News for Thursday, October 29, 2009


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North Clayton High hosts 'Octoberfest'

North Clayton High School began closing out the month on Thursday with an "Octoberfest" fall festival, but the lederhosen were out, while Blow Pops and "Transformers" costumes were in.

Early voting in Clayton ends today

Early voting in Clayton County will end today, making way for municipal election day on Tuesday, Nov. 3.

Mother pleads guilty in death of toddler

A College Park woman pleaded guilty Thursday to causing the 2007 beating death of her 3-year-old daughter, and was sentenced to 60 years in prison.

Halloween activities aplenty in Clayton County

Clayton County is pulling out all the stops for Halloween, with several cities, public-safety officials, and non-profit organizations hosting family-oriented Halloween activities. Festivals will take place in the cities of Forest Park, Morrow, and Riverdale, and other activities will take place at Clayton County International Park, Southlake Mall, and the Jonesboro and Riverdale branches of the county library system.Forest Park

The flourishing landscape of Ireland - Curt Yeomans

If you ever visit the Poulnabrone dolmen, in the Burren region of County Clare, in western Ireland, you will notice several cracks in the limestone on which you are walking.

Good sense and good cents - Rhonda Rich

There is a story that my daddy used to like to tell about me. It happened when I was eight or nine.

Happy Halloween - Martha Randolph Carr

As a grownup, we can approach Halloween from two directions. We can either get dressed up and hit the party circuit, or we can get dressed up and answer our door. Some try to figure out how to do both, but I prefer focusing on the kids. It gives me a chance every year to remember what a great time I had as a kid in my old neighborhood in the suburbs of Philadelphia.

Grandmother of starved twins faces new charges

A Clayton County grand jury has issued a new indictment against Christiann Zelek, adding more charges against the grandmother of infant twins, whose mother was recently found guilty of nearly starving the boys to death.

Local demand light for swine flu vaccine

The nasal-spray form of the 2009 H1N1 flu vaccine is available for free to Clayton County residents in good health, through the county's health department, but local demand for the vaccine has so far been minuscule, a Clayton County Board of Health spokesperson said this week.

Two Rex Mill teachers cited for 'disorderly conduct'

Two female teachers at Rex Mill Middle School are on paid administrative leave after they allegedly "fought" -- in front of students -- over a male teacher with whom both women are said to be romantically involved.

Officials warn of e-mail scam

Federal officials and consumer watchdogs are warning of a possible ploy, involving e-mails purported to be from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC), to lure computers users to download suspicious software.

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Students tour Nash Farm Park and Battlefield

By Valerie Baldowski

CSU official: Golf tournament drew big bucks

By Curt Yeomans

Restaurant-beating suspect released from jail

By Linda Looney-Bond

2010 calendar displays student art

By Linda Looney-Bond

Poking the Cobra - Will Durst

Now is the time for all good men to put their hands together, pull them apart and rapidly put them back together again, and repeat, to give props to the president for not curling up into a fetal position with a "Kick Me" sign taped to his butt.

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Babs is a 5 month old tortie Domestic Shorthair. She has been spayed and all vaccinations are current. Babs came into CCHS as a stray. She has a really sweet personality and has adjusted well to the many other cats at the CCHS facility. Her striking markings make her stand out from the crowd! For adoption information, please call Robin at 770/478-7531. Visit to see other animals available for adoption.

Some candidates take sides in Jonesboro election

By Joel Hall

Kremer oversees 'Port of Atlanta' at Airport

By Maria José Subiria

Pets of the Week - Oct. 29, 2009

Astro is a 6 month old Schnauzer mix. He has been neutered and all vaccinations are current. Poor Astro was handed over to CCHS when his former family realized that they had not given enough thought to having a family pet. He has tons of energy, he's extremely CUTE, and he has a wonderful personality. He gets along well with other dogs. For more information, please call Clayton County Humane Society at 770/471-9436. Visit to see other animals available for adoption.

Halloween freedom - Tom Purcell

Halloween trends are telling.

School Notebook - Oct. 29, 2009


Riverdale Elementary hosts Red Ribbon Parade

By Joel Hall