News for Wednesday, February 17, 2010


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Georgia's seniors doing well on AP exams

Georgia has the 12th highest percent of seniors scoring a 3 or higher on Advanced Placement (AP) Exams, according to The College Board's AP Report to the Nation released last week. This report measures the progress of the class of 2009.

Clayton Schools hosts college fair, step show

An organizer of the first-ever Clayton County Public Schools Step Show and College Awareness Fest said the event, which will be held this weekend, could draw a turnout numbering in the thousands, based on ticket-sales reports he has received from principals.

Vargas named DFACS employee of the year

Puerto Rico-native, Maria Vargas, spoke very little English when she first came to work for the Clayton County Department of Family and Children Services (DFACS) six-and-a-half years ago. On Wednesday, she was honored by the agency as being its most valuable, dynamic, and inspiring worker.

School districts sue over charter decision

The Henry County Board of Education has filed a challenge to the constitutionality of the Georgia Charter Schools Commission.

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Artifacts highlight Morrow library's Black History display

Ruby Alford and Gene Krynicki agree that African-themed items should be displayed in Morrow to educate people on African-American history.

North Clayton students learn about aviation jobs

Ursula Gordon's Advanced Algebra and Trigonometry class at North Clayton High School learned Wednesday about the aviation industry, and the array of career opportunities it offers.

County targets graffiti on private property

State prisoners, who clean up trash on county roadways, will now have the additional task of removing graffiti from abandoned and neglected private property.

Leave my Thrashers alone

The year was 1969, I was a freckled-face 5-year-old who wanted to be just like Dad.

Lady Wolfpack believe in their worth

After Woodland made five 3-pointers in the second half of its 50-16 victory over Locust Grove in the first round of the Region 4-AAA tournament Wednesday, Lady Wolfpack coach Thomas McLaurin said his team isn't a 3-point shooting team by nature, but it can be. If Woodland finds an open look beyond the arc, McLaurin isn't adverse to his players taking the shot.

Clayton State splits with rival Columbus

During his postgame interview, Clayton State men's coach Gordon Gibbons used the word consistent several times to describe his team's 67-58 home win over Columbus State Wednesday.

A delightful weather-related treat - Valerie Baldowski

Last Friday, I was treated to a most extraordinary weather rarity, quite uncommon here in the Deep South. It was a four-letter word, beginning with the letter "s."

Needed: More snow in Washington, D.C. - Tom Purcell

Boy, do we need more snow in Washington, D.C.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Henry County begins Region 4-AA tourney today

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

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.

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.