News for Saturday, July 23, 2011


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Staying on top

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Tip for winning passes to Niekro event

Phil Niekro will sign autographs at Sam's Club in McDonough, on Wednesday, July 27, and the "Break the Line" offer contest is being conducted by way of the newspaper's Facebook business page.

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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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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.

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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.

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Local student wins first place in art competition

Vanessa Garcia, a student at Clayton County's Pointe South Middle School, recently won first place in a regional art competition that earned her and her school's principal all-expenses-paid trips to Istanbul, Turkey, according to a Clayton County Public Schools news release.

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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.

Grizzle, James "Jimmy" R.

Age: 53

Crandall, Milton Roda "Billy"

Milton Rhoda “Billy” Crandall passed away July 23, 2011 at the VNA Hospice house in Vero Beach, Fla. He was born June 21, 1913, in Berwyn, Md., to Howard and Mable Crandall. Billy was a forth-generation Washingtonian. His mother and father owned a hotel (the Hill Top) and gas station (one of the largest on the east coast during the early 1900's in Washington D.C.) He was also the nephew of Harry Crandall, one of the largest theater owners in the nation at the time. Mr. Crandall married the true love of his life, Lena Bilyard, in 1935. Their marriage lasted nearly 76 years. They were married Sept. 6, 1935, and leave behind four wonderful and successful children, Jean Marie Stephenson, of Georgia, Joni Hedrick, of California and Vero Beach, Fla., Milton Crandall, Jr., of Roanoke, Va., and Diane McClunk, of Vero Beach. Billy was predeceded in death by his sisters, Mable Smarr, Edna Stewart, and brother, Jack Crandall. He leaves behind seven grandchilden, seven great-grand-children, three great-great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, two sisters, Louise Bare and Betty Forman, as well as his loving and devoted nephew, J. Emory Crandall. Mr. Crandall was mustered into service during WWII, at the Torpedo plant in Alexandria, Va., and afterward, worked in the federal government, retiring in 1970. Lena and Billy Crandall moved from Annandale, Va., in September 1977, to the Atlanta area, finally moving to Vero Beach, Fla., several years ago. Milton Crandal, at age 98, had become unquestionably the leader and guiding light of the family. A true leader for fairness and justice. A celebration of his life will held at 8 p.m., on Monday, Aug. 1, at Vero Beach Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 1644 27th Avenue, Vero Beach, Fla. 32960. In lieu of flowers, the family requests any donations be made to VNA Hospice, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, Fla. 32960.

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News of the Weird 7-23-2011

Government in Action!; Great Art!; Police Report; Criminals With Chutzpah; Least Competent Non-Criminals; A News of the Weird Classic (November 1992)

We are somebody in The Lord Jesus! - Jim Bell

I will never forget how happy my parents were when I graduated from high school. My mother hugged me and kissed me, and she said," Buddy, you have done well, now I want you to be somebody!" I wondered about how to do this -- how can I be somebody?

'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."

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Former UG star Mann picks UGA

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

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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.

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Southern Crescent players gone pro

Here is a look at how local professional baseball players are doing this season:

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Who will graduate from Thursday Thunder to NASCAR?

Doug Gorman Column