News for Friday, July 22, 2011


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Former Morrow official fights charges

A former Morrow city leader, and announced mayoral candidate, is fighting back against a 16-felony-count indictment that accuses him of making false statements, conspiracy and perjury.

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Arts Clayton van program wins national honor

A key component of Arts Clayton's youth education programs has painted and sculpted its way into the national spotlight, according to a member of the Clayton County Board of Commissioners.

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Housing Authority members meet

The Housing Authority of Clayton County (HACC) and its staff met recently for the agency's annual strategic planning session at Callaway Gardens.

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Neighborhood-fresh New Orleans cuisine reaches Henry

A patron at the French Market Restaurant & Tavern, located in Locust Grove, remarked this week how the tomatoes he was served tasted as if they had been freshly picked from the vine.

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IRS urges taxpayers to avoid scams

The Internal Revenue Service is encouraging taxpayers to guard against being misled by unscrupulous individuals attempting to persuade them to file false claims for tax credits or rebates.

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Faith Notes - July 22, 2011

New Day Covenant Ministries sponsors youth conference

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Man indicted in alleged carjacking

A man who led Clayton County police on a search through Jonesboro in April was indicted this week on charges relating to that incident.

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State results show EOCT scores improve

High school students across Georgia have made marked improvements in virtually every subject area covered by End-of-Course Tests (EOCTs), according to the State Department of Education.

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Female Air Force recruiter is rare commodity

After nearly two decades seeing the world with the U.S. Air Force, Tech. Sgt. Nicole Skipper is closing out her military career by giving young people the chance to have the kind of experiences she has had.

It's all 'Oh France' for Quebec - Curt Yeomans

Perhaps I should have brushed up on my French before I went to Canada.

'Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town' - Ronda Rich

It wasn't long ago that a friend of mine -- a West Coaster, no less -- got onto the subject of country music. Some he likes, some he doesn't, he said.

Bolton, Lucy Estelle Scarbrough

Age: 88

London, Frances S.

Age: 86

Head, Benjamin Stuart

Born on June 23, 1921 in Jackson, Ben left this life peacefully on July 16, 2011. Ben was affectionately known as Stuart to his parents and older brother, George, of Macon. After graduating early from high school in 1939, he entered The Georgia Military Academy, where he studied for a year before going to the U.S. Naval Academy. He graduated from Annapolis also early, in the upper one-third of his class, with a degree in Electrical Engineering in 1942 and served in the Navy in the Pacific and European theaters, first on the heavy cruiser USS Chicago (CA-29) and then on the USS Philadelphia (CL-41), a Brooklyn-class light cruiser. While providing convoy support during the battle of Guadalcanal, the USS Chicago was disabled in a Japanese torpedo plane attack on Jan. 29, 1943, and sunk while under tow the next day. Returning to San Francisco, he was stateside for a couple of months before being deployed to serve on the Philadelphia, and provided support to troops during the invasion of Sicily, participating in the defense of Palermo and later providing cover for the 7th Army’s invasion of Italy. Ben stayed in the Navy for a year, serving stateside in Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia before leaving the service. Like many others of “the Greatest Generation,” the war had a significant effect on his life. In February of 1946, he married Sally Teetor, of Cadillac, Mich., whom he met through his best friend, Jim Teetor (her brother), at Georgia Military Academy. Ben went to work at the Cadillac Malleable Iron Company in Cadillac, Mich., where his children Michael, Rebecca and David were born. He then worked for a short period in Ashtabula, Ohio (where George was born). The family left in 1954 for Defiance, Ohio (where Louis was born) for Ben’s work at the Central Foundry Division of General Motors. He resided in Defiance and raised his family until his transfer to Saginaw, Mich., in 1964. He retired from GM as divisional production manager in 1986 and subsequently began work for CMI International of Southfield, Mich., until 1999. Ben was highly respected by his colleagues for his abilities as a process engineer, as well as by his employees for his fair treatment of them. Earning Ben’s respect was a matter of working hard, dealing fairly with others and being respectful, and he gave the same in return. From 1987, he and his wife, Sally, lived in Ann Arbor, and both lived their last years at Glacier Hills Retirement Community. Ben was a man with great integrity and a strong work ethic, formed from his family background and his years in the service. He was a provider for his family and an active member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Ann Arbor. Ben was preceded in death by his parents, Julia and George Daniel; by Sally, who passed in 2008 after 62 years of marriage; and by his son, David, who died unexpectedly in 1966. He is survived by his brother, George; children, Michael (Mary James) of Pinckney, Mich.; Rebecca (David Stead) of Ann Arbor, Mich.; George (Aaron Lewis) of Hayward, Calif.; Louis of Albuquerque, N.M.; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. The memorial service is scheduled for 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 17, at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 306 North Division Street, Ann Arbor, Mich., 48104-1497, (734) 663-0518. Donations can be sent to St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 306 North Division Street, Ann Arbor, Mich., 48104-1497,; or the South West Organizing Project, 211 10th Street Southwest, Albuquerque, N.M., 87102-2919, (505) 247-8832,; or SOS Community Services, 101 South Huron St., Ypsilanti, Mich., 48197, (734) 484-4300, To share a memory, please visit

