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Local alumni to celebrate College Colors Day

KENNESAW, Ga. -- Former Kennesaw Sate University Owls will be celebrating College Colors Day on Friday along with a number of other alumni from local colleges and universities. 

This event year marks the seventh year the annual event has worked to promote the college experience by encouraging people around the city to wear their college colors. 

"College Colors Day is a great activity and way of bringing the University community together and show pride in Kennesaw State University," Williams said. "The Department of Athletics has instituted every Friday as Black and Gold Day, and we look forward to the entire University showing its school spirit."

Other local universities will be participating in this annual event like: University of Georgia, Georgia State, Georgia Tech, Agnes Scott, University of West Georgia, Spelman, Morehouse, Clark Atlanta, Emory, Life and Clayton Sate. 

 

Ga. School Superintendent looking for student advisors

Ga. School Superintendent looking for student advisors

ATLANTA -- Georgia's Student Advisory Council is now accepting applications for the 2012-13 school year.

The Student Advisory Council reports to State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge to discuss how decisions made at the state level affect students throughout Georgia, according to Georgia Department of Education spokesman Matt Cardoza.

The council will meet twice during the school year -- Wednesday, Nov. 7 and Wednesday, Mar. 6. Applicants must be available to meet on both days.

All Georgia students in grades 9-12 are encouraged to apply.

"I am looking forward to getting to know a new group of student advisors and discuss how our policies affect them on a daily basis," Barge said in a statement. "We want to make education work for all Georgia's students and hearing directly from them is the best way to ensure that happens."

Police arrest teenaged internet rapist

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The Clayton County Police Department's Investigation Division arrested Jalyn Connor, 17, last Thursday.

Police said the College Park teen is being held on charges of rape, armed robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and false imprisonment.

Investigators said the incidents happened at a vacant unit of an apartment complex on Riverdale Road in College Park.

During the investigation, police determined that Connor would make contact and arrange to meet up with victims via the internet. Upon meeting the victim, Connor would display a weapon and force the victim into the vacant apartment where he would rape and rob them.

Two of Connor's rape crimes happened on Sunday, August 12 and Thursday, August 23.

Police are asking any other victims of these crimes to come forward. Victims can contact Crime Stoppers Atlanta at (404) 577-8477.

Television actress to lunch with local students

CLAYTON COUNTY -- Television actress Ajiona Alexus from "The Ricky Smiley Show" will visit students at the Elite Scholars Academy on August 29.

Alexus will play the daughter of Rickey Smiley in the upcoming TV One comedy. The show will premier on Tuesday, September 18.

According to Clayton County Public Schools, Alexus will arrive at Elite Scholars Academy at 11 a.m. The Alabama native will lunch with the mentoring program for seventh through 11th-grade girls, "Ladies of Elite."

The program consists of 13 young ladies who Alexus will speak to. She will discuss her experiences growing up and how she has dealt with having low self-image.

Ladies of Elite meet throughout the year to participate in activities that address social issues that may affect them, according to Clayton County Public Schools. Issues include bullying, peer pressure and conflict resolution.

Trial set for winner of Clayton Co. sheriff's race

Trial set for winner of Clayton Co. sheriff's race

JONESBORO, Ga. -- A trial date has been set for a sheriff's candidate who won his election despite facing a 37-count indictment.

Challenger Victor Hill defeated incumbent Clayton County Sheriff Kem Kimbrough in Tuesday's primary election. Hill got about 53.7 percent of the vote.

A local paper is reporting that a Clayton County judge set Nov. 26 as the date for Hill's trial to start.

Hill has denied the allegations. The charges, which range from racketeering to witness tampering, stem from Hill's earlier term as sheriff in the county south of Atlanta.

Hill's defense lawyer Steve Frey tells The Clayton News Daily that he's hopeful to get the charges dropped soon.

If Hill remains under indictment when he's sworn into office Jan. 1, Gov. Nathan Deal could suspend his duties until the charges are resolved.

Metro Atlanta jobless rate shows slight gain

Metro Atlanta jobless rate shows slight gain

ATLANTA -- Clayton County's unemployment rate was 11.8 percent in July, higher than metro Atlanta's rate of 9.3 percent.

The Georgia Department of Labor announced the figures Thursday morning.

Officials say the increase is a result of 2,157 new layoffs in manufacturing, construction, educational services, and administrative and support services.

Across the state, the Dalton area had the highest jobless rate among Georgia metro areas at 12.5 percent.

Metro Athens had the lowest area jobless rate at 7.4 percent.

The local area unemployment numbers are not seasonally adjusted. Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is up from 9 percent in June. The state's rate was 10 percent in July a year ago.

Victor Hill's critics underestimated his popularity

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. -- "We don't have a problem in this jail with gang related activity. If there is a gang, you're looking at the leader."

That was Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill back in 2005, giving a tour of the bootcamp justice his jail would become famous or infamous for. Back then, inmates had to stand nose to the wall at attention whenever the sheriff was on deck.

"Leaders need to lead from the front," said Hill at that time. "I think that's very important. That's why I walk the jail anytime at night; that's why I patrol the county."

Those nose-to-the-wall images are the ones Hill's supporters never forgot.  His get-tough, "lead from the front" approach, made him stand out against the more traditional style of sheriff Kem Kimbrough, who beat Hill four years ago but lost in the rematch.