News for Wednesday, February 24, 2010

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Murder charge bound over in teacher's death

Defense attorneys for a Snellville man, suspected of killing his fiancee in Henry County, said their client acted in the "heat of passion."

BOE to get 'Kumbaya time' at retreat

Members of the Clayton County Board of Education will gather with Clayton County Public Schools officials in Jonesboro this weekend for a working retreat, to discuss ways to improve the school board's performance, according to Board Chairperson Alieka Anderson.

Sewer-line project to reroute traffic

Tom Davidson & Sons, a contractor for the Clayton County Water Authority, will be working on a sewer pipeline rehabilitation project in downtown Jonesboro Friday, Feb. 26, and Saturday, Feb. 27.

Morrow High's Phan is Clayton's STAR Student

Morrow High School Senior Thanh Thuy Phan was in a state of disbelief when Clayton County Chamber of Commerce President Yulonda Beauford announced she was Clayton County's STAR Student for the 2009-2010 school year on Wednesday afternoon.

Student catching bus struck by vehicle

A 10-year-old student at Church Street Elementary School remains in critical condition at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston, after being struck by a vehicle heading northbound on Ga. Highway 85 in Riverdale.

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Artist 'Blesd' turns heads on Stockbridge Road

On any sunny day of the week, those driving past the Spivey Plaza Shopping Center on Stockbridge Road, in Jonesboro, are likely to see a tall, curious-looking man wearing bright, white boots, a cape, and a crown made of tinfoil, colored stones, and glass shards of various sizes.

Clayton fugitive nabbed after short chase

Clayton County authorities nabbed a man they say was wanted on a drug warrant, but not before the man allegedly fled from deputies during a traffic stop and struck a pedestrian and another vehicle.

AirTran unveils Little Debbie jet

Ten girls competing in the Little Debbie Look-A-Like Contest took the stage recently in the AirTran Airways hangar at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Six Strong Rock athletes sign letters of intent

The Strong Rock Christian athletic department is in transition.

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Autumn

Autumn is a three and a half year old, domestic shorthair calico.

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Missy

Missy is a nine and a half year old Shepherd mix.

Purses are convenient, but necessary evil - Valerie Baldowski

We -- women -- like our purses, and enjoy gleefully stuffing everything we can into them.

Fun goes downhill - Tom Purcell

Now that thick snow has blanketed much of the country, we all know what that means: more sledding bans.

Mount Zion's Martinez paints picture of success

Mount Zion High School Star Student Maria Martinez is an artist with a number of other talents to fall back on.

Parent, caretakers questioned in baby's death

Riverdale police are questioning the mother and caretakers of a 6-month-old child, who was brought to Southern Regional Medical Center "dead on arrival," early Tuesday morning.

Riverdale man sentenced in impersonation case

A Riverdale man, who authorities say held himself out as a U.S. State Department employee to deceive church members, investors and law enforcement officers, was sentenced to more than two years in federal prison Tuesday, prosecutors said.

Mgbemena looks forward to 'one answer' in life

If Michael Mgbemena has to single out one thing he likes about math, he says it is the fact that there is no ambiguity about the answer to an equation.

Music comes naturally to North Clayton's Bell

Damarcus Bell's head turned when he heard a trash can's wheels creak as they rolled across the floor of North Clayton High School's cafeteria last week.

Southern Regional seeks open-heart surgery approval

Since 2006, Southern Regional Medical Center has been one of the few hospitals south of Interstate 20 to perform angioplasty procedures, according to hospital officials.

Morrow High's Phan thrives under pressure

Thanh Thuy Thi Phan, or "Thuy" (pronounced Twee) for short, is just as good with words as she is with people.

Local children learn tumbling at recreation center

Kimlien Campbell decided a few weeks ago it was time to do something about the constant jumping and rolling around that her 7-year-old son, Nathaniel, and her 6-year-old daughter, Briana, were doing in the family's Hampton home.

Forest Park's Garcia sets an example

While Forest Park High School Star Student Carla Garcia may seem calm and easy going, she is serious when it comes to the task at hand.

Coupons rev up instant-savings offers

Any time a store offers an instant-savings dea,l I get excited. Sales that offer instant savings of a specified dollar amount, when shoppers buy certain items, are great opportunities for us to stock up at sale prices, and to actually get the store to "pay us" to shop.

Registration for Elite Scholars lottery begins Thursday

Clayton County parents, who want to get their rising sixth-through-ninth-grade students into the Elite Scholars Academy Charter School for the 2010-2011 school year, can begin registering for the school's admission lottery on Thursday, school system officials have announced.

Alcorn engineering a future in machinery

While most of his fellow seniors at North Clayton High School are still picking which college they will go to, Devon Alcorn is already trying to decide which defense contractor he wants to work for after college.

WORKTEC manager picked to lead advocacy group

Debbie Walker-Lass, the specialist manager for Clayton County Public Schools' WORKTEC employment and training center, was recently tapped to serve as president of the Georgia chapter of the Association for Persons in Supported Employment (APSE).

Clayton Schools scaling back graduation shuttle service

Clayton County Public Schools is cutting back on shuttle buses for graduation ceremonies in May, in an effort to reduce the cost of ferrying people between Tara Stadium and the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, where the ceremonies will be held, school officials announced on Monday.

Lovejoy's Pugh studying for career in medicine

Hoping to get an early start toward medical school, Lovejoy High School's Mariesha Pugh jumped into the college world at the age of 15.

Clayton's STARs to shine today

While nine Clayton County Student-Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) Students will venture down separate paths once the 2009-10 school year ends, they all share a common interest in being the best students at their respective schools.

Eagles Landing ready to move on

As Eagle's Landing led South Atlanta, the No. 1 team in the state, in the finals of the Region 4-AAA tournament Monday, players on the Golden Eagles bench locked arms, leaned forward and held their breath. A year ago, Eagle's Landing had won just six games. Now, they were on the verge of an improbable upset.

Stockbridge gets hot at right time

As Stockbridge finished up practice on Tuesday evening, coach Duane Kelley gathered his team in a circle at midcourt. Just as the coach finished his post practice analyst, he pointed to a spectator on the sideline, and told his team about a conversation he had with him before last week's Region 4-AAAA tournament.

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