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Clayton BOE to hold business session Jan. 5

Jan. 5

The Clayton County Board of Education will hold its first business meeting of 2009 on Monday, Jan. 5, at 6:30 p.m., in the Central Administration Complex, 1058 Fifth Ave., Jonesboro. New board members Pamela Adamson; Charlton Bivins; Ophelia Burroughs, and Wanda Smith will be sworn in at the beginning of the meeting.

Jan. 15

Clayton State University will commemorate the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., with a program entitled "Remembering the King," on Thursday, Jan. 15, at 11:30 a.m., in the university's Lawson Amphitheater, next to Swan Lake and Spivey Hall.

Jan. 19

Clayton State University will hold its Seventh Annual Freedom Run 10K and 5K road races on Monday, Jan. 19, at 9 a.m., on the university's Morrow Campus. Race day registration begins at 7:30 a.m., in Clayton State's Athletics and Fitness Center. The cost will be $20. Runners registering before Jan. 11, will receive a discount rate of $15. Internet registration is possible on the web site of http://www.rungeorgia.com/freedomrun.html.

Jan. 20

Clayton State University's Student Government Association will host a presidential inauguration viewing party on Tuesday, Jan. 20, at 10 a.m., in the university's Student Activities Center, so the community can watch President-elect Barack Obama be sworn in as the 44th president of the United States.

Notes

The United States Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program recently announced that Keven Haley, son of Jonesboro resident Daphene Haley, has graduated from its Leader Development and Assessment Course, also known as "Operation Warrior Forge," at Fort Lewis in Tacoma, Wash. The 32-day course provides professional training and evaluation in the aspects of military life, administration and logistical support. Cadets in their junior and senior year of college must complete the leadership development course. Upon successful completion of the course, the ROTC program, and graduation from college, cadets are commissioned as second lieutenants in the Army, National Guard, or the Army Reserve.

The United State Air Force recently announced that Airman Timothy J. Gaulden, a 2005 graduate of Morrow High School, has graduated from a six-week basic military training course at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. During his training, Gaulden studied the Air Force mission, organization, core values, and military customs. He also received training in rifle marksmanship; field training exercises, and human relations. Airmen who complete basic training earn credits toward an associate in applied science degree relating through the Community College of the Air Force. Gaulden earned distinction as an honor graduate. He is the son of Rex resident, Shirley Reed.

The United State Army recently announced that Pvt. Jason Z. Kobler, son of Rex resident Mary Kobler, graduated from the Land Combat Electrician Advanced Individual Training course at the Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala. The course trains soldiers to operate units and test stations, and to perform general support level maintenance on land combat support systems. Soldiers also learn to repair and test land combat electronic missile systems, including: Tube launched, optically sensed, wire guided (TOW) missiles; Dragon weapon systems and associated components. Further instruction includes how to perform quality control measures, and inspect and repair or replace defective assemblies; sub-assemblies, and related components and parts on missile systems.

The United States Army National Guard recently announced that Pvt. Octavius Smith, granddaughter of Jonesboro resident Nancy Smith, has graduated from a nine-week basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C. During her training, Smith studied basic combat skills; military weapons; chemical warfare; rifle marksmanship; map reading; field tactics; the military justice system, and basic first aid.

Ongoing

The Clayton County Public Library system offers many services to students, including tutoring programs for those who speak either English or Spanish, and online practice tests and electronic test preparation books for the SAT, GED, ASVAB, and TOEFFL exams. Visit the Clayton County Library web site at www.claytonpl.org.

School notebook is a regular feature of the Clayton News Daily compiled by staff writer Curt Yeomans. He can be reached at (770) 478-5753, ext. 247, or via e-mail at cyeomans@news-daily.com.