Top 10 most popular stories for October 26-November 2

1. Jonesboro restaurant celebrates 65 years

It will be 65 years in December that Dean’s Barbeque in Jonesboro has been serving finger-licking food to residents from across the state. The small, quaint family restaurant on Main Street has stood the test of time, while even in a distressed economy when small businesses seem to be closing left and right.

2. BOE candidate arrested on bench warrant

A Clayton County Board of Education District 5 candidate wanted on a bench warrant was arrested after deputies spotted him outside a Riverdale voting site Wednesday morning holding one of his campaign signs, said a sheriff’s spokesman.

3. Man indicted for allegedly killing escort

A Jonesboro man has been indicted on murder charges by a Clayton County grand jury. His mother and another woman were included in the indictment and are accused of cleaning up the crime scene.

4. Clayton Schools’ HR department under scrutiny

Clayton County Public Schools Interim Superintendent Luvenia Jackson has ordered an audit of the district’s Human Resources Department to look into changes her predecessor made, a school system spokesperson has confirmed.

5. Morrow in chaos

This week’s Morrow City Council meeting repeatedly broke down into bickering between current and former city officials Tuesday over planning and permit issues.

6. ‘Olde Towne,’ new eyesore?

A $13 million taxpayer-funded commercial development that was supposed to draw tourists and shoppers to Morrow is instead attracting vandals and falling into ruin.

7. Jonesboro team takes bus out of NYC

Members of the champion Jonesboro High School mock trial team and its attorney and teacher coaches should be heading home on a charter bus today.

8. Kimbrough: County voters should take care of home first

The line snaked around the historic Clayton County Courthouse as residents took part in early voting Wednesday. The apparent emphasis on the presidential election disturbed outgoing Clayton County Sheriff Kemuel Kimbrough, who wondered aloud where this kind of turnout was when the sheriff’s election was taking place on Aug. 21.

9. Conflicting story trips up Clayton pair

Two Clayton County parolees stopped on southbound I-75 for driving erratically face felony marijuana charges after an officer said he found almost 10 pounds of drugs wrapped as a Christmas package in the back of their rental car.

10. Goree says she sued BOE to clear her name

A Clayton County Board of Education member sanctioned last year said she filed a civil lawsuit against the superintendent and rest of the board to clear her name.