Miss Clara, 104, gets her own day May 20

Miss Clara, 104, gets her own day May 20

Members of the Coweta County Commission during the May 5 meeting surrounded Clara Coleman Bates (seated in green) and a few of the members of her family after proclaiming May 20 as Miss Clara Day in Coweta County in celebration of her 104th birthday. A lifelong Coweta resident with four daughters, 10 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and 17 great-great-grandchildren, Miss Clara attributed the blessings she has received during her life to God’s love and mercy. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Sandy Creek H.S.’s first principal, Mr. Kenneth “Wayne” Robinson, 62, of Fayetteville

Mr. Kenneth “Wayne” Robinson, 62, of Fayetteville, passed away on May 11, 2011.

Mr. Robinson was an educator who began his career at Jonesboro High and moved to Russell High School in Fulton County; he later moved to North Clayton High and then to Fayette County High where he was an assistant principal. He took over as the principal of Sandy Creek High when the school opened. He became the executive director of secondary schools before becoming the assistant superintendent. Later, he took a position at the state board of education. Read More»

Mrs. Betty Jo Barnett, 80, of Fayetteville

Mrs. Betty Jo Barnett, 80, of Fayetteville, passed away on May 11, 2011.

Mrs. Barnett retired from Clayton County Board of Education after 30 years of dedicated service. She was a former council member for the city of Jonesboro and long-time member of Jonesboro First Baptist.

She is preceded in death by her husband Charles Barnett and her brother Ralph Stephens.

She is survived by her son Doug Barnett and his wife Peggy of Sharpsburg; grandchildren Zachary and Carson; brother Hubert Stephens of Marietta; several nieces and nephews. Read More»

Mr. Paul Fleischer, 60, of Fayetteville

Mr. Paul Fleischer, 60, of Fayetteville, passed away on May 11, 2011.

His biggest contribution in life was his love for his family and he was a devoted family man.

He is survived by his wife Sandy Fleischer; daughter Stefanie “Brat” Fleischer of Fayetteville; son Rodney Fleischer and his wife Cathy of Concord; grandchildren Andrew and Natalie; mother Thelma Fleischer of Fayetteville; brother Michael Fleischer of Norcross. Read More»

Walter Lonnie Ivie, 80, of Brooks

Walter Lonnie Ivie, 80, of Brooks, passed away May 10, 2011.

He was the son of the late Walter Burrell and Nellie Ergle Ivie of Hapeville, Georgia. After serving in the United States Navy during the Korean conflict, he was employed with Delta Airlines for 31 years. He retired in 1987 and enjoyed traveling, wood carving and spending time with family. He was a member of Brooks Baptist Church. Read More»

Aberham “Sam” Campbell, 85, of Jonesboro

Aberham “Sam” Campbell, age 85, of Jonesboro, died May 6, 2011.

Sam loved his family and friends and enjoyed nothing more than raking leaves in the fall.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years Jeannett Campbell; six sons: Stanley & Brenda of Pascagoula, MS; Ron of Manchester, TN; Bradley & Barbara of Gay, GA; Bobby of Denver, NC; Clay of Jonesboro, GA and Robbie of Jonesboro, GA and two daughters: Janet & Jerry Lee of Chipley, FL; and Frida Stroup of Hampton, GA; 23 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews and a host of friends. Read More»

Mrs. Thelma Haley Caldwell, 83, of Fayetteville

Mrs. Thelma Haley Caldwell, 83, of Fayetteville, died May 9, 2011.

Mrs. Caldwell is preceded in death by her son Johnny Caldwell. Read More»

Welcome me to the Grandparents Club!

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We’ve officially joined the Grandparents’ Club, though we’re much too young to be grandparents. Our daughter’s baby was due May 2nd, and we were debating about when to leave for the nine-hour drive to Southwest Florida.

We hoped to be there for the delivery and wondered whether we should leave Wednesday, or Thursday. The baby solved that dilemma by deciding she’d come early. Read More»

Disaster cleanup help still needed

In response to the April storms, the North Georia United Methodist Conference Disaster Response Team has set up a call center to help match cleanup and repair needs with volunteer teams. The phone number for the Call Center is 678-533-1443. Email the call center at

In Griffin (Spalding County), volunteer teams are needed for tree removal. Bobcats with claws on the front are needed for moving cut trees. Contact Bill Hightower, 404-402-0480. Read More»

Watson will be guest speaker for Senoia’s Homecoming Sunday

The annual Homecoming service at Senoia United Methodist Church will be this Sunday, May 15, at 11 a.m. The traditional Homecoming dinner-on-the-grounds will follow the service.

“This year we are very pleased to have former pastor and our new district superintendent, the Rev. Carol Grubbs Cook, and her husband Scott, joining us for worship,” a homecoming committee member said. “Our guest preacher for our worship time is our resident bishop, the Rev. Mike Watson. His wife, Margaret, will join him.” Read More»