News for Wednesday, July 14, 2010


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Harley owners to honor friend with MDA ride

When Steve Rabideaux was asked to describe Charles Harrison, the deceased Harley Davidson of Clayton County owner, he came up with the words "good people."

Fire leaves flea market vendors in lurch

A part owner of Sweeties Flea Market in Hampton is uncertain when the business will be able to resume normal operations, following a late night blaze.

Restaurant, brewery join forces for event

Nothing is more satisfying than great-tasting local food, along with flavorful local beer, according to Chris Fives, co-owner of Maguire's Family and Friends Restaurant and Irish Pub.

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Local teens channel Jimi Hendrix on canvas

Nearly a dozen local teenagers rocked out to the music of rock and roll legend Jimi Hendrix, while attempting to copy one of his watercolor paintings at the Forest Park branch of the Clayton County Library System.

Candidates gun for District 1 post

With more challengers than in any other local race, the fight for District 1 Commissioner may prove to be one of the more important contests in Clayton County in the 2010 election.

'Cross-over' voting OK, but not in runoffs

If you are a Republican, and there is a Democrat you feel compelled to try to defeat, or if you're a Democrat, and there is a Republican you are determined to oust, election officials in Clayton and Henry counties say there is nothing to stop you in the July 20 primary elections.

Mason named Clayton's fifth State Court judge

More than 14 months after state lawmakers approved a fifth Clayton County State Court judgeship, to tackle a massive caseload, Gov. Sonny Perdue has appointed Aaron Mason to the post.

Area water usage moderate despite heat

Area residents have become more conservative with their use of water, despite the hot weather, according to local water authority officials.

Jonesboro woman charged with forgery, fraud

A Clayton County woman was jailed in Henry County for allegedly forging a check at a local bank, and making numerous purchases in the victim's name.

Navigating the Second Amendment in Washington, D.C. - Tom Purcell

"When you get mugged, there are certain rules you must follow," my friend and his wife explained to me as we walked from a Washington, D.C., pub to their condo.

World Cup frenzyless - Will Durst

Now let me get this straight. The World Cup is the most exciting sporting event on the face of the planet, right? OK, then. What's second place -- the New England Spinsters Knitting Circle Seniors Tour?

Socks, briefs allow admission to car, bike show

Jonah Hand, of McDonough, is hoping to make a positive community impact this weekend with the car-and-bike show he has organized. He's doing it in support of veterans.

Why 'super-couponers' love a deep freeze

As a child, I often stood in awe of the large chest freezer my mom kept in our laundry room. It seemed enormous. What exactly did she have in there? I never quite understood her love for that freezer. Later, as a young 20-something getting ready to buy my first house, a chest freezer didn't make the list of necessary appliances that I budgeted for.

Clayton Schools to hold teacher job fair

Clayton County Public Schools officials are inviting local educators to attend a job fair the district is holding to hire special education, foreign language, English to speakers of other languages, and secondary mathematics teachers, on Thursday.

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Jesse Jackson leads transit prayer rally

Civil rights advocate, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr., was the keynote speaker during a rally in support of a binding referendum to give Clayton County the choice of paying into the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) system.

Classes offer opportunities for unemployed

There is a light in a dark tunnel of job woes, for the under-employed and unemployed in Clayton County and the Southern Crescent.

Governor touts Atlanta Gas Light's local expansion

Gov. Sonny Perdue helped usher in the recent expansion of Atlanta Gas Light (AGL) Company's Riverdale call center on Tuesday morning. Perdue, along with other state and local officials, welcomed 74 new local jobs, created when the company ended a four-year outsourcing agreement.

Economic study confirms airport paying its way

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport's status as the chief economic engine for Georgia has been boosted by a Economic Impact Study produced by planning and consulting agencies, and airport officials.