News for Thursday, June 10, 2010

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McDonough framing shop considers closing its doors

Peter Morrison said he rushed to the frame shop when her heard about its 30-percent discount on framing orders.

McDonough institute prepares students for medical field

Sylvia Lawson said students in her medical-training facility learn not only how to meet patients' needs from a clinical perspective, but also from an emotional one.

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Reptiles help libraries promote reading program

For Micah Townsend, the feeling was somewhere between "good" and "weird," on Thursday, during a special presentation at the Riverdale branch of the Clayton County Library System.

SECURUS House sponsors volleyball fund-raiser

On a daily basis, the Clayton County Association Against Family Violence, Inc., also known as SECURUS House, provides emotional support and financial assistance to women and children escaping abusive relationships.

Elite Scholars Academy 'graduates' its first class

The crowd roared with applause, and cheered as about 75 students walked across the stage of the Clayton County Public Schools' Performing Arts Center, during the Elite Scholars Academy Charter School's first "Eight Grade Graduation Ceremony."

Henry drivers to get accident reports online

A pilot program, allowing motorists to obtain accident reports online, has proven to be productive, said one county official.

Jonesboro man facing charges in hit-and-run

It may have just been luck, but a 54-year-old Jonesboro woman walked away from a hit-and-run accident on Thursday with only minor injuries -- despite her sports utility vehicle being hit twice by an allegedly stolen tractor trailer truck, according to a Clayton County Police spokesperson.

Henry County records 4th rabies case

Officials have confirmed another case of rabies in rural Henry County. Animal control experts reported positive tests Thursday for rabies in a red fox found roaming a Locust Grove backyard on Wednesday.

More charges filed in burglary case

Two individuals, including one juvenile, are suspects charged in a residential-burglary case in McDonough.

Clayton water facility earns state's top award

The W.B. Casey Water Reclamation Facility has been named Wastewater Plant of the Year by the Georgia Association of Water Professionals, which is made up of officials from water authorities around the state.

Discovering the old-world charm of Savannah - Curt Yeomans

As the music group, Black-Eyed Peas, once said, "Let's get it started in here."

Women who garden (Or bush hog) - Ronda Rich

A few years ago, I was in New York City to do a photo session for a book cover, and found myself at the behest of a stylist and a hairdresser, who also doubled as a make-up artist.

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Institute prepares students for medical field

Sylvia Lawson said students in her medical-training facility learn not only how to meet patients' needs from a clinical perspective, but also from an emotional one.

Developers must post erosion-control bond

Developers, who build in Henry County, must now post a $1,000 (per acre) erosion-control bond, to cover any potential damage to the environment, and any damage they cause will be accessed by the acre.

BOE studies expanding Pre-K options in Henry

The Henry County Board of Education is forming a study group to investigate the feasibility of expanding public access to Pre-K education in the county.

Weed getting up to speed in Semi-Pro

Mike Weed drove into Victory Lane and parked his No. 29 Legends car. He got out and let forth a short, emphatic celebratory shout.

USSSA baseball teams stay busy this summer

There is plenty on tap this summer for USAAA baseball teams.

One-time Christmas gift turns Coffey into future racing phenom

Four years ago, Doug Coffey called his son, Alex, into the family's garage. Awaiting the then 8-year-old McDonough native on Christmas Day was a Bandolero racing car.

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Worn flags retired with honor

On Saturday afternoon, about 50 flags were burned in a ceremony held by the American Legion Honor Guard of Post 258 of Jonesboro, to demonstrate the proper way to dispose of American flags no longer in serviceable condition.

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Jackson submits resurfacing wishlist

The City of Jackson will submit to the Georgia Department of Transportation a list of 15 streets it would like help to repave.

BOE, BOC adopt preliminary budgets; Formal approvals set for July

Triggering a number of public hearings, the Butts County Board of Education and the Board of Commissioners, on Monday, each adopted preliminary spending plans for the 2011 fiscal year.

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Arts council adds to permanent collection

One sweet secret in the heart of Butts County is its collection of fine art.

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Jackson Industry offers opportunity for developmentally disabled

What has come to be known as Jackson Industry, a division of the Butts County Developmental Disability Center, has served area businesses since 1973.

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Butts Farm Bureau president visits Washington, D.C.

Butts County Farm Bureau President David Ridgeway recently traveled to Washington, D.C., with other Georgia Farm Bureau members, to meet with Georgia's congressional delegation to discuss agriculture issues.

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City recognizes National Garden Week

The week of June 6 through June 12 has been proclaimed National Garden Week in the City of Jackson.

Clayton water facility earns state's top award

The W.B. Casey Water Reclamation Facility has been named Wastewater Plant of the Year by the Georgia Association of Water Professionals, which is made up of officials from water authorities around the state.

Elite Scholars Academy 'graduates' its first class

The crowd roared with applause, and cheered as about 75 students walked across the stage of the Clayton County Public Schools' Performing Arts Center, during the Elite Scholars Academy Charter School's first "Eight Grade Graduation Ceremony."

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Graduation today for Sheriff's Youth Summer Camp

Thirty-two youngsters are scheduled to complete a Henry County Sheriff's Office program designed to provide educational and recreational opportunities.

Hospital auxiliary wraps up busy May

The Sylvan Grove Hospital Auxiliary was busy during May. Members participated in the Community-wide Yard Sale at the Butts County Administration Building and made money for various projects.

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Plein Air event held at Indian Springs

The art-loving public got a chance to see artists at work, outdoors, in Indian Springs State Park and throughout The Village at Indian Springs on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend.

Butts Co. Magistrate Court Report: May 25-31

Chief Magistrate Gigi Leverette Hoard reports the following individuals were brought before the Butts County Magistrate Court for First Appearance Bond Hearings during the period of May 25 to May 31:

Jackson to amend city charter

For more than a decade, the Jackson City Council has apparently been meeting across the street from where it should've been.

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Stodghill-Lofton descendants to dedicate cemetery memorial

Just a few feet off the road, surrounded by horse pastures and watched over by a leaning historical marker that details a portion of Sherman's March to the Sea, lies a small cemetery where people with names like White and Morgan and Stodghill and Lofton are buried.