News for Thursday, March 10, 2011


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'Green eggs' and fitness

"One Fish. Two Fish. Red Fish. Blue Fish."

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Bond hearing set in sexual assault case

A 17-year-old, male, Jonesboro High School student was denied bond on Thursday for his alleged role in the reported sexual assault of a 15-year-old, female student at the school last week, his attorney has confirmed.

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Sheriff's employee faces possible indictment

An employee of the Clayton County Sheriff's Office is facing possible indictment for allegedly violating a state statute that forbids individuals from recording others without their consent, the county's top prosecutor has confirmed.

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Body found outside Family Dollar store

A body was found outside of a Clayton County Family Dollar store on Thursday morning, said Officer John Schneller, public information officer for the Clayton County Police Department.

Congratulations to Jonesboro High School's mock trial team - S. LESTER TATE, III

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I would like to congratulate the members of the Jonesboro High School mock trial team on their recent championship victory in the Region 8 competition held in Jonesboro. We wish them well in the upcoming state competition, March 18-20, in Lawrenceville.

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Faith Notes - March 11, 2011

Tara Baptist Church is offering a free one-day seminar, "Yeshua in Context: The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah," on Sunday, March 13.

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Forest Park, Fayette square off in the Class AAAA finals

At this point, Forest Park and Fayette County are not looking at making any drastic changes.

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Clayton State women set to host NCAA Southeast Regional

The Clayton State women's basketball team knows the scenario.Win six games and cut down the nets as the NCAA Division II National Champion.

Ingenious Mama - Ronda Rich

Mama wasn't sentimental. In fact, I never knew of anyone who grew up in the Southern mountains during the Depression who was sentimental. They all said they were trying to forget, not remember.

Why politicians overreach - Lee Hamilton

Having dodged a government shutdown for the moment, Congress is now embroiled in a burning debate over cutting the federal budget.

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Local salon holding prom dress drive

Local high school girls unable to afford prom dresses this year, will get a chance to obtain a dress for free, through the help of a Jonesboro beauty salon.

Little, Hazel Lee

Age: 83

DA seeking indictment of county finance director

A Clayton County grand jury is in the process of hearing testimony against the county's finance director, Angela Jackson, before it weighs whether she should be indicted on four felony charges, and one misdemeanor charge, over her handling of public documents, the county's district attorney has confirmed.

Music education takes center stage this month

J.W. Arnold Elementary School Teacher Joanne Maples patiently went through each note of a song about the "Sounds of the Sea," with a class of second-graders on Wednesday, taking time to teach her students how each note sounds.

Emory makes its case for HMC affiliation

Emory Healthcare has pledged to make Henry Medical Center (HMC) its sole partner in the Southern Crescent, if selected to join forces with the local hospital.

Forest Park takes down top-ranked Douglas County to reach state finals

DULUTH — At halftime, sixth-ranked Forest Park sat on the locker room benches pondering how to erase an eight-point deficit and prevent a promising season from slipping away. The Lady Panthers had been out-shot, out-defended and out-hustled to loose balls.

Collum, Buron Arnold

Buron Arnold Collum Buron Arnold Collum, Sr., 66, of Locust Grove, passed away March 10, 2011. He was born to the late William Zackary Collum, Sr., and Frances Lucille Sims Collum. He was a retired truck driver from Bowman Transportation and Estes Express, and was a former Teamsters. Mr. Collum, also known as Duke, enjoyed cars, motors, tinkering, fishing, camping and swap sales. He was a family man who loved his children, grandchildren and dogs, Lady and Sissy. He was preceded in death by a brother, William Zackary Collum, Jr. and a sister, Sylvia Prather. Survivors are his children, Chip (Rhonda) Collum, of Stockbridge, Candy Ferguson, of McDonough and Lance (Denise) Collum, of Locust Grove; grandchildren, Brett Collum, Brittany Ferguson, Leah Stockton, Kyle Ferguson, Chase Collum, Will Stockton, Anna Stockton and Kylie Collum; great granddaughter, Jocelyn Paul; siblings, Marrell Collum, of LaGrange and Lynn Collum Foster, of LaGrange; nieces and nephews. A memorial service for Mr. Collum will be Monday, March 14, at 3 p.m., from the chapel of Haisten Funeral Home. The Rev. Ricky Mosel will officiate. Friends may visit the family, Sunday, from 2 p.m., to 4 p.m., at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Humane Society, 71 Macon Street, McDonough, Ga., 30253, in memory of Mr. Collum. Haisten Funeral Home, McDonough, Ga., (770) 914-8833,

Bivins gives Forest Park offensive spark

DULUTH -- Cydni Bivins was in familar territory, and she added like it Wednesday inside the Arena at Gwinnett Center.

Stone, Paul Edward

Paul Edward Stone Paul Edward Stone, of Hampton, passed away at his home following a short illness with lung cancer. Mr. Stone was born on March 26, 1928, in Elbert, W.Va. He was preceded in death by his parents, Baxter and Annie Mae Hodge Stone; a sister, Juanita Ruth Stone; and a brother, Ralph Stone. He served in the United States Army as a medic, from 1952, until 1954, and was trained as a combat medic to be deployed to Korea. He was a commercial and residential construction contractor for many years, and then worked and retired from Eckerd Drug Company in March of 1997. He was an active member of First Baptist Church Lovejoy, and gave his service willingly in many areas of his church. Paul leaves behind his beloved and devoted wife of 46 years, Martha (Bolton), formerly of Tucker; son, Paul Tankesley, Chaplain, Connecticut; grandchildren, Jamie Fredrickson, of Dallas, Ga., and Joshua Tankesley, of Douglasville; three great-grandchildren, Kayla, Haley and James Fredrickson; brothers, Orville (Shirley) Stone, of Hampton, and Earl Stone, of Gary W.Va.; and several nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends, from 2 to 4 p.m., and 6 to 8 p.m., on Friday, March 11, at Mowell Funeral Home, 180 N. Jeff Davis Drive, Fayetteville, Ga. The service will be in the chapel of Mowell Funeral Home at 1:30 p.m., on Saturday, March 12. Rev. Michael E. Hardin and Rev. Larry Graves will officiate. Interment will be at Floral Hills Memory Gardens, Tucker, Ga., at 3:30 p.m. Flowers accepted or contributions may be made to First Baptist Church Lovejoy WMU, PO Box 579, Lovejoy, Ga., or Eternal Hope Hospice, PO Box 1621, Griffin, Ga. 30224. Carl J. Mowell & Son Funeral Home –

Officials preparing for final SACS visit

In a report approved the county's school board earlier this week, Clayton County Public Schools officials are asserting that the district has met every mandate and requirement handed down, over the last three years, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).