News for Thursday, June 6, 2013


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Mayor sues women over anonymous letter

Alleges libel, seeks damages

Mayor David Lockhart has filed suit in Clayton County State Court seeking damages from women he alleges are responsible for an anonymous letter left outside city hall Monday night.

Unsigned missive riles mayor, residents

A stack of copies of an anonymous missive left outside Forest Park City Hall with a note urging, "take one," sent ripples through the city council meeting Monday and evoked a strong response from the mayor.

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MAHONE: NASCAR vet brings joy to young driver

Ken Ragan has been a fixture in auto racing for many years.

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Price looking to make most of AMS dream

Abby Price’s curiosity has given her a “dream come true” hobby.

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Thornton excelling at racing passion at AMS

Riley Thornton and his father, Chris, can now laugh about it.

Clayton under way in ‘seamless’ summer meals program

Clayton County Public Schools’ summer meals program is under way.

Bobby Dean Bray

Bobby Dean Bray, formerly part owner and employee of Smith Hardware in Forest Park for more than 50 years, passed away June 5, 2013.

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BOC refuses to act on pay raise request

Victor Hill sought higher salary for office’s legal advisor

It’s a rare occasion when the Clayton County Board of Commissioners lets a request die on the floor without a vote, but that’s what happened to a pay increase request from Sheriff Victor Hill Tuesday.

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Creative juices flowing at arts camps

The Kaleidoscope and Young Teen camps are at their halfway point and participants are busy preparing for their respective finales.

Commissioners debate accuracy of county budget

Clayton County commissioners debated this week whether the amount of money from the county’s reserves needed to balance the county’s proposed fiscal year 2014 budget is greater than officials have let on.

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Flying in the face of danger — CURT YEOMANS

Look at the Weather Channel’s list of the 10 U.S. cities most vulnerable and overdue for a direct hit from a major hurricane and is it any surprise that almost all of them are in the southeast?

Humane Society to hold its spring yard sale

It appears Mother Nature is finally ready to cooperate with the Clayton County Humane Society.

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Community groups receive grants for service projects

Five groups whose names may be familiar to Clayton County residents received grants to fund their work for the community Wednesday.

Firefighters treated after collision with truck

Four Clayton County firefighters were treated at Atlanta Medical Center for injuries sustained in a vehicle accident Tuesday night, said officials.

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Ministers gather for annual breakfast

Call for prayers for community leaders

Guests of the annual Clayton County Ministers Association prayer breakfast joined in a rousing rendition of "Amazing Grace" Thursday morning, to the delight of jail Chaplain Fred Shillow.

Police seek suspect in shooting death

Police are looking for a suspect in the shooting death Tuesday of a Forest Park man.

Charter school seeks place in Clayton

Makes state appeal after local rejection

Thrice denied by the local school board, the Utopian Academy for the Arts board of directors has taken its charter school petition to the state.

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Mr. Howard Dewayne Gambrell

Mr. Howard Dewayne Gambrell, age 50 of Jonesboro, passed away on Sunday, June 2, 2013.