News for Friday, August 19, 2011


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Georgians share their love of model trains at Hampton train depot

Members of the Middle Georgia Model Railroad Club will put several model trains on display at the Hampton Train Depot, at 17 East Main Street in historic downtown Hampton.

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Fatal crash driver makes memorial bench

A two-car crash that killed a Jonesboro woman in 2010, forever changed the lives of her family, and that of the 16-year-old driver charged in her death.

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Forest Park officials unveil proposed ward map

Forest Park City Council members learned Thursday night how ward lines have been redrawn to reflect changes in the minority population, based on the 2010 U.S. Census.

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Stockbridge student Khristian Pena among Comcast scholarship recipients

Pena is a 2011 graduate of Stockbridge High School and a freshman business major at Georgia State University. He plans to hit the Atlanta campus on Monday for his first day of classes.

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No bond for accused child molester William Abbate

William Leonard Abbate made his first court appearance Friday in Henry County Magistrate Court. He is charged with aggravated child molestation, child molestation, statutory rape, sexual exploitation of children and enticing a child for indecent purposes.

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Soldiers of Kilpatrick’s Raid honored

Civil War buffs will congregate Saturday on the grounds of Nash Farm Battlefield Park, in Hampton, to commemorate the battle forged by confederate troops against Gen. Judson Kilpatrick and his forces nearly 150 years ago.

Clayton Republicans replace ‘boil’ with pot-luck luncheon

The Clayton County Republican Party’s “Low Country Boil” scheduled to take place later this month, has been called off — for now — and replaced with a lower-key gathering, according to a spokesperson for the group.

Hartsfield-Jackson experiences increase in passenger traffic

Passenger traffic at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport increased 3.72 percent in the first six months of 2011, compared to last year during the same time period said an airport spokeswoman.

News of the weird 8-20-11

Proof that true stories are weirder than made-up stories.

SayWHAT?! - ‘$3 for a tired little sausage biscuit!!NOT AGAIN!’

Editor’s Note: Say What?! is a new, occasional feature that consists of online comments readers have made in response to articles and features on our web sites ––,, and These are raw, unedited comments. In bold type, are the headlines to which the comments are attached.

From the inside out - Susan Bennett

A while ago, I saw a news story about a young pastor, with a wife and five children, who has taken into his home a man who’s just recently been released from prison. The man is living in the pastor’s basement and looking for a job and being with the family for every meal, every outing, really every moment.

An update on the Lord’s Airport Ministry - Jim Bell

I was the only person going to the airport and thanking our soldiers for their service to our country. Now the ministry consists of five men who go to the airport three days a week to talk with our soldiers and share the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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Locust Grove believes it's time to take the next step

It might sound like Locust Grove is shooting for the moon when Wildcats coach Clint Satterfield says he'd like to see it compete for Region 4-AAA's fourth playoff berth — especially after a 2-8 season and in a region that includes defending state champion Sandy Creek, loaded Henry County, Eastside and Stockbridge. Satterfield doesn’t mind that at all.

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‘Using Fame for Charity’

Angie Stone to co-host Riverdale concert

It was earlier this year when Riverdale city officials contacted three-time Grammy Award nominee, and rhythm and blues artist, Angie Stone, to ask if she would co-host the final concert, this year, in the South City Concert Series.

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Jonesboro residents express millage rate concerns

There were no passionate pleas Thursday for the Jonesboro City Council to find another way to balance the city’s budget, without instituting a property tax, but several residents and council members did make known their opposition to a planned millage rate increase. The city is holding public input sessions to gather feedback on plans to set the town’s millage rate at 2.5 mills, and the first hearing was held Thursday morning with a small crowd of eight residents in attendance. The city has not had a millage rate — which sets how much people pay in property taxes — for several years.

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Bell appointed to national transportation committee

Clayton County Board of Commissioners Chairman Eldrin Bell has taken a position with a national group that will put him in a position to help shape federal transportation policies that affect local governments, the county commission announced earlier this week.

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Putting it in the hands of God

Women leaders share life-stories at luncheon

Praying to the Heavenly Father seemed to get four successful women through tough and confusing times in their lives.

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Bennifield has filled QB void at Lovejoy

When Lovejoy coach Al Hughes was breaking down film last season of Jonesboro, he was quite impressed with what he saw of their quarterback Alejandro Bennifield.

Griner, Myrtice

Mrs. Myrtice Griner, 77, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011.

Huffman, Randy

Randy Huffman, 54, of Rex, died Aug. 17, 2011.

Ray, Julian Russell

Mr. Julian Russell Ray, 79, of Atlanta, passed away Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sara Stokes Ray.

Crider, George "Harold"

George "Harold" Crider, 71, of Morrow, passed away Aug. 16, 2011. He was born May 4, 1940.

Chamber seeking business, community leaders for school partnerships

It’s that time of year again — time for a joint venture between the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce and Clayton County Public Schools. The chamber and school system are preparing for the annual “Principal Partner’s Day,” said Yulonda Beauford, president and CEO of the chamber.

Pacemaker 5000 race Saturday in Hampton

Annual fund-raiser benefits Henry Medical Center

A growing tradition in Henry County is set to continue this weekend, in an effort to raise money for Henry Medical Center.

Deputies, educators square off in fundraiser

The second annual basketball tournament and fundraiser to benefit students and the sheriff's foundation will be held tonight at Morrow Middle School.

Faith Notes - August 19, 2011

Jonesboro church hosts health fair Saturday

Why Europe beats us in transportation - Curt Yeomans

Our European cousins run circles around us, when it comes to getting people around quickly via mass transit.

Enjoying the laughter - Ronda Rich

You know how it happens. You go to the funeral home to pay respects and run into people you haven’t seen in ages. Many years have passed, yet y’all begin telling stories –– always the funny ones –– and, there in the midst of grief, you begin to laugh.

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Ready or not, Luella plays host to Villa Rica

Luella has a scrimmage under its belt. Not necessarily a very good scrimmage, but just enough to knock the offseason rust off its helmets and let the Lions get a taste of what lies ahead.

Police look for ‘bold’ armed robbers

Riverdale police are looking for a bold and dangerous armed crew believed to have robbed a shoe store in July and returned a month later to hit the clothing shop next door. Chief Samuel Patterson said police are seeking at least two men in the Monday robbery of the DTLR Urban Fashion Retailer on Ga. 85. Patterson said the pair also robbed Shoe Time July 14.

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Some teams offer ‘sneak preview’ with final scrimmages

Forest Park coach Edmund Coley calls this the “eager part” of the season.