News for Friday, January 29, 2010

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Local fire departments to receive federal grants

Fire departments in two Clayton County cities have been awarded a total of nearly $100,00 in grants by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the U.S. Fire Administration.

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Photos sought for 'Then and Now' book

Over the past two-and-a-half centuries, Clayton County has transformed from a rural, farming community into a highly-populated suburb of Atlanta. Arcadia Publishing and Historical Jonesboro/Clayton County, Inc., are working together to capture the changes in a new book showcasing the county's visual history, from past to present.

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'Toys for Tots' volunteers thanked for support

An Appreciation ceremony was held on the McDonough Square Friday for those who made Henry County's Christmas "Toys for Tots" campaign a success.

Witnesses claim Jones vowed to kill wife

Changa Jones told the court Friday that he no longer wants to represent himself in his third murder trial, according to the defense attorney who will be taking over the case.

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Census office opens in Stockbridge

The U.S. Census Bureau's Stockbridge Local Census Office held an open house on Friday, inviting community members and local officials to attend a tour of the facility.

Another school system to lose accreditation

Less than a year after Clayton County Public Schools' accreditation was restored, another Georgia school system has been told it will lose its stamp of approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

Teen faces charges after high-speed chase

A Union City teenager is out of the Henry County Jail on bond, following a police chase that reportedly reached speeds of more than 100 mph.

February is American Heart Month

As American Heart Month approaches in February, health officials are campaigning to increase heart awareness.

North Clayton uses inside strength in region win

As North Clayton guard Zach Bradley walked to the Eagles' bench late in the second half Friday at Ola, he told his team that it was the "best man-to-man defense" they had played all season.

Stockbridge boys hold off Dutchtown rally to break losing streak

With the Region 4-AAAA tournament just around the corner, the Stockbridge Tigers entered their game at Dutchtown in much need of a win.

Wolfpack opens home stretch on right note

The schedule and weather seemed to conspire against Woodland in 2010. Seven of the Wolfpack's first eight games in the new year were on the road, a grueling stretch that included games against No. 1 South Atlanta and county rival Eagle's Landing, and they had come out relatively unscathed but with ground to make up in Region 4-AAA.

After 65 years, veteran to receive medals

Sixty-five years ago, Smyrna resident James Brumbelow accompanied the 3rd Marine Division into the Battle of Iwo Jima, one of the fiercest battles of World War II. After the American flag was raised, Brumbelow, a member of the Army's Battery B, 483rd Anti-aircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion, stayed in Iwo Jima, while the Marines went on to the Japanese mainland.

McDonough church focused on community bonds

Members of the Tabernacle of Praise Church International hope to cement its place in the community through increased local involvement.

God's love is unconditional - James Bell

I have the opportunity to talk with 20 to 30 soldiers at Atlanta's airport every week, and most of them seem to feel that they aren't doing enough for God to bless them, or they aren't living right and don't deserve His blessings.

Son testifies in father's trial, about mother's death

In an unusual occurrence, testimony in Henry County Superior Court was highlighted Thursday by a father on trial for murder, cross-examining his own son.

God's love is unconditional - James Bell

I have the opportunity to talk with 20 to 30 soldiers at Atlanta's airport every week, and most of them seem to feel that they aren't doing enough for God to bless them, or they aren't living right and don't deserve His blessings.

Metropolitan Opera hosting auditions at Spivey Hall

Thirteen rising opera stars will perform in Morrow this weekend, for a chance to sing on the stage of The Metropolitan Opera.

Dutchtown High hosting Governor's Honors interviews

Some 700 students from around the state will converge on the Dutchtown High School campus in Hampton on Saturday, to take part in interviews for the annual Georgia Governor's Honors Program.

Small business loans up state-wide over last year

While traditional bank lending remains tight for small businesses, the Georgia district office of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) reports that guaranteed lending to small business has jumped 83 percent in Georgia, from 224 loans in fiscal year 2009 to 410 loans in fiscal year 2010.

320 pounds of marijuana seized by authorities

The Clayton County Sheriff's Office K-9 unit seized twelve bundles of marijuana, weighing approximately 320 pounds, total, Thursday, at an Ellenwood shipping company, according to spokesperson, Sgt. Sonja Sanchez.

Business leaders urged to increase school involvement

In remarks to local business leaders on Thursday morning, Clayton County Public Schools Superintendent Edmond Heatley spent much of his time talking about student accomplishments and looming financial challenges facing the district.

What's with all the Tebow haters ?

Let's get one thing clear, I'm not a Florida Gator fan.

Indictment issued in check-cashing armed robbery

A Clayton County grand jury has indicted a man in connection with an alleged armed robbery of a Morrow check-cashing store last June.

'Toys for Tots' volunteers thanked for support

An Appreciation ceremony was held on the McDonough Square Friday for those who made Henry County's Christmas "Toys for Tots" campaign a success.

Meth lab discovered in Riverdale

On Wednesday, the Clayton County Sheriff's Office Fugitive/Tactical Investigation Unit arrested a man who was, allegedly, operating a meth lab in his Riverdale home.

Fifth-graders dominate county spelling bee

Tara Elementary School fifth-grader, Brittany Chopra, is no shyster, but she does know how to spell the word.

Misfortune aside, Ola regroups with something to prove

Charlie Smith and Kody Arnold make sure to end every Ola wrestling practice and every match with a team prayer. They didn't use to do that. They use to come in, get to work, punch the clock and head home. Another day, another step toward a state title.

Photos sought for 'Then and Now' book

Over the past two-and-a-half centuries, Clayton County has transformed from a rural, farming community into a highly-populated suburb of Atlanta. Arcadia Publishing and Historical Jonesboro/Clayton County, Inc., are working together to capture the changes in a new book showcasing the county's visual history, from past to present.

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