News for Thursday, August 25, 2011

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I am facing a dilemma.

Congress doesn’t like making hard choices

If you were paying attention to the end-game of the debt-ceiling negotiations in Washington, you may have noticed something interesting. For all the partisan division over the details, there was agreement on one point: It’s safest politically to defer hard choices to the last possible moment — and maybe avoid them altogether.

Dixie Divas - Clip their wings, oh Lord

Until the day he died, Daddy had one prayer about his children that he prayed constantly. Probably every day of his life. He did not, like many parents, daily beseech the good Lord to protect us or to give us wealth or happy lives.

Faith Notes - August 26, 2011

Morrow church to bury time capsule

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Clayton County seeking ‘work ready’ certification

Clayton County wants to better its economy, and the quality of life for its residents.

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Local gardeners learn to identify plant problems

The setting lacked the technology, fluorescent lights and theme song by The Who that are common on a “CSI” television show, but 15 local gardening enthusiasts learned Thursday how to become horticulture crime-scene investigators at the Clayton County International Park VIP Complex.

Student charged with bringing gun to school

A Morrow High School student was charged Thursday morning with bringing a handgun to campus, said a Clayton County sheriff's spokesman.

Felon charged with rape, growing pot

A convicted felon charged last month in a reported violent sex assault was arrested about a month later after police found about 100 marijuana plants growing inside his garage and backyard.

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Henry NAACP official heads to King dedication

Sarah M. Billups, of Stockbridge, said there was never any doubt in her mind that she would be among the thousands in Washington, D.C., Sunday, for the dedication of a statue in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Southwest Airlines will service Hartsfield-Jackson in February

Southwest Airlines will begin operating 15 non-stop flights daily, to and from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, on Feb. 12, according to a spokesman for the airline.

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Pets of the Week - Jersey

Jersey is a one year old black domestic shorthair.

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Pets of the Week - Scrappy Do

Scrappy Doo is a three and a half year old Chihuahua mix.

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Morrow finance officials receive award

City honored for 17th consecutive year

Morrow City Councilman Mason Barfield shook hands with the town’s Finance Officer, Dan Defnall, and thanked Defnall and members of his staff at the city council meeting earlier this week for “doing everything you’re supposed to do.”

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Riverdale’s concert series ends with a bang

Thousands of people from across metro Atlanta braved the sweltering heat to attend the final summer concert of the year, in the City of Riverdale’s South City Concert Series. And to say that they seemed to enjoy themselves, would be an understatement.

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Emergency calls spike in bad economy

Calls for emergency services seem to increase as the overall economy plummets and more residents find themselves without medical or health insurance, said Clayton County Fire Chief Jeff Hood. Hood, who is also the county's director of Emergency Management Services, spoke Wednesday to Clayton County Rotary Club members. He outlined top projects and shared statistics on the number of calls the fire department handles annually. Hood said the number of calls for service appears to go up as the economy goes down.

Sheriff’s officer to compete in Daly's memory

A Clayton County sheriff's corrections officer will compete next month in an annual law enforcement athletic event held this year to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Man charged with selling fake Viagra

A Union City man faces charges in Clayton County after police said he sold counterfeit male enhancement drugs to an undercover officer.

Seay, Mary Ellen

Mrs. Mary Ellen Seay, 81, of Jonesboro, passed away Tuesday, August 23, 2011. She was preceded in death by daughter Brenda Patrick.

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Local car dealer pushes for perfect attendance

Clayton Republican Party to hold monthly meetingTerry Cullen Chevrolet, in Jonesboro –– along with several other metro-area Chevy dealerships –– is encouraging seniors who attend Jonesboro and Mt. Zion high schools to strive for perfection this year.

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Super Duper Congress - Will Durst

Congress and the president are having second thoughts about signing the debt-ceiling agreement; treating the deal like a dead horsefly floating in their cut-glass tumbler of 25-year-old Scotch.

Datebook - August 25, 2011

Clayton Republican Party to hold monthly meeting

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An experience to avoid - Tom Purcell

I wonder what the Great Depression was really like. All we really know about it comes from old news reports and what our older family members told us.

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The political minefield facing Texas Governor Rick Perry - Joe Gandelman

Texas Governor Rick Perry has been formally running for the 2012 Presidential nomination for less than a month and he has already made a huge splash. But will he also soon spark a big explosion.

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Rituals, superstitions return with opening of season

Lovejoy defensive back/wide receiver Rico McWilliams will be playing his first high school game since sustaining an injury last season in the fifth game.

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Ola, Union Grove meet in region showdown

Ola and Union Grove are less than 10 games into softball season, but the two Region 3-AAAA powers play an important Subregion A game today.

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No soft spots on ELCA schedule

No one could ever accuse Eagle’s Landing Christian volleyball coach Jim Barlow of playing a non-area cupcake schedule.

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Ola, Union Grove meet in key Subregion A game

Ola and Union Grove are less than 10 games into softball season, but the two Region 3-AAAA powers play an important Subregion A game today.

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