News for Thursday, August 4, 2011


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Riverdale to host crime-prevention meeting

Law enforcement officials and city leaders in Riverdale will address the safety concerns of residents, members of neighborhood watch groups and the business community this Saturday, during a meeting at Riverdale's new City Hall building, located at 7200 Church Street.

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Recreation department seeks national accreditation

Clayton County Parks and Recreation Department officials are hoping to create a new source of pride for the county by seeking national acknowledgment that it is performing "best business practices," according to the head of the department.

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Forest Park Library's youth program influences teens

Several teenagers had their eyes glued to the screen, while the projector was running. It seemed as if life around them diminished as they were sucked deeper and deeper into the movie, entitled, "X-Men."

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Clayton sheriff, police department host back-to-school events

The Clayton County Police Department is co-hosting a back-to-school bash today, and the Clayton County Sheriff's Office is co-sponsoring a Back to School Safety Jam tomorrow.

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Man pinned in van after crash with bus

A driver had to be cut out of his van early Thursday morning after he slammed into a Clayton County school bus that turned left in front of him, said police.

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Faith Notes - August 5, 2011

Riverdale church seeks volunteers for prison ministry

A plan for local taxpayers

To the editor:Our local officials in Clayton County just jumped our property taxes by more than 34 percent. Gas is at $3.75 per gallon, and groceries have increased 40 percent. The job loss in Clayton County is severe, and foreclosed homes are abundant. Businesses are dropping like flies. But our local officials think they need more money? Why? They think this will solve our problems?

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Police say men tampered with cable wires

Forest Park police said two men used a ladder to climb a utility pole to illegally connect cable services to a home on Springside Drive.

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Ga. Tech professor indicted on 201 counts of child sexual exploitation

A suspended Georgia Tech associate professor faces more than 200 counts of child sexual exploitation in Fulton and Clayton counties after grand jurors convened in both counties this week.

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Foreclosures take center stage on southside

Nearly 4,000 foreclosures have been recorded in Henry County, thus far this year. In light of this figure, and similar numbers around the Atlanta area, efforts are in high gear to help people save their homes.

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Alleged female extortionist accused of rape threat for iPOD

Henry County Police said a Jonesboro teenager -- via a text message -- threatened her one-time date with charges of rape, if he didn't meet her demands.

Do we really need unofficial tourist taxes? - Curt Yeomans

There are a lot of little fees that people could consider a form of taxation.

The kindness of risk-takers - Ronda Rich

One night, I was doing an appearance in a town where this column runs. A woman waited in line to speak to me and brought a clipping of that week's column for me to sign.

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Morrow seeks a winning identity, inside and out

The story you are about to see is true. The names have been changed to protect Morrow from its recent high school football misfortunes and to give the team a new identity worth believing in.

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Lovejoy grad Mitchell transferring to Paris Junior College

Former Lovejoy High basketball standout Morris Mitchell intends to transfer to Paris Junior College in Texas after learning that his first junior college isn't accredited.

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Community mourns fallen athlete

The harsh sun beamed down on the campus of Locust Grove High School on Wednesday morning, as flags swayed in the breeze at half-staff, in memory of a 16-year-old student-athlete, who died the night before.

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Body found in McDonough

The McDonough Police Department is working to identify a decomposed body found Wednesday, in a wooded area behind the Walden Run apartments.

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Clayton police arrest Hampton teen

Clayton County police early Wednesday morning arrested a suspected gang member they allege has been terrorizing his Hampton neighborhood.

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Woman finishes bar exam while in labor

A pregnant suburban Chicago woman was so determined to finish the Illinois bar exam that she completed the test even after going into labor.

A man in search of his mail - Tom Purcell

A man reaches a point in his life when he realizes what he really wants.

Save our small towns - Danny Tyree

As a resident of a small town (Belfast, Tenn.), I am distressed by the 2010 U.S. Census.

Entrapped worker dies at Hartsfield-Jackson

A man working at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport was extricated from under a hydraulic lift, but did not survive, said Katena Carvajales, a spokeswoman for the airport.

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Forest Park Library's youth program influences teens

Several teenagers had their eyes glued to the screen, while the projector was running. It seemed as if life around them diminished as they were sucked deeper and deeper into the movie, entitled, "X-Men."

Manuel, Ruth

Age: 86

New report notes state's persistent dryness

Climate conditions in the state of Georgia are inherently better than those in the arid region of the Horn of Africa, which reportedly has been plagued extreme drought and famine. Even so, some concern over dry conditions, here, is building.

Evans, Duke Owen

Age: 17

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Datebook 8-4-11


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College Park considers rebuilding of apartment units

Two three-story buildings are being considered for re-construction at the Village of College Park, located at 4060 Herschel Road, in College Park.

Accused shooter's dad guilty in federal bribe case

The father of a teenager accused of killing a Clayton County sheriff's deputy faces up to five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine in a scheme to bribe an immigration officer.

Georgia's first lady visits Arts Clayton Gallery

Arts Clayton officials and artists, last week, went to the state Capitol in Atlanta, to visit Gov. Nathan Deal and his wife, Sandra.

Clayton Center helps families with school supplies

"The Devil is a lie," said Riverdale Mayor Evelyn Wynn-Dixon. "No one should stop you from accomplishing your dreams."

Health officials: West Nile found near Jonesboro

The West Nile Virus has once again shown up in Clayton County, officials with the Clayton County Board of Health confirmed Wednesday.