News for Wednesday, December 22, 2010

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Tigers getting back into groove

Two coaches mired in misfortune sought out each other. Mundy's Mill coach Tu Willingham and Woodland coach David Bice spent part of the 2010 Woodland Christmas Tournament commiserating, Willingham hoping his team's 1-4 start was just a blip, Bice wondering when his Wolfpack's five-game losing streak would end.

Forest Park football needs some stability

Stop me if you have heard this statement issued by Forest Park High before, "Forest Park has decided to go in a different direction with its football program, and has made its head coaching football position vacant."

State's population boomed in last decade

The 2010 Census revealed that Georgia has moved a notch up the ladder of most populous states, according to a spokesperson with the U.S. Census Bureau's Atlanta Regional Office.

Headquarters library to host Kwanzaa craft event

The Headquarters branch of the Clayton County Library System will hold a "Kwanzaa Craft" event on Monday, Dec. 27, from 10 a.m., to 11 a.m., at the library branch, which is located at 865 Battle Creek Road, in Jonesboro. Advance registration is requested. For more information, call (770)473-3850.

Police seek person of interest in shooting

Clayton County Police have placed a lookout for the stepson of a 76-year-old Riverdale man, who is in the hospital with a head injury, after being shot earlier this month at his home.

Suppliers, users, clash over drugs, 8 arrested

Clayton County Police responded to a home invasion call, which resulted in the discovery of an alleged methamphetamine lab, and the arrest of eight people.

Community leaders bid farewell to Surma

Henry County's outgoing superintendent of schools has been receiving well-wishes since he declared his intentions to retire.

Agency helps to overcome holiday depression

Leaders of a Stockbridge mental health facility are working to help area residents, who suffer from depression during the holiday season.

Police patrols to intensify during holidays

Motorists are urged to use caution, and obey speed limits, while driving during the holidays.

Roadwork planned for two McDonough streets

The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) is in the early stages of redirecting traffic on two major Henry County roads -- a portion of Jonesboro Road, and Ga. Highway 20/81.

Local teens graduate Youth Challenge Academy

Fourteen local teens have graduated the National Guard-sponsored Youth Challenge Academy at Fort Stewart, according to officials with the Fort Stewart Youth Challenge Academy.

Christmas has become better every year - Tom Purcell

I still wish I hadn't peeked in the attic that year.

The strength of our women - Ronda Rich

The text that my sister sent was simple yet so powerful: "He is gone to be with God."

Flash mobs for books - Martha Carr

The Great Recession is causing a lot of Americans to get up out of their barcalounger and take action to create their own big ideas. Ingenuity mixed with a strong dose of optimism is a unique and powerful trait in America.

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.

Father hits his son with malfunctioning car

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

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.

Dispute over money leads to murder

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

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.

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.

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).

Foster children's breakfast offers holiday cheer

About 60 children gathered in McDonough for an event geared toward making their Christmas brighter than it might otherwise be.

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.

Dyche, Lois Rebekah Nickelson

Dyche, Lois Rebekah Nickelson Age: 100

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 the region's 11 coaches last week.

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.

Gladden, Lena Mae

Gladden, Lena Mae Age: 75

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

David Key's basket with four seconds remaining in overtime gave the Eagle's Landing Golden Eagles (8-2) a 76-75 victory against Henry County (9-3) Tuesday night in the Chuck Miller Holiday Classic.

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.

State's population boomed in last decade

The 2010 Census revealed that Georgia has moved a notch up the ladder of most populous states, according to a spokesperson with the U.S. Census Bureau's Atlanta Regional Office.

Holt, Fannie Jo Bedingfield

Holt, Fannie Jo Bedingfield Age: 94

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.

Maze, Lucian Houston

Maze, Lucian Houston Age: 87

Clayton State ranked ninth in preseason tennis poll

From Staff Reports

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.