News for Friday, March 2, 2012


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With the discontinuation of the Tuesday and Thursday editions of the Clayton News Daily and Henry Daily Herald, some of the content, features and advertisements you are used to finding in a certain spot, may be moving to new homes.

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Forest Park runs ‘out of gas’ in quarterfinals

Facing a 19-point deficit, the Lady Panthers put up a good fight, but it wasn't enough to earn a third straight trip to the semifinals, as Forest Park lost 51-40 to Alcovy in the Class AAAA quarterfinals.

Saysanit convicted of aggravated assault in Henry

A Gwinnett County man will spend the next 15 years behind bars, after being found guilty of assaulting several people in Henry County during a fracas that left one man dead.

McDonough charter-change vote expected Monday

The powers of McDonough’s mayor may change in the coming days. The City Council is expected to vote, Monday, at 7 p.m., on whether to hand off many of Mayor Billy Copeland’s administrative duties to a city administrator.

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Armed robbery suspect arrested in Stockbridge

Police need additional information about crime

Henry Police Sgt. Joey Smith said officers responded to a report of an armed robbery, Wednesday, around 3 p.m., at 104 Naomi Drive in Stockbridge.

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Prepare early for bad weather

As parts of the country mourn the loss of loved ones and desecration of large portions of towns –– caused by tornadoes –– Clayton County Emergency Management Agency Director Jeff Hood warns local residents to stay prepared for severe weather.

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Local artist featured in juried craft show

Southern Crescent resident, Liudmila Sherrer, will join ranks with 225 other master artists this month in what has been deemed the Southeast’s largest juried craft show.

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Jonesboro, Riverdale mock trial teams prep for state contest

Eagle’s Landing High among challengers

The Southern Crescent area will be well-represented at the Georgia Mock Trial State Competition, later this month, as two Clayton County high schools and one Henry County high school are set to test their skills and knowledge in the courtroom.

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North Clayton advances to final four by routing Alcovy

Add Alcovy to the Eagles' list of double-digit-margin postseason victims after Marcus Hunt scored 34 points Friday to lead North Clayton to an 84-62 rout in a quarterfinal at Fort Valley State University.

Georgia’s jobless rate falls to 9.2 percent

Mark Butler, Georgia’s labor commissioner, recently announced that the state’s unemployment rate dropped for the sixth consecutive month in January, to 9.2 percent –– the lowest since March 2009, when unemployment was at 9.1 percent.

Target burglars ID'd by school uniform

Two burglars recorded on surveillance cameras inside the Morrow Target store wore clothes that looked awfully familiar to local police.

Alleged gang members indicted in shooting

Two alleged gang members were indicted by a Clayton County grand jury, Wednesday, according to court records. Albert Martinez, 22, of Ellenwood, is being held without bond in the Clayton County Jail on multiple charges. Co-defendant, Marco Aguilar, has not been arrested, according to the records.

Student arrested on sex charges

A Mt. Zion High School student faces sex charges, after his arrest Friday, said a Clayton County Sheriff's spokesman.

Smith, Mary Kate

Mary Kate Smith, 93, of Stockbridge, passed away on March 1, 2012.

Ladner, Brenda Joyce “BJ”

Brenda Joyce “BJ” Ladner, 60, of Jonesboro, passed away on March 1, 2012.

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‘Because I said so’ — Susan Bennett

I guess parents or other authority figures can sometimes explain and reason till they’re blue in the face, and it finally comes down to, “Because I said so.” And we are asked to trust.

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Jesus Christ is the Son of God — Jim Bell

In this week’s lesson, we read of Luke’s account of the Angel Gabriel appearing to a young virgin woman, telling her she had been chosen by God to be the mother of His Son, whom she was to name Jesus.

FAA gives single operating certificate to Southwest, AirTran

Certificate allows carriers to operate as one

Southwest and Air Tran moved another step toward functioning as a single airline Thursday.

Man indicted in stabbing death of girlfriend

A man, who Clayton County police said stabbed to death his live-in girlfriend, and concealed her death and terrorized her three daughters in the aftermath, has been indicted on 26 counts, including murder, kidnapping and rape.

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Hundreds get early start on Seuss’ birthday

“Do you like green eggs and ham?” “I do not like them, Sam I am.” — Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss), “Green Eggs and Ham.”

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Parents defy odds with 2nd ‘Leap Year’ daughter

Maybe Luis and Erica Ochoa should play the lottery.

Jury convicts man in 2009 murder

After hearing several days of testimony, a Clayton County Superior Court jury convicted an Ellenwood man in a home invasion that ended with the death of a young mother.

State Transportation Board makes Golden permanent GDOT commissioner

The State Transportation Board has made Keith Golden, the interim Georgia Department of Transportation commissioner, its permanent choice for the position.

Adamson, Frank

Frank Adamson passed away on Feb. 28, 2012 at the age of 85. He was married for 62 years to Mary Polk Adamson, who passed away on Dec. 6, 2010.

HIV, AIDS women’s awareness event on horizon

Officials from the Clayton Center’s Paula Crane Life Enrichment Center are inviting women to visit the center next week, to learn about the importance of getting tested for HIV and AIDS.

Clayton State online program ranked nationally

Clayton State University’s online Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT) program is ranked as one of the top 20 country in the country, according to the education web site

GBI investigates officer-involved shooting

A man suspected of robbing a Jamaican restaurant has died following a stand-off with Clayton County police, said a police spokesman Thursday.

Faith Notes - March 3, 2012

Family Game Night at Sacred Praise United Methodist

EDITORIAL: Changes at your newspaper

As valued stakeholders in these newspapers, you are entitled to know that we are making several changes. But, do not worry. We will continue to provide the timely news, features, information and advertising content you need and want.