News for Tuesday, May 31, 2011


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Schools budget advances, despite legal challenge

The Clayton County Board of Education moved forward with its planned budget for 2012, despite a recent complaint filed against the school system in federal court.

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Bank of America in contempt over vacant house

One of the largest banks in the world has been found in contempt in Riverdale City Court, accruing a $500-a-day fine that is approaching $20,000, and is at risk of having one of its branch managers jailed for failing to comply with an order from the judge, the city attorney said Tuesday.

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Snap Fitness in Stockbridge expands facility

Jermaine Botts was breaking a sweat on the treadmill at the Stockbridge Snap Fitness Center.

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CSU track camp ready to take off

Clayton State University's new Track Camp is on its mark in the starting block, and it's ready to go, but it's not too late to sign up as a participant, the school has announced.

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School Notebook - 6-1-11

Percussionist Douglas at Headquarters Library

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Clayton neighborhood stabilization office to host housing fair

Clayton County's Office of Neighborhood Stabilization has announced it will host a "County Housing Fair" on Saturday, in Forest Park.

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Local teens seek Eagle Scout status

Area scouts are making an immediate impression on the world around them, nearby and abroad.

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Free class offers financial advice

With small businesses struggling in a shaky economy, free professional advice can be a godsend.

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Stock up for bigger savings - Jill Cataldo

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

Jersey Thunder jet car part of entertainment at AMS

Summer fun at AMS

Summer: Day One - Will Durst

Forget the almanac. And the calendar. Forget whatever the weatherman or the newspaper or the next-door neighbor with the hair growing out of a mole shaped like the state of Delaware on his nose told you.

It's a runner's world - Martha Carr

I've taken up running outdoors again, and this quest to somehow return to the roads, has led me down more twists and turns. First, a lot of readers will remember I had to relearn how to walk last year after surgery for cancer.

Don't scrap 'Don't ask, don't tell' - LARRY WAYNE MCNORTON

This week, military chaplains are asking for reassurances that troops who openly object to homosexuality will not be punished, once the "Don't ask, don't tell" policy is lifted. Chaplains from 21 religious agencies, including representatives from the Southern Baptist Convention, the Anglican Church in North America, and the National Association of Evangelicals, sent a letter, Monday, to the military's chief of chaplains.

Carley, Tony Samuel

Age: 27

Stephens, Hobby "Bubba" Martin

Hobby “Bubba” Martin Stephens, 40, of McDonough, died Tuesday, May 31, 2011. He is the son of the late J.D. and Ruth Stephens, of Stockbridge, and the brother of the late Jean Thompson and Donna Kemp. He is survived by siblings, Nancy Cook, Sharon Leatherwood, Debbie Newman, Karen Griffitts, and several nieces and nephews.

It's a runner's world - Martha Carr

I've taken up running outdoors again, and this quest to somehow return to the roads, has led me down more twists and turns. First, a lot of readers will remember I had to relearn how to walk last year after surgery for cancer.

Mains, Georgia Ann

Georgia Ann Mains Mrs. Georgia Ann Mains, 80, of College Park, passed away, May 31, 2011. She is survived by her brother, John E. Richards, Jr., of Townson, and her guardian, Pamela Battle. Graveside services will be held, Friday, June 3, at 11a.m., at Westview Cemetery in Atlanta. The family will receive friends TODAY (Thursday, June 2), from 6 p.m., to 8 p.m., at the funeral home. Ford-Stewart Funeral Home, Inc., Jonesboro/Stockbridge, (770) 210-2700,

HMC earns 'outstanding review' from Joint Commission

Henry Medical Center (HMC) earned high marks recently, while maintaining its full accreditation, following a detailed inspection.

Farrell, Patricia

Patricia Farrell Patricia Farrell, of Morrow, passed away May 31, 2011. A service will be held at Thomas L. Scroggs Funeral Directors, on Saturday, June 4, at 11a.m. Dr. Jack Harwell will officiate. Interment will follow at Morrow Cemetery. Survivors include her daughters, Martha Nelson (Bill), of Morrow, and Margaret Skates, of Morrow; son, Arthur Lee Farrell (Jorean), of Tulsa, Okla., 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by five grandchildren. Visitation will be held Friday, from 5 to 8 p.m. Thomas L. Scroggs, Morrow, Ga., is in charge of arrangements, (770) 961-2828.

Owens, Sadie

Sadie Owens Sadie Owens, 84, of Forest Park, passed away on Tuesday, May 31, 2011. Sadie is survived by her son, Chris Owens and wife Beth Owens, of Alpharetta, Ga.; granddaughter, Charlotte Turner, of Panama City, Fla.; step-grandson, Sean Daniels; sister, Katy Hughes; brother, Dewey Hicks, and numerous nieces and nephews. Sadie was a loving and devoted wife and mother. She was loved and respected by all who knew her, and she will be sorely missed. Graveside services will be held at Sherwood Memorial Park, on Tara Blvd. in Jonesboro, on Saturday, June 4, at 11 a.m. Parkway Garden Chapel, Forest Park, Ga. is in charge of the arrangements.

Knowles, Opal Turpin

Opal Turpin Knowles, 94, of Stockbridge, died Tuesday, May 31, 2011. She was born in Henry County, to the late Beverly Ross and Claudia Maddox Turpin. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Bernard Knowles, Jr., and brothers, Harold Ross Turpin and Oliver Ray Turpin. Mrs. Knowles was the oldest living member of Stockbridge First Baptist Church. She is survived by her sons, Beverly B. (Dorothy), and Brent (Glenda) Knowles; daughters, Diane (Carl) Smith, and Donna Harp; grandchildren, Buster, Ginger, and Ross Knowles, Carla (Todd) Evans, Deborah (Douglas) Howell, Eric Smith, and Rachel and Sarah Knowles; great-grandchildren, Leslie Knowles, Alex and Abby Howell, Jake and Connor Evans, and Londyn Smith; brother-in-law, Don Knowles; sister-in-law, Faye Knowles, and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, June 3, at the Chapel of Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors, with the Rev. Steve Murell officiating. Interment will follow at Stockbridge City Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday, June 2, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Stockbridge First Baptist Church, 4566 N. Henry Blvd, Stockbridge, Ga. 30281. Those who wish, may sign the online guest registry at Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors, (770) 914-1414.

Union Grove part of SkillsUSA's curriculum launch

Union Grove High School juniors, RobWellden and Michael Campbell, put their skills to use recently, and were able to help provide a community service in the process.