No Picture
Commentary

2011 in Review: Curacao top international destination

Photo by Todd DeFeo / (c) 2011 By Todd DeFeo / (c) 2011 WILLEMSTAD, Curacao – Think of any Caribbean island. The beach is probably the first thought that comes to mind. But the island of Curacao – a member of the ABC islands along with Aruba and Bonaire – is different. Yes, there are plenty of beaches on the island, and Curacao is known for its scuba diving. But, there is so much more

No Picture
Civil War Trail

Conyers confederate monument

Photo by Todd DeFeo / (c) 2011 By Todd DeFeo / (c) 2011 CONYERS, Ga. – Saturday morning, April 26, 1913, was “a dark, threatening morning,” as The Conyers Times described it. The clouds “soon materialized into rain,” but that apparently didn’t curtail the festivities surrounding the new Confederate monument unveiled in town at 2 p.m. that day. The unveiling capped a day of festivities – that included music from a Lawrenceville band and a

No Picture
Seeing America

Viva Las Vegas (Part II)

Photo by Todd DeFeo / (c) 2011 By Todd DeFeo / (c) 2009-2011 LAS VEGAS – Playing the penny slots makes it rather difficult to gamble all that much. Think about it: One could stay in town for a month and only bet $14 at the penny slots. Allegedly, it’s possible to spend an entire week in Vegas and bet only one penny. Just think of how many pulls one could have on a penny

No Picture
Seeing America

Viva Las Vegas (Part I)

Photos by Todd DeFeo / (c) 2011  By Todd DeFeo / (c) 2009-2011 LAS VEGAS – The typical Vegas casino is an endless row of slot machines, roulette wheels and blackjack tables. Hundreds of opportunities await the lucky traveler to try his or her hand at just about every type of bet imaginable. Whatever strikes your fancy, Vegas has it and in any number of themes – from Central Park at New York-New York to

No Picture
News

Ga. State Patrol receives $1.8M grant

ATLANTA – The Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety has awarded a $1.8 million H.E.A.T. grant to the Georgia State Patrol. The grant will allow the state patrol to continue its Nighthawks DUI Task Force – a group of state troopers who have received specialized DUI enforcement training – and its Administrative License Suspension (ALS) Program, the state patrol said. H.E.A.T. is an acronym for Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic and aims to reduce fatal

No Picture
News

Four killed on Ga. roads during Christmas holiday

ATLANTA – Four people were killed on roads statewide during the Christmas holiday, the Georgia State Patrol reported. Fatal wrecks were reported in Atlanta, near Washington and in Cobb County during the 78-hour-long Christmas holiday period, which for the state patrol ran from 6 p.m. on Friday through midnight on Monday. Troopers statewide worked a total of 280 crashes with 169 injuries and one death, according to the state patrol’s tally. Numbers for police agencies

No Picture
News

Stay safe while traveling this holiday

ATLANTA — Authorities are warning motorists to stay safe this holiday by focusing on the road, not a mobile device. A new poll from AAA indicates that eight in 10 feel less safe as a passenger in a vehicle with a driver who is texting. According to AAA, some sort of driver inattention occurs in an estimated 80 percent of all crashes. “There is a growing concern about distracted driving and its impact on safe

No Picture
News

AAA: More Georgians traveling this Christmas

ATLANTA — The number of Georgians traveling at least 50 miles this holiday is expected to increase 0.5 percent to more than 2.5 million, AAA predicted. Nationally, the number of people traveling at least 50 miles is expected to rise 1.4 percent to 91.9 million, the association said. “AAA is happy to learn so many Americans plan to travel this holiday season, contributing to the second-highest year-end holiday travel volume in the past decade. This

No Picture
News

AAA: Stay safe while traveling this holiday

ATLANTA — Authorities are warning motorists to stay safe this holiday by focusing on the road, not a mobile device. A new poll from AAA indicates that eight in 10 feel less safe as a passenger in a vehicle with a driver who is texting. According to AAA, some sort of driver inattention occurs in an estimated 80 percent of all crashes. “There is a growing concern about distracted driving and its impact on safe driving”,