News for Friday, March 4, 2011


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Jonesboro withstands late rally to advance to Final Four

FORT VALLEY -- It wasn't the way Jonesboro coach Dan Maehlman wanted to see his team close the game, but he will take the end results. The fifth-ranked Cardinals were able to weather a sloopy fourth quarter to seal a 64-57 win over Hardaway Friday in the Class AAAA quarterfinals at Fort Valley State University.

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Newcomers help Forest Park get back to semifinals

FORT VALLEY - The minute after the Forest Park girls basketball team lost to Southwest DeKalb in the Class AAAA semifinals last season, expectations were placed on the Lady Panthers, and the pressure to fulfill them began.

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Smith sinks Lovejoy's season

FORT VALLEY - Lovejoy spent two games in the Class AAAA tournament introducing opponents to its brand of frenetic defense, and two ranked teams had no answer for the Wildcats.

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Basketball shines county in brighter light-Derrick Mahone Column

FORT VALLEY -- Three years ago, Clayton County was in disarray.The school system was on the verge of losing its all-important accreditation and parents were looking to move their children out.

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BoJaynes makes healthy impression on deli diners

Top 40s Hits music resounds from the sage green walls of the small delicatessen. Blue collar workers attend the small natural deli-market regularly, though not as frequently as their white collar counterparts, who work near BoJaynes, in downtown McDonough.

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Baby taken from among alleged drug users

An infant was taken from its mother at a Hampton home Thursday. Police removed the child, after allegedly finding cocaine residue, according to police. Two occupants of the residence, including the mother, were arrested.

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Kiwanis donation solidifies wheelchair sports

Wheelchair-bound athletes in Henry County are able to continue feeding their competitive spirit, thanks to a donation from a local organization.

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New Forest Park library to open in 2012

A long-anticipated replacement facility for the Forest Park branch of the Clayton County Library System is close to becoming a reality, the head of the library system has said.

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Henry Rotary helps establish Interact Club

The Henry County Rotary Club is embarking on a partnership that leaders of the organization hope will produce young adult community-minded leaders.

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Insurance commissioner urges clock, battery changes

Time. It is all about time.

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Mundy's Mill moves to 4-0 on baseball diamond

The Mundy's Mill Tigers rolled to a 14-4 victory over Morrow in a game called after six innings.

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Old Towne Morrow takes the cake

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Three promises from God

The Holy Bible, God's Word, tells us in 2nd Chronicles 7:14, "If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear them from Heaven and forgive their sins and heal their land."

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Sparks fly from Forest Park bench

FORT VALLEY - After falling behind 11-7 by the end of the first quarter, Forest Park coach Steven Cole decided his team needed something, and he went looking to his bench to find it.

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No. 1-ranked CSU women set to resume play in Peach Belt tournament

The saga continues for the nation's top-ranked NCAA Division II women's basketball team.

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Clayton State's Robinson, Downs selected first team All-Peach Belt Conference for men's basketball

The Peach Belt Conference announced its postseason honors for men's basketball on Friday, and it was a special night for the Clayton State Lakers.

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Refund opportunity for non-2007 tax filers

Georgia has more than $35 million waiting for its 37,000 residents who did not file their 2007 federal income tax return, according to a spokesperson for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

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Drew basketball team grows up fast-Doug Gorman Column

There's something special happening at Drew.

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Francis returns to sideline as Lovejoy plays in Elite Eight

Wednesday's Class AAAA second round playoff win was very difficult for Lovejoy coach Rick Francis.

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Jonesboro Streetscape work nearing end

The end is seemingly in sight for construction on the first phase of Jonesboro's Streetscape project, the city's Mayor, Luther Maddox, said on Thursday.

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Bright future ahead for Jonesboro athletic programs

Busy preparing his team for today's Class AAAA quarterfinals game against Hardaway, Jonesboro coach Dan Maehlman has had little time to think about the future of his basketball program.

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Hear new interim pasor at First Baptist Morrow

The First Baptist Church of Morrow, a Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF), is inviting the public to hear Dr. Peter Rhea Jones preach at its worship services on Sunday morning, at 11 a.m. Jones is the church's new interim pastor, and serves as Professor of Preaching at McAfee School of Theology, at Mercer University, in Atlanta. The church is located at 1647 Lake Harbin Road, in Morrow. For more information, visit, or call (770) 961-9270.

Mundy's Mill moves to 4-0 on baseball diamond

The Mundy's Mill Tigers rolled to a 14-4 victory over Morrow in a game called after six innings.

Locust Grove's 'Mardi Growl' set for Saturday

"Laissez les bon paws roulez," some may be saying in downtown Locust Grove Saturday, during the first "Mardi Growl" event.

Seventy-seven-year-old had passion for justice

Editor's note: This article was started before Chuck Driebe's death earlier this week. He was interviewed for it, and was looking forward to it. Unfortunately, he died before it was published. He died March 1, at Emory Hospital. This is, however, not an obituary, but a reflection on his long, productive and impactful life. For many, it will be a remembrance of a remarkable man.

Adamson unsure about longer school day

Clayton County Board of Education Chairperson Pamela Adamson said on Thursday that she still needs to be convinced to get behind the idea of cutting 37 days from Clayton Schools academic calendar, while tacking two extra hours onto each school day.

ELCA's Burton named Henry's top student

Denver Alexandra Burton, a senior at Eagle's Landing Christian Academy (ELCA), said she was surprised, and happy, to receive a county-wide distinction for her academic accomplishments.

Myers, Doris Ketterer

Doris Ketterer Myers, age 73, of Jackson, went home to be with the Lord on March 4, 2011 at Spalding Regional Medical Center in Griffin. She was born in Pennsylvania June 19, 1937, daughter of the late Robert Paul Ketterer and Bertha Rieneer Ketterer. She and her husband, Ralph, had resided in Decatur, Tucker, Chamblee and Cumming, before moving to Jackson. She had been employed by Colonial Stores, Big Star and Ingles before her retirement. Doris was a devout Christian woman, a member of Bible Baptist Church in Jackson. She was actively supportive of missions. She loved cooking, practical jokes, and was very artistic. Survivors include her loving husband of 55 years, Ralph T. Myers; children, Dennis and Teresa Myers, Ted and Debbie Myers, Robert and Nancy Myers; adopted son, Jim Lowery; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a 13-year-old son, Donald Ray Myers, in 1973. She is also survived by her devoted dog, Misty. Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 8 at 11 a.m., at the Bible Baptist Church in Jackson. Pastor Nathan Dorsey officiated. Interment was in Floral Hills Memory Gardens in Tucker. The family received friends at the funeral home Monday from 1 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, those desiring may make a memorial contribution to Bible Baptist Church Missions, 413 Brookwood Ave., Jackson, Ga., 30233. Those wanting to read the obituary and sign the online guest book may go to Haisten Funeral Home of Jackson, your locally owned funeral home, was in charge of the arrangements.

Arrest made in slaying at Econo Lodge

One of two suspects in a robbery-homicide at the Econo Lodge hotel in Jonesboro, last month, has been arrested, according to Clayton County police.

Bovines tops among nation's Angus cattle

Two Angus cows graze daily on a 262-acre farm in Hampton, Ga., oblivious that they have been ranked among the nation's top bovines.

Locals named to governor's education advisory board

Henry County schoolteacher, Amy Steele, and school board vice chairman, Erik Charles, will each hold posts as education advisors to Gov. Nathan Deal. They join Clayton County's Superintendent of Schools, Edmond T. "Ed" Heatley, and schoolteacher, Jai-Sun Bolden, on the governor's list of advisors for this year.