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‘Ambassadors of good will’ spread holiday cheer

Young singers are raising their voices throughout metro Atlanta this holiday season. Already into their seasonal concert schedule, members of the Atlanta Boy Choir are traveling to different venues to spread their gifts of song and holiday cheer.

County’s water rates are going up

‘$2 per month, depending on usage’

Clayton County Water Authority customers will pay more for water, effective Jan. 1, officials have announced.

Senior center to host Christmas dinner, play

To usher in the holiday season, the Clayton County Senior Services Department is hosting a stage play-and-dinner event.

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Hughes: The face of Lovejoy football

If Clayton County had a Mount Rushmore or a Stone Mountain of athletics, surely Al Hughes’ face would be chiseled in granite somewhere on it.

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Offensive line has pulled together for Lovejoy

Lovejoy offensive coordinator Craig Chatman says his unit will not win any style points.

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Tourism officials issue holiday challenge to Jonesboro businesses

The Clayton County Convention and Visitors Bureau is not exactly asking business owners in Jonesboro’s downtown area to turn twigs, berries, leaves and pine cones into holiday wreaths and garlands, but they do hope shop owners will channel “their inner Martha Stewart.”

Jonesboro City Council to discuss budget today

Months after a millage rate increase drew protests from some Jonesboro residents, the city’s finance director said the municipality is likely to keep the property tax at its current rate in the upcoming fiscal year.

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Clayton Chamber to hold ‘Holiday BASH’ today

Atlanta’s airport starts service to Cuba

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport began to provide flights to Havana, Cuba on Wednesday, said a spokeswoman for the airport.

Former sheriff’s deputy re-indicted for eavesdropping

A Clayton County grand jury has again indicted a former sheriff's deputy accused of recording a co-worker using the bathroom, according to court documents.

Witness says motel fire spread ‘quick’

A man living at the Riverdale motel where five people died in a 2007 fire, testified Wednesday to seeing the woman accused of setting it, just minutes before billows of smoke poured from the roof.

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Our taxing mess — Tom Purcell

President Obama doesn't appear to have any interest in leading broad tax reform –– one of the few issues on which he could rally bipartisan support –– and so it is dead. Which is why our tax system is –– still –– in a mess.

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Whack-a-pol — Will Durst

Let's take a peek behind the scenes of GOP headquarters to listen in on the coaching strategy for the little game Republicans are currently playing called, "Anybody but Romney." Think "Whack-A-Mole" with media mallets.

Murder trial in motel fire begins

A homeless woman, facing the death penalty in the 2007 fire deaths of five people, broke down in tears Tuesday as her defense attorney presented his opening statement to a Clayton County Superior Court jury.

Georgia sees jump in charter school enrollment

Georgia is among a handful of states leading the nation in adding charter schools.

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Maintenance worker arrested in death of 7-year-old Canton girl

A 20-year-old maintenance worker has been arrested in the beating death of a 7-year-old north Georgia girl who was abducted and killed at an apartment complex and her body left in a trash bin, authorities said Wednesday.

Trial begins in Eve Carson murder case

Eve Carson would have been conscious and aware after she was shot four times with a .25-caliber pistol early on the morning of March 5, 2008, a prosecutor said Wednesday.

Dorothy Hubbard becomes Albany's first female mayor

When she is sworn into office next month, former city commissioner Dorothy Hubbard will become Albany’s first female mayor.

Newell Rubbermaid closes $800 million credit pact

Newell Rubbermaid Inc. said on Wednesday that it has closed a five-year, $800 million credit agreement to replace a smaller credit pact that had been scheduled to mature next November.

Funeral set for Canton girl who was abducted, beaten

A Canton funeral home announced that services for a 7-year-old girl who police say was abducted and killed have been set for this weekend.

Six Flags offers free pass for kids who read

Six Flags Over Georgia is partnering with Discovery Education to offer free admission to K-6 students who participate in Read to Succeed, an online program that aims to encourage kids to read outside the classroom.

Officials tout tourism cooperation at luncheon

Economic development and tourism are two entities that need to work hand-in-hand to benefit Clayton County, the county’s top economic development officials told attendees at a Clayton County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau appreciation luncheon on Tuesday.

