News for Thursday, May 6, 2010

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Clayton senior citizens to celebrate with 'Mayfest'

With a week to go before the Clayton County Senior Services Department hosts the county's annual "Mayfest" celebration for local senior citizens, attendance is already looking to be higher than last year, said the senior services official planning the event.

Health board to recognize Women's Health Week

For the first time, the Clayton County Board of Health will officially observe National Women's Health Week, a federal recognition of women's health issues.

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Clayton fifth-graders explore middle school

Kayla Hill said she is excited about beginning life as a middle school student, at Jonesboro Middle School, in the fall.

Local singer's business merges comedy, opera

Hampton resident, Susan Nicely, has been singing a new tune around town lately.

Suspect named in Clayton explosives case

Clayton County Police, on Thursday, released the name of the man arrested on Wednesday, after authorities found what was described as a homemade explosive device in his Jonesboro home.

Henry BOE asked to cut spending by $33 million

Because of funding cuts and revenue shortfalls, the Henry County Board of Education expects to spend $33 million less this coming school year, to educate as many as 300 more students.

Leadership Institute accepting applications

The Clayton County Grassroots Leadership Institute, a training program for those interested in local, community involvement, has begun accepting applications for its 2010 class.

When children leave the nest - Ronda Rich

Lately, a couple of girlfriends have been lamenting the upcoming going of their children. Both will see their oldest graduate from high school, shortly, and edge closer to a life independent of Mama.

Admiring the art of the Italian Renaissance - Curt Yeomans

You can't help but stare, as you walk into the hallway containing the sculptures at the Galleria dell'Accademia, in Florence, Italy.

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Winans to headline concert at International Park

Grammy award-winning, inspirational, singing duo, BeBe and CeCe Winans, will be the featured performers during a "Mother's Day" concert this Saturday at Clayton County International Park.

Extension Office offers class on canning

The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Office in Henry County will host an event next week, to teach gardeners how to properly store their fruits and vegetables.

Hampton man charged in McDonough burglary

Henry County Police have charged a Hampton man for, allegedly, breaking into a McDonough home and stealing jewelry and video-game equipment.

Hospital launches county health survey

More than 8,000 paper surveys will be available to Henry County residents next week, as part of Henry Medical Center's push to learn more about the area's health-care needs.

Let me complete you - Martha Carr

There was a long stretch of time, say, about 47 years, when I knew I was right about everything. I was sure that without my careful attention people wouldn't be happy.

Local NAACP to hold issues meeting

The Henry County branch of the NAACP has scheduled a town hall meeting -- with the theme, "Prescription for Community Wellness" -- to discuss problems, concerns, needs and the overall well-being of the community.

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Henry faithful observe Day of Prayer

More than 200 worshippers gathered on The McDonough Square, Thursday, to pray for the nation's military, the media, governmental officials, educators, business leaders, and local churches.

Early registration for kindergarten ends today

New Hope Elementary School has seen several budding kindergartners this week.

Cole bounces back

When the nightmare is revisited, DaCota Cole turns and looks into the memory with an understanding grin. When the nightmare was real and playing out on the baseball diamond at Ola High School this time last year, Cole was shocked and bewildered, head hung low as the Mustangs' promising playoff run came to an abrupt and stunning end.

Luella looking to make playoff run

It was supposed be a rebuilding year for Luella after graduating five starters and its top two pitchers.

ELCA ready for Bowdon in round one

When the Eagle's Landing Christian baseball team takes the field tonight for the first round of the Class A playoffs against visiting Bowdon in the best-of-three series, there should be plenty of reason for optimism.

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We are the Tigers, the CGMSAL Champions; Henderson Middle School baseball captures region title

On April 16, the Henderson Middle School Tigers baseball team faced the Gray Station Greyhounds of Jones County for the last regular season game for 2010.

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Molding clay -- and life

When one views the work of artists at a Fine Arts Show or an Arts and Crafts Festival or wherever one might find the artist available to view along with his or her work, one most often finds the artist quietly awaiting inquiries about creative pieces or pleasantly offering to show more examples of what one finds appealing.

