News for Wednesday, January 27, 2010

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County to launch energy-saving infrastructure upgrades

Clayton County officials, along with Trane, Inc., are rolling out a plan to complete vital, infrastructure upgrades to several county-owned buildings and facilities.

Jones questions witnesses in trial's second day

Changa Jones opened the second day of his murder trial by questioning, extensively, the law officer who collected evidence from the 2005 murder scene.

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Rex Mill hosts 'Math and Science Blizzard'

On Wednesday evening, the "weather" at Rex Mill Middle School was "states of matter, with a chance of 2+2= 4."

Double-murder trial halted, defendant pleads guilty

On day three of a double-murder trial, a man accused of stabbing to death his children's mother and her new boyfriend in 2005, pleaded guilty to two counts of malice murder, according to Clayton County District Attorney Tracy Graham Lawson.

Haiti benefit concert at Locust Grove church

A benefit concert, to aid earthquake victims in Haiti, is planned in Henry County.

Fire destroys Fort Gillem building

A Tuesday night fire destroyed a 65,000-square-foot, empty warehouse that was under renovation at Fort Gillem, in Forest Park, according to a spokesman for the military base.

Mercer students launch new literary journal

Students in Mercer University's College of Continuing and Professional Studies Program are putting their literary works on display.

Haiti donations qualify for immediate tax relief

Taxpayers giving to the "Haiti Relief Effort," in the wake of the Jan. 12, earthquake that decimated much of the Haitian capital city of Port-au-Prince, can get tax relief themselves, according to officials with the Internal Revenue Service.

Children treated to story time at library

Two-year-old Mason Law sat next to her mother, paying close attention to the story being read from the front of the room.

Litter clogs local storm drains

According to Clayton County Water Authority officials, 2009 was one of the wettest years on record for metro Atlanta. The heavy rains, according to officials, have washed leaves, trash, and other litter into the county's stormwater system, creating flood hazards in several areas of the county.

Students told education is key to success

Students at Oakland Elementary School were surprised to see two National Football League players take part in the school's career-day activities on Wednesday.

Teen detained in alleged burglary of Rex home

A 14-year-old boy was taken into custody Wednesday, following a probable-cause hearing in Clayton County Juvenile Court, involving the alleged burglary of a Rex home, according to authorities.

Clayton students to compete in 'Reading Bowl'

As many as 60 students -- on teams representing county schools --will be competing to see who knows the most about books, this Saturday, when the public school system hosts the Second Annual Clayton County Reading Bowl.

Simplifying the Tax Code? - Tom Purcell

I have mixed feelings about it, if you want to know the truth.

Anticipating a long-awaited economic rebound - Valerie Baldowski

I, for one, will be glad when the economy begins to recover.

Lovejoy girls solve Riverdale in overtime

Out of necessity, the Lovejoy girls basketball team had but only two choices as Riverdale set to inbounds the ball with a one-point lead and 24 seconds left in overtime. Best case scenario: Tough pressure defense would flummox the Lady Raiders and lead to a steal. Worst case scenario: The Lady Wildcats would have to foul until they reached the bonus, which was still five fouls away. The odds seemed against Lovejoy.

Solomon lifts game to new heights for Lovejoy Wildcats

When Cameron Solomon steps on the floor for the Lovejoy High School basketball team he turns into a magician--a wizard who can shoot the long-range jumper, go to the basket for a slam dunk and then race back down the floor to play defense.

High school coaches have players' backs in recruiting game

In six days, the recruiting frizzy - know as National Signing Day - begins.

Jonesboro sweeps Clayton County swim championships

Jonesboro swimming is back on top.

Clayton State rolls past Armstrong Atlantic twice

Just 1 minute 32 seconds into the game, No. 18 Clayton State women's basketball team had a crisis. Visiting Armstrong Atlantic whirled around the court from the opening tip, zipped passes up and down the floor and tested the Lady Lakers' pressure man defense.

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Mabel

Mabel is a gorgeous 5 year old domestic shorthair.

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Missy

Missy is a nine and a half year old Shepherd mix.

Search for Hinton's granddaughter remains active

The spring semester began this week at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla., as students and employees waited to hear new word on a group of missing students and faculty, including the granddaughter of McDonough businessman Zack Hinton.

Is it selfish to stock up?

I received lots of feedback from readers concerned about advice I passed on: to maximize savings by purchasing as many sale items as possible with your coupons. Here's one letter:

South metro leaders talk growth and development

Local economic experts and industry leaders identified the Southern Crescent as having the potential to become the next great growth area of the metro region, during the 2010 South Metro Development Outlook Conference.

Man faces third trial in wife's death

A Stockbridge man accused of killing his wife told a jury, Tuesday, that the state has "no proof" he committed the crime. He has told police he was in Florida at the time of her death.

Left in stitches

Conley resident, Candace Winfield, let her 1-year-old daughter, Monet, sit in her lap and hold the G-Hook needle as Candace practiced the slip stitch at the Clayton County Public Library system's headquarters branch on Tuesday.

Riverdale tightens booting, garbage-fee rules

The Riverdale City Council voted unanimously this week to rewrite its ordinances regarding companies using wheel clamps within the city limits. As of this week, companies seeking to boot illegally-parked vehicles will be monitored by the city's Community Development department.

'If I can't have you, no one else can'

Shantae Morgan demonstrated a choke hold on Clayton County District Attorney Tracy Graham Lawson in court Tuesday. Assistant District Attorney Mike Thurston had asked Morgan to show the jury how defendant, Christopher Durr, allegedly attacked Morgan's sister, Rashae Alicia Morgan, whom Durr is accused of stabbing to death in June 2005.

High school coaches have players' backs in recruiting game

In six days, the recruiting frizzy - know as National Signing Day - begins.

Electric vehicles patrol Hartsfield-Jackson

On electric, three-wheeled chariots, police officers at the world's busiest airport can zip by passengers to the scene of any emergency at Hartsfield-Jackson.

Rumors were true: Collins leaves Union Grove

Since 2000 when Union Grove opened, the Wolverines have made six playoff appearances, posted five winning seasons and four seasons of at least eight wins, and had four head coaches.

Henry County splits games with Putnam

The Henry County Ladyhawks were decked out in pink uniforms Tuesday night in an effort to bring awareness to breast cancer, and in the process the team from McDonough knocked off Putnam County 70-56 in a key region game.

Jones questions witnesses in trial's second day

Changa Jones opened the second day of his murder trial by questioning, extensively, the law officer who collected evidence from the 2005 murder scene.

New plan keeps East Clayton Elementary open

East Clayton Elementary School is no longer facing the prospect of being closed next year.

Rex Mill hosts 'Math and Science Blizzard'

On Wednesday evening, the "weather" at Rex Mill Middle School was "states of matter, with a chance of 2+2= 4."

Lady Tigers make it 10 straight

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Clayton students to compete in 'Reading Bowl'

As many as 60 students –– on teams representing county schools ––will be competing to see who knows the most about books, this Saturday, when the public school system hosts the Second Annual Clayton County Reading Bowl.

Freshmen spark Jonesboro to key region win

Jonesboro guard Jesse Gardner couldn't explain why the Cardinals came out in the first half flat in such a big region game against Alcovy Tuesday night.

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