News for Tuesday, February 14, 2012


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Gov. Deal to honor Clayton firefighters

Gov. Nathan Deal will honor the world champion Clayton County Fire and Emergency Services relay teams Feb. 21, with a proclamation recognizing their achievements.

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Jonesboro’s mock trial team heads to state

Katie Powers lacked direction as a Jonesboro High School student, until her friends convinced her to join them on the mock trial team. "This is what cemented my career choice," she said. "It's why I became a lawyer."

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Jonesboro thwarts Tri-Cities’ upset bid

Jonesboro doesn’t design plays for Chukedubem Okeke, and he’s not the guy the Cardinals look for on offense.

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Region 4-AAA Roundup

Down six points at halftime, Henry County fought off early turnovers and poor free-throw shooting to defeat Sandy Creek 50-42 Tuesday in the opening round of the Region 4-AAA Tournament.

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Airport takes on Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge

The world’s busiest airport is making strides to ensure that its goal of becoming one of the world’s greenest airports is fulfilled.

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Funeral home pays tribute to Whitney Houston

Community invited to sign memory book

A McDonough funeral home is providing a memorial book for fans who want to pay tribute, or share reflections, with the family of the late Whitney Elizabeth Houston.

Atlanta woman most likely died of hypothermia

ATLANTA — The Fulton County medical examiner says an Atlanta woman whose body was found more than three weeks after she disappeared died of hypothermia.

Debate brews in Ga. over mortgage settlement funds

ATLANTA — Georgia lawmakers have plenty of leeway over how to use a significant chunk of the $815 million the state’s receiving as part of the massive national settlement over mortgage abuses.

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Riverdale appoints first female fire chief

The City of Riverdale has appointed the first female chief over its fire department, officials said.

Butler, Jack Dale

Jack Dale Butler, of Fayetteville, passed away on Saturday, Feb.11, 2012.

Thomas, Mary Ruth

Mary Ruth Thomas, of Morrow, passed away on Monday, Feb. 13, 2012.

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COUPON QUEEN: The reality behind ‘extreme couponing’

Jill Cataldo saves hundreds on groceries by making the most of the common coupon. You can, too.

School Notebook - February 15, 2012

School district hosts scholarship forum, today

Knowles, Mary “Ruth”

Mary “Ruth” Knowles, 82, of McDonough, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2012.

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I need a budget — Martha Carr

I’ve had just enough experience with paying off a debt just a bit at a time that at first seemed insurmountable, that the idea of a budget is actually starting to look downright appealing.

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Can Mitt Romney move to the center, if he’s the Republican nominee? — Joe Gandelman

Mitt Romney is dominating the national political news cycle here in America's geographical center. But his biggest battle lies ahead: can Romney win the country's political center in what increasingly is shaping up to be a toss-up presidential election?

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Obama does what? — Peter Funt

We know President Obama did something last week related to rules covering contraception and health insurance for employees of religious organizations. But how do you characterize his action in a short headline? What's the appropriate verb to follow "Obama ..."?

Celebrating Black History Month

Hartsfield-Jackson hosts event for area schools

To celebrate Black History month, students from several schools in the metro area –– including one from Clayton County –– were invited to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, to experience a day in aviation. They participated in an essay contest, too.

School district holding Pre-K Lottery in March

Approximately 704 slots will be available, next school year, for parents interested in signing up their youngsters for free, pre-kindergarten –– or pre-k –– classes in the Clayton County School System, according to Cynthia Roberts, the district’s coordinating supervisor for the program.