News for Tuesday, August 9, 2011

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Wolfpack looks for that finishing touch

For three seasons, Woodland was the newest kid on the block and a program always on the rise. The Wolfpack were a .500 team by their second season, a playoff qualifier by their third. Hey, this football thing is easy, once you get the hang of it.

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Fully Accredited

A very pregnant and emotional Kellie Victory, of Jonesboro, had a hard time letting go of her 5-year-old daughter, Lala Victory, as the little girl began her first day as a kindergartner at Lee Street Elementary.

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Jonesboro leaders approve 'sagging pants' ban

The Jonesboro City Council approved an ordinance that bans a fashion trend known as "sagging pants," on Monday, by a 5-1 vote, but only after residents and councilmembers engaged in a nearly 20-minute-long debate that exposed heated, and passionate views on the topic.

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Congressman Scott, wife hand out scholarships

Jonesboro High School graduate, Chelsea Walker, said watching her grandmother go through physical therapy is what led to her to decide to study exercise and sports science at the University of Georgia.

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Hundreds at Chick-fil-A back-to-school 'party'

Even though the sweltering heat was daunting, hundreds of Clayton County residents, this weekend, ignored the high temperatures and high humidity to attend the annual Chick-fil-A back-to-school bash.

Field trip to observe birds Sept. 10

Birdwatchers of all experience levels are invited to spot, and identify, a variety of species of songbirds and water fowl at the Clayton County Water Authority's wetlands center.

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Jonesboro gang member gets 21 years in federal prison

A Jonesboro woman is among five gang members to get lengthy federal prison sentences, for their roles in a 2008 five-county crime spree, said officials Monday.

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Police seek three in fatal shooting

Jonesboro police have released a sketch of one of three men sought in a fatal shooting Friday night at a Tara Boulevard restaurant.

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City slicker doing battle with uninvited guest

Will Tillman's transition from the urban social setting of tropical Miami into a more subdued bucolic life in semi-rural Henry County, has been different.

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The BBB offers tips to lower fuel consumption

Consumers should take practical steps to increase their gas mileage, though they also should be wary of false claims, that end up emptying their wallets, instead of saving fuel.

Obamanomics : The gift that keeps on giving - Michael Reagan

Like everybody else, presidents have birthdays and have a right to celebrate them and invite others to join them in the festivities. But taking advantage of the occasion to bash the rich, and then charge some of them a whopping $40,000 to be able to sit near him as he observes his birthday is nothing short of outrageous.

Politics, reality show style - Tina Dupuy

The difference between a documentary and a reality show is staging. A documentary tells a story about real life. The subjects are normally not paid, aren't actors and the story is non-fiction. It's a quiet, illuminating and thoughtful genre (read: boring).

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Children getting immunized first week of school

Children and youths in Clayton County can still get immunized.

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Hundreds at Chick-fil-A back-to-school 'party'

Even though the sweltering heat was daunting, hundreds of Clayton County residents, this weekend, ignored the high temperatures and high humidity to attend the annual Chick-fil-A back-to-school bash.

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Accused shooter held without bond

A Morrow man is being held without bond, following his arrest more than a month after police said he kidnapped, and shot, a former girlfriend, before stealing her car.

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Jonesboro leaders approve 'sagging pants' ban

The Jonesboro City Council approved an ordinance that bans a fashion trend known as "sagging pants," on Monday, a 5-1 vote, but only after residents and councilmembers engaged in a nearly 20-minute-long debate that exposed heated, and passionate views on the topic.

Shivers, Laurine

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Lovejoy residents upset about tax implementation

Property owners gathered in the chambers of the Joe Murphy Public Safety Building in Lovejoy, for a public meeting, regarding a millage rate that will affect them for the first time this year.

Low-cost Internet said to help kids' education

David Cohen, an executive director of Comcast, the cable company, took time out of his busy day on Monday, to greet students at Lee Street Elementary School, for their first day of classes.

Klar, Gary Earl

Gary Earl Klar Gary Earl Klar, 59, of Morrow, entered into rest on Friday, Aug. 5, 2011. He was the son of the late Earl and Deloris Klar. He was preceded in death by one brother, Mike Klar. Those left behind to cherish his memory include his loving girlfriend, Denise Farmer; children, Dawn Grandepre, Jeff Klar, Jason Klar, and Heidi Klar, siblings; Diane Livingston, Brian Klar, Brenda Chaffee, Mike Klar, Dwayne, Audrey Zamora, Sheila Wimmer; 12 grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and friends. The family received friends on Sunday, Aug. 7, from 6 p.m., to 8 p.m., at Valley Hill Baptist Church, 351 Valley Hill Road, Riverdale, Ga. 30274. Services honoring Mr. Klar were held Monday, Aug. 8, at 12 p.m, in the chapel of Valley Hill. Interment will occur in Minnesota at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to Tara Garden Chapel.

