News for Saturday, March 12, 2011


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CSU to meet Lander in rematch for Southeast Regional championship

The Clayton State Lakers (31-1) and Lander Bearcats (29-3) will meet Monday night for the second time this season.

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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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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. Forcing turnover after turnover, erasing a 19-point half-time deficit, it looked at as if Forest Park might turn the dream of many excited supporters into the teams' first state championship since 1970.

Stanfield, Hatley Wallace

Age: 87

Calloway, Rita

Mrs. Rita Calloway, 88, of McDonough, passed away March 12, 2011. She was born in Mobile, Ala., to the late Joseph Harris and Mary Gerichivich Renteria. Her husband of 45 years, Louie Wayman Calloway, Sr., preceded her in death. Rita was a parishioner of St. James the Apostle Catholic Church, and enjoyed tending to her house plants. Survivors include her son, Louie Calloway, of Hemphill, Texas; best friend, Mary Binkley, of McDonough; niece, Jeannie Starr, of Jonesboro. A funeral mass will be held Thursday, March 17, at 10:30 a.m., at the St. James the Apostle Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Haisten/Eastlawn Memorial Park. Friends may visit the family Wednesday, from 6 p.m., to 8 p.m., at the funeral home. Contributions are asked to be made to St. James the Apostle Catholic Church, in memory of Rita. Haisten Funeral Home, 1745 Zack Hinton Parkway South, McDonough, Ga. 30253, is in charge of arrangements, (770) 914-8833,

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.

Griffin, Mr. Danny Ray

Mr. Danny Ray Griffin Mr. Danny Ray Griffin, 58, of Jonesboro, passed away, March 12, 2011. He is survived by his wife, Martha; children; Jason Griffin, of McDonough, Mason Griffin, of Jonesboro; brothers, Ricky Lee (Carolyn) Griffin, of Stockbridge, Mike Guy Griffin, of Mississippi; sister; Vicki Lynn (Bric) Godfrey, of Jonesboro. Memorial services will be held TODAY (Tuesday, March 15), at 7:30 p.m., in the chapel of Ford-Stewart Funeral Home. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service, at the funeral home. The Rev. Larry Phillips will officiate. Ford-Stewart Funeral Home, Inc., Jonesboro/Stockbridge, (770( 210-2700,

Cook, Carolyn Clark

Carolyn Clark Cook, former longtime resident of Jackson, died Saturday, March 12, 2011 in Jefferson City, Tenn. She was born in Butts County July 19, 1924, daughter of the late Willie Albert Clark and Carrie Estella Biles Clark. She was a graduate of Jackson High School. She was wife of the late Winfred A. “Rusty” Cook, who died Sept. 10, 1997. She was employed by the old Pepperton Cotton Mill and Avondale Mills before retirement. She was a member of the Second Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school for over 25 years. Ms. Carolyn was a “people person” and many will remember her for her love and wit. She was a columnist for the Jackson Progress-Argus for many years, compiling the East Jackson News. She was a longtime member of the Jackson Business and Professional Women’s Organization and loved to attend its meetings, conventions and picnics. Ms. Carolyn loved flowers, cooking and fishing. Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and William Whitworth, of Jefferson City, Tenn.; son, Harry Cook; adopted son, Terry Kitchens; grandchildren, Bill and Amie Whitworth and daughter, Aubrey, Kari and Scott Whaley and son, Franklin, Amy and Zach Whitworth, Lauren Kitchens and daughter Hayden Kitchens, Whitney and C.J. Berry and children, Jasmine, Elise and Maya. She was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Clark, and sisters, Anne Mason and Marlene Morgan. The family received friends Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home. A private graveside service was held Saturday for the family. Those desiring may make a memorial contribution to the Georgia Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, 41 Perimeter Center East, Suite 550, Atlanta, Ga., 30346. You may read the obituary and sign the online guest register by signing in to Haisten Funeral Home of Jackson, your locally owned funeral home, is in charge of arrangements.

Say What! 3-12-11

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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.

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."