News for Wednesday, February 3, 2010

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Twelve from Morrow 'go forward'

This was the unlikeliest of scenes: Morrow's school media center, a row of tables nearly stretching across the entire room, just enough to seat each one of the Mustangs' 14 football, track and basketball players about to sign scholarships.

Jury deliberations underway in Jones murder trial

A Henry County Superior Court jury is now deliberating the guilt or innocence of a Stockbridge man, who in being tried for the third time in connection with the slaying of his wife.

Two North Clayton players sign Division I deals

Two-time Clayton News Daily Offensive Player of the Year Clarence Jackson has lived up to his word.

Turner reinstated to police academy job

As of 8 a.m., today, former Clayton County Police Chief Jeff Turner will be allowed to return to his current job as director of the Clayton Regional Law Enforcement Academy.

Police seek leads in pedestrian death

Nearly a month after a man who was reportedly homeless was found dead along an embankment near the Flint River in Jonesboro, police say he was the victim of a hit-and-run driver.

Mock trial contest to proceed, after uncertainty

There was a period of doubt, but state mock trial officials announced on Wednesday that there will be enough teams signed up for this weekend's Clayton County Regional Mock Trial competition to allow the contest to take place.

Pryor sets her own bar

Alycia Pryor used to hear from Mt. Zion girls track and field coach Jason Battles about the decorated high school careers of the former Lady Bulldogs track stars that came before her. Three had gone on to compete at the Division I level. Each of them held nearly every significant school record in the book.

Clayton hosts bus-driver competition

Thirty-one, special-needs, bus-driving teams -- from 17 school systems across Georgia -- will converge on Jonesboro this weekend to see who is the best when it comes to transporting students with disabilities.

County to administer road-work stimulus project

With the awarding of a more than $1 million construction contract to C.W. Matthews Contracting Co., Inc., by the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), recently, more than four miles of roads in Clayton County will undergo resurfacing and reconstruction, according to David Spear, a spokesman for GDOT.

Storey commits to University of Georgia

Waymon Storey's family wanted him to one day attend the University of Georgia, and football was going to be the ticket in. They knew it, and so they instilled it in Storey from the very beginning.

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'Documented Rights' exhibit to begin national tour

Thanks to the actions of one Chinese American, Wong Kim Ark, the U.S. Supreme Court declared in 1898 that all people born in America, regardless of lineage, were American citizens.

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Killian is a 2 year old orange tabby domestic shorthair.

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Sierra is a 5 and a half year old blue cream tortie, domestic shorthair.

Saying good-bye is painful, but not permanent - Valerie Baldowski

The recent passing of a friend and colleague has plunged me, once again, into deep thought about how frail life is, and our complete inability, as human beings, to predict our future.

It's about the job market - Martha Carr

Voter frustration has been building and the Obama administration doesn't seem to know what to make of the backlash to their economic policies. It's as if they don't think we're being grateful for what they've done so far.

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.

It's about the job market - Martha Carr

Voter frustration has been building and the Obama administration doesn't seem to know what to make of the backlash to their economic policies. It's as if they don't think we're being grateful for what they've done so far.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

'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.

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.

Trucking company to bring jobs to Henry

pany 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.

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