News for Thursday, February 16, 2012

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Halvorson earns Eagle Scout designation

Mathew Halvorson, like other 17-year-olds, has the daunting task of planning for his future — choosing which career to pursue, and what ways to pursue it.

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Jonesboro wins third straight squeaker over Forest Park

Jonesboro vs. Forest Park, Part III — a tale of frustration, of perseverance, of redemption and, finally, of triumph in triplicate.

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Cross’ defense key in Jonesboro's victory

Alexcia Cross doesn’t score many points for the Jonesboro girls basketball team. What she delivers for the Lady Cardinals doesn’t show on the stat sheet.

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Forest Park girls hold on to trump Lovejoy

Head coach Steven Cole said his Forest Park Lady Panthers’ 58-53 Region 4-AAAA Tournament victory over Lovejoy was a tale of two halves. He just wished his team could have performed a sequel of the first one.

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Hunt leads North Clayton to finals

North Clayton gets another shot at Jonesboro. And this time, the stakes are much higher.

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Emergency responders, medical officials recognized for partnership

Clayton County emergency services officials, and representatives of Southern Regional Medical Center (SRMC), were recognized with a proclamation from the Clayton County Commission this week, for life-saving work that has attracted the attention of American Heart Association officials.

Student held in sex assault at school

A Riverdale teenager is being held without bond in the Clayton County Jail following his arrest Wednesday for the alleged sexual assault of a classmate.

Feds propose distracted-driver guidelines for automakers

The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced its first federally proposed guidelines to push automobile manufacturers to figure out ways to minimize distractions associated with in-vehicle electronic devices.

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State House designates ‘Kindness Week’ in Georgia

At the urging of State Rep. Andy Welch (R-McDonough), the Georgia House of Representatives has approved, and issued, a resolution making the second week of November, “Kindness Week” in Georgia.

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Cowboy uses horses to teach kids about life

Sometimes, youngsters need to be exposed to something bigger than they are, to help them learn about life. That was the idea behind inviting an urban cowboy and two of his horses to the Clayton Center.

Atlanta airport opens ‘cell phone lot’

Atlanta’s airport opened a “cell phone” parking/waiting lot, Thursday morning, for drivers who are there to pick up passengers, according to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Spokesperson Katena Carvajales.

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Arson suspected in Stockbridge house fire

Damage estimated at $60,000

A Stockbridge woman is accused of setting her ex-husband’s clothes, and home, on fire.

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Daddy’s sentiment (or not) — Ronda Rich

I never took my daddy for the sentimental kind. That’s why I was surprised at what I found in the little desk that sat in our family den as far back as I could remember.

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It’s time for gumbo and Mardi Gras — Curt Yeomans

Did I ever tell you about the time when a completely sloshed woman in New Orleans made me feel embarrassed about being a white person?

The Swimsuit Issue

Ah, the middle of February. We all know what that means.

Tone-deaf tin ear

There's something about Mitt. And whatever it is, a few folks are definitely allergic.

Man indicted for allegedly shooting dog to death

A Clayton County grand jury indicted a Morrow man Wednesday, who is accused of shooting two dogs, killing one.

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