News for Tuesday, February 2, 2010


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Strong dollar leads to weak gas prices

The average price of regular unleaded gas in metro Atlanta fell to $2.51 per gallon on Tuesday, continuing a trend of declining gas prices nationwide, according to AAA's Fuel Gauge Report.

Heyward returns to inspire students

Twenty-year-old Jason Heyward, on Tuesday, shared with students at his former high school the kind of quiet confidence, and ability, which has propelled him to become a top-rated prospect in Major League Baseball.

Two arrested on drug-trafficking charges

An undercover sting operation, by members of the Flint Circuit Drug Task Force, has landed two men in jail without bond on multiple drug charges.

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Sequoyah Middle principal issues reading challenge

Sequoyah Middle School Principal Stephanie Johnson found out quickly there will be war, and little chance for peace, when it comes to a new reading competition at the school, between herself and her students.

Trucking company to bring jobs to Henry

A new trucking company is expected to add 70 new jobs for residents in Henry County within the next two years, according to officials with the Utah-based Simon Transport, LLC.

BOC extends time for Jeff Turner probe

The Clayton County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to recommend to the Clayton County Civil Service Board that Chief of Staff Alex Cohilas be given as much time as possible to complete an ongoing, administrative investigation into the conduct of former Police Chief Jeff Turner.

Defendant in murder trial testifies

Closing arguments are scheduled to begin today at 9 a.m., for a Stockbridge man on trial for murder in the killing of his wife, Natasha Monique Brown Jones, a 31-year-old Creekside High School teacher.

'Fatigue' Dutchtown wins eighth straight game

Playing its second game in as many nights, Dutchtown was supposed to be the team that committed the turnovers and lacked the hustle.

Local men to show off cooking 'chops'

For the second year, the Psi Alpha Omega (Clayton and Henry County) Graduate Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and local men, will prove to the Southern Crescent that men can cook, too.

Why some days are worth more than others

In a past column, I touched on one of the most interesting tips for saving at the grocery store: You can save even more money by shopping certain days of the week! Sound surprising? It's true. The day of the week we shop can make a big difference in how much money we can save.

Students to participate in Exploring competition

Nine students, who are members of the Clayton County Police Department's Exploring program, are scheduled to travel to Gatlinburg, Tenn., on Friday morning to participate in a regional Exploring competition, according to Lt. Tina Daniel, a spokesperson for the police department.

BOE approves redistricting plan for K-8 school

The Clayton County Board of Education approved a redistricting plan for the southern part of the county on Monday that calls for some students to go to schools that are not the closest to where they live.

Henry County splits Region 4-AA games

After losing to Eagle's Landing on Saturday, the Henry County Ladyhawks got their game back on track with 69-37 victory against Southwest Macon Tuesday night in McDonough during a Region 4-AA contest.

Cardinals come back from Stockbridge with sweep

The primary concern for Jonesboro coming into Tuesday night's game at Stockbridge was the Tigers' state of affairs. One month ago, Jonesboro dealt Stockridge a humbling loss, and the Tigers have appeared to be in a free-fall ever since, losing six of their next seven games.

Obama, Year One: A Report Card - Will Durst

When asked how he thought his first year as 44th president of the United States had proceeded, Barack Obama gave himself a B+.

The second American tax revolt - Mike Reagan

We are speeding toward an economic cliff, because our government can't practice restraint.

Jones begins his defense in murder trial

Defense witnesses are scheduled to begin taking the stand today in the murder trial of a Stockbridge man accused of killing his wife.

Hawks Foundation kicks off 2010 grant cycle

A state-wide organization, with an operation in Henry County, is seeking a share in an annual, $50,000 Atlanta Hawks Foundation grant aimed at helping non-profit groups working in the areas of health and wellness, education, and recreation.

Clayton Chamber of Commerce presents awards

Approximately 500 Clayton County business people, government officials, and county residents came together Saturday, for the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce's 56th Annual Banquet and Awards Presentation.

County to host sports clinic for local girls

Young girls with a burning desire to spike, play man-to-man defense, and catch Hail Mary passes will have a chance to learn from professional, female athletes this Saturday, from 3:30 p.m., to 5:30 p.m., at the Carl Rhodenizer Recreation Center in Rex.

C-TRAN hearing to be held at State Capitol

State Sen. Emanuel Jones (D-Decatur) and the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus will hold a public hearing at the State Capitol to discuss ways to save Clayton County's C-TRAN bus service.

Free tax preparation for Clayton seniors

Starting tomorrow, Clayton County seniors, aged 55 and older, may have their taxes prepared for free at the Frank Bailey Senior Center in Riverdale.

North Clayton set to entertain Dutchtown

North Clayton has been among the hottest teams in Region 4-AAAA lately with a five-game winning streak.

BOE to make $85.2 million in budget cuts

The Clayton County Board of Education approved a budget-cutting plan on Monday that Clayton County Public Schools Superintendent Edmond Heatley promised would save the district $85.2 million by the end of the 2011-2012 school year.

Union Grove wrestling team claims second straight Henry Co. title

By the barest of margins, the Union Grove wrestling team comprised mainly of underclassmen defeated a Henry County team with a similar profile for its second straight All-County title at Stockbridge this past Saturday. The Wolverines overcame a nearly 30-point deficit thanks to critical wins in several finals matches.

A quarterback quandry

Over the weekend, two quarterbacks intersected in the news, as two ship passing in the night. One headed ashore, the other setting out to sea, a stormy one at that.