News for Tuesday, March 1, 2011

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BOC narrowly approves public-comment policy

Personal attacks are out, and a requirement for people to say which county they live in before addressing the Clayton County Board of Commissioners is in, after the commission approved a new public-comment policy, by a 3-2 vote on Tuesday.

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Ex-DA's program probed by federal jury

A federal grand jury recently subpoenaed Clayton County's attorney for documents about a criminal-rehabilitation program that was run by former Clayton County District Attorney Jewel Scott, the county's current district attorney has confirmed.

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Riverdale, Atlanta men accused of emissions fraud

Three men, including one from Riverdale, have been indicted on federal charges of fraudulently giving emission certificates to more than 1,400 cars that, otherwise, would not have passed an emissions inspection required by Georgia law and the Clean Air Act.

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Soil, Water Conservation District holds meeting

The Clayton County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its monthly meeting, on Thursday, March 3, at 11 a.m., at the Clayton County Extension Office, 1262 Government Circle, Jonesboro. Call (770) 761-3020.

It's in the mail - Peter Funt

Shortly after 2 p.m., on Presidents Day, when government offices were closed, I dropped a Netflix envelope in the box outside our local post office. Fifteen hours later, I was notified via e-mail that a Netflix branch, about 85 miles away, had received the DVD.

The creep of inflation - Martha Carr

The U.S. economy often reacts a lot like a colicky baby that requires constant adjustments, to exactly what and how much of something is going in one end, so that the right thing comes out on the other, without a lot of trouble.

Printable coupons: Tempest in coupon land

"My favorite supermarket refuses to accept any coupons printed from the Internet.

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Slower pace suits Forest Park fine in 51-48 win

It wasn't the style that Forest Park is accustomed to playing, but the sixth-ranked Lady Panthers were able to defeated McIntosh at their own game.

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Riverdale hires Carver's Downs as football head coach

Carver-Columbus assistant coach and defensive coordinator Olten Downs was hired Saturday as Riverdale's new head football coach.

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Looking ahead: North Clayton-Jonesboro

They admit to hearing the occasional buzz in the hallways, but Jonesboro and North Clayton players are not permitted to discuss it.

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Lovejoy beats Henry County

The Lovejoy Wildcats baseball team improved to 4-1 Tuesday with its second victory against Henry County this year.

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Clayton State men drop 87-68 PBC quarterfinal showdown at Georgia Southwestern

Playing at Georgia Southwestern for the second time in 72 hours, the Clayton State Lakers could not overcome a torrid shooting second half by the Hurricanes as Georgia Southwestern downed the Lakers 87-68 in the Peach Belt Conference quarterfinals on Tuesday at the Storm Dome.

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No. 1-ranked Clayton State women play host to Montevallo in Peach Belt quarterfinals

The No. 1-ranked and undefeated Clayton State Laker women's basketball will take aim at defending its Peach Belt Conference Tournament championship on Wednesday when the Lakers play host to Montevallo in the 2011 Peach Belt Conference Tournament quarterfinals.

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Past keeps North Clayton focused

Everything about North Clayton's second round game in the Class AAAA tournament at Warner Robins feels so familiar to Lady Eagles coach Shaka Owens — on the road, against an enigmatic opponent, facing a dynamic point guard.

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McIntosh will try to slowdown No. 6 Forest Park

There will be two contrasting styles of basketball at play this evening when sixth-ranked Forest Park hosts No. 7 McIntosh in the second round of the Class AAAA playoffs.

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Controlled burn set for local state park

Area residents may see smoke wafting over the northeastern portion of Panola Mountain State Park, in Stockbridge, in the coming days, according to park officials.

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McDonough gym emphasizes personal training

About 3,500 pounds of free weights sit on racks, scattered throughout the 3,000-square-foot expanse of the McDonough gym, where hand-picked cardio equipment hugs walls of windows, and gym patrons use the center floor for calisthenics workouts.

Riverdale hires Carver's Downs as football head coach

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Traffic stop leads to drug and weapons arrest

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Kemp Primary students learn about careers

Hundreds of Kemp Primary School students got a chance to learn what firefighters, hair dressers, and professional cheerleaders do for a living during the school's annual "Career Day" event.

Brimer, Jack Thomas

Jack Thomas Brimer Jack Thomas Brimer, born in Roswell, Ga. in 1914, settled in Decatur, Ga., and lastly in Stockbridge, went home to live with his Creator, Tuesday, March 1, at 2:45 a.m. Jack was a WWII Veteran, and served as an Engineer in the Army Reserves as a CW3. After working through North Africa, Italy, France and Okinawa, he came home from the war, and worked full-time for United Family Life Insurance Company, until he retired, then continued working for the state legal department. In both jobs, he ran the printing department, and supervised all of the ordering and use of office supplies. Jack attended Ousley UMC in Lithonia, as an adult, and then Bethel UMC in later years. He got great pleasure from serving God through both of these churches, and made lifelong friends there, and through work. Jack also loved to fish, and fished many times with his brother-in-law Ham McAfee, and friends. He was famous for his giant tomatoes—which provided us with spaghetti sauce all year long—and a beautiful garden! Jack’s best friend stayed with him in marriage for 61.5 years, Juanita “Neda” McAfee Brimer. She graciously cared for him during these last difficult years, after lots of prime living. It is impossible to count the many lives Jack has touched during his quiet time on earth. Jack was preceded in death by his son, Tom Brimer. He is survived by his wife, Neda Brimer, son (Richard) Scott and daughter-in-law Josie (Calara) Brimer, daughter Kellie (Brimer) and son-in-law Dave Frissell; grandchildren Richard “Rich” and wife Athena (Bahamonde) Brimer, Robert Brimer, Cathy (Brimer) and Khoa Bui and great grandchild Bentley Bui; brothers Morris and Pete Brimer, and sisters Eleanor Brimer and Joyce (Brimer) Corley. A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 12, at 1p.m. (visitation from 12 p.m., to 1 p.m.) at Bethel UMC, 245 Fairview Road, Stockbridge, Ga. Jack’s ashes will be interned later at Westview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to Bethel UMC.

CSU to hold career expo for students, alumni

Clayton State University is inviting its students and alumni to attend the school's annual Career Expo job fair later this week.

Heatley: District needs to cut $49 million

Clayton County Public Schools may have to cut its school year 37 days, and make the school day two hours longer, to help make up for a projected deficit that could reach $49.2 million 2013, the school system's superintendent said Monday.

House of Dawn in need of assistance

Princess Barkley said she was only 15 years old when she discovered she was pregnant. She had no where to go and no one to turn to for help.

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