News for Friday, December 18, 2009


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Heritage drains 12 3-points shots to beat Ola

Heading into Friday night's game against Heritage in the first round of the Chuck Miller Holiday Classic at Henry County High School, Ola boys basketball coach Curt Miller had a scouting report stating the Mustangs' opponent could really shoot the basketball.

Lovejoy boys cruise to a victory over Chapel Hill

Early in the fourth quarter, Lovejoy coach Rick Frances and his starters sat on the bench. An usually animated Frances was leaning back in his chair with legs crossed.

ELCA Hooptacular tips off today

The Eagle's Landing Christian Academy Hooptacular has a local flavor to it this year, and the basketball showcase tips off on the ELCA campus Saturday morning.

Stockbridge ends skid against Luella

Stockbridge posted reminders about its three-game losing streak to county rival Luella throughout its locker room in the days leading up to the Tigers game Friday night. A 99-89 loss to the Lions in the season-opener without head coach Duane Kelley was the latest setback and provided a compelling backdrop to the nonregion game.

Henry girls win, Dutchtown boys fall short

Henry County squeaks by Morrow, 53-51, in first-round girls action in the Chuck Miller Holiday Classic Basketball Tournament Friday night while Dutchtown's comeback effort fell short in a 99-87 loss to McIntosh in boys action.

Clayton State women roll to win

WINGATE--Out of all the players that are stepping up for the Clayton State Laker women's basketball team, the one that is impressing head coach Dennis Cox the most is Tanisha Woodard.

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First Army brings Christmas to Fountain Elem. students

Adrian Lamar, a kindergartner at Fountain Elementary School in Forest Park, sat on the floor in his classroom and looked up and down the roughly three-foot-tall cylinder that he had just unwrapped on Friday morning.

Red Cross to host blood drive at AMS

The American Red Cross will host a blood drive Monday, at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton.

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Officials: Space heater sparked deadly Forest Park fire

Clayton County fire officials say a space heater is to blame for a deadly blaze that killed an elderly man in a Forest Park house fire Thursday night.

Curry gets life in grad-party shootings

A Stockbridge man was sentenced Friday to two life sentences and an additional five years in prison, for the deaths of two teenage girls.

Couple pleads guilty to dumping hazardous waste

A Locust Grove couple has pleaded guilty to conspiring to illegally dispose of hazardous waste.

Judge upholds Riverdale election results

A Spalding County judge, on Friday, upheld the results of the Nov. 3 Riverdale elections, ruling against a challenge filed by Riverdale City Councilman Rick Scoggins and former City Council candidate Veverly Brooks, according to attorneys involved in the case.

Teen tied to several bank robberies

A teenager suspected in a Morrow bank robbery pleaded not guilty Friday, police said. But authorities believe he, and several apparent associates, may also be behind a number of other area robberies.

Hampton man killed in 4-wheeler accident

Tom Alan Green, 46, of Hampton, was found dead Dec. 12, near the intersection of Bethelview Drive and Hedgewood Drive in Hampton.

Stockbridge man shot, killed by police

A Stockbridge man is dead after he reportedly threatened to shoot police, and himself.

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Christmas postal deadline approaching fast

The clock is ticking for local residents who want to send presents to loved ones in time for Christmas.

Sharing Christ's love at Christmas - James C. Bell

This Christmas, I hope many will truly celebrate the precious Savior, Jesus Christ, giving Him honor and glory and His proper place in their lives.

The real lights of Christmas - Chester Cook

One of the most beautiful and alluring aspects of the holiday season is the illuminating glow and sparkling shine of holiday lights.

Rozier, Smith to participate in GACA North-South All-Star game

The postseason season accolades keep coming for Henry County, and this time coach Mike Rozier and wide receiver Shavarez Smith are the recipients.

North Clayton's Jackson named Region 4-AAAA Player of the Year

North Clayton running back Clarence Jackson was named the Region 4-AAAA Player of the Year by the league's coaches. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound senior rushed for 1,954 yards and 31 touchdowns in leading the Eagles to the Class AAAA quarterfinals this season.

Local group still seeking donations for meal baskets

The Riverdale-based, non-profit organization, Hearts to Nourish Hope, Inc., will give out 350 meal baskets to needy families this Christmas, but the organization's leaders are hoping the holiday spirit will encourage community members to help pay for the baskets.

Chuck Miller Classic tips off tonight at Henry County

Christmas carols, bright lights and parties aren't the only holiday traditions in the Southern Crescent.

Scott announces funds for two Clayton projects

From Staff Reports

Bell rebuffs new oversight of police department

Clayton County Board of Commission Chairman Eldrin Bell released a statement Thursday opposing the Board of Commissioners' recent vote to give him full control of the maintenance and operation of the county's police department.

Sharing Christ's love at Christmas - James C. Bell

This Christmas, I hope many will truly celebrate the precious Savior, Jesus Christ, giving Him honor and glory and His proper place in their lives.

America, and the nearly nude 'Page 3 girl' - Curt Yeomans

I have to hand it to the staff of the British tabloid, The Sun. They sure know how to come up with an attention-grabber.

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Olde Towne Morrow store offers personalized ornaments

Christi Lee said she had 23 Christmas trees in her house last year.

Grand jury indicts alleged gambling parlor operator

The woman accused of running an illegal Jonesboro gambling operation, who was arrested in August, has been indicted by a Clayton County grand jury.

The beauty shop and the beast - Ronda Rich

Every trip to the beauty shop is, for me, an adventure in some way. And, without fail, it's immensely entertaining.

Lead by example - Martha Carr

The TV talking heads, on both sides of the political fence, have started yammering about whether or not it's been a good idea of President Obama's to be taking on so many big issues in his first year in office.

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Annual Tradition: Clayton Rotarians assemble holiday fruit baskets

Nearly 20 Clayton County Rotary Club members, and a couple of members of Friends of Clayton County, gathered at the J. Charley Griswell Senior Center in Jonesboro on Thursday to joke with each other, discuss their lives, and to assemble 360 fruit baskets

County fires up new engines today

The Clayton County Department of Fire and Emergency Services is adding three, shiny, new fire engines to its fleet of trucks.