kitchens

Walnut Grove blanks Rockdale girls 8-0

CONYERS -- A lot of scoring took place in Tuesday's Rockdale-Walnut Grove game. Unfortunately it was all from the Lady Warriors as the Class AAA team beat Rockdale 8-0.. Walnut Grove's Sophia Matonak had a hat trick, scoring the first three goals of the game.. While Walnut Grove had

Man gets death penalty in 2008 murder

A New Jersey man found guilty of murder Friday has been sentenced to death.

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Doug Holt: House achieves consensus on several measures

The fifth week of the legislative session continued at a steady pace, with 12 bills and resolutions reaching the floor of the House for a vote.

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Darrell Huckaby: Our first president set strong precedent for those who followed

Washington was perhaps the perfect person to serve as the first president, because of his lack of ambition and his high character and sense of duty.

LETTER: Pick charter schools over hopelessly broken system

Now is the time to be bold. Embrace the new productive way to spend tax dollars and look to a better educated workforce to lure national and international companies to Georgia.

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THOMAS: Black (liberal) history month

Black (liberal) history month. While black history is important, the way it is most often presented through a liberal political lens skews the contributions and examples of blacks who do not toe the liberal line. One especially sees this in the civil rights establishment's response to Justice Clarence Thomas and

Postal building deemed safe after toxic scare

The Newton County Sheriff's Office investigated a powder found in a package at the U.S. Post Office on the Covington Bypass on Tuesday.

Probation services contract approval delayed

The City Council wil delay approval of a new probation services provider until the city attorney reviews the RFP to make sure it passes legal muster.

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Woman's life transformed by service in Marines, Iraq

Rockdale County native Katherine Davis admitted to being a "spoiled brat" growing up, but her life changed after high school when she became a Marine.

Post office powder scare false alarm

A toxic substance scare at the U.S. Postal Service Annex at ByPass Road Tuesday afternoon turned out to be a false alarm.

Superintendent meets with recent Newton grads

NCSS Superintendent Gary Mathews met with some recent Newton County high school graduates to gather information to help future graduates.

Attempt to recycle stolen items leads to arrests

Two people were arrested after they allegedly tried to recycle stolen items.

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A time of penitence

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lenten season.

Ga. lawmakers eye vote on constitutional amendment

Georgia lawmakers plan to outline how they will pay for charter schools created by the state if a constitutional amendment passes.

Abortion debate flares in Ga. legislature

ATLANTA (AP) -- As a Republican lawmaker seeks to tighten rules on when a woman can get an abortion, a Democratic lawmaker is protesting the move by introducing a bill limiting vasectomies.. There are significant hurdles for either bill passing this year, but they illustrate the divide over the contentious

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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 pet will bring?. -- Which pet is right for my

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Dow crosses 13,000 for the first time since 2008 (3 p.m. update)

The Dow Jones industrial average crossed 13,000 on Tuesday for the first time since before the 2008 financial crisis.

UGA scientists to study effects of Gulf oil spill

Three university of Georgia scientists have received a three-year grant to study the effects of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem.

University might run Gainesville convention center

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) -- Gainesville's city council is considering a lease agreement that would allow Brenau University to operate the Georgia Mountains Center for the next decade.. University officials say they hope to use the convention center for graduate-level health studies programs, such as physical education. Brenau officials say

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Southern Baptist leaders OK 'Great Commission'

Leaders of the nation's largest Protestant denomination have endorsed an optional alternative name for the Southern Baptist Convention.

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Changes to licensing proposed for half-million Georgians

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp wants a massive reform of the system that licenses and doles out discipline for Georgia professionals.