News for Friday, February 24, 2012


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McDonough seeking state funds for park improvements

The McDonough City Council has authorized Mayor Billy Copeland to sign a pre-application resolution seeking a Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant for Alexander Park, on Ga. Highway 42. The grant, from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, would be for up to $100,000, and the city’s match would be up to $50,000.

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Parental Accountability Court begins in Henry County

Henry County Superior Court Judge Brian Amero has announced the implementation of a Parental Accountability Court, whose mission is to get fathers to meet their child support obligations.

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Forest Park honors students for calendar art

A handful of Clayton County students got to share their opinions on the environment through artwork used in the 2012 Keep Forest Park Beautiful calendar.

Taxpayers warned of potential tax-preparer scams

Federal tax officials are reminding taxpayers to beware of tax-preparer scams, which can lead to significant penalties and interest, as well as possible criminal prosecution.

Forest Park fugitive caught

A Forest Park man, wanted in connection with a November shooting, was arrested Friday afternoon and booked into the Clayton County Jail.

Tickets available for Labor Day weekend race

The race weekend, deemed the biggest Labor Day party in the U.S., is expected to be the only large NASCAR race of the year for the Hampton raceway.

Pierce, Dennis Keith

Mr. Dennis Keith Pierce, 56, of McDonough, passed away Feb.23, 2012.

Parker, Inez C.

Mrs. Inez C. Parker, 83, of Bowdon, Ga., formerly of Clayton County, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012.

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America needs Christian discipline — Jim Bell

The American culture has changed dramatically in my lifetime, and I think many, if not the majority of these changes, have been detrimental to our society. One of them has been the lack of –– or at least our failure to use –– discipline.

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Open the door to light, warmth, healing, hope — Susan Bennett

Our lives were meant to be safe, fruitful, and filled with God’s presence. We’re a far cry from that! And this is OUR doing, not God’s.

THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT: I'd like to thank the Academy

Corinne Nicholson makes her Oscar picks.

Oscar nominees dish on their red-carpet underwear

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Anyone who knows their Oscars knows that nominees' fashion plans are strictly top secret until the big day. They seem to be more revealing about their designer undergarments, though.. While it may fit into the too-much-information file, some of the year's most celebrated actors

Academy Awards suggest daylong celebration Sunday

LOS ANGELES -- The Academy Awards are the film industry's biggest night of the year, and movie fans deserve their own Oscar celebrations.. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and ABC, which broadcasts the Academy Awards, suggest Oscar Sunday ought to be like Super Bowl Sunday -- a

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Air France Cargo returns to Hartsfield-Jackson

Atlanta mayor announces comeback during expo

Kasim Reed announced the return of Air France Cargo during the “Cargo Appreciation Day and Expo” on Thursday at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

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New Lake City community center taking shape

Lake City’s new community center is still just an unfinished building that has all of its walls, but only half of a roof, in place. Still, that is not stopping residents from blowing up Mayor Willie Oswalt’s phone lines with requests to use the facility.

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Smith Elementary hosts annual career day

For some students at Roberta T. Smith Elementary School, mathematics can be a daunting subject to master. Thursday, at the school’s annual Career Day event, some called math their least-favorite subject. But Juarez Jackson, an engineer at Lockheed Martin, who was one of the of the many career-day presenters, declared to the students that, “Math is easy.”