News for Wednesday, April 6, 2011


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Abbey is a one and a half year old Abyssinian mix.

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School Notebook - 4-7-11

Clayton County Public Schools offices will re-open, after "Spring Break," on Monday, April 11. Classes and other regular activities will resume.

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Southern Crescent turns out for fallen soldier

U.S. Army Pfc. Jeremy Faulkner died March 29, during a tour of duty in Afghanistan with the 101st Airborne Division.

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Insurance chief offers tips on storm damage

State insurance officials estimate that Monday night's high winds, rain and hail caused about $32 million in damage to cars, homes and businesses in Georgia.

Local industries to be recognized for contributions

The spotlight will shine on Henry County's business community during an annual observance geared toward touting their contributions locally.

Dressed to kill (Innocence) - Tom Purcell

"You are not leaving the house dressed like that, young lady!''

America: You're fired! - Will Durst

I want to know. You want to know. The whole world wants to know. What's the deal with the surprising retiring Republicans?

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Lovejoy track running ahead of schedule

By Derrick Mahonedmahone@news-daily.comWhile he was building Riverdale into a county contender, Dwight Callaway was fully aware of the potential at rival Lovejoy.

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Spring break still means baseball

By Doug Gormandgorman@news-daily.comThe calendar might say it's spring break, at least for a couple of more days, but for high school baseball teams, there's little time to let their minds drift too far from the diamond despite a week off from school.

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Tiger Tae Kwon Do team excels at qualifier

From Staff ReportsThe Tiger Martial Arts Olympic Tae Kwon Do team recently traveled to South Carolina for the qualifier to the Junior Olympics in San Jose, California.

Faulkner, Jeremy Pfc.

Age: 23

America: You're fired! - Will Durst

I want to know. You want to know. The whole world wants to know. What's the deal with the surprising retiring Republicans?

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Customers, vendors tout variety at Emily's Attic

Cindy Rector came to Emily's Attic in McDonough in search of a pink T-shirt bearing the slogan, "Georgia Girls Love Their Country Boys," for her daughter, Rachel. The mother said she has supported the Attic since its opening seven years ago, because of the selection of items found at the store on the city's Square.

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Libraries' importance highlighted in April


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Fallen soldier honored in Southern Crescent

The Southern Crescent is being asked, once again, to demonstrate its support of a young man who paid the ultimate price for his country.

Patterson, Leland Baggett

Leland Baggett Patterson Leland Baggett Patterson, 88, of Greenville, Ga., formerly of Forest Park, died on Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at Piedmont Newnan Hospital. He was born April 2, 1923 in Atlanta, to the late Ernest Patterson and Lucille Parrott Patterson. He served in the United States Army Air Force. He retired from Delta as an airplane mechanic after 32 years of dedicated service. He was a founding, charter member of St. Timothy's Lutheran Church in Forest Park. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Ernest S. Patterson, Jr. The funeral service is Saturday, April 9, at 11a.m., in the Chapel of McKoon Funeral Home, with Bishop Randall Hodge officiating. The interment service will follow at Sherwood Memorial Park in Jonesboro. The visitation is Saturday, from 10 to 11a.m., at McKoon Funeral Home, 38 Jackson St., Newnan, Ga. 30263. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to The Alzheimer's Association, 1925 Century Blvd., Suite 10, Atlanta, Ga. 30345-3315. Condolences may be expressed online at Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Sybil Livingston Patterson, of Newnan; son, Jon Leland Patterson and his wife, Kim, of Oxford; daughters, Patricia Lynne Mansuy and her husband, Paul, of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., Laura Lucille Neal and her husband, Michael, of Greenville, Ga.,; Beverly Gayle Gilmer and her husband, Charles, of Locust Grove; grandchildren, Hanna Patterson, Kara Patterson, Jennifer Cantrell, Stephanie Fretwell, Melodie Hicks, April Bairentine, Michael Neal, Jr., Jessica Patterson, Brandon Gilmer, Crystal Gilmer, Jennifer Gilmer; great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. McKoon Funeral Home, (770) 253-4580.

Nelson, Joan Burk

Mrs. Joan Burk Nelson, 81, of LaGrange, died Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at Emory Midtown Hospital, Atlanta. She was born Sept. 7, 1929, in Talladega, Ala., the daughter of the late George W. Burk and Sallie Wheat Burk. She was a member of First Baptist Church on The Square. She was a member of the Eastern Star and the Women’s Division of the Chamber of Commerce. Mrs. Nelson was retired from the Jefferson County School System as a teacher. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Frank Nelson. Survivors include her three children, Marc A. Nelson, of Dothan, Ala., Frank (Kelley) Nelson, of Lagrange, and Hope Nelson (Robert) Pepe, of McDonough; eight grandchildren, Andy Nelson, Joe Nelson, Sara Ellen Nelson, Nate Nelson, Virginia Nelson, Victoria Pepe, Pete Nelson Broderick, and Frankie Pepe; three sisters, Sally White, Beverly White, and Mary Burk Smith; adopted family, Francois and Virginia Picard and their sons, Raphael and Thomas Picard, and numerous nieces and nephews. A celebration of her life will be held Sunday, April 10, at 2:30 p.m., in the Ida Cason Callaway Chapel of First Baptist Church on The Square, with Dr. Paul Baxter and the Rev. Paul Blair officiating. The family will be at the home of Mrs. Joan Nelson, and will receive friends at the church on Sunday from 1:30 p.m., to 2:30 p.m.. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to First Baptist Church on The Square, or Hospice LaGrange, in memory of Mrs. Joan Burk Nelson. Arrangements are by Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, 1010 Mooty Bridge Road, LaGrange, Ga. 30240, (706) 884-8636,

Stewart, Lamar "Crip"

Age: 89