News for Friday, October 30, 2009


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Hawthorne Elementary students share drug-free lessons

Students at Hawthorne Elementary School spent last week writing poems, preparing songs and chants, and making posters to warn their classmates about the dangers of illicit drugs.

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'Tribulation Trail' depicts the apocalypse

A local church will present its final performance tonight of a gripping depiction of the end times.

Woman arrested in alleged home-rental scam

Isha Mae Seaborn, 40, of Austell, said her stepdaughter has yet to get back nearly $1,000 that a Lithonia woman allegedly accepted as payment for renting a Jonesboro home, that had allegedly also been rented to another family.

Retired educators to be honored on Sunday

A day after trick-or-treaters walk local streets, dressed as goblins, princesses, or real-life personalities, Georgia residents will be asked to take a day to remember the contributions made by retired teachers and administrators to education in this state.Sunday is Retired Educators Day in Georgia.

The origin of Halloween - James Bell

Did you know the name "Halloween" actually means "Hallowed" or Holy evening? This is far from what we know and celebrate today as an evening when ghosts and goblins roam our streets, and black cats, witches and jack-o'-lanterns decorate our porches, doors and yards.

Clayton authorities beef up patrols

Clayton County Police and Sheriff's Office personnel will be out in force Saturday, because of anticipated Halloween celebrations.

Clayton BOE meets one hour earlier Monday

The Clayton County Board of Education is scheduled to begin its November business meeting on Monday at 5:30 p.m., rather than the usual start time of 6:30 p.m., so the school board can go into a one-hour executive session at the beginning of the meeting to discuss personnel matters, according to School Board Chairperson Alieka Anderson.

2 Candidates unhappy with campaign-sign treatment

Two candidates running for public office say they are unhappy with the way the City of Stockbridge has allegedlytreated their campaign signs.

Multi-car wreck results in several injuries

Public-safety authorities in Henry County responded to a multi-car crash Thursday that resulted in several people being treated for injuries at area hospitals.

Three Henry teams fall in Elite Eight

They advanced through the state volleyball tournament in different ways, though with similar expectations. Three teams from Henry County -- Dutchtown, Eagle's Landing Christian and Ola -- made it to the Elite Eight in their respective classifications, which took place this past Saturday, but each lost.

Union Grove no longer among undefeated in Class AAAAA

The Union Grove Wolverines fell from the ranks of the unbeaten teams on Saturday, losing to Stephenson 27-7 in a key Region 2-AAAAA contest.Union Grove will attempt to get back on track Friday night wth a game at home against Newton County.

CSU women picked to win Peach Belt Conference in 2009-2010

The Peach Belt Conference released its 2009-10 Peach Belt Conference preseason poll for women's basketball on Tuesday, and the Clayton State Lakers were picked as the preseason favorite in the poll voted on by the PBC head women's coaches. This is the third in the last four seasons that Clayton State has been selected as the PBC preseason favorite.

Mt. Zion, Henry County hope to avoid let-down at season's end

Both Mt. Zion and Henry County have already clinched state playoff spots, extending their long (Mt. Zion) or short (Henry County) histories as playoff contenders. Both end their seasons with winnable games against inferior opponents.

Playoffs are certain for some, hopeful for others

With two games remaining in the high school football regular season, the playoff picture is starting to become clear for some teams, but foggy - and nerve-racking - for others.

A good name counts

It gives me the resolve not to get involved in the "mud slinging" that is all too common in political life.

Responding to campaign attacks - BRAD JOHNSON

Hijack the election? How does that work?

Rest easy, Jonesboro - ANN MARIE FULLERTON

You can rest easy in the City of Jonesboro now.

Honorable citizens will see through charade - ROGER GRIDER

I would say to the Robertsons that there is not a word of truth in any of the things you are saying.

Union Grove drops first game

The Union Grove Wolverines fell from the ranks of the unbeaten teams on Saturday, losing to Stephenson 27-7 in a key Region 2-AAAAA contest.

Westlake holds off Lovejoy

Poor weather conditions aside, Friday night's key Region 4-AAAAA football clash between Westlake and host Lovejoy should have come with a refund policy for the fans.

ELCA claims another Class A softball title

COLUMBUS—There have been a whole lot of teams lay claim to the definition of a sports dynasty over the years.

Mother pleads guilty in death of toddler

By Linda Looney-Bond

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.

Two Rex Mill teachers cited for 'disorderly conduct'

By Curt Yeomans

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.

Faith Notes - Oct. 30, 2009

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Owning your own home keeps you constantly busy - Valerie Baldowski

Home ownership is one of the trappings of suburbia, and induction into the "30-Year Club" brings with it a whole new set of responsibilities.

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.

North Clayton High hosts 'Octoberfest'

By Curt Yeomans

Obituaries - Oct. 30, 2009

Mitchell Darrell Valentine

Grandmother of starved twins faces new charges

By Linda Looney-Bond

Halloween activities aplenty in Clayton County

By Joel Hall

Officials warn of e-mail scam

By Maria José Subiria

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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.

Local demand light for swine flu vaccine

By Curt Yeomans

Early voting in Clayton ends today

By Joel Hall