News for Tuesday, October 28, 2003

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?Comfortably south of Atlanta' - April Avison

We usually reserve breaking news for the front page, but I felt it would be appropriate to announce some news in this space. The Henry County Chamber of Commerce recently completed an intense branding project, compiling surveys and information submitted by those who live here and those who travel here. The result is Henry County's new tagline: "Comfortably south of Atlanta."

Are we there yet? - Rob Felt

Empty soda cans rattle against each other under the seat and half a bag of cheese-flavored popcorn spills onto the floorboard of the minivan. Wheat fields blur past the window a mile a minute and telephone poles tick the slow pace of time like a traveler's metronome. Magnetic checkers have lost their charm and the batteries are dead in the Gameboy. There are neck cramps and the sticky halitosis of a snack food diet makes small talk quite avoidable. The question is coming. Are we there yet?

Outing some school voucher lies - Diane Wagner

The expulsion of a gay high school senior in Florida illustrates a few of the things wrong with school voucher programs.

Lunatics running the asylum - R.H. Joseph

It's hard to say why Monday morning's fax from Georgia Right to Life irritated me more than their usual stuff, but it did.

On a mission after flying rock collision - By Tamara Boatwright

"There's a rock!" I saw it a split second before my friend, Naomi, hollered those words. In that instant I had to decide whether to smack into the rock or swerve, try to avoid it and chance slamming into oncoming traffic.

Dark deeds on a foul night - Ed Brock

Calvin Prichard stared vacuously at the body and wondered how he would explain this to the kids.

Gordon wins at AMS

By Anthony Rhoads

Louisianaizing a Louisiana boy - Bob Paslay

I loaned one of our newest reporters a copy of "Confederacy of Dunces" to read since he is from Louisiana. And as soon as he is through I plan to bring in one of my dog-eared copies of Robert Penn Warren's "All the King's Men."

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Obituaries

October 28, 2003

39 apply to be Clayton schools superintendent

By Greg Gelpi

Sales tax lagging behind projections

By Greg Gelpi

At least my money is secure - Greg Gelpi

Grabbing the handle to the side door, I gave it a little tug, but found that it was locked.

Exhibit A: Evidence for art education - Zach Porter

I can trace my artistic inclinations all the way back to at least the third grade. When asked by the teacher to render a watercolor of a local landscape, I provided a view of Stone Mountain from the front lawn - but with the many bright orange trash cans I had seen on a recent visit intact. I remember being questioned about these additions, and I responded that the trash cans had really been there and thus were included. Whereas the teacher was confounded by their inclusion, I would have thought their exclusion somehow illogical. I'd like to think that even then I had some kind of notion to preserve this landscape the way I had seen it. Perhaps this notion is what led me to become a photojournalist.

Money can't buy love - maybe just a card? - Clay Wilson

Another area newspaper recently ran a column on how telemarketers aren't evil.

Jonesboro's Robertson earns honor

From staff reports

History, progress factors in Jonesboro race

By Ed Brock

Fans return to AMS

By Michael Davis

Area teams gear up for Elite 8

From Staff Reports