News for Thursday, February 24, 2011


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PSC's Echols promotes alternative-fuel sources

Georgia Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols said he bought a second-hand, 1999 Honda Accord that runs on compressed natural gas last year, because he felt he needed to live by the energy-efficient lifestyle he was promoting on the campaign trail.

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Morrow approves organizational chart changes

Morrow officials said they expect department moves approved this week, by the Morrow City Council, will help streamline operations in the city.

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Bostic gets life, plus 5 years in murder

A man found guilty of murder, slowly walked into the courtroom in Clayton County Superior Court, on Thursday, looked at his son's mother, and nodded his head, as he waited to receive his sentence in the case.

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Visitors Bureau shares county's tourism impact

Clayton County is among the top five counties within the state of Georgia, in terms of total economic impact in direct spending, according to the president and CEO of the Clayton County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Selling the friendly skies with sex - Curt Yeomans

Airlines have long used a variety of advertising gimmicks to get us to use them for our flying needs.

Who's my people - Ronda Rich

When Robert, a devout reader of this column, who also happens to be an accomplished researcher in matters of family lineage, offered to trace my family roots, I accepted faster than kudzu can grow on a hot summer's day.

Why Congress is less than the sum of its parts - Lee Hamilton

With an unexpectedly productive lame-duck session behind it and a new majority in the U.S. House, Capitol Hill is an energetic place at the moment.

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Teen faces judge in first appearance hearing

A 15-year-old boy, who is accused of killing a 16-year-old girl reported to be his girlfriend, appeared in Clayton County Magistrate Court for a first appearance hearing, on Thursday.

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Man found dead in Riverdale hotel

Clayton County police were investigating the shooting of a man found dead inside a Riverdale hotel room, on Thursday.

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Greater faith hosts black history presentation

Greater Faith Family Ministries is inviting the public to attend a black history presentation entitled "Remember the Times," on Sunday, Feb. 27, at 10:30 a.m.

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Teams relish the opportunity to play host to state playoff games

Last season, Miranda Cantrell and her North Clayton teammates had the experience of playing their first round Class AAAA playoff game on the road.

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Fourth seeds battle confidence, opponents on the road

They are in the state playoffs -- barely.

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Here is a look at the first-round high school basketball games involving local teams playing Friday night

GirlsClass AAAAALuella (11-13) at Hillgrove (20-5), 6 p.m.

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Work not done for local wrestling teams

Kevin McGonigle has spent much of the wrestling season escorting his Union Grove team to tournaments across Georgia, from Kennesaw to Mount Airy, from Covington to Suwanee.

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IRS hosts Open House, Saturday

IRS hosts Open House, SaturdayFree tax-assistance event at Atlanta locations

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Maehlman puts all he has into wearing many hats in the athletic department at Jonesboro

Dan Maehlman knew ever since he was a freshman at Archbishop Moeller High in Cincinnati that he wanted to be a high school basketball coach.

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Age: 74

Aggressive driving targeted in highway initiative

Georgia Public Safety Sgt. 1st Class James Steen cruised Interstate 75, on Wednesday, from the McDonough/Hampton exit, to Interstate 675, keeping an eye out for aggressive automobile drivers, who might be tailgating others, cutting too closely in front of trucks or other cars, speeding or otherwise driving recklessly.

Henry farmers show anxiety about future

Farmers in Henry County are attempting to salvage their ability to continue to operate, and they are appealing to local legislators for help.

McDonough officials back county transportation plans

City leaders in McDonough have thrown their collective support behind a proposed measure, to fund transportation projects in Henry County with taxpayer dollars.

Police: Ralph had 'overwhelming odor of alcohol'

missioners Vice Chairman Wole Ralph allegedly swerved back and forth across Metropolitan Parkway in Atlanta last Saturday before he was arrested on a myriad of charges, including driving under the influence, according to an Atlanta police report.

Lovejoy's Nguyen receives Clayton's top pupil honor

Lovejoy High School English Teacher Zach Etheridge said he realized one of his students, Davis Nguyen, was going to be one of the biggest challenges of his educational career, less than a week into the pupil's freshman year in high school.

Southern Crescent Tech announces GOAL Winner

McDonough resident, Michelle Reed, is looking forward to graduation later this summer, now that she has fulfilled a goal she made two years ago.

Man charged with giving gun to boy

A 21-year-old man is accused of giving a teenager a gun, which the teen allegedly used to kill a 16-year-old girl.