News for Thursday, January 26, 2012

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Operation Shield hoping to become regional

Clayton to be affected

All eyes were on Dave Wilkinson, as he told stories of his experience as a special agent for the U.S. Secret Service, serving former Presidents William “Bill” Clinton and George W. Bush.

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‘Helping Cadet Freeman’

Mundy’s Mill hosts fund-raiser for fellow cadet

The Mundy’s Mill High School Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) has been conducting a fund-raiser all week to help one of its own.

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Girls dominate Clayton Schools spelling bee

Rex Mill Middle School seventh-grader, Brittany Chopra, almost lost the Clayton County Spelling Bee on Thursday in the final round, misspelling the word “scampi.” She spelled it “s-c-a-m-y.”

Bruce, Sarah Virginia

Sarah Virginia Bruce, 82, of Jonesboro, went to be with our Lord Jesus Christ on Jan. 25, 2012.

Faith Notes - January 27, 2012

Join ‘young-at-heart’ seniors on bus tour

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Hampton artisan showcases woodwork, carvings

Exhibit on display at Hampton Train Depot

Hampton resident, Tom Quick, said he still uses an old-fashioned hand plane, to shave down the blocks of exotic wood he eventually shapes into functional pieces of art. Some of those pieces, about three dozen of them, are on display at the Historic Hampton Museum, inside the Hampton Train Depot.

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Forest Park looking for some respect

Lovejoy and Jonesboro are tied for the top spot in Region 4-AAAA.

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Jonesboro peaking at right time

Jonesboro girls coach Michael House has mixed up his starting lineup some this season, starting several combinations.

Defense says man accidentally set girlfriend on fire

The attorney representing a College Park man accused of dousing his girlfriend with gas, and setting her on fire, told a Clayton County jury, Thursday morning, they should acquit his client of arson, because the fire was an accident.

Parkes gets probation in eavesdropping case

A Clayton County sheriff's deputy, in Superior Court Thursday, apologized to a co-worker for recording her using the bathroom, calling it "a childish prank."

Congressman recognizes military academy nominees

Jonesboro youth, Jordan Sartor-Francis, says he has two choices about where he can go to college: Just up Interstate 75, to the Georgia Institute of Technology, or all the way up to Annapolis, Md., and the U.S. Naval Academy.

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Body identified as Riverdale mother

Police have identified the body found in Jonesboro, Wednesday night, as a Riverdale single mother of two, and are asking for the public's help in finding her killer.

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Babysitting — Ronda Rich

If you ever hear that I have been babysitting, know this: It was an absolute act of desperation on the part of the mothers. It means there was no other option. And it does occasionally happen.

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Italian cruise disaster gives me a sinking feeling — Curt Yeomans

I've been hesitant about taking cruises because they're expensive, but the recent partial sinking of the Costa Concordia off Italy's coast has added another wall that I would have to overcome.

Body found near Jonesboro apartments

Jonesboro Police are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found in a wooded area at the Harmony Crossroads Apartments, at 8050 Tara Blvd., on Wednesday.

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‘Bring It On’

Pantherettes will strut on national stage

Thao Nguyen and Gina Le, both 18, are team captains for the Forest Park High School Pantherettes, and are anxiously awaiting an upcoming, national dance competition in a few months.

Leadership Institute has year-round application period

People who are interested in participating in the Clayton County Grassroots Leadership Institute, but have not been able to find the time to apply during the traditional spring application period, now have all the time they need to sign up.

Datebook - January 26, 2012

Clayton County Chamber hosts breakfast event today

Farnham, Gladys “Louise” Ray

Gladys “Louise” Ray Farnham died Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, at Southland Rehab, in Peachtree City.

Ralph to host constituents coffee chat

Clayton County Commission Vice Chairman Wole Ralph has invited residents from his southern county district to meet him this weekend to chat about local issues, over a few cups of coffee, county officials announced this week.

Man gets two life sentences for child rape

A Marietta man was sentenced, Monday, to two life sentences for his conviction earlier this month, on child rape charges.

Clayton residents named to CSU dean’s list

Scores of Clayton County residents were named to the Fall 2011 Dean’s List at Clayton State University. Director of University Relations John Shiffert said, in order for students to be eligible for the list, they must enroll in a minimum of nine credit hours and maintain a grade point average of 3.6 or higher.

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Abuse claims continue in Stanley pre-trial hearing

Son’s account matches sister’s, mother’s testimony

Wanda Stanley testified in a pre-trial hearing that her husband beat her and her children on numerous occasions in the years leading up to his death.

State DHS needs stuffed animals for children

The Georgia Department of Human Services, Division of Child Support Services is collecting teddy bears and other stuffed animals for youngsters who are getting care at pediatric facilities, women’s shelters, law enforcement agencies and other organizations for youths throughout the state

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