News for Tuesday, July 20, 2010


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Clayton voter turnout was 'steady' for primaries

The flow of Clayton County voters, who went to the polls to cast ballots in the Republican and Democratic primaries on Tuesday was rarely, if ever, overwhelming, but voters did show up in a constant stream, according to poll managers across the county.

Barnes easily advances in governor's race

ATLANTA -- Former Gov. Roy Barnes swept to a commanding win in the Democratic race for governor on Tuesday, while Karen Handel and Nathan Deal will square in a runoff three weeks from now to decide the Republican nominee.

Incumbents pull victories in BOC elections

Despite a year full of controversial board decisions, incumbents running for the Clayton County Board of Commissioners pulled off strong wins on Tuesday during the primary election.

Runoff likely for BOE District 9 candidates

Clayton County Board of Education member Charlton Bivins is headed for an Aug. 10 run-off election with challenger James Searcy for the school board's District 9 seat, according to election results available at 1 a.m., on Wednesday.

Republican Black wins agriculture primary

ATLANTA -- The past president of the Georgia Agribusiness Council won the Republican primary on Tuesday for state agriculture commissioner, a post held by a Democrat for more than 40 years, and responsible for regulating and promoting a $7 billion industry.

Hodges beats Teilhet in heated AG race

ATLANTA -- Former prosecutor Ken Hodges scored a resounding victory Tuesday over rival state Rep. Rob Teilhet in the Democratic race for the state's first open attorney general's seat in more than 60 years.

Ga. congressmen defeat primary challengers

ATLANTA -- Three Georgia consgressman overcame primary challenges from fellow Democrats on Tuesday, while the state's newest House Republican was forced into a runoff less than a month after he took office.

Riverdale man charged with animal cruelty

John Louis McKinley, 57, of Riverdale, appeared in Clayton County Magistrate Court Tuesday on charges of aggravated cruelty to animals, after allegedly tying his dog to a pick-up truck and dragging the animal up and down the street.

Davenport pulls off stunning victory, reclaims seat

After losing her bid for re-election in 2008 to current State Sen. Gail Buckner (D-Jonesboro), former District 44 Senator Gail Davenport pulled off a stunning win to reclaim the title of senator.

Are couponers junk-food junkies? - Jill Cataldo

Most mail I receive from readers is friendly. Saving money with coupons is fun and rewarding, and readers love to share their stories. But I receive my share of complaints. Here's one:

Boy or girl, I hope for a greater joy - Jason Smith

People keep asking me, ever since I announced I was going to be a father, whether my wife and I want a girl or a boy. I go back and forth, in my mind, struggling to answer this question.

The cool kids - Martha Carr

It's been pointed out to me more than once that I'm very good at getting to know people. Not just meeting them, but actually creating a bond and keeping it going. All sorts of people from all kinds of backgrounds and ideologies are in my large circle of friends.