News for Friday, July 27, 2012

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PAGLIA: Local football teams ready to break out

Despite their struggles last season, these four teams who could be poised for a break out year.

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TAPP teachers train to make grade

Paul Hardy (pictured) is one of 19 applicants selected to participate in Clayton County Public School’s TAPP, or Teacher Alternative Preparation Program. It’s a way of fast-tracking people who know subject matter but who haven’t completed a teacher-prep program into service as instructors.

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Cutting class: Parents push back against shortened school days

Unhappy parents may cause Clayton County school officials to reconsider a move for the coming year in which they would shorten one school day every week by as much as 90 minutes, sending children home sooner.

News of the weird, July 27, 2012

Offbeat offerings from around the globe.

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‘Knowing Your Community’

Residents lack information on free services

Many Southern Crescent families face tough choices, watch their dollars and cut costs wherever they can. There are many families who could use a little assistance, but a helping hand in Clayton and Henry counties can be hard to find.

Clayton voters hit the polls Tuesday

Clayton County residents will have a clearer picture of who will lead them for the next four years next week.

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Mattie’s Call issued for Jonesboro man

Clayton County police have issued a Mattie’s Call for a Jonesboro man who apparently walked away from his home Wednesday about noon.

Man supported charity with money ... and bikes

Fayetteville charity celebrates longtime Jonesboro contributor.

Ailing officer humbled by support

Fellow officers, and deputies at the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office, have been most supportive of Michael Hooks, who is battling stage three testicular cancer.

Driver in fatal crash won’t deny charges

Filings claim unknown medical condition

Filings in Clayton County Superior Court claim a Lithonia woman charged with an Aug. 25 crash that killed three teenagers suffers from an undiagnosed medical condition and that she has no memory of the incident.

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Roberts cheerleaders win awards, ‘bring home the banana’

Cheerleaders from M.D. Roberts Middle School may have won top prizes for dance and fight-song performance at a recent University of Georgia cheer camp. But the ultimate prize was ... a banana. A “spirit” banana.

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