News for Wednesday, January 13, 2010


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Turner's civil service board appeal denied

Former Clayton County Police Chief Jeff Turner may not get the chance to go before the Clayton County Civil Service Board and ask to have his old job back.

Henry's County's Williams focused on the present

Now that Briana Williams has her future all secured, the Henry County guard is focusing on the present.

Remembering a Trusted Friend

Life is fragile.That's not just a cliche.It's reality.Saturday, the world lost a really good man when Phil Albert was taken from us at the young age of 48.

Clayton fugitive arrested, jailed

The Fugitive/Investigation Unit of the Clayton County Sheriff's Departmentapprehended fugitive, Mallory Grooms, 50, Tuesday, at an apartment complex in Marietta, Ga., according to Sgt. Sonja Sanchez, a spokesperson for the Sheriff's Office.

CSU splits game against Columbus State

COLUMBUS, Ga.-- It didn't take the Clayton State Laker women's basketball team long to recover from Saturday's disappointing defeat against Georgia College.

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Gallery showcases 2-D, 3-D images

Throughout January, the Arts Clayton gallery in Jonesboro will host exhibits that bring new dimensions to two-dimensional photography.

All-county musical to open Friday

Clayton County Public Schools' Fine Arts Department will present the All-County Musical production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" in a three-show run, lasting from Friday, Jan. 15, to Sunday, Jan. 17.

Five teams head to state duals meet

Everything had to go just right for Locust Grove, which almost never happens for a first-year wrestling program. The Wildcats' top wrestlers had to pin their opponents instead of merely win their matches at the Area 4-AAA duals meet Monday. They had to overcome forfeiting three weight classes, for few first-year programs have that luxury.

Ripples of Kiffin's move reach McDonough

The news broke at 7:07 p.m. on Tuesday night that the SEC's most volatile personality -- Tennessee football coach Lane Kiffin -- agreed to become Southern California's next football coach in the wake of former Trojans coach Pete Carroll leaving to coach the Seattle Seahawks of the NFL.

Tara Field may become site for film studio

The Clayton County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution this week allowing Executive Aircraft Storage, LCC, to use space at Tara Field, the county-owned airport, as a site for the production of movies.

Spivey Hall, string quartet launch 3-year partnership

Daniel McDonough, the cellist in the Boston, Mass.-based Jupiter String Quartet, explained to local middle and high school students at Clayton State University's Spivey Hall on Wednesday that he bops his head around during performances, as his way of getting down to the music.

Church streams Sunday services online

Community Bible Church is expanding its ministries into cyberspace.

Clayton Police destroy millions in seized drugs

After securing court orders allowing the destruction of assorted drugs that had been seized earlier, the Clayton County Police Department recently conducted supervised burns of illicit drugs with a street value of approximately $12 million, according to a police spokesperson.

Middle school collecting supplies for Haitian relief

Forest Park Middle School sixth-grader Stevens Estime's thoughts are on old friends and family in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, these days.

A vacation can refresh a poor, tired soul - Valerie Baldowski

I need to get a life. I really do. With my daily routine, and being in the habit of doing the same thing day after day, time slips away quickly.

Risks and frisks - Tom Purcell

I doubt a middle-aged, Irish-looking fellow would try such a thing.

2010 Predictions - Will Durst

All right, it was a hecka-long holiday season. I'm tired and you're tired. And neither of us has the energy to go through the whole post-modern deconstructionist explanation as to why you're reading a predictions column here.

Missing man an apparent suicide victim

A McDonough man, who had been missing for several days, has been found dead in Locust Grove.

How to jump on the 12-week savings cycle

"Many people do not have the cash flow to stock up the way you do. The economy has really hurt the budget of the average family, and they are no longer able to shop the way they used to (such as taking advantage of the sales and buying extra). Do you have any tips for us?

Rap-music producer granted bond in slaying

Bond has been set at $200,000 for a rap-music producer known professionally as "Shawty Redd." He is accused of shooting a man to death.

Letter to the Editor: John & Margaret Sherrell

To the Editor:

Lady Panthers make first statement

Standing between midcourt and the top of the 3-point arc, Forest Park sophomore guard Ashlee Cole swiftly pulled up and fired a long, LONG range shot. There was no other choice, for once the ball left her fingertips, the buzzer sounded and the third quarter was complete.

Turnovers cost Henry County in loss to top-ranked Northeast-Macon

It was one of those games that Henry County coach Carl Caputa says his Ladyhawks "coulda, woulda and shoulda" won, but literally and figutively gave away.

Local schools recognized for AYP consistency

Staff members from Church Street and Morrow elementary schools were on a figurative cloud nine at the Clayton County Board of Education meeting on Monday night.

Crash snarls traffic on Tara Boulevard

A crash on Tara Boulevard Tuesday, involving a truck carrying oxygen tanks and an SUV, left one man injured and tied up traffic for three and a half hours, according to Clayton County Police.

School staff, parents aim to lose weight

Jonesboro Middle School Principal Freda Givens said she believes in leading her students, faculty and staff members by example.

Attorney pleads guilty in child exploitation case

A local attorney pleaded guilty in Clayton County State Court, Tuesday, to misdemeanor charges involving improper contact with a minor.

Solicitor seeks to upgrade charges in airport attack

Clayton County Solicitor General Tasha Mosley is seeking to get charges upgraded against a man accused of attacking an airline gate agent at Hartsfield -Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

BOC to rule on bar owner's appeal

A quorum of the Clayton County Board of Commissioners told the owner of The Spot, on Tuesday, that it would rule on an appeal challenging the revocation of the bar's business license within 30 days.

Riverdale to host 10th annual King parade

The Clayton County Martin Luther King, Jr., Parade, celebrating the legacy of the slain civil rights leader, has been a Jonesboro tradition for the last nine years.