News for Friday, July 13, 2012

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News Daily’s Jefcoats wins award

Reporter cited for coverage of slain deputy’s funeral

Clayton News Daily crime and courts reporter Kathy Jefcoats placed among the state’s top journalists in the Georgia Press Association’s 2012 Better Newspaper Contest.

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CRCT school level results down in math

Clayton County Public Schools’ elementary and middle-school students saw low scores in math on this year’s Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCTs), particularly in the key, promotional grades — third, fifth, and eighth, according to data released by the Georgia Department of Education.

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Drivers pay for identity security

The recent additional requirements for getting or renewing Georgia driver’s license has led to longer wait times at local Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) offices.

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STOVALL: Message to Williams: Stay the course

Stability is the key to success.

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PAGLIA: Morrow’s Foster could be the one — again

Mustangs football program needs stability at head coach

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Stockbridge’s Townsend featured in Sports Illustrated

16-year-old tennis phenom is one of eight teenage athletes chosen

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Deal appoints Clayton judge to council for justice reform

Clayton County’s chief Juvenile Court judge has been appointed by the governor to help reform the state’s criminal justice system, the Clayton News Daily has learned.

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Tiger Martial Arts returns from Junior Olympics

The Tiger Martial Arts team made its coach Eid Koja especially proud this year.

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‘Below expectations’

Hundreds voted early so far

Less than 1 percent of Clayton County voters have cast ballots during the first week of early voting for this month’s state primary election.

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Agencies join forces to combat crime

Neighborhoods near Norman Boulevard and Godby Road, adjacent to College Park and Fulton County, have been blanketed with police and deputies all month in response to complaints from residents about crime.

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Immigrant story

National Archives features Ellis Island mural

The Morrow-based National Archives at Atlanta will open a five-and-a-half month exhibit, entitled “Ellis Island: The Lost Mural” on July 21. The exhibit features a 19-panel recreation of a mural that painter Edward Laning made for Ellis Island’s cafeteria in 1938 on commission for the Works Progress Administration. The original mural was destroyed during a storm more than 50 years ago.

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Author writes ‘Skin’ about race

‘I call it a ‘truth’ book’

First-time author Peggy Brooks wrote her book “Skin: A Matter of Race in America” and she’ll be signing it this Saturday at the Clayton County Library Headquarters branch on Battle Creek Road from noon until 2 p.m.

Braves host mammoth blood drive July 23

The American Red Cross is gearing up for its largest blood drive in Georgia. The Fourth Annual Atlanta Braves All-American Blood Drive is planned for Monday, July 23, at Turner Field in Atlanta.

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Detail nets fugitives at motel

Busts cap three-day round-up

Clayton County sheriff's deputies raided a motel Thursday morning, arresting four fugitives and a fifth person accused of selling counterfeit crack cocaine.

Lee Bert Edward Clay

Lee Bert Edward Clay, age 40, of Forest Park, GA passed away Friday, July 6, 2012, near Bismark, N. Dakota.

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