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Soldiers return home

©The Herald-Gazette/ This information may not be reprinted, broadcast or distributed electronically in any form or fashion without express consent. For reprint permission, e-mail By Kay S. Pedrotti LeRoy and Romonica Hunter, both U.S. Army sergeants serving in Afghanistan, were welcomed back to Barnesville by hundreds of Lamar County school children — but they saw only two. Aiyanna’s expression was a wide ‘OH!’ when she started running toward her mother, while little Jontavious yelled ‘Maaaaaa …’ until he dived headfirst into her arms. The children, fourth grader Aiyanna Wade, 9, and kindergartner Jontavious Brady, 5, have been staying with their grandmother Priscilla Perkins. Neither had been told Friday that their mother and stepfather would be at the primary school. Aiyanna’s elementary principal, Dr. Andrea Scandrett, and teacher Mary Garrison worked with primary principal Mark Davis and assistant principal Dr. Treesomia Walker to organize the welcome, hang posters and make sure Aiyanna got to the gym at the right time.

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