News for Thursday, December 16, 2010


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Bringing Christmas spirit to children in need

There were 31 children inside the Morrow Elementary School cafeteria, running around happily, opening their presents, sharing with their families, and eating a favorite food -- pizza.

Southern Crescent 'dodged the bullet' with ice

Wednesday's wintry mix had its greatest impact on Atlanta's northern suburbs, leaving motorists to navigate afternoon rush-hour traffic on iced-over roadways, according to Robert Garcia, meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

State's math curriculum criticized at forum

State Board of Education member, Mary Sue Murray, heard from Clayton and Henry county parents, teachers and local officials on a variety of education topics, but one issue that came up more than once was the state's integrated math curriculum for schools.

Police go full force with 'Operation Scrooge'

On a rainy Thursday night, Clayton County Police officers gathered, for roll call to receive their assignments for a major operation underway in Clayton County, and throughout the holiday season.

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Chick-fil-A celebrates 10-millionth customer

Amy Turner got more than what she expected when she stopped at the Chick-fil-A Dwarf House restaurant in Stockbridge, Thursday, to buy a soda, and a frozen dessert.

Police search for missing teen mother, baby

The Jonesboro Police Department is seeking the public's help in a search for a 16-year-old mother, and her infant daughter, who allegedly fled a group home with a young man described as the teen's boyfriend.

Looking for that sweet holiday travel deal - Curt Yeomans

'Tis the season for cheap holiday travel deals. FaLaLaLaLa, LaLa-La-La.

Community Bible Church hosts Candlelight Christmas Eve

Jodeco Road United Methodist Church, located at 1500 Jodeco Road in Stockbridge, presents a live nativity that will take patrons on a trip through the streets of Bethlehem. Admission is free, and visitors will enjoy free refreshments and Christmas music. The program will be held, on Saturday, Dec. 18, and Sunday, Dec. 19, from 6 p.m., until 8 p.m.

AARP's help with taxes starts in February

American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) volunteers are preparing for a new tax season, in which they hope to provide free tax-prep services to thousands of low-to middle-income residents.

Coming out even - Ronda Rich

There was a man I knew once, who lived for a good time. Work, he believed and ardently practiced, was only good for providing a means to an end, the end result being that of his vigorous pursuit of wine, women and song.

Going Home

Rasham Suarez's basketball odyssey through three states and two countries comes full circle

Jonesboro embarks on long trip with good cause

Jonesboro's itinerary for getting to the 2010 Puerto Rico Hoops Championship in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico on Monday, isn't ideal. The Cardinals' only game that day is at 9 p.m., but when players hit the court, they'll have been up since 6 a.m.

Holiday tourneys begin as classes end

The final exams are over. School is out.

Clayton State's second-half explosion lifts Lakers to win

The Clayton State Lakers played with a split personality Thursday night in their non-conference home game against St. Augustine's.

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.

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).

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."

Morrow High's School Council meets today


Random drug tests trip 4 police officers

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

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.

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.

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.

Badger steps right in

The resemblance is obvious.

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.

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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.

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.