Wal-Mart shopping tip: Take the reds for a ride

Wal-Mart-wheel-wIf you’re new to the Lovejoy area, you should know two main things about our Wal-Mart: 1) If the bananas ain’t ripe here, they’re probably not ripe anywhere, so just grab a bunch and wait it out; and 2) Avoid the gray-wheeled shopping carts, or “buggies” as we used to call them, and take the reds for a ride instead.

Once you live here for a few weeks, you’ll see Wal-Mart shopping carts all over the place, because people will sometimes push them full of groceries all the way home. By the way, that is actually theft, so we don’t recommend rolling these handy vehicles further than the parking lot. But seriously, we have seen people pushing them along shortcuts through fields. That can’t be good on the wheels. Continue reading

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What to do with Disney?

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Danny Harrison (a few years ago)

I had to laugh the other day when I saw certain friends on Facebook declaring that we absolutely must boycott Disney now that a couple of their films are coming out that have characters sort of… well, coming out. Apparently one of the films has a homosexual character in it, and another film is seen to generally have “too much” sexuality for a kids film.

My sarcastic question is this: Exactly how much sexuality should a kids film have?

My other sarcastic question is this: Aren’t you Southern Baptists already boycotting Disney? Continue reading

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Christian City Children’s Village operates local Safe Place program

CC-corp-Horz-logo-1National Safe Place Network (NSPN) is excited to announce March 19-25, 2017 as National Safe Place Week.  This nationally recognized week serves to increase awareness about the Safe Place program, which partners with businesses, civic organizations and volunteers to provide safety and shelter for youth ages 7 to 17 who are experiencing abuse, neglect, bullying or serious family problems. Continue reading

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Home for at-risk girls planned for Lovejoy area

gigis-houseFaith-based organization Gigi’s House announced recently it is planning to build two homes in the South Metro Atlanta area in the coming months to serve girls who are at risk of becoming victims of sex trafficking.

One of those homes is expected to be built in the Lovejoy area, and the other in neighboring Henry County, according to Gigi’s House founder Sabrina Crawford, who presented the concept to attendees of the Lovejoy City Council meeting in February. She was introduced by council members who asked her to share more about the project with those attending the meeting. Continue reading

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Keselowski Grabs Late Win In Folds Of Honor QuikTrip 500 at AMS

racingNo one has led more laps at Atlanta Motor Speedway than Kevin Harvick in the last three years.

He led 292 of 325 laps in Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500, but a pit road speeding penalty with just 13 laps to go cost him the victory.

Brad Keselowski, in the hunt all day, took advantage of the opening to claim his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win at AMS.  Continue reading

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Bell Wins Camping World Truck Series Active Pest Control 200 At AMS

NASCAR-truck-win-2017-rgbLast year, Christopher Bell was leading the Camping World Truck Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway by a sizable margin and just eight laps separating him from his second career NASCAR victory when he blew a tire and tore up his Tundra.

On Saturday, Bell led 99 of 130 laps and held on through a tense finish to win the Active Pest Control 200. Continue reading

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Defending Champ Kyle Busch Wins XFINITY Series Rinnai 250 At AM

xfinity-raceAfter going 11 races, over a span of 13 years, without an XFINITY Series win at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Kyle Busch is a repeat champion.

Busch and Brad Keselowski duked it out from the beginning of the Rinnai 250 on Saturday with challenges from Kevin Harvick and Kyle Larson.  Continue reading

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Michael Era named Lovejoy Police Officer of the Month

Era-officer-of-the-monthLovejoy Police Officer Michael Era was on Monday night presented with the city’s first-ever Officer of the Month award. Interim Police Chief Wayne Woods explained during the Lovejoy City Council meeting that his leadership team rolled out the recognition program at the beginning of the year. Era won the January award. Woods said officers would be chosen each month, and then an officer of the year award will also be presented for the whole of 2017.

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Don’t Pour That Grease Down the Drain!

 Fats, oils and grease are just as bad for sanitary sewer systems as they are for waistlines. The upcoming holiday season often brings an increase in the number of clogged sewer lines because of people pouring used fats, oils and greases down the drain.

Clayton County Water Authority (CCWA) officials are asking customers to help keep its sanitary sewer system healthy by properly disposing of fats, oils and grease. Fats, oils and grease (often referred to as F.O.G.) get into the sewer system from household drains, as well as from poorly maintained grease traps in restaurants and other businesses. Continue reading

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Eddie White Academy wins first-ever football championship

Photo by Danny Harrison / Lovejoy Ledger

Photo by Danny Harrison / Lovejoy Ledger

It’s a championship win many Clayton County football fans say should have happened years ago, but Eddie White Academy’s “Wolf Pack” finally packed it away Oct. 25 by a score of 16-6 against the perennial powerhouse Rex Mill Middle School “Yellow Jackets”.

EWA’s football team has made three prior appearances to the county-wide championship game, including its inaugural year as a K-8 academy in 2010. That first year, EWA fell to Rex Mill in the big game. Rex Mill was a new school at that time as well.

“In 2010, we gave one to Rex Mill,” said EWA Athletic Director Kimleon Turner. “This year, we took it back.”

Turner praised the football coaching staff for their cohesiveness, and he tipped his cap toward former head coach Phil Moreno, who built the program from scratch six years ago.

“I’m just proud of my boys,” said new Head Coach Adrian Belton. “They worked hard, and they deserve this.”

Rex Mill had been in the lead 6-0 at the end of the first half and all the way through the third quarter, but EWA answered those points on the first play of the fourth quarter to tie the game. With fewer than three minutes left, EWA scored again and topped that off with a two-point conversion to take the lead 14-6, which would be the final score.

Both the final touchdown and extra points were executed as near-perfect pass plays, showing off a depth of talent that has already caught the attention of coaches at Lovejoy High, which is where EWA students are promoted.

LHS Head Coach Edgar Carson was on hand at Tara Stadium to see the big win and to congratulate EWA coaches and players.

“Those are two good, undefeated teams,” Carson said after the game. “There’s a lot of talent here on the middle school level.”

Carson noted that his junior varsity team won its county-wide championship last week. It all adds up to deeper talent for future LHS teams, he said.

Carson’s varsity team will face Jonesboro High on Friday night for their last regular season and region game, but Lovejoy is already guaranteed a spot in the playoffs.

Referring to the impressive passing game, Belton said he was confident his offense would pull it off for the win.

“We have some athletes out there who can throw it, and I trust them,” Belton said.

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