News for Monday, May 17, 2010

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Secretary of Education: Future Clayton Schools visitor?

Clayton County Public Schools may be in line for a visit from the nation's top education official, a representative of the U.S. Department of Education said on Monday.

Riverdale wants artists to decorate hydrants

In preparation of the grand opening of the Riverdale Promenade, formerly the Riverdale Town Center project, the city is seeking artists to add flare to its fire hydrants.

Annual Geranium Festival draws thousands of 'fans'

Six-year-old Lexi Stephens carefully took a scoop of shaved ice in a cone-shaped cup, and made her way over to a dispenser of flavored syrup. With the help of Valerie Love, Lexi squirted out a dollop of syrup over the ice, making an "Icee."

Property taxes will decide schools' budget deficit

In its best-case scenario, Clayton County Public Schools will likely end fiscal year 2011 with a deficit of $2.35 million. In the worst-case scenario, it will end the next fiscal year $13.35 million in the red.

Skeletal remains identified in 2008 jail disappearance

McDonough police have released the name of a Stockbridge man, whose skeletal remains were found near the Henry County Jail, after he had been missing for more than a year.

Delta pilot out on bond after weapon charge

A Delta Air Lines pilot, who was recently arrested for reportedly carrying a loaded weapon at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, has been released on bond, according to law enforcement officials.

Airport exhibit spotlights prohibited imports

Annie Knape, a passenger at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, was recently waiting for a flight to Raleigh, N.C., when she decided to venture to Concourse E.

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Locals 'relax, take an arts break'

While many people were busy fighting Monday-afternoon traffic, several at the Clayton County Headquarters Library broke from their normal routines to learn the art of making jewelry from stained glass.

Airport official tapped for management-accreditation group

A Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport official has become the first U.S. airport official to be elected to the Airport Management Professional Accreditation Programme (AMPAP) Steering Committee, according to leaders with the program.

The power of incumbency... no more - Mike Reagan

In politics, incumbency usually provides a significant advantage to a candidate. Usually special interests and large-dollar donors flow to those who are currently in power and have control over government purse strings.

Defense secretary wants spending cuts... Really - Tina Dupuy

You know what we value most as a nation by what we are not allowed to take on without widespread hysteria. The illuminating metaphor is known as the "third rail" of politics. Lose your footing and step on something, we as Americans, hold dear and - ZAP!

Henry literacy group gets back on track

More than 200 people turned out to witness a rebirth of the local arm of the early-childhood literacy advocacy group.

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Group preserves Confederate monument

An estimated 400 people crowded the McDonough Square recently to take part in a celebration of the 100-year-old Confederate Monument.

The salesman - Joel Hall

There is something thrilling and exciting about making a sale. Before I ever started working for Clayton News Daily, I sold suits for the now defunct S&K Menswear.

Remains linked to 2008 jail disappearance

McDonough police have released the name of a Stockbridge man, whose skeletal remains were found near the Henry County Jail, after he had been missing for more than a year.

Luella takes on powerhouse Lassiter in quarterfinals

As the Luella players began their warm-up drills Monday afternoon, coach Andy Cooper and his staff went over the Lions pitching rotation for their upcoming playoff series.

Riverdale up to new competition

Despite two stints as Riverdale's football coach, totaling four years (and counting), Nick Davis has never coached against Forest Park, Jonesboro and Mt. Zion.

Storey and others shine at state track meet

Morrow's Wayman Storey and Union Grove's Jordan Moore each brought home individual track and field titles Saturday in the Class AAAAA division of the GHSA state meet in Jefferson.

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Locals 'relax, take an arts break'

While many people were busy fighting Monday-afternoon traffic, several at the Clayton County Headquarters Library broke from their normal routines to learn the art of making jewelry from stained glass.

Property taxes will decide schools' budget deficit

In its best-case scenario, Clayton County Public Schools will likely end fiscal year 2011 with a deficit of $2.35 million. In the worst-case scenario, it will end the next fiscal year $13.35 million in the red.

BOC awaits governor's action on key bills

If Gov. Sonny Perdue agrees with state lawmakers, and signs legislation before him, Henry County Commissioners will no longer have to resign to seek other elective offices, the hotel-motel tax in the county will be increased by 3 percent, and voters will have a greater say in certain redevelopment projects.

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Annual Geranium Festival draws thousands of 'fans'

Six-year-old Lexi Stephens carefully took a scoop of shaved ice in a cone-shaped cup, and made her way over to a dispenser of flavored syrup. With the help of Valerie Love, Lexi squirted out a dollop of syrup over the ice, making an "Icee."

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