News for Thursday, June 17, 2010

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Voter registration deadline fast approaching

The primary elections are just over a month away, but the timetable is shorter for anyone who has not yet registered to vote.

Clayton schools vie for support in Big Lots contest

Two Clayton County schools are in need of community support to win thousands of dollars in cash prizes from the Big Lots store chain.

Local organizations promote marital bliss

On the lawn of the historic Clayton County Courthouse in Jonesboro, couples and families were reminded Thursday that marriage can work, "if you work at it."

Henry school superintendent announces retirement

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

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Local library promotes reading with puppet show

A clown, who can shoot streams of water from his eyes, is seldom ranked high on the trust list.

Stockbridge mayor sues city over veto powers

A conflict between Stockbridge Mayor Lee Stuart, and the Stockbridge City Council, may soon end up in a courtroom.

Local man suspected in federal fraud case

In connection with a nationwide effort to crackdown on mortgage fraud, a McDonough man is under investigation by federal authorities.

HMC, Piedmont still negotiating, but not exclusively

Henry Medical Center (HMC), and Piedmont Healthcare, have put a hold on their exclusive negotiations for a potential affiliation between the two health-care providers.

County rolls out mortgage-assistance program

County leaders joined the Clayton County Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP), on Thursday, in rolling out a new campaign, in which the county will make an investment in teachers, public-safety officials, servicemen, military widows, and medical professionals, who want to purchase homes, and live in the county.

Henry BOE to appeal charter schools ruling

The Henry County Board of Education plans to appeal the recent court ruling affirming the authority of the Georgia Charter Schools Commission to approve charter school applications.

Sorority solidarity walk set for good health

An international sorority is gearing up for an annual event, promoting exercise, and good health.

Small-town roots, winning edge for Rayhall

Fifteen-year-old Sean Rayhall proudly proclaims his small-town roots, hailing from the west Georgia town of Winston near Villa Rica.

Weatherman holds off Coffey

Alex Coffey had been on a hot streak during this season's Thursday Thunder at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The McDonough-native has opened the season with the first two wins in the Bandit division.

Hitting up Georgia's 'Golden Isles'

If there is a more peaceful place in Georgia than the one-two-three punch of St. Simons Island, Jekyll Island and Cumberland Island, then, I am not aware of such a place. The three islands, part of the chain of isles off Georgia's coast that are collectively known as the "Golden Isles," provide an ideal escape from the hectic life of a bustling city.

Sopping and mashing

Rodney, the reigning patriarch of our family, loves sorghum syrup which, in the mountains, is called "soggum syrup."

Summer library programs continue each Tuesday

The Jackson-Butts County Public Library is sponsoring programs with the theme, "Make a Splash... Read," each Tuesday at 10 a.m., until July 27. The programs will be held at the Jackson-Butts County Exchange Building (Fair Grounds). The public is invited to these free programs:

Jackson graduates chosen for scholarships

At the Jackson High School commencement ceremony recently, approximately 45 presentations of scholarships were made to individual graduates to assist in furthering their education after high school. JHS Principal Duane Kline said the scholarships totaled $2.6 million, the largest amount recorded for a JHS graduating class.

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Reception honors Butts County's retired educators

Butts County Retired Educators recently hosted its annual reception for retiring employees of the Butts County School System. There were 11 honorees this year, including seven certified personnel and four non-certified personnel. Butts County Retired Educators provided punch and finger foods for the retirees, their families, Board of Education members and others to enjoy as they chatted, reminisced, and talked of future plans.

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'Make a Splash...Read' - 2010 Summer Reading Club underway

The series of summer programs offered by the Jackson-Butts County Public Library, to entertain children of all ages, kicked off earlier this month with a program by Master Puppeteer David Stephens. He took the classic characters of Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox, Brer Bear and their cohorts, and created some new adventures for them.

Hitting up Georgia's 'Golden Isles'

If there is a more peaceful place in Georgia than the one-two-three punch of St. Simons Island, Jekyll Island and Cumberland Island, then, I am not aware of such a place. The three islands, part of the chain of isles off Georgia's coast that are collectively known as the "Golden Isles," provide an ideal escape from the hectic life of a bustling city.

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Area's young tumblers 'flip' at Flipcity South

For the tumblers, their moment of truth begins at the end of a 100-foot-long lane.

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