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Happy New Year Clayton County

As people begin 2014 with their family traditions, most everyone makes resolutions.

We have resolutions here at the newspaper as well.

Our resolutions this year, however, are nothing newfangled.

We are simply resolved to continue doing what we do, but to do it even better.

Our core principle continues to be that a newspaper belongs to its community.

With that in mind, we will work even harder to hold public officials accountable.

We will keep our eye on the public purse.

We will continue to fight for greater transparency in local government.

While we do all those things and cover the hard news, we hope to do an even better job celebrating our county, covering community events, and championing our young people.

We want to tell your stories, support your causes and highlight your successes.

We want to be a part of your events and help promote your organizations.

We want to help you share information about your churches, clubs and agencies.

We want to help showcase our public and private schools and tell about all the great things the students of our county are accomplishing in the classroom, on the athletic fields and in their other pursuits.

Realistically we know we cannot be everywhere all the time, but we are resolved to be in as many places as we can be throughout the year.

So, don’t hesitate to ask.

With your partnership we can be in more places and share your stories and pictures with more people, if you can share photos and stories with us as well.

Email or drop off your photographs.

Whether it is a church bazaar, the large-mouth bass you just caught or your first buck, share it with us and we will share it with readers.

Perhaps your civic organization had an interesting guest speaker. Send us a picture and a little information about your organization, so we can let others know about the good things you are doing.

Perhaps you are a school teacher really proud of the classroom project your students just completed? Share it.

Perhaps your church circle prepared meals to take to people who may be in need or unable to leave their homes? Share it.

You can mail or drop off news items and/or photographs to: Clayton News Daily, 138 Church Street, P.O. Box 368, Jonesboro, GA 30237.

You can call reporters Johnny Jackson, Gabriel Stovall, Derrick Mahone, Curt Yeomans, Heather Middleton or Kathy Jefcoats at 770-478-5753.

You are welcome to call Editor Jim Zachary at 770-957-9161 send an email if you prefer to jzachary@news-daily.com, or just stop by the office for a visit.

If you see any of us out covering a community event, stop us and say hello.

We hope to hear from you.

We hope to see more of you and plan for you to see even more of us.

Happy New Year.