News for Thursday, November 29, 2012


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CLUTCH: These guys are ready for the moment

Staff writers Brian Paglia and Gabriel Stovall look at Lovejoy and ELCA to find who delivers in the clutch.

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Sweeting hopes to shine on big stage

It’s been 1,446 days since Rod Sweeting last played football for the Luella Lions.

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Herrera makes presence felt early

Last season, it was emotional for Amarlo Herrera. The North Clayton graduate couldn’t help but get wrapped up in the spotlight and pressure, the hype and the magnitude of the SEC Championship game, and he and his Georgia Bulldogs teammates unraveled in the moment.

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Mount Zion boys basketball off to hot start

Just five games into the season, the Mount Zion boys basketball team has already eclipsed its win total from last season.

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MAHONE: Lovejoy, Stockbridge, ELCA staying alive in postseason

Now it gets a little tougher to pick these games.

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PREVIEW: High school football quarterfinals

A look at high school football state playoff games in the Southern Crescent

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N. Clayton, Eagle’s Landing clash in AAAA showdown

On the first day of preseason practice, North Clayton coach Martise Troup reminded his team of one thing.

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Clayton firefighters train in fallen building

Training essential for safety

Some Clayton County firefighters took part in “specialized structural collapse” training this week.

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K-9s train in search and rescue operation

Dogs assist Clayton County Fire CERT

Angel and Sofie sifted through the rubble of a collapsed building, searching for survivors Wednesday.

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Juveniles lead police in Morrow car chase

Alert dispatcher warns officers of same car

Morrow Police arrested five suspects who they said led officers on a chase in a stolen vehicle Wednesday, according to Morrow Police Capt. James Callaway.

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Man charged with shooting, disfiguring victim

Police say motive unknown

A Decatur man accused of shooting a man in the groin during a cookout in Riverdale was arrested Tuesday.

William Franta "Bil" Slife

William Franta "Bil" Slife, age 84 of Stockbridge died peacefully at Vitas Hospice on Nov. 26, 2012.

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Groundbreaking for Lovejoy HOPE park

Volunteers to cleannew venue

Officials for a new and unique park are scheduled to host a groundbreaking ceremony and clean-up project.

Residents fighting over Morrow City Council

Citizens at war with each other over political battles

Infighting between Morrow leaders has spilled over to the city’s residents, who have gone to war against each other over the activities of city government.

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‘Christmas in the Park’ returns to Morrow

Santa Claus and his bovine doppelgänger — a Chick-fil-A Santa Cow — will be in Clayton County this weekend.

Georgia has the third-lowest graduation rate in country

Georgia had a 67-percent overall graduation rate for the 2010-11 school year, according to the U.S. Department of Education, the third-worst in the country, above only New Mexico and Nevada. Clayton County’s overall graduation rate was 51.48 percent.

Morrow City Council goes quiet on mayor’s sanctions

The Morrow City Council has stopped talking about possible sanctions against Mayor Joseph “J.B.” Burke less than a month after it began moving toward punishing him for criticizing the city’s planning and economic development director.

BOE claims accreditation not at risk

JONESBORO — Chairperson Pam Adamson began Monday night’s Board of Education work session by claiming Clayton County is not at risk of losing its accreditation, despite a formal warning letter from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

Clayton State hosts holiday concert series

MORROW — Clayton State University is celebrating this holiday season with a series of special daytime concerts, concluding on Wednesday, Dec. 12.

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Rotarians, domestic abuse victims share Thanksgiving feast

Lake Spivey Rotary Club volunteers gathered Thanksgiving Day for their 13th annual holiday feast project with Rainbow House, a shelter for children who are victims of domestic abuse, said club President Debbie Walker in a written statement.

Praise the beer bottle?

Morrow begins Sunday alcohol sales talks

The City of Morrow may finally join its brethren across Clayton County and call for a referendum on allowing Sunday package alcohol sales next year.

Eating healthy, staying fit for the holidays possible

STOCKBRIDGE — The holidays are usually a time when many people like to indulge in pastries, cakes, candies, and good ol’ family dinners.

Delegates oppose recommendation to remove Hill

Clayton County’s legislative delegation is opposing a recommendation by the Georgia Sheriffs Association to appoint a temporary substitute to run the office until sheriff-elect Victor Hill can resolve his legal woes.