News for Monday, November 28, 2011


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More kids skip school shots in 8 states

More parents are opting out of school shots for their kids. In eight states now, more than 1 in 20 public school kindergartners aren't getting all the vaccines required for attendance, an Associated Press analysis found.

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Georgia looks to shock top-ranked LSU

ATLANTA -- Georgia knows just about everyone is looking past this game, figuring it's nothing more than a mere inconvenience for top-ranked LSU on the way to playing for the national championship.. The Bulldogs would love to pull a shocker.. No. 12 Georgia (10-2) is on quite a roll

Miracle League to benefit from Oaks Christmas tournament

COVINGTON -- Slots are quickly filling up for Andy Bowman's Christmas Extravaganza at the Oaks Course on Dec. 17, which for the second year in a row will benefit the Miracle League.. The tournament gave more than $4,000 to the Miracle League with added funds coming from selling mulligans and

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Meyer returns home to coach Ohio State

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- If Ohio State did not come calling, Urban Meyer says he was planning to stay away from coaching for at least another year.. Meyer, the former Florida coach and native Buckeye, was officially hired Monday by Ohio State, a program with a glittering past that has suffered

Is technology friend or foe of the secret of Santa Claus?

NEW YORK -- Kids can video chat with Santa, follow him on Twitter or enlist NORAD to track his every move online. And yet in many ways, technology may be making it harder for parents to keep their children believing in the jolly old elf.. At nearly every turn, the

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Conn. trio claims $254M jackpot

ROCKY HILL, Conn. -- A trio of wealth managers from Greenwich, one of the most affluent towns in America, claimed a Powerball jackpot worth more than a quarter of a billion dollars Monday off a $1 ticket.. Greg Skidmore, Brandon Lacoff and Tim Davidson came forward as the winners of

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Snapping Shoals EMC plants trees as part of Making the Shade program

Snapping Shoals EMC plants trees at West Newton Elementary School as part of Making the Shade program.

EMA: Be prepared for severe weather

The Georgia Emergency Management Agency advises residents to heed severe weather warnings and make emergency plans in advance.

Covington and Porterdale hosting Christmas parades

Everybody loves a parade and this week there are three to enjoy.

Social Circle still wrestling with redistricting

Agreeing on new district lines after the 2010 U.S. Census has not been easy for the Social Circle City Council, but it could get even more complicated if the preferred map results in newly elected officials residing outside their districts.

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Keeping dry

It was a rainy day Monday in Newton County and most folks tried not to complain because the rain is sorely needed. However, 2-year-old Collin McDaniel doesn't look too happy about the moisture. He and mom, Christina McDaniel, went shopping at Kmart and she scooped him up and

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Vermont artist: I'll fight Chick-fil-A for my kale

A folk artist expanding his home business built around the words "eat more kale" says he's ready to fight root-to-feather to protect his phrase from what he sees as an assault by Chick-fil-A, which holds the trademark to the phrase "eat mor chikin."

Celia Sellers

Mrs. Celia A. Sellers, 88, of Conyers passed away November 25, 2011. She was born in Culloden, GA, to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Zachary Abercombie. Celia was a dedicated military wife for 56 years to the late SFC Gad Sellers, and lived in Japan ,Atlanta and Ellenwood. She worked for the State of Georgia before retiring after 38 years, and enjoyed sewing, gardening and watching the Atlanta Braves on TV. She was preceded in death by her daughter Betty Jean Mitchell of Stockbridge, and Walter Rex (Buster) Sellers of Ellenwood. Celia is survived by her daughter Celia Ann and Steve Jessup of Conyers; sister Dorothy Jackson of Russellville, AL, brother Junior Abercombieof Macon; grandchildren Angela and Michael Richardson of Stockbridge, Jake and Rachel Mitchell of Locust Grove, Andrew and Adrian Mitchell of McDonough, Shannon and Zane Martin of Locust Grove and Jessie Helms. Celia enjoyed being around her 5 great-grandchildren Austin, Mikayla, Aubree, Ashlynn and Natalie. Funeral services will be conducted on Sunday November 27, 2011 at 2 pm in the Fairview Chapel of Horis A. Ward with Jerry Mitchell officiating. Interment will follow in Fairview Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. For those wishing to honor her memory with donations, the family suggest the Alzheimers’ Association at Horis A. Ward-Fairview Chapel in charge of arrangements.

Bomb scare leads to Wal-Mart evacuation

CONYERS -- About 100 employees and customers at Wal-Mart on Dogwood Drive were evacuated at about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday following a bomb scare that was relayed to the Conyers Police Department from a woman in New York.

Glenna Hughes

Glenna Boswell Hughes, age 64, of Conyers, passed away on Wednesday, November 23, 2011. The family will receive friends on Sunday, December 4, 2011 from 2-4 pm at Horis A. Ward’s Rockdale Chapel. A native of Harrodsburg, Kentucky, Glenna retired from Fulton Co. DFCS after 30 years of service. She attended The University of KY in Louisville and was a talented actress. She starred in Musicals and helped start The Neighborhood Playhouse Theatre in Decatur. Mrs. Hughes is survived by: husband, Holly R. Hughes of Conyers; sons, Matthew Allrid of Snellville, Brandon Hughes of Conyers; step-daughter, Heather Johnson of TN; brothers-in-law, Mike Hughes of Al, Kenny (Jayne) Hughes of Waleska, Jeff Hughes of Waleska; nephews, Eric and Shea Hughes. Online condolences may be offered at Horis A. Ward Funeral Home, Rockdale Chapel, (770) 918-8851.

