News for Tuesday, May 10, 2011


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A timeless love story

International music superstar Elton John is coming to Clayton County. Well, it's actually just some of the music he wrote with lyricist Tim Rice that's coming to the county.

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Clayton County police chief also theft victim

Thieves stole Clayton County Police Chief Greg Porter's gun, badge and other items from his personal vehicle about seven weeks ago, the chief confirmed Tuesday night.

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Lampl ousted from Morrow City Council seat

In front of an unusually large audience, on Tuesday, the Morrow City Council unanimously voted to ratify a three-member hearing panel's recommendation to remove City Councilman John Lampl from office.

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Riverdale teen meets wrestler in dream trip

Favaughn Germaine is bound to be the envy of other teenage boys after meeting not only a pro wrestler in Florida, but a parliament of "Hooters"-- the buxom kind that serves hot wings and tends to put a smile on an adolescent's face.

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Gambling, food fight lead to arrests at school

Clayton County Police arrested 10 Lovejoy High School students, including two who were pepper-sprayed, during two separate incidents at the school on Tuesday, according to a Clayton County police spokesman.

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Datebook 5-11-11

Southern Regional to host diabetes support group

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Leave it to the beavers

David McCloud spent much of his childhood in Bessemer, Ala. In the working class suburb of Birmingham, Ala., he earned his stripes as an ardent University of Alabama football fan, and as an outdoorsman.

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Man beaten in McDonough parking lot

A Forest Park man said he expects to undergo surgery today, to wire his mouth shut, and put a metal plate in his cheek, following a beating outside a McDonough restaurant.

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Southern Crescent dry, South Georgia in drought

Flooding continues to plague the Mississippi River Valley, delivering a painful blow to residents in Memphis, Tenn., where the Mississippi River was reported to have crested at nearly 48 feet on Tuesday. The Associated Press reported that the flood level fell just short of an all-time record.

Why smart shoppers collect inserts - Jill Cataldo

When I tell people I'm an avid coupon shopper, I think many of them immediately get a mental image of a harried mom shuffling through hundreds of loose bits of paper in the checkout lane.

Burn this letter - Peter Funt

Dear President Obama: Here's a small piece of advice. But whatever you do, please don't cite this letter in your next speech.

GHSA approves additional classification

Changes coming to high school regions and classifications

School year filled with plenty of memories

Column by Derrick Mahone

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Clayton State offers track camp in June

Summer camp time

Albritton, James D.

Age: 76

Master Gardeners host plant sale fund-raiser

The Henry County Master Gardeners is preparing for its 11th Spring Plant Sale/Clinic fund-raising event.

Cavazos, Herlinda

Age: 57

Gignilliat, Wanda Ann

Wanda Ann Gignilliat, 54, of Forest Park, died Tuesday, May 10, 2011. West Georgia Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Essex, Matthew David "Matt"

Matthew David “Matt” Essex, 36, of Dacula, Ga., died suddenly on May 10, 2011. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 14, at 4 p.m., at Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel. The Rev. Duke Forrester will officiate. The family will receive friends on Saturday, from 3 p.m., to 4 p.m., at the funeral home. Matt is survived by his children, Destiny Essex, David Essex, and Danielle Essex, of McDonough; parents, Tom and Margie Essex, of Clarksville; brother and sister-in-law, Mark and Tonya Essex, of Bethlehem; grandmother, Reba Foskey, of Savannah; two nieces and one nephew. Matt was born on February 1, 1975, in Ypsilanti, Mich., and became a lifelong resident of the Metro Atlanta area. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, and a member of Hebron Baptist Church. Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel, (770) 945-6924, is in charge of arrangements. Share memories of Matt at