News for Thursday, March 17, 2011

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Seniors celebrate St. Patrick's Day

Decorations that included leprechauns, clovers and pots of gold were dispersed throughout the dining area of a local senior center. Seniors wearing green began to line-dance to songs such as the "Cha-cha Slide," "Cupid Shuffle," by Cupid, and "I'm Alive," by Celine Dion.

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Grand jury indicts Clayton Sheriff's spokesperson

A Clayton County Sheriff's deputy was indicted by a grand jury, on Thursday, on charges of "unlawful eavesdropping and surveillance, which invades the privacy of another" and "obstruction of a law enforcement officer," according to copies of the indictments.

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Jonesboro officials say Party Hall 'a problem'

Owners of a business largely blamed for recent changes to the City of Jonesboro's curfew ordinance, claimed they were going to host seemingly innocuous events, such as weddings, anniversaries and reunions, when they sought their business license, according to a city official.

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Morrow Presbyterian Church holds 'Book and Bake Sale'

Morrow Presbyterian Church is having its annual Scones and Fables Book and Bake Sale, on Saturday, March 19, from 10 a.m., to 3 p.m. Book donations are encouraged.

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Authorities investigate Forest Park warehouse fire

The Forest Park Department of Fire and Emergency Services extinguished 20-foot flames that were above the roof line of a warehouse, in Forest Park, on Thursday morning, at about 5:40 a.m., said a public information officer for the department.

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Local athletes honored for academic achievement

Thursday night at Charles Drew High School, senior athletes from Clayton County were honored for academic achievement.

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Craig Neal could be missing link for Tech basketball

It seems like everybody has put their two cents in regarding the state of the Georgia Tech basketball team.

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Potbelly stove generates heat, conversation

The aroma of a welcoming fire filled the air in Locust Grove, as patrons and employees at Warren Holder Equipment sat in rocking chairs by a charcoal-gray, potbelly stove.

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Students prep for graduation test

Moyosore Akintunde said she has grown more confident in recent weeks, preparing for the upcoming Georgia High School Graduation Test (GHSGT).

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Hampton festival to usher in springtime

The City of Hampton is announcing the onset of spring by hosting its "3rd Annual Yellow Pollen Street Festival," on Saturday.

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East Lake students show support for Japan

The small strips of red construction paper, looped and linked together in a chain, represented the school's support of relief efforts underway in disaster-stricken Japan.

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Art competition winners revealed Saturday

The winners of a much anticipated annual art competition for high school students will be announced this Saturday.

Every day St. Patrick's Day for the Irish - Curt Yeomans

I know, I know, it is a day late for a St. Patrick's Day piece.

What happened to NASCAR - Ronda Rich

Since I once called the garage area of the NASCAR Cup Series "home," working in the sport for several years as one of few women among hundreds of men, folks often ask my opinion on today's NASCAR.

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Morrow Presbyterian Church holds 'Book and Bake Sale'

Morrow Presbyterian Church is having its annual Scones and Fables Book and Bake Sale, on Saturday, March 19, from 10 a.m., to 3 p.m. Book donations are encouraged. The public is invited to come, browse through the books available, have a BBQ lunch and buy some special home-baked goods. The event will help to support the church's Relay for Life Team, to help fight cancer. For more information, call the church office at (770) 961-5444.

Maddox, Martha "Mammie"

Martha "Mammie" Maddox passed away on March 17, 2011. A memorial service will be held at a later date. She is survived by her husband, Preston Maddox, of Barnesville; daughters, Nikki Cantrell, of Locust Grove; son, Pres Maddox, of Locust Grove; sisters, Roberta Whitley, of Lawrenceville, Helen Gibson, of Elizabeth City, N.C.; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; numerous nieces and nephews. Thomas L. Scroggs Funeral Directors, Morrow, Ga., (770) 961-2828.

