clear
Monday May 4th, 2015 11:05AM

Church bells will ring Fri. in honor of Newtown

By The Associated Press
ATLANTA - A Georgia mayor is urging churches and places of worship across the state to ring their bells 26 times at 9:30 a.m. Friday, in remembrance of the 20 children and six adults gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

McDonough Mayor Billy Copeland said Wednesday that the idea appears to be gaining interest across Georgia, partly because the Georgia Municipal Association sent an email to its members urging them to consider it.

The mayor's assistant, Leslie Balog, suggested the idea after recalling how church bells in Henry County rang shortly after a gunman killed 32 people at Virginia Tech in 2007, Copeland said.

After Balog suggested the idea, the mayor called several community leaders in town.

"Nobody hesitated," Copeland said. "All of us here grieve."

"The sentiment is so strong for us to move forward with this," he added.

Workers also hope to ring the clock tower of the 1899 Henry County Courthouse on the town square in McDonough, Copeland said.

In Athens, students will ring the University of Georgia Chapel bell 26 times at 9:30 a.m. Friday in memory of the lost lives, the university announced Wednesday.

In the northwest Georgia city of Rome, Mayor Evie McNiece is encouraging churches there to ring their bells. In metro Atlanta, Lilburn officials made a similar request.

Copeland expects that other Georgia communities will participate, especially since the state's municipal association helped spread the word.

"Wejust made them aware of what Mayor Copeland was doing and passed along his request that every city consider taking a similar action,'' said Bill Thornton, deputy executive director of the Georgia Municipal Association.

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy has proclaimed Friday a day of mourning. He's asking churches and places of worship in Connecticut to ring bells 26 times at 9:30 a.m. Friday.

Some churches outside Connecticut and Georgia have also announced plans to ring their bells Friday morning.

In Port Huron, Mich., Grace Episcopal Church will ring its bells 26 times Friday morning, church Sexton Larry McNamara told the Times-Herald in Port Huron.
© Copyright 2015 AccessNorthGa.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Doctors: Blood clot located in Clinton's head
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton developed a blood clot in her head but did not suffer a stroke or neurological damage, her doctors said Monday. They say they are confident that she will make a full recovery.
3:55PM ( 2 years ago )
Illinois Sen. Kirk to return a year after stroke
Nearly a year after a stroke left him barely able to move the left side of his body, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk is expected to climb the 45 steps to the Senate's front door this week - a walk that's significant not just for Illinois' junior senator, but also for medical researchers and hundreds of thousands of stroke patients.
3:54PM ( 2 years ago )
U.S. News
Couch names administrative team
Ahead of his scheduled swearing in Friday, Hall County Sheriff-elect Gerald Couch named his top administrative team Monday.
6:28PM ( 2 years ago )
Tech beats Southern California in Sun Bowl
Tevin Washington threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score to help Georgia Tech beat Southern California 21-7 on Monday in the Sun Bowl.
5:54PM ( 2 years ago )
Hall Co. officials launch health-based initiative for employees
Hall County officials believe healthy county employees will be of greater service to the county. With that in mind, they have created a health-based fitness initiative to provide free fitness training for county workers.
5:46PM ( 2 years ago )
Local/State News
Former tech executive Carly Fiorina enters presidential race
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former technology executive Carly Fiorina formally entered the 2016 presidential race on Monday, launching a Republican White House bid in a morning announcement that highlighted her...
8:03AM ( 3 hours ago )
UPDATE: High-wire walker to appear at Tallulah Gorge, but won't walk
High-wire walker Nik Wallenda plans to appear at a summer celebration marking his great-grandfather's walk over Tallulah Gorge in the north Georgia mountains.
By Associated Press
5:42AM ( 5 hours ago )
Sheriff Victor Hill accused of shooting woman in the abdomen in Gwinnett Co.
A Georgia sheriff is accused of shooting a Lawrenceville woman in the abdomen, injuring her critically.
By Associated Press
5:14AM ( 5 hours ago )
Jackson County investigating body found at school
The body of a female was found Sunday on the campus of a Jackson County school.
By Rob Moore
9:21PM ( 13 hours ago )
Survey says Suwanee residents happier with their city than most
The results of the National Citizen Survey suggest that residents of Suwanee are happier with their city overall than most others across the country.
9:00AM ( 1 day ago )