News for Wednesday, September 28, 2011

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Students showcase skills at Academic Gallery

Scores of Clayton County residents and school system officials flooded the hallways of the Board of Education Administrative Complex, Tuesday, where the school district hosted the first of four “Academic Galleries.”

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Golf tournament gets big turnout

Organizers report heavy participation in the Henry County Chamber of Commerce's 11th Annual Golf Classic. Twenty-three golf teams and 116 players took part in the tournament at Georgia National Golf Course at Lake Dow, in McDonough.

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Local church hosts coat giveaway

Members of a local church are aiming to warm hearts this fall as they embark on a drive to get used coats and jackets on the backs of those in need.

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ARC roundtable postpones commuter rail decision

Eldrin Bell wants more time to examine funding

The proposed Atlanta-to-Griffin commuter rail line, which proponents have been trying for years to get off the ground, remains in limbo.

What took them so long? - Tom Purcell

Now they tell us.

Trickle-up economics - Will Durst

It's all a dance, really. A Democratic president summons the gumption to call for higher taxes on the rich, and Republicans cry like third-graders having their ice cream taken away and given to the neighbor's dog. Invoking the hoariest of chestnuts –– that oldie but goodie –– as predictable as mushy, green grapes in a fruit salad: The Class War Boogie.

Datebook - September 29, 2011

New York Times Talk series today

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Pets of the Week - Steele

Steele is a four year old gray and white Domestic Shorthair.

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Pets of the Week - Sydney

Sydney is an absolutely gorgeous three and a half year old German Shepherd.

Childs, Jerri T.

Mrs. Jerri T. Childs, 56, of Riverdale, died Sept. 26, 2011.

Davis, Irene McGiboney

Irene McGiboney Davis, 86, of Forest Park, passed away Sept. 26, 2011.

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Area teams ready for region tournaments

The state playoffs begin on Oct. 12, and teams are making their final push to be in the tournament field. Many teams will be involved in their respective region playoffs next week. Here is a look at how the region tournaments will shape up involving teams from the Southern Crescent.

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Pitching key to softball success

Any high school fast-pitch softball coach will tell you that pitching is the key in determining a team’s success.

Golf tournament gets big turnout

Organizers report heavy participation in the Henry County Chamber of Commerce's 11th Annual Golf Classic. Twenty-three golf teams and 116 players took part in the tournament at Georgia National Golf Course at Lake Dow, in McDonough.

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Car crash leaves two with minor injuries

Some local volunteers, who were working on a storage facility in downtown Jonesboro, were shaken up a bit, after a local woman crashed her car through their construction site, Wednesday afternoon.

Gas and oil prices further decline

Motorists can let out a big sigh of relief as gas and oil prices continue to fall this week.

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Students showcase skills at Academic Gallery

Scores of Clayton County residents and school system officials flooded the hallways of the Board of Education Administrative Complex, Tuesday, where the school district hosted the first of four “Academic Galleries.”

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Car crash leaves two with minor injuries

Some local volunteers, who were working on a storage facility in downtown Jonesboro, were shaken up a bit, after a local woman crashed her car through their construction site, Wednesday afternoon.

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ARC hosting final T-SPLOST forum in Clayton

The Atlanta Regional Commission is scheduled to close out its month-long tour of 10 counties in the state’s metropolitan Atlanta transportation region this week with a trip to Clayton County, the county’s leaders have announced.

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Pets of the Week - Steele

Steele is a four year old gray and white Domestic Shorthair. He has been neutered and fully vaccinated. Steele was abandoned at the front door of the CCHS shelter several years ago; left alone in a box, on a cold January night. When he was found by staff coming into work that morning, he was terribly cold and frightened, but seemed genuinely happy to finally be inside and the center of attention. He quickly settled in, gained some weight, and is now happy and healthy, and has assumed a "management position" at the CCHS shelter.....he can be rather bossy, and tends to try to "manage" the staff and the other feline residents at the shelter. He's a good boy, and he seems to truly love human attention. He seems to be suffering from some minor respiratory problems, but please be assured that this is not anything major or difficult to deal with. When his breathing starts to sound a bit congested, he takes a little Benadryl, and he improves quickly. We believe that being around so many other animals, that the massive amounts of dog and cat hair in the shelter, tend to aggravate his breathing issues. He tells us that he wants to be the "main man" in his new home, and would like to be an "only cat" or at least in a home where there would only be one or two other cats.....he prefers not to have too much competition for attention! For anyone looking for a great big lap cat, who will lay around and watch TV with you, Steele would be the purrfect companion! For more information, please call Robin at 770/478-7531. To see other adoptable CCHS animals, please visit our pages at www.Petfinder.com , and use our 30236 area code for your search.

