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Curt Yeomans

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Economic development dominates SPLOST forum discussions

Although Southern Regional Medical Center’s financial situation has dominated talks amongst officials about the proposed Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, many residents at a forum Tuesday wanted to talk about something else.

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BOC proclaims March 25 as Master Gardeners Day

Clayton County commission Chairman Jeff Turner, center, presented master gardeners in the county with a proclamation Tuesday declaring March 25 to be Master Gardener’s Day.

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PD official: Budget for new Animal Control shelter intact

Funding for a new animal control shelter will not be cut, a high-ranking Clayton County police official confirmed Monday.

County offering resume writing class Wednesday

Clayton County Human Resources officials will help residents write the document that will determine whether they get a job they are pursuing.

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Turner: County employees may get raises

Clayton County employees have gone more than half a decade without a pay raise, but that could soon change.

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'An emotional connection': Stately Oaks receives National Register of Historic Places plaque

Stately Oaks receives National Register of Historic Places plaque

After 42 years on the National Register of Historic Places, Stately Oaks Plantation finally has something to show for it.

Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen may be headed to Morrow

Clayton County residents may soon come to Morrow to eat fried calamari, gumbo and jumbo shrimp brochette.

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Turner outlines economic vision during State of the County address

Clayton County commission Chairman Jeff Turner’s State of the County address was intended to recap his first 15 months in office Thursday.

Jonesboro leaders say no to more tag readers

A relatively new crime fighting effort that Jonesboro Police Chief Franklin Allen said has been highly successful for the city will not be expanded because the city council rejected a request for additional equipment this week.

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Ireland and alcohol are my heritage

Even though some people might view it as politically incorrect to make jokes about the Irish and drinking, I have some biological rights to break the rules.

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Morrow leaders may retreat to another county for planning session


Morrow, JB Burke, Jeanell Bridges, Ronnie Few, Larry Ferguson, retreat, Fayette County, Clayton County, hotel, city council

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Lake Spivey Rotary Club signing up sprinters for Jonesboro race

Runners will lace up their shoes and hit the streets of Jonesboro’s historic district in a little over a week.

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For the kids

Arts Clayton’s Arte Gras raises money for children’s education programs

Hundreds of big “kids” partied together Saturday to raise money for little children.

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Turner to deliver ‘State of the County Address’ Thursday

Clayton County Commission Chairman Jeff Turner will address residents this week and tell them where the county has been over the last year and where it is headed in the year to come.

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Stately Oaks to receive long awaited ‘National Register’ plaque

Stately Oaks Plantation has a secret that many people may not think about when they visit its manicured grounds and walk between its grand columns.

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Seniors shuffle to Mardi Gras beat

Dozens of senior citizens from across the Southern Crescent converged on Jonesboro last Friday to let loose and earn some beads.

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North Clayton student wins Scott’s congressional art contest

Visitors to the U.S. Capitol will be looking at a budding Clayton County artist’s work for the next year.

Clayton has full slate of elected office candidates

Clayton County voters will have their hands full when they go to the polls to chose their elected leaders in the May 20 primary.

Study encourages Morrow community theatre

A consulting group that studied the feasibility of a community theatre in Morrow has recommended city leaders move forward with the concept, the city’s top tourism official announced this week.

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Senate passes Seay’s agriculture museum bill

State Sen. Valencia Seay (D-Riverdale) may represent an urban district, but she’s pushing to get the spotlight shone on Georgia’s rural communities.

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Hospital money headlines proposed SPLOST list

The fate of Southern Regional Medical Center will rest in the hands of Clayton County voters in two months.

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Ex-Morrow city attorney qualifies for attorney general run

Two months ago, Greg Hecht was seemingly planning on staying Morrow’s city attorney for another year. Now, he’s planning a run to be Georgia’s top prosecutor.

BOC approves SPLOST project list with hospital assistance

Clayton County voters will go to the polls May 20 and decide the fate of Southern Regional Medical Center.

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Jonesboro leaders say ‘No’ to hospital debt

Council members say they are not responsible for county’s obligations

The Jonesboro City Council will not come to the aid of Southern Regional Medical Center.

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Moonshine and Magnolias revival planned for this weekend

From the first time a train rolled through town, to the present, Jonesboro’s history will come alive on the stage this weekend.

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North Clayton’s Fambro flying high after state honor

Not many Georgia students get recognized on the floor of the Georgia Senate, but most students may not have a resume like the one that belongs to North Clayton High School senior Deja Fambro.