Southern Crescent players gone pro

Major leagues

Wright, John W.

John W. Wright, of Pensacola, Fla., passed away Friday, July 22, 2011. He was a long-time resident of Henry County. He was preceded in death by his son, Joey D. Wright. He is survived by his daughter, Christy E. Rodriguez and her husband, Erick Rodriguez; grandchildren, Jordan Goolsby, Andrew Goolsby, Camellia Rodriguez, and Alyssa Rodriguez, all of Locust Grove; sisters, Bonnie Parm, of LaFayette, Ga., and Kathy W. Plant, of Hampton; brothers, Arthur E. Wright, of McDonough, Michael L. Wright, of Smyrna, Tommy L. Wright, of McDonough, Gerald R. Wright, of Locust Grove, and numerous nieces and nephews. A graveside memorial service will be held Wednesday, Aug. 3, at 10 a.m., at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Ga. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the “Wounded Warrior Project.”

Staying on top

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport can add to its array of awards and accolades.

Gaines likely to put pro dreams on hold

With the first round of his negotiations not "looking like I wanted" it to be, former Luella High shortstop Julius Gaines is leaning towards attending college instead of immediately pursuing a professional career.

Teen shows no emotion during deputy-shooting hearing

A Riverdale teen charged in the shooting death of a Clayton County sheriff's deputy made his first court appearance Friday afternoon, and met with the public defender who will be representing him.

'Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town' - Ronda Rich

It wasn't long ago that a friend of mine –– a West Coaster, no less –– got onto the subject of country music. Some he likes, some he doesn't, he said.

GBI charges teen with murder in deputy's death

Malice-and felony-murder charges were filed Thursday in Clayton County Magistrate Court against a Riverdale teenager accused in Wednesday's fatal shooting of a Clayton County sheriff's deputy.

Former UG star Mann picks UGA

Former Union Grove standout Charles Mann committed to play for the University of Georgia on Friday.

Benefit to aid former firefighter's family

Friends and associates of Duane Arnold Benefield affirmed that he was many things to many people in his lifetime. Above all, though, they say he was a giver.

