News for Monday, July 12, 2010


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The Gathering Place

Until recently, downtown Lovejoy resembled a ghost town.

Local labor unions endorse Crute

Labor unions representing bus drivers, construction workers, airport employees, truckers, and other service workers gave a major endorsement to District 1 Commissioner Candidate Shegale Crute on Monday.

Rex teen shoots man during argument

A 15-year-old is in police custody for allegedly shooting a 25-year-old man, who police said was involved in an "amorous" relationship with the teen's mother.

Clayton Schools postpones consulting contract

Clayton County Public Schools officials pulled -- likely for good -- a plan to hire an Atlanta construction-management firm to do consulting work for the district.

Clayton Schools to close on Fridays this month

Clayton County Public Schools will operate on a shortened work schedule over the next two weeks, as part of its efforts to cut spending, according to a school system official.

Boy Scouts, school, get EMC utility grants

Two local organizations are on the receiving end of financial help from an area utility company.

Kings, queens, crowned in special pageant

Sherrie Ferguson was nervous when winners were being announced at the eighth annual Mr. and Miss Henry County Pageant in McDonough recently. The Locust Grove resident was not expecting to hear her name called as the new Miss Special Henry County.

Jonesboro woman shot during birthday party

Police continue to search for a motive in the drive-by shooting of a 21-year-old woman at a combination birthday party and house warming, at her Jonesboro home.

Some races to be decided during primary

With only one week until the July 20, primary election, advance voting will take place all this week at six locations across the county.

Trek Bicycles Store to have drawing, giveaway

July 16-25, Trek Bicycles Store of McDonough, and Peachtree City, will celebrate the 2010 Tour de France with a Trek road bike giveaway, and store-wide savings on cycling essentials.

Woman charged in alleged burglary in Stockbridge

A Jonesboro woman was in the Henry County Jail facing a burglary charge, for her alleged role in attempting to steal scrap metal from a building in Stockbridge.

When the media spoils freebies - Joel Hall

Journalism, like anything else, is a business, and newspapers, television news networks, and radio stations do their best to listen to the needs of their customers and fulfill those needs. With the way the economy is right now, there has been a lot of emphasis on the part of the media to lead people to things that are free.

The science of stupidity - Mike Reagan

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden recently told Al Jazeera English that President Obama "wanted me to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with the dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science ... and math and engineering." After hearing this statement, my deepest fears about the dangerous priorities being put forth by this administration were confirmed.

Our better angels - Martha Carr

There is a trend occurring across America of late that has people feeling more comfortable about stating their views openly toward groups of people they don't like. Sometimes, it's been a group with a different ethnic background, sometimes, it's been a religious practice and, sometimes, sexual orientation.

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Carlotta Harrell

Carlotta Harrell is a candidate for State Representative, District 76.