News for Wednesday, August 10, 2011


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Lovejoy residents upset about tax implementation

Property owners gathered in the chambers of the Joe Murphy Public Safety Building in Lovejoy, for a public meeting, regarding a millage rate that will affect them for the first time this year.

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Children getting immunized first week of school

Children and youths in Clayton County can still get immunized.

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Accused shooter held without bond

A Morrow man is being held without bond, following his arrest more than a month after police said he kidnapped, and shot, a former girlfriend, before stealing her car.

Low-cost Internet said to help kids' education

David Cohen, an executive director of Comcast, the cable company, took time out of his busy day on Monday, to greet students at Lee Street Elementary School, for their first day of classes.

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School Notebook - 8-10-11

Deadline nears for school immunization drive

Harper, Betty Earl Parsons

Funeral Home: Sherrell Funeral Home

Hampton, Patsy C.

Age: 60

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District kicks off $50 million scholarship challenge

The Clayton County School System's graduating class of 2011 received an estimated $18 million in scholarships to attend college –– not including the Hope Scholarship –– according to Dr. Alicia Dunn, the coordinator of guidance and counseling for the school district.

Levine, Susan

Susan Levine Susan Levine, 62, of Riverdale, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 10, 2011. She was born to the late Charles and Thelma Adler in Akron, Ohio, and in 1980, moved to Georgia, where she found her passion as a cantorial soloist at Congregation B’nai Israel. She is survived by her loving husband of 25 years, Raphael Levine; her son, Scott Isaac and his wife, Kerry; daughter, Tara Hughes and husband, Eugene; grandchildren, Nicholas and Kate Isaac, and Sabrina Hughes; sisters, Robin Ledridge and Carol Montesinos; and brother, Tommy Israel. A graveside service will be officiated by Rabbi Feldstein at Camp Memorial Park in Fayetteville, Ga., at 10 a.m., on Friday, August 12, and an on-line guest book may be signed at Shiva will be held at the Levine’s house in Riverdale at 7 p.m., both Saturday, August 13, and Sunday, August 14. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Congregation B’nai Israel, P.O. Box 142481, Fayetteville, Ga. 30215. Arrangements are under the care of Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, Atlanta, (770) 451-4999.

Mahone column: No QB Controversy at Drew High

As Drew coach Jarrett Laws sees it, there is not, and there will not be, a quarterback controversy on his team.

Woman allegedly dragged 67 feet by Clayton firefighter

A Clayton County firefighter spent a night in the Henry County Jail, following an altercation he had with a female.

Forest Park police charge man after standoff

A Forest Park man faces charges, after he held his ex-wife, and twin infant boys, hostage for several hours Wednesday afternoon, reportedly telling police no one would leave the house alive.

Local dog in 'super-model' pet contest

The quiet of Michelle Farris' suburban Stockbridge home was shaken the excited barks of her 8-year-old dog, Merlin. Farris said although Merlin might seem aggressive to others, he is actually responding happily to a visitor at his home.

No joke, Livingston wins 'crying towel' award

Armed with their best one-liners, jokes and put-downs, each of the nine Clayton County football coaches stepped to the podium during the annual Rotary Club Of Clayton County Crying Towel luncheon to poke fun at their teams.

Assists leader signs with Clayton State

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Parker, Mary Y.

Mary Y. Parker Mary Y. Parker (Mrs. Homer M.) entered into rest after a brief illness on Wednesday, August 10, 2011, at the age of 97. She was very active in many community and civic organizations. A member of the First Baptist Church of Forest Park, Mary was proud to attain perfect attendance for 21 years, she served on several committees at the church including president three times of the Woman’s Missionary Union, and president of the VIP Club for 10 years. Mary was active in P.T.A. and served as president 12 times. In 1965, Mary was declared Mrs. P.T.A. Clayton County. She also was chairman for six years of the Georgia Congress of Parents and Teachers Committee and served as president of the Clayton County Council P.T.A. In 1957, Mary was made Life Member Georgia Congress of Parents and Teachers Officer of 8th District P.T.A. Mary was a Past Matron of Forest Park Chapter #290, Order of the Eastern Star, where she was active for more than 50 years. She was also a Den Mother for Cub Scouts and worked with the training committee for Tara District Scouts. Mary served on the Clayton County Juvenile Protection Committee under the direction of Judge Ed Camp. She was also a member of the Clayton County Dept. of Family and Children Services Board for 29 years, and Vice Chairman part of this time. She served as a Board Member of the State Dept. Family and Children Services during Carl E. Sanders’ term as Governor. She was a Charter Member of the State Economic Opportunity Advisory Committee. Mary also served on Clayton County Bicentennial Steering Committee, Forest Park Library Board and Clayton County Board Girl Scouts in Forest Park. Mary worked the poles for Election of Government Officials. Mayor Charles Summerday presented her the Key to the City in April 1976. Mary served on the Forest Park mothers Council Associate DeMolay Chapters of Georgia. She was also an active member of the Forest Park Woman’s Club, and Past President of Taraettes Auxiliary of the Tara Shrine Club #20 Clayton County, Ga. Mary worked in a variety of volunteer capacities including Director of Homebound Dept. for 52 years, for the First Baptist Church of Forest Park. She continued to visit in the Homebound. Mary’s wishes are to be remembered as a humble servant seeking God’s will in her life; a loving and caring wife and mother. Mary was preceded in death on Feb. 25, 1998 by her loving and caring husband, Homer Madison Parker, Sr. Those left to cherish her memory are sons, Homer Madison Parker, Jr. and George Terry (Genny) Parker of Brooks; grandsons, Eric, Brooks, and Allen Parker; nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends on Friday, Aug. 12, at the Funeral Home from 1 p.m., to 4 p.m., and 6 p.m., to 8 p.m. Her funeral service will be held on Saturday, August 13, at the First Baptist Church of Forest Park. Interment will follow at the Forest Hills Memorial Gardens. Arrangements under the direction of Parkway Garden Chapel Funeral Home, 1000 Forest Parkway, Forest Park, Ga. 30297, (404) 366-3522.

Fat presidents, lean governent? - Tom Purcell

A week ago, Los Angeles Times editors asked readers if New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has the look of a president.

The Great Concessionaire - Will Durst

Sorry if you settled into your recliner ready to enjoy the blessed silence destined to descend on the political playing field in the aftermath of the Debt Ceiling Death Match.

Southside leaders seek to revive commuter rail

Henry County Chamber of Commerce President Kay Pippin reacted with jubilation to the news a commuter-rail line is still on life support on the Southside of Atlanta.

Mustangs look for voices of experience in rebuilding season

The scene is played out at the end of high school every year. The strains of "Pomp and Circumstance" play, students in caps and gowns walk across the stage, grab their diplomas and move to the next level.

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Guide to online coupons - Jill Cataldo

Jill Cataldo saves hundreds on groceries by making the most of the common coupon. You can, too.

Justitia, open your eyes - Peter Funt

Should Justitia remove her blindfold?

A beautiful view - Martha Carr

There are these narrow points in any long journey where it takes courage to push through and keep going, but the view from the other side is breathtaking and life unfolds in completely new ways that are unexpected, bold and sweet.