News for Thursday, April 15, 2010

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Clayton Schools' golf tourney set

Clayton County Public Schools' first-ever golf tournament fund-raiser, for Superintendent Edmond Heatley's Scholarship Fund, is still a week away, but the event's organizer is already predicting success.

Business workshop focuses on going 'green'

Current and future entrepreneurs can learn about the benefits of owning a "green" business, during an upcoming workshop hosted by the Clayton State University Small Business Development Center.

Tax-day rally held on The McDonough Square

Republicans in Henry County used Thursday, April 15 -- the deadline to file income tax returns -- to rail against what they called burdensome taxes and wasteful government spending.

Transit-funding bill clears Senate committee

A bill that could provide a mechanism for raising money to fund public transit in Clayton County is waiting for placement on a calendar for a floor vote in the State Senate, according to Sen. Emanuel Jones.

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In Blooming Color

There is a show going on right now at the William H. Reynolds Memorial Nature Preserve in Morrow.

Children's resale shop celebrates 10 years

McDonough resident, Wyndy Reese, said she is grateful that she has reached the 10-year mark with her business.

Toddler in drowning incident identified

Officials have released the name of the 2-year-old who was found dead in a Locust Grove swimming pool on Wednesday.

Police to stop purported 'Freaknik' event

Clayton County officials are taking a hard-line stance after reports surfaced of an underground "Freaknik" party apparently scheduled this weekend at the Tara Center in Jonesboro.

Veteran Henry police officer retires

Dwaine Mitchell said the inspiration for a career in law enforcement came when he was a teenager, watching a crime unfold.

Mail-in deadline reached for 2010 Census forms

With today marking the mail-in deadline for the 2010 Census form, workers in Clayton are continuing to encourage citizens to mail in their forms.

Why aren't you married? - Ronda Rich

It was one of those crowded events a while back that I didn't want to attend. But, courtesy and obligation dictated that I put my wants aside and be a big girl about it all. So, I put on a pretty dress, a gorgeous pair of high heels and plunged in.

Jailed suspects also charged with theft in case

A pair of suspects, who had already been arrested by Henry County Police after a chase, now face an additional charge in the City of McDonough.

Fatherhood conference Saturday in Riverdale

U.S. Rep. David Scott (D-Ga.) points to his father, Albert Scott, a minister, as the person who molded the congressman into who he is today.

Primrose event focused on autism awareness

Administrators with the Primrose School at Eagle's Landing hope they can help educate the public and provide the community with spring fun at the same time.

In Between Fling set for Saturday

A first-time event is coming to McDonough, Saturday, to raise money for a unique group of Henry County athletes.

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Slices Pizzeria opens in McDonough

Tracie Scott settled down into a booth at Slices Pizzeria and perused the menu.

Clean-up planned at Stockbridge cemetery

Members of the Stockbridge Civic Association, and Eureka Masonic Lodge No. 354, plan to clean up an unnamed cemetery adjoining Memorial Park on Saturday, and both groups are soliciting volunteers.

When in Rome -- eat and walk! - Curt Yeomans

I lost 10 pounds during one week in Italy -- and yes, I did eat the food over there.

ELCA takes 9-6 win over county rival Union Grove

Eagle's Landing Christian Academy coach Doug Campbell debated if he was going to start pitcher Corey Westover after he arrived late at the ballpark.

Raising the stakes

On one of the final Fridays of the regular season comes perhaps the most compelling slate of soccer games this season.

Clayton State to host PBC Tennis Tournament

The Peach Belt Conference might just be the toughest Division II tennis league in the country.

Forest Park sets stage for rematch against Dutchtown

While the Forest Park boys soccer team entered Wednesday's game against North Clayton with an inferior overall record than its opponent, the Panthers were buoyed by a newfound confidence and urgency.

It's official: Solomon signs with High Point

The goals were clear for Lovejoy shooting guard Cameron Solomon, and they started to evolve last summer:

Dutchtown girls soccer beats Stockbridge

The Dutchtown girls soccer team got plenty of offense out of its squad and played some stellar defense Wednesday afternoon en route to a 5-0 victory against Stockbridge.Codie Williams and Kallie Browning led the way with two goals each.

CSU finishes eighth at Peach Belt Conference Golf Tournament

The Clayton State Laker men's golf team recorded an eighth-place finish on Tuesday at the 2010 Peach Belt Conference Tournament at the Mountain View Course at Callaway Gardens.

Locust Grove is ready to win now

On February 23, at 6 p.m. that Tuesday evening, Locust Grove baseball began, and auspiciously, too. The Wildcats thumped Walnut Grove, 9-1. A summer filled with building up expectations for Locust Grove's first season of baseball aptly materialized on that day.

Heyward not the only local pro baseball player who has diamond dreams

Braves' rookie sensation Jason Heyward is getting most of the publicity when it comes to former Southern Crescent residents now collecting a paycheck in professional baseball.

Rocky third inning does Mundy's Mill in against hot Newnan

For the first two innings, Mundy's Mill had Newnan were they wanted them.

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Reptiles wrangled at Jackson-Butts library; The Panses delight a crowd with their slithery friends

Ken and Zack Panse slithered into the Jackson-Butts County last Tuesday morning with baskets of creepy-crawling amphibians and reptiles.

