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Stately Oaks mourning tours under way

Stately Oaks Plantation is in "mourning" this month as Historical Jonesboro/Clayton County, Inc. officials observe an annual rite at the property.

Where is the vision of our commissioners?

To the editor:My fellow citizens of Clayton County, each of our sitting commissioners, (with the exception of Gail Hambrick) are re-elected; therefore, I must submit that we knew what they were when we picked them up. As you know, on this past Tuesday, Commissioners Sonna Singleton, Wole Ralph and Gail Hambrick voted to balance the budget on the backs of property owners in this county.

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Resident wounds one in home invasion, say police

A College Park apartment resident fired at two burglars early Tuesday morning, wounding one, said Clayton County police.

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Many happy returns: How couponers beat Wall Street - Jill Cataldo

Jill Cataldo saves hundreds on groceries by making the most of the common coupon. You can, too.

A consequence for everything - Martha Carr

Sometimes in life we pursue something doggedly for all the wrong reasons, but are still fortunate enough to come out on top.

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Academic achievement, test scores on BOE's mind

A week before school is back in session for all of Clayton County's public school students, and in light of disappointing annual yearly progress results recently released, school board members had an intense discussion about student achievement.

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Mount Zion quarterback expected to lead team back to playoff chase

By Derrick Mahonedmahone@news-daily.comLast season, Montel Buchanan wasn't asked to do a lot from the quarterback position for Mount Zion.

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Football officially begins

By Derrick Mahone and Darryl Maxiedmahone@news-daily.comWhile some teams from around the state thought of creative ways to open the first official day of football practice Monday, teams from around the Southern Crescent just did it plain and simple.

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Football not only sport starting

By Derrick Mahonedmahone@news-daily.comWhile the school's football and softball teams braved 90-degree temperatures Monday, the Jonesboro volleyball team was comfortably practicing in its new air conditioned gymnasium.

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Ravens relish IWFL championship to cap perfect 11-0 season

By Darryl Maxiedmaxie@news-daily.comCall them what you want -- the Atlanta Ravens or The Team Formerly Known as the Xplosion. But whatever the moniker, make sure there's one thing you don't leave out:

Dog Days for PETA - Tom Purcell

July, according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, is National Hot Dog Month. It's when we pay homage to the 7 billion delicious dogs we'll eat between Memorial Day and Labor Day this year. But People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is none too happy about that.

Vaccinations and the ice cream scare - Tina Dupuy

There have been occasional cases of polio (poliomyelitis) throughout human history. The Roman Emperor Claudius suffered from a disease as a child thought to be polio: muscle weakness, severe pain and paralysis.

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Motivation, encouragement, knowledge

Club music mixed with Latin flavor blasted through the audio system's speakers.

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Jonesboro may join anti-sagging pants bandwagon

Jonesboro Mayor Luther Maddox said people wearing their pants too low is not a widespread issue in the city, but he wants to nip it in the buttocks -- before it grows into one.

Pro-wrestling event canceled

"The Great American Bash Tribute," scheduled for this weekend is off.

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Riverdale standoff ends peacefully

A Riverdale woman's brief standoff with Clayton County police and SWAT officers ended Friday without incident, said officials.

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Atlanta man faces murder charges

A suspected gang member who goes by the alias "Obama" has been arrested and charged with murder in the death of a man killed during a drug deal gone wrong, said Clayton County police.

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Authority asks public to report illegal dumping

Illegal dumping into the sewer manholes has become such a problem in Clayton County that officials are asking for the public's help in identifying offenders.

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News of the Weird 7-30-2011

Compelling Explanations; Unclear on the Concept; Democracy in Action; Ironies; Run That by Me Again; Easily Offended; Should've Kept Their Mouths Shut; A News of the Weird Classic (May 1992)

The Greatest Miracle of All - Jim Bell

The Holy Bible gives us the story of many miracles, all performed by our great and mighty God. There is no way I could put them all in this article, even assuming I could find them all, so I will just talk about a few that I remember reading in the Old Testament and some from the New Testament.

Bloom where you're planted - Susan Bennett

I know folks rarely sit down to read the book of Jeremiah just for fun! But it contains some profound truths we need to pay attention to - and one of them has become a bumper sticker.

Moving on with many fond memories

Doug Gorman column

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Faith Notes - July 29, 2011

Nancy Grace to speak at College Park benefit

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Mundy's Mill sharpening skills to make playoff run

By the time the Mundy's Mill football team started figuring out how to win last year, the season was more than half over. Coach Peniel Dany is accelerating the curriculum in 2011.

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Heatley addresses business community

Edmond Heatley, superintendent of Clayton County Public Schools, shared positive comments about the county's school system with the business community Thursday.

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Plemons wins but still trails Behnke

Week No. 9 Thursday Thunder

Gary - Ronda Rich

It started one Sunday, when I slid into the third-row pew next to a slender man with rumbled silver hair just as the first notes of the organ announced that service was starting.

Closing the book - Peter Funt

I used to have an aversion to big-box stores, especially those that destroy well-run, friendly, neighborhood businesses, which is a fundamental part of the big-box strategy.

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Sadie

Sadie is an 11 year old Beagle.

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Jamie

Jamie is a 2 year old domestic shorthair tabby.

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Local mothers gather for informational 'baby shower'

Jonesboro resident Shashona Houston proudly proclaimed on Wednesday that the day marked the 35-week anniversary of the conception of her first child, her unborn daughter. The child, she said, is due to be born in August.

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Football match-up benefits Securus House

The Clayton County Police Department will face Clayton County firefighters in a flag football match Sunday, July 31, to benefit Securus House.

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Two face weapons charges

Two people were arrested in separate incidents Tuesday for allegedly trying to carry weapons through security at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Back in the fold - Will Durst

Give Congress the benefit of the doubt and say they do work out a compromise on the debt ceiling extension. This country could still slip into default, leading to the worst possible scenario imaginable -- we have to move back in with England. Who's going to be happy then? Nobody.

Legal guns would make Norway safer - Michael Reagan

How long would the Norway gunman have lasted in Texas, or any state where concealed-carry laws are on the books?

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BOC narrowly approves millage-rate increase

The Clayton County Board of Commissioners approved a controversial 34.18-percent increase in the county's property tax rate by a razor-thin, 3-2 margin on Tuesday, despite threats from residents that they would vote commissioners out of office, if the increase passed.

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Gallery of Choice

Moms may choose Jiff peanut butter, but one choosy Georgia governor chooses Arts Clayton as the source for his office's decorations.

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Clayton County alternative school going virtual

Clayton County school officials presented several updates to the Board of Education during Monday night's scheduled meeting, but the highlight of the evening was the district's alternative center's plans to go "virtual."

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Pile it on: Why stockpiling makes sense - Jill Cataldo

Jill Cataldo saves hundreds on groceries by making the most of the common coupon. You can, too.

Financial Brinkmanship - Martha Carr

This weekend's news cycle was either an indication that we have become over the top self-absorbed, or more accurately, a really good indicator of how much trouble the U.S. economy will be in if we falter and default on our obligations, even if it only lasts for a few days.

The GOP's cynical bluff - Tina Dupuy

GOP leaders in Congress don't want a balanced-budget amendment. The party, which rails against government bureaucracy, is counting on government bureaucracy to prevent them from successfully changing our founding documents.

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Coley hopes to be 'The Stabilizer'

When Forest Park principal Derrick Manning hired Edmund Coley to lead the school's struggling football program, he didn't see him as a coach accepting his first head coaching assignment.

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Clayton health officials seeking higher diabetes awareness

Diabetes is the fifth leading cause of death for Clayton County residents, according to a spokesman for the county's health department.

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Accused killer committed to the state at 13

A Riverdale teenager charged in the shooting death, last week, of a Clayton County sheriff's deputy was deemed a threat to the community at 13, and was sent away for almost two years, according to his lengthy juvenile record.

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Chamber of Commerce extends Leadership Clayton deadline

Although the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce initially required applications for its 2011-2012 Leadership Clayton program to be turned in by last Friday, the group has announced people have a couple more days to sign up.

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Standoff ends peacefully

A College Park man wanted for murder in Florida held off Clayton County police early Monday morning, barricading himself inside an apartment with a woman and her four children.

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Woman charged in revenge plot

A Las Vegas woman was arrested Saturday on charges she posted her ex-boyfriend's 12-year-old daughter's photo and contact information on various web sites for the purpose of offering the child for sex.

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Lovejoy to implement millage rate this year

For the first time, Lovejoy's business and home owners will have to pay property taxes, according to a Lovejoy city councilman.

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Number of Georgia schools making AYP down this year

Clayton County Public Schools was part of the trend of fewer schools in Georgia making Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) this year, according to the State Department of Education's preliminary results.

Crouching Lurkers - Will Durst

Run for the hills, everybody! Armageddon is imminent! The sky is beyond falling; it's anvil-plummeting! Onto our heads so fast the clouds are whistling the love theme from the movie "2012."