News for Friday, July 29, 2011


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Slain Clayton County deputy laid to rest

Old friends in uniforms of all colors greeted each other warmly in the lobby of the church Thursday, shaking hands, embracing, exchanging small talk.

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Faith Notes - July 29, 2011

Nancy Grace to speak at College Park benefit

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Mundy's Mill sharpening skills to make playoff run

By the time the Mundy's Mill football team started figuring out how to win last year, the season was more than half over. Coach Peniel Dany is accelerating the curriculum in 2011.

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Heatley addresses business community

Edmond Heatley, superintendent of Clayton County Public Schools, shared positive comments about the county's school system with the business community Thursday.

Cater, Nobie Meherg

Age: 97

Griffith, Dessie Lee Newsome

Age: 81

Rape, Betty

Mrs. Betty Rape, 81 of McDonough, passed away July 29, 2011. Betty was born in Tavares, Fla., to the late William and Allease Stewart Trowell. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Arnold Rape, in 1982. Betty attended Georgia Baptist School of Nursing and retired as an registered nurse with the Carter & Johnson Family Practice. She was a member of the First Christian Church of McDonough, enjoyed cooking, gardening, and was known for her wonderful banana pudding. “B-Bye,” as she was known by her family, is survived by children, Randy (Jane) Rape, of McDonough, and Vonnie Henderson, of Hampton; grandchildren, Brian (Kathia) Rape, Eric Rape, Jason (Mary) Steele, Marcus Rape, Nikki (Travis) Devane, K.K. Rhodes; great-grandchildren, Christopher, Julia, Zachery and Gregory Steele, Curtis and Gage Devane, and Bella Rape; sisters, Billie Van Alstine and Margaret Ann Trowell, both of Thomasville. Funeral services will be conducted Monday, Aug. 1, at 11 a.m., in the Chapel of Haisten Funeral Home. Pastor Paul Leslie will officiate. Interment will follow at Haisten/Eastlawn Memorial Park. Friends may visit the family Sunday from, 4 p.m., to 6 p.m., at the funeral home. Contributions are asked to be made to the Henry County Heritage Center, in memory of Betty. Haisten Funeral Home, 1745 Zack Hinton Parkway South, McDonough, Ga.30253, is in charge of arrangements, (770) 914-8833,

Say WHAT?! - '... Trash is the new class of America'

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Bloom where you're planted - Susan Bennett

I know folks rarely sit down to read the book of Jeremiah just for fun! But it contains some profound truths we need to pay attention to – and one of them has become a bumper sticker.

Stockbridge school makes community involvement push

As teachers, students and parents ramp up for another year of studying and playing in Henry County, a warm breakfast appeared to be the hardy way to kick off a new school year at Stockbridge Elementary School.

Soap Box Derby in Morrow Saturday

Area children are invited to rev up engines for a good time this weekend in the Southern Crescent.

Dogs were living in their own waste

The county's animal shelter was practically full when workers with Henry County Animal Care and Control picked up 38 dogs at one Hampton home this week, said the agency's director, Gerri Yoder.

Atlanta man faces murder charges

A suspected gang member who goes the alias "Obama" has been arrested and charged with murder in the death of a man killed during a drug deal gone wrong, said Clayton County police.

Motivation, encouragement, knowledge

Club music mixed with Latin flavor blasted through the audio system's speakers.

News of the Weird 7-30-2011

The New York Yankees' Derek Jeter achieved his milestone 3,000th major league hit in July, and Steiner Sports Marketing of New Rochelle, N.Y., was ready (in partnership with the Yankees and Major League Baseball). Dozens of items from the game were offered to collectors, including the bases ($7,500 each), 30 balls used during the game ($2,000 each, unsigned), and even Jeter's sweaty socks ($1,000). Steiner had also collected five gallons of dirt (under supervision, to assure authenticity), and uberfans can buy half-ounce containers of clay walked upon Jeter during the game (from the shortstop area and the right-hand batter's box) –– for a not-dirt-cheap $250 each. [New York Post, 7-7-2011; New York Times, 6-22-2011]

The Greatest Miracle of All - Jim Bell

The Holy Bible gives us the story of many miracles, all performed our great and mighty God. There is no way I could put them all in this article, even assuming I could find them all, so I will just talk about a few that I remember reading in the Old Testament and some from the New Testament.

Woman duped by Craigslist car ad

The McDonough Police Department is urging residents to be careful about using the internet to purchase vehicles.

Jonesboro may join anti-sagging pants bandwagon

Jonesboro Mayor Luther Maddox said people wearing their pants too low is not a widespread issue in the city, but he wants to nip it in the buttocks –– before it grows into one.

Riverdale standoff ends peacefully

A Riverdale woman's brief standoff with Clayton County police and SWAT officers ended Friday without incident, said officials.

Moving on with many fond memories

The day was July 1, 1997 — the first time I walked through the doors of the Clayton News Daily, going to work for Don Coble on a two-person sports staff.

Pro-wrestling event canceled

"The Great American Bash Tribute," scheduled for this weekend is off.

Authority asks public to report illegal dumping

Illegal dumping into the sewer manholes has become such a problem in Clayton County that officials are asking for the public's help in identifying offenders.

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Plemons wins but still trails Behnke

Week No. 9 Thursday Thunder

Gary - Ronda Rich

It started one Sunday, when I slid into the third-row pew next to a slender man with rumbled silver hair just as the first notes of the organ announced that service was starting.

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Former publisher joins SCNI as VP of advertising

Newspaper advertising veteran Bob McCray has joined Southern Community Newspapers Inc., parent company of the Gwinnett Daily Post, as vice president of advertising.

Closing the book - Peter Funt

I used to have an aversion to big-box stores, especially those that destroy well-run, friendly, neighborhood businesses, which is a fundamental part of the big-box strategy.