Candidates starting to line up for local races

Qualifying for local offices moved slowly over the first day and a half of this week but some seats are beginning to shape up to be crowded races.

Riverdale High on lockdown because of gun

Clayton County Public Schools officials and police have placed Riverdale High School on lockdown after a student reportedly brought a gun to school.

Rotarians drown hunger in flood of food

The image of a horn of plenty overflowing with food is a traditional image carted out around Thanksgiving, but a truck of plenty? That’s a new one.

MARTA exec says all eyes are on Clayton

Says nation looking to see what will be done about transit

Clayton County is the center of attention for transportation planners who want to know if the county will green light public transit’s return or leave it idling at the stop sign, a top MARTA official announced this week.

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Shingles company moving to Clayton County

Clayton County business leaders raised the roof Thursday when they found out a company that makes shingles will invest millions of dollars in the county.

Clayton candidates march into qualifying week Monday

The time has come for potential elected office candidates to prove their aspirations are more than just talk by officially putting their hats in the ring.

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Love of the game

Riverdale resident fondly remembers days in baseball’s Negro League

A smile slipped away from Lawrence Williams’ as a conversation shifted from his on-the-field exploits as a professional baseball player in the 1950s to what he endured on the trips from one city to the next.

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Morrow councilwoman claims unnamed official bullied her

One of the new council members in Morrow openly sought legal advice this week against an unnamed “senior elected official” from a neighboring city who, she said, tried to intimidate her into firing City Manager Ron Few.

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Southern Regional confirms staff cuts amid financial woes

Forty-three employees and 61 positions cut

Southern Regional Medical Center recently laid off dozens of employees and cut several positions, including some top-level offices, in an attempt to cut spending to stay afloat, the hospital’s president told business leaders this week.

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Clayton business leaders meet governor for Chamber Day

Clayton County business leaders waited patiently in the crowded north wing atrium for a chance to see the highest elected official in the state Tuesday morning.

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Arte Gras raffle items ooze luxury

Arte Gras Raffle Committee Co-Chairs Kim Lister and Sandra Henderson said at least 30 items have been donated for drawings this year.

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Brian Kemp wants southeastern ‘Super Tuesday’ in 2016

March 1 would be regional primary date

If Secretary of State Brian Kemp gets his way, Republicans and Democrats across most of the south will form a regional voting block during the 2016 presidential primary season.

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Should church become the OK corral?

It’s been said that everyone has their own reason for doing whatever they do.

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Should they wait or should they go? Commissioners debate delaying SPLOST vote over hospital issue

BOC could delay SPLOST vote over medical center’s debt

The Clayton County Board of Commissioners was not scheduled to deal with the upcoming Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax this week, but the tax reared its head anyway.

Transit study gets green light from BOC

Clayton County commissioners gave a Tampa-based planning and engineering company the final go-ahead this week to begin studying a possible return of mass transit in the county.

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BOC refuses to vote on judges’ pay raise

Commissioners say all employees deserve more money

Clayton County commissioners spoke volumes about a pay raise request for Superior Court judges without saying a word Tuesday.

Clayton’s Chamber Day at Capitol set for next week

The Clayton County Chamber of Commerce is inviting its members to see their state leaders at work.

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Arts Clayton goes ‘old Hollywood’ for Arte Gras

The invitations for this year’s Arte Gras may have gotten to their intended destinations a little later than normal this year, but Arts Clayton Executive Director Linda Summerlin said partons can thank “Old Man Winter” for that.

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Legislation raising sales tax cap for transit introduced

An old effort to revive public transportation in Clayton County underwent a resurrection of its own in the Georgia House of Representatives Tuesday.

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Jonesboro rejects rotating mayor pro tem proposal

A proposal to rotate Jonesboro’s second most powerful position among city council members instead of annually voting to fill the job divided the town’s governing body Monday.

Power coming back quickly in Clayton County

The lights are quickly coming back on in Clayton County, according to a Georgia Power outage map.

Some power expected to be restored in Riverdale

Georgia Power officials are projecting they will have power back to 3,238 northwest Riverdale customers this afternoon, the company’s outage map website is reporting.

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Out cold: More than 40,000 Clayton, Henry residents lose power during storm

JONESBORO — Much of the Southern Crescent was left in the dark for most of Wednesday and Thursday as Winter Storm Pax moved through the area and took down trees and power lines.

Northcutt Elementary open as a warming center

Clayton County residents who have been without power for several hours have a place to warm up for a little bit with the opening of an warming center in College Park.