News for Wednesday, January 20, 2010

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School leaders host strategic planning session today

Clayton County Public Schools officials will give a progress report to the county's residents, today, on the district's plan to fulfill its vision to prepare students "to successfully compete in a global economy."

Waltower new campus pastor at Higher Living

A local church leader is hopeful his ministry will have the same level of influence in Clayton County, as its parent facility has in Henry.

Lewis Academy could be facing closure

Clayton County's first charter school could be facing closure -- at least as a publicly funded institution -- unless the Georgia Board of Education overturns a decision made by the Georgia Charter Schools Commission on Dec. 14, to deny the Riverdale-based school a 10-year charter.

Bullet pierces roof of Jonesboro church

The leader of a local church feels fortunate that no one in his congregation was hurt when a bullet reportedly pierced the roof of the building on New Year's Eve, with hundreds of people inside.

Juvenile system seen as national model

A delegation of 15 judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, other court workers and law enforcement personnel, from Jefferson Parish, La., is scheduled to wrap up a two-day visit to the Clayton County Juvenile Court today.

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Church secretary honored after 38 years of service

For nearly four decades, Morrow First United Methodist Church (UMC) Administrative Assistant Jean Peacock has been the church's familiar voice on the phone, appointment scheduler, librarian, keeper of historical documents, and information center.

IRS tightens tax-preparer oversight with random visits

The Internal Revenue Service is making it tougher for tax preparers to fudge on clients' tax returns.

Glenn Miller Orchestra coming to Spivey Hall

The 20-member Glenn Miller Orchestra will take the stage at Clayton State University's Spivey Hall for a single performance on Sunday, Jan. 24 at 3 p.m. The orchestra, led by Musical Director Larry O'Brien, will perform pieces that defined the swing era from Miller's original arrangements.

A parade brings out the kid in all of us - Valerie Baldowski

I had a most enjoyable experience Monday, one that made me feel almost like I was playing hooky from work, and getting paid for it.

The two-handed wedgie - Will Durst

Just when you think we've got enough to worry about, along comes a big, old raging controversy over airports utilizing full-body scanning machines that can see through fliers' clothing all the way down to our naughty bits.

Government work - Tom Purcell

"You've got to help me. If I don't find a job soon, the wife is going to brain me."

Clayton State women roll, men fall

Sometimes all it takes easy a stern message from the coach to ignite a spark in a basketball team.

Believe It

Just one day after Morrow's boys basketball team orchestrated a stunning 69-68 upset of No. 1-ranked Westlake, Mustangs coach Jay Livingston encouraged his team to move on. Nights like that can happen, he said, even to teams like Westlake. Livingston should know.

Death of N. Clayton player still shocking

North Clayton teammates Davin Redmond and Clarence Jackson created a celebration handshake they would do everytime they greeted each other.

Bradley focused on leading Eagles

Before the start of the season, North Clayton guard Zach Bradley had a tough decision to make about his basketball future.

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Hazel

Hazel is a 3 year old Black Angora mix.

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Taylor

Taylor is a 3 year old Oriental Shorthair.

Pair suspected of breaking into vacant house

A 49-year-old Riverdale woman, and a Jonesboro man of the same age, were arrested last week in Henry County, after police said they found the pair at a vacant home in McDonough.

Reader mail: Where's the beef for coupon shoppers?

"I've been Super-Couponing for about four months now, and I am amazed at how many things I'm getting for free. I don't think we will ever have to buy another tube of toothpaste or bottle of shampoo again! I have a question on meats, specifically. How can I save more on these, too?"

Café Intermezzo, Buckhead Books opens at airport

Thirty years after opening in a suburb of Atlanta, Café Intermezzo has landed at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

New conference center opens in Morrow

After six months of construction, the City of Morrow has converted what was once an abandoned property at Southlake Mall into a 28,000-square-foot, internationally certified conference center.

Lady Golden Eagles take big step toward first

Eagle's Landing girls basketball coach Lisa Horton walked into her team's locker room after their game against Jackson and screamed for joy. Seconds later, after Horton was done praising her team, one player shouted out the sentiment that held the Lady Golden Eagles together through a tenuous game: "We had to win that game."

Red Cross unveils new bloodmobile

The American Red Cross Southern Blood Services Region, this week, unveiled its new bloodmobile, to be used throughout metro Atlanta.

Jail expects to serve hot meals this week

Since late last year, inmates in the Clayton County Jail have not had access to full, hot meals, due to cracks and loose seals on three industrial-sized food kettles in the jail.

CSU clinic offers lower-cost dental option

Lisa Page, of Forest Park, was one of several people who received free oral screenings at Clayton State University's Dental Hygiene Clinic Tuesday.

Football star leads North Clayton to big region win

Clarence Jackson is use to making headlines for North Clayton, but this time it wasn't on the football field.

Dutchtown sweeps Mt. Zion in battle of Bulldogs

Just when it looked like nobody was going to be able to cool off the Mt. Zion boys basketball team, Dutchtown rewrote the script with a 64-47 Region 4-AAAA victory Tuesday night in McDonough in the battle of Bulldogs.

County pushes forward on Gateway Village project

After nearly five years of inactivity on the Gateway Village project, the Clayton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) –– on Tuesday –– adopted an 18-month plan to develop the area and prime it for new construction.

Morrow knocks off No. 1-ranked Westlake

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