News for Monday, November 22, 2010

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Dutchtown, ELCA continue the playoff push

Dutchtown coach Jason Galt experienced playoff runs while an assistant at Clarke Central and Carrollton, but never as a head coach, so he is finding that preparing a team in the weeks of November comes with unique challenges. Galt has had to deal with injuries, more media coverage and tougher opponents.

Locust Grove's Shook beats friend and former boss McCullers

For nearly 15 years whenever girls basketball coach A.C. McCullers looked down his bench, seated right next to him was his reliable assistant coach Greg Shook.

Clayton State ends soccer season at Elite 8

In a game that will go down as a "classic" in the 2010 NCAA Division II Men's Soccer National Tournament, the Clayton State Lakers dropped a tough 3-2 decision in double-overtime at Rollins in the NCAA Division II "Elite Eight."

Clayton State's Mutiso qualifies for NCAA Cross Country nationals

Despite running some of his best career times this season, Clayton State head coach Mike Mead figured the challenge would be greater for the Lakers' Fidelis Mutiso to qualify for the NCAA Division II Men's Cross Country National Championships. However, Mutiso proved his coach wrong on Saturday.

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Center's piano lessons bring families together

About five children, along with their relatives, were eager to take piano lessons at the senior center in Jonesboro, recently.

BOE sees improvement in food collection drive

Two weeks after Clayton County Board of Education officials said their holiday collection drive was slow to gain momentum, school board Chairperson Alieka Anderson said there has been a dramatic change, and the drive is now exceeding expectations.

Local bank hosts toy drive

The Bank of North Georgia is hosting a Holiday Toy Drive at its 42 branches, in metro Atlanta, which include the Riverdale location.

Security at Banke Justice Center tightened

Security has been tightened at the Harold R. Banke Justice Center, in Jonesboro, in the wake of what authorities believe is a threat to a sitting judge, and the discovery of contraband materials in the county jail that could possible be used to make a weapon known as a zip gun.

Health officials warn of misleading post cards

The Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS) is urging residents, particularly older adults, to be aware of post cards that read: "Important: Projected Medicare Changes," which may be misleading.

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McDonough church collects Christmas gift shoeboxes

Area residents are mobilizing to make the holiday season merrier for children around the globe, who otherwise might receive nothing for Christmas.

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Two finalists chosen in HMC affiliation search

In the quest to develop a partnership with a health-care system in the Atlanta area, executives at Henry Medical Center (HMC) have narrowed their search.

AAA: Gas prices spared hikes for holiday

Consumers will get a break this holiday weekend as gas prices are not expected to increase this week, according to Jessica Brady, public relations manager for AAA Auto Club South.

State, local officials urge caution during cooking

State Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John Oxendine, and local fire officials, are urging people to be careful this week, so their holiday meals do not turn into holiday disasters.

Thanksgivings of Yore - Will Durst

The fourth Thursday of November is definitely the bestest holiday. Food, Family, Friends and Football. Four of the five F's.

Off to a good start - Mike Reagan

If Sen. Mitch McConnell's pledge to get behind the movement to ban the cynical practice of earmark spending is any indication that Republicans heard the message voters sent them in the recent Congressional elections, the GOP is off to a good start.

Happy Thanksgiving - Martha Carr

Most Americans know the story of Squanto, and how he helped the Pilgrims of Plymouth, Mass., survive the winter of 1621 by showing them how to adapt to their new home.

Center's piano lessons bring families together

About five children, along with their relatives, were eager to take piano lessons at the senior center in Jonesboro, recently.

Meadows, Patricia

Meadows, Patricia Age: 69

Briceno, Clara Wardell

Briceno, Clara Wardell Age: 89

Slocum, Julius Randolph

Slocum, Julius Randolph Age: 89

Locust Grove's Shook beats friend and former boss McCullers

For nearly 15 years whenever girls basketball coach A.C. McCullers looked down his bench, seated right next to him was his reliable assistant coach Greg Shook.

Mitchell, Lucy Houston Stone

Mitchell, Lucy Houston Stone Age: 99

Hanson, Virginia

Hanson, Virginia Age:

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