News for Wednesday, August 3, 2011


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Clayton Center helps families with school supplies

"The Devil is a lie," said Riverdale Mayor Evelyn Wynn-Dixon. "No one should stop you from accomplishing your dreams."

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Health officials: West Nile found near Jonesboro

The West Nile Virus has once again shown up in Clayton County, officials with the Clayton County Board of Health confirmed Wednesday.

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Accused shooter's dad guilty in federal bribe case

The father of a teenager accused of killing a Clayton County sheriff's deputy faces up to five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine in a scheme to bribe an immigration officer.

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Georgia's first lady visits Arts Clayton Gallery

Arts Clayton officials and artists, last week, went to the state Capitol in Atlanta, to visit Gov. Nathan Deal and his wife, Sandra.

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College Park considers rebuilding of apartment units

Two three-story buildings are being considered for re-construction at the Village of College Park, located at 4060 Herschel Road, in College Park.

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Datebook 8-4-11

Arts Clayton's 'Prints by Women' exhibit Friday

Entrapped worker dies at Hartsfield-Jackson

A man working at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport was extricated from under a hydraulic lift, but did not survive, said Katena Carvajales, a spokeswoman for the airport.

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Woman finishes bar exam while in labor

A pregnant suburban Chicago woman was so determined to finish the Illinois bar exam that she completed the test even after going into labor.

A man in search of his mail - Tom Purcell

A man reaches a point in his life when he realizes what he really wants.

Save our small towns - Danny Tyree

As a resident of a small town (Belfast, Tenn.), I am distressed by the 2010 U.S. Census.

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Maturing Jonesboro looks to make playoff run

Jonesboro coach Tim Floyd doesn't believe his squad needs a major overhaul in its attempt to make a run for the state playoffs.

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Tight races make for intense competition

When Terry Mathis heads to Atlanta Motor Speedway today for the final Masters division race of the season at Thursday Thunder, he will double check to make sure he has packed his lucky helmet.

A hard-hitting message to hear, loud and clear

Column: Darryl Maxie

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Father-son duo aiming for division titles

When the question arose -- how special would it be to see a father-son duo win Thursday Thunder division titles in the same season? -- William Plemons III just smiled.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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School Notebook - 8-3-11

Community members host various back-to-school events

Where is the vision of our commissioners?

To the editor:My fellow citizens of Clayton County, each of our sitting commissioners, (with the exception of Gail Hambrick) are re-elected; therefore, I must submit that we knew what they were when we picked them up. As you know, on this past Tuesday, Commissioners Sonna Singleton, Wole Ralph and Gail Hambrick voted to balance the budget on the backs of property owners in this county.

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

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

Parrott, Albert L.

Age: 90

Jones, Forest Glenn

Age: 16

Puckett, Sidney L.

Sidney L. Puckett, 50, of McDonough, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011, after fighting a courageous battle against multiple sclerosis. Memorial services were held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, Aug, 6, at Horis A. Ward’s Fairview Chapel. Sidney served our country in the U.S. Air Force and will later be inurned at the Georgia National Cemetery, in Canton. He is survived by his wife of 15 years, Paula J. Puckett, of McDonough; parents, Hazel and Ronnie Puckett, of McDonough; brothers, Dennis Puckett, of Colorado Springs, Colo., Barry Puckett, of Dacula, Ga.; three nephews; one niece; one great-niece and one great-nephew. The family received friends on Saturday, from 10 a.m, to 11 a.m., at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: The National MS Society-GA Chapter, 1117 Perimeter Center West Suite E101, Atlanta, Ga. 30338. Online condolences may be offered at Horis A. Ward Funeral Home, Fairview Chapel was in charge of arrangements, (770) 474-1231.

Jackson, Grady Overton Jr.

Grady Overton Jackson, Jr., age 70, of Rome, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011 at his residence, following a period of declining health. He was born in Greene County Sept. 19, 1940, son of the late Grady Overton Jackson, Sr., and Mary Lou Barnhart Jackson. Grady was a 1958 graduate of Jackson High School. He graduated and received a B.A. degree from the University of Georgia in 1962. He was president of his freshman class at UGA, was the pledge trainer at Kappa Alpha Fraternity and was a director of the Athens Touchdown Club. Grady was co-owner of the Shetland Shop, Ltd., a men’s clothing shop in Athens, for six years. He was associated with the Wilkes County Stockyard and in the cattle business for 10 years. He had also been marketing and sales recruiter for pre-paid legal insurance and was associated with Combined Insurance Company as well as several others. For the last several years, Grady and his wife, Janet, owned and operated Southern Delights, a gourmet food and gift basket company in Marietta. He loved cooking, recipes, gardening and football, especially UGA football. Survivors include his wife, best friend and partner, Janet Kimbell Jackson, of Rome; children, Kathy and Monty Rast, of Cameron, S.C., Leigh and Carlton Hearn, Jr., of Augusta, Grady Overton Jackson II and Elizabeth, of Augusta, Donna and Lon Wess, of Dallas, Ga., Richard Christopher Ballard, of Cartersville; grandchildren, Elizabeth and Walker Nixon, Waller Hearn, Sam and Virginia Jackson and Shannon Wess; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Anita and Bruce Nelson, Barbara Castleberry, Candy and John Griffith, Kay Smart, Debbie Kimbell, Dean Kimbell, John and Patti Kimbell and many nieces, nephews and cousins. A memorial service will be Saturday, Aug. 13 at 3 p.m., in the chapel of Haisten Funeral Home in Jackson. Chaplain Mike Westmoreland will officiate with entombment in the Jackson City Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home two hours prior to the service, from 1 to 3 p.m. Those desiring may make a memorial contribution to the Salvation Army, 178 N. Benton St., Jackson, Ga., 30233. You may sign an online guest registry by going to Haisten Funeral Home of Jackson, your locally owned funeral home, is in charge of the arrangements.

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

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

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.