News for Friday, March 18, 2011


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Georgia knocked out of NCAA

After traveling all this way for the NCAA tournament, Washington is going to stick around a little while longer.

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Mundy's Mill quick start gets state-wide notice

After a couple outfielders kept missing the cut-off throw during Thursday's workouts, Mundy's Mill coach Patrick Smith stopped practice to give a short, but to the point lecture.

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Four to be honored by Tipoff Club

Four Southern Crescent basketball players were chosen to the Atlanta Tipoff Club's all-metro team.

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National Archives celebrates Civil War anniversary

It has been almost 150 years since Confederate soldiers bombarded Union forces at Fort Sumter, in Charleston, S.C., April 12-14, 1861, leading the United States to go to war with itself.

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Officials urge vaccination against measles

Recent reports of measles cases occurring throughout the U.S., has spurred the Georgia Department of Community Health's (DCH) Division of Public Health to encourage members of the public to make sure their vaccinations are up-to-date.

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Riverdale man faces cruelty, deprivation changes

A Riverdale man allegedly deprived children -- with whom he reportedly lived -- "of necessary sustenance, to the extent that their health and well-being was jeopardized," according to a Sept. 27, 2010 police report on seemingly squalid living conditions at a home on Beaver Trail, in Riverdale.

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Henry launches major soccer complex

Young soccer enthusiasts in Henry County now have a central location in which to gather and play, thanks to the local government's Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) program.

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Supreme Court tosses death sentence

The Georgia Supreme Court has thrown out the death sentence for a Clayton County man but upheld his murder conviction.

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Teen arrested for daylight burglary

A McDonough teenager was given a $15,000 bond Friday by Henry County Magistrate Court Judge Robert Godwin, for allegedly stealing electronic equipment from a Stockbridge home.

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Initial report released on Hampton plane crash

No major in-flight mechanical failures have been found from the March 8 plane crash in Hampton. Witnesses said the aircraft struggled to gain altitude and airspeed, and stalled prior to plunging into a wooded marsh area. Two were killed.

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Stockbridge couple enter pleas in federal court

A Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer has pleaded guilty in federal district court to smuggling guns and drug money through Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

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Say WHAT?! - Curfew sanctions draw interest

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Reconciliation to God Who needs it? - Susan Bennett

Ever have a moment when a passage of scripture just reaches out and grabs you? Many years ago, I had a moment like that with these verses from II Corinthians 5:

Suppose today was your last day to live ... - James C. Bell

If today was your last day, and you knew you would die at midnight, what would you do, how would you spend your last day on earth?

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Woman found disoriented, faces drug charge

A Jonesboro woman was arrested Friday, after she was found "disoriented" in the McDonough Walmart.

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Mundy's Mill quick start gets state-wide notice

After a couple outfielders kept missing the cut-off throw during Thursday's workouts, Mundy's Mill coach Patrick Smith stopped practice to give a short, but to the point lecture.

Sharpe, Mary

Age: 82

McWilliams, Bonnie

Age: 87

Saunders, Jr., William G. “Bill”

Age: 64

Mann, Fannie Marchelle

Age: 49

Moran, Jody

Age: 51

Couch, Mary Frances Allen

Mary Frances Allen Couch, age 82, formerly of Jackson and Buford, died Friday, March 18, 2011 at the Embracing Hospice Care in Snellville. She was born in Plant City, Fla., Aug. 24, 1928, daughter of the late Erastus Duke Allen and Emma Ben Allen. She was wife of the late Lee Andrew Couch, Jr. She was a graduate of Jackson High School in the class of 1946 and was retired from AT&T following over 20 years of service. Survivors include her daughters, Janet McQuarrie, of Collierville, Tenn., and Jennifer Petters, of Suwanee; son, Stephen A. Couch, of Madison; grandchildren, Stephen A. Couch, Jr., Elaine Evans, Alison Boyer, Web Couch, Jonathan McQuarrie, Caitlin McQuarrie, Matthew Petters and Nathaniel Petters; eight great-grandchildren; sister, Margaret A. Grainger, of Baton Rouge, La.; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Among them locally are cousins, Dr. Ben Wright and Miriam Duffey of Jackson. Funeral services will be Saturday, March 26 at 2 p.m., in the chapel of Haisten Funeral Home in Jackson. Dr. Ben Wright will officiate with interment in the Jackson City Cemetery. Friends may visit the family at the funeral home one hour prior to the service on Saturday. Those desiring may read the obituary and sign the online guest registry by going to Haisten Funeral Home of Jackson, your locally owned funeral home, is in charge of the arrangements.

Bloodworth, Clifford

Clifford Bloodworth Clifford Bloodworth, 74, of Rex, died March 18, 2011.