News for Friday, February 19, 2010

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Griswell Senior Center celebrates Mardi Gras

Willie Russell, 73, of Rex, has never turned down an opportunity to enjoy life. At the J. Charley Griswell Senior Center, where more than 100 seniors celebrated Mardi Gras on Friday, Russell joined other handkerchief-waiving senior citizens dancing in the "second line."

Educators to rally at State Capitol

Educators from around the state plan to assemble, once again, in Atlanta to oppose continued school funding cuts.

Teacher faces second hearing on firing

Clayton County teacher, Antonio Mahone, is facing his second tribunal hearing in a year, with his job on the line for actions stemming from an alleged sexual assault on a former student.

Hampton, Morrow to receive ARC grants

Two Southern Crescent cities are due to receive a total of $180,000 to help finance studies on how to plan their future development.

College Park grandmother guilty in fraud case

Federal prosecutors say a College Park grandmother continued to collect more than $53,000 in Social Security benefits meant for her grandchildren, even after custody of the children had been transferred to an aunt.

Stockbridge shocks North Clayton

At the beginning of the season, Stockbridge looked as if it would cruise to the Region 4-AAAA championship by winning 11 of its first 13 games.

Henry County keeps pace with Jefferson

The Jefferson wrestling team had won nine straight state traditional titles coming into this year's wrestling championships, and Henry County is doing all it can to keep pace with the Dragons.

Seasons come to an end for Morrow basketball teams

When the Morrow Mustangs basketball team looks back at Friday night's Region 4-AAAAA tournament contest at Lovejoy against Creekside, they might just refer to it as the one that got away.

Woodland girls come up short at 4-AAA event

Even as Woodland's eyes are keenly fixed on its promising future, the Lady Wolfpack girls basketball team entered the Region 4-AAA tournament hoping to defy their inconsistent regular season, their No. 7 seed and their reputation. They hoped maybe the vast potential of a young roster might get an early start on blossoming.

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Judy Frank: 'I just started to cry'

McDonough resident, Judy Frank, said she was relieved when her dog was found alive and in good health after being lost for several weeks this winter.

Henry 4-H'ers treated to Capitol visit

Fourteen-year-old Marissa McKee, of McDonough, said she used to be intimidated by the legislature, but after serving as a page, she is now more comfortable around lawmakers.

The higher calling of Jesus Christ - James Bell

Christians are the elect of God, as Ephesians 1:4 says, "For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world, to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love (verse 5), He predestined us to be adopted as His sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will -- to the praise of His glorious grace."

Olympic Competition - Chester Cook

If life were like the Olympics, love would be a major event.

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.

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.

East Coweta puts an end to Riverdale's season

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Henry 4-H'ers treated to Capitol visit

Fourteen-year-old Marissa McKee, of McDonough, said she used to be intimidated by the legislature, but after serving as a page, she is now more comfortable around lawmakers.

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.

Judy Frank: 'I just started to cry'

McDonough resident, Judy Frank, said she was relieved when her dog was found alive and in good health after being lost for several weeks this winter.

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