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Are cigars endangered? - Tom Purcell

Are premium cigars next on the federal government's hit list?

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Staying on top

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport can add to its array of awards and accolades.

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Teen shows no emotion during deputy-shooting hearing

A Riverdale teen charged in the shooting death of a Clayton County sheriff's deputy made his first court appearance Friday afternoon, and met with the public defender who will be representing him.

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Forest Park police, residents celebrate Neighborhood Watch

Like many police departments across the country, Forest Park uses high-tech tools to fight crime but also relies on the good old-fashioned concept of neighbors watching out for each other and their city.

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Tip for winning passes to Niekro event

Phil Niekro will sign autographs at Sam's Club in McDonough, on Wednesday, July 27, and the "Break the Line" offer contest is being conducted by way of the newspaper's Facebook business page.

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Service set for Clayton County deputy

Funeral services have been set for a Clayton County sheriff's deputy killed Wednesday in the line of duty.

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College Park approves utility credit for employees

College Park employees and retirees, who live in the city, will continue benefiting from a credit that gives them a break on their utility bills.

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TSA installing new software at Hartsfield-Jackson

The thought of an imaging technology machine producing a specific body image of a passenger troubles some travelers at U.S. airports.

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Local student wins first place in art competition

Vanessa Garcia, a student at Clayton County's Pointe South Middle School, recently won first place in a regional art competition that earned her and her school's principal all-expenses-paid trips to Istanbul, Turkey, according to a Clayton County Public Schools news release.

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News of the Weird 7-23-2011

Government in Action!; Great Art!; Police Report; Criminals With Chutzpah; Least Competent Non-Criminals; A News of the Weird Classic (November 1992)

We are somebody in The Lord Jesus! - Jim Bell

I will never forget how happy my parents were when I graduated from high school. My mother hugged me and kissed me, and she said," Buddy, you have done well, now I want you to be somebody!" I wondered about how to do this -- how can I be somebody?

'Everyone' means EVERYONE - Susan Bennett

As a Christian pastor, I have conversations with folks all the time about sin, and heaven, and hell. Many of these people have been going to church all their lives, been good citizens, and seem to be in good shape spiritually. They claim to be Christians, followers of Jesus. And yet, so many talk about heaven as if they're still not sure whether or not they'll "get there."

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Former UG star Mann picks UGA

Former Union Grove standout Charles Mann committed to play for the University of Georgia on Friday.

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Gaines likely to put pro dreams on hold

With the first round of his negotiations not "looking like I wanted" it to be, former Luella High shortstop Julius Gaines is leaning towards attending college instead of immediately pursuing a professional career.

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Southern Crescent players gone pro

Here is a look at how local professional baseball players are doing this season:

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Who will graduate from Thursday Thunder to NASCAR?

Doug Gorman Column

It's all 'Oh France' for Quebec - Curt Yeomans

Perhaps I should have brushed up on my French before I went to Canada.

'Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town' - Ronda Rich

It wasn't long ago that a friend of mine -- a West Coaster, no less -- got onto the subject of country music. Some he likes, some he doesn't, he said.

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Local team with dual identities to play for IWFL title

The first team to play on Tara Stadium's new artificial turf is made up of doctors, accountants and schoolteachers who become running backs, linebackers and safeties -- and more -- once they hit the ladies' locker room.

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Barnes gets seventh win of season at AMS

A week after experiencing his first loss of the season in the Thursday Thunder racing series, coupled with a poor showing a few days ago in Charlotte, was motivation enough for Parker Barnes.

Bearcats clawing their way through roller coaster season

Darryl Maxie column: The OTC Bearcats have soldiered on through pulled hamstrings, broken bones and even a torn kneecap, and are ready for the postseason.

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Chick-fil-A's annual school-supplies drive under way

For the fourth year in a row, Chick-fil-A and Truett's Grill restaurants are sponsoring a back-to-school, school-supplies drive to benefit Clayton County children.

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School's back in session for Elite Scholars

Clayton County Board of Education members Alieka Anderson and Ophilia Burroughs were among those who welcomed students back to class at Elite Scholars Academy, Monday morning.

The cost of success - Martha Carr

Rupert Murdoch's media empire, News Corporation, which includes American TV's Fox News, is extensive to the point of being global, and is coming unraveled.

Patriotic purchasing - Peter Funt

Is it unpatriotic for Americans to buy foreign-made products?

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Riverdale native's book looks at Alzheimer's disease

It was an encounter with an elderly woman and her granddaughter that inspired Alexandra F. Bryan, a native of Riverdale, to write a children's book, called "Green Kitty."

Rumors don't help school system

In recent weeks, the Clayton County public school district has been beset with rumors that are not only incorrect, but are harmful to efforts to improve educational opportunities for our students.

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Couponing the 'old-fashioned' way - Jill Cataldo

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

Lessons from a recession - Martha Carr

The June unemployment figures have been released and the numbers have risen to 9.2 percent, with 18,000 new jobs created, well under what experts had predicted.

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Connelly wins East Lake Classic

Local golfer wins at historic site

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Stackhouse advances at the U.S. Girls Junior Championship

North Clayton's Stackhouse shines at U.S. Girls Junior Championship

Are you ready for some football?

Derrick Mahone column

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Council may vote July 28 to remove member

The Forest Park City Council voted Monday to set the wheels in motion to remove Councilwoman Karen-Brandee Williams from office, following public comments urging councilmembers to keep her on board.

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Clayton health board joins social media world

Do you "Like" the Clayton County Board of Health?

New number for child abuse, neglect calls

The Clayton County Department of Family and Children Services has a new number for reporting suspected child abuse or neglect.

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Executive arrested for having gun at airport

A Columbus, Ga.-area company executive was arrested Monday afternoon when Atlanta airport workers found a handgun in his attache case.

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State inmate indicted on local charges

A state prison inmate has been indicted in Clayton County in the October 2009 shooting of two people, according to Superior Court records.

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Woman charged with stealing from dead sister

A Riverdale woman has been charged with stealing her dead sister's Social Security check, said police.

Stop Obama's attack on Christianity - Michael Reagan

President Obama wants Israel to revert to the pre-1967 borders. That would mean handing some of Christianity's most sacred sites over to the Palestinian government, which for all intents is controlled by one of the world's most radical terrorist organizations, Hamas.

Choosing homosexuality - Tina Dupuy

Is being gay something one chooses? Are we all capable of being gay or lesbian, but the better among us choose to be straight?

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Bringing home the medals

Local Tae Kwon Do team excels

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Historical Jonesboro to evoke 'Tara' at 'Special-Tea'

As God as their witness, some local residents and Scarlett O'Hara fans will never go thirsty again. Or, at least for one day.

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Congressman Scott's annual health fair on horizon

U.S. Congressman David Scott (D-Ga.) is scheduled to host his annual health fair in Jonesboro next month, his office announced earlier this week.

Let's have a few chuckles for the day - Jim Bell

Every now and then I like to kick back and enjoy a few good stories and have some fun so let's swap a few.

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Newton's trial set for October

Former Clayton County sheriff's spokesman Jonathan Newton pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges he stole from taxpayers while an employee.

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Solicitor General's office helps with school supplies

College student Jurod James said he remembers when he was in school growing up, there was always a kid who needed something from his classmates -- a No. 2 pencil or stack of wide-ruled notebook paper.

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Jonesboro man must repay $65,000 in arson case

A Jonesboro man pleaded guilty Monday to deliberately setting his house on fire in order to collect the insurance, officials said.

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Faith Notes - July 15, 2011

Tara Baptist Church hosts community market

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Church Directory 2011

Church Directory 2011