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Once-thriving Shannon Mall goes dark

Nobody’s home even for the holiday shopping season Monday at Union Station — once known as Shannon Mall — in Union City. Photo/Ben Nelms.

When it opened in 1980 it was like nothing else in southwest metro Atlanta. But the once-bustling Shannon Mall of old — a must destination for shoppers in Fayette, Coweta and Fulton counties in the 1980s and 1990s — is now a skeleton of its former self, a locked and nearly vacant darkened mall, shuttered food court and acres of empty parking spaces, emblematic of recession-fatigued 2010. Read More»

Letter insults all legal immigrants to U.S.

A recent letter (“Ramsey’s punitive approach to illegals is the wrong solution”) lamenting the intention of the Georgia legislature to prioritize enforcement of the laws regarding the crime of illegal immigration was an all too common insult to immigrants.

The use of the transparent term “anti-immigrant legislation” is an immediate tip off to the anti-enforcement agenda of the writer.

Immigrants, by federal definition, enter the USA lawfully. Escaping capture while crossing our borders in violation of our immigration laws does not make anyone an immigrant ... or an American. Read More»

Religion Briefs 12/08/10

PTCUMC kids’ musical is tonight
Peachtree City United Methodist church will present a Creative Kids Christmas Musical, “Three Wise Men and a Baby Musical” Wednesday, Dec. 8, at 6:30 p.m. at the church, 225 Robinson Road in Peachtree City. The event will feature a special appearance from the Angel Choir. Doors open at 6:10 p.m. For more information, call 770-487-6499.

Georgia Singers concert is this Friday Read More»

MRBC presents musical drama ‘The Birth’ Dec. 5

The McDonough Road Baptist Church celebration choir and orchestra will present “The Birth” next Sunday, Dec. 5, at 10:55 a.m. and 6 p.m. The musical/drama is built around the story of two brave young women who face tremendous obstacles on the way to the births of their first child. Along the way, they make a great discovery about God’s presence and strength. Read More»

COS Children’s Christmas musical set for this Sunday

Christ Our Shepherd Lutheran Church will present a children’s Christmas musical on Sunday, Dec. 5, in the sanctuary at 6 p.m.

“The Best Christmas Present Ever” tells the story of a group of children who plan a birthday party for Jesus, and then try to publicize it on television.

The cast is headlined by Emily McDowell, Natalie Robichaux, Lindsey Poff, Morgan Wiese, Jessica Knowles, Ansley Jacobson, Ashleigh Shriner, Michael King, Carson Robichaux, and Cassie Crosby.

The Wise Men are portrayed by Joshua Hiatt, Nolan Robichaux, Hunter Watson, and Colin Comiskey. Read More»

Religion Briefs 12/01/10

St. Paul announces Advent services
Christmas Mid-week Advent Services will be held Dec. 1 and Dec. 8 with two service times, 5 and 7 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. On Dec. 15, Advent Worship will consist of a Children’s Christmas Program at 7 p.m. No dinner will be served. St. Paul is at 700 Ardenlee Parkway in Peachtree City. For more information, call the church office, 770-487-0339.

Inman UMC will host auction, breakfast Read More»

STG presents 'Greetings!'

Southside Theatre Guild in downtown Fairburn will present the funny and poignant, holiday show “Greetings!” for two weekends, Dec. 2 - 12.  Read More»

Reverend John “Maurice” Fain, 82, of Jonesboro

Reverend John “Maurice” Fain, 82, of Jonesboro, died November 25, 2010.

He was a guidance counselor for 23 years for Fayette County High School and was an interim pastor, mission pastor for the Eastside Baptist Church of Riverdale and First Baptist Church of Peachtree City and pastor for numerous other churches in the Atlanta South Metro area. The last 10 years, Rev. Fain was the director of prison ministry at First Baptist Church of Jonesboro.

He was preceded in death by his parents Jack and Betsy Fain, grandson Andrew Harrison Battle, one brother, and two sisters. Read More»

James “Marvin” Melear, 82, of Ringold

James “Marvin” Melear, 82, of Ringold, GA died November 22, 2010.

He is survived by his son Alton L. Melear of Hoschton, GA; granddaughter Jessica Lauren Melear of Hoschton; grandson Sgt. Brady Alton and Tammy Melear; great-grandchildren Brayden Lane Melear and Preston Andrew Melear; sisters Dorothy Stephens of Chattahoochee Hills and Edna Mitchell; and brothers Kenneth Melear of Fayetteville and Harvey Melear of Fairburn. Read More»

Henrietta “Henri” Dettmering Jerol of Cumming

Henrietta “Henri” Dettmering Jerol of Cumming, GA died November 23, 2010 after a long and courageous battle with Alzheimer's.

She was born January 2, 1943 in Fayetteville, GA; attended Fayette County High School and Brenau Academy in Gainesville, GA. She received her nursing degree from Piedmont Hospital School of Nursing in 1964 and except for a short time in medical sales she spent her entire career at Piedmont where she was part of the nursing team that opened the first Cardiac Care unit in Atlanta. Read More»

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