News for Thursday, November 12, 2009


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North Clayton to entertain Bainbridge

Southern Crescent Stadium has been a welcomed addition to the nine-school Clayton County athletic department for coaches, fans and players this season.

The most abrasive, unequited kiss ever - Curt Yeomans

So, yeah, I admit it. I made out with a rock, while on my back, and in the arms of another man -- nearly 90 feet above the ground.

Akins' move gives WR, Wolverines big returns

With a summer of travel baseball complete, Jordan Akins returned to Union Grove's football team over the summer for a workout. He walked through the coaching staff's office, past the board listing each scholarship offer a player had received, and stopped.

Additional battery charge added against former coach

Former Forest Park High School basketball coach, Lawrence McGraw, is facing a second count of simple battery against a 16-year-old female student.

Finding my people in Beverly Hills

There's nothing like a trip to Hollywood to remind you of the fantasies that grow there as rapidly as kudzu grows in Southern summers. There, I often find people who are not exactly my people.

Man indicted for impersonating police officer

A man, who is reportedly a former Atlanta Police officer, has been indicted by a Clayton County grand jury for allegedly impersonating a police officer during a traffic stop.

Weapon scare forces lockdown at Jonesboro schools

Lee Street Elementary School and the Eula Wilborn Ponds Perry Center for Learning (also known as the Perry Learning Center) in Jonesboro were placed on lockdown for two hours Thursday morning, while Jonesboro police investigated allegations that a weapon may have been on the grounds of the Perry Learning Center.

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Art and Wine

Libations, music, and conversations about art flowed freely during the Fourth Annual Mistletoe and Merlot Wine Tasting. More than 150 people gathered at Arts Clayton on Thursday to sample the latest wines and support the Southern Crescent arts community.

Father sentenced in starving-infants case

A Lovejoy man was sentenced to 15 years in prison, to serve 12, Thursday, for nearly starving to death his infant twins in 2007.

Curves seeks holiday turkey donations

A local health club wants to help area families have a Thanksgiving meal.

Hartsfield-Jackson launches new recycling program

The world's busiest airport, which generates nearly 70 tons of garbage a day, and discards approximately 2,000 tons of it per month, recently launched a new recycling program, known as GreenSortATL.

Mt. Zion's Aull ready to experience playoffs as head coach

Jaime Aull has experienced the playoffs as both a player and assistant coach.

Woodland unfazed by first playoff game

Reporters from Cairo have called Woodland football coach Scott Schmitt all week. They've wanted to know how a three-year old program making its first state-playoff appearance feels going into a match-up with the defending Class AAA state champion Syrupmakers, and Schmitt told them all the same thing.

Livecche closes in on Wendy's Heisman

In 2002, when Woodland football coach Scott Schmitt was an assistant at McIntosh, he watched a kicker named Robert Huefner win the Wendy's High School Heisman award. Huefner went to New York, was honored during ESPN's nationally televized ceremony of the college Heisman Memorial Trophy, eventually went to Harvard and got free food from Wendy's for a year.

Henry County ready to open playoffs

The last three years have been pretty special for the Henry County Warhawks football team.

QB Johnson ready for playoff debut

Dennis Johnson is only a sophomore, but his North Clayton teammates can hardly tell by his poise and demeanor on and off the field.

Charging into playoffs again

The Eagle's Landing Christian Academy football team has become a regular visitor to the playoffs.

Lady Raiders Osborne, Green seal future

Riverdale girls basketball players Tiayra Green and Janel Osborne signed national letters of intent to play college basketball Wednesday during the early signing period.

ELCA quartet make signing day big

Four Eagle's Landing Christian Academy athletes are taking their game to the next level after signing college scholarships Wednesday afternoon.

Bradley keeps a promise, signs to play for CSU

Five years ago, Zach Bradley told his parents they would not have to pay for his college education.

'Crossroads' hosts youth homeless awareness event

In conjunction with National Youth Homelessness Awareness Month, Crossroads Comprehensive Youth Development will host a Youth Homelessness Awareness Event on Friday, Nov. 20, at 5 p.m., at Tara Center in Jonesboro.


Jackson is a 2 and a half year old Rhodesian Ridgeback/Labrador mix (or a big, brown dog as he's lovingly known at the shelter). He has been neutered and all vaccinations are current. Jackson was found wandering around the Jackson Lake area. When no houses or people seemed to be nearby, and the dog had no tags, he was brought to CCHS where he was checked for a microchip. When none was found, he joined the CCHS family and began his journey and search for a new home and family. This incredibly sweet boy has stolen the hearts of all who take care of him and those who visit the shelter. He has a great personality, and he does well with other dogs. He sits on command, walks well on a leash, and appears to be housebroken. This gentle boy, with big, gorgeous eyes, would make a great family pet. Not enough can be said about how very special this guy truly is! For more information, please call Clayton County Humane Society at 770/471-9436. Visit to see other animals available for adoption.

Akins' move gives WR, Wolverines big returns

With a summer of travel baseball complete, Jordan Akins returned to Union Grove's football team over the summer for a workout. He walked through the coaching staff's office, past the board listing each scholarship offer a player had received, and stopped.

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Steele is 2 and a half year old gray and white, domestic shorthair. He has been neutered and all vaccinations are current. Steele was cruelly discarded and abandoned at the front door of the CCHS shelter. Staffers coming into work, on a very hot summer morning, found poor Steele closed up tightly in a cardboard box. Once he was removed from the box, it was immediately clear that this cat had been badly neglected. As we fully expected, he became ill almost immediately. With some overdue TLC, Steele has recovered and shown himself to be a really sweet boy. However, each time there is even the slightest illness at the shelter, Steele seems to fall victim again and again. We believe that Steele was so poorly cared for in the past, that possibly his immune system has become weakened. Because of that, a shelter environment is very dangerous for a cat like Steele. He is constantly being exposed to new cats and new illnesses. Steele's doctor believes that Steele will do much better in a true home environment, where he can be protected from massive exposure, which is what he faces at the shelter. Steele's weak immune system does not need to affect his "adoptability". He is still a very special animal, who deserves a chance at a better life. If you can be a special person in Steele's life, please contact Robin at 770/478-7531. Visit to see other animals available for adoption.