Christine Tate

Christine Elizabeth Tate, age 27, of Conyers, GA died on November 26, 2011. Arrangements by Metro Embalming & Crematory, Inc., Conyers, GA 30013, 770-922-8182

Tubas to take center stage at Porterdale Christmas concert

PORTERDALE -- It may just be the most unique event of the holiday season in the east metro area: 50 tuba players, wearing colorful stocking caps with white pom poms and instruments adorned with ornaments and ribbons, will join for a free public performance at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at Porterdale's historic train depot.

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'Nutcracker' ballet takes the stage in Covington

What: "The Nutcracker" ballet

Fay Gregg

Mrs. Fay Gregg, age 71 of Rutledge, widow of Dick Gregg, passed away Saturday, November 26, 2011. She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Jennifer and Ricky Haynes, Rutledge, Sandra and Richard Ogden, Dallas, TX; grandchildren, Brian Ogden, Dallas, TX, Casey Haynes, Chad Haynes, both of Rutledge; brother and sister-in-law, Richard Law and Barbara Shott, Littleton, CO; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Bob and Shirley Gregg, Carson City, NV; nieces, Cindy Roy, Susie Repp, Littleton, CO, Julie Duran, Snowmass, VA, Kim Wolfe, Elkton, VA, Sherryl Foster, Santa Clara, UT, Tiffany Gregg, Sandpoint ID; nephews, David Gregg, Robert Gregg. Mrs. Gregg was a member of Rutledge United Methodist Church and enjoyed singing in the choir. She was born in Mineola, NY to Clifford Ettershank Shott and Florence Isabell (Coons) Shott. She moved to Littleton, CO at the age of 7 and graduated from Littleton High School. She then attended Katharine Gibbs Secretarial School in New York City and graduated with a Merit Certificate. She earned her living at various secretarial jobs over the years. Fay loved working with her husband, the late Dick Gregg, learning the appraisal business, gardening, and taking care of the various pets who adopted her. Funeral services will be held Monday, November 28, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at Rutledge United Methodist Church with Rev. Randall Byrd officiating; interment will be held at a later date at Pinecrest Memorial Park, Sandpoint, ID. Condolences may be submitted on-line at Scot Ward Funeral Services, 699 American Legion Road, Conyers, GA 30012, 770-483-7216.

E.E. Mullinax

E.E. (Papa Gene) Mullinax of Covington, GA died Friday November 25, 2011 at his residence. He was born on July 14, 1921 in Pelzer, SC to Thomas Ervin and Agnes Thompson Mullinax. He was a member of Prospect United Methodist Church and was a greeter at Wal-Mart in Covington. Mr. Mullinax is survived by caregiver and friend Esther Mullinax of Covington, GA; daughter and son-in-law Debra and Mark Mullins of Gray Court, SC; son and daughter-in-law Rick and Lori Mullinax of Fayetteville, GA; six grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren, three step-children and three step-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by parents Thomas Ervin and Agnes Thompson Mullinax, grandson Justin Mullinax, and daughter Patricia Forrester. Graveside services will be held at 2:00PM on Monday November 28, 2011 at Forrest Lawn Cemetery in College Park with Rev. Ronnie Brannan officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday, November 27, 2011 from 2:00-4:00 & 6:00-8:00PM. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Prospect United Methodist Church or to the American Cancer Society. Guest may sign the online register book at Wheeler Funeral Home 11405 Brown Bridge Rd. Covington, Ga. 30014.

Ruth Smith

Ruth Gartenhaus Smith, 88, of Conyers, passed away November 23, 2011, at Hospice House of Conyers, surrounded by her family and friends. She was a long-time, active member of Canaan Baptist Church, in Covington, where she was involved with the Sunshine Fellowship group; and a faithful supporter of the church and its mission projects. She was the daughter of the late Dr. and Mrs. Jacob Gartenhaus of Atlanta, GA and Chattanooga, TN, who were founders of the International Board of Jewish Missions. Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her husband, James. A. Smith. Survivors include her two sisters, Miriam Stanly of Lawrenceville, Frances Hardy of Signal Mountain, TN; brother, Paul Gartenhaus of Ringgold, GA; 4 nieces and 6 nephews; and many close and cherished friends. Funeral Services for Mrs. Smith will be held Sunday, November 27, 2011, 3:00 PM, at Canaan Baptist Church, in Covington, with Dr. Scott Caudill, Rev. Thomas Satterfield, and Rev. Jeremy Smith officiating, and interment following in Lawnwood Memorial Park. to place online condolences 770-786-7062

Deanna Eubanks

Mrs. Deanna Eubanks, age 74 of Conyers, died Friday, November 25, 2011. She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd R. Eubanks. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Amy and Robert Holmes, Lithonia; sons and daughter-in-law, Sonny Eubanks, Orlando, FL, Scott and Felecia Eubanks, Monroe; grandchildren, Erin Atchason, Atlanta, Adam Atchason, Lithonia, Emily Eubanks, Monroe; great-grandchildren, Jayla Johnson, Atlanta, Isaiah Johnson, Atlanta A Graveside Service will be held Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at 11 a.m. at Green Meadow Memorial Gardens with Rev. Howard Greer officiating. Condolences may be submitted on-line at Scot Ward Funeral Services, 699 American Legion Road, Conyers, GA 30012, 770-483-7216.

Rockdale elections board moves forward on at-large appointment

CONYERS -- With two new members on board, the Rockdale County Board of Elections and Registration held a cordial meeting Tuesday morning, reaching an agreement to renew the process to name an at-large member.

Rockdale charges three in attempted burglary

CONYERS -- An alert neighbor notified the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office of suspicious activity in their neighborhood, which resulted in the arrest of three suspects who were allegedly attempting to burglarize a house.

Rita Hunt

Rita Montez Hunt, age 66, of Covington, GA, passed away November 24, 2011. Wheeler Funeral Home & Crematory is in charge of the Arrangements. (770) 786-7111.