News for Monday, June 20, 2011


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Police arrest two in Apple products scam

Morrow police are working with other jurisdictions in identifying victims of a scam involving the sale of counterfeit Apple merchandise.

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Child dies after being left in van

Clayton County Police are investigating the Monday-afternoon death of a toddler left in a daycare van, following a field trip to Fayetteville.

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Forest Park extends time for ethics-ruling response

The Forest Park City Council voted Monday night to extend the time the board has to make a final decision on ethics violations, allegedly committed by one of its members.

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CSU has growing economic impact on region

Georgia's public higher-learning institutions have helped sustain some local economies, according to a June report on the economic impact of the state's colleges and universities.

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Officials: sluggish economy driving down gas prices

Guided by declining crude oil prices, costs at the pump have slowly started to dip downward again, after a week of relatively unchanged prices throughout Georgia, according to AAA officials.

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Man jailed for texting obscene material

A man, listed in court documents as homeless, has been arrested for texting obscene material to a woman's cell phone.

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Clayton State alum provides dental care abroad

Recently, Kristen Egerdahl, a Clayton State University alumnus, embarked on a humanitarian journey, to help provide dental care to children in Kathmandu, Nepal.

The 11th Commandment is alive and well - Michael Reagan

They stood up there on the stage, shoulder to shoulder, and voiced their opinions freely, often disagreeing with each other over the various details, but they did it like the gentlemen and lady that they are; attacking positions on the issues without attacking each other.

We get the media we want - Tina Dupuy

"The media" is our favorite whipping boy. It's shallow, petty and often stupid. It misses points, focuses on the wrong things, and completely ignores the bigger issues.

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Little rest is no problem for Roth

Within a 72-hour span, Eagle's Landing rising sophomore Bailey Roth linked his name among the elite distance runners in the state and nation.

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CSU players selected ITA Division II All-American for women's tennis

Duo helped pace Lakers to 2011 NCAA Division II "Final Four"

Teixeira deal ranks as Braves' worst

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Jonesboro to seek 'relief' for crepe myrtles

The City of Jonesboro may have found a way to keep all of its crepe myrtle trees along the Norfolk Southern rail line that runs through the heart of the city, according to the town's mayor.

Martin, Mary Lee Burford

Mary Lee Burford Martin, age 93, prominent business, religious and civic leader of Jackson, died Monday, June 20, 2011 at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta. She was born in Putnam County April 26, 1918, daughter of the late Rolfe Hunt Burford and Ruth Campbell Burford. She graduated from Jackson High School in 1936, her class recently celebrating their 75th reunion. She graduated from Georgia State College for Women in Milledgeville and taught school for several years. She met and married George Noah Martin, Jr., on Feb. 24, 1946, celebrating 43 years of marriage at his death in 1989. Mary Lee was the second civilian employee at the Atlanta Army Depot where she worked until moving with her husband to Norfolk, Va., working at the naval base where he was stationed. They later moved to Key West, Fla., and came back to Jackson in 1948. She opened the Veteran’s Administration Office in the Jackson Courthouse. She later was a bookkeeper for Webb’s Grocery and ABW Chevrolet in Jackson for 42 years. She opened Mary Lee’s China and Gifts in Jackson, which she owned and managed for 42 years. She was a charter member of the Jackson Business and Professional Women’s Organization, which she helped hold together until it disbanded several years ago. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Jackson and was entered into the Butts County Hall of Fame in 1997 by the Butts County Chamber of Commerce. During World War II she was the only woman member of the Jackson National Guard. For many years Mary Lee was active in the Georgia Farm Bureau, being president of the Butts County Farm Bureau from 1989 until 2010, attending nearly all of the state and national meetings. She was a long-time member of the Jackson United Methodist Church. For many years she served on the City of Jackson Planning and Zoning Board. Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Mary Ruth and Ralph Watson of Jackson; grandchildren, Leonora and Colin Clarkson of Jackson, Corley and Beth Watson of Atlanta, Christie Watson of Jackson and Dennis Conners; great-grandchildren, C.J. Clarkson, Corley Watson IV and William George Watson. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, June 22 at 11 a.m., in the chapel of Haisten Funeral Home of Jackson. Dr. John Brantley and Dr. Phil DeMore will officiate, with interment in the Jackson City Cemetery. The family received friends at the funeral home Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m., and at other times at the residence of Mary Ruth and Ralph Watson, 876 Park Place Drive in Jackson. Those desiring, in lieu of flowers, may make a memorial donation to the Scholarship Fund at Butts County Farm Bureau, 125 S. Oak St., Jackson, Ga., 30233. Those wanting to sign the online guest registry may go to Haisten Funeral Home of Jackson, your locally owned funeral home, is in charge of the arrangements.

Coursey, Mr. Clarence

Mr. Clarence Coursey Mr. Clarence Coursey, 60, of Hampton, passed away Monday, June 20, 2011. He was an accountant and owner of C&S Accounting and Tax Service for 35 years. He is survived by wife, Sherry Coursey; daughters and sons-in-law, Tammie and Paul Harmon, Tonya and Todd Bailey; daughter, Kelly Coursey; mother, Barbara Patrick; sister, Peggy Price, and eight grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 25, at 2 p.m., in the Ford-Stewart Funeral Home Chapel, with the Pastor Robert Hepler officiating. The family will receive friends on Friday, June 24, from 2 p.m., to 4 p.m., and 6 p.m., to 8 p.m., at the Funeral Home. Ford-Stewart Funeral Home, Inc., Jonesboro/Stockbridge, (770) 210-2700.

Teixeira deal ranks as Braves' worst

It might be that the Texas Rangers view the Braves as their chosen source of talent, and so we welcome our American League affiliates.