Domestic incident leads to fatal shooting

One local woman is dead and a man seriously wounded after a domestic confrontation in Jackson late last Saturday night.

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Jim Marshall visits Ready Pac

Congressman Jim Marshall, who represents the 8th District in the U.S. House of Representatives, including much of Butts County, contacted the Butts County Chamber of Commerce and indicated he would like to visit a thriving industry in the county. It was arranged for him to tour Ready Pac in the Riverview Industrial Park at Highway 36 and I-75.

Jackson OKs downtown distillery; Business will sell directly to distributors

The Jackson City Council's 3-0 vote last Tuesday night approved a special use exception for the purpose of constructing and operating a distillery on 540 West Third Street.

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Butts County Historical Society: History in the Making

The name "Historical Society" brings to mind images of dusty antiques, yellowed pages in ancient books, and dimly lit vaults of archives. That is far from the reality of the activities of the Butts County Historical Society (BCHS).

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Selina Mayfield chosen for Washington University program

After scoring well on the PSAT, a national college aptitude test which is administered to all sophomore students at Jackson High School, Selina Mayfield received a brochure in the mail from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri telling her about an academic summer program for rising high school juniors or seniors. She found the program interesting and decided to apply.

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First Baptist Church makes a moving statement for Easter

Dr. Joe Bufford, Pastor of First Baptist Church, located on Highway 16, in Jackson made a challenge to his congregation three weeks ago to reenact the crucifixion of Jesus on the front lawn of the Church for passersby to see, in honor of this year's Easter celebration.

Math tutoring at JHS for End of Course tests

As the end of the school year approaches, so do the End of Course Tests (EOCT). These are state tests in selected courses designed to determine that high school students are mastering the curriculum in the courses. Of particular concern this year are the EOCT in Math I and Math II, the courses generally taken by high school freshmen and sophomores.

Christian novelist Dale Cramer to speak at Writers' Conference

Dale Cramer, author of Bad Ground, winner of the Best Christian Novel of 2004 and Publisher's Weekly Best Books of 2004 awards, will be in Indian Springs at the Generations Gallery Third Annual Writers Conference on April 23-24th. Dale will speak Saturday at 2:30 pm and be available for book signing after 3:30 p.m.during the seminar.

Plant swaps spring to life

Plant swaps are becoming more and more popular across the country as the economy pinches our wallets. With less money to buy plants, gardeners are looking at different avenues in order to acquire new plants.

Seed Swap

The second annual Community Seed & Plant Swap & Sale will be held on Saturday, April 17, from 9 am until 2 pm, in the large oak-shaded side yard of Jackson Presbyterian Church, 240 North Oak Street, in Jackson.

Butts Co. Magistrate Court Report: March 23-April 5

Chief Magistrate Gigi Leverette Hoard reports the following individuals were brought before the Butts County Magistrate Court for First Appearance Bond Hearings during the period of March 23-April 5::

Community Calendar: April 14, 2010

STORYTELLING WITH MAMA KOKU APRIL 14 Watch the stories come to life! All parents with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers are invited to enjoy a fun-filled morning of storytelling with Mama Koku at the Rainbow Center on Wednesday, April 14 at 10 a.m. Mama Koku is a master storyteller, who will delight you and your child as she brings the story to life. Contact Christy Goolsby or Sheryl Warner with any questions 770-504-2332.

Clayton Schools' golf tourney set

Clayton County Public Schools' first-ever golf tournament fund-raiser, for Superintendent Edmond Heatley's Scholarship Fund, is still a week away, but the event's organizer is already predicting success.

Police to stop purported 'Freaknik' event

Clayton County officials are taking a hard-line stance after reports surfaced of an underground "Freaknik" party apparently scheduled this weekend at the Tara Center in Jonesboro.

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Private Gardner's presidential captive

[Editor's note: In honor of Confederate History Month, Charlene Coke recounts a fantastic story about her great grandfather.]

Extra caution needed during Georgia's fire season

Breezy, warm spring days are perfect for enjoying the outdoors, but they're perfect, too, for wildfires. To prevent the spread of wildfire, the Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC) is urging residents to take extra precaution when burning yard debris, using an outdoor grill or enjoying campfires.

Rocky third inning does Mundy's Mill in against hot Newnan

For the first two innings, Mundy's Mill had Newnan were they wanted them.

When in Rome — eat and walk! - Curt Yeomans

I lost 10 pounds during one week in Italy — and yes, I did eat the food over there.

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Children's resale shop celebrates 10 years

McDonough resident, Wyndy Reese, said she is grateful that she has reached the 10-year mark with her business.

Henry's school social workers on budget hit list

The school social worker position is one of the latest to take a hit from budget restructuring in the Henry County School System.

Why aren't you married? - Ronda Rich

It was one of those crowded events a while back that I didn't want to attend. But, courtesy and obligation dictated that I put my wants aside and be a big girl about it all. So, I put on a pretty dress, a gorgeous pair of high heels and plunged in.

It's official: Solomon signs with High Point

The goals were clear for Lovejoy shooting guard Cameron Solomon, and they started to evolve last summer:

Business workshop focuses on going 'green'

Current and future entrepreneurs can learn about the benefits of owning a "green" business, during an upcoming workshop hosted by the Clayton State University Small Business Development Center.

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