News for Wednesday, March 3, 2010


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Riverdale councilman accused of credit-card misuse

Riverdale City Councilman Kenny Ruffin has filed formal ethics charges against fellow councilman, Wayne Hall, claiming -- among other accusations -- that Hall misused his city-issued credit card.

Suspect ditches $76,656 after fleeing traffic stop

A 33-year old man told Clayton County Sheriff's deputies that he could not explain where, or how, he acquired $76,656 in cash that he was allegedly throwing away, after fleeing from the deputies -- first in his car at high speeds, and then on foot, Tuesday.

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School music programs in spotlight this month

Arnold Elementary School Music Teacher Joanne Maples encourages her students to use creative writing skills to come up with a phrase that helps them remember where the notes "E," "G," "B," "D," and "F" are located on the lines of a musical scale.

Jonesboro teen charged in fatal wreck

A Jonesboro teenager faces a charge of homicide by vehicle, after a female passenger in a car -- he reportedly struck head on -- died.

County offers free emergency management training

Clayton County Emergency Management, a division of the Clayton County Fire and Emergency Services department, will offer free Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training next week.

Henry Extension hosting seminar on nuisance animals

Residents with squirrels in their attics, or opossums in their yards, will soon have a chance to learn how to properly remove them.

The Regulars Band member injured in fatal crash

A singer with The Regulars Band is in fair condition, following a motorcycle wreck that killed a Jonesboro man.

Restroom attendants on duty at Hartsfield-Jackson

As 8-year-old Alyssa Letourneau, of Savannah, washed her hands in a restroom at Hartsfield-Jackson, Lynell Martin, an outgoing and bubbly full-time restroom attendant at the airport, sang "If you're happy and you know it wash your hands."

Police: Jonesboro woman had too many dogs

A Jonesboro woman, who animal control officials had been trying to catch up to for almost a year, faces an obstruction charge, after police say she locked herself in her home when animal control visited Tuesday.

I enjoy watching the show, not being in it - Valerie Baldowski

I had a most enjoyable time Saturday night, when my husband and I went to a show, then to dinner.

'Expert' advice - Tom Purcell

It's frightening, if you want to know the truth.

What they say vs. what they mean: Health-care reform - Will Durst

You've seen "ER" and I've seen "ER," and I think we can both agree that if bipartisan health-care reform were a patient, Doctor Obama would be dejectedly dropping the paddles, ripping off his mask and asking Nurse Pelosi to call it.

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Little Bit

Little Bit is a 3 year old tabby Domestic Longhair.

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Ruthie is a 7 year old Snowshoe Siamese mix.

Heartbreaker: Ladyhawks fall in overtime to Lainey 94-93

Henry County coach Carl Caputa and his Laney counterpart Otis Smart shared similar thoughts about the teams second round Class AA playoff game.

Luella's Burgdorf hired as new coach at Union Grove

Union Grove has hired Luella head coach Paul Burgdorf as its new football coach, replacing Steven Collins.

Dutchtown moves on to Elite 8

Afflicted for the first half of Wednesday night's contest with an impotent offense and spiritless effort unknown to its home crowd, Dutchtown's girls basketball team still clung to hope at halftime. A 14-point deficit was not uncharted territory. Neither was its opponent.

State gas prices gaining on national average

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

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

North Clayton defeats Glynn at the buzzer

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'Expert' advice - Tom Purcell

It's frightening, if you want to know the truth.

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?

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.