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Shoemaker, Mr. Luther S.

Mr. Luther S. Shoemaker

Swygert, Derward "Dee" E.

Derward "Dee" E. Swygert

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Shine on - Susan Bennett

O little town of Bethlehem

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The perfect Christmas Day - Ronda Rich

If the experts are to be believed, then Christmas seldom lives up to our high expectations, and that’s why so many are stricken with depression and gloom during the holidays.

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Christmas - the birthday of Jesus Christ - Jim Bell

This year, let us remember that on December 25th, we are celebrating the birthday of Jesus Christ, the Lord. All Christians should recognize this is the date our Christian forefathers set aside as Christ’s birthday and we are to honor Him on this day in particular.

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Weasel Boy vs. Plastic Man — Will Durst

The mad, mud-tossing between Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney, the last two Republicans still standing, is quickly ramping up to levels not seen since the Agincourt catapults.

Magar, Mr. Richard Eugene

Mr. Richard Eugene Magar, 58, of McDonough, passed away Dec. 20, 2011.

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Nuns best example for teaching - Tom Purcell

Boy, did New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg get himself into a heap of trouble with educators.

New mobile web sites enchance reader access

The Clayton News Daily, the Henry Daily Herald, and and their sister papers from Southern Community Newspapers Inc., have launched new mobile web sites to better serve readers using smartphones.

School Notebook - December 21, 2011

Homeless Education Department hosts holiday gift event

Shoemaker, Mr. Luther S.

Mr. Luther S. Shoemaker, 74, was born on Nov. 2, 1937, in Gwinnett County, Ga.

Smith, Mr. Dennis

Mr. Dennis Smith, 66, of Ellenwood, passed away on Friday, Dec.16, 2011.

Smith, Mrs. Willie Jane

Mrs. Willie Jane Smith, 89, of Ellenwood, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011.

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COUPON QUEEN: How much is too many?

I’m a big fan of in-store coupons. Finding an automatic dispenser or a tear pad of coupons near a product you know you’ll buy is a great way to get multiples. Here’s the dilemma: how many coupons should you take?

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I've got this - Martha Carr

At some point, most of us think we have a certain baseline of information tucked away in our heads.

Merry Christmas, welcome home and job well done - Susan Brown

Surrounded by the protection of barbed wire fences and cement barricades, the United States Forces’ Iraq flag was furled for the last time during an unpretentious ceremony in Baghdad, Iraq on Dec. 15, 2011.

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Has the Right gone mad? - Michael Reagan

They say they are all Reaganites, and that they want my father to return –– my father, who lived by his so-called 11th Commandment, that no Republican should speak ill of another Republican.

Confessions of a child janitor - Tina Dupuy

My first job was cleaning the group home I lived in. True story.

Cook, Wesley McKenzie

Wesley McKenzie Cook, 89, of McDonough, died Friday, Dec. 16, 2011.

Carter, Penny L.

Penny L. Carter, 69, of Jonesboro, went to her eternal home on the morning of Dec. 16, 2011. Penny retired from Bell South after 40 years of service.

Jenkins, Billie Richard Jr.

Mr. Billie Richard Jenkins, Jr., 56, of Stockbridge, passed away Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011.

Rowan, Joel H.

Joel H. Rowan, 84, of Stockbridge, died Friday, Dec. 16, 2011. He was born in McDonough, to the late Henry Washington and Lois Brannan Rowan. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Marian Martin Rowan, siblings, Julian Rowan, Virginia Kelley, Robert Rowan, Gerald Rowan, and Martha Stensrud.

Carey, Alice Margaret

Mrs. Alice Margaret Carey, 73, of Jonesboro, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011.

Cook, Wesley McKenzie

Wesley McKenzie Cook, 89, of McDonough, died Friday, Dec. 16, 2011.

Rowan, Joel H.

Joel H. Rowan, 84, of Stockbridge, died Friday, Dec. 16, 2011.

Carter, Penny L.

Penny L. Carter, 69, of Jonesboro, went to her eternal home on the morning of Dec. 16, 2011.

Jenkins, Billie Richard Jr.

Mr. Billie Richard Jenkins, Jr., 56, of Stockbridge, passed away Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011.

Carey, Alice Margaret

Mrs. Alice Margaret Carey, 73, of Jonesboro, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011.

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Where repentance begins — Susan Bennett

If we’ve turned away from God, if we’re ignoring his Word and his presence and not praying and not coming to him in repentance when we need to, then –– we’ve got to come back.

Faith Notes - December 16, 2011

Jonesboro First UMC church will serve Christmas dinner

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'Sending Holiday Joy'

“What would you like for Christmas?” was the question 8-year-old Kyler Hendricks asked in her letter to soldiers serving overseas.

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Lawrence, Mrs. Edith Olivia

Mrs. Edith Olivia Lawrence

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Our soldiers deserve our thanks and support - Jim Bell

Throughout the history of our great nation, our men and women of the military have given their best, both in peace time and in war.

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Claudette is depressed - Ronda Rich

I guess it had been more than a year that I had been thinking I wasn’t as funny as I used to be.

Datebook - December 15, 2011

Riverdale collecting toys for foster children today

Burch, Alvin “AL”

Alvin “AL” Burch

Davis, III, Kit Carson “Buster”

Kit Carson “Buster” Davis, III

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Toy Story: Back to the basics - Tom Purcell

Boy, do we need to get back to the basics in America –– even with our toys.

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The top-10 comedic news stories of 2011 - Will Durst

OK. You can stop vibrating like a shaved poodle duct-taped to the foul pole at Wrigley during a night game in April. It's finally here.

Postal Service: Cuts return to sender? - Danny Tyree

After the news of Dec. 5, the future of the U.S. Postal Service seems nothing to write home about.

School Notebook - December 14, 2011

BOE’s Michael King hosts spelling bee

Casey, Mr. Renville C.

Mr. Renville C. Casey

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Tebow and the culture of pseudo political correctness - Susan Brown

Despite the fact that in America, 60 to 70 percent of people identify themselves as "Christian" to one degree or another, Christian-bashing seems to be just about as popular a pastime as watching football these days.

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Reducing deficit requires skill, risk from politicians - Lee Hamilton

The failure of the congressional Supercommittee to reach an agreement on reducing the deficit was not just bad fiscal news. It was a significant failure of political leadership.

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COUPON QUEEN: 'How many manufacturer coupons can I stack?'

I receive thousands of e-mails every week from coupon shoppers wondering how they can maximize their savings, but this reader’s mail made my head spin!

Resurgens Orthopaedics hosts annual coat drive

Resurgens Orthopaedics South Surgical Center is hosting its third annual coat drive for women and families in need this holiday season.

Thanks to all the elves who give of themselves

As a long time resident of Clayton County, and a volunteer for Clayton County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), and the Ambassador's Behind CASA (ABC's), I would like to extend a huge thank you to the community of elves that lives and works in Clayton County.

Newt is right - Michael Reagan

Tom Brokaw, the former NBC News anchorman, has written a book about the "Greatest Generation," a generation that grew up with fathers in the home, who saw it as their duty to instill in their sons a work ethic.

GOP occupied with amending the Constitution - Tina Dupuy

A perfect summary of the Grand Old Party's relationship with the U.S. Constitution comes from Texas Governor Rick Perry at Mike Huckabee's candidate forum on Fox News last Saturday.

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Can angels help Christians witness? — Jim Bell

There is proof that angels do help Christians witness to lost souls.