News for Wednesday, March 10, 2010

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Georgians owed millions in 2006 tax refunds

Nearly 46,000 Georgia workers may be able to grab a piece of more than $42 million in unclaimed 2006 tax refunds, according to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Clayton Schools set for second gallery opening

Clayton County Public Schools will host its second Academic Gallery Opening on Tuesday, March 16, from 5 p.m., to 7 p.m., at the Clayton County Public Schools Central Administration Complex, 1058 Fifth Ave., in Jonesboro.

Officials condemn 10 College Park apartments

Clayton County Code Enforcement officers have condemned 10 units in a College Park apartment complex, and more may face a similar fate as inspections continue, according to a spokesman for the Clayton County Fire Department, on Wednesday.

Block party celebrates neighborhood stabilization

In 2009, Clayton County was awarded $9.7 million in federal stimulus money, for the purpose of revitalizing neighborhoods adversely impacted by the foreclosure crisis.

Officials release proposed, national K-12 curriculum

Local school officials said they are pleased with the idea of implementing universal standards in K-12 education across the nation.

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Delta group pays tribute to fallen soldiers

A group of Delta Air Lines employees has made a commitment to honor and recognize members of the military who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Riverdale hires attorney to probe ethics complaint

The Riverdale City Council voted this week to hire Dahlonega attorney, Bruce Edenfield, to investigate an ethics complaint filed by Councilman Kenny Ruffin against Councilman Wayne Hall over alleged abuses of a city-issued credit card and claims of other improprieties.

Clayton CASA welcomes new volunteers

The Clayton County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program, which provides volunteer advocates to children involved in deprivation cases, has reached a milestone.

Jonesboro mock trial team braces for 'state'

After weeks of focused practices, several members of the mostly novice Jonesboro High School mock trial team say they will be a little nervous -- but still fearless -- heading into the Georgia Mock Trial Competition this weekend.

The right to cuss - Tom Purcell

"What in the h-e-double-hockey-sticks did California lawmakers think they were doing?"

Martha's big adventure -- The job hunt - Martha Carr

A long job hunt can be bad for your heart. The Great Recession has created millions of new job hunters and what's essentially a buyer's market for employers. It's not uncommon to hear anecdotal stories about people doggedly pursuing leads for a year or two before finding employment, and many people are under-employed or temporarily in a different profession.

Wedding preparations open door for creativity - Valerie Baldowski

Our family is preparing to celebrate a series of life-changing experiences, a rite of passage for three young adults. We have a trio of weddings staring us in the face, and it's interesting watching how each couple is handling them differently.

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Bonnie

Bonnie is a 4 year old black and white tuxedo, domestic shorthair.

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Tippy

Tippy is a 3 year old Dilute Tortie, Domestic Shorthair.

Magical season comes to an end for Dutchtown

DULUTH -- As the Dutchtown players headed to the locker room as the final buzzer sounded at the Arena at Gwinnett, Brittney Strickland tried to hold back the tears. She kept telling her teammates to keep their heads up.

Stirring comeback falls short for Forest Park

DULUTH - The Southwest DeKalb girls were expected to win this game. They have a proven lineup, a seasoned coach and an aura of invincibility.

CSU women set to meet Tusculum in NCAA Regional

Six must be some kind of magic number for the Clayton State women's basketball team.

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Librarians celebrate 'Library Day in Georgia'

Approximately 300 librarians from across Georgia will converge on the State Capitol in Atlanta today to do something with state legislators that they would almost never allow anyone in their libraries to do too loudly — talk.

Reader mail: Keeping close tabs on coupons

When it comes to their grocery bills, many readers are serious about saving the most possible money. Those who pay close attention to coupons start to notice some very interesting things. Listen in.

BOE fires teacher over 'guilty' plea

Antonio Mahone has lost his job as an in-school suspension teacher at Clayton County Public Schools' Alternative School, for pleading "guilty" to three misdemeanor charges last September without telling anyone in the school system about it.

Arté Gras to benefit children's art programs

The music, culture, and fashion of the 1920s will be captured during this year's Arté Gras, an annual benefit gala supporting the children's programming of Arts Clayton.

Three wanted fugitives arrested at airport

Three people, wanted on drug or stalking charges, were arrested by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), on Monday, at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, according to CBP officials.

Registration ends Friday for Parks and Rec 'Actividay'

Parents have until the end of this week to register their children for the Clayton County Parks and Recreation Department's upcoming "Teachers' Workday Actividay" event, which is scheduled for Monday, March 15.

Clayton rape suspect caught in south Georgia

A man wanted on a rape charge in Clayton County was arrested, Tuesday, in southwest Georgia, the Clayton County Sheriff's Office said.

Police: Criminal charges unlikely against fired officers

A spokesperson for the Clayton County Police Department has said the department will not likely seek criminal charges against four police officers fired on Monday.

Former comrades of fallen guardsman Beale return from Afghanistan

Tuesday was an emotional day for Crystal Beale, as she welcomed home members of the military platoon who served with her deceased husband, John.

Dutchtown follows Williams' lead

Angela Williams didn't like what she saw, so she took the player's place. Knees bent in a wide stance, arms extended, she showed her Dutchtown girls basketball team exactly how she wanted them to pressure an opponent when it has the ball.

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Dutchtown, Forest Park chasing history

Everyday at practice, the Forest Park players are reminded of the school's past basketball success. Hanging from the wall in the gymnasium is the school's 1970 Class AAA championship banner.

Martha's big adventure — The job hunt - Martha Carr

A long job hunt can be bad for your heart. The Great Recession has created millions of new job hunters and what's essentially a buyer's market for employers. It's not uncommon to hear anecdotal stories about people doggedly pursuing leads for a year or two before finding employment, and many people are under-employed or temporarily in a different profession.

ELCA names Covington new boys basketball coach

With Southern Crescent squads Dutchtown and Forest Park girls still hoping to convert their trip to the Class AAAA Final Four into a state title, at least one other school has already turned its attention to the 2010-11 basketball season.

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