News for Friday, March 11, 2011


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Beads fly, seniors dance at Griswell Center

"Down in New Orleans where the blues was born, it takes a cool cat to blow a horn. On LaSalle and Rampart Street, the combo's there with a mambo beat. The Mardi Gras mambo, mambo, mambo." -- Frankie Adams and Lou Welsch's song, "Mardi Gras Mambo."

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Officials concluding initial plane crash investigation

Federal officials plan to wrap up preliminary investigations this weekend, surrounding a deadly airplane crash in Hampton.

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Historical Jonesboro preparing for annual spaghetti dinner

It may not be a tiny ristorante on a side street in the heart of Roma, Napoli or Firenze, but the Jonesboro Firehouse Museum and Community Center is about to spend one day among the ranks of Italian restaurants around the world.

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No. 2-ranked Clayton State wins 79-54

Top-seeded and No. 2-ranked Clayton State University used a dominating first half to pace the Lakers to a 79-54 quarterfinal victory over eighth-seeded Francis Marion Friday evening in the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional women's basketball tournament in the Athletics and Fitness Center.

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Championship dreams deferred, for now...

There suddenly was an energized moment when the crowd of Forest Park fans at the Arena at Gwinnett Center, on Friday, came back to life, because the Lady Panthers' girls' basketball team had come back to life, too.

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Forest Park can't finish second half comeback, falls to Fayette County in Class AAAA championship

DULUTH -- The Georgia High School Association gives two trophies at the state basketball championships, one for the state champion and one for the runner-up, and the size of each trophy makes it easy to distinguish who gets which one.

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Wynn sparks Forest Park's comeback attempt

DULUTH -- They needed a spark.

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Inspired second half earns Forest Park some respect

DULUTH -- Fayette County made it look so easy in the first half.On the way to a 19-point halftime lead, it seemed as the Georgia High School Association could start engraving the Lady Tigers name on the Class AAAA championship trophy.

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Red Cross to help Japanese earthquake victims

The American Red Cross, a national blood-services organization, is working to respond to blood needs, in the wake of a devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

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Body identified by Clayton County Police

Authorities released the identity of a body that was found outside a Family Dollar store in Clayton County, on Friday.

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ELCA team in High Q semi-final round

Esmat Hanano pounced on a question, during the third round of WSB-TV, Channel 2's High Q competition. The confident 17-year-old figured he was one of few contestants who knew the answer.

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McDonough church hosts annual 'Father-Daughter Dance'

Fatherly love was the focus of an event at a local church, as area dads hit the dance floor with their daughters.

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Say What! 3-12-11

Butts County deputy has tongues wagging

Choosing the right path - Rev. Susan Bennett

The first book of the Bible tells us that the brand new people God created had choices, just as we do

Grace -- God's great love for us - Jim Bell

There are several acronyms for the grace of God, or His love for all mankind. One is Grace = Gods riches at Christ's expense.

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Clayton NAACP member to debut gospel musical

A member of the Clayton County chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is poised to premier a gospel play that she is producing and directing, this weekend.

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Scott: 2011 scholarship applications now available

Congressman David Scott (D-Ga.) recently announced that applications for the 2011 Congressional Black Caucus Scholarships are available online, said a spokesperson for the Office of Congressman David Scott.

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Immigration hold issued for assault suspect

Federal authorities were expected to take a Gwinnett County man into custody, after he allegedly attacked his estranged wife with a knife in Henry County, in an altercation witnessed by two children.

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Henry Chamber promotes regional transportation bill

Government and business leaders in Henry County are working against a fast-approaching deadline, to devise a wish list of transportation projects for the community.

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

Congratulations to Jonesboro High School's mock trial team

Stanfield, Hatley Wallace

Age: 87

Joiner, Lloyd Gregory

Funeral Home: Thomas L. Scroggs Funeral Directors

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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.

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Faith Notes - March 11, 2011


Atlanta airport honored for best concessions

The world's busiest airport was recently recognized for the best U.S. airport concessions program, said a spokesman for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Grace - God's great love for us - Jim Bell

There are several acronyms for the grace of God, or His love for all mankind. One is Grace = Gods riches at Christ's expense.

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.

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.

McDonough church hosts annual 'Father-Daughter Dance'

Fatherly love was the focus of an event at a local church, as area dads hit the dance floor with their daughters.

'Green eggs' and fitness

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

Library system seeks Facebook fans for contest

The Clayton County Library System has entered a national competition that could allow it to obtain various books from the world's best-selling reference brand, according to the virtual services librarian of the Clayton County Library System.

Murray, Erna Edwards

Mrs. Erna Edwards Murray Mrs. Erna Edwards Murray, 97, died on Friday, March 11, 2011, at Golden Crest Assisted Living. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held TODAY (Tuesday, March 15), at 2 p.m., in the sanctuary of Liberty Baptist Tabernacle, in Stockbridge. Pastors Glenn Anderson, Matt Grimes, and Roger Prillhart, will officiate the service. The family will receive friends before the service, beginning at 1:30 p.m. Burial will be private, with family members only. Mrs. Murray was born Jan. 29,1914, in Suwanee, Ga., the oldest daughter of Hampton and Zora Edwards. She was preceded in death by her husband, Marion Murray; her sister, Thena E. Peele, of Tifton, and her brother, Ivan H. Edwards, of Lawrenceville. Erna was a faithful member of Liberty Baptist and a retired employee of Southern Bell. She is survived by two nephews, Ed Peele and Jerry Peele, along with their families. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts be made to Liberty Baptist Tabernacle,1410 Valley Hill Road, Stockbridge, Ga. 30281. Stokes-Southerland Funeral Home of Eastman is in charge of arrangements,