News for Tuesday, June 15, 2010

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Youngster nearly drowns at rec center pool

A 9-year-old male was in "serious" condition at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston Tuesday night, after he nearly drowned earlier in the day in the pool at the Virginia Burton Gray Recreation Center, in Riverdale, according to a Clayton County Police Department spokesman.

Movie-studio request gains initial county approval

Movie-making on sound stages in Henry County cleared a major hurdle Tuesday, when the county's board of commissioners voted 4-1 to approve a resolution necessary to get the ball rolling on the project.

Punishment imminent in inmate-release mishap

Lackadaisical behavior on the part of jail supervisors led to the erroneous release of four Clayton County Jail inmates, according to an internal investigation of the incident, said Sheriff Kem Kimbrough.

Suspects sought in church bus theft

Henry County Police are searching for suspects, who reportedly stole items from a church bus in the parking lot of a local house of worship.

McDonough teen is paintball player, coach, referee

Dylan Kersey has found his niche in paintball. In two years, the 14-year-old has become an accomplished player in the sport.

Schools' communications department wins PR awards

Clayton County Public Schools' Department of Communication has earned two Golden Achievement awards from the National School Public Relations Association.

Hot weather spurs 'Taste of Clayton' postponement

Officials from Historical Jonesboro/Clayton County, Inc., considered moving their biggest fund-raiser of the year -- the annual "Taste of Clayton" event -- out of June for some time, but decided to go ahead and give it a try.

Henry school superintendent announces retirement

Henry County Schools Superintendent Michael Surma has announced his plans to retire this year.

Where are coupons for healthy foods?

Q: "I've been following your column for a while now, and I see that it can save me some money.

Henry firefighters honored at annual banquet

Henry County Firefighter of the Year, Robert Harrell, said he was "surprised and humbled" when his co-workers nominated him for his work in public safety.

Legislative candidates share platforms, concerns at forum

Education funding, political cooperation, and public transportation, were topics high on the lists of concerns for candidates seeking membership in the Clayton County Legislative Delegation, during a forum hosted by the Clayton County NAACP Tuesday night.

Henry Medical drops flu-inspired visitation restrictions

Henry Medical Center officials have lifted the hospital's prior restrictions on those 18 years old, and younger, in visiting hospital patients.

Arrested pair charged with trafficking marijuana

Two south Georgia men, who police say are cousins, were being held without bond in the Henry County Jail Tuesday, for allegedly bringing drugs into Henry County.

Arrested pair charged with trafficking marijuana

Two south Georgia men, who police say are cousins, were being held without bond in the Henry County Jail Tuesday, for allegedly bringing drugs into Henry County.

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Local youths tone their pitch at music camp

Alexandria McMath attributes her decision to participate in the Second Annual Summer Music Camp at Clayton State University's Spivey Hall, to the fact that her parents recently bought her a "baby" -- a Baby Grand Piano, that is.

Building of new recreation center exceeds budget

Construction on the Fairview Recreation Center has run into cost overruns, according to a Henry County official.

The measure of a man

Priorities are often a good sign of what someone is really thinking.

EM Forster and Facebook

"Big Brother" is watching you in a very "Orwellian" way.

Clemente tournament returns to McDonough again this summer

Atlanta Braves rookie sensation Jason Heyward once played in it.

Goree sanctioned for violating BOE policies

Clayton County Board of Education Member Jessie Goree has been censured by her colleagues for violating five board policies, and one accreditation standard last month, when she walked into a meeting of principals, and allegedly criticized her colleagues and district leaders.

BOC to consider Ellenwood police precinct

The Clayton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) wants to lease property for a temporary police precinct at the Ellenwood Town Center, off Anvil Block Road.

Students gain knowledge at Hartsfield-Jackson

Jasmine Smith, a 21-year-old aspiring broadcast journalist, said she wants to follow in the footsteps of Katie Couric and Anderson Cooper. In the hopes of getting experience in the field, she is interning this summer in the Public Affairs division of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Jonesboro approves Phase 2 Streetscape plans

The Jonesboro City Council voted unanimously on Monday to move forward with Phase 2 of it's downtown Streetscape Project.

Schools' communications department wins PR awards

Clayton County Public Schools' Department of Communication has earned two Golden Achievement awards from the National School Public Relations Association.

NAACP hosts State House, Senate candidates

The Clayton County NAACP will host it's third, and final, event in a series of political forums for candidates in the July 20 general primary.

Hot weather spurs 'Taste of Clayton' postponement

Officials from Historical Jonesboro/Clayton County, Inc., considered moving their biggest fund-raiser of the year — the annual "Taste of Clayton" event — out of June for some time, but decided to go ahead and give it a try.

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Half-off book fair begins at library

Employees of the Clayton County Library System were busy making sure hundreds of books, gifts, and school supplies, were perfectly displayed at the system's headquarters branch on Monday afternoon.

Agency urges watchful eye for elder abuse

State and local agencies are urging vigilance in taking action against abuse in the care of the elderly, as today marks World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, which is being promoted by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse.

Scouts learn first-hand to 'drop and roll'

The newly created Cub Scout Pack 1776 recently took its first field trip –– to Henry County Fire Station No. 3, in Stockbridge.

Commission expected to vote again on movie studio

The Henry County Board of Commissioners is expected to vote again on a proposed agreement between a local developer and the county, to bring a movie studio to Tara Field in Hampton.

BOE budget continues to reflect revenue losses

The Henry County Board of Education anticipates another year of a decline in local taxes. The losses will be reflected in the school district's budget for the 2010-11 school year.

Too good to be true - Joel Hall

All people, regardless of how strong, have at least one weakness. For Samson, it was pretty women. For Wimpy, it was delicious hamburgers.

Opponents vow to challenge historic-district proposal

Opponents of an ordinance to create an historic district in the City of McDonough say they will once again voice their displeasure at a public hearing on the proposal next month.

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Dancing under stars debuted on The Square

Drivers passing through the McDonough Square this weekend saw dozens of people seated at brightly decorated tables, while others danced the night away.

Another teen arrested in burglary of friend's home

A second Clayton County teenager has been arrested in connection with a break-in at a McDonough home.

County to get new domestic violence shelter

Victims of domestic violence will have a larger facility next summer.

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Stockbridge pair wins Henry Players' art contest

Nine-year-old Emily Crawford was excited to be asked to choose the winners in an inaugural art-contest promotion for the Henry Players' production of "Charlotte's Web."

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