News for Thursday, February 18, 2010


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Stockbridge resident shares military experiences

Val Archer said some may see him, and other Tuskegee Airmen, as pioneers and role models.

Rainfall totals an inch above average

Average rainfall in metro Atlanta is about an inch above normal, according to weather officials.

Jonesboro Xpress lot opens for service Monday

After more than a month of weather-related, construction delays, the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority's (GRTA's) newest Xpress Park-and-Ride lot in Jonesboro will accept its first passengers on Monday.

Clayton Schools to host county science fair

A group of 250 young scientists from across Clayton County will converge on Jackson Elementary School on Saturday for the annual Clayton Regional Science and Engineering Fair and Clayton County Elementary Science Fair.

Extension service hosts tree seedling giveaway

In celebration of Arbor Day, the Clayton County UGA (University of Georgia) Cooperative Extension Service, and the Clayton County Soil and Water District are giving away trees to the public.

Tease photo

Precision Drilling

It took nearly two weeks for it to hit Cadet Maj. Kentearial Ward that something important had happened to the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Unarmed Regulation Drill Team she commands at Mundy's Mill High School.

Riverdale to be part of National Crime Map

In an effort to better arm its citizens against crime, the City of Riverdale has joined the National Crime Map.

Jonesboro manufacturing plant closing by July

After more than 50 years in business in Jonesboro, the last remaining AstenJohnson factory will be closing by July 1, the company announced Wednesday.

North Clayton girls advance to Class AAAA tournament

After his team finished its final practice Wednesday in preparation for the Region 4-AAAA tournament, North Clayton girls' coach Kimleon Turner text himself a message that was scheduled to go off Thursday after his team's game against Jonesboro.

Day of celebration at Region 4-AAA tourney

Late in the third quarter Thursday night, Woodland senior forward Darius Tookes caught a pass in transition, planted his feet behind the 3-point arc and deposited the shot softly through the net in one fluid motion. Woodland had a 19-point lead and control. The remaining 10 minutes of the game appeared to be merely a formality.

East Coweta puts an end to Riverdale's season

It's hard to beat a team three times in one year.

Visiting the happiest city on Earth - Curt Yeomans

I'm going to cheat a little bit this week.

Newspapers need us, and we need them - Ronda Rich

In the home in which I grew up, the daily newspaper was almost as important to our everyday lives as the Bible.

Leave my Thrashers alone

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.