News for Thursday, August 11, 2011


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Congressman Scott readying for annual health fair

As summer gets closer to turning into autumn, and students begin heading back to school, the time has once again come for an annual health care tradition.

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Families moved out of condemned trailer park

More than 20 families have been displaced after Clayton County police shut down a Jonesboro trailer park because water service was disconnected Aug. 1 for nonpayment.

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Local residents recreate the world in mosaics

Henry County-based stained glass art instructor, Mary Anne Maslanka, said she has heard the complaints people have about why they cannot learn her craft.

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One call can prevent line damage, outages

Before any digging project, from installing a mailbox post, to laying a patio, all homeowners and contractors are required to call 811 to locate underground utilities.

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Dillon is a one and a half year old domestic shorthair tabby.

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Stewart is a 3 year old Jack Russell Terrier.

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Datebook 8-11-11

Chamber of Commerce hosts 'BASH' today

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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.

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Birth announcements 8-11-11

Fost; McRae; Bates; Wright; Winner; Maddox; Hatton; Dodson

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Faith Notes - August 12, 2011


Adams, William Robert Sr.

Age: 88

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TOTO USA recognized as clean economy leader

The Americas division of a plumbing manufacturer has been identified as the leader in clean jobs in the water efficient product sector for the metro Atlanta area, said a spokeswoman.

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CSU's incoming freshmen move into dorm

"Man, I'm tired," said Victoria McKinney, while catching her breath, after travailing up two flight of stairs.

A united Union Grove can be dangerous - or so the Wolverines hope

Obviously, you have to be well versed in your X's and O's, and you've got to have the talent that brings those to life off the chalkboard. Every coach knows that.

Young at heart, young in looks - Ronda Rich

One morning, I received an e-mail from a reader who began explaining that her 81-one-year-old mother was a devoted reader of this column and my books.

Hadaway, Brenda Lane

Brenda Lane Hadaway, 67, of McDonough, passed away August 11, 2011. She was predeceased by her parents, Virgil Cadle and Betty Graham; son, Benjamin 'Bennie' Howard Rice; daughter, Denise Rice Wright; brother, Darrell Cadle. Brenda was a native Georgian, and was born in Rome, Ga., on June 28, 1944. She was raised in Atlanta and lived most of her life in the Henry county area. She is survived by her husband of 23 years, Joseph Wayne Hadaway; daughter, Glendae Fox Mitchell; parents, Otis and Peggy Graham; two sisters, Dana Parrish and Debi Panyko; sister-in-law, Brenda and husband Jerry McCormick; daughter-in-law, Michelle Rice; three granddaughters, Ashley Dawn Wright, Rachel and husband Doug Buckner, Stephanie and husband Zane Holcomb; grandson, Dustin Rice; three great-grandchildren, Brentleigh and Brice Buckner, Coen Holcomb; nieces, nephews and extended family. Funeral services will be held Sunday, August 14, at 3:30 p.m., in the Fairview Chapel of Horis A. Ward. The Rev. Brooks Everett will officiate. Interment in the Jackson, Ga. City Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday, August 13, from 4 p.m., to 7 p.m. Please visit our web site at to view the online video and sign the online register. Horis A. Ward Fairview Chapel (770) 474-1231, is in charge of arrangements.

A call for personal preparedness - Charley English & Jeff Hood

Severe storms, extreme heat, a crippling freeze, deadly tornadoes, terrible wildfires … Mother Nature has managed to throw almost everything in the book at us within six short months. With just half a year under our belt, the state of Georgia and metro Atlanta have already experienced their share of severe weather, and we obviously don't know what's in store for the second half of 2011.

How to buy and sell to the government

Business owners looking to expand their knowledge of how to do business with the government, will soon have an opportunity to get their questions answered and be directed to information that will demystify the process.

Morrow officials still 'tweaking' proposed city logo

Morrow officials are hoping a new branding campaign will encourage people to "Come To Morrow," but they are still doing some fine tuning on a new logo and web site for the city before they are ready to launch a new advertising initiative.

CSU assistant takes similar position at Grambling

From Staff Reports

Football scrimmages allow fans first look at teams

The day has finally arrived for Drew cornerback Jadarius West and his teammates.

Jonesboro man indicted in death of stepfather

A convicted felon with a long prison history was indicted Wednesday in the December shooting of his stepfather.

Garrison, Willie Hugh "Bill"

Mr. Willie Hugh “Bill” Garrison, 71, of Monticello, Ga., passed away August 11, 2011. Bill was born in Langston, Ala., to the late John William and Annie Leona Blancett Garrison. He was preceded in death by previous wife, Brenda Garrison. He served his country in the United States Army. He retired from MARTA after 28 years of service. He was a member of St. John Baptist Church, in Decatur. He enjoyed radio broadcasting, writing songs, playing the harmonica, singing in the church choir. Survivors include his wife, Fay Garrison; children, Darryl (Donna) Garrison, of Hogansville, Teresa D. (Eddie) Weathersbee, of Hampton; Billy J. Strickland, of Rex, Va., (Kenny) Martin, of Hampton, Wesley H. Brown, of Rex, Kathy “Snowball” (Al) Thomason, of Sevierville, Brenda “Sunshine” (Andy) Born, of Jackson; 15 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren and a host of family and friends. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, August 14, at 2 p.m., from the Chapel of Haisten Funeral Home. Pastor Tommy Dunn will officiate. Interment will follow at Haisten/Eastlawn Memorial Park. Friends may visit the family Saturday evening from 6 p.m., to 8 p.m., at the funeral home. Contributions are asked to be made to St. John Baptist Church in memory of Bill. Haisten Funeral Home, 1745 Zack Hinton Parkway South, McDonough, Ga., 30253, (770) 914-8833, Haisten Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Locals take advantage of free health screenings

McDonough resident Brian Boyd eagerly joined the morning crowd — an even flow of citizens filing into a 40-foot mobile screening unit to have their cholesterol and blood pressure gauged.

Federal agency OKs HMC-Piedmont partnership

Federal authorities have given their approval to the merger of the Henry Medical Center with Piedmont Healthcare, of Atlanta.

Can commuter rail make it?

Thursday began with high hopes and tough talk from commute-rail proponents, during an early-morning "rally" at the Atlanta Regional Commission's office in downtown Atlanta.

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.

Fat presidents, lean governent? - Tom Purcell

A fat president and a lean government are suddenly looking better than a lean president and a fat government.

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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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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.

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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.

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Assists leader signs with Clayton State

Clayton State men's head basketball coach Gordon Gibbons continued building his stellar 2011-12 recruiting class with the transfer of point guard Bradley Tumer.