News for Wednesday, August 31, 2011


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Winning is best medicine for ailing Union Grove

Normally, because they didn’t have a match, the Union Grove volleyball team would’ve been practicing Wednesday. But coach Laurie Sponsler gave the Wolverines the day off.

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Sad to see Crittenton’s long, hard fall

After six days and countless news reports, I still don’t want to believe it.

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Barfield set to retire as Athletics Director at Clayton State

He started the athletics program at Clayton State University from scratch in 1989.

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Bringing fashion to downtown Jonesboro

Small boutique provides eco-friendly, trendy items

Display mannequins outside a small, light green shotgun house can make motorists look twice while driving through downtown Jonesboro on North Main Street.

State’s average gas price rises slightly

Travelers will hit the roads despite cost

The average price of regular unleaded gasoline in Georgia will not have a dramatic impact on consumers, as the Labor Day weekend travel period approaches.

Attorney General’s Office closes Clayton BOC investigation

Prosecutors say no open meetings violation occurred

Three members of the Clayton County Board of Commissioners have been cleared of charges that they violated Georgia’s open meetings law in June, documents from the State Attorney General’s Office show.

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School gets grant to fund literacy program

Overjoyed may be an understatement for how Terry Pelick felt when she got the news that Callaway Elementary School –– where she works as the media specialist –– had been awarded a $3,500 Dollar General Literacy Foundation Back to School Grant.

Teen arrested in hair studio robbery

The Clayton County Sheriff's Fugitive Unit has arrested a teenager they say robbed a local business with another teen, who is charged with killing a deputy in July.

School Notebook - August 31, 2011

Clayton State University offering flu shots

Jonesboro daycare center loses license

The state has pulled the license of a Jonesboro daycare center where a 2-year-old died after being left in a hot van following a field trip, according to a report filed by the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning.

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Community partners to push health initiative

Southern Regional Medical Center Foundation, in Riverdale, will work in collaboration with several community organizations to bring awareness of childhood diabetes and obesity to children in the Clayton County School System, and their families.

Man sentenced in case involving Jonesboro gun dealer

A New York man was sentenced to more than three years in federal prison after being convicted in June in connection with illegally buying handguns from a Jonesboro firearms dealer, said officials.

Hunter, Rodgers V.

Rodgers V. Hunter, 70, of Riverdale, entered into rest on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bennie and Lilie Hunter.

Dougherty, Rachel Smith

Rachel Smith Dougherty, 90, of Forest Park, passed away at the Appling Healthcare System Pavilion on Aug. 29, 2011.

Radcliffe, Clifford

Clifford Radcliffe, 98, of Riverdale, died August 23, 2011.

Huffman, Randy

Randy Huffman, 54, of Rex, died on Aug. 17, 2011. He was preceded is death by his father, Joe Huffman; sister, Marla (Huffman) Shadburn, and grandparents.

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Real Men Wear Pink participants named

Annual campaign focuses on breast cancer awareness

Henry Medical Center is enlisting the help of 10 local men to assist in the fight against breast cancer. The hospital, on Tuesday, announced its participants for the 2011 Real Men Wear Pink campaign, which will kick off Oct. 1.

Store clerk charged in jewelry thefts

A Conyers man has been charged with stealing thousands of dollars in jewelry from his employer and pawning the items in Clayton County. Thomas Cecil Dean III, 41, is charged with four counts of theft by deception. He is being held on $24,000 bond in the Clayton County Jail.

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1,500 deodorant sticks: When couponers go to extremes - Coupon Queen

Jill Cataldo saves hundreds on groceries by making the most of the common coupon. You can, too.

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Hair raising - Peter Funt

In media these days, the filter through which we evaluate news and information — especially on cable-TV and the Internet — is so clouded by bias that the content is becoming dangerously devalued.

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The case for separation of church and weather - Tina Dupuy

As a species, we've always seen patterns in natural events and taken it personally. Floods are because of sin — droughts are because of witches. Earthquakes are God's anger toward women's suffrage and Chinese immigration, etc. But now we know better. At least, some of us do.

Effective jobs program needs funding restored - Brenda Smith

As President Obama prepares to speak to the nation about jobs, both the Administration and Congress need to rethink the drastic reduction in funding, and reinvest in the Senior Community Service Employment Program –– a jobs program that works.

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Jonesboro reloading for another playoff run

Even with 90 percent of his offense having graduated, Jonesboro volleyball coach Dan Maehlman refuses to use the rebuilding word when talking about his team.

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Union Grove cuts Jones County short in 9-1 rout

Usually, when the better fast-pitch softball teams play each other, the result is a low-scoring game.

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ELCA remains in the No. 2 spot in Class A

A 21-18 loss to the top-ranked team in Alabama wasn’t enough for any pollster to lose confidence in Eagle’s Landing Christian.