News for Wednesday, July 21, 2010


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DA, Solicitor host school supplies give-away

Three hundred empty bags were stuffed with school supplies Wednesday for some of the county's most disadvantaged children.

Recreation department, association to upgrade park

The Clayton County Parks and Recreation Department has partnered with the Clayton State University School of Business Alumni Association to improve a Jonesboro park.

House of Dawn hosts annual wine tasting

For five years, the House of Dawn has provided homeless, teenage mothers with stable housing, and the skills to become supportive mothers and productive adults.

Officials: Low demand contributes to gas-price plateau

Retail gas prices, up for the past couple of weeks, have hit a plateau on this summer's roller coaster of gas prices, according to AAA officials.

From tragedy to triumph

As a certified peer specialist at the Clayton Center Behavioral Health Services Center, Toni Scott-Short's job is to help people get their lives back on track. In addition to managing patients with addictive and mental diseases, she helps adults learn how to cope with crises and other long-term problems, so they can be productive members of society.

Three nabbed in drugs-for-goods probe

A lengthy undercover investigation by narcotics agents, covering three states, resulted in three arrests in Henry County.

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CSU teaching the links between music, body

The ties between music and the human body do not stop at "The leg bone connected to the knee bone ...," according to Clayton State University Director of Opera and Vocal Studies Kurt-Alexander Zeller.

Schools to host open houses for parents

Clayton County Public Schools officials have announced an open-house schedule for the county's 61 schools. It calls for holding the sessions at varying times, based on grade level.

Bump you, kiss Me - Will Durst

What is wrong with the GOP? Are they blind, reckless or just plain mean? They must see that reinforcing their stereotype as the Party Of The Rich is not a good idea. They have unanimously said "No. Hell, no" to every budget proposal floated their way, yet are willing to make an exception to give money to the rich. Rich. Rich. Rich. Rich. Rich. Rich. Rich. Curious mantra.

Needed: Blue-collar horse sense - Tom Purcell

The article in The Washington Post filled me with hope: There's a trend toward college-educated people getting into the trades.

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Christian and Emeril

Christian (gray) and Emeril (black and white) are brothers who were born on March 31. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.