News for Wednesday, December 2, 2009

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Food stamp cases soar since beginning of recession

The Georgia Department of Human Resources recently released figures showing that the number of families receiving food stamps in Georgia has risen dramatically since the start of the nationwide recession.

'Trees and Lights' to aid Rainbow House

For the seventh year in a row, the Clayton County Parks and Recreation Department and the Rainbow House, Inc., children's shelter will host the Festival of Trees and Lights at Clayton County International Park.

A chance to turn a frown upside down

The Clayton County Department of Family and Children's Services (DFACS) is currently in search of individuals, businesses, churches and civic groups to sponsor foster children, families and seniors for the "Pick an Elf" Christmas program.

Riverdale Police Department gets major accreditation

The Riverdale Police Department is now one of the few police departments in Georgia to become internationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).

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Clayton Schools exploring elementary science labs

Mt. Zion Elementary School fourth-grader, Latavious Elam, held an owl pellet inches from his face and carefully picked it apart in a quest to discover what could be found inside.

Noah's Ark seeking donations of feed, funds

Noah's Ark Animal Rehabilitation Center and Children's Care Home, in Locust Grove, has issued a call to the public to encourage donations of animal feed and money.

Clayton health offices restocked with H1N1 vaccines

Public health offices in Clayton County recently received a new batch of H1N1 flu vaccine doses, and are currently administering the vaccines in both the nasal spray and injectable forms.

Hampton man enjoys Santa Claus role

Santa Claus is coming to Hampton.

Kendrick to host cheer, dance, step teams

Thirty cheerleading, dance and step teams, including groups from 17 schools in Clayton and Henry counties, will compete for top honors at the second annual Southside Cheer Competition, at Kendrick Middle School in Jonesboro on Saturday.

Saving on gas and making new rivals

Fluctuations in enrollment should lead to more Southern Crescent rivalries and fewer financial strains after the Georgia High School Association released the new region alignments Wednesday.

Clayton State men seek 300th-win in program's 20-year history tonight

It started way back 1990 at an obscure, out-of-the way, south Metro commuters' college in Morrow, with bleachers on one side of the gym in a converted roller rink.

Mortonson steps down at Morrow

The revolving football coaching job at Morrow is open again with Larry Mortonson confirming he no longer holds the job.

Clayton State women move up to 11th in new Division II poll

The Clayton State Laker women's basketball team may have started its season later than most teams in the nation, but three straight victories to open the season was enough to move the Lakers up two spots in this week's USA Today/ESPN Division II Top 25 Coaches' Poll. The poll was released late Tuesday evening.

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Plato

Plato is two and a half year old Dachshund.

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Prince

When Animal Control called CCHS to ask for help with a cat who was in labor, CCHS staff immediately went to rescue the little "mom-to-be", and less than 24 hours later, Prince and all of his brothers and sisters were born.

Christmas joy can come from the most unlikely place - Valerie Baldowski

I started my Christmas shopping early this year by venturing out the Saturday after Thanksgiving to begin scoping out a few things.

Socially conscious Toys for Tots - Tom Purcell

Ah, the Christmas season is upon us. What better time to make our children more socially and environmentally aware.

Deciding the truth of the ages - Bob Williams

I have in my possession 66 documents, written by 40 different idividuals, who vary in time, economical, educational and vocational backgrounds. Yet all 40 writers come to the same conclusion.

NCCA wins CAA state title in first year

The New Creation Christian Academy football team from McDonough enjoyed its first year in the Christian School Athletic Association, posting a 9-1 record and winning a state championship.

Eagle's Landing girls roll past Woodward

Eagle's Landing coach Lisa Horton could sense her team was nervous about Tuesday's season opener against perennial playoff contender Woodward. She watched as the team nervously walked around campus for most of the school day.

North Clayton's Hackney excited about Eagles' future

The season didn't end like North Clayton had hoped, but second-year coach Rodney Hackney can point to several positives from the just completed football season.

Dutchtown meets J-boro in region tussle

As much as Dutchtown's girls basketball team is fixated on advancing to the Final Four of the state tournament, another goal looms. It is an endeavor that eluded the Lady Bulldogs three times last season. It is an endeavor they use to measure their own ability and potential as a state contender.

ELCA sweeeps season opener

The Eagle's Landing Christian Academy Lady Chargers opened the 2009-10 basketball season with a 61-33 victory against Fellowship Christian Tuesday night.

Louisiana Purchase, Part Deux - Mike Reagan

Unsurprisingly, President Obama has recently realized early legislative success in pursuit of his massive government-heavy, health-care program. Sen. Harry Reid pushed the initial legislation to the Senate giving our representatives very little time to review the bill in advance of the first vote, opening up further debate.

The Family Constellation - Martha Randolph Carr

The Family Constellation is a form of therapy that says all of our present-day kinks in our personality are due to the family line behind us. Malcolm Gladwell touches on this idea in his latest book, "The Outliers," where he writes that how previous generations behave gets passed down till we are unaware of our part in things.

Sometimes, the best help is no help at all - Jason Smith

It's official. The Christmas season is upon us. Early on the Friday after Thanksgiving, people were hitting the stores in droves to stock up on presents for their loved ones.

Reader mail: Where do all those coupons come from?

Q: "I have been following your column, and a lot of what you have discussed I have implemented. You often talk about the number of coupons you use. Where and how are you obtaining so many duplicate coupons? I know I can print out multiple copies online from some of the coupon web sites."

Dutchtown's first statement is resounding

Dutchtown disrupted Jonesboro's rhythm and confidence with the same formula that took the Lady Cardinals to the Final Four of the Class AAAA state tournament last season: steal, run and score. The Lady Bulldogs relished every turnover and blocked shot, using them to fuel their frenetic transition offense that Jonesboro could not contain.

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