News for Thursday, May 13, 2010

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Woodland gears up for fourth season of football

Of all the storylines that appear forthcoming in Woodland's fourth season of football -- the jump in classification from AAA to AAAA, the influx of games against county rivals, the familiarity Wolfpack coach Scott Schmitt has with his team's new region opponents -- the most intriguing may be how the Wolfpack build off their most successful season in school history.

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International Park Fishing Derby this Saturday

The north lake at Clayton County International Park will be brimming with brim, crawling with catfish, and bountiful with bass for the park's annual Fishing Derby.

Off to college - Martha Carr

I started out in life being unable to state what I wanted, and then head straight for it. Instead, I'd try someone else's suggestions or demands first, and hope for the best. Maybe, they knew better.

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Babb student overcomes odds, achieves honor

For Abby Dixon, life has never been easy. The 13-year-old seventh-grader at Babb Middle School, has had challenges many youngsters have never faced. She lived in foster care before her grandmother took her in, and her twin brother, Robert, is autistic.

Smith, Westbrooks capture state titles in field events

D.J. Smith didn't get the state record, but the Lovejoy senior was still able to capture his third straight state championship.

Financial planning for college complicated by recession

For high school students, who want to pursue higher education and need to be academically and financially savvy, the economic downturn has complicated the process, according to professionals in the field of education.

Luella advances to Elite 8

It couldn't have been much more frustrating for the East Coweta Indians than it was here Thursday in the third and deciding game of their second round state playoff series with Luella.

The unsettling silence of Pompeii - Curt Yeomans

The ruins of the ancient Roman town of Pompeii are at their eeriest after 6:30 p.m., when most of the tourists have left for the day and only a few stragglers are hanging around before the site closes.

Health-care changes coming, businesses told

A health-care expert has told members of Henry County's business community that -- as a result of national health-care reform -- they will be able to get additional tax credits; that insurance companies can no longer deny health-care coverage to children with pre-existing conditions, and that college students can remain on their parents' health-care plans longer.

Riverdale Waffle House robbed

A lone gunman, dressed in black and wearing a white bandana, held up a Waffle House restaurant north of the Riverdale city limits early Thursday morning.

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Winn earns hospice award for dedication

Shonta Winn will tell anyone who asks, that she is only doing what she enjoys doing, caring for those in hospice care. Officials at Sacred Journey Hospice believe she has done more, and have honored her with their first SHINE Award.

Accident on I-75 results in lane closures

One driver was life-flighted to an Atlanta hospital, following an accident on Interstate 75 south, which shut down all southbound lanes for more than an hour Thursday.

'Big Dawg Challenge' in McDonough Sunday

Residents, with a big appetite, will gather at a McDonough restaurant this weekend for a contest to determine who can eat the most hot dogs.

Atlanta Airport passes FAA inspection with highest rating

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport has passed the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) certification inspection with a zero discrepancy rating, the highest rating a U.S. commercial airport can receive, according to Katena Carvajales, media relations manager at the airport.

Rumored names swirl in Clayton Schools job cuts

Clayton County Public Schools Superintendent Edmond Heatley has been promising for months to cut several high-level school system positions, including those of three members of his cabinet, and 10 coordinators, as part of his $84 million budget-reduction plan.

Patrick Henry students learn through gardening

Local students are immersing themselves in a kinetic learning experience at Patrick Henry Middle School. Pupils at the alternative school's south campus, in McDonough, have been tending a full vegetable garden.

Geranium Festival Saturday

The McDonough Lions Club will host its 2010 Geranium Festival Saturday on the McDonough Square.

Explaining bush-hogging - Ronda Rich

Sometimes, it takes a well-meaning Yankee to put me in my place. One who will remind me that all things Southern are, by no means, universal. That some things need to be explained.

Clayton Schools to present Honor Chorus

Nearly 300 Clayton County fourth-graders and fifth-graders are expected to show off their vocal skills at the Clayton County Public Schools Performing Arts Center on Sunday.