Rozes, Billy

Mr. Billy Rozes, 58, of Hampton, passed away July 22, 2011. Billy was born in Indianapolis, Ind., the son of the late Robert John and Carolyn Abbott Rozes. He was employed by Trans Comm, as a mechanical technician. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends; he also enjoyed NASCAR, panning for gold, his metal detector, fishing, yard work and his job. Survivors are his siblings and their spouses, Linda and Tom Stanford, of McDonough, and Bobby and Sandra Rozes, of Fairburn; nieces, Susan Wheeler, of Covington, Jenny Day, of Jemison, Ala., and Robin Berger, of Peachtree City; nephews, John Stanford, of Locust Grove, and Chris Rozes, of Hampton; several great-nieces, great-nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. A memorial service will be held TODAY, (Tuesday, July 26), at 8 p.m., in the chapel of Haisten Funeral Home, with the Rev. Darris Baker officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. For those who wish, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the America Cancer Society, or McDonough First United Methodist Church Building Fund, 151 Macon St., McDonough, Ga. 30253. Haisten Funeral Home – McDonough, is in charge of arrangements, (770) 914-8833,

'Everyone' means EVERYONE - Susan Bennett

As a Christian pastor, I have conversations with folks all the time about sin, and heaven, and hell. Many of these people have been going to church all their lives, been good citizens, and seem to be in good shape spiritually. They claim to be Christians, followers of Jesus. And yet, so many talk about heaven as if they're still not sure whether or not they'll "get there."

College Park approves utility credit for employees

College Park employees and retirees, who live in the city, will continue benefiting from a credit that gives them a break on their utility bills.

It's all 'Oh France' for Quebec - Curt Yeomans

Perhaps I should have brushed up on my French before I went to Canada.

Sagging pants now illegal attire in Hampton

Many young people call it "swag," but wearing sagging pants on the streets of one Henry County city is now "disorderly conduct." And it is against the law.

We are somebody in The Lord Jesus! - Jim Bell

When I was just a young boy, my mother would encourage me to be a good boy, to listen to her and my father and to obey what they told me. They told me such things as to be nice to my brother and sister, to share my play things with them and to love them.

Tip for winning passes to Niekro event

An article in the July 21 edition of the Henry Daily Herald, entitled, "Sam's Club to bring ‘Knucksie' to McDonough,' contained incorrect information. Phil Niekro will sign autographs at Sam's Club in McDonough, on Wednesday, July 27.

News of the Weird 7-23-2011

On May 21, Jesse Robinson either established or tied the unofficial world record for unluckiest underage drinker of all time when he was booked into the Hamilton County, Ohio, jail for underage consumption. According to booking records, Robinson's date of birth is May 22, 1990. [, 5-23-2011]

TSA installing new software at Hartsfield-Jackson

The thought of an imaging technology machine producing a specific body image of a passenger troubles some travelers at U.S. airports.

Four homes damaged in Locust Grove fire

Residents of a south Henry County neighborhood are picking up the pieces, after a fire damaged their homes, destroying one.

Forest Park police, residents celebrate Neighborhood Watch

Like many police departments across the country, Forest Park uses high-tech tools to fight crime but also relies on the good old-fashioned concept of neighbors watching out for each other and their city.

Say WHAT?! - 'Alarm system, dogs, and now, yes, a gun'

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.

Who will graduate from Thursday Thunder to NASCAR?

Well, another year of Thursday Thunder at Atlanta Motor Speedway is about to pull into the garage.

Sam's Club to bring 'Knucksie' to McDonough

An Atlanta Braves baseball legend is coming to Henry County, as part of a local retail store's efforts to show gratitude to its customers.

Service set for Clayton County deputy

Funeral services have been set for a Clayton County sheriff's deputy killed Wednesday in the line of duty.

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Local team with dual identities to play for IWFL title

The first team to play on Tara Stadium's new artificial turf is made up of doctors, accountants and schoolteachers who become running backs, linebackers and safeties -- and more -- once they hit the ladies' locker room.

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Barnes gets seventh win of season at AMS

A week after experiencing his first loss of the season in the Thursday Thunder racing series, coupled with a poor showing a few days ago in Charlotte, was motivation enough for Parker Barnes.

Bearcats clawing their way through roller coaster season

Darryl Maxie column: The OTC Bearcats have soldiered on through pulled hamstrings, broken bones and even a torn kneecap, and are ready for the postseason.