News for Thursday, April 22, 2010

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New tax credit aimed at small businesses

More than 122,000 small businesses, statewide, are potentially eligible for a new tax credit which goes into effect this year, according to officials with the Internal Revenue Service.

Cystic fibrosis event raises $4,000

Organizers of the "Ride with Reid to Beat CF" saw large crowds taking part in Sunday's cystic fibrosis fund-raising event.

Food-processing business to expand into Henry

A new business coming to Henry County is expected to provide a boost to the local economy.

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Fort Gillem hosts biker-safety rally

In 2008, according to the Georgia State Patrol, the U.S. Army lost more soldiers in motorcycle fatalities than in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan combined.

Qualifying begins Monday for local posts

Starting Monday, county residents will have the chance to put their hats into the political ring, for a shot at elected positions that will allow them to help determine the future of Clayton County.

Oliver Elementary hosts 'Census in Schools' rally

When you are Clayton County Board of Commissioners Chairman Eldrin Bell, how do you keep the interest of elementary school children when you are following up a performance by "Clifford, the Big, Red Dog," with a speech about the 2010 U.S. Census?

Legislators approve school board reform bill

School board reform in Georgia is now only a signature away from becoming a reality.

Chance to sell antiques, collectibles at roadshow

Locals will be able to bring their antiques and collectibles to a roadshow, and exchange them for cash next week.

Local youths to volunteer in clean-up event

As part of a worldwide push to promote youth volunteerism, approximately 75 youngsters from Clayton and neighboring counties are expected to participate in a College Park neighborhood clean-up event this weekend, organized by Cowgirl City Ranch, Inc., according to Joyce Sneed, the executive director of the Riverdale non-profit organization.

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Volunteers inaugurate Wesley Way Community Garden

Several volunteers turned out, Thursday, to celebrate Earth Day and the start of a new community garden in Henry County.

Narrowly missing Iceland's volcanic eruption - Curt Yeomans

I am so about to commit a fireable offense -- I think. I have got to say, I'm a little disappointed I narrowly missed being caught up in all that volcanic mess that has screwed up all the flights out of Europe since late last week. And, when I say narrowly missed it, I mean I flew back to the U.S., having to cross over the northern part of the Atlantic Ocean, just two days before the volcano blew its top.

Qualifying for local political offices next week

Residents, who think they have the right stuff to handle the people's business, will have the opportunity to prove it, as qualifying for local offices begins on Monday.

Food-processing business to expand in Henry

A new business coming to Henry County is expected to provide a boost to the local economy.

Where love was found - Ronda Rich

When the newspaper reporter called to set up an interview for the story she was writing on my newest book, she said, "We need to shoot a photo, too. Do you have any suggestions for a good location?"

Two charged in armed-robbery case

Two Locust Grove men were being held without bond in the Henry County Jail, after being accused of robbing a pedestrian at gunpoint along Indian Creek Road.

Jackson man dies in Locust Grove wreck

Funeral services will be held Saturday for a Butts County man who was killed in a traffic accident on Interstate 75 in Locust Grove.

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Suspect sought in Ingles robbery

Henry County Police are on the lookout for a suspect who reportedly robbed a grocery store in Ellenwood.

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Cake artist supporting cancer charity

When Ashley Vicos decides to bake a cake, it's not the ordinary culinary creation found in the local supermarket or bakery.

Funeral Saturday for Henry officer

A Henry County Police officer will be laid to rest Saturday, in Fulton County, after being killed in an auto accident while reportedly on his way to work.

Key baseball games on tap tonight

If the state playoffs started today, Dutchtown would not be a part of it.

Not all roads are equal

For five straight seasons, at least one boys or girls soccer team from the Southern Crescent has reached the quarterfinals of the state tournament. Just two years ago, Union Grove's girls team reached the semifinals.

Martin Marietta Materials brings quarry to Butts; Anticipated startup in one to five years

On Friday, April 9 three representatives of Martin Marietta Materials met with members of the Butts County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors to discuss the impending presence of the company in Butts County.

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Gardening season is on!

Saturday in Jackson was a beautiful spring day, perfect for enjoying the new life of emerging plants and the beautiful blooms bursting with brilliant colors and potent fragrance. The heat of gardening fever was fanned by the Second Annual Seed & Plant Swap & Sale held as a community event on the grounds of the historic Jackson Presbyterian Church.

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JHS Greenhouse yields skills --- and beautiful plants!

It is finally spring, and gardeners everywhere are experiencing the annual pull to the outdoors, feeling the urge to sow seeds and nurture all kinds of young, green, growing things. One prime source for healthy plants that many Butts Countians may overlook is the Jackson High School Greenhouse.

Raney, Brown plead guilty to ballot fraud; Judge Wilson gives both two years probation

The three year investigation into voter irregularities surrounding the 2007 City of Jackson general election has come to a close.

BOE faces grim budget situation; School system shortfall nearly $2 million after cuts

The Butts County Board of Education held its first work session for the 2010-2011 budget on Monday, April 19. The budget must be approved and tax millage set in corroboration with the Board of Commissioners tax millage by July 1, 2010, and this meeting was the first step in the process toward that end.

Worthville Station questions persist; Citizen interrogates commissioners on closure

Butts County resident Larry Wilson, last Monday night, fired a barrage of questions at the Board of Commissioners regarding the Worthville Fire Station's closure.

Local author publishes The Heart of the Poet

In his first book of poetry, The Heart Of The Poet, Lawrence (Larry) B. Jones, a Jackson resident, lays bare some very familiar truths that we all feel but, perhaps unconsciously, choose to deny - often for a lifetime.

$21,000 grants plus training awarded to 27 nonprofits

The Spalding County Collaborative Authority for Families and Children is pleased to announce the award of financial and technical assistance for Capacity Building in 27 nonprofit organizations (NPOs) serving Butts, Carroll, Coweta, Heard, Lamar, Meriwether, Pike, Spalding and Troup Counties.

A letter to parents from the Georgia Dept. of Community Health

H1N1 has been causing more disease recently in the Southeast, where several states report regional or local activity. Georgia is currently one of a handful of states - including Alabama and South Carolina - on a list compiled by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with regional, or significant, influenza activity.

Be a part of Butts County Relay for Life this Friday

The American Cancer Society is the "Official Sponsor of Birthdays." Imagine a world with more birthdays. From a child's point of view nothing can be more exciting than a birthday party.

Butts Co. Community Calendar: April 21, 2010

TUTORING FOR END OF COURSE TESTS AT JACKSON HIGH THROUGH MAY 1The Jackson High School math faculty is offering tutoring for the upcoming End of Course Tests (EOCT) in Math I and Math II before and after school throughout April and on Saturday, May 1.

Indian Springs Writing Conference this weekend, April 24-25

Generations Gallery in The Village at Indian Springs is offering our Third Annual "Generations Gallery Writing Conference", in which participants learn skills, establish goals, gain insight into the publishing world, and most of all, share fun and camaraderie.

Johnny Grant speaks to Partners for Smart Growth

Georgia State Senator Johnny Grant took time during the legislative recess to visit Butts County and address the monthly luncheon meeting of Partners for Smart Growth on Wednesday, April 7 regarding the bills which have come before the State House of Representatives and the Senate this year.

Georgia EPD issues final permits for Plant

Central Georgia EMC announced on Thursday, April 8 the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) issued final permits for the operation of Plant Washington, an 850 Megawatt power facility that will help Central Georgia EMC assure its customers continue to receive a reliable supply of electricity at affordable rates for years to come.

County retirement amended to include former admin; Whaler to draw early at reduced rate

The Board of Commissioners unanimously adopted a resolution to amend the retirement package to allow for former County Administrator Van Whaler to draw early retirement at a reduced rate.

Oliver Elementary hosts 'Census in Schools' rally

When you are Clayton County Board of Commissioners Chairman Eldrin Bell, how do you keep the interest of elementary school children when you are following up a performance by "Clifford, the Big, Red Dog," with a speech about the 2010 U.S. Census?

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County names new fire chief; Chief's office relocated to Jackson

County Administration announced the appointment of Michael Wilson to the position of Emergency Services Director for Butts County last week.

Narrowly missing Iceland's volcanic eruption - Curt Yeomans

I am so about to commit a fireable offense — I think. I have got to say, I'm a little disappointed I narrowly missed being caught up in all that volcanic mess that has screwed up all the flights out of Europe since late last week. And, when I say narrowly missed it, I mean I flew back to the U.S., having to cross over the northern part of the Atlantic Ocean, just two days before the volcano blew its top.

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