News for Wednesday, December 9, 2009

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Wachovia adds ATMs, employees to local branches

Wachovia branches throughout the Southern Crescent are being outfitted this winter with more modern ATMs, according to officials with Wells Fargo Company, which acquired Wachovia early this year. But ATMs are not the only new additions.

CSU to confer 420 degrees

Clayton State University got a head start on its fall commencement ceremonies Wednesday night, by recognizing 38 soon-to-be master's degree recipients during two pre-commencement ceremonies held at the school.

Fire officials urge safety in holiday decorating

The Clayton County Fire and Emergency Services Department, Safe Kids USA, and the United States Fire Administration are reminding parents and caregivers to take precautions when decorating for the holidays, to avoid safety hazards.

Three AirTran jets reflect NFL connection

On a cold, cloudy morning at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport recently, three Boeing 717 jets were parked behind the AirTran Airways hangar. Each airplane was painted in distinct NFL team livery -- that of the Atlanta Falcons, the Baltimore Ravens and the Indianapolis Colts.

Region 2-AAAAA and Region 4-AAAAA teams

The 2009 football season set to officially end this weekend with the crowing of the state champions, several Clayton and Henry players are garnering postseason honors.

Local prosecutors to host 'life changes' forum

Clayton County's district attorney and solicitor general, along with the University of Phoenix, will host a free event Saturday to promote "life changes," which will include information sessions, entertainment and food.

CSU women move into NCAA Division II Top-10

The Clayton State Laker women's basketball team continued to ascend up in this week's new USA Today/ESPN Division II Coaches' Top 25 poll, which was released on late Tuesday afternoon.

Winds bring down trees, power lines

Thousands, in the metro area, were left without power early Wednesday as a result of high winds, fallen trees and downed power lines, according to officials.

Nature preserve hosts annual Yule Log celebration

Local residents will be able to visit the W.H. Reynolds Memorial Nature Preserve on Friday night to sip some hot chocolate, take a hike through the woods, and listen to music and stories during the preserve's annual Yule Log celebration.

Genealogical Society holds Christmas open house

Gail East's interest in history and genealogy was inspired by her mother, the late Verna Gordon.

City considers 30-day moratorium on adult entertainment permits

The Forest Park City Council will hold a special-called meeting today at 5:30 p.m., to consider a 30-day moratorium on the issuance of new permits to adult-entertainment establishments.

Local schools host PTA holiday programs

Clayton State University will hold its fall 2009 commencement ceremonies today at 4 p.m., and 7:30 p.m., in the school's Athletics and Fitness Center.

Clayton hopes to attract more movie business

In order to capitalize on Georgia's growing film industry, the Clayton County Department of Economic Development has created a film office within the department, to meet the needs of crews seeking to shoot movies, television shows, and commercials in the county.

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Wearable art: Arts Clayton to host jewelry show

Nearly a dozen jewelry makers from around the state will show their work this Saturday, at the first-ever Arts Clayton "Jewelry Trunk Show and Sale."

Are Mustangs ready for next step?

For the last few years, wrestling in Henry County has been dominated by two teams with two coaches well-established in the Southern Crescent. Union Grove coach Joey DiNino and Henry County coach Marty Hutsell have had annual state title contenders and multiple individual state champions. Success has almost been a foregone conclusion.

Two local softball players named to GACA all-star game

Two Southern Crescent players have been selected to participate in the annual Georgia Athletic Coaches Association all-star game this summer, and eight others were named to their respective classification all-state teams.

Adults can be dense with 'assembly required' instructions - Valerie Baldowski

Being a grownup can be an humbling experience. Especially when it comes to figuring out kids' toys.

Soft on manhood - Tom Purcell

The end of the year is upon us -- a fine time for a fellow to dwell on the larger matters.

Ola boys find a way to stay perfect

Swarmed by three Forest Park defenders in the far corner, Justin Gant was trapped. Down by nine with just three minutes left in the game, the Panthers tried to assert themselves with a quick defensive stand. This was Forest Park's last-ditch effort.

Mt. Zion, Dutchtown split in battle of Bulldogs

After two straight losses, the Mt. Zion Bulldogs are back in the victory column.

Stockbridge gets another close win

From Staff Reports

Jonesboro girls hold off North Clayton for region victory

The North Clayton boys did something that Jonesboro girls coach Michael House would like to have seen his team do in the opening game of Tuesday doubleheader - play better with a lead.

Adults can be dense with 'assembly required' instructions - Valerie Baldowski

Being a grownup can be an humbling experience. Especially when it comes to figuring out kids' toys.

Beyond stacking: Multi-stack to magnify savings

In previous columns, I've discussed coupon stacking at great length. It's one of the easiest ways not only to reduce the cost of items we're buying but also to get items for free.

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