News for Wednesday, December 16, 2009

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Morrow Police program benefits local children

Julie Downs, of Morrow, said she cried when she learned that her children were among more than two dozen youngsters who would receive gifts from Santa, as part of the Morrow Police Department's annual Christmas party, which was held Wednesday at Morrow Elementary School.

Grant to bolster State Patrol's DUI task force

Two state law-enforcement programs recently received a boost, as part of an endeavor to reduce the number of impaired drivers on Georgia's roads.

Water authority refinances $18 million in bonds

The Clayton County Water Authority recently moved to refinance $18 million in bonds issued in 2001 to fund several construction projects, saving more than $1 million in future payments, water authority officials said.

Clayton Schools clarifies dress-code detentions plan

After-school detentions that were announced by Clayton County Public Schools Superintendent Edmond Heatley earlier this week will only be dolled out to high school students who violate the district's uniform-dress policy, School System Spokesperson Charles White said in a written statement issued Wednesday afternoon.

Sisters partner to start cupcake shop

Stephanie Hughes, of Locust Grove, waited in anticipation Wednesday for an order of cream-cheese brownies to take home from It's Raising Cupcakes in McDonough. Hughes said she has enjoyed the shop's offerings since it opened in July.

Hawthorne Elementary students meet the Coast Guard

Forty-three male, third-through-fifth-graders at Hawthorne Elementary School got a crash course in saving lives, the importance of focusing on school, and doing crunches, when they met four members of the U.S. Coast Guard on Wednesday.

'Super Speeder' law takes effect Jan. 1

State and local law-enforcement agencies are reminding motorists that Georgia's new "Super Speeder" law will take effect Jan. 1.

Five arrested in Ellenwood burglary cases

Five suspects are behind bars in Henry County, and police are searching for another man, in connection with recent burglaries in Ellenwood.

Jonesboro family loses home in mid-day fire

Jonesboro resident, Eugene Towe, left his home at 6984 Doncaster Road on Wednesday morning to talk to some friends at the nearby Tara Woods apartment complex.

AAA projects holiday travel decline in Southeast

Travel experts predict that nearly 88 million Americans will hit the road this winter holiday season. But while travel is expected to increase nationally, not every region of the country will see a boost.

Wait for success is over at Luella

Luella boys basketball coach Jamond Sims waited for a season like this to come. Since he joined the Lions program as an assistant coach when the school opened in 2001, Luella has done little to distinguish itself in boys basketball in the county. Last season, the Lions struggled to an 8-18 record, its fourth with less than 10 wins in the past five seasons.

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Sheba

Sheba is a 9 month old Terrier mix.

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Ruthie

Ruthie is a 7 year old Snowshoe Siamese mix.

Driving can be hazardous to your health - Valerie Baldowski

I was stopped at a traffic light the other day and saw something frightening.

Praying for a White Christmas - Tom Purcell

The snow started coming down hard a few hours after we'd arrived.

Grant to bolster State Patrol's DUI task force

Two state law-enforcement programs recently received a boost, as part of an endeavor to reduce the number of impaired drivers on Georgia's roads.

'Super Speeder' law takes effect Jan. 1

State and local law-enforcement agencies are reminding motorists that Georgia's new "Super Speeder" law will take effect Jan. 1.

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