News for Friday, August 3, 2012


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Running by the dozen

Twelve candidates qualify for BOE races

Only one thing is certain following the end of candidate qualifying for Clayton County Board of Education seats — outspoken school board member Jessie Goree will be remaining on the board for another four years.

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Hundreds turn out for free school supplies

Hundreds of people flocked to Battle Creek Library Friday afternoon to get free school supplies, in spite of temperatures in the 90s.

Students, teachers, gear up for school year

For the second year, open house events will be held system-wide rather than school by school, allowing parents with students in more than one school to attend all open houses without scheduling conflicts.

New high school courses teach entrepreneurship, risk management

Five new business education courses with titles like “Legal Environment of Business” and “Entrepreneurial Ventures” have been added this year to the system’s Career Pathways, a state-approved career enhancement program that helps train students with a skill or trade.

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ROAD TO KICKOFF: Injury bug has slowed North Clayton’s OL

The humidity at Friday’s afternoon practice didn’t seem to bother North Clayton coach Max Wiltz as much as the missing players.

Old phones get new homes

First wireless drive benefits domestic violence victims

For the first time Clayton County Fire and Emergency Services is teaming with Clayton County Coalition against Domestic Violence to collect used cell phones.

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MAHONE: Pressure mounts for some first-year quarterbacks

It is one of the toughest positions on the football team to replace.

Forest Park cops get cash boost

Forest Park City Council will vote Monday night on two items that will boost the budget of the police department, according to the agenda released Friday.

Books of art: Arts Clayton exhibiting Gutenberg replicas

Hampton resident Tim Yancey has displayed his bound replicas of the Gutenberg Bible in Germany and in Washington D.C., but it was an exhibit at the Arts Clayton Gallery in Jonesboro that made him choke up with pride.

Mr. James A. Mize

Mr. James A. Mize, 74, of Jonesboro, passed away, Aug. 2, 2012. He was a member of the Riverdale Masonic Lodge, Yaarab Shrine, and Scottish Rite.

Lillie Hooten

Lillie Hooten, 82, of Riverdale, died Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012. She was born in Gray, Ga., to the late John Dawson and Clara Belle Polk Gordon, Sr. Lillie was also preceded in death by her husband, Leon Hooten, and son, James Leon Hooten.

Clyde G. Burkett

Clyde G. Burkett, 91, of Forest Park, died Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012.

Skillet beating suspect jailed

Police have identified and locked up a parolee wanted for allegedly beating a woman with an iron skillet last weekend.

Healthy promotion

Congressman’s annual health fair approaching

Congressman David Scott’s (D-Ga.) eighth annual 13th Congressional District Health Fair will take place Saturday, Aug. 18, from 10 a.m., until 2 p.m., at Mundy’s Mill High School, 9652 Fayetteville Road, in Jonesboro.

Riverdale park nearing completion

City officials this week shared a status update on construction of Riverdale Regional Park, which they said is nearly complete. They said on their website they plan to finish construction by Aug. 24, with a jamboree scheduled to take place at the park on that day.

Who will decide Clayton County's future, reputation?

Who cares about Clayton County? Who cares what happens here? Who cares about the future?

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Stress from loss — Susan Bennett

If there’s a way to avoid loss and stress in this life, I honestly don’t know what it is. But our hope is actually two-fold: we have the comfort of God’s presence now — and the promise of life with him forever.

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Mrs. Joan “Carol” Simpson

Mrs. Joan “Carol” Simpson, 66, of Riverdale, passed away on July 22, 2012.