News for Wednesday, November 18, 2009


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Clayton Schools reviving mobile planetarium use

As Church Street Elementary School science teacher, Asia Ketchmore, got two classes of third-graders to settle down in one of Clayton County Public Schools' portable STARLAB Planetariums on Wednesday afternoon, she called out to the stars to reveal themselves to the youths.

Widow testifies in double-murder trial

The widow of an Ellenwood man, who was shot to death during a double murder in 2006, took the stand for the prosecution in Clayton County Superior Court Wednesday.

Clayton to assess community funding needs

As part of an annual application to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Clayton County is seeking input from citizens to determine the community's greatest needs.

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Offbeat ingredients create exotic flavors

The operators of a new set of quick-serve food outlets at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport say they are offering passengers a healthier menu, with unique ingredients.

Georgia Archives to host book sale

Used books on a variety of topics, including genealogy, foreign languages, art, sports and cooking, will be sold at the Georgia Archives today through Saturday.

Driver charged after striking student, crossing guard

A man faces charges after he allegedly hit a student and a school crossing guard in front of Martin Luther King, Jr., Elementary School, on West Lee's Mill Rd., in College Park, Wednesday morning.

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Special PhotoLiam is a one-and-a-half-year-old, red miniature pinscher. He has been neutered and all vaccinations are current. Liam came to the Clayton County Humane Society family after being found running loose as a stray, on an extremely busy street. He has a great temperament and does very well with other dogs. He is active and energetic, and would probably enjoy having a family who enjoys a fairly active lifestyle. This athletic little guy is very smart, and would likely do very well in agility training. For more information about how to adopt Liam, call the Clayton County Humane Society at (770) 471-9436. Visit to see other animals available for adoption.

Gordon College shows double-digit enrollment gains

Gordon College is announcing a record fall enrollment, which includes a hefty load of Henry County residents. The school experienced an increase of nearly 18 percent in this fall's enrollment, compared to last year's.

Change unsettling? Go with the flow - Valerie Baldowski

There's an old saying, "The only constant in life is change." My brain knows that's true, but my emotions, sometimes, struggle with the concept.

Organ music - Tom Purcell

We got it in the early '70s: a Kimball organ that sat in our living room for 20 years or more.