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Travelers Rest Missionary Baptist matriarch honored

When Annie Grace Simpson first began attending church at Morrow's Travelers Rest Missionary Baptist Church in 1928, Clayton County was a very different place.

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Atlantic buffet offers array of cuisines

If your pallet craves sushi, Lo Mein and fried chicken, Atlantic Buffet, in Jonesboro, may satisfy that appetite.

Officials seek support for wheelchair sports

Officials with the Henry County Parks and Recreation Department are attempting to raise funds to ensure sports programs remain intact for the area's wheelchair-bound youths.

Parents frustrated over school bus plan

Forest Park resident ,Christina Ramirez, said she was in disbelief last week when she received a letter from Clayton County Public Schools, informing her that school buses would not transport her son, a seventh-grader at Forest Park Middle School, to school this year.

Civil Service Board washes hands of academy closure

Former Clayton Regional Law Enforcement Academy Director Jeff Turner, as well as five other training officers whose jobs were eliminated by the Board of Commissioners (BOC), will likely never have a chance to raise their concerns before the Civil Service Board.

State schools chief seeking student advisors

The Georgia Department of Education announced on Wednesday that Interim Superintendent of Schools Brad Bryant is inviting high school students to apply to be part of a group of pupils, who act as a voice for their classmates in meetings with state education leaders.

Southern Regional's Crescent Ball this month

For more than 15 years, proceeds from Southern Regional Medical Center's Crescent Ball have helped fund many of the hospital's medical advances and offset the cost of treating its patients.

Woman found dead in Riverdale apartment

A woman was found dead of apparent gunshot wounds, in a Riverdale apartment, on Wednesday, around 2 a.m., according to the Riverdale Police Department.

Needed -- Plain English - Tom Purcell

"My question to you is simple," I said, as I sat across from the government bureaucrat and his interpreter. "Why doesn't the government communicate in plain English?"

Flag-raising Robester - Will Durst

Just when you thought we were settling in for another typical, slow August news month, along comes Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker to overturn California's Proposition 8. The one that banned same-sex marriages. Did you get that? He overturned the ban. Loosed the bonds. Broke the chains. Raised a rainbow flag. And reopened a can of worms the size of the Louisiana Purchase.

Bivins wins BOE District 9 run-off election

With Charlton Bivins' victory over James Searcy in the Clayton County Board of Education District 9 race, there are no shake-ups expected in the near future, in the school board's nine-person lineup.

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League of Fine Artists exhibit at Arts Clayton

The League of Fine Artists-South can almost be described as a "Justice League" of Southern Crescent and metro-area artists. Members of the league, each tested and accomplished in his or her own right, represent different artistic mediums, including, but not limited to, photography, ceramics, pencil sketches, acrylic paint, oils, and fused glass.

Attorney charged with forgery, perjury, theft

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) arrested a Stockbridge lawyer, for allegedly forging a judge's signature, and lying under oath.

Southern Regional's Crescent Ball this month

For more than 15 years, proceeds from Southern Regional Medical Center's Crescent Ball have helped fund many of the hospital's medical advances and offset the cost of treating its patients.

State-wide groups seek input on education initiative

A task force backed by two state-wide associations for school leaders is asking the public to check out its recommendations for improving education in Georgia, and then offer feedback on whether the task force is on the right track.

Help us honor an unsung hero

The Clayton News Daily, the Henry Daily Herald and the Jackson Progress-Argus are looking for super volunteers -- the unsung heroes and heroines who go above and beyond the normal giving of their time, energy, dedication and generosity to worthy causes in their communities.

Sinkfield bests Buckner in Sec. of State race

State Rep. Georganna Sinkfield (D-Atlanta), the longest-serving woman in the history of the Georgia General Assembly, will go on to challenge incumbent Secretary of State, Republican Brian Kemp in November. On Tuesday night, Sinkfield won an impressive victory over long-time General Assembly member, State Sen. Gail Buckner (D-Jonesboro), during a runoff to determine the Democratic nomination.