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Local athlete wins two track titles

Anyone who follows Jackson High School sports knows that Jasmine Smith is fast. Those in Region 4AAA who have had to compete against her in track, basketball, or softball have quickly learned how fast she can move from one point to another.

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Butts celebrates its local leadership; Leadership graduates its 14th class

The graduation ceremony for Leadership Butts County 2010 was held, for the 20 proud members of the class on Tuesday, May 4. The class met for a full day, every other week, beginning in early January and also spent additional time and effort completing a special class project.

Patterson, McEwen facing off in July primary; Mauldin challenges incumbent Knight for State Rep

Jackson resident Mike Patterson qualified to run for District 3 commissioner on April 30. Patterson, who is running as a Republican, will face incumbent District 3 Commissioner Mitch McEwen in the July 20 primary.

Church News: May 12, 2010

Oak GroveThe Oak Grove Holiness Church will hold its annual church anniversary the week of May 17-21 and climax on Sunday, May 23 at Oak Grove Holiness Church in Forsyth. There will be various speakers nightly and service will begin at 8 p.m. All are invited. For more information, please call Jeannie Davis, 678-492-9093, or Alesia Greer, 770-775-9340.

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Tiny pets create learning opportunities at NMA

On Tuesday, April 27 Principal Keith Benton saw someone leave something in front of North Mulberry Academy and drive away. When he checked outside he found a cage containing two adult gerbils, eight newborn babies, and a bag of food.

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Remembering Sam Henderson, a Mighty, Mighty Tiger

The recent passing of Samuel Henderson, a lifelong resident of Jackson, brought back memories to the writer of the inaugural season of the Henderson High Tigers football team.

Butts Co. Calendar of Events: May 12, 2010

CERF HOUSE CLOTHES BOUTIQUE OPEN MAY 12, 22, 26CERF House Clothes Boutique will be open two Wednesdays in May: May 12 and May 26 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. The clothes boutique will be open one Saturday: May 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The CERF Board meeting will be held on the third Thursday of this month, May 20 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Butts Co. Magistrate Court Report: May 4-10

Chief Magistrate Gigi Leverette Hoard reports the following individuals were brought before the Butts County Magistrate Court for First Appearance Bond Hearings during the period of May 4-10:

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'Prayer for such a time as this'

At noon on Thursday, May 6 about a hundred people of various ages, backgrounds, religious affiliations, and positions in life came together on the lawn of the Butts County Courthouse to take a few minutes to pray together for the United States of America. It was the 59th Annual Day of Prayer, and other groups in towns and cities across our nation were simultaneously uniting their voices in prayer. The theme for the 2010 National Day of Prayer was "Prayer for such a time as this."

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Bill's Smokin' Que: Smoke, spice and an expanding menu

Bill's Smokin' ‘Que co-owner Tonya Quinn sits at a table, face in her hands, laughing. Five years ago to the day she and her husband Bill Quinn opened the intown restaurant, and a customer took it upon herself to wish her happy anniversary --- in song. A young girl in a leotard and tap shoes joins in the fun, and patrons holding strong at tables here and there, despite the odd late lunch hour, are completely unfazed. That's just the sort of place it is.

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'Jackson Lake legend' Van Kersey passes

Butts County lost longtime businessman and "Jackson Lake legend" Van Kersey on Monday, May 10. He was 81. Kersey owned and operated Kersey's Marina, situated on Barnett's Bridge, for over four decades.

'Big Dawg Challenge' in McDonough Sunday

Residents, with a big appetite, will gather at a McDonough restaurant this weekend for a contest to determine who can eat the most hot dogs.

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Wesley Chapel UMC's pastor gets promotion

The Rev. Sharma Lewis, senior pastor at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church in McDonough, has been appointed as the district superintendent of the United Methodist Church's North Georgia Conference, encompassing the Atlanta-Decatur-Oxford district. Lewis' last day at the McDonough church is June 24.

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