News for Tuesday, February 28, 2012


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Eastside baseball drops two games in South Georgia

The Eastside baseball squad hit the road and traveled to Valdosta for a Saturday doubleheader, losing 4-1 to Berrien and 9-7 to Houston County.

Salem girls open region play with win

CONYERS -- Not even a heavy rain that blanketed the Conyers area could stop the Salem girls soccer team Tuesday. Hannah Watkins and Chanci Roseberry each scored a goal as Salem opened Region 8-AAAA play with a 2-1 victory over Cedar Shoals.

Cathcart leads Patriots on diamond

Luke Cathcart got the Heritage baseball team back even Monday night in Conyers.. The left-hander fired five innings of two-hit ball and struck out nine in the Patriots' 11-1 victory over Douglas County at Danny Blue Field. Heritage (2-2) bounced back from a loss to Woodland last week

Lady Tigers advance to Elite Eight

A double-double by Ashley Williams and strong defense helped Alcovy hold off the Lady Demons to advance to the Class AAAA Elite Eight for the first time in school history with a 71-62 win.

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Eagles ready for GCAA tournament

Although the Oxford College men's basketball team had to put in a little overtime to close out the regular season, the Eagles will be more than ready when everything is on the line this weekend in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association tournament.

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Gingrich targeting 'Super Tuesday' states

Gingrich has acknowledged that winning his home state is crucial to his campaign but has stopped short of saying a loss here would force him out of race.

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Doug Holt: House OKs bill for proper handling of fees

HB 811 is a novel approach to an old problem in which fees and surcharges are not appropriated to the purpose intended by law.

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Darrell Huckaby: Mourning the loss of one of community's finest

It seems like I have been to an unusually high number of funerals as of late.

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Jeff Meadors: Charter school bills' passage should be wake up call to public schools

The passage of HR 1162 carries with it a reverberating alarm and educators cannot afford to snooze.

Newton graduations to be held at Sharp

The Newton County School System announced Tuesday that Newton County high school graduations will be held at Sharp Stadium this school year.

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Rockdale man recounts life on submarine in WWII

Rockdale County resident Charles Crews fought WWII beneath the Pacific Ocean as a submariner. He and the crew of the USS Spot were depth-charged 4 times, twice by their own country.

Zoo Atlanta has 2 new golden lion tamarin babies

Atlanta's zoo has two new tiny monkeys after a golden lion tamarin gave birth. Zoo Atlanta says 5-year-old Robin gave birth to three infants Saturday. One did not survive, which is not uncommon for these monkeys. The other two seem to be doing well. Golden lion tamarins are tiny monkeys that are about the size of squirrels.

Deal calls for more college graduates in Georgia

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is calling for the state to produce another 250,000 college graduates by 2020.

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AP: Deal wants more time for HOPE changes

Georgia lawmakers should give last year's changes to the HOPE scholarship time to work before considering any new changes to the program, Gov. Nathan Deal said Tuesday.

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Dow closes over 13,000 for first time since 2008

The Dow closed today above 13,000 for the first time since May 19, 2008, almost four months before the fall of the Lehman Brothers investment bank triggered the worst of the financial crisis.

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Eastside band plays Daytona 500

The Eastside High School band performed at the pre-race ceremonies at the Daytona 500 on Sunday.

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Bolton wins volunteer award

Doug Bolton is this year's recipient of the Pat Patrick Big Heart Award.

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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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Providence student headed to state Bee

Taylor Underwood, a sixth-grader at Providence Christian School in Oxford, won the regional bee over the weekend, earning a chance to compete at the state level next month.

NCSO: Missing woman found in Atlanta jail

Newton County authorities issued a statewide Mattie's Call Tuesday morning for a woman who walked away from a personal care home on Saturday. She was found a few hours later in an Atlanta jail.

10 Commandments OK in gov't buildings under bill

A copy of the Ten Commandments could be posted in all Georgia government buildings and schools under a bill passed unanimously Tuesday by House lawmakers.

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Senate Oks free 'In God We Trust' car tag decals

The Georgia Senate has approved legislation that could make the optional "In God We Trust" decals for state license plates free.

Bank moves to oust Dippin' Dots CEO

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Novelty ice cream maker Dippin' Dots wants a federal bankruptcy judge to approve a $2 million line of credit to keep the company running.. The move comes as Regions Bank, which has been the main source of operating cash for Dippin' Dots, refused to loan it

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Georgia open government bill gets early vote

Agencies that illegally withhold records from the public would face more expensive fines under a rewrite of Georgia’s open government law that won initial approval Monday from a House subcommittee.

Opponents of immigration bill rally at Ga. Capitol

A few dozen people opposing legislation that would bar illegal immigrants from state colleges, universities and technical schools rallied at the Capitol.

Researchers: Heat-related football deaths tripled

Researchers who analyzed the heat-related deaths of 58 football players nationwide found the numbers dramatically increased in recent years, and that most deaths have occurred during morning practices.

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Kenseth wins Daytona 500 title early Tuesday morning

After taking the lead with less than 40 laps to go, Matt Kenseth brings home his second Daytona 500 title, surviving one of the most races in recent memory from start to finish.

Thomas Hunt

Mr. Thomas H. “Tom” Hunt, age 61, of Covington passed away February 27, 2012. He was born April 3, 1950 in San Mateo, California to the late Harmon ...

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Leonia Carter

Leonia Blackwell Carter, age 85 of Oxford, died Monday, February 27, 2012. She is survived by her husband of 32 years, Charles Carter, Oxford; children, Gloria and Robert Wade, Lawrenceville ...

Hazel Jones

Hazel McClure Jones of Mansfield, passed away February 27, 2012, at the age of 95. Mrs. Jones was a long time and faithful member of Mansfield United Methodist Church. She ...

Susan Herring

Susan Ellene Herring of Conyers died on February 25, 2012 at the age of 60. Ellene enjoyed watching game shows, playing cards, shopping and traveling. She dearly loved her family ...

Fred White

Fred Thomas (Tom) White, 86, died February 24, 2012. A native of Lithonia, GA, he was a son of the late Gettie Bell and Fred Thomas White, Sr. and was ...

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Edward "Ed" Mcgehee

Mr. Edward “Ed” McGehee, age 53, of Buford, GA passed away suddenly on Saturday, February 25, 2012. He is survived by his wife of twenty-four years, Pam ...