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Tournaments raise money for Deputy Daly's family

Clayton County Sheriff's officials held a softball tournament last week to benefit the family of slain Deputy Rick Daly, and are gearing up for a fund-raising golf tourney in November.

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Pets of the Week - Sydney

Sydney is an absolutely gorgeous three and a half year old German Shepherd. She has been spayed and fully vaccinated. Sydney is an extremely smart dog; she rides well and she walks well on a leash. She seems to prefer women to men, but she tends to get along with male dogs better than female dogs. Sydney had a longtime dog roomie, who she just adored, but he was recently adopted and she has not been the same since he left. She has been a little more reserved and quiet than what was normal for her when her friend was around. She really seems to enjoy companionship, both with people and certain other dogs. We are hoping that this wonderful girl might find a home of her own very, very soon! For more information, please call Clayton Co. Humane Society at 770-471-9436. To see other adoptable CCHS animals, please visit our Petfinder pages at www.petfinder.com and use our 30236 zip code for your search.

Pitching key to softball success

Any high school fast-pitch softball coach will tell you that pitching is the key in determining a team's success.

'Gas buy-down' eases pain at pump

Patrons at a local gas station, once again, enjoyed a little relief at the pump, thanks to the efforts of the Turning Point Church of McDonough.

Area teams ready for region tournaments

REGION 2-AAAAA

Trickle-up economics - Will Durst

It's all a dance, really. A Democratic president summons the gumption to call for higher taxes on the rich, and Republicans cry like third-graders having their ice cream taken away and given to the neighbor's dog.

Five myths about millionaires - John Steele Gordon

This past week, President Obama tried to sell his new "millionaires' tax" to the Rust Belt. "What's great about this country is our belief that anyone can make it," he said in Cincinnati on Thursday, praising "the idea that any one of us can open a business or have an idea that could make us millionaires." But who are the millionaires Obama is talking about? And will a tax on them help the economy? Let's examine a few presumptions about the man with the monocle on the Monopoly board.

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Coming together to cope ...

Support group helps those who’ve lost a child

Sometimes, it is more than one can handle, life is not the same and reality is a harsh blow.

Several school facilities getting upgrades

Although they are often overshadowed by personnel changes and pressing student-performance issues during school board meetings, there are several structural changes and upgrades to district schools and facilities, either under way, or soon to be under way.

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Tournaments raise money for Deputy Daly’s family

Clayton County Sheriff's officials held a softball tournament last week to benefit the family of slain Deputy Rick Daly, and are gearing up for a fund-raising golf tourney in November.

School Notebook - September 28, 2011

Lovejoy High to host homecoming festivities

Online penny auctions and their pitfalls

The word “savings” may sound like a sweet symphony to people’s ears, but sometimes there is a catch.

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Free festival features fun for all

The Clayton County Water Authority will hold its 12th Annual Wetlands and Watershed Festival Saturday to educate the public about the environment while also having fun.

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Animal cruelty: Father, son arrested, fined

A Locust Grove father and son have been given the maximum penalty of $6,000 each, 30 days in jail, and 35 months on probation, for animal cruelty in Henry County, according to county authorities.

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‘Gas buy-down’ eases pain at pump

Patrons at a local gas station, once again, enjoyed a little relief at the pump, thanks to the efforts of the Turning Point Church of McDonough.

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ARC hosting final T-SPLOST forum in Clayton

Commuter Rail to be reconsidered on eve of meeting

The Atlanta Regional Commission is scheduled to close out its month-long tour of 10 counties in the state’s metropolitan Atlanta transportation region this week with a trip to Clayton County, the county’s leaders have announced.

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