News for Tuesday, June 29, 2010

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Area residents retreat from the heat

Caswell Smith encouraged his granddaughters to have fun as they splashed about in the small pool.

BOC eliminates police academy, other programs

The Clayton Regional Law Enforcement Academy has been eliminated from the county's proposed fiscal 2011 budget. Removal of the police training agency is one of many changes by the Clayton County Board of Commissioners to plug a $9 million hole in the county's budget.

Motorists should expect delays this holiday weekend

Construction and repair work on major highways in Henry and Clayton counties will come to a halt this weekend, to accommodate an expected holiday-travel rush.

Packrats, unite: Stockpile for greater savings

Q: "I recently read one of your columns about stockpiling and would like to know more. More on stockpiling, please!"

Lewis Academy parents press to keep school

Saquienthia Davis said she sees Lewis Academy of Excellence as more than a charter school that children attend to learn reading, writing and arithmetic. "It's our village," Davis said. "It's our foundation. It's our safety net."

Vayla Lee is Twiggs County's interim schools chief

Educator Valya Lee has been tapped by a central Georgia school system to serve as its temporary leader for the next year, the former Clayton County Public Schools Interim Superintendent confirmed on Tuesday.

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Businesses take to the links for Arts Clayton

As Rodney Tookes fired shots down the driving range at Crystal Lake Golf and Country Club on Tuesday morning, he knew his hitting strokes paled in comparison to how he, and others, hoped to score for youngsters in Clayton County.

Public to discuss $1.6 million transportation facility

Clayton County Public Schools construction officials will meet, tonight, with residents living near Charles R. Drew High School to provide information on the building of a new $1.6 million transportation facility in the area.

Archives exhibit shows history of Atlanta's airport

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport wasn't always the world's busiest airport. Once upon a time, it wasn't even an airport at all, said Grant Wainscott, executive director and chief curator of the National Museum of Commercial Aviation.

Exploit this tragedy - Tina Dupuy

Before the tar balls had a chance to touch down on the white sands of the Gulf Coast, the message from the oil-soaked Republican Party was clear: "Don't exploit the disaster ... if you're a Democrat." But if you're a member of the GOP, feel free to exploit this endless spill for political gain. Use it as a battering ram against the president.

A baby's heartbeat changes everything - Jason Smith

As I write this column, I am attempting to process something that just happened a few hours ago.

What we don't see - Martha Carr

BP's CEO, Tony Hayward, who has been with the company since 1982, was chastised again recently for poor leadership. This time, it was for taking a day off to watch a yacht race. He was seen as out of touch with what was happening to his company, which has lost more than half of its stock value, and for being out of touch with the enormity of the disaster in the Atlantic Ocean.

Candidacy challenge filed against Murphy

Just 10 days following the qualifying period for candidates in the November 2010 election, an election challenge has been filed against Lovejoy Mayor Joe Murphy, who is running for a commission seat outside of the district in which he lives.

Vayla Lee is Twiggs County's interim schools chief

Educator Valya Lee has been tapped by a central Georgia school system to serve as its temporary leader for the next year, the former Clayton County Public Schools Interim Superintendent confirmed on Tuesday.

Familiar faces enter Clayton political races

Former Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill, former District Attorney Jewel Scott, former State Sen. Gail Davenport, and former School Board Member Sandra G. Scott are among those vying for office in this year's elections.

Friday hearing set for candidacy challenge

The Clayton County Board of Elections and Registration will conduct a hearing Friday to determine the legitimacy of Lovejoy Mayor Joe Murphy's candidacy in the District 4 County Commission race.

Qualifying begins Monday for local posts

Starting Monday, county residents will have the chance to put their hats into the political ring, for a shot at elected positions that will allow them to help determine the future of Clayton County.

A baby's heartbeat changes everything - Jason Smith

As I write this column, I am attempting to process something that just happened a few hours ago.

Archives exhibit shows history of Atlanta's airport

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport wasn't always the world's busiest airport. Once upon a time, it wasn't even an airport at all, said Grant Wainscott, executive director and chief curator of the National Museum of Commercial Aviation.

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