News for Thursday, March 4, 2010


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Jonesboro celebrates start of Streetscape project

After seven years of planning, discussion and debate, the City of Jonesboro officially broke ground, Thursday, on its long-awaited downtown Streetscape project.

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Student show displays best of 13th District

For the eighth-consecutive year, the 13th Congressional District Student Art Competition has given artistic students from Clayton, Henry, south Fulton, south DeKalb, Douglas, and Cobb counties several reasons to be motivated.

Family grieves for hit-and-run victim

Part of Ellenwood resident, Sonja Hardeman, hopes this is a bad dream that she is going to wake up from any time now.

Tara Elementary speller vying for state title

Tara Elementary School fifth-grader, Brittany Chopra, knew she had won the Georgia Association of Educators District 5 Spelling Bee at Mundy's Mill Middle School, on Feb. 27, as soon as the word caller announced the final word was "azimuth."

Speedway celebrating 50 years of racing

Atlanta Motor Speedway, an important landmark for many racing fans and the site of this weekend's NASCAR racing events, will mark its 50th anniversary this year.

Early voting under way in Morrow

Early voting, in a special election to fill the unexpired term of former Morrow City Councilman Charles Sorrow, is currently under way. Registered Morrow voters will be able to vote at the Morrow Municipal Complex during normal business hours until Friday, March 12.

The difference between Southerners - Ronda Rich

A few months ago, when Poet, the free-lance wanderer that he is, found himself passing through my neck of the South, he called up, then turned up at my front door, then plopped down in my guest room for a few days.

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.

Organize your sightseeing - Curt Yeomans

When you go someplace on a trip, do you ever say, "So much to do, so little time to do it," to yourself?

Drug stores are totally unethical - Tina Dupuy

The other day, I bought allergy medication at a massive national chain drug store. I found the display of everything to ease my hay fever right next to some freshly cut flowers, which just so happens to be what I'm most allergic to.

Both Eagle's Landing teams ranked in weekly soccer poll

The high school soccer season is off to a fast start for local teams this season and it includes teams ranked in the weekly coaches' poll.

Prep Baseball 2010 Preview

Prep Baseball 2010 Preview

Local teams ready for Elite 8

After two rounds of the state playoffs, four Southern Crescent teams are still in the championship hunt.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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Ruthie is a 7 year old Snowshoe Siamese mix, and Little Bit is a 3 year old tabby Domestic Longhair. Both have been spayed and fully vaccinated. Ruthie and her baby, Little Bit (also shown here), were illegally abandoned at the front door of the CCHS shelter. No information was left by the offenders, except for a note bearing the cats names and ages. Both cats are extremely loving and friendly. However, they are a bit shy around the many other cats at the shelter, so they stay in a cage, every minute of every day. It will not be required that they be adopted together, but that would be a wonderful situation for this mother/daughter duo. CCHS is especially anxious to get Ruthie adopted, as a shelter situation is less than ideal for a cat of her age. Please consider offering a home to one or both of these beautiful girls. If interested, please call Robin at 770/478-7531. Visit to see other animals available for adoption.

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.

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.

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.