News for Wednesday, June 30, 2010

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Vampire-themed blood drive draws crowds

A line, stretching some 100 feet inro the parking lot of the Great Escape McDonough 16 Theater, Tuesday, included children, teenagers, and adults.

Teenager struck, killed by lightning

Joy Lewis, of McDonough, said she and her family were "in a state of shock," when they learned a member of her family had been fatally struck by lightning.

Cell phone use laws in effect today

Law enforcement officers across Georgia will be on the lookout for careless drivers this holiday weekend. Starting today, however, officers will pay closer attention to drivers who appear to be distracted by their cell phones.

Heatley wants to hire construction consultant

Clayton County Board of Education members were vocal in their protests, earlier this week, over a Clayton County Public Schools proposal to hire a management firm to act as a construction consultant for the next six months.

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A Dream Come True

Members of the Clayton County Sheriff's Office finished building a home for a single mother of five children, on Wednesday, through Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit, ecumenical, Christian housing ministry.

Independence Day celebration at International Park

Folks in the Southern Crescent will only have to go as far as Clayton County International Park to enjoy Fourth of July fireworks this Sunday. For only $10 per person, visitors will be able to enjoy the nighttime display, in addition to a day of picnicking, musical performances, a live disc jockey, and full access to "The Beach."

Change in Saturday parade route

The parade route for the 46th Annual Fourth of July Parade and Barbecue, hosted by the Jonesboro Masonic Lodge, has been changed, according to Lodge Master John Hallman.

Our Voice: 'Burning Jeff Turner at the stake'

What the Clayton County Commission did on Tuesday night smells to high heaven.

Local farmer's market gearing up for 3rd year

Riverdale resident, Lillie Golden, wears two hats when she is at the Clayton County Cooperative Extension Service's twice-a-week farmer's markets in the summer.

Necessity mother of invention - Tom Purcell

Here's a sentiment that helped make America great: Necessity is the mother of invention.

Vampire Nation - Will Durst

Taking a breather from our Gulf Coast miasma in order to focus on an even ghastlier blight of cultural crude washing up on American shores. No, this is not about Lady Gaga.

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Chico

Chico is a one year old Chihuahua.

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Pandora

Pandora is a 1 year old Birman mix.

Our Voice: 'Burning Jeff Turner at the stake'

What the Clayton County Commission did on Tuesday night smells to high heaven.

Local farmer's market gearing up for 3rd year

Riverdale resident, Lillie Golden, wears two hats when she is at the Clayton County Cooperative Extension Service's twice-a-week farmer's markets in the summer.

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.

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