News for Friday, December 17, 2010

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Climbing to the Top

They don't breed mat wrestlers at Lovejoy. Coach Kevin Jones sends his wrestlers around the track first, running 400-, 200- and 100-meter dashes. He sends them to the bleachers of Twelve Oaks Stadium to run up and down steps. At Lovejoy, legs are the focus.

No time to panic for Morrow

Ten games into the season, and Morrow has hit a five-game losing streak.

FP going in 'different direction' with football program

Another year, another football coaching change will occur at Forest Park.

CSU women step back into action against improved Augusta State

Two weeks between basketball games is quite a long time. So it's understandable that the Clayton State Laker women's basketball team is eager to get back on the court.

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The spirit of giving

Edward Lofton, Sr., of Jonesboro, was speechless as he walked into an office, Friday, and saw boxes and a gift bag filled with toys, clothes, CD's, and food.

Driver hits Bell's car, charged with D.U.I.

A 55-year-old Jonesboro man is facing charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and following too closely, after he allegedly ran into a vehicle driven by Clayton County Board of Commissioners Chairman Eldrin Bell, on Thursday evening, according to county police.

Stockbridge couple indicted in federal trafficking case

A Stockbridge couple is facing federal charges, as part of a probe into the alleged smuggling of guns and drugs. Indictments were unsealed, Thursday, for Devon Samuels, 45, also known as "Smokey," and his wife, Keisha Jones, 30, also known as "Platinum," according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Atlanta.

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Hospital's annual 'Pink' campaign nets thousands

Henry Medical Center's "Real Men Wear Pink" 2010 breast cancer awareness campaign received more than $35,000 in financial support from Tanger Outlet Center, Tussahaw Elementary School, Chick-fil-A at Eagle's Landing and Westbury Health and Rehabilitation Center.

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Rotary Club race benefits local charities

More than 400 runners laced up their sneakers and took to the street, to raise money for area charities and deserving students.

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Arnold elected to bullying-prevention post

Anna Arnold said she dropped the first part of her given name, which is Lou Anna, many years ago, because of the bullying she endured as a youngster.

Jonesboro to balance budget with property tax

Property taxes are on their way back to the city of Jonesboro after an absence of several years, according to the city's proposed 2011 budget.

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Glover family to celebrate mother's 95th

The children of Tommie Lillian (Clark) Glover are planning the 94-year-old's first formal birthday celebration. Tommie Glover turns 95 on Dec. 28, but family members said they plan to host a 95th birthday celebration Dec. 26.

Celebrating Christ at Christmas - James C. Bell

At Christmas, we should all be sure to remember Jesus Christ is the Reason for the Season! We should honor Him during this great time of the year, after all, it is His birthday.

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.

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.

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.

Hospital's annual 'Pink' campaign nets thousands

Henry Medical Center's "Real Men Wear Pink" 2010 breast cancer awareness campaign received more than $35,000 in financial support from Tanger Outlet Center, Tussahaw Elementary School, Chick-fil-A at Eagle's Landing and Westbury Health and Rehabilitation Center.

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.

Holiday tourneys begin as classes end

The final exams are over. School is out.

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.

Looking for that sweet holiday travel deal - Curt Yeomans

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

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.

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.

Tanksley, Frances Black

Tanksley, Frances Black Age: 85

FP going in 'different direction' with football program

Another year, another football coaching change will occur at Forest Park.

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.

Glover family to celebrate mother's 95th

The children of Tommie Lillian (Clark) Glover are planning the 94-year-old's first formal birthday celebration. Tommie Glover turns 95 on Dec. 28, but family members said they plan to host a 95th birthday celebration Dec. 26.

Going Home

It was Wednesday, five days before Jonesboro would fly from Georgia to Washington D.C. to San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Rasham Suarez couldn't wait.

Driver hits Bell's car, charged with D.U.I.

A 55-year-old Jonesboro man is facing charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and following too closely, after he allegedly ran into a vehicle driven Clayton County Board of Commissioners Chairman Eldrin Bell, on Thursday evening, according to county police.

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.

Conkle, Robert Henderson

Conkle, Robert Henderson Age: 91

Cato, William "Roy"

Cato, William "Roy" Age: 79

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.

Students thank troops through art

Officials from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, along with representatives of a number of area groups, recently gathered together with more than two dozen students to unveil an art exhibit focused on members of the military.

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