News for Wednesday, February 1, 2012


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National trauma expert headed to Stanley trial

Defendant, victim’s mother also scheduled to testify

Testimony was given by two of Wanda Stanley’s children in her defense Wednesday, but was interrupted when a Henry County Superior Court Judge threatened to jail a family member of the deceased victim.

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Free tax assistance at Forest Park High

One of only 3 high school locations in Georgia

Local high school students are currently serving as tax preparers for qualified individuals, free of charge.

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‘The Crucible’ coming to Southern Crescent audiences

Performances set through Sunday

Infidelity, lies, and witchcraft are among the ingredients of the Henry Players’ latest production, which is set to kick off this week, in McDonough.

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Hearing set on gag order in Hill case

As the wheels of justice grind toward a resolution of the 37-count criminal indictment issued against former Clayton County sheriff, Victor Hill, on Jan. 18, a separate, misdemeanor case filed against a current deputy has been dismissed.

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‘Hear Our Voices’

Students share heritage in annual speech contest

Princess Rucker commanded the attention of audience members at the First Baptist Church of Jonesboro, on Wednesday, as she stood before them in a white dress with gold trimmings, crystal barrettes in her hair, and an American flag in her right hand.

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Teen arrested for three bomb threats

A Morrow High School student was arrested, Wednesday morning, for making back-to-back bomb threats this week, creating havoc at the school two days in a row.

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Pets of the Week - Harbin

Harbin is a one year old Lhasa Apso mix.

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Pets of the Week - Tessa

Tessa is a 9 month old white Angora mix.

Vining, Sam

Sam Vining, 79, of Jonesboro, died on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012. He was preceded in death by his son, Samuel Keith Vining, and brothers, Davis Vining and Hoyt Vining.

Smith, Josie Lee

Josie Lee Smith, a loving mother and grandmother, and devoted Christian, passed away Wednesday at the age of 82.

Clayton State can continue hosting international students

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has given Clayton State University the go-ahead to continue hosting international students, according to John Shiffert, director of university relations at CSU.

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Clayton DAR recognizes 2012 ‘Good Citizens’

What makes someone a “Good Citizen?”

Datebook - February 2, 2012

Marriage vow renewal ceremony for couples, Feb. 11

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It’s better than game day for Lovejoy seniors

If you walked into Lovejoy’s gym on Wednesday with your eyes closed, you might have thought it was still football season.

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SEC-bound: Tomlinson to Bama, Moody to South Carolina

Dig, if you will, the picture: Alabama and South Carolina, engaged in an SEC championship in the not-too-distant future, and all of a sudden the spotlight shines on Henry County.

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Real signature, ‘surreal’ day for Union Grove's White

D.J. White had imagined National Signing Day many times. The real thing Wednesday was infinitely better.

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Jean-Bart, GSU stayed faithful

When Jonathan Jean-Bart went down with a season-ending knee injury five games into the 2011 season, he was faced with some uncertainity about his future.

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Tatum called an ‘SEC-caliber’ RB

Its not like John Tatum could forget Dec. 3 anyway, but the former Eagle’s Landing Christian running back has another reminder of the importance of that day.

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Brown finally signs college scholarship

Stephon Brown has always heard the criticism of why he would never play Division I college football.

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High on the mainstream embankment — Will Durst

The obvious intention of Team Romney is to plant Mitt in the soft squishy loam as the sole candidate an ordinary person could expect to meet up with in the middle of the flood plains of normalcy.

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Southern Crescent Signees

Here is a list of athletes from the Southern Crescent that signed college scholarships on National Signing Day.

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Hey Canada, how about a trade? — Tom Purcell

Canada, with its proud history of big-government initiatives such as health care, is now led by a pro-capitalist conservative, whereas America is led by a fellow who's trying to turn his country into Western Europe.

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Players make college choices official

Players from across the Southern Crescent officially signed their college scholarships today.

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Airport puts energy-saving lights in parking lots

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport seems to be looking a lot brighter these days. The airport is replacing its 4,342 metal-halide fixtures, with energy-saving lighting in the north and south, covered parking lots, said Louis Miller, aviation general manager at Hartsfield-Jackson.

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Clayton DAR chapter donates blankets to Jonesboro police

The Jonesboro-based Augustin Clayton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution have made more than 300 blankets for law enforcement officers and veterans over the last three years, according to Phyllis Lawson.

School Notebook - February 1, 2012

Clayton County Public School’s “Hear Our Voices Speech Contest”

Man charged in shooting over car sale

The Clayton County Sheriff's Fugitive Unit arrested a Lake City man, Tuesday, on outstanding warrants involving a shooting over the sale of a car, said officials.

Morrow father could face murder charges in tot’s death

A Morrow toddler has died from injuries he allegedly suffered when his father tied a belt around his neck and swung him "like a rag doll," according to warrants.

Arts Clayton to announce art competition winners

It may not be a Best Picture Oscar, but a “Best of Show” award in Arts Clayton’s annual Juried Art Competition can bring some positive exposure to an artist.

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Resurrected murder case ends in life sentence

It was a murder case that went nowhere for more than three years.

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Former water authority manager pleads guilty

A former Clayton County Water Authority department manager pleaded guilty, Tuesday morning, to lying to a grand jury, and making false statements.