News for Monday, March 7, 2011

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BOE scraps shorter school year proposal

With little support among members of the Clayton County Board of Education, a proposal to cut the school year by 37 days, by going to a four-day week and making school days two hours longer, died Monday night.

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Powers stepping down as gallery manager

Hanging an art show is like putting together a puzzle, said Arts Clayton Gallery Manager Karen Powers, who added that it is also her favorite part of the job.

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Gas prices highest in two years

As fuel prices push ever closer to record highs, some officials believe residents will turn to public transportation, to save on the costs of commuting.

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Georgia's secretary of state visits Henry

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp said his office is utilizing technology, in an effort to streamline government operations in the state.

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Care groups honor veterans with new initiative

Military veterans, living in the Southern Crescent area with health challenges, are being recognized for their military service, through a local hospice's involvement in a national care program.

This isn't mere duplication; It's unbridled idocy - Mike Reagan

Uncle Sam is spending a lot of your tax dollars on programs that do the exact same thing as other federal programs, and you are paying the tab, a shocking new report shows.

It's time for a pro-quality-of-life movement - Tina Dupuy

The problem with the pro-life movement is their concerns for "life" end at birth.

Restoring HOPE - Seay and Davenport

The HOPE Scholarship, as we know it, is under attack. For almost two decades, the HOPE Scholarship has ensured that Georgia's students had an opportunity to continue their education.

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ELCA, ELHS ranked in state soccer polls

The high school soccer season might have just started, but for two girls teams in the Southern Crescent, it's all about state rankings.Both the Eagle's Landing Christian and Eagle's Landing girls' teams are ranked in their respective Eurosports.com Coaches' poll.

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Lovejoy, Mundy's Mill get wins

The Lovejoy Wildcats and Mundy's Mill Tigers are set to meet Wednesday on the baseball field.

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Clayton State to host NCAA Division II women's basketball Southeast Regional

The bids are out, the brackets are filled, and the NCAA Division II women's basketball Southeast Regional is coming to Clayton State.

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Lovejoy, Mundy's Mill get wins

From Staff Reports

Joiner, Lloyd Gregory

Lloyd Gregory “Greg” Joiner, passed away on Monday, March 7, 2011. A service will be held Saturday, March 12, at 11a.m., in the First Baptist Church of Forest Park. Dr. Reed Crumbliss, assisted by David Burris, is officiating. Interment will be at the Forest Hills Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be at the funeral home TODAY (Friday), from 5 p.m., to 8 p.m. Survivors include his parents, Lloyd and Lucy Joiner, of Jonesboro; daughter, Brenda Joiner; sons, Blake and Austin Joiner, and their mother, Melissa Joiner; sister, Jan and Terry Starr, of Jonesboro; brother, Michael and Denise Joiner, of Jonesboro, numerous nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, please make donations, in memory of Greg, to Freedom Counseling Service, P.O. Box 1260, Lafayette, Ga. 30728. Thomas L. Scroggs Funeral Directors, Morrow, Ga., is in charge of arrangements, (770) 961-2828.

Georgia's secretary of state visits Henry

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp said his office is utilizing technology, in an effort to streamline government operations in the state.

Clayton State to host NCAA Division II women's basketball Southeast Regional

Clayton State to host NCAA Division II women's basketball Southeast Regional

George, Robert Tarpley

Robert Tarpley “Tarp” George, of Jackson, died Monday, March 7, 2011 at his residence. He was born Oct. 1, 1959 in Atlanta, to Deanna Wilson George and the late Joe George. Tarp grew up in Marietta, and graduated from Wheeler High School. He attended Valdosta State College. Tarp built a successful career as an upscale home remodeler until medical issues in the last five years prevented active participation in his chosen occupation. He was known in all circles for his free spirit and attention to others. He had several loves in his life, the first two of which were his family and water skiing. Later in life, he kept to the water theme with an active interest in white water kayaking. Tarp persevered and overcame all of the setbacks until the medical issues in the last few years brought him to his knees. He just could not beat the bouts with heart disease and cancer that were his greatest and last challenges. His life ended too soon. He just went to sleep and passed peacefully at home in the night. In addition to his mother, Tarp is survived by his daughter, Casey George; son, Carter George, both of Chamblee; Uncle Gary White, of Covington; Aunt Ruth Theiling, of Walhalla, S.C.; several cousins; and companion, Dianne Gresham, of Jackson. He was preceded in death by his sister, Stacey George. Services were held at 2 p.m., Thursday, March 10, in the Chapel of Sherrell Funeral Home with the Rev. Frank Brock officiating. The family received friends at the funeral home on Wednesday, March 9 from 5 to 8 p.m. Those who wish may sign the online guest registry at www.sherrellfh.com. Sherrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Cotter, Kenneth N.

Kenneth N. Cotter Mr. Kenneth N. Cotter, 35, formerly of Morrow, died in Louisiana, on Monday, March 7, 2011, as the result of an accident. He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Eugene Newberry, Francis M. Cotter and Dave Harris. He leaves to grieve, his mother and stepfather, Vicki and Ernest Cermak, and father, Daniel Cotter. He is survived by his son, Westley Cotter; daughter, Noel Cotter, and their mother, Kristi; grandmothers, Martha Newberry, Billie Cotter Harris, Estelle Cermak; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family and friends. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, March 19, from Morrow 1st Baptist Church at 11 a.m. Pastor Daniel Leonard will officiate. Thomas L. Scroggs is handling the arrangements, (770) 961-2828.

It's time for a pro-quality-of-life movement - Tina Dupuy

The problem with the pro-life movement is their concerns for "life" end at birth.

This isn't mere duplication; It's unbridled idocy - Mike Reagan

Uncle Sam is spending a lot of your tax dollars on programs that do the exact same thing as other federal programs, and you are paying the tab, a shocking new report shows.

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