News for Wednesday, February 2, 2011


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Ivory is a 7 month old Maltese/Schnauzer mix.

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Samantha is a 2 year old domestic shorthair.

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Body-mass standard lower for Lap-Band surgery

More people will soon qualify for laparoscopic gastric banding (Lap-Band) surgery, due to the lowering of the body mass index (BMI) standard for the procedure, by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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Officials encourage emergency weather preparedness

Clayton County and state officials are encouraging residents to be prepared for any severe weather events that may blow through the area this year, weeks after much of north Georgia was shut down, for days, by a severe snowstorm.

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Police seek man who shot pregnant woman

The Lake City Police Department has released two sketches of a man they believe shot a pregnant woman outside her apartment last November.

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Kimbrough to host meet-and-greet for residents

County residents will have the opportunity to meet and greet Clayton County Sheriff Kem Kimbrough, and express any community concerns they may have, on Saturdays, through the month of March.

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Henry lawman's rapid response saves life

A Henry police officer was honored Tuesday -- during the County Commission meeting -- for quick-thinking and vital actions that saved a young man's life.

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Clayton Schools to host 'Hear Our Voices'

Clayton County Public Schools will host the speech portion of its annual "Hear Our Voices" competition today, beginning at 8:30 a.m., at the Clayton County Performing Arts Center, at 2530 Mt. Zion Pkwy., in Jonesboro. Call (770) 473-2875.

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Henry to get new patrol cars

Henry County Police Maj. Jason Bolton made a request Tuesday to the Henry County Board of Commissioners to award the lowest bid for the purchase of six, 2011 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor vehicles to Legacy Ford of McDonough. Commissioners unanimously approved the request.

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Delegates visit Henry's emergency operations center

Former county manager, Michael Turner, returned to Henry County this week, accompanied by a four-member delegation from the Republic of Georgia.

Boffo smash or miserable flop? - Will Durst

Once again, in terms of political theater, the president has managed to flummox both critics and angels alike. Reviews of his State of the Union address have been more mixed than a Kansas Cuisinart stuck in a tornado on puree.

Laughing not to cry - Tom Purcell

How is President Obama doing as he enters the second half of his first term?

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Herrera's dream signing is birthday gift to mother

At 8:25 a.m. Wednesday, North Clayton linebacker Amarlo Herrera officially became a member of what Georgia coach Mark Richt has dubbed as the "Dream Team" for this year's recruiting class.

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'Confident' Morgan signs with Western Kentucky

When Quartterrio Morgan and Georgia Tech ended their recruiting relationship last July, the former Mount Zion running back never looked back.

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Lovejoy sends 10 to college ranks

Lovejoy football coach Al Hughes called them the group that finally decided enough was enough. No more losing records. Missing the playoffs wasn't an option.

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Local recruits headed off to college

Wednesday was the start of National Signing Day for athletes around the country. Here is a list of local athletes who signed their letter of intent.

'Out-hustled' North Clayton gets fourth-quarter comeback win

With Tri-Cities applying several junk defenses to Eagles standout forward Marcus Hunt, the coaching staff needed other players to step up and score.

Fire officials warn of outdoor burning dangers

Henry County Fire Department officials recorded one civilian injury in their response to 81 fire-related calls, during the first month of this year.

CSU to hold nursing information sessions

Clayton State University's School of Nursing will offer information sessions, to help people prepare for a career in nursing later this month, the Morrow-based school announced earlier this week.

AAA officials watching impact of Egyptian protests

Officials with AAA Auto Club South are monitoring the unrest in Egypt to see whether events in the North African nation will impact crude oil supply from the region.

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Brothers bound over in burglary case

A pair of brothers will answer criminal charges in Superior Court, for allegedly breaking into two Stockbridge homes to steal electronics items and jewelry.

Different look, better result for E. Landing

Almost two months ago, Drew gave Eagle's Landing a loss that transformed the Golden Eagles' season, a loss that prompted personnel moves that brought Eagle's Landing closer to its full potential.

Nash honored for Special Olympics efforts

Terry Nash said her career is driven a long-held desire, to help a group of unique athletes.

BOC accepts seized vehicles for sheriff's office

Two vehicles seized in a drug raid will now be used to help nab criminals.

Bodies of man, woman discovered following Riverdale fire

Riverdale police are investigating the deaths of two people, whose bodies were found at the site of an apartment fire, which broke out early Tuesday morning at the Chateau Forest Apartments complex, according to the city's police chief.