News for Tuesday, March 9, 2010


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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.

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.

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.

Arte Gras to benefit children's art programs

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

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

AIG posts another loss as more Americans move their money - Martha Carr

There's a new movement afoot that is quickly gaining ground, called Move Your Money,, started by a handful of people who were tired of supporting failing institutions with taxpayer money.

Invest now for our future success - Kathy Cox

Georgia law requires the legislature to approve a balanced budget, which I believe is very wise. In these difficult economic times, I do not envy the task they [state legislators] have before them. But, just as we should not saddle the next generation with our debt, we also should not take away the opportunity for our children to receive an education that prepares them for their 21st Century world. We are fortunate to have some of the best teachers and school leaders in the nation (Georgia has had a National Principal of the Year for three years in a row). They have been laser-focused on their mission of improving student achievement, and I am proud to see so much progress being made.

O Canada, eh? - Will Durst

Dear Canada. Way to go, you hosers. Did yourself proud and put on one heck of an Olympics. Congratulations for providing an incredible 17 days of thrills and spills on the ice and snow and in the slush and fog.

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.

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.

Henry commuters getting larger Xpress lot

A new, $3.5 million Park and Ride lot, complete with 1,040 parking spaces, is planned for Henry County.

AAA expects jobs boost to hike gas prices

While the region has been rocked by some sobering economic news over the past week, an optimistic economic outlook on the national front may be cause for future hikes in gasoline prices.

Clayton bus drivers bring home national title

Clayton County Public Schools special-needs bus drivers, David O'Keeffe and Jacquelyn Turner, became national champions over the weekend, taking first place in the 13th Annual National Special Needs Team Safety Roadeo.

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Jackson Elementary wants arts theme county-wide

Charray Helton, a fifth-grader at James A. Jackson Elementary School, was happy to learn that the school she would be attending this year has a fine arts theme.

Four Clayton officers fired

Four Clayton County police officers have been fired over allegations involving inappropriate conduct, according to an Atlanta TV station.

BOE to hear school system's SACS report

During a called meeting, tonight, the Clayton County Board of Education will be presented with a copy of Clayton County Public Schools' latest report on regaining full Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) accreditation.

City ordinance bans nudity, alcohol in clubs

The Forest Park City Council adopted a new adult-entertainment ordinance on Monday, incorporating many of the same features of a March 2009 ordinance that prompted federal lawsuits from two different strip club owners.

College student killed in Clayton crash

A college student, home for spring break, was killed Monday morning when her car was struck by a pickup truck, Clayton County police said.

Jonesboro panel to review police chief applications

Jonesboro Mayor Luther Maddox said it will be another month and a half before the city has its next permanent police chief, now that a panel –– which includes the mayor and two city council members –– has been chosen to review the 26 applications for the position.

NASCAR champ Jeff Gordon spends time with local Cub Scouts

(Editor's Note: A full race story from Sunday's race appears on the Clayton News Daily and Henry Daily Herald websites):