News for Thursday, April 7, 2011


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Riverdale neighborhood normal after gas-line repair

Riverdale police evacuated 50-60 residents in the Camp Creek neighborhood, Thursday afternoon, after workers nicked a 2-inch natural gas main inside a Clayton County sewer line.

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Clayton's prison inmates help clean up county

Kathy Buntyn came home Thursday from her job with AirTran Airways, and was thrilled to find inmates doing yard work at a neighboring, abandoned house on Doncaster Road.

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Direct road to Riverdale Town Center now open

A new road leading to the Riverdale Town Center complex, which provides a direct route to the Town Center, is currently open for motorists, said city officials.

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Water Authority to host birdwatching field trip

Locals will get a chance to watch nature soar through the sky, as they learn about the feathered creatures in their own habitats.

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Community invited to tour renovated temple

The Jonesboro congregation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints invites all members of the community to tour its newly-renovated temple, located at 6450 Barfield Road in Sandy Springs.

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Rail advocate group ramps up Southside efforts

Prominent voices in the Southern Crescent are renewing their efforts to bring passenger-rail service to the Southside of metropolitan Atlanta.

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Copper thieves admit stealing from Hampton homes

A Jonesboro man and woman were caught in the act of stealing copper wires and pipes from vacant homes in Hampton, according to Hampton Police Chief Rad Porter.

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Young people pledge abstinence

A "Vow of Purity" ceremony, that its supporters hope will be copied, took place recently at the Lovejoy Community Center.

Face of terrorism is multi-hued - Sally Quillian Yates

Since the horrific attacks on our country on September 11, 2001, those of us who work in law enforcement have had one central and overarching priority -- safeguarding our country from terrorism.

Keeping Secrets - Peter Funt

Government remains skilled at keeping secrets. Although the Obama administration pledged early on to exercise greater care when using the so-called "state secrets privilege" in court, it appears that there has been little meaningful change since the Bush years.

Practical Folks - Ronda Rich

Southerners tend to be practical folks, at least those of us raised in rural areas that have seen their share of hard times.

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Area players named to AP all-state teams

More basketball honors roll in

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High School soccer season moves into final week

Closing out the season

Forget taking sides, I just want my NFL football-By Doug Gorman

Thoughts on the NFL lockout

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McIlroy, Quiros off to roarin' start at Masters

Day one at the Masters is in the books

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Braves fall to Brewers in final game of series

Braves struggle to score runs again against the Brewers. Atlanta falls 4-2.

Milewski, Joseph

Age: 82

Cowan, Phillip

Age: 75

Bryan, Jr., Grover

Age: 71

Phillips, Mary Andress

Age: 87

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Clayton's prison inmates help clean up county

Kathy Buntyn came home Thursday from her job with AirTran Airways, and was thrilled to find inmates doing yard work at a neighboring, abandoned house on Doncaster Road.

Craig, William Harold

Mr. William Harold Craig, 78, of McDonough, passed away April 7, 2011. He was born in McDonough, to the late A.D. “Mink” and Louise Woodward Craig. William graduated from McDonough High School. He as in the class of 1950. He retired after 21 years with the Army National Guard’s Jackson unit. He and his wife operated Craig’s TV and Radio Shack for 35 years. He was a member of Fellowship Primitive Baptist Church, enjoyed gardening and was a farmer at heart. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Adelaide Smith Craig; children, Donna (Brian) Israel, of McDonough, Harold Thomas “Tom” Craig, of Concord, N.C.; grandchildren, Robert Kenneth Woodward Brooks, of Locust Grove, Ga., and April Adelaide Brooks, of Atlanta; step-granddaughter, Crissy (Keith) Martin, of Covington; great-grandson, Logan James Brooks; step-great-grandchildren, Kanyn, J.J. and Simone Martin; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Wynsol (Maynette) Smith, of Jackson, Kenny (Stefni) Smith, of Griffin; Brenda McClure, of McDonough; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, April 10, at 3 p.m., from the Fellowship Primitive Baptist Church, 225 Plantation Road, McDonough, Ga. 30252. Elder Jerry Hunt, Jr., and the Rev. James Miller will officiate. Interment will follow in the church’s cemetery. Friends may visit the family Saturday, from 2 p.m., to 4 p.m., and from 6 p.m., to 8 p.m., at the funeral home. Contributions are asked to be made to the Fellowship Primitive Baptist Church, American Kidney Foundation, or the Diabetes Association, in memory of Mr. Craig. Haisten Funeral Home, 1745 Zack Hinton Parkway South, McDonough, Ga., is in charge of arrangements, (770) 914-8833,