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Curt Yeomans

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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.

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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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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.

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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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.

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Clayton County has highest number of powerless Georgia Power customers

Clayton County has been Georgia Power’s hardest hit area during today’s winter storm, according to an online outage map maintained by the company.

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Georgia Power: About 38,253 Clayton customers without power

Clayton County residents have heeded the warnings and stayed off the roads during Winter Storm Pax, said the county’s top emergency management official, but thousands or residents are without power right now.

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‘Catastrophic’ ice expected to bring havoc today

Although Clayton County got some experience with icy conditions when Winter Storm Leon dumped snow on the area a couple of weeks ago, fire Chief Landry Merkison said residents should expect more trouble this time around.

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Superior Court judges seeking higher supplement

Benefield: Pay will be a factor when seats are open

Clayton County Chief Superior Court Judge Deborah Benefield told county commissioners this week the local salary supplement for the court’s judges needs to increase to attract qualified jurists to the bench.

Arts Clayton organizing children’s activities for schools winter break

Children will get to learn about art, love and history through a trio of educational activities Arts Clayton is planning to stage this month.

Clayton conservation district, extension office partnering for tree give-a-way

Clayton County residents are being asked to plant the seeds for the county’s future on Georgia Arbor Day.

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Officials sorting out what’s next in HB 399’s wake

Clayton County officials are sorting out what to do next in the wake of the state Senate’s decision to pass legislation that bars the county from collecting property taxes on leases at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

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Auditors list numerous problems in forensic report of finance dept.

Clayton County commissioners got their first taste of a forecoming forensic audit report on the county’s finance department Tuesday and it was biting criticism of the department’s former leader.

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Officials praise Merkison’s leadership during winter storm

The Clayton County Board of Commissioners recognition of Severe Weather Awareness Week was intended to highlight the importance of bad weather Tuesday.

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My harrowing winter storm experience, part 2

Don’t ever mess with someone who suffers panic attacks. It won’t end pretty.

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Arts Clayton to announce art competition winners tonight

Gallery manager: ‘This is really one of the best shows we’ve ever hung’

It was luck, said Arts Clayton Gallery Manager Teri Williamson, that brought together a collection of 58 juried art competition entries that compliment each other.

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Congressman David Scott nominates Clayton trio for service academy appointments

Mundy’s Mill High School senior Briana Stokes dreams of one day serving as a judge advocate general in the U.S. Air Force.

Jonesboro Days to return this year

After a one-year absence, Jonesboro Days is on track to return this spring.

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Deal appoints Glanton to emergency task force

A newly created task force designed to improve the way Georgia responds to severe weather emergencies will include one voice from Clayton County.

State Senate passes ‘devastating’ HB 399 despite Clayton’s pleas

After a long fight, legislation that prohibits Clayton County from collecting property taxes from concessionaires at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport has cleared the Georgia General Assembly.

Reynolds Nature Preserve supporters to fight invaders with clean up day

Native plants threatened by Kudzu, privet

Foreign invaders are threatening to strangle the life out of the natives at the William H. Reynolds Memorial Nature Preserve, according to a group of preserve supporters.

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District 74 Business and Community Day postponed after storm

Residents who wanted to join state Rep. Valencia Stovall (D-Ellenwood) at the state Capital to celebrate District 74 Business and Community Day Friday will have to wait a little longer to do so.

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Clayton County featured on 2014 state travel guide cover

Clayton County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Marketing Director Beth Bailey said she was relieved Tuesday when she was finally allowed to talk about a big secret that she’d been keeping for months.

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Snow arrives in Clayton County

Here is some of the scenes from the Jonesboro and Morrow areas as snow began to fall in Clayton County Tuesday.

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Snow buries local governments for days

Even governments have their limits and fighting Mother Nature may be one of them.

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Clayton County crippled by Leon’s winter blast

The road that leads to Tara was more like an ice skating rink this week as Winter Storm Leon shutdown roadways and governments alike in Clayton County.

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My harrowing winter storm experience, part 1

I learned a new meaning to fear this week and its name is “Snow.”

National Archives at Atlanta hosting symposium on civil rights and the railroad

Registration is now open

Many people know the story about Rosa Parks and her refusal to give up her seat on a bus, but how many people know what Sallie Robinson tried to do nearly 80 years earlier?

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Morrow refuses to release most city manager applications

City says state law prohibits disclosure, but GPA attorney disagrees

Morrow officials are arguing public access to about 41 city manager job applications is forbidden by state law, but a leding authority on Georgia’s open records law says that’s not true.

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Clayton County Chamber of Commerce celebrates human assets at annual banquet

The Clayton County Chamber of Commerce celebrating 60 years of holding its annual banquet by putting the spotlight on the county’s human assets Saturday.

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Wallace Norrington gets Jonesboro mayor pro tem nod

Will be councilman’s first time in 22-year tenure

The Joneboro City Council voted 4-2 to name Councilman Wallace Norrington as the city’s mayor pro tem for 2014 Monday night.

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Clayton County police waiting to hearing suitability of proposed animal control property

Deputy chief: Old landfill discovered at site

Plans to build a new Animal Control kennel that Clayton County voters approved nearly six years ago is on track to be built this year, a high-ranking county police official has confirmed.

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Sen. Valencia Seay proposing legislation to let SPLOST funds be used for transit operations

State Sen. Valencia Seay (D-Riverdale) has introduced a piece of legislation, Senate Bill 287, that would change the law to allow communities to use SPLOSTs to pay the operational costs associated with running a transit system.

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Arts Clayton installs 2014 Board of Directors

Arts Clayton swore in its 2014 Board of Directors at a formal installation ceremony held last Friday at the group’s gallery in Jonesboro.

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Jonesboro resident competing on ‘Wheel of Fortune’ tonight

Charles Drew High School Principal Gary Townsend had one request for the school’s parent liaison, Shondra Echols, before she went to Los Angeles in October to tape an appearance on “Wheel of Fortune.”

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Local, state primary moved up by two months

Election to be held May 20

A fundamental shift in local and state elections was made at the state Capitol this week.

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Finding the perfect hotel deal

Finding the best deal on a hotel room is really like playing a game of chess.

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Southern Regional Medical Center asking Clayton County for financial support

Hospital CEO says free patient care causes deficit spending

Raymond Johnson and Timothy Vondell Jefferson sat across an aisle from each other Tuesday night and debated the merits of paying for a civic arena with Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax funds.

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Clayton County honors MLK at parade

The Elijah Masonic Lodge No. 309 and Electra SpecialNo. 109 Order of the Eastern Star held their 13th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade in Jonesboro Monday.

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MLK Day Parade 2014

Here are more scenes from the 2014 Martin Luther King Jr. Parade in Jonesboro.

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Clayton celebrating MLK with parade, church service

Eight Clayton County high school bands will roll out the drums and put out a call with their trumpets “while the people shout, ‘Strike up the band,’ ” As George Gershwin would say, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. next week.

Morrow residents blast leaders over changes

The Morrow City Council got an earful this week from residents upset over leadership changes and unexpected appointments that were pushed through Tuesday via several split decisions.

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Morrow city manager hiring raises questions

The Morrow City Council narrowly hired a city manager this week that half the council members had never heard of beforehand and without any indication that he had been formally interviewed for the job.

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The temperamental mood swings of Mother Nature

OK Mother Nature has got to stop it with the hot and cold treatment.

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Rotary Club of Clayton County alumni reunite for annual luncheon

Alumni of Clayton County club reunite for annual luncheon

The Rotary Club of Clayton County held its annual Alumni Reunion luncheon at Red Lobster in Jonesboro Wednesday.