News for Tuesday, March 8, 2011


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BOC moving to create strong county manager

The Clayton County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1, on Tuesday, to ask the Georgia General Assembly to amend state code for all counties to have more powerful county managers.

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Man connected to murder case gets bond

Robert Allen Bethune, 21, of Ellenwood, had his preliminary hearing waved on Tuesday afternoon, at the Harold R. Banke Justice Center, in Jonesboro, because the state of Georgia consented to a bond, said Clayton County District Attorney Tracy Graham Lawson.

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Forest Park, Jonesboro ready for business

A year ago, the Forest Park girls' basketball team scripted a surprising run through the Class AAAA tournament to the semifinals for the first time since 1970. The Lady Panthers lost to eventual state champion Southwest DeKalb, but their success awoke the school's student body and surrounding community.

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Annual Arte Gras Gala this Saturday

The Arts Clayton Board of Directors will have its "5th Annual Arte Gras Gala," on Saturday, March 12, at 7 p.m., at the National Archives at Atlanta, 5780 Jonesboro Road, Morrow.

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Clayton County Fire and Emergency Services recognizes firefighters

Clayton County firefighters were recently recognized by their department during an awards ceremony.

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Fatal plane crash in Hampton

A small, fixed-wing, multi-engine aircraft crashed around noon Tuesday, in Henry County, killing two.

Strike up the bland - Peter Funt

It says here that Mitt Romney will be the Republican Presidential nominee next year.

Standing on one foot - Martha Carr

There are a few things on my bucket list that are very long-term in nature.

Halfway through 2011 session, still work to do - Glenn Baker

Monday, Feb. 28, marked the 20th legislative day, and halfway point of the Georgia General Assembly's 2011 session.

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Forest Park takes on top-ranked Douglas County

Forest Park coach Steven Cole knows how his Douglas County counterpart Chet Forsh is feeling.

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Jonesboro faces big test against national power

Jonesboro coach Dan Maehlman didn't have to go into any detailed scouting report about today's opponent Miller Grove. The Wolverines are the two-time defending champions and ranked No. 14 in the nation by one publication.

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Miller Grove not taking Jonesboro lightly-Derrick Column

Before I could get a word out, Miller Grove coach Sharman White layed out the ground rules.

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Clayton State women ranked No. 2 in USA Today/ESPN Division II Top 25 Coaches' Poll

After three straight weeks of being the No. 1-ranked team in the nation in Division II women's basketball, the Clayton State Lakers slipped one spot this week.

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Where do all those coupons come from?

Q: "When I go to the grocery store and see people with stacks of coupons, I ask myself, where do they get them all? Where is the best place to look for coupons? How do you obtain more than one coupon for the same item?"

Brimer, Jack Thomas

Age: 66

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.

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 37 days, going to a four-day week and making school days two hours longer, died Monday night.

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.

Holcombe, Cathy Lou Barfield

Cathy Lou Barfield Holcombe, passed away on Tuesday, March 8, 2011, at Hospice Atlanta. She died after a long, courageous battle with breast cancer. Cathy was born Oct. 24, 1959, to James and Sue Barfield. She grew up in Hapeville, and graduated from Georgia State University, with a bachelor’s degree in economics. Cathy was a long-term vice president of Sun Trust Bank. She was an elder, for many years, at Stockbridge Presbyterian Church, where she was described as the heart and soul of the church’s education program. Cathy’s passions included her family, her Sunday School class, and helping other cancer patients. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, March 19, at 11a.m., at Stockbridge Presbyterian Church. Cathy is survived by her husband, Rick Holcombe; son, Matthew Holcombe; daughter, Katie Holcombe; sisters, Patsy Walls, Linda Evans, and Anita Walton. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Cancer Society, or the Race for the Cure. A. S. Turner & Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, (404) 292-1551.