News for Thursday, July 26, 2012


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Hospice patient fulfills dream of hosting voter registration drive

LAKE CITY — William Thompson always wanted to run for public office but never got the chance. For some, that chance is still viable, a dream that could one day be attained but Thompson has reached the end of his shot at "one day."

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ROAD TO KICKOFF: Starr looking to get Mount Zion back in playoff hunt

Perhaps the biggest supporter of new Mount Zion football coach Ervin Starr is one of the Bulldogs’ old head coaches.

Clayton teachers 100-percent ‘highly qualified’

Clayton County Public Schools recently achieved a milestone that has eluded other metropolitan districts across the state: When school opens Aug. 13, Clayton County will have a 100-percent “highly qualified” staff.

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A history stop

National Archives’ railroad records hold research gems

All of Railroad Retirement Board’s records for the entire nation are available at the National Archives’ facility in Morrow. Richards said the available records begin with pension paperwork filed in 1936.

Arts Clayton honored by county association

Arts Clayton won two top honors earlier this month from the National Association of Counties, one for its historic home on Main Street and the other for its youth programs.

Crash prevention 101: slow down

Clayton County police officers were out in full force last weekend, slowing down speeders to curb fatal crashes.

Man charged with running scam on illegal immigrants

A man still on probation for theft and burglary last year was arrested Wednesday for allegedly scamming illegal immigrants out of thousands of dollars.

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Prostitution investigation ongoing

Companion investigations into suspected drug activity and a thinly-veiled ad for prostitution services led Clayton County sheriff's deputies to a Stockbridge trailer and the discovery of a substance not commonly seized in raids — GHB.

Targeted officials want DA off investigation

Three county commissioners, the county manager and the finance director want the Clayton District Attorney’s Office disqualified from investigating their alleged criminal misconduct, according to a filing Wednesday in Superior Court.

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Clayton GOP is ‘loyal opposition’

Party stalwarts support low taxes, small government

In a county that has rarely seen a Republican official elected in years and that Barack Obama carried overwhelmingly in 2008, the Grand Old Party sees itself as the “loyal opposition” at best, says GOP county chairman Carl Swensson of Morrow.