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Caleb King story doesn't have a happy ending

Doug Gorman Column

Inaugural event at AMS

Fans entered to win autograph session with NASCAR stars

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Jonesboro to close Broad Street this weekend

Jonesboro residents will have to do without trips down Broad Street this weekend, as the street will be closed for a little bit of freshening up, the city's mayor has confirmed.

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Officials close former district attorney's building

Clayton County officials shut down a building housing former district attorney Jewel Scott's law office Thursday, citing numerous fire-and building-code violations.

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Felony 'sexting' case indicted in Clayton

A grand jury has indicted a Fulton County college security guard in what is thought to be the first felony case of unsolicited sexting in Clayton County.

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FAITH NOTES 7-8-11

Higher Living Christian Church launches Business League

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Local student to compete in Junior Olympics

Jasmine Brown, a 12-year-old who attends Clayton County's M.D. Roberts Middle School, is riding on cloud ten these days, as she prepares for her trip to San Antonio, Texas, this weekend, to compete in the Junior Olympics.

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Woman found dead in motel parking lot

McDonough Police are continuing their probe of a woman found dead Thursday at one of the city's motels.

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Operation Sunscreen aims to assist military

Jea Gackowski of McDonough wanted to display her support for the U.S. military, many of whom are enduring blazing temperatures in the Middle East. A sales director for the Mary Kay skin-care company, she came up with a way to combine her patriotism, with her profession, by sending sunscreen and other items, to servicemen and women in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Regional transportation list undergoes new cuts

Commuter rail does not appear to be coming to the Southern Crescent, via next year's regional transportation special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST) vote, a new version of the list of proposed projects shows.

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Cops zeroed in on handyman in murder

The investigation into the Halloween 2007 death of a Jonesboro woman quickly zeroed in on one suspect -- her handyman, a state special agent testified as the man's murder trial continued Thursday afternoon.

Those darn crazy Canadians - Curt Yeomans

I never thought of Canadians as a group of people who were likely to get down and wild, but I will from now on.

The gift from a writer - Ronda Rich

You cannot be a writer without being a reader.

Brooks, Robert Herbert Jr.

Age: 54

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Felony 'sexting' case indicted in Clayton

A grand jury has indicted a Fulton County college security guard in what is thought to be the first felony case of unsolicited sexting in Clayton County.

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Officials close former district attorney's building

Clayton County officials shut down a building housing former district attorney Jewel Scott's law office Thursday, citing numerous fire-and building-code violations.

Caleb King story doesn't have a happy ending

When Caleb King was in high school, you couldn't go a day without reading some type of story online, or in the paper, about how great he was and how great he was going to be.

Cox, Keith Ian Vincent

Keith Ian Vincent Cox, of Jonesboro, was born on May 20, 1956, in Siparia, Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies. He was the first of five children. Keith migrated to the United States at age 12, and lived in Brooklyn, N.Y. for most of his adult life. He was an employee of Trans World Airlines (TWA) and American Airlines for a combined 25 years of service. Keith was an outstanding athlete, and excelled in golf, swimming, skating, bowling, and handball. He enjoyed playing field hockey with the New York Field Hockey Club, along with his father and brothers. His skills in field hockey allowed him to travel the world, and participate in several competitions. Keith is survived by his dedicated mother, Ms. Elaine Cox; brothers, Harold Neil, Rawle, Larry; sister Joanne and two children, Chanelle and Stephan. Funeral Mass will be held Monday, July 11, at 10 a.m., at Saint Philip Benizi Catholic Church, with Father John Koziol, OFM Conv. officiating. Internment will be at Camp Memorial Park. The family will receive friends on Sunday, July 10, from 3 p.m., to 5 p.m., at the funeral home. Ford-Stewart Funeral Home, Inc., Jonesboro/Stockbridge, (770) 210-2700. www.fordstewartfuneralhome.com.

Knowledge is power

Kalyn Pope had a stack of about 20 children's books that she was about to check out at the Clayton County Headquarters Branch, in Jonesboro.

Ola's Abrahamsen headed to Truett McConnell College

From Staff Reports

Felon gets life, plus 10 years, in Jonesboro killing

After deliberating about two hours Friday, a Clayton County jury convicted a man in the Halloween 2007 murder of a 68-year-old woman, who hired him for odd jobs around her Jonesboro home.

Clayton commissioners accused of open-meetings violation

The Georgia Attorney General's office will investigate allegations that three members of the Clayton County Board of Commissioners recently violated the Georgia Open Meetings Act, meeting, out of public view, to discuss the county's fiscal year 2012 budget, a spokesperson for the office has confirmed.

Main Street McDonough calling all princesses

Women of all ages are invited to assemble in McDonough for a chance to be a princess, if only for a day.

AAA, state officials encourage roadside safety

AAA officials are campaigning to remind motorists to recognize Georgia's Move-Over Law, and other safety precautions, in an effort to protect everyone on the state's highways and byways — from stranded motorists to emergency response vehicles.

News of the Weird 7-9-2011

Somehow, upscale restaurateurs believe that diners will soon willingly pay more for a beef dish if it comes with disclosure of the DNA of the actual cow being eaten, according to a May Associated Press report. "People want to know where their food is coming from," said one excited chef, lauding the knowledge to be gleaned from a calf's upbringing. (A more practical beef-supply executive added that DNA can help identify the "multiple animals" whose parts were used in hunks of ground beef –– a 10-pound package of which may include contributions from "hundreds" of different cows.) [Iowa City Press-Citizen-AP, 5-26-2011]

Mothers with badges and guns

Women no longer are unique on police forces, but in the western part of Henry County, officers Adrienne Lara and Rosemarie Milbring a decidedly feminine touch to patrolling the streets in the City of Hampton.

Running with the wind

Two young women used their determination, commitment and teamwork to win a 13-hour-long race, that took them across six states.

Attorney to withdraw from former employee's case

A local defense attorney will withdraw from representing a former sheriff's spokesman on felony charges, rather than fight a motion to disqualify himself that was filed late Thursday the Clayton County district attorney.

Clayton's CRCT results: Scores mostly down

Clayton County Public Schools' middle and elementary school students saw mostly slight-to-modest declines in their performance on last spring's Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCTs), particularly in the key, promotional grades –– third, fifth, and eighth, according to data released the Georgia Department of Education.

Nero fiddled while Rome burned - Jim Bell

History records that Emperor Nero set fire to a large portion of Rome and blamed it on the Christians, killing them the thousands.

Everyday evangelism - Susan Bennett

In the gospel of Luke, at the beginning of Jesus' earthly ministry, he calls Levi to "Come, and follow me." Levi's a tax collector –– a traitor to his people, hated and feared and ostracized. And without ever looking back, he leaves his tax booth, the money he was collecting, his job, everything … and follows Jesus. If only all our evangelistic efforts worked out this well!

Henry CRCT performance maintained

The Henry County School System experienced mild gains overall on Georgia's 2011 Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT), according to results released this week the State Department of Education. The CRCT is an assessment based on the Georgia Performance Standards curriculum.

Say WHAT?! - 'This was a complete farce. Free admission my eye!'

Editor's Note: Say What?! is a new, occasional feature that consists of online comments readers have made in response to articles and features on our web sites –– www.news-daily.com, www.henryherald.com, and www.myjpa.com. These are raw, unedited comments. In bold type, are the headlines to which the comments are attached.

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Plemons gets fourth win of season

Semi-pro division heats up at AMS

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