News for Tuesday, February 9, 2010

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Seniors 'get down' in line-dancing class

A group of approximately 20 local, female, senior citizens go to the Frank Bailey Senior Center in Riverdale every Tuesday afternoon to shuffle, shimmy, and cha-cha together for a couple of hours.

Qualifying for Morrow special election starts today

Qualifying for candidates seeking to fill the unexpired term of Morrow City Councilman Charles Sorrow will begin today at the Morrow Municipal Complex.

Schools hosting Black History Month events

A group of nine female Babb Middle School students stood before a parent assembly at the school on Monday night and, one by one, recited quotes from famous African-American women like Maya Angelou and Oprah Winfrey.

Regular season winding down for local basketball teams

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Regents name Hynes as CSU's permanent president

After nine months at Clayton State University, the word "interim" no longer applies to Tim Hynes.

BOC revokes The Spot's business license

The Clayton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) voted Tuesday to formally revoke the business license of "The Spot" restaurant at 8514 Ga. Highway 85 in Jonesboro.

Southern Regional partners with wildlife hospital

Fund-raising efforts are currently underway for the GROW Wildlife Hospital of Georgia, which, when constructed, will be the first specialized wildlife veterinary hospital in the state.

Former Clayton NAACP official faces theft charges

A former treasurer of the Clayton County branch of the NAACP is awaiting her day in court after being charged with stealing from the organization.

GBI conducts 'real-life' disaster drill at AMS

Jamie Jones, a special agent-in-charge with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, held a flashlight in a cave at Atlanta Motor Speedway. He was monitoring his subordinates.

Former cop on trial in rape case

A former Forest Park Police officer admits to having sex with a woman he had just ticketed during a traffic stop, but his attorneys argued Tuesday that the sex was consensual, not rape.

Mundy's Mill slows the pace for region win at Lovejoy

It took nearly three minutes of basketball before either Lovejoy or Mundy's Mill could score a point in their Region 4-AAAAA contest Tuesday night.

Dutchtown girls get revenge against Forest Park

Here came the exact scenario No. 7 Forest Park hoped to avoid storming down the court. Dutchtown senior guard Brittney Strickland drove the length of the court. A Forest Park timeout to establish its defense before the Lady Bulldogs inbounded the ball to their speedy leader couldn't stop it. Neither could the four Lady Panthers in pursuit.

DNA proves our system is flawed - Judith Davis

This week, Freddie Peacock became the 250th person in the country exonerated through DNA testing, after serving years in prison for a crime he didn't commit. The cases of the 250 DNA exonerees are merely the tip of the iceberg, since DNA testing is possible in just a tiny fraction of cases.

Consolidate law-enforcement services - Bob Williams

It would seem to me, that with the economy the way it is, and the retirement of (Henry County Police) Chief Abernathy, that the county would see the folly in spending more tax dollars looking for another chief of police.

Adoption: A picture of God's love - Jason Smith

My wife and I have wanted children for a while now.

Martha's big adventure -- Fat like me - Martha Carr

Human beings are great at tinkering with things. Sometimes, this turns out splendidly and we end up with penicillin or fuel-efficient cars. Great minds set out to improve on what was available with the intention of bettering mankind's chances of living longer and helping the planet to survive.

Adoption: A picture of God's love - Jason Smith

My wife and I have wanted children for a while now.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection on guard

Before imported commercial goods enter the United States, import specialists for U.S. Customs and Border Protection inspect the shipments to ensure they are in compliance with customs laws and import and export regulations, according to Robert Lynch, a supervisory import specialist for U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the Port of Atlanta.

Martha's big adventure — Fat like me - Martha Carr

Human beings are great at tinkering with things. Sometimes, this turns out splendidly and we end up with penicillin or fuel-efficient cars. Great minds set out to improve on what was available with the intention of bettering mankind's chances of living longer and helping the planet to survive.

CSU rolls to sixth win in a row

From Staff Reports

New animal, golf cart ordinances adopted

For several months, the use of golf carts and the ownership of chickens have been topics of debate in the City of Jonesboro. On Monday night, the Jonesboro City Council adopted ordinances addressing both.

Jonesboro advances to state mock trial contest

Jonesboro High School, which already holds the record for the most state mock trial championships, will compete for an unprecedented seventh title next month.

Lakers drop Peach Belt contest

From Staff Reports

The rematch: Forest Park, Dutchtown battle for region championship

For the past 27 days, Dutchtown players have done their best to convince you that they haven't been thinking about its 74-55 loss to Forest Park.

Area wrestlers earn state tournament berths

When the area traditional wrestling meets were done Saturday, two teams extended runs of dominance and one made history.

Six apprehended in mall smash-and-grab

Morrow Police have arrested six suspected gang members in connection with a brazen smash-and-grab robbery at Southlake Mall early Sunday morning.

Police searching for hit-and-run robber

Clayton County Police are looking for a man who allegedly rammed an elderly woman's car, and then knocked her down and stole her purse when she got out to exchange insurance information.

Clayton Schools to go on Winter Break

Clayton County's public school students will get three days off from school later this week, and early next week, when the Clayton County Public School System closes for its annual Winter Break.

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