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Accrediting agency issues warning to school system

JONESBORO, Ga. (AP) — An accrediting agency is warning Clayton County Schools that the system’s accreditation could once again be in jeopardy.

The Clayton News Daily reports that board members received a warning letter Tuesday from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

The accrediting agency revoked the district’s accreditation in 2009. In its letter Tuesday, SACS President Mark Elgart cited concerns about conflicts between board members.

The school system has until Jan. 15 to respond to the concerns before the accrediting agency decides whether to investigate the board’s actions.

The school district is just south of Atlanta.

Man’s body found in trash at solid waste plant

MONROE, Ga. (AP) — Detectives in a northeast Georgia county say they’ve begun a homicide investigation after a man’s body was found in trash at a solid waste plant.

Monroe city public works employees found the body Tuesday morning in a refuse trailer at the Walton County plant and notified police.

Monroe police tell The Athens Banner-Herald (http://bit.ly/RWC7rD) that the death is being investigated as a homicide.

Authorities are not releasing the man’s identity until after an autopsy is performed at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s State Crime Lab.

Monroe is about 45 miles east of Atlanta. Police say the solid waste plant receives trash from several surrounding communities.

New airline to fly Macon-Atlanta route in December

MACON, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say a new airline will begin providing passenger flights from Macon to Atlanta later this year.

Doug Faour, manager of Macon Downtown Airport and Middle Georgia Regional Airport, says that Sun Air International plans to begin service from Macon to Atlanta on Dec. 1. He said GeorgiaSkies will continue the route until Sun Air International begins service.

Gwinnett pastor charged with child molestation

A pastor of a Gwinnett County church was arrested Tuesday and charged with child molestation, authorities said.

Henry Ellis Lackey, 59, pastor of Free Will Pentecostal Church in Buford, was charged with one count each of enticing a child for indecent purposes, child molestation and aggravated sodomy, according to the Auburn Police Department.

Lackey lives in Auburn, and the molestation occurred four years ago in that city, police said.

The defendant was being held Tuesday night in the Barrow County Detention Center, according to Sgt. Diana Campbell, spokeswoman for the Auburn police.

Parents in Paulding malnourished teen case make court appearance

The Paulding County couple accused of holding their teenage son in captivity for several years and denying him food appeared in court Tuesday morning, where a judge found probable cause to keep them behind bars.

Paul and Sheila Comer, charged with numerous counts of cruelty to children, were arrested at their Dallas-area home Sept. 12 after 18-year-old Mitch Comer told police he had been held captive in a bedroom, where he received little food.

One day after Mitch’s birthday, his stepfather, Paul Comer, allegedly drove him to Louisiana and put him on a bus to California.

Mitch Comer told police his stepfather gave him $200 and some pamphlets on a homeless shelter before telling him not to return to the family’s home. The malnourished teen, who weighed about 87 pounds, was spotted wandering in a Los Angeles bus station by a former officer, who contacted police.