News for Saturday, July 9, 2011


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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.

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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 Milby bring a decidedly feminine touch to patrolling the streets in the City of Hampton.

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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, by meeting, out of public view, to discuss the county's fiscal year 2012 budget, a spokesperson for the office has confirmed.

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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.

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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.

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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 by the Georgia Department of Education.

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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 by the State Department of Education. The CRCT is an assessment based on the Georgia Performance Standards curriculum.

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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.

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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 by the Clayton County district attorney.

Benefield, Duane Arnold

Age: 61

Denby, James Edward

James Edward Denby, of Forest Park, passed away July 7, 2011. Funeral services will be held in the chapel Saturday, July 9, at 1 pm. Pastor Randy Davis will officiate. Interment will be at Sherwood Memorial Park. The family will receive friends TODAY (Friday), from 4 p.m., to 8 p.m. Survivors include his wife, Edna Denby, of Forest Park; daughters, Dlwanda and Bobby Dean, of Hampton, Juanita Lever, of Forest Park; sisters, Ester Lee Yown, on Monticello Fla., Reatha Baker, of Thomasville, Ga.; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Thomas L. Scroggs Funeral Directors, Morrow, Ga., is in charge of arrangements, (770) 961-2828.

Pendley, Jean Mrs.

Age: 80

Braden, Eric Joseph

Age: 16

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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.

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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 --,, and These are raw, unedited comments. In bold type, are the headlines to which the comments are attached.

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News of the Weird 7-9-2011

Can't Possibly Be True; News That Sounds Like a Joke; Inexplicable; Unclear on the Concept; The Redneck Chronicles; People With Issues; Brave Nude World

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 by 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!