News for Tuesday, May 3, 2011

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Jonesboro leaders weighing Sunday alcohol sales

The Jonesboro City Council is scheduled to vote next week on whether a referendum on Sunday alcohol sales should be placed on the city's Nov. 8 municipal elections ballot, city leaders have said.

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Baseball Playoffs

Local teams ready for postseason

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Study Day: CSU pupils preparing for final exams

Some Clayton State University students spent Tuesday pouring over their class notes one last time. Others had their noses nearly buried in textbooks, re-reading passages that they had already gone over earlier in the semester, in their classes. Yet another group reviewed course work on laptop computers.

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Accused killer told son, 'My life is over'

A Pakistani-born, Jonesboro man, accused of strangling his daughter in July 2008, ordered his oldest son to come home the night she died, telling him, "My life is over," the son testified Tuesday afternoon.

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Community to gather for 'Day of Prayer'

An annual breakfast will bring local residents, officials, ministers and others together in prayer, in hopes of improving Clayton County and its quality of life.

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Fund-raisers help families with health crises

In one family, a child is in need of a kidney transplant. In another, a wife undergoes chemotherapy for breast cancer. Both families are struggling financially under the weight of the economic recession.

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Mother charged after crashing into house

A Hampton woman, who served a probated sentence less than two years ago for driving without a valid license and insurance, faces new charges after driving her van into a house while taking her kids to the bus stop Tuesday morning.

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BOC accepts Delta fuel donation for police

A donation from the airline that loves to fly may help the Clayton County Police Department's Aviation Unit stay in the air.

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Datebook 5-4-11

Riverdale hosts 'Fiesta de Riverdale' Thursday

Couponers, put down your scissors! - Jill Cataldo

Jill Cataldo saves hundreds on groceries by making the most of the common coupon. You can, too.

Historic moment - Jason A. Smith

I've lived through a few historic moments in my life.

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Maehlman is a throwback to old school coaching

Derrick Mahone Column

Comfort Foord (And a coupon) - Martha Rudolph Carr

For awhile in 2005, I carried around a white, cotton handkerchief that was worn soft from use after my father, Dabney, died suddenly and quietly at the age of 81. The handkerchiefs were a small connection back to him that I could hold up against my cheek and feel his presence once again.

Snooze control - Peter Funt

A hastily completed study by the FAA has resulted in new operational rules for the nation's airports, where air-traffic controllers have been falling asleep in unprecedented numbers.

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SWEET 16! Clayton State downs Columbus State in NCAA Division II

No. 12-ranked Lakers return to "Sweet 16" for second straight season

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Fund-raiser to benefit A Friend's House

Organizers anticipate a crowd of at least a thousand people to turn out for the 10th Annual Taste of Henry fund-raising event.

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Community to gather for 'Day of Prayer'

An annual breakfast will bring local residents, officials, ministers and others together in prayer, in hopes of improving Clayton County and its quality of life.

Cox, “Chef” Ray Kenneth

“Chef” Ray Kenneth Cox “Chef” Ray Kenneth Cox passed away on May 2, after a lengthy illness. Kenny, as his family called him, was born in Lavonia, Ga., on his grandfather’s farm, but lived all of his childhood in Rome, Ga., graduating from West Rome High School, in 1960. From an early age, he watched his mother cook at the Forrest Soda Shop, learning techniques and recipes that would delight generations to come. He spent four years serving as an MP in the Air Force, while stationed in Oklahoma and Alabama. After his military service, he attended Berry College, earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology. He worked at General Electric with a woman who wanted to bring him home to meet her daughter, Diane Crane. Ray Cox married that daughter in October, 1970, and they welcomed a son, Andrew, in 1974. After moving to Atlanta, he worked at Gulf Atlantic and Southern Bonded, and ended his career as an auditor with the state of Georgia in 2008. He told everyone that he retired so that he could be a grandfather, and he took on that responsibility with the birth of his grandson, William, in August 2009. Only the most special and caring 67-year-old man would take on the diapering and feeding of a six-week-old baby. He did it with a twinkle in his eye, and a smile on his face, as he sang his grandson to sleep with gospel tunes every day. He was a member of Morrow First United Methodist Church for 35 years, working as a youth counselor for many years, serving as their cook for a variety of functions and even finding time to head their drama troupe with his wife, and fellow church members. He never met an enemy, nor a person who did not love his chili dogs, chicken and dumplings, macaroni and cheese, or country fried steak. He was preceded in death by his parents, Cordia Smith Cox and William Hughes Cox and older brother, William Thomas "Tommy" Cox. Survivors include his wife, Diane Cox; son, John Andrew Cox; daughter-in-law, Anna Wiley Cox; grandson, William Henry Cox; brother, Brendel Cox; sister-in-law, Kay Cox and a host of cousins, nieces, and nephews. Visitation will be at 10 a.m., with a memorial service to follow at 11 a.m., on May 21, at Morrow First United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be sent to Morrow First in Morrow, Ga., or to the Clayton County Humane Society in Jonesboro, Ga.

Rogers, Frances Anne

Age: 66

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Murder trial expected to start today

A jury has been selected, and testimony is expected to begin this morning, in the trial of a Pakistani man accused of strangling his adult daughter, who allegedly wanted out of her arranged marriage.

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Accused killer told son, 'My life is over'

A Pakistani-born, Jonesboro man, accused of strangling his daughter in July 2008, ordered his oldest son to come home the night she died, telling him, "My life is over," the son testified Tuesday afternoon.

Johnson, William G.

William G. Johnson Mr. William G. Johnson, 94, of Jonesboro, passed away Tuesday, May 3, 2011. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn; children, Milton Johnson, Harold Johnson, Marion Johnson, Jeanette Seubert, Bobby Johnson, M. Leon Johnson, Austin Johnson and Thomas Johnson; sister, Mattie Lou Cowder, of Middleboro, Fla.; grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Friday, May 6, at 11 a.m., in the Ford-Stewart Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be at First Baptist Church of Riverdale’s cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday, May 5, from 6 p.m., to 8 p.m., at the funeral home. Ford-Stewart Funeral Home, Inc. Jonesboro/Stockbridge is in charge of arrangements, (770) 210-2700, www.fordstewartfuneralhome.com.

Tilby, SFC James Larry Jr.

Graveside services for SFC James Larry Tilby, Jr., U.S. Army, 44, who entered into rest May 3, 2011, will be conducted Saturday morning at 11 a.m., in the Sunset Memory Gardens with Full Military Honors. Pastor James K. Glander will officiate. SFC Tilby was a native of Aiken County, having made Hampton, Ga., his home for the past four years. He was currently serving in the U.S. Army with the Army Ground Forces Band, Ft. McPherson, Ga., with 22 years of service. SFC Tilby was an accomplished musician, who had performed with Army bands in 34 countries. He was a loving husband and father, who enjoyed cooking, and planned to become a chef upon retirement from the Army. SFC Tilby was of the Lutheran faith and was a member of the Henry A. Green Lodge #250 F&AM, Lakewood, Wash. Survivors include his wife of nine years. Rose G. Tilby; four sons, James A. Tilby, of Edisto Beach, S.C., Christian E. Tilby, of Florence, S.C., Kharl D. Tilby, and James L. "Trey" Tilby, III, both of Hampton; daughter, Aria K. Tilby, of Hampton; parents, Larry and Tilby, Sr., of Edisto Beach, SC; brother and sister-in-law, Jeff and Victoria Tilby, of North Augusta. Honorary Pallbearers will be members of the Army Ground Forces Band. Ft. McPherson, Ga. The family received friends at the funeral home Friday evening, from 6 p.m., to 8 p.m. Memorials may be made to Army Emergency Relief, Attn: Donations, 200 Stovall Street, Room 5-N-13, Alexandria, Va. 22332-0600, or to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1002 Carolina Ave., North Augusta, S.C. 29841. Posey Funeral Directors of North Augusta is in charge of arrangements, (803-278-1181). Visit the registry online at www.poseyfuneraldirectors.com.

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Price of gas to continue climb

Customers still buy 2-liter sodas for just under $1.50. The 3-pack of soap bars is $1.99, while a large can of disinfectant spray is $3.99, and most candies and snacks are priced under $2. Those prices have remained the same for months.

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Fund-raiser to benefit A Friend's House

Organizers anticipate a crowd of at least a thousand people to turn out for the 10th Annual Taste of Henry fund-raising event.

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Southwest's acquisition of AirTran celebrated

A roaring crowd of more than 1,000 people filled the AirTran Airways Maintenance Hangar at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, on Monday.

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