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Teacher faces termination for fight with student

A Clayton County Public Schools employment tribunal is recommending that Brian Galloway, a physical education teacher at Riverdale High School, be fired for fighting back against a student who attacked him last month.

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Clayton students' 'voices' heard at annual competition

Roberta T. Smith Elementary School second-grader, Jayme Fielder, looked like a one-person United Nations by the time she finished talking about the different nationalities in her family tree, during a competition at the Clayton County Public Schools Performing Arts Center on Thursday.

Buckner honors locals for public service

In Clayton County, the good deeds of many individuals sometimes go unnoticed.

National commander to visit local American Legion

The national commander of the American Legion will visit Clayton County American Legion Post 258 in Jonesboro on Saturday, according to Post Commander John Harper.

Gordon adding degree programs in mathematics, biology

Gordon College officials hope to fulfill a growing need in the area's educational sector through the college's two, new, four-year, degree programs.

DeKalb district attorney to conduct Turner probe

Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker said DeKalb County District Attorney Gwen Keyes Fleming has been named as the special prosecutor in the investigation of former Clayton County Police Chief Jeff Turner.

Country store a fixture in McDonough community

The small convenience store sits at the bottom of a hill in rural Henry County.

Local teen charged with vehicular homicide

A Riverdale teenager has been charged with vehicular homicide, in connection with an automobile crash in which his passenger was ejected from the vehicle, and later died from his injuries.

Attorney General Baker to speak in Morrow

State Attorney General Thurbert Baker, who is making a run for the Governor's office this year, will take questions from the public on Monday at the Morrow Municipal Complex Community Room.

Region 4-AAAA race about to get interesting

A few weeks ago, Stockbridge was sitting comfortably atop the Region 4-AAAA standing.

White gets a second chance at Signing Day

Last February, on National Signing Day, Union Grove sat down seven of its football players at a long, rectangular table. They wore clean slacks, a crisp dress shirt with a tie and the baseball hat of the college that offered them the chance to continue playing football. Cameras flashed and parents stood near with beaming countenance.

Forest Park girls ranked 10th in AP Class AAAA prep poll

A year ago, Forest Park girls basketball coach Steve Cole was patrolling the sidelines as head coach of the boys team.

It finally happened - Joe Thompson

Former Major League Baseball player, Mark McGwire, finally admitted what everyone had known already.

If you can't tell a story, just be quiet - Ronda Rich

There is a friend I have who cannot, for the life of her, tell a story.

Martha's big adventure -- This time I mean it - Martha Carr

The topic of this column is going to make some people feel like they're having an episode of deja vu, but hang with me for a little bit. This is nasal surgery, take two.

If you can't tell a story, just be quiet - Ronda Rich

There is a friend I have who cannot, for the life of her, tell a story.

Glenn Miller Orchestra coming to Spivey Hall

The 20-member Glenn Miller Orchestra will take the stage at Clayton State University's Spivey Hall for a single performance on Sunday, Jan. 24 at 3 p.m. The orchestra, led by Musical Director Larry O'Brien, will perform pieces that defined the swing era from Miller's original arrangements.

Church secretary honored after 38 years of service

For nearly four decades, Morrow First United Methodist Church (UMC) Administrative Assistant Jean Peacock has been the church's familiar voice on the phone, appointment scheduler, librarian, keeper of historical documents, and information center.

Martha's big adventure — This time I mean it - Martha Carr

The topic of this column is going to make some people feel like they're having an episode of déjà vu, but hang with me for a little bit. This is nasal surgery, take two.


Taylor is a 3 year old Oriental Shorthair. She has been spayed and fully vaccinated. Taylor was found at Animal Control, where she had been taken after being picked up as a "stray" on a busy highway. She was very thin and very dirty, indicating that she may have been "on her own" for awhile. Taylor was clearly very frightened and withdrawn, so she was taken to a foster home so that she could settle down and become more secure before going into the CCHS shelter. Taylor has a very sweet, affectionate side, but she can also turn very quickly and becomes extremely defensive. This leads us to believe that Taylor may have suffered some abusive treatment and she only knows to strike out when she believes that she is being threatened. Even though she remains a little "spooked" around strangers, she managed to fall in love with her foster mom and has bonded very quickly. Taylor has plenty of potential to be a great pet, but it will need to be in a quiet, adult-only home; with people who understand that she may have some trust issues at first. We firmly believe that Taylor will settle down in the right setting. In very simple words, she hates being at the shelter, and she hates the other cats that reside there. Taylor is living in a cage, every hour of every day of her life. We are begging for someone to take an interest in this sweet little girl. The shelter is no place for a cat like Taylor, so if you think you might be the right "fit" for such a special girl, please call Robin at 770/478-7531. Visit to see other animals available for adoption.


Hazel is a 3 year old Black Angora mix. She has been spayed and all vaccinations are current. Hazel was surrendered to CCHS when her former "mom" picked a new place to live without making sure that Hazel would be welcome; and unfortunately, animals were not welcome in the new home. Poor Hazel has never adjusted to all the other cats in the CCHS shelter, which has made it necessary for her to live in a cage, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We think she might be okay with another cat of similar temperament; another cat who had an "alpha" type personality and would stand up to Hazel. She would also very likely be just fine and perfectly happy as an "only cat". The primary concern is that Hazel find a home so that she does not have to spend her youthful years sitting in a cage, unable to move around and play like other cats her age. For more information, please call Robin at 770/478-7531. Visit to see other animals available for adoption.

Waltower new campus pastor at Higher Living

A local church leader is hopeful his ministry will have the same level of influence in Clayton County, as its parent facility has in Henry.

Believe It

Just one day after Morrow's boys basketball team orchestrated a stunning 69-68 upset of No. 1-ranked Westlake, Mustangs coach Jay Livingston encouraged his team to move on. Nights like that can happen, he said, even to teams like Westlake. Livingston should know.

IRS tightens tax-preparer oversight with random visits

The Internal Revenue Service is making it tougher for tax preparers to fudge on clients' tax returns.

Bullet pierces roof of Jonesboro church

The leader of a local church feels fortunate that no one in his congregation was hurt when a bullet reportedly pierced the roof of the building on New Year's Eve, with hundreds of people inside.

Clayton State women roll, men fall

Sometimes all it takes easy a stern message from the coach to ignite a spark in a basketball team.

Bradley focused on leading Eagles

Before the start of the season, North Clayton guard Zach Bradley had a tough decision to make about his basketball future.

Juvenile system seen as national model

A delegation of 15 judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, other court workers and law enforcement personnel, from Jefferson Parish, La., is scheduled to wrap up a two-day visit to the Clayton County Juvenile Court today.

Death of N. Clayton player still shocking

North Clayton teammates Davin Redmond and Clarence Jackson created a celebration handshake they would do everytime they greeted each other.

Lewis Academy could be facing closure

Clayton County's first charter school could be facing closure — at least as a publicly funded institution — unless the Georgia Board of Education overturns a decision made by the Georgia Charter Schools Commission on Dec. 14, to deny the Riverdale-based school a 10-year charter.

School leaders host strategic planning session today

Clayton County Public Schools officials will give a progress report to the county's residents, today, on the district's plan to fulfill its vision to prepare students "to successfully compete in a global economy."