News for Tuesday, February 16, 2010

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Local officials celebrate new 'Habitat' home

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Brenda Rayburn sees her organization being able to help more people move into homes, now that the group is moving into a larger home of its own, in Jonesboro.

Police host safety meetings with apartment residents

On the heels of the apparent re-emergence of a suspected serial sexual assaulter and rapist, Clayton County Police have scheduled two meetings with residents of the apartment complex that is the site of his latest reported attack.

Clayton fugitive nabbed at motel

A Forest Park man wanted in Clayton County for a probation violation -- and in Atlanta on a homicide charge -- was apprehended at a Jonesboro Road motel on Tuesday, authorities said.

New Godby Road rec center opens Saturday

Since 1955, those living in downtown College Park and the western portion of the city have had access to recreation facilities. On Saturday, the city will open its Godby Road Recreation Center to the public, giving residents in the southern portion of the city access to a new, state-of-the-art facility.

Former Forest Park cop sentenced to prison

With jury deliberations continuing for a second day, Tuesday, a former Forest Park Police officer pleaded guilty to two charges of the 10 he faced in a 2008 rape case.

H1N1 cases reportedly on the rise

Health officials warn that H1N1 influenza cases are back on the rise, following an early winter lull in December.

AMS ticket promotion ends today

A group of fans at the March 7 Kobalt Tools 500 NASCAR race will watch the event for the price of $1.

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BOC to hand C-TRAN assets to GRTA

The Clayton County Board of Commissioners voted, Tuesday, to transfer the assets of the county's C-TRAN bus service to the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority (GRTA). Through the agreement, the county would hand over most of its buses and pay the authority $2.4 million by March 31 to operate three new Xpress bus routes out of the county, to Atlanta.

IRS assistance offices to open Saturday

The Internal Revenue Service will extend a helping hand to taxpayers this weekend, as part of an assistance program designed to help those suffering from a battered economy.

Lovejoy students to go on clothing 'Odyssey'

Marquisia Spear slowly glided across the cafeteria at Lovejoy High School on Tuesday evening, with her left hand on her hip, and a Nerf gun in her right hand.

Clayton State meets rival Columbus St in PBC game

Clayton State's LaDe'sha Stoudemire and Columbus State's Phebe Smith share something common--both have brothers who earn paychecks playing basketball in the NBA.

Golden Eagles on the doorstep of history

On the first day of Eagle's Landing's 7:30 a.m. basketball practices this season, Golden Eagles senior point guard Javan Wells and his teammates were talking with coach Clay Crump. They began to talk about their goals and what they envisioned this season could become after a dismal 6-18 season a year ago.

Henry County begins Region 4-AA tourney today

Two games were played at at the Region 4-AA tournament Tuesday night.

Ola, Dutchtown earns first state playoff berth

When the Ola boys' basketball team returns to practice today, coach Curt Miller will re-adjust the team's season goals.

Reader mail: The facts of life about coupon overage

A reader wrote in with a question about overage. It's an issue many Super-Couponers ask me about.

How to grow jobs in Georgia - Casey Cagle

Over the past few weeks, I've spent a lot of time talking about one of my top priorities this session: creating new jobs for Georgians.

Will it go 'Round in circles - Denese Rodgers

In 1973, recording artist Billy Preston released "Will It Go 'Round in Circles?" It was a chart topper on the Billboard 100, and it's still one of those songs that makes me pull out my air guitar and pretend drums, whenever I hear it on the oldies radio station.

The Great Recession slows down - Martha Carr

There are small signs that the Great Recession is starting to shift gears. New employment statistics show U.S. companies are not shedding jobs in record numbers. Under more normal circumstances, losses would still be seen as a negative, but after the dips we've seen these past two years, less can now be seen as more.

Will it go 'Round in circles - Denese Rodgers

In 1973, recording artist Billy Preston released "Will It Go ‘Round in Circles?" It was a chart topper on the Billboard 100, and it's still one of those songs that makes me pull out my air guitar and pretend drums, whenever I hear it on the oldies radio station.

Forest Park extends adult-business moratorium

The Forest Park City Council voted Monday to extend a moratorium on issuing permits to adult-entertainment establishments until March 15.

Slain teacher was 'Daddy's princess'

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Williams takes anti-bullying message to Henry schools

When Jim Williams talks about bullying, he speaks with a voice young people seem to understand.

Kroger patrons donate $600,000 for Haiti

Kroger customers in the Atlanta Division donated more than $600,000, in 23 days, to benefit the American Red Cross International Response Fund for Haiti. The money will provide food, water, clothing, cleaning supplies and other necessities for victims of last month's earthquake.

Juvenile assaulted in Morrow apartment

A 16-year old female was sexually assaulted early Saturday morning at a Morrow apartment complex, according to Clayton County police.

Ola gets shot at first state playoff berth

Ola coach Curt Miller held a practice Monday morning, hours before his team's first Region 4-AAAA tournament game to make a few adjustments.

Man pleads guilty in 2007 triple shooting

A Conley man, who police say shot three people on Thanksgiving Day 2007 — killing two — pleaded guilty to two counts of malice murder on Monday in Clayton County Superior Court.

Riverdale pharmacy celebrates 40 years in business

Heart Pharmacy, in Riverdale, opened on Feb. 14, 1970, but one of its owners, Marvin Griffin, Sr., insists the name is not a special nod to the fact that the business opened on Valentine's Day.

Eagle's Landing High celebrates Senior Night with easy wins

The Eagle's Landing High School basketball teams were supposed to celebrate Senior Night last week.

Gas prices decline, despite crude oil hike

A. W. Powell said he is smart about getting the best deal on gasoline.

Seniors lead Woodland past Maynard Jackson

Before the boys basketball game between Woodland and Maynard Jackson on Monday night, seniors Elliot Davis and Darius Tookes were two of the final players honored during the senior night ceremonies. They walked down the court with their escorts, nearly 2,000 points scored between them for their careers.

Florida man faces molestation charge

A 23-year-old Florida man has been charged in Henry County, after the grandfather of a 14-year-old girl reportedly caught the man naked in his Jonesboro-area home in the company of the girl.

Clayton State men get back on track with PBC win

From Staff Reports

Frankly, this is a Tom and John deal

For those of you experienced at divorce, you realize that soulful reunions usually don't work, no matter how hard a twosome may try.

Rush starts off college debut on high note

When Hope Rush was playing for the Eagle's Landing Christian Academy softball team, she was, well, simply dominating.

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