Henry County's farmers market has sweet side

Sabreena Rabun, of McDonough, loves to bake. This year, she has introduced her passion to the public, offering homemade cupcakes to residents on the Southside.

SCHOOL NOTEBOOK 8-10-11

The following Henry County students were awarded the Charter Scholarship for the 2011-12 academic year, as incoming freshmen at the University of Georgia: Slade Adams, Tasia Burroughs, Hillary Konken, Judy Nguyen, Cayla Sinnemon, Ugo Ugonabo, Max Wallace, Jackson West, and Britani Zoellner. The Charter Scholarship, funded the University of Georgia Foundation, provides $1,000 per year, in addition to the HOPE Scholarship, to Georgia high school graduates with stellar academic records, leadership and community involvement.

Police say teen took gun to school

A teenager, already serving felony probation, was arrested on the first day of classes in Clayton County, Monday, after police said he brought a loaded handgun into a local high school.

Washington, Carolyn Mobley

Carolyn Mobley Washington, age 88, of Jackson, died Tuesday morning, Aug. 9, 2011. She was born in McDuffie County June 10, 1923, daughter of the late Stanton Alonzo Mobley and Lola Irene Kitchens Mobley. She was wife of the late Charles Edward Washington, who died in 2002. Mrs. Washington was a retired bookkeeper and had worked with the Combined Insurance Company. She was a very active member of the First Baptist Church in Jackson, before ill health, where she held many positions such as Sunday school teacher, WMU director and financial secretary among others. She was a Girl Scout leader and a former member of the Jackson Business and Professional Women’s Organization. She and Mr. Washington were members of the Atlanta area Good Sam Camping Club. Survivors include her daughters, Betty (Jerry) Carter, Bonnie (Tony) Standard, all of Jackson, and Jenny and Ivan Summers of Rex; grandchildren, Charlie (Wendi) Carter, of Seattle, Wash., Ashley (Nicole) Carter, of Chicago, Ill., Tom Standard and Ruby VillaFranca, of Stockbridge, Jason (Melanie) Standard, of Jackson, Janna (Jayson) Hammett, of Jonesboro; step-granddaughter, Stacy Shelley, of Gainesville; great-grandchildren, Chase, Baylee, Savannah and Quinn Carter of Seattle, Will and Cate Carter, of Chicago, Joshua Standard, of Jackson, Adam Powell, Kyle Cunningham, Mallory Hammett, all of Jonesboro; step-great-granddaughters, Kayla and McKenzie Shelley, of Gainesville; sister-in-law, Carolyn Mobley of Bainbridge, Ga., and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Maybell (Jordan) Knox, Elizabeth (Lt. Col. Samuel) Pinder and Lowell (Robert) Freeman; brothers, Stanton (Martha) Mobley and the Rev. Marion Mobley. Funeral services will be Friday, Aug. 12 at 11 a.m., at the First Baptist Church in Jackson with Dr. Joe Bufford officiating. Interment will be in the Jackson City Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. You may sign the online guest registry by going to www.haistenfuneral.com. Haisten Funeral Home of Jackson, your locally owned funeral home, is in charge of the arrangements.

Guide to online coupons - Jill Cataldo

Question: "I'm new to couponing! I can't wait to get started saving. I have been saving my coupons from the newspaper. Can you share some of the best sites for printable and electronic coupons?"

Large cemetery uncovered in Henry County

History has revealed itself in Henry County, as a family worked to reconnect with its past. In the process, the county earned a mark of distinction for its ties to a bygone era.

Justitia, open your eyes - Peter Funt

Should Justitia remove her blindfold?

A beautiful view - Martha Carr

There are these narrow points in any long journey where it takes courage to push through and keep going, but the view from the other side is breathtaking and life unfolds in completely new ways that are unexpected, bold and sweet.

Clayton BOC asks for commuter rail reconsideration

The Clayton County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted, Tuesday, to ask members of an Atlanta Regional Commission executive committee to consider putting an Atlanta-to-Griffin commuter rail line back on a project list for next year's regional transportation tax vote.

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