News for Friday, May 17, 2013


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ELCA’s Cameron has pedigree, tools and poise to be a star

Sophomore outfielder leads Chargers into Class A private school finals this weekend

R. Kelly headlines Clayton’s busy Saturday lineup

Clayton County will play host this weekend to a popular singer for singing about the “Bump n’ Grind” while “The Bandit” returns to downtown Jonesboro Saturday.

Starr drops funding request

Housing authority debates nepotism

Housing Authority of Clayton County Executive Director Wade Starr asked the authority’s board this week to give $1,300 to a group run by his second cousin but pulled back after questions were raised about nepotism.

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New 24-hour gym working out for southside

Nekisha Dickerson gave her personal trainer, Don Wisby, an exasperated look Friday when he jokingly asked her to do another set of leg raises at the end of their first training session at Workout Anytime Fitness.

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Jonesboro son competes in Warrior Games

The son of a Jonesboro couple knows how an explosion, crash, gunshot, sickness or emotional trauma can push a someone to a place of unfamiliarity. And through the healing process, Paralympic sport gives many survivors a chance to prove anyone can overcome disability.

Mixed-bag for citizens’ budget discussions

About a dozen residents and district employees turnout for the second of four public hearings on the Clayton County Board of Education’s upcoming budget.

Man charged in alleged 2012 assault

It took almost a year but a McDonough man who police said fled after he attacked his sister and another family member has been brought back to Henry County to face charges.

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Mrs. Barbara Ann Durden

Mrs. Barbara Ann Durden, 77, of Griffin, passed away Thursday, May 16, 2013, at her residence.

Mrs. Connie Gail Pope

Mrs. Connie Gail Pope, 59, of Jonesboro passed away May 16, 2013.

Attorneys argue appeal in Lampl case

Arguments in the case against former Morrow City Manager John Lampl were heard Thursday morning in the Georgia Court of Appeals.

Police force suffers from low pay

Police Chief Dwayne Hobbs told the Forest Park City Council Wednesday his best officers are being lured away by better-paying municipalities.

City likely to raise rates for ambulance service

Fire Chief Eddie Buckholts told city council members Thursday night his department may have to increase base rate charges for ambulatory service to help cover costs.

Man indicted in shooting

A violent offender who served time in state prison for drugs and weapons charges has been indicted for allegedly shooting another man in the groin.

Saturday is clean-up day in Forest Park

Residents are encouraged to come out Saturday morning to help clean up the north side of the city.

Students earn Water Environment Research Awards


The Clayton County Water Authority Board of Directors recognized three students from Clayton County Public Schools for outstanding water-related science fair projects.