News for Wednesday, March 9, 2011


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Music education takes center stage this month

J.W. Arnold Elementary School Teacher Joanne Maples patiently went through each note of a song about the "Sounds of the Sea," with a class of second-graders on Wednesday, taking time to teach her students how each note sounds.

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DA seeking indictment of county finance director

A Clayton County grand jury is in the process of hearing testimony against the county's finance director, Angela Jackson, before it weighs whether she should be indicted on four felony charges, and one misdemeanor charge, over her handling of public documents, the county's district attorney has confirmed.

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Officials preparing for final SACS visit

In a report approved by the county's school board earlier this week, Clayton County Public Schools officials are asserting that the district has met every mandate and requirement handed down, over the last three years, by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

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Local salon holding prom dress drive

Local high school girls unable to afford prom dresses this year, will get a chance to obtain a dress for free, through the help of a Jonesboro beauty salon.

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Forest Park takes down top-ranked Douglas County to reach state finals

DULUTH -- At halftime, sixth-ranked Forest Park sat on the locker room benches pondering how to erase an eight-point deficit and prevent a promising season from slipping away. The Lady Panthers had been out-shot, out-defended and out-hustled to loose balls.

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Bivins gives Forest Park offensive spark

DULUTH -- Cydni Bivins was in familar territory, and she added like it Wednesday inside the Arena at Gwinnett Center. Just like last season's Class AAAA semifinals, the junior guard came off the bench to provide sixth-ranked Forest Park with some spark.

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Turnovers, Miller Grove too much to overcome for Jonesboro

DULUTH -- In the beginning, Jonesboro's enthusiasm and excitement carried them within striking distance of the two-time defending Class AAAA state champion Miller Grove. In the end, it was Miller Grove's experience and familiarity to pressure situations they prevailed.

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Suarez, Enadeghe see journeys come to end

DULUTH -- One spent his early years of high school basketball career as a nomad, travelling between three different states to find the right place. One spent three years experiencing the full specturm of the highs and lows of high school basketball with a county rival.

FIRST step toward America's future - Tom Purcell

It's a compelling event -- something we all better hope we see more of, if America is to thrive.

A source of inspiration - Jason A. Smith

My little girl has had a big week. A couple of days ago, I was sitting on the sofa at my house, with my two-month-old baby lying next to me, on her back. My wife had stepped out of the living room briefly, so I was able to be the first to enjoy this particular moment.

Democracy is the New Black - Will Durst

Congratulations from the United States of America to all our freedom-loving brothers and sisters in Egypt and Yemen and Jordan and Oman and Tunisia and Libya and Iran and Bahrain and Morocco and Algeria -- and maybe, someday soon, Saudi Arabia

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Too good now to think about tomorrow-By Brian Paglia

DULUTH -- The future is such a temptation, such a distraction from what's going on while we glance away.

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Local men charged in counterfeit money case

Michael Allen, 40, of McDonough, entered a not guilty plea during his arraignment, on Wednesday, to charges that include conspiracy to produce and possess counterfeit U.S. currency, according to William McKinnon, Jr., Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, who is prosecuting the case.

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Federal inquiry continues in fatal plane crash

Authorities trudged through muddy terrain Wednesday, continuing their investigation of Tuesday's fatal plane crash, which claimed the lives of two metro-Atlanta men.

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CSU's Gibbons devastated by tournament snub

When Clayton State men's basketball coach Gordon Gibbons learned his team was left out of the NCAA Division II tournament, he was at a loss for words.

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Taylor is a 4 and a half year old Oriental Shorthair.

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Missy is an 11 year old Shepherd mix.

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Library to hold 'Landlord/Tenant Seminar'

The Headquarters branch of the Clayton County Library System will host a "Landlord/Tenant Seminar" on Thursday, March 10, from 7 p.m., to 8:30 p.m., at the library, at 865 Battle Creek Road, in Jonesboro.

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J-boro ends season at Final Four

The Jonesboro Cardinals basketball season came to an end Wednesday night with a 65-52 loss to two-time defending state champion Mill Grove in the Class AAAA Final Four.

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Forest Park headed to Class AAAA Title game

DULUTH--The No. 6-ranked Forest Park Lady Panthers (26-5) are headed to the championship game of the Class AAAA basketball Tournament.

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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. The event will support the scholarships and arts-in-education programs of Arts Clayton. It will include musical entertainment, a dinner buffet, prizes and a cocktail hour. The cost is $125 per person, or $1,000 for a table of eight. Call Linda Summerlin, at (770) 473-5831.

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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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Clayton County Fire and Emergency Services recognizes firefighters

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

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CSU's Gibbons devastated by tournament snub

When Clayton State men's basketball coach Gordon Gibbons learned his team was left out of the NCAA Division II tournament, he was at a loss for words.

Hall, Ernest William

Age: 74

Welden, A.C. "Carl"

Funeral Home: Hemperley Funeral Home

College students helping clean Reynolds Preserve

Boston College sophomore, Meyha Swaroop, said last year was an eye-opening experience for her, when she spent her spring break doing community-service work with the college's Boston College Appalachia Volunteers Program.

'Joy Prom' set for Saturday in Locust Grove

An area church is organizing, for the fourth straight year, an evening of elegance for disabled residents in the community.

FIRST step toward America's future - Tom Purcell

It's a compelling event –– something we all better hope we see more of, if America is to thrive.

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.

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. While we have already succeeded in passing legislation improving our early voting system, increasing the safety of bicyclists, and amending our Fiscal Year 2011 state budget, there is still much left to do before we reach legislative day 40, and adjournment.

HMC performs its first coronary angioplasty procedure

Philip Stonecipher, of San Antonio, Texas, said he is back on his feet, after recent surgery at Henry Medical Center (HMC), for a condition which could have threatened his life.

Moncrief, Thomas H. “Tommy”

Thomas H. “Tommy” Moncrief Mr. Thomas H. “Tommy” Moncrief, 68, of Riverdale, passed away on Wednesday, March 9, 2011. He was born in Atlanta, to Mrs. Elsie K. Fowler and the late Richard Moncrief. He was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Moncrief, II. He was a veteran of the United States Army, having served in Germany and in the Vietnam War. Survivors include: his mother and step-father, Elsie K. and Charles Fowler; sisters, Sandy Traer, Pat Morgan; brother, Larry Moncrief; his daughters, Regina Osborn and Tammy Stanfield; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, March 11, at 1 p.m., in the Chapel of Conner-Westbury Funeral Home. The Rev. Gene Walton will officiate. Interment will follow in Sherwood Memorial Park, Jonesboro. Friends may visit the family on Thursday, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the funeral home. Conner-Westbury Funeral Home, 1891 West McIntosh Road, Griffin, is in charge of arrangements,

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.

Strike up the bland - Peter Funt

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

Walmart store, jobs set for Locust Grove

The City of Locust Grove is preparing for the grand opening of a major retail discount chain store.

Standing on one foot - Martha Carr

There are a few things on my bucket list that are very long-term in nature. One of them was to successfully raise a child, which means he's upright and out on his own. Check, that's done. Louie is now 23 and out there conquering the world.