News for Thursday, November 19, 2009


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Kindergartners celebrate Thanksgiving with annual lunch

More than 150 kindergartners at Hawthorne Elementary School re-created the first Thanksgiving, with pilgrim and "Indian" costumes, and meals consisting of turkey sandwiches, milk, apples, fruit and corn chips on Thursday.

Riverdale candidates challenge election results

Two unsuccessful candidates in this month's municipal election in Riverdale have filed a joint challenge in Clayton County Superior Court, contesting the outcome of the balloting.

Motorist indicted on vehicular homicide charges

A man, who allegedly caused the death of a motorcycle rider, while he drove under the influence in August, has been indicted by a Clayton County grand jury.

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Clayton Schools salutes top teachers

Sixty educators from Clayton County schools strode across the stage at the Clayton County Performing Arts Center to the applause of their colleagues on Thursday night, as the district's teachers of the year were recognized.

Evidence collection questioned in double-murder trial

A double-murder trial, involving the 2006 shooting deaths of two Ellenwood men, is scheduled to continue today in Clayton County Superior Court.

Forest Park parents to voice school concerns

After a period of a little more than a week, with reports coming to light involving the resignation of one Forest Park High School educator and the suspension of another, parents of students at the school are scheduled to gather tonight to address their concerns to two members of the Clayton County Board of Education.

Gun report leads to high school's lockdown

North Clayton High School was on lockdown for two-and-a-half hours on Thursday, after a student told a school official that another pupil had brought a gun to school.

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Community turns out for Lovejoy meeting

More than 100 residents attended a town hall meeting at the Lovejoy Community Center on Thursday night, in which the mayor and council members laid out their plans for a new neighborhood- and business-watch program, a new public safety facility, and a new open-air market.

FAA outage causes delays at Hartsfield-Jackson

A software problem in the Federal Aviation Adminstration's telecommunications system caused flight delays on Thursday that backed up planes around the country, including at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Education program promotes motorcycle safety

The Georgia State Patrol (GSP), and the Governor's Office of Highway Safety (GOHS), have joined forces for an initiative geared toward motorcycle operators. The purpose of the effort is to reduce the number of crashes involving bikers in Georgia.

Chasing family roots to the motherland - Curt Yeomans

So, yeah, I went to Ireland, with some hope of finding out more about my ancestors, and only got a pint of Guinness.

Land of my fathers - Ronda Rich

The dawn was barely breaking, the morning just beginning to wrestle the new day away from the black night as the train traveled with a jolting purpose from Dublin to Belfast.

Kid Activist vs. the Beltway Octopus - Will Durst

Get ready, fight fans. The Heavyweight match of the decade is fast approaching

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.