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Glidden brings her visions to Jackson Art Show

We don't always think of jewelry as art, but researchers note that people were ornamenting their bodies with shell earrings and journey necklaces as early as 30,000 BC, long before they even thought about painting on the walls of caves. Many famous art museums have priceless collections of breastplates and golden chokers from ancient civilizations.

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Two arrested in connection with stabbing

Jamison Devon Denson, Jr., 19, and Shanikos Denson, 36, were arrested last Friday afternoon in connection with the April 10 stabbing of 28-year-old Joe Holder.

Flovilla man turns gun on himself after shooting girlfriend; shooting remains under investigation

According to the Butts County Sheriff's Office, Paul Steven Bryan of Giles Ferry Road, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head after shooting his girlfriend, Tamara Hobgood, of Robert's Point Road, last Saturday around 2 a.m.

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Davis named JPA editor

Mike Davis was named editor of the Jackson Progress-Argus last Thursday. Davis replaces Stewart Voegtlin who served as editor from 2006 until present.

BOE closes NMA, refuses 4-day school week; Millage rate likely to rise to maximum

A four-hour Board of Education budget work session on Thursday morning, April 29 began with public comments from 15 individuals. Each of them had one or more items which they wished to save on the BOE's infamous B3 list of possible cuts to the Butts County School System's 2010-11 budget.

Winners chosen in Great American Cleanup Art Contest

On Friday, April 30 a group of nine volunteers tackled the momentous task of choosing winners from the approximately 1,600 entries in the art contest for grades K-5 in the Great American Cleanup Challenge. The contest is held in conjunction with the Great American Cleanup, a national event which is spearheaded locally by the Clean Up Butts Association.

Letters to the Editor: May 5, 2010

Times are bad. We hear so much negative news that it is hard to be positive about anything any more. People are worried about their families, their jobs and their homes and are doing all they can just to make ends meet.

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Rainbow Center receives welcoming garden

April 12-16 was designated as the Week of the Young Child, a time of special significance for the staff and children at Butts County's Rainbow Center for Preschool Learning.

Butts Co. Magistrate Court Report:April 26-May 3

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 April 26-May 3:

Patrons praise county-wide yard sale at Admin. Building site

The lot adjacent to the Butts County Administration Building began filling with vendors and bargain hunters as early as 6 a.m. on Saturday, May 1 as the 4th Annual County-wide Sale moved to a new venue. In spite of a misting of rain throughout most of the day, there was a large turnout of both sellers and buyers.

BOE clarifies policies, discusses discipline, and reviews results of writing tests

Prior to its well-attended and much discussed budget work session on April 19, the Board of Education held its regular April meeting on the preceding Monday, April 12 and handled several items of business.

Jackson residents pursue historical preservation

Jackson residents Bill Mauldin and Cheryl Hilderbrand have taken up the torch for historic preservation.

Butts Co. Community Calendar:May 5, 2010

PRAYER FOR OUR NATION MAY 6Everyone is invited to join us in praying for our nation on Thursday, May 6 at noon at the Butts County Courthouse flagpole.

Health board to recognize Women's Health Week

For the first time, the Clayton County Board of Health will officially observe National Women's Health Week, a federal recognition of women's health issues.

Clayton senior citizens to celebrate with 'Mayfest'

With a week to go before the Clayton County Senior Services Department hosts the county's annual "Mayfest" celebration for local senior citizens, attendance is already looking to be higher than last year, said the senior services official planning the event.

Join local businesses in Purchase Award Program

Join Businesses and Individuals who have already become patrons and participate in Purchase Award Program.

Church News: May 5, 2010

Stark UMCStark UMC hosts a Wednesday Night Family Fellowship Meal from 6-7:30pm. The cost is $6 per adult, and $3 per child, no more than $15 per family. Wednesday May 5 will be spaghetti.

Five ways to support the Arts in Butts County

1. Attend the Fine Arts Festival on May 8, and buy art!

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