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A festive time at Southern Regional

Hospital holds tree-lighting event

Christmas decorations could be seen everywhere inside the Women’s Life Center at Southern Regional Medical Center, in Riverdale.

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Clayton water authority recognized for excellence

The Clayton County Water Authority has been recognized for outstanding operation of its collection system and central water reclamation laboratory, said officials.

College Park to shut down water at complex

HOA not paying water bill

After the holidays are over, residents at Yorktowne Condominiums in College Park will be forced to move out.

Riverdale man charged with child rape

A Riverdale man is being held without bond in the Clayton County Jail, after police charged him with child rape, according to court documents.

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Clayton water authority recognized for excellence

The Clayton County Water Authority has been recognized for outstanding operation of its collection system and central water reclamation laboratory, said officials.

Jonesboro City Council to discuss budget today

Months after a millage rate increase drew protests from some Jonesboro residents, the city’s finance director said the municipality is likely to keep the property tax at its current rate in the upcoming fiscal year.

County's water rates are going up

Clayton County Water Authority customers will pay more for water, effective Jan. 1, officials have announced.

Tease photo

Offensive line has pulled together for Lovejoy

Lovejoy offensive coordinator Craig Chatman says his unit will not win any style points.

Tease photo

Tourism officials issue holiday challenge to Jonesboro businesses

The Clayton County Convention and Visitors Bureau is not exactly asking business owners in Jonesboro’s downtown area to turn twigs, berries, leaves and pine cones into holiday wreaths and garlands, but they do hope shop owners will channel “their inner Martha Stewart.”

Former sheriff's deputy re-indicted for eavesdropping

A Clayton County grand jury has again indicted a former sheriff's deputy accused of recording a co-worker using the bathroom, according to court documents.

Death penalty trial in motel fire begins

A homeless woman, facing the death penalty in the 2007 fire deaths of five people, broke down in tears Tuesday as her defense attorney presented his opening statement to a Clayton County Superior Court jury.

Senior center to host Christmas dinner, play

To usher in the holiday season, the Clayton County Senior Services Department is hosting a stage play-and-dinner event.

Murder trial in motel fire begins

A homeless woman, facing life in prison in the 2007 fire deaths of five people, broke down in tears Tuesday as her defense attorney presented his opening statement to a Clayton County Superior Court jury.

Officials tout tourism cooperation at luncheon

Economic development and tourism are two entities that need to work hand-in-hand to benefit Clayton County, the county’s top economic development officials told attendees at a Clayton County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau appreciation luncheon on Tuesday.

Tease photo

A festive time at Southern Regional

Christmas decorations could be seen everywhere inside the Women’s Life Center at Southern Regional Medical Center, in Riverdale.

Riverdale man charged with child rape

A Riverdale man is being held without bond in the Clayton County Jail, after police charged him with child rape, according to court documents.

College Park to shut down water at complex

After the holidays are over, residents at Yorktowne Condominiums in College Park will be forced to move out.

Atlanta's airport starts service to Cuba

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport began to provide flights to Havana, Cuba on Wednesday, said a spokeswoman for the airport.

'Ambassadors of good will' spread holiday cheer

Young singers are raising their voices throughout metro Atlanta this holiday season. Already into their seasonal concert schedule, members of the Atlanta Boy Choir are traveling to different venues to spread their gifts of song and holiday cheer.

Witness says motel fire spread 'quick'

A man living at the Riverdale motel where five people died in a 2007 fire, testified Wednesday to seeing the woman accused of setting it, just minutes before billows of smoke poured from the roof.

Whack-a-pol - Will Durst

Let's take a peek behind the scenes of GOP headquarters to listen in on the coaching strategy for the little game Republicans are currently playing called, "Anybody but Romney."

Hughes: The face of Lovejoy football

If Clayton County had a Mount Rushmore or a Stone Mountain of athletics, surely Al Hughes' face would be chiseled in granite somewhere on it.

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Closeness key to Lovejoy's success

Kevin May wasn’t ready to declare that the group of middle school football players he coached would some day be playing for a state title, but the former Lovejoy Middle School coach knew they were a special group.

Dorothy Hubbard becomes Albany's first female mayor

ALBANY, Ga. — When she is sworn into office next month, former city commissioner Dorothy Hubbard will become Albany’s first female mayor.

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