News for Friday, April 9, 2010


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Burch has Stockbridge moving forward

One more time, Stockbridge baseball coach Johnny Burch had to look at his team after a loss -- this time a 5-0 defeat to No. 5 Alcovy in a Region 4-AAAA game Friday -- and extract the silver lining from it.

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Morrow police get license plate scanners

Police in Morrow are looking at vehicles in the city with new sets of eyes.

Two charged in McDonough Walmart fire

Police in McDonough said two shoplifting suspects have been charged in connection with a fire at a McDonough Walmart store earlier this week.

Workshop to highlight small-business loans

Those in the Southern Crescent looking for financial assistance to improve or start small businesses can attend a free, small-business workshop on Wednesday at Clayton State University in Morrow.

Because He loves me - James C. Bell

I have the privilege of talking to numerous people on a one-on-one basis, each week, about our great God. Some want to hear and talk about Him and some are reluctant to talk about anything pertaining to God or the Bible.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman speaking to Henry group

Jackie Gingrich Cushman, daughter of former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, will headline an upcoming meeting of the Conservative Republican Women of Henry County.

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Mayor kicks off 'Walk With Billy' tours

When Pat Dillard joined McDonough Mayor Billy Copeland for a walk around the McDonough Square, she had no idea she would be learning the history of some of the city's oldest buildings from an expert.

Errors help J-boro to a 10-5 win over D-town

Dutchtown coach Michael Breedlove gave the perfect pregame assessment two days before his team's key Region 4-AAAA matchup against Jonesboro.

Tax deadline looming for late filers

The Internal Revenue Service reported, this week, that a record number of electronic tax returns -- 2.5 million -- have been filed already this year in Georgia.

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Wetlands center hosts River of Words exhibit

Every year, students from around the country enter River of Words, a national competition which challenges them to better understand their local watershed through photography, poetry and art. Until the end of this month, the Newman Wetlands Center will display winning entries from the state level of the competition.

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Two JHS juniors selected for Governor's Honors Programs

Josh Bell and Tyler Van Dusen will not be graduating from Jackson High School until May 2011, but they just found out they will be spending six weeks this summer living in a college dormitory, studying under some of the best teachers in Georgia, including some college professors, and pursuing a "major" and a "minor" with the brightest fellow students in the state interested in the same field of study.

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Airport USO a refuge for troops

Men and women passing through the world's busiest airport wearing the uniforms of the nation's military say they can often find a little of the comfort of home on the third floor of the airport's Atrium.

Jenkinsburg residential fire deemed 'suspicious'; Case remains under investigation

Sheriff Gene Pope characterized a Friday, March 26 residential structure fire as "suspicious."

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10th Annual Bluebirds & Bluegrass Festival shines for over 3,000 visitors

For the tenth year, the Dauset Trails Nature Center on Mt. Vernon Church Road in southern Butts County welcomed thousands of folks to its usually peaceful woods to enjoy the beautiful Saturday before Easter. Families, church groups, friends, and clubs came to enjoy the excellent Bluegrass bands, the glorious spring blooms, the informative booths and demonstrations, and the always interesting native animals.

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Butts County NAACP honors locals at banquet

On Sunday, February 28 the Butts County Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) held its second annual Youth and Young Adult Black History Program at Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Jackson.

Tournament, bike ride set to raise money for JHS' HOSA

Butts County's LEPC and the Sheriff's Office have banded together to raise money for Jackson High School's Health Occupation Student Association (HOSA). All money raised will be used to send JHS HOSA to national competition in Orlando.

Daughtry Future Achievers giving back: United Way 2010 Shoebox Project

Each year individuals and companies throughout the metro area donate shoeboxes filled with toiletries to be given to homeless women and children in our community. Last year caring individuals in our metro area donated more than 12,500 shoeboxes that were distributed to more than 80 homeless shelters across our 13-county area.

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JHS honored for its donations to Haiti earthquake victims

Smooth Ashlar Grand Lodge presented a plaque to the students and faculty of Jackson High School for their generous donation of water, clothing, and other goods to the victims of the Haiti earthquake.

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Mayor kicks off 'Walk With Billy' tours

When Pat Dillard joined McDonough Mayor Billy Copeland for a walk around the McDonough Square, she had no idea she would be learning the history of some of the city's oldest buildings from an expert.

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Awards program to recognize Henry nurses

Henry Medical Center is taking part in a national program to recognize nurses for their contributions to patient care.

Leadership to renovate Disabilities Service Center; Several local businesses contribute to cause

Thanks to the county's 2010 Leadership Class, the Butts County Developmental Disabilities Service Center/Jackson Industry will undergo cosmetic and some structural renovations. Each year, Leadership chooses a class project and the center's renovations will be its focus for the next several weeks.

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JHS HOSA boasts five members eligible to compete at national level

The Health Occupations Student Association (HOSA) State Leadership Conference and Competition was held in Athens near the University of Georgia campus on Thursday through Saturday, March 4, 5, and 6. Jackson High School took 44 students to the event, representing the strong HOSA program at JHS.