News for Thursday, June 2, 2011


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Participants graduate from Leadership Clayton

The Clayton County Chamber of Commerce held its "Leadership Clayton 2011 Commencement Ceremony," on Thursday, and it was an evening of support and celebration for 15 new leaders.

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Former prosecutor in court on gun charge

A former Clayton County prosecutor called his arrest and overnight jail stay a "humbling experience" -- and one that cost him an appearance at a niece's graduation from a prestigious academy.

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Victim of alleged sexual assaults taped incidents

An alleged victim took matters into her own hands by videotaping sexual assaults, according to warrants issued by the Clayton County Magistrate Court.

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Cops say woman sold stolen items on eBay

A Jonesboro woman faces a litany of felony theft charges after police said she put thousands of dollars in stolen items up for sale on an eBay store.

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Five treated after two-car crash

Charges are pending in a two-car crash that sent five to area hospitals Thursday morning, said Clayton County police.

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Local nonprofit says money equals quality care

For 50 years, Clayton County Family Care, a homelessness prevention agency in Jonesboro, has offered temporary financial assistance to "needy" families throughout the Clayton community.

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Faith Notes - June 3, 2011

Methodist Men selling ribs, chicken dinners June 11

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Hampton man honored for extensive military career

A local woman is seeking recognition on behalf of her ailing husband, for more than three decades of military service to this country.

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Former customs agent sentenced

A former federal customs officer was sentenced to eight years for conspiring to launder drug money and trying to smuggle guns onto a plane, abusing his authority to get past airport security.

The epic, Olympic-sized tickets FAIL! - Curt Yeomans

So, the very day I wrote about how frustrating it has been to wait to hear what tickets I "won" for the 2012 Olympics in London, I got my notification of how I did.

A quick, sharp tongue - Ronda Rich

My niece, Nicole, was saying the other day how a quick, sharp tongue is built into our DNA, and how we need to watch what we say and how we say it.

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Nichols continues winning ways at Thursday Thunde

The tradition continues

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Karp wins first ever Buzz Car race at Thursday Thunder in borrowed car

New division begins at Thursday Thunder

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Plemons begins defense of Semi Pro title with victory

Driver begins defense to title

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Green flag drops at Thursday Thunder

Thursday Thunder Week 1.

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'Parlor Retreat' to mentor aspiring hairstylists

A beauty school can help one obtain a cosmetology license, but it can't make a successful hairstylist, according to the owner of The Parlor Retreat Exclusive Salon, in Jonesboro.

Askin, John Thomas

Mr. John Thomas Askin (Baby Brother) was born Dec. 20, 1950 to the late Pheanious Askin and Lula Marshall Askin. He departed this life on May 25, 2011. John attended Henderson High School in Jackson and graduated with the class of 1970. He joined Shiloh Baptist Church at a very early age and was ordained as a deacon on April 8, 1984. He recently moved his membership to Antioch First Missionary Baptist Church. He was united in Holy Matrimony to his high school sweetheart, Daisy Grier, on July 12, 1970. To this union the light of his light was born, his daughter, Shayla Danielle Askin. John was a very hard-working man. He got his first job at the youthful age of 14 at the Quick Curb corner store. He had to stand on crates to see customers over the counter. Later, John would work in construction for many years. He worked for L&B Construction, Martin Concrete, Foundation Contractors and ICC, just to name a few. Our beloved brother is survived by his wife, Daisy Grier Askin; daughter, Shayla Danielle Askin; one sister, Maggie Pittman, of Flovilla; brothers, Pheanious Askin, Jr. (Johnnie Ruth), Ricky Askin (Rosie Mae) and Waymon Askin; sisters-in-law, Christine Loadholt (Oliver) and Brenda Askin; brothers-in-law, Kenneth Grier (Erica), Claude Lee Grier, Joseph Grier, and Ervin Grier; aunts, Lizzie Nell Askin, of Detroit, Mich., Betty Askin, of Jacksonville, Fla., and Dorothy Marshall, of Jackson; special nephews, Antonious Moore and Dedrick Clay; god-daughters, Mieshia White and Nikki Bell; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

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Datebook 6-2-11


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Former Clayton prosecutor arrested on weapons charge

Former Clayton County prosecutor, John Turner, was arrested Wednesday afternoon for allegedly carrying a concealed weapon into Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Adamson, Evelyn Margaret Patton

Age: 90

Man indicted for setting girlfriend afire

A Clayton County grand jury has indicted a College Park man for allegedly pouring gasoline on his girlfriend and setting her on fire in January.

Quilting store holding humane society fund-raiser

How much is that doggie quilt in the window?

Jonesboro to tackle Broad Street parking issue

They say admitting you have a problem is the first step in overcoming it.

Myers, Robert Joseph

Robert Joseph Myers Robert Joseph Myers, passed away on June 2, 2011, in Atlanta, as a result of complications following cancer surgery. Born Nov. 26, 1929, in Moline, Ill., Bob graduated from Augustana College and earned an M.A. in library science from the University of Illinois. Over the years, he held faculty positions in the libraries at New Mexico State, University of Florida, Frostburg State College, Central Virginia Community College, Ohio State University, and served as librarian for more than 20 years at Atlanta Junior College/Atlanta Metro, retiring in the mid-1990’s. He remained active as a volunteer, reading for the blind at the Georgia Radio Reading Service, and as an officer of the Retired Educators’ Association. He was also very involved in his church, St. Augustine Episcopal in Morrow, Ga. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Mildred Myers, of Largo, Fla.; wife, Margaret (Evans) Myers; and ex-wife, Alene Bailey Myers. He is survived by his stepchildren, Robert Evans, of Stockbridge, Deb Evans, of Atlanta, Susie Evans Harlan, of McDonough, Linda Harvey (Tom) of Columbus, Ohio; his step-grandchildren, Ian Evans (Shelby Griffin), of Stockbridge, Justin Evans (Kate), of McDonough, Audrey Harlan, of Stockbridge, Jeremy Harlan, of McDonough, Sarah Koenig (Chris), and Andrew Trafford, of Columbus, Ohio; step-great-grandchildren, Leah Evans, Robert Evans, and Maggie Evans; and many loving friends. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 11, at 3 p.m., at St. Augustine Episcopal Church, 1221 Morrow Rd., Morrow, Ga. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Georgia Radio Reading Service, 260 14th St., NW, Atlanta, Ga. 30318, or to St. Augustine Episcopal Church.