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Clayton County, city governments closing for Thanksgiving holiday

JONESBORO — Government offices will be closed for Thanksgiving?

Like most Clayton County residents, government employees will take Thursday off to spend time with family and stuff their faces like they’re Thanksgiving turkeys. It is turkey day, after all.

Clayton County government offices — except for those that deal with public safety — will be closed Thursday and Friday, but most are expect to reopen Monday for regular business. That means offices such as those belonging to the commissioners, tax commissioner, elections and registration and courts being shuttered.

However, it also means other county facilities more commonly used by residents — such as libraries and parks — will also be shut down. The libraries will reopen Saturday, and parks and recreation facilities will be open that day on a limited 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. schedule.

Clayton County Public Schools facilities have been closed since Monday, but will reopen next week.

City offices in College Park, Forest Park, Jonesboro, Lake City, Lovejoy, Morrow and Riverdale will be closed Thursday and Friday.

But county and city governments are not only places scaling back for turkey day.

Even the Clayton News Daily’s business hours will be affected by the holidays. The newspaper will be open on a limited 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. schedule today and Friday. It will be closed all day Thursday. Regular business hours will resume next week.

But, while there are many closings for Thanksgiving, there will also be some openings that day as well. Several national retailers — including Walmart, Target, Macy’s, Belk, Best Buy, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Kohls and Sears — have announced plans to open Thursday evening in an effort to get an early jump on Black Friday sales.

Walmart and Best Buy will open at 6 p.m., while Macy’s, Target, Sears, Belk, Dick’s and Kohls will open at 8 p.m. Sears has announced it will remain open until 10 p.m. Friday.