News for Wednesday, April 28, 2010


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Truett Cathy to be honored at dedication

S. Truett Cathy, the man who started the Chick-fil-A restaurant chain, will be honored by Clayton County school officials when his name is added to the district's Professional Learning Center in Jonesboro this weekend.

Step team raising funds for bowl trip

Several young women in Ola-area schools may be stepping onto the national stage soon, according to organizers with the Ola Steppin Stangs step team.

Watching swimming lesson takes me back - Valerie Baldowski

I had a most enjoyable experience Saturday. My son is taking swimming lessons, and on that day, the parents were allowed to sit in and watch.

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Gozer is a one-year-old Yorkshire Terrier mix. He has been neutered and fully vaccinated. At the young age of only five months old, Gozer was found wandering in a local park, completely alone on a rainy and very cold day. This little guy was soon adopted, but then returned to the Humane Society. Like most small-breed dogs, Gozer needs to be with someone who has a little doggy know-how. He is definitely not for the first-time dog owner. He is a really sweet little boy and just as cute as he is sweet, and will do well in the proper home. Due to the length of his hair, a potential adopter would need to keep in mind that some grooming will be necessary. For more information, call the Clayton County Humane Society at (770) 471-9436.

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Eclectic gallery attracts doll, bead, art lovers

Local artist Tonia Mitchell has literally spent most of her life traveling. As the daughter of a lieutenant in the U.S. Army, Mitchell spent her elementary years near Munich, Germany, attended middle school at Fort Clayton, near the Panama Canal, and finished high school at International School Bangkok, outside Bangkok, Thailand.

Recycling everything - Martha Carr

Recently, I wrote about the Nicholas Effect that happened in 1994, after U.S. citizens, Reg and Maggie Green, donated their 7-year-old son, Nicholas' organs to save seven Italian lives, and forgave the men who had murdered their child.

Cola Wars and the campaign to sell Wall Street status quo - Tina Dupuy

In the past hundred years, Coca-Cola and Pepsi Cola have spent billions in advertising and employed millions of people to get you to think this caffeinated bubbly sugar water is different/better/worse than that caffeinated bubbly sugar water.

Quick strike Union Grove defeats Jenkins 5-0 in the first round of Class AAAAA playoffs

Two minutes and 45 seconds, that's how much time the Union Grove Wolverines took to find the back of the Jenkins' goal once the first-round of the Class AAAAA soccer tournament began Wednesday afternoon in McDonough.

Hospital starting cancer-patient support group

For several years, Kathleen Wales worked in Southern Regional Medical Center's Information Technology Department, helping troubleshoot technical problems for the hospital. According to hospital administrators, she worked closely with the hospital's benevolent fund, giving her own money, and at one time, a car, to patients with extreme financial burdens.

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Ola Middle School students walk for cure

Students at Ola Middle School put on their walking shoes for a good cause Wednesday -- to support the fight against cancer.

Cotillion group aims to start Clayton chapter

The National League of Junior Cotillions is searching for a director for a new Clayton County chapter.

Missed chances haunt Ola in first round loss

For much of the game, Ola perceived the myriad of missed opportunities it produced on offense as a harbinger that, with enough persistence, goals were coming. Watching the Lady Mustangs attack Harris County at will, one could expect Ola would surely add to its lead and break the Tigers' will.

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Student finds success in apprentice program

At 20 years old, Kallai Ward may be years ahead of some of her peers.

Commissioners begin work on next budget

The Henry County Board of Commissioners have begun preparations for setting the county's fiscal year 2011 budget.

Clayton Schools ready to start security upgrade

Clayton County school officials are scheduled to ask the Clayton County Board of Education for approval of a total of $540,700 in contracts for security upgrades at four elementary schools, and one primary school, next week, according to documents presented to board members on Monday.

Atlanta man charged in Internet sex case

An Atlanta man is out of the Henry County Jail on $25,000 bond, after allegedly using his computer to solicit a child for sex. Gheorghe Stefan Moise, 46, is charged with child molestation and sexual exploitation of a minor.

Police investigating auto-part theft

Police are attempting to identify the suspects who allegedly stole an automobile part from a car parked at a Walmart in Henry County earlier this month.

Geranium Fun Run takes place Saturday

Speedway Children's Charities' annual Geranium Fun Run, to benefit children in need, is set for Saturday, and will begin and end in the parking lot of the JC Penney store in the South Point Shopping Center in McDonough.

Rex man sentenced in assault case

A Rex man accused of firing shots during a vehicle chase, at a man he apparently thought was having an affair with his wife, was sentenced to 40 years in prison Wednesday, prosecutors said.

Dutchtown's season ends on penalty kicks

For the majority of Dutchtown and Upson-Lee's first round Class AAAA playoff match, the scoreboard didn't work.

Open house planned at water-treatment plant

The Henry County Water and Sewerage Authority will observe National Drinking Water Week by inviting the public to tour its Tussahaw water treatment facility during an open house.

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Gunfire erupts when homeowners surprise thieves

When Joey Maddox and his mother pulled in the driveway of their 251 Pratt Smith Road home around 3:09 Tuesday afternoon, they were greeted with gunfire.

BOC puts Sunday liquor-by-the-drink to July ballot; Citizen vote would extend restaurant liquor sales

The Butts County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution that would allow citizens to vote on liquor- by-the-drink Sunday sales for local restaurants.

Passing lane, road straightening in works for Hwy 42 North

A Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) project involving Highway 42 North that has allegedly been on the books for over five years is underway.

County may challenge federal flood plain; Hodges: 'We owe it to the residents'

Commissioner Gator Hodges, at the Board of Commissioners regular monthly meeting held April 12, presented a preliminary plan for establishing additional flood plain delineation for Jackson Lake.

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Butts County celebrates Life; 18 teams register to join the fight against cancer

Butts County's Relay for Life event was once again successful in many ways this year. The celebration held overnight at the Butts County Parks & Recreation Department football field and track on Friday to Saturday, April 23-24 was the culmination of months of planning and work on the part of the Relay for Life Committee and the many individuals who united in 18 teams to raise money for the fight against cancer through the American Cancer Society.

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Ode to Fincher store

The "Old Fincherville Store," which was located at the intersection of Fincherville Road and Keys Ferry Road in Butts County, was demolished on Monday, March 15.

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Calling all discarded cell phones

Recycling means finding a new use for something rather than discarding it as trash and creating the problem of how to deal with the unwanted remains.

Church News: April 28, 2010

Abundant LifeSunday, May 2, Evangelist, Singer & Missionary to India, David Stewart, will be at Abundant Life! Join us at 9:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. to hear the Word from this mighty man of God.

Valerie Marr shares 1st place poem

The sun has extended some bright rays; temperatures have edged up enough to change a jacket from a comfort to a burden. Spring is finally emerging, and the thoughts of many are turning to the joys of gardening.

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Chef Jock delights many with luncheon demonstration

In honor of Administration Professionals Day the Butts County Chamber of Commerce held a luncheon featuring distinguished Chef Frank Jock.

EPD Open Burning Ban Begins May 1

Beginning Saturday, May 1 and ending September 30, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD)'s Open Burning Ban will be enforced in 54 Georgia counties.The Open Burning Ban prohibits citizens and businesses from burning yard and land-clearing debris. This rule is in addition to the year-round state ban on the burning of household garbage.

Butts Co. Community Calendar: April 28, 2010

CERF HOUSE CLOTHES BOUTIQUE OPEN APRIL 28CERF House Clothes Boutique will be open : Wednesday, April 28th from 9:30 am to noon

Henry Co. officer killed in car accident

According to Sheriff Gene Pope, Henry County Police Officer James Carter, Jr. died in a car crash last Wednesday night after his vehicle ran off Keys Ferry Road and hit a tree.

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Awards and Recognitions for the Butts County School System

The Butts County Board of Education started its April 12 meeting on a high note with several special reports and recognitions of success within the school system.

Churches organize youth clean-up projects

While most children were relaxing on spring break, the children of Acts 1:8 Mission Project headed by Youth Pastor Roger Allen were donating their time to help citizens and organizations throughout Henry, Spalding, Clayton and Butts Counties.

Jackson-Butts County Public Library welcomes new manager

Don Taylor became the new library manager at the Jackson-Butts County Public Library on April 5, taking the reins of a vital asset in the Butts County community. Mr. Taylor comes to Jackson from the Satilla Regional Library based in Douglas. He also previously worked for the Statesboro Regional Library in Statesboro.

Butts Co. Magistrate Court Report: April 6-23

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 April 6-23:

Jackson Fine Arts Festival coming May 8

The 2010 Jackson Fine Arts Festival will be held Saturday, May 8 under the oaks at the corner of Third and Dempsey Streets.

Senior Center offers fun at Spring Fling

The Butts County Senior Center continued an expanded schedule of spring activities with a Spring Fling party from noon until 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 21. All senior citizens in the community were invited to join the celebration of the end of the winter doldrums with music, dancing, games, food, prizes, games, and karaoke.

Butts Co. School News: Daughtry Elementary & Henderson Middle


4th Annual Ferst Foundation Wine & Cheese Tasting

On Thursday, May 6th, the Jackson-Butts County Public Library will sponsor a Wine and Cheese Tasting Benefiting the Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy.

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All's Well that Ends Wells; Jenkinsburg honors long-serving Council Member Eugene Wells

The Jenkinsburg City Council honored longtime Council Member Eugene Wells with a special service recogntion at its regularly scheduled council meeting on April 26.

Dutchtown's season ends on penalty kicks

For the majority of Dutchtown and Upson-Lee's first round Class AAAA playoff match, the scoreboard didn't work.