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Seniors celebrate St. Patrick's Day

Decorations that included leprechauns, clovers and pots of gold were dispersed throughout the dining area of a local senior center. Seniors wearing green began to line-dance to songs such as the "Cha-cha Slide," "Cupid Shuffle," Cupid, and "I'm Alive," Celine Dion.

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Disaster-response donors urged to use care

Individuals who wish to donate to disaster-relief efforts, following the recent earthquake and tsunami that devastated much of Japan and the surrounding areas should make sure the charity, or relief organizations are legitimate and reputable, said Fred Elsberry, Jr., president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau Serving Metro Atlanta, Athens & Northeast Georgia.

Thomas, Martha Couch

Martha Couch Thomas, 86, of McDonough, died Thursday, March 17, 2011. She was born in Atlanta, to Snowden H., and Ollie Lawler Couch. Mrs. Thomas also was preceded in death by her husband, Gabriel L. Thomas, and her brother, Jack Couch. She is survived by her daughter, Marsha Thomas, of McDonough; son, Wayne Thomas, of Seneca, S.C.; grandchildren, Brian Hammock, of Decatur, Ga., Tommy Hammock, of Stockbridge; great-grandaughter, Elizabeth Belle Hammock, of Woodstock; brother, Mack Couch, of Clarksville, and several nieces and a nephew. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, March 19, at 2 p.m., at the Salem Baptist Church Cemetery, with the Rev. Jim Van Winkle and the Rev. Dan McKay officiating. Interment will follow at Salem Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday, March 18, from 5 p.m., to 8 p.m., at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Vitas Hospice Care, 1575 Northside Drive, N.W., Suite 375, Atlanta, Ga. 30318, or Benton House, 201 Evergreen Terrace, Stockbridge, Ga. 30281. Those who wish, may sign the online guest registry at www.cannonclevelandfunerals.com. Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements, (770) 914-1414.

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Grand jury indicts Clayton Sheriff's spokesperson

A Clayton County Sheriff's deputy was indicted a grand jury, on Thursday, on charges of "unlawful eavesdropping and surveillance, which invades the privacy of another" and "obstruction of a law enforcement officer," according to copies of the indictments.

Every day St. Patrick's Day for the Irish - Curt Yeomans

I know, I know, it is a day late for a St. Patrick's Day piece.

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Jonesboro officials say Party Hall 'a problem'

Owners of a business largely blamed for recent changes to the City of Jonesboro's curfew ordinance, claimed they were going to host seemingly innocuous events, such as weddings, anniversaries and reunions, when they sought their business license, according to a city official.

Montgomery, Keith C.

Mr. Keith C. Montgomery, 63, of McDonough, passed away March 17, 2011. He was born in Lima, Ohio, to Nellie Lietz Montgomery and the late Warren Clay Montgomery. Keith served his country in the United States Air Force, from 1966 to 1970, and the United States Army, from 1979 to 1983. He served in the Vietnam War, and is a member of the VFW. He retired after 20 years with the Clayton County Sheriff’s Department. Keith was a member of Teamon Baptist Church, where he was a member of the choir. He also was an avid golfer. Survivors include his loving wife, Sandra Montgomery, of McDonough; sons, Troy Montgomery, of Toledo, Ohio, and Tony Montgomery, of Wapakoneta, Ohio; granddaughter, December Sky Montgomery; mother, Nellie Montgomery, of Wapakoneta, Ohio; sisters, Janet Montgomery Barber, of St. Mary’s Ohio, and Sandra Montgomery Blair, of Florida; brother, Kenneth Montgomery, of Missouri; four stepchildren and 10 step-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, March 20, at 2 p.m., from the Chapel of Haisten Funeral Home. The Rev. William Stokes will officiate. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens in College Park. Friends may visit the family Saturday, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home. Contributions are asked to be made to Sacred Journey Hospice, or Caring Bridge, in memory of Keith. Haisten Funeral Home, 1745 Zack Hinton Parkway South, McDonough, Ga. 30253, is in charge of arrangements, (770) 914-8833, haistenfunerals.com.

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