News for Tuesday, December 15, 2009

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Christmas Card Lane coming to Luella Baptist Church

Luella Baptist Church is putting the finishing touches on an annual event designed to get people into the Christmas spirit, through the use of pictures and biblical scriptures.

Clayton Schools to close for winter break

Clayton County Public Schools Spokesman Charles White recently announced that the school system will close its offices Dec. 21 through Jan. 1, in observance of a two-week semester break.

Second-half rally lifts North Clayton past Ola

Ola went into halftime of its Region 4-AAAA showdown at North Clayton feeling good about its three point lead against a taller Eagles squad.

Opposition grows over Bell's control of police

Some citizens are expressing concern about the Clayton County Board of Commissioners' recent vote to hand over full control of the maintenance and operation of the county's police department to Clayton County Commission Chairman Eldrin Bell.

Husband-wife bank robbery charges bound over

A Clayton County Magistrate Court judge ruled Tuesday that there was probable cause to bind over to Superior Court the case of a husband and wife, and a third family member, who are all accused of robbing a Riverdale bank last week.

BOE asked to renew Red Cross agreement

Officials with Clayton County Public Schools, and the American Red Cross, are asking the Clayton County Board of Education to approve an agreement that would allow the emergency-aid organization to continue to use schools in the county as disaster-relief shelters.

Man faces attempted-robbery charge

Clayton County sheriff's deputies arrested a Riverdale man Monday evening, after allegedly finding him loitering near a gas station with a pistol and a ski mask.

Gather ye coupons ... and multi-stack

Last week, I introduced you to the concept of multi-stacking, a term I use to refer to any deal at the grocery store that involves applying multiple discounts to the purchase of the same items. Through multi-stacking, shoppers can enjoy even greater savings at the register each week, leveraging the power of store coupons, manufacturer coupons and additional sales or special promotions being held at the store.

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Serving Others: WORKTEC director retiring after 10 years

Helping people help themselves has come naturally to Dorothy Cochran, who spent 30 years helping to develop many of Clayton County's earliest programs to assist the physically and mentally disabled. But after 10-and-a-half years as director of WORKTEC, Clayton County Public Schools' workforce development program for the disabled, Cochran will retire at the end of the month.

Third-grader wants environmental clubs in schools

River's Edge Elementary School third-grader Luke Byrne's favorite color is red, but the 8-year-old is currently on a campaign to get every school in Clayton County to "go green."

Union Grove pulls past Douglass with dramatic overtime victory

If Union Grove basketball coach Russ Atkins was looking for a spark to ignite his team, he might have just found it Tuesday night against Region 2-AAAAA rival Douglass High School.

CSU hits century mark against Augusta State, wins 101-54

AUGUSTA-- It didn't take long for the Clayton State Laker basketball team to recover from Saturday's disappointing home defeat against Carson-Newman.

Police: More charges likely in equipment thefts

Additional charges are expected to be filed this week, against a McDonough man who was arrested for allegedly having more than $1 million in stolen cable equipment at his home.

Common sense says closing strip clubs will hurt Forest Park - TRUDY SMITH

I am not for, or against, the adult-entertainment establishments we currently have in our city (Forest Park). Having said that, what I am for is the well-being of our citizens.

The fall of yet another role model - Jason Smith

I debated for a few days on whether to write a column about the whole Tiger Woods thing.

Martha's big adventure -- Keep your chin up - Martha Carr

There's one last operation for me to get through before the end of 2009, and while you're reading this one, I'll be recovering one more time.

North Clayton, Ola set for Region 4-AAAA basketball tilt

North Clayton coach Martisse Troup does not believe that it is too early in the season to label a game important.

Tigers roll past Dutchtown

Rare is the game when Stockbridge boys basketball coach Duane Kelley can sit content and silent in his chair on the sideline. He is animated. How animated, though, is usually dictated by his team's defensive performance.

Lady Lakers fall to Carson Newman

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Registration underway for Holiday Explosion

The Clayton County Parks and Recreation Department is providing local children, who might normally be stuck at home for the holidays, with a productive way to spend their winter break.

Man arrested in cable-equipment thefts

An investigation is underway centered on the home of a McDonough businessman where authorities said they found more than $1 million in stolen cable equipment.

Martha's big adventure — Keep your chin up - Martha Carr

There's one last operation for me to get through before the end of 2009, and while you're reading this one, I'll be recovering one more time.

No early release for dress-code violators

Clayton County Public Schools Superintendent Edmond Heatley said Monday that any students who violate the uniform-dress policy on Friday will have to spend an extra three and half hours in school, rather than start their winter vacation with their classmates.

Opposition grows over Bell's control of police

Some citizens are expressing concern about the Clayton County Board of Commissioners' recent vote to hand over full control of the maintenance and operation of the county's police department to Clayton County Commission Chairman Eldrin Bell.

Man charged in teen's shooting death

Authorities have arrested a suspect in connection with last week's shooting death of a teenager at an Ellenwood apartment complex.

Lawmakers seek guidance on C-TRAN

The Clayton County legislative delegation is seeking direction from the Clayton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) on the future of C-TRAN, and other topics, as it heads into the next legislative session.

School board member hosts annual spelling bee

Clayton County Board of Education member, and lawyer, Michael King, recently announced that he will hold his eighth-annual Michael B. King Spelling Legal Bee on Saturday at 9 a.m., at the National Archives at Atlanta.

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Brown Elementary rewards readers with special party

Brown Elementary School fifth-grader, Marcus Aqui, said his favorite reason for reading books is "just being able to do it."

Ex-GBI investigator pleads guilty to vehicular homicide

A former GBI investigator has pleaded guilty to first-degree vehicular homicide, involving a Dec. 2008 automobile crash that killed an elderly Forest Park man.

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