News for Tuesday, August 2, 2011


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Stackhouse tied for second

North Clayton High senior Mariah Stackhouse is tied for second at the Junior PGA Championship in Indiana.

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Forest Park leaders OK grant to catch copper thieves

The Forest Park City Council, Monday night, approved the upcoming fiscal year's SPLOST Capital Project Fund, and got a status report as the collection of the special tax enters its fourth year.

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SACS party raises hopes for new school year

Scores of Clayton County residents, school officials and staff members, elected officials, students and parents, braved the sizzling heat -- and even a bit of rain -- on Saturday, to join the official celebration of the school system winning back its accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

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Academic achievement, test scores on BOE's mind

A week before school is back in session for all of Clayton County's public school students, and in light of disappointing annual yearly progress results recently released, school board members had an intense discussion about student achievement.

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Mount Zion quarterback expected to lead team back to playoff chase

By Derrick Mahonedmahone@news-daily.comLast season, Montel Buchanan wasn't asked to do a lot from the quarterback position for Mount Zion.

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'Buses are safe,' Henry school leader maintains

While investigators have not formally made a determination on what caused a school bus to catch fire Monday, officials in the Henry County School System are expressing their confidence in the safety of the school system's bus fleet.

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Resident wounds one in home invasion, say police

A College Park apartment resident fired at two burglars early Tuesday morning, wounding one, said Clayton County police.

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Academic achievement, test scores on BOE's mind

A week before school is back in session for all of Clayton County's public school students, and in light of disappointing annual yearly progress results recently released, school board members had an intense discussion about student achievement.

Where is the vision of our commissioners?

Where is the vision of our commissioners?

Haygood, Mildred Bays Bobo

Age: 79

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Stately Oaks mourning tours under way

Stately Oaks Plantation is in "mourning" this month as Historical Jonesboro/Clayton County, Inc. officials observe an annual rite at the property.

Murder, other charges bound over against Bun

While Veasna Johnathan Bun hid in the woods from law enforcement officers July 20, he called his mother to tell her he was scared because he'd "just shot a cop," testified a Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent during a preliminary hearing, Tuesday, in Clayton County Magistrate Court.

Jonesboro 'sagging pants' ban has support

Pants on the ground, pants on the ground. You might get a ticket, if your pants are on the ground.

Clayton BOC amends car sales ordinance

The Clayton County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 Tuesday to amend a county ordinance, which bans people from parking a car for sale in a public right-of-way, to grant exemptions to owners of new, and used, car dealerships.

Wilson, Larry Hugh

Mr. Larry Hugh Wilson, age 67, of Jackson, passed away Aug. 2, 2011. Larry was born in Roanoke, Ala., the son of the late Newell Franklin and Edna Clyde Taylor Wilson. He retired from Ford Motor Company as a plant manager. Larry was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church and had been a member of the Ben Hill Masonic Lodge. Larry enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, his church, farming, fishing, hunting, his poodles and cows. He was known for his loving spirit and doing for others. Survivors are his wife of 36 years, Gail Wilson of Jackson; children, Melanie Lynn Pierson (Milton) of Louisville, Ky., Cheryl Denise Porter (Bayne) of Snellville, Billy Ray Sanders (April) of Jackson; brother, Frank Wilson (Joan) of Big Canoe; sister, Ruth Cooper (Steve) of Newnan; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild, and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Saturday, Aug. 6 at 11 a.m., at Bethany Baptist Church in McDonough with the Rev. Al O’Quinn officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. The family received friends at the funeral home on Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. Haisten Funeral Home – McDonough, (770) 914-8833,

Kidney transplant strengthens married educators' bond

Locust Grove resident, J.D. Van Sickle, said he was surprised the attention his family has received regarding his wife's request to have additional sick leave from the Henry County School System.

Many happy returns: How couponers beat Wall Street - Jill Cataldo

Last week, I shared some of the mail I received from people who want to save big on groceries, but who have an aversion to stocking up –– even a little bit –– during a good sale. Most often, the anti-stockpilers say they don't want to spend "extra money" to buy more products than they need for the current week.

Senior center hosts life after cancer program

One thing often leads to another .... It was two years ago that Vearies Lavender decided to collect wigs for cancer patients, who lost their hair during chemotherapy treatments.


The non-profit Center for Cultural Interchange's Academic Year Program is seeking volunteer host families for foreign exchange students for the 2011-12 school year. Host family applications are being accepted now through Aug. 15. For more information, visit http://www.cci-excha, or call 800-634-4771.

Henry school bus ignites on opening day

Twenty-two students and a bus driver got a flaming start to the new school year Monday, when their school bus caught fire on a morning bus route, in the Ellenwood area of northern Henry County.

Police: 2 domestic disputes, 2 murders

Henry County Police are continuing investigations into what led to shootings in two deadly domestic disputes.

A consequence for everything - Martha Carr

Sometimes in life we pursue something doggedly for all the wrong reasons, but are still fortunate enough to come out on top.

Unrealized possibilities cannot thwart God's purpose - Jason A. Smith

It's so strange, sometimes, to ponder the turns that life takes.

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Football officially begins

By Derrick Mahone and Darryl Maxiedmahone@news-daily.comWhile some teams from around the state thought of creative ways to open the first official day of football practice Monday, teams from around the Southern Crescent just did it plain and simple.

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Football not only sport starting

By Derrick Mahonedmahone@news-daily.comWhile the school's football and softball teams braved 90-degree temperatures Monday, the Jonesboro volleyball team was comfortably practicing in its new air conditioned gymnasium.

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Clayton deputy hurt in wreck

A Clayton County sheriff's deputy suffered minor injuries, Monday afternoon, when his patrol car slammed into a utility pole on Jodeco Road, in Henry County, said Sheriff Kem Kimbrough.

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Ravens relish IWFL championship to cap perfect 11-0 season

By Darryl Maxiedmaxie@news-daily.comCall them what you want -- the Atlanta Ravens or The Team Formerly Known as the Xplosion. But whatever the moniker, make sure there's one thing you don't leave out:

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Police search for Stockbridge eatery robber

Henry County police searched for a man and his getaway car Monday. The man is suspected of robbing a Waffle House restaurant at gunpoint.

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Couple charged with child deprivation

A Jonesboro couple was charged Sunday with child deprivation after police found their apartment covered in trash and feces, and without running water or food for their three children, according to warrants filed in Clayton County Magistrate Court.

Dog Days for PETA - Tom Purcell

July, according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, is National Hot Dog Month. It's when we pay homage to the 7 billion delicious dogs we'll eat between Memorial Day and Labor Day this year. But People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is none too happy about that.

Vaccinations and the ice cream scare - Tina Dupuy

There have been occasional cases of polio (poliomyelitis) throughout human history. The Roman Emperor Claudius suffered from a disease as a child thought to be polio: muscle weakness, severe pain and paralysis.