News for Monday, March 21, 2011

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Clayton Schools boasts big writing assessment gains

The number of Clayton County eighth-graders meeting, or exceeding, standards on the state's writing assessment went up by eight percentage points, after the district rolled out an increased focus on writing, school system officials said on Monday.

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Domestic violence call leads to drug bust

The Clayton County Police Department took into custody two Riverdale residents, who face various drug charges, said Clayton County Police Officer Phong Nguyen.

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Beauty queen seeks to launch seniors pageant

A group of past and present "Mrs. Senior Georgia" queens, including Jonesboro resident Cindy Day, the current holder of the title, are on a mission.

Georgia Bar mourns loss of Chuck Driebe

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I would like to join those who have expressed condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of Charles J. "Chuck" Driebe on his recent passing.

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BOE to vote on ethics repeal resolution

The Clayton County Board of Education will hold a called meeting tonight to vote on a resolution that asks the county's legislative delegation to repeal a 2008 ethics law, aimed specifically at the school system, according to school board Chairperson Pamela Adamson.

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Being prepared for spring-time flooding

Spring has sprung, and so has the flooding season, according to officials of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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Victims in high school beating suspended

Authorities are using video footage taken from a surveillance camera at Henry County High school to try to determine the identities of at least 12 to 15 men, in their early 20's, who beat up a Henry County High School student and his brother.

Wisconsin going forward - Tina Dupuy

Wisconsin adopted "Forward" as its state motto in 1851. Sculptor Jean Pond Miner was commissioned to create a representation of her home state, and in 1893 created a seven-foot-tall, bronze statue of a female figure bearing the state's maxim.

Defunding or defanging - Peter Funt

There was plenty of passionate poppycock on the House floor last week, as members debated the Republicans' "emergency" bill to eliminate funding for National Public Radio. Although the bill passed, as did a proposal last month to defund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, neither measure will advance beyond the House chamber.

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Lakers making their third 'Elite Eight' appearance in five years

The Clayton State Laker women's basketball team is three games away from the ultimate prize - the NCAA Division II National Championship. It all comes down this week in the NCAA Division II "Elite Eight" in St. Joseph, Mo.

Mundy's Mill rallies for region victory

Two days after losing their first baseball game of the season to a team in Alabama, the Mundy's Mill Tigers bounced back Monday afternoon with a come-from-behind 8-5 victory against visiting Tri-Cities High School.

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Smith proves to be quick learner on the track

Although Parkview swept the boys and girls championship at the Bulldog Classic Invitational hosted by Mount Zion High, there were several local individuals that did well last weekend.

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Creekside Academy participates in Border Bash Invitational

The Creekside Academy Track and Field team participated in the the Border Bash Invitational at Augusta Prepatory Day School.

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News of the Weird 3-19-2011

New York University arts professor Wafaa Bilal had his camera surgically removed in February -- the one that was implanted in the back of his skull in November...

Mundy's Mill rallies for region victory

Two days after losing their first baseball game of the season to a team in Alabama, the Mundy's Mill Tigers bounced back Monday afternoon with a come-from-behind 8-5 victory against visiting Tri-Cities High School.

Dailey, Charles

Charles Dailey Charles Dailey, 60, of Jonesboro, died March 21, 2011. www.southcarecremation.com.

Gregory, Evie S.

Evie S. Gregory Evie S. Gregory, of Morrow, passed away, March 21, 2011. A service will be held in the chapel, Thursday, March 24, at 11 a.m. Dr. Murray Edwards officiating. Interment to follow at Westview Cemetery. Survivors include several nieces and nephews, and a host of friends. Visitation will be this evening from 5 p.m., to 8 p.m. Thomas L. Scroggs Funeral Directors, Morrow, Ga., (770) 961-2828, is in charge of the arrangements.

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