News for Wednesday, September 26, 2012


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The Jonesboro Church of God, 9823 South Main St., Jonesboro, will be hosting its annual Fall Festival from 12 p.m. until 4 p.m. Events include a silent action featuring collector dolls and a barbecue dinner. The price of the dinner, including drink, is $8. For more information, please call 770-471-7575.

Mr. Eugene Haynes “Gene” Russell

Mr. Eugene Haynes “Gene” Russell, 78, of Fayetteville, passed away on Sept. 26, 2012.

Mr. Clyde H. Curry

Mr. Clyde H. Curry, 88, of Jonesboro, passed away Sept. 18, 2012, after an extended illness.

Goree asserts she did not jeopardize accreditation

BOE member says colleagues dislike her ‘outspoken’ nature

Clayton County Board of Education member Jessie Goree said Wednesday that she may not hesitate to speak her mind, but it doesn’t make her a villain.

New Forest Park group for active seniors

Ashton Walk 'Family Friends Day' Friday

Some residents of the Ashton Walk senior community have recently organized a new group to encourage other Forest Park elderly citizens to stay active.

Watkins’ hosting ‘Connecting with the Community’

Free food and children activities

An event created to encourage residents to learn more about obtaining affordable insurance will be held Saturday.

Bun guilty in armed robbery

A Clayton County jury took about two hours to find a Riverdale man guilty of an armed robbery that sent events into motion that led to the shooting death of a sheriff's deputy.


Letters from readers of the Clayton News Daily

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Clayton County Football still looking for respect

Clayton County has a proud football tradition. But lately it’s been a bit one-sided.

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Humane Society: Yard sale donations are down

Animal adoption group desperately needs items

JONESBORO — The Clayton County Humane Society may not make as much money to care for abandoned animals next month because donations for its annual fall yard sale fundraiser are trickling in, according to the event’s organizer.

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First year starter making Jonesboro offense dangerous

For Mario Atkinson, two plays define his first four games as Jonesboro’s starting quarterback.

EDITORIAL: Citizens attacked with inflammatory speech

County Commissioner Sonna Singleton now has gone way too far.

Historic courthouse to host music video

The Clayton County Board of Commissioners signed off on a location agreement Monday, to let hip-hop music company, Get Money Entertainment, LLC, film a music video at the old courthouse.

Outdoor fire restrictions when ban ends

Penalties remain in place for illegal burning

Clayton County Fire Officials are reminding residents they can begin burning outside as long as they follow the rules.

Elite Scholars Academy on Top School list again

lite Scholars Academy, one of two charter schools in the Clayton County Public Schools System, has been selected as a Top 100 Middle School in Georgia. This is the second consecutive year that the school has earned the honor.

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Clayton County schools report slight rise on SAT scores

Four of Clayton County’s high schools reported gains in SAT scores in 2012, according to data released Monday by the Georgia Department of Education. 

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STOVALL: Clayton County football needs to pick up the pace

Clayton County football teams need better showings against non-county opponents.

Kroger stores host Breast Cancer campaigns

Store employees featured in national cancer ads

Kroger is doing its part in finding a cure for Breast Cancer.

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Motorcycle fundraiser for special needs baseball field

Miracle League Baseball field coming to Lovejoy

The 2012 Wheels for Diamonds Poker Run Saturday is a motorcycle ride to help people with special needs acquire a baseball field equipped to handle their disabilities.

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Each week the Clayton News Daily will track the progress of potential high school football player of the year candidates throughout the season. Here is an updated ranking of who’s in the running based on last week’s performances:

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Several football players in Clayton County had standout performances for their teams. Here is a list of some of the top performances from last week’s games:

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Driver accused of fatal crash in court

A driver involved in a fatal accident earlier this year was given a bond Tuesday.

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Clayton teams on the move in poll

Jonesboro moves up. Riverdale is out. And Eagle’s Landing Christian remained the same while Lovejoy did not move back into the weekly Associated Press poll, which was released on Tuesday.

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Lovejoy's Hughes approaches big coaching milestone

Since two days after receiving his college degree, Al Hughes has been a high school football coach.

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Shooting victim’s family calls for murder charge

‘I want justice for my nephew,’ aunt says

The shooting death of a state representative’s nephew should merit murder charges instead of involuntary manslaughter, the victim’s aunt said Tuesday.

SACS ‘concerned’ over Clayton schools governance

Accreditation at risk — again

Clayton County Public Schools may be facing its third accreditation crisis in less than 10 years, as the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools is once again expressing concerns over the district’s governance, according to school board members.