News for Tuesday, February 7, 2012

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Congressman Scott announces art competition deadline

U.S. Rep. David Scott (D-Ga.) recently explained that the art turned in by local high school students, for his annual art competition, usually leaves him in awe of the students’ abilities.

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Businesses must comply with state’s immigration law

E-Verify is new tool for employers

Private employers in Georgia must soon use a new tool to vet new hires, because of the state’s “Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act of 2011” or HB 87, said an Atlanta attorney.

Accused shooter’s dad to be deported

The father of a Riverdale teen indicted in the July 20, 2011 shooting death of a Clayton County Sheriff's deputy will be deported after serving a federal sentence for conspiracy to bribe an immigration official, said a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia.

Free tax preparation available for area residents

Local assistance sites now open

Tax officials are urging low-to-moderate income metro Atlantans to consider using Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites to meet their tax-preparation needs –– free of charge –– as opposed to paying for the services.

Explorer Post 701 looking for recruits

Clayton County teenagers, with an interest in public service, and curiosity about fire and emergency services operations, are invited to join Explorers Post 701, to get a better understanding of what emergency personnel do on the job.

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Forest Park seniors fierce in regular-season finale

What better night for the Forest Park Lady Panthers to flex their muscles and show off the dominance that has become the norm.

Clayton schools’ receive fine arts grant

Two Clayton County schools will receive new musical instruments as well as money to repair old instruments, according to Sean Terrell, orchestra director and fine arts department chairman at Forest Park High School.

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Mundy’s Mill girls pull away in fourth to beat Morrow

If Morrow had a little more offensive punch, it might rank among Region 4-AAAA’s most dangerous girls basketball teams.

Firefighters complete arson course

Two Clayton County firefighters have completed the arson investigator certification program taught by the Georgia Police Academy Division of the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth.

CSU offering students alternative spring vacation

Students at Clayton State University will have a choice to use their spring vacation for personal leisure activity, or to lend a hand helping others.

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Forest Park clinches third place with win

Costa Anderson scored 16 points and teammate Darius Carmichael added 15 as Forest Park defeated visiting North Clayton 53-50 in both teams’ regular-season finale.

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COUPON QUEEN: Breaking bad: When shoppers abuse coupons

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

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Surely they jest — Peter Funt

"You can't make this stuff up," Johnny Carson used to say when truth trumped fiction in one of his monologues. The line is perfect for the current GOP presidential campaign, where the candidates' seemingly serious pronouncements leave joke writers with little to add.

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Just keep writing — Martha Carr

There’s a reason I keep writing, even though monetary success hasn’t found me, yet. Words strung together in books have always given me the ability to dream of bigger things and even the courage to go out and try.

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Weather radios donated to Clayton County Schools

Severe weather awareness week recognized

In recognition of “Severe Weather Awareness Week,” Clayton County Fire and Emergency Services donated more than 60 weather radios to the Clayton County School System.

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Jonesboro leaders poised to OK church relocation

A presentation made to the Jonesboro City Council on Monday, revealed that the church that may open in the Swint’s Feed and Garden Supply building is actually an existing congregation seeking to relocate from unincorporated Clayton County, to within the city limits.

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