News for Tuesday, December 21, 2010


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Fire destroys Locust Grove church

A line of yellow caution tape separated Pastor Terrence Wilson from the charred remains of the Wolf Creek County Line Baptist Church in Locust Grove.

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Solicitor General's Office donates toys to children

The Clayton County Solicitor General's Office is fulfilling the wishes of local children this holiday season.

Seniors vent frustration over fee increases

June Stewart expects to lose some of her friends at the J. Charley Griswell Senior Center when new membership fees take hold at the center on Jan. 1, 2011.

Clayton government to observe holiday schedule

Clayton County residents will have to go without everyday services, such libraries and parks, for the rest of this week. The county's government will shut down for Christmas at the close of business today, Wednesday.

Homeless veterans treated to holiday dinners

More than 100 homeless veterans came together from a variety of shelters, for a dinner event that honored their service, and uplifted their spirits.

BBB offers tips for shopping safely online

It might seem enjoyable to shop online from the comfort of one's own home, but those hunting to steal personal information may be lurking in cyberspace, according to a top official with the Better Business Bureau (BBB).

Food coupons offered with flu shots

If the Chick-fil-A cows were here, they might urge Clayton County residents to remember to get flu shots.

Police seeking 'armed and dangerous' shooting suspect

Henry County police are searching for a Clayton County man, who allegedly shot into a moving vehicle, and injured a juvenile.

AAA: Stable gas prices for the week

Average gasoline prices, nationwide, are as high as -- or higher than -- they have been for the past year, according to AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge Report.

Local Marines, businesses support Toys for Tots

U.S. Marine Corps veterans, Steve Camp and Bill King, were prepared for a day of lifting and loading to ensure that needy children would have toys and games this Christmas, through the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program.

Man saves three children in house fire

The Henry County Fire Department has recognized Gottlieb Goddard, as a shining example of someone who has taken fire and life safety education seriously.

Dispute over money leads to murder

Anthony Eugene Argo, Jr., 30, has been indicted by a Clayton County grand jury on charges of murder, aggravated assault, aggravated battery, and robbery.

Father hits his son with malfunctioning car

A 10-year-old boy was life-flighted to the hospital after being struck by his father's car, while playing basketball in the driveway of the family's Jonesboro home, on Tuesday.

Bicycles, helmets needed for abused children

The Literacy for Youth Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization based in Ellenwood, is in need of three new bicycles and five new helmets for children who have suffered abuse. The non-profit organization will be collecting donations, on Wednesday, Dec. 22. For more information, contact D. Shun Collins, at (404) 454-3058.

Eagle's Landing beats Henry County in overtime to win Chuck Miller Holiday Classic

On a night that featured 14 second-half lead changes and five ties, Eagle's Landing took the lead for good just seconds after Dontavious Bega connected on a basket to give the Warhawks their last lead of the game.

Tigers stay hot against Union Grove

Mundy's Mill coach Tu Willingham didn't know what else to do. After a 15-point loss to Riverdale two Saturdays ago, the Tigers' fourth loss in their first five games, Willingham said he felt about as low as a coach could feel.

Herrera, Hardison take top Region 4-AAAA honors

North Clayton's Amarlo Herrera and Vic Hardison of Lovejoy swept the Region 4-AAAA player of the year honors, which was selected by the region's 11 coaches last week.

Lovejoy's Washington to play in All-Star Game

Lovejoy defensive lineman David Washington will use next week's all-star game as sort of a measuring stick to gage his ability against other top players.

Clayton State ranked ninth in preseason tennis poll

When the Clayton State Laker women's tennis team hits the court for the 2011 season, it will do so as a national Division II Top 10 program.

Crying Game - Peter Funt

Honestly, what's with all the crying on Capitol Hill? Judging by the flow of tears, you'd think Republicans had recently suffered some kind of horrible defeat.

Merry Christmas to all - Martha Carr

There is something about the Christmas season that makes everyone believe in the possibilities just a little bit more, and they carry that good cheer with them everywhere.

Privacy or savings? Who tracks what you buy - Jill Cataldo

Q: "Is there any indication that the bar code system on a coupon will also track what a customer buys? Collecting information on a consumer 'for marketing purposes' is something I choose to opt out of. But, does a coupon's bar code enable information collection?"

Southern Crescent Habitat to revitalize 70 homes

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity, along with Wells Fargo, have teamed up to revitalize at least 70 homes in Jonesboro's Iron Gate community.

Postal service handling Christmas rush

Postmaster Jacqueline Spradley confirmed that Monday was the most active day of the year for the Jonesboro Post Office.

Clayton EMS Academy graduates 31

The number of licensed paramedics in emergency service with Clayton County has grown to more than 100 with the recent graduation of 31 from the county's Fire and Emergency Services EMS Academy.

Jones' 27 helps Dutchtown to win over Morrow

Donovahn Jones missed the first four games of the Dutchtown basketball season as he was help leading the school's football team to a playoff run.

Police arrest 32 in crime crackdown

The Clayton County Police Department has arrested 32 people during "Operation Scrooge," a crackdown on what the agency calls "quality-of-life violations," including such things as illegal alcohol sales to minors, and pandering (solicitation for prostitution).

Lovejoy rolls to fourth-straight Clayton County title

From Staff reports

CSU women roll past Augusta St. State

So much having rust after a two-week lay-off.

BOC toy drive benefits nearly 700 youths

Hundreds of local children, who come from underprivileged backgrounds, will get at least one toy under the Christmas tree this Christmas, as a result of the Clayton County Board of Commissioners' recent toy drive, a county spokesperson said on Monday.

Jackson Elementary students sing for Clayton Schools officials

Nearly 50 choral students, from James A. Jackson Elementary School's School of the Arts, sang with lifted voices, and in unison for Clayton County Public Schools administrators, during a performance of their "Once Upon a Housetop" multicultural holiday concert program recently.