News for Thursday, March 11, 2010

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Officials urge residents to change alarm batteries

As area residents prepare to set their clocks ahead one hour this weekend, fire officials are urging them to take steps to protect their homes at the same time.

Dutchtown's senior class orchestrates historic playoff run

For those outside the Southern Crescent, the name Dutchtown hasn't been a household name in high school basketball circles. The program has been around since 2004, and few could tell you where the school is located.

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Clothes Closet a 'blessing' for locals

For Carla Dennis, a student and mother of four, from Riverdale, the Clothes Closet in Jonesboro has been a blessing for the last four years.

Teen raising money for cancer research

McDonough resident, Kipp Maddox, is on a mission to help fund childhood cancer research.

Severe weather forecast today in metro area

Weather officials are expecting more severe weather today, when heavy rain moves through the metro-Atlanta region.

Harold's Barbecue continues legacy -- in McDonough

Kevin Fisher, of McDonough, sat at a table at Harold's Barbecue in McDonough, munching on fried pickles, while anxiously awaiting a plate of ribs.

Wealth of experience raises stakes for F. Park

When the final game ended of the Forest Park girls basketball team's season Wednesday -- a 61-55 defeat by Southwest DeKalb in the Class AAAA semi-finals -- there was no lingering in the locker room. Lady Panthers coach Steven Cole, resolved already to be brief, addressed his team and left them to pack up.

State school superintendent sees tougher times ahead

School districts in Georgia will need to buckle down and prepare for more stringent budget cuts in the future, local Republicans were told Thursday.

Historical society hosts spaghetti fund-raiser

In what has become a spring tradition, Historical Jonesboro/Clayton County, Inc., is preparing to serve spaghetti to more than 200 people during its annual Spaghetti Dinner Fund-raiser.

Henry Medical, Piedmont Health explore partnership

Henry Medical Center (HMC) has joined forces with Piedmont Healthcare to examine the possibility of working together more closely in the future.

Brown Elementary gives test tips to parents

Brown Elementary School Second-grade Teacher Katrina Wade told parents they need to make sure their children do the little things -- like get a lot of rest and eat a healthy breakfast -- before taking the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCTs), because the mind matters on test day.

Program tests young athletes for heart health

Area student-athletes will have the opportunity to get heart-health screenings this month, at a discounted rate.

Clayton Schools optimistic about SACS reviews

Clayton County Public Schools officials are awaiting the official word, from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), on how the first round of school-level Quality Assurance Reviews went, but they said this week they are optimistic about the report.

A blessed life despite the heartaches - Ronda Rich

I visited a woman, old and gray, her journey of life nearing its winter's end. She settled into an armless rocker and moved gently, slowly back and forth, looking from her view on the porch past the towering magnolia trees that spread the full length of her yard.

Coloring within the travel lines - Curt Yeomans

You know how it is. You've got a couple of weeks of vacation from work coming up, and you don't know what to do with it.

With Cox help, CSU women play on national stage

Sometime early next week I will fill out my NCAA tournament basketball brackets, enter as many on-line contests as I can find, then hope at least a couple of my Final Four picks make it that far.

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.

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.

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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Bonnie

Bonnie is a 4 year old black and white tuxedo, domestic shorthair. She has been spayed and fully vaccinated. Bonnie used up one of her nine lives, when she was hit by a car several years ago. Luckily for Bonnie, a good Samaritan saw what happened and picked her up from the road. Complete with broken pelvis, Bonnie came directly to CCHS. She has fully recovered from her accident, and seems to have no after effects at all. She is a very sweet girl, and she is known around the shelter for demanding attention from her caretakers! If anyone sits down, and there is a lap available, Bonnie will be curled up there in an instant. For more information, please call Robin at 770/478-7531. Visit www.claytoncountyhumane.org to see other animals available for adoption.

Harold's Barbecue continues legacy –– in McDonough

Kevin Fisher, of McDonough, sat at a table at Harold's Barbecue in McDonough, munching on fried pickles, while anxiously awaiting a plate of ribs.

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Tippy

Tippy is a 3 year old Dilute Tortie, Domestic Shorthair. She has been spayed and all vaccinations are current. Tippy was born to a stray cat who was being fostered by a CCHS staff member. (Tippy's brother, "Scooter", and her sister, "Celeste", are also still at the shelter and available for adoption.....3 long years after they were born!) These wonderful cats have been hand-raised since the day of their birth, and they are extremely sweet and "people-oriented". For more information, please call Robin at 770/478-7531. Visit www.claytoncountyhumane.org to see other animals available for adoption.

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Clothes Closet a 'blessing' for locals

For Carla Dennis, a student and mother of four, from Riverdale, the Clothes Closet in Jonesboro has been a blessing for the last four years.

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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.

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).

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.

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.

Dutchtown's senior class orchestrates historic playoff run

For those outside the Southern Crescent, the name Dutchtown hasn't been a household name in high school basketball circles. The program has been around since 2004, and few could tell you where the school is located.

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