News for Monday, July 30, 2012

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Grandparents raising grandchildren a growing trend

Local organizations offer support services to grandparents

These organizations help households like the Howllingtons and the Platts, which are sometimes referred to as grandfamilies — families headed by grandparents and other relatives, who share their homes with their grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and/or other related children. According to some national estimates, more than 6 million children across the country live in households maintained by grandparents or other relatives.

Mary Lou Edwards

Mary Lou Edwards passed away on July 29, 2012.

Roger Nelson Oakes

Roger Nelson Oakes, 76, of Jonesboro, passed away July 28, 2012. Mr. Oakes was born May 12, 1936, in Jonesboro where he spent his entire life.

Mrs. Marsha Laneve Bullard Stone

Mrs. Marsha Laneve Bullard Stone, 60, of Jonesboro, passed away on July 28, 2012.

Mr. Charles “Chuck” Martin Thonen, Jr.

Mr. Charles “Chuck” Martin Thonen, Jr., of Hampton, passed away on July 27, 2012, at the age of 42.

Danny Carl Morris

Danny Carl Morris, 59, went to be with the Lord on July 24, 2012. He was born Sept. 18, 1952, son of Carl and Christine Morris.

Authorities say kidnapping victim killed suspect

Clayton County sheriff's investigators are looking into the shooting death within the last hour of a suspected kidnapper and rapist.

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