News for Saturday, April 6, 2013


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G-Braves sweep doubleheader against Charlotte

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The Gwinnett Braves continued their strong start to 2013 with a doubleheader sweep of Charlotte, beating the Knights 6-4 and 2-1 on Saturday night in front of 6,311 fans at Coolray Field.. The first game was a combination of pitching and hitting. Marietta native and starting pitcher David

Ellwanger ends collegiate career as a winner

COVINGTON -- Former Eastside swimmer Drew Ellwanger finished his college swimming career on a high note for Gardner-Webb at the University of Georgia's Gabrielson Natatorium.

Banks to take over Rams football

COVINGTON -- The Newton football team has a leader in former Duluth football coach Terrance Banks, although school officials will not officially say Banks is the head until they get approval from the school board.

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Firepower at first base: Freeman makes early impact for Braves

Freddie Freeman gave every indication in spring training that he was ready for a breakout third season. In the opening series against the Phillies, the Braves' new full-time cleanup hitter lived up to those expectations.

Bench leads Louisville rally past Wichita State

ATLANTA --Star guard Russ Smith did his part for top-seeded Louisville. His main two supporters were a bit of surprise, though.

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Darrell Huckaby: Teachers, students held to the wrong standard

Somebody has got to realize that there has to be a better way to evaluate the success of a student, a teacher, a classroom, a grade level, a principal, a school, a school system and, yes, a superintendent of schools than the almighty standardized test scores.

Emory provost to deliver Oxford commencement address

Claire Sterk, Emory University provost, will deliver the address to graduates during Oxford College Commencement 2013.

Budget work sessions to be held throughout county

The BOC will take its budget work sessions on the road this year.

Grants sought to help Miracle League, sheriff, senior services

Several Newton departments are seeking grants.

Water Authority approves resolution seeking rate increase

The Rockdale Water and Sewerage Authority has approved a resolution asking the Board of Commissioners to implement a rate increase.

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Rockdale marks 40 years since worst tornado in history

March 31 marked the 40th anniversary of the twister which cut a 32-mile swath of destruction through the western and northern edge of Conyers.

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Rob Jenkins: How did SACS wind up as the villain?

Blaming SACS for a system's poor performance is like blaming the Bar Association for a lawyer's misconduct.

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Mark Shields: Honeymoon for a pope

Pope Francis, less than a month in office, is enjoying what could be called a real political honeymoon.

Florida celebrates 500th anniversary, but history blurred by myth

ST AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon was only 4-foot-11, a trolley tour operator told his passengers as they rolled down a picturesque street in St. Augustine lined with moss-draped live oak trees.. But the Timucuan Indians he encountered when he set foot in Florida