News for Thursday, February 25, 2010

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Church hosts fund-raiser for Haitian orphanage

Before the Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti that killed more than 200,000 people, the Pascalita Building in Port-au-Prince was a bustling orphanage providing shelter and sustenance to 300 Haitian children.

MARTA announces layoffs for C-TRAN employees

The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), the operator of Clayton County's C-TRAN bus service, announced that it will let go 70 C-TRAN employees once the service terminates on March 31.

Local groups join in fight against hunger

Area organizations and church groups are trying to galvanize support for their efforts to address the mounting problem of hunger.

Goree to represent BOE at national conference

A year after the Clayton County Board of Education came under fire for an expensive trip to a national conference in California, School Board Chairperson Alieka Anderson said several board members have opted not to attend a similar conference in April, to save the district money.

CSU students to prepare tax returns free

After spending the school year reviewing the number of tax-law changes brought about by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, accounting students at Clayton State University are helping those with low-to-moderate incomes file their income tax returns, free of charge.

Mundy's Mill students to clean up local road

Sixty Mundy's Mill High School students, and five teachers, will walk up and down Flint River Road on Saturday, between Jonesboro and Riverdale, in an effort to fight litter.

AAA says 'uncertainties' drive up gas prices

On average, metro Atlantans are paying 10 cents more per gallon of gasoline than they did a week ago, according to AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge Report.

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Pointe South Elementary principal retires today

Pointe South Elementary School second-grader, Aaliyah Brown, quietly came to Principal Frank Tanner's office door and peered inside, because she needed his help on Thursday.

Two Jonesboro volleyball players sign scholarships

The Jonesboro volleyball team posted a 44-12 record on its way to the state tournament last season.

Baker signs with Georgia

Eagle's Landing Christian Academy is building a pipeline for its athletes, and it leads straight to Athens.

Basketball Fever

The crowd was hostile. The opponent was Goliath-esque. The stage was unprecedented.

Time is now for area playoff teams

No tomorrow. Five one-game seasons. Win or go home.

Spread out your vacation plans - Curt Yeomans

Vacations are never cheap things to put together. Trust me, I'm going through this right now with my upcoming trip to Italy.

The normalcy of death in the South - Ronda Rich

One Sunday morning, I came breezing into Sunday School class, after having been out of town for a week. My sister grabbed me and hugged me tightly to welcome me home.

Martha's big adventure -- Life's terms

One of my favorite sayings is, "Live life on life's terms," which means, deal with things the way they are, step by step, in pursuit of the big dream.

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.

Missy

Missy is a nine and a half year old Shepherd mix. She has been fully vaccinated and spayed. Missy is a past member of the CCHS family; having been adopted out way back in 2002, when she was only two years old. Missy lived happily with her new family until 2009, when both of them passed away. There was no family willing to take Missy, so she landed back at CCHS. Missy desperately needs to be adopted as quickly as possible. At her age, she wants to be an "only pet" so that she can have all the attention that a new home and family can offer. Missy is a great dog, who does not understand the sudden upheaval in her life; and she certainly does not deserve or need to spend her "golden years" in an animal shelter. There is a special adoption fee in place for anyone interested in giving this great girl a proper retirement home. If you can help Missy, please call Clayton County Humane at 770/471-9436. Visit www.claytoncountyhumane.org to see other animals available for adoption.

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."

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.

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.

Mundy's Mill students to clean up local road

Sixty Mundy's Mill High School students, and five teachers, will walk up and down Flint River Road on Saturday, between Jonesboro and Riverdale, in an effort to fight litter.

Autumn

Autumn is a three and a half year old, domestic shorthair calico. She has been spayed and all vaccinations are current. Autumn was living as a stray, when a very loyal supporter of CCHS saw her hanging around their house, and realized that this sweet kitty was pregnant. By the time Autumn was captured, she had delivered her babies, and one was still with her. Autumn and her sweet baby, Charlie (also available for adoption), were allowed to live in the supporter's home until space could be made at the CCHS facility. They have now been shelter residents for several years, and they have shown to be wonderful cats. Autumn is extremely sweet and good-natured. She is just a tad shy, so she should probably be in a fairly calm, quiet home. Because of her fear of the many other cats at CCHS, poor Autumn is another one who lives her entire life in a cage. CCHS is on a mission to get all of our "cage only" cats adopted into permanent homes, and we sincerely hope that we can soon add Autumn's name to the "adopted" list! For more information, please call Robin at 770/478-7531. Visit www.claytoncountyhumane.org to see other animals available for adoption.

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.

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. It will involve rerouting traffic, intermittently, on South Main Street. Traffic will be rerouted, as needed, in both directions, just south of the College Street intersection. The work is part of the water authority's Rum Creek Force Main Rehabilitation project, which involves replacing the sewer pipes that run from the Rum Creek Lift Station on Walt Stephens Road, to the W. B. Casey Water Reclamation Facility on Flint River Road.

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.

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.

Martha's big adventure — Life's terms

One of my favorite sayings is, "Live life on life's terms," which means, deal with things the way they are, step by step, in pursuit of the big dream.

AAA says 'uncertainties' drive up gas prices

On average, metro Atlantans are paying 10 cents more per gallon of gasoline than they did a week ago, according to AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge Report.

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