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Clayton County Sample Ballots

As part of Clayton News Daily's ongoing election preview coverage, we are presenting readers with the three sample ballots that have put out by county elections officials.

Clayton County included in National Weather Service tornado watch

Alert for possible Flint River flooding issued by county

Clayton County residents should prepare for possible tornadoes and a flood along the Flint River, county officials announced Monday afternoon.

TSA weekly report: Stun gun found at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Throwing stars, Ak-47, fake grenades and knife concealed in toothpaste discovered at other airports

Officers found and confiscated a “stun gun” from one traveler at the world’s busiest airport, according to the TSA’s “Week In Review” report on items found at U.S. airports.

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Election season arrives in Clayton County

Early voting begins Monday

Clayton County voters will begin going to the polls Monday to cast their ballots and help decide who will represent them in elected offices and whether the county should continue a special sales tax for government projects.

Clayton County voters also face SPLOST referendum and party questions on ballots

Southern Regional Medical Center bailout and municipal projects on SPLOST project list

Clayton County voters will be doing more than elected candidates to offices or party nominations during the upcoming primary election.

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Signs of the times

Campaign advertisements increase in Clayton County as primary nears

A trio of campaign signs for school board Member Alieka Anderson, Commissioner Sonna Singleton and commission candidate Joyce Baul sit together at the corner of Lake Harbin and Maddox roads in Morrow.

Election season arrives in Clayton County

Early voting begins Monday

Clayton County voters will begin going to the polls Monday to cast their ballots and help decide who will represent them in elected offices and whether the county should continue a special sales tax for government projects.

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AMC Theater officials outline plans for Southlake alcohol sales

Morrow City Council still considering request

AMC Theater wants to serve alcohol to patrons at its Southlake location as part of an ongoing effort to improve the movie-going experience, a high-ranking official from the theater chain told Morrow leaders Tuesday.

Morrow leaders put reorganization proposal on hold

City Council members want to vet plan more carefully

Plans to re-organize Morrow’s government departments is on hold — for now — until city council members feel they have had a chance to adequately vet the proposal.

Forest Park sets FY2015 budget presentation dates

Department heads will present fiscal requests May 8, 16

Elected leaders in Forest Park, along with the residents they represent, will have a chance to find out how department heads plan to spend tax dollars throughout fiscal year 2015 during a pair of meetings scheduled for next month.

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Stately Oaks, Historical Jonesboro gearing up for annual Native American Heritage Day

Family fun event set for Saturday

Old Man Winter was not kind to the replica Native American Village at Stately Oaks Plantation this year.

Forest Park joins Clayton County land bank effort

Program is an attempt to turn properties with unpaid taxes into tax generators

Officials from Forest Park are teaming up with Clayton County leaders to make troubled properties that are far behind on their property taxes more attractive to developers.

Clayton County Meals on Wheels supporters hoping everything comes up roses for Mother’s Day fundraiser

Aging Advisory Board of Clayton County’s annual ‘Roses for Moms’ fundraiser underway

The Aging Advisory Board of Clayton County is in the midst of its annual “Roses For Mom” fundraiser for the county’s Meals on Wheels Program.

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Mayors, chairman discuss need for SPLOST passage

Two mayors and a chairman sat down to have a discussion Wednesday.

Clayton County adopts new rules for opening warming, cooling centers

Officials were criticized over response to February ice storm

Emergency management officials were criticized over response to February ice storm

Clayton County expected to abandon Old Riverdale Road

Departure would aid design of new Buddhist temple

Clayton County officials are planning to abandon 0.312 acres of roadway in Riverdale that they say residents gave up long ago.

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Clayton County officials tout transit’s benefits at Democratic Party forum

A return of mass transit in Clayton County would be the community’s “gateway to opportunity” and a tool to spur economic development, state Rep. Mike Glanton (D-Jonesboro