News for Tuesday, March 2, 2010

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Truett's Grill, Freeplay Foundation hosting basketball tournament

Last year, Truett's Grill of Morrow hosted its first-ever Truett's Grill Classic Youth Basketball Tournament, giving 100 students the chance to compete for free Chick-fil-A meals for a year. This year, the Truett's Grill, Clayton County's Dwarf House restaurants, and the Freeplay Foundation for Youth Sports are sponsoring an even bigger tournament for up to 320 students.

University System unveils plan for budget cuts

Clayton and Henry counties would be hit in more ways than one, if the University System of Georgia is forced to make an additional $300 million in budget cuts, as legislators are asking system officials to be prepared to do.

Boy hit by car still critical

Nearly a week after being struck by a car as he attempted to cross Ga. Highway 85, a Church Street Elementary School student remained in critical condition Tuesday, according to a spokesperson for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

State gas prices gaining on national average

Georgia is fast-closing the gap between local, average gasoline prices and the national average price.

Clayton leaders read Dr. Seuss to local youths

Theodor Seuss Geisel's "Green Eggs and Ham" is the author's top book, according to Clayton County Public Schools Superintendent Edmond Heatley.

Plan to add Clayton Xpress routes denied

The Georgia Regional Transportation Authority (GRTA) announced Tuesday that the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has shot down a proposal to add three new Xpress bus routes in Clayton County, following the March 31 demise of the county's C-TRAN bus service.

Cold, slushy weather pushes north

Metro Atlanta experienced its fourth measurable snow event of the year on Tuesday, according to weather officials.

One man charged in Monday robbery

Clayton County police say they have charged one of the men apprehended after Monday's alleged robbery of a Bank of America in Jonesboro.

Meet the bar code of the future

Sharp-eyed readers have noticed a change in the bar codes on some coupons and they wrote in to ask about them.

Chorale to perform Bernstein at Spivey Hall

With the aid of a $5,000 grant from the Grassroots Arts Program (GAP), the Southern Crescent Chorale will present "Bernstein's Chichester Psalms and Other Psalm Settings" this weekend at Clayton State University's Spivey Hall. The concert -- the chorale's sixth annual performance at Spivey Hall -- will take place on Sunday, March 7 at 3 p.m.

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Condominium complex gets exterior renovations

Parts of a vintage Morrow neighborhood are currently being upgraded by 21 university students, who are volunteering their time during their spring break, to help improve a community.

Reward offered in copper-theft case

A $500 reward is being offered by a group of utility companies for information leading to the arrest, and conviction, of suspects who reportedly stole an estimated $800 worth of copper wire from a Georgia Power substation in Stockbridge, according to Henry County police.

The difference between faith and lip service - Jason Smith

I mulled over a few potential topics for what to write about this week.

Martha's big adventure -- Let me help you - Martha Carr

I was in a hurry to get somewhere, run a few errands, and then get back to work.

What's your part in all this? - Denese Rodgers

Back when we all met the challenge of the evacuee influx from Katrina, one of the issues that we faced was the children entering our school system.

Clayton State wins one-point thriller to open Peach Belt Tournament

The Clayton State women's basketball team knows by now whenever they play rival Columbus State the game is going to be close, especially when the Lakers' leading scorer is out of the lineup.

Stockbridge falls 72-63 to Glenn Hills in playoffs

The matchup between Stockbridge and visiting Glenn Hills turned into a fourth-quarter free throw shooting contest.

North Clayton defeats Glynn at the buzzer

North Clayton sophomore Marcus Hunt made a put-back layup at the buzzer as the sixth-ranked Eagles won 61-59 over fourth-ranked Glynn Academy in Tuesday's second round Class AAAA playoff game.

Thomas too much for Long County

At most Henry County boys basketball team practices, junior forward Larrentis Thomas takes to a $2,000 rebounding machine to polish his talent. The Warhawks call it The Dominator. He leaps, grabs a lever, and absorbs the quick abuse of a simulated hit to his body. After all, life under the basket isn't kind in live action. Why should it be in practice?

Church deeds building to Good Shepherd Clinic

With a few cash donations, a home donated to First Baptist Church of Morrow, and a few dedicated doctors, the Good Shepherd Clinic began operating in 2000 as one of the first local organizations to provide free, primary health care to Clayton County's poor and uninsured.

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Goat feta a finalist in state competition

Nestled in a residential neighborhood just north of Fort Gillem, Decimal Place Farm, in Conley — and the more than 20 goats on the property — have quietly produced goat cheese for the past 15 years.

School employees, parents criticize budget cuts

Clayton County Public Schools bus drivers, media specialists, and parents told members of the Board of Education on Monday evening that the quality of education offered to the county's students will decline, if the school system implements $85.2 million in proposed budget cuts.

Warhawks roll to first-round win

There must have been a time when many local high school basketball fans thought there was no way the Henry County Warhawks were going to make it to the Class AA tournament.

D-town squads get ready for second round

The Dutchtown girls appearance in the second round of the Class AAAA playoffs probably won't raise many eyebrows. After all, the Bulldogs were in first and second place in the region the majority of the season.

What's your part in all this? - Denese Rodgers

Back when we all met the challenge of the evacuee influx from Katrina, one of the issues that we faced was the children entering our school system.

Riverdale finds familiar foe in its Class AAAAA tournament path

Riverdale girls basketball coach Tony Brinson can easily recount the past two meetings between the Lady Raiders and No. 6 Bradwell Institute. Neither one ended well. They were losses on both occasions, first in last year's Class AAAAA tournament and then in a Christmas tournament final this season.

Williams' dishes in 38 to lead Henry County to first-round victory

There's something about the state tournament that brings out the best in Henry County basketball player Briana Williams.

Martha's big adventure — Let me help you - Martha Carr

I was in a hurry to get somewhere, run a few errands, and then get back to work.

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