News for Wednesday, December 15, 2010

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Ola staff brings wealth of experience to boys' basketball team

When Ola head coach Curt Miller was looking to fill out his coaching staff, he didn't have to search far.

Forest Park, Dutchtown taking different paths

What a difference a year makes for one of last season's area Final Four participants, while another has continued to build on its success.

Badger steps right in

The resemblance is obvious.

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Clayton Rotarians make fruit baskets for seniors

A dozen Clayton County Rotarians made hundreds of holiday fruit baskets at the J. Charley Griswell Senior Center, on Wednesday, for senior citizens who receive assistance from the group's "Meals on Wheels" program.

BOE adopts state's model ethics code

The Clayton County Board of Education approved the State Board of Education's new, model code of ethics on Wednesday, weeks before they were required to do so under the state's new school board reform law.

Clayton's H.E.A.T. unit targets impaired drivers

Starting Friday, the Clayton County Police Department's Traffic, and Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic (H.E.A.T.) units will intensify their efforts to spot motorists driving recklessly or under the influence, as part of a statewide campaign to keep Georgia's roads safe through the holiday travel period.

Library book fair to benefit reading program

Children's author Dr. Seuss once said, in his book 'I Can Read with My Eyes Shut!' "The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go."

Police searching for Riverdale car thief

The Clayton County Police Department is on the lookout for a man, who allegedly stole a vehicle at a Riverdale day care center, said Capt. Tina Daniel, public information officer for the Clayton County Police Department.

Sheriff's Office raids two additional businesses

Clayton County Sheriffs Office investigators raided two gambling sites this week, resulting in the arrests of four people.

Random drug tests trip 4 police officers

Clayton County Police Chief Greg Porter has dismissed four police officers, in connection with random drug tests.

Morrow High's School Council meets today

Morrow High's School Council will hold a meeting on Thursday, Dec. 16, beginning at 7 a.m., at the school, which is located at 2299 Old Rex Morrow Road, in Morrow. For more information, call (404) 362-3865.

Winter fishing begins at Henry reservoirs

The crowds of winter anglers casting out onto the lake can be hefty, depending on the weather. The warmer it is, the better, according to Chuck McCarter, reservoir manager for the Henry County Water & Sewerage Authority (HCWSA).

Bikers rev up Christmas for area family

Forty-two bikers took a break from the highways, recently, to extend a hand of generosity to a needy family at Christmas time.

The Top Ten Comedic News Stories of 2010 - Will Durst

Please be advised: the Top Ten Comedic News Stories of 2010 are not to be confused with the Top Ten Legitimate News Stories of 2010.

WikiLeaks bad news for humorists - Tom Purcell

Julian Assange, the lead WikiLeaks perpetrator, has ruined my career.

Troy West gets early release from jail

Troy Dale West, the Poulan, Ga., man accused of beating an U.S. Army reservist in a Cracker Barrel restaurant in Morrow last year, has been let out of his six-month jail sentence just 43 days after taking a plea deal in the case, according to the sheriff whose jail was tasked with holding him.

Center seeks building, furniture after fire

The Clayton Center Community Service Board, also known as the Clayton Center –– with the assistance of the county's school system and board of commissioners –– is looking for a new building for the center's administrative staff, following a fire in October.

Non-profit group taking 'Stand To Get Fit'

Officials with the non-profit 4 Rivers Ministry International, Inc., plan to take a stand in the fight against obesity urging young people to adhere to a healthy diet, and develop a regimen of physical fitness, to get –– and stay –– in shape.

Weaving driver leads police to methamphetamine

Police found an undisclosed amount of methamphetamine during a traffic stop in Stockbridge. Henry County Police said two men and one woman, all with Clayton County addresses, denied having the drugs in their possession.

No. 2 Lovejoy escapes with 52-38 win over Forest Park

Lovejoy coach Rick Francis would be the first to point out that Tuesday's 52-38 victory at Forest Park wasn't a thing of beauty, but it still counted as a win to keep the second-ranked Wildcats unbeaten heading into the holiday break.

Swint, Bernyce Armstrong

Swint, Bernyce Armstrong Age: 87

Dean, Clyde Eugene

Dean, Clyde Eugene Age: 75

U.S. Postal Service's airport location to close

While passing through the South Terminal of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Melissa Nicely, an Atlanta resident and frequent flier, stopped at the post office and used the Automated Postal Center to weigh her package, before mailing it.

Stockbridge picks up energy, then upset

Stockbridge coach Duane Kelley was frustrated. The Tigers were overwhelmed No. 7-ranked Henry County in the first minutes, unable to score and unable to defend.

The Spirit of the Season

The Clayton County Board of Education aimed to help three needy families with its recent food drive, but got a little extra assistance from the community, and was able to help four families instead.

More online services available to Georgia drivers

Gov. Sonny Perdue recently announced the addition of eight Internet services through the Georgia Department of Driver Services, geared to aid motorists and identification-card holders.

Nolan, Judi D.

Nolan, Judi D. Age: 60

ELCA's Walls headed to the University of California

Recruiting can sometimes be a nasty business filled with late-night phone calls from college coaches, nagging questions from well-meaning friends and family members tryng to get the inside track on where a player might end up once he signs his college scholarship.

Morrow weighing councilman's removal hearing

The City of Morrow has taken the first step in possibly removing City Councilmember John Lampl. An ordinance has been introduced that outlines a procedure for conducting hearings for city officials the city council believes should be removed from office.

Starkey, Sr., Leonard Rayburn

Starkey, Sr., Leonard Rayburn Age: 76

Turner, Exie Jewell

Turner, Exie Jewell Age: 81

Foes on the field, friends off, Clinch County presents game ball to Eagle's Landing Christian

They battled it out until late in the fourth quarter on a cold and dreary Friday night.

Luella pulls off upset against Westlake

Lee Wright

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