News for Wednesday, May 11, 2011


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Arts Clayton features photography winner in new show

Griffin-based photographer, Melissa Holcomb, said she was surprised last fall when she was announced as the winner of Arts Clayton's juried photography competition.

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Clayton boasts gains on writing assessment

The number of Clayton County fifth-graders who are meeting or exceeding state writing standards has gone up by 10 percentage points since 2007, figures provided by the school system show.

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Clayton water authority plants take top honors

Sometimes bacteria are good.

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David is a 5 year old orange tabby Domestic Shorthair.

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April is a 5 month old Dachshund/Chihuahua mix.

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Clayton Schools to host second budget hearing

Clayton County Public Schools is scheduled to hold its second public hearing on the district's proposed fiscal year 2012 budget on Thursday, May 12, at 5:30 p.m., at the Clayton County Public Schools Central Administration Complex, at 1058 Fifth Ave., in Jonesboro.

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Relay' to raise money for cancer research

Supporters will gather to remember those lost to cancer, and celebrate those who are surviving it.

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Fugitive squad finds suspected armed robber in Atlanta

The Clayton County Sheriff's Office Fugitive Squad, this week, rounded up the last suspect sought in a string of armed robberies that terrorized Lovejoy business owners in late 2010.

Postal workers to hold food drive

Mail carriers in the Southern Crescent will pull double duty this weekend, by delivering mail while collecting food and other items to feed hungry families.

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Henry Relay fund-raiser surpasses goal

Henry County Relay for Life has surpassed its goal of raising $315,000 this year for cancer research and awareness.

Obama gets Osama - Will Durst

Pull the banner out of storage and string it back across the aircraft carrier. Because this time, Mission Really Accomplished. Barack bested bin Laden. Obama got Osama.

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Track Divas

The Class AAAA 100 and 200-meters championship will likely go through the Southern Crescent with three top runners from the area competing in the state meet. All season, Dutchtown's Ciara Simms and Briana Vaughn of Union Grove have battled in Region 3-AAAA and Henry County. Jonesboro sophomore sensation S'Kayia Hampton dominated in Clayton County, but will be in the mix this weekend when the thresome battle for AAAA supremcy at Hugh Mills Stadium in Albany. Qualifying is set for Friday with the top eight runners in each event returning Saturday for the finals. Staff writer Derrick Mahone takes a look at the three competitors.

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Clayton State advances in NCAA Division II Women's Tennis

From Staff ReportsThe magical run continued for the Clayton State Laker women's tennis team on Wednesday as the Lakers took the first step towards a possible NCAA Division II National Championship.

Appling, Sr., David L.

Age: 62

Mayo, Payton C.

Age: 84

Waldrip, Rhoda Lee

Rhoda Lee Waldrip, 74, of McDonough, passed away Wednesday. She is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law, Sharon and Tom Israel, Jenny and Jack Bryan and Kathleen and Pat Cochran; two sons and daughters-in-law, Stuart and Jennifer Waldrip and Willis and Vickie Wade; five grandchildren and six great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph F. Waldrip; and parents, Clarence and Caddie Tulley Ponder. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, May 14, at 2 p.m., in the chapel of Horis A. Ward-Fairview Chapel, with Pastor Don Riley officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Hills Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday, May 13, from 4 p.m., to 8 p.m. Horis A. Ward-Fairview Chapel, 376 Fairview Rd., Stockbridge, Ga. 30281, (770) 474-1231 is in charge of arrangements.

Kitchens, Clomer Lucious

Mr. Clomer Lucious Kitchens, age 90, of Jackson, died Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at Grady Memorial Hospital. He was born Dec. 18, 1920 in Covington, son of the late Lucious Oliver and Ozella Parker Kitchens. Mr. Kitchens served in the U.S. Army in World War II in Germany and France. He was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church and enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and spending time with his family. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Gail and Titus Greene, of Shelby, N.C.; two grandsons, Rusty and Andy Greene, and several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife, Betty Thaxton Kitchens, he was preceded in death by three brothers and one sister. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Friday, May 13, at Sherrell Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Lane Sanders officiating. Interment was at Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery. The family received friends at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday evening. Those who wish may sign the online guest registry at Sherrell Funeral Home was in charge of the funeral arrangements.

Watkins, Sarah Lunsford

Sarah Lunsford Watkins, age 93, of Smyrna, died May 11, 2011. Funeral arrangements by Castellaw Funeral Home.

White, Darin Jay

Mr. Darin Jay White, 42, of Hampton, passed away on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at Henry Medical Center. Mr. White was born on Aug. 26, 1968, in Atlanta. He is survived by his wife, Shawn White; daughters, Alanna and Hannah White; parents, Juan and Mary Jo White; sister, Kim Willis; brother, Joel White. Funeral services will be conducted on Monday, May 16, at 11a.m., in the Chapel of Conner-Westbury Funeral Home. The Rev. John Keenan and Dr. Buddy Perstrope will officiate. Interment will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery. Friends may visit the family on Sunday, May 15, from 1 to 3 p.m., and from 5 to 7p.m., at the funeral home. Conner-Westbury Funeral Home, 1891 West McIntosh Road, Griffin, is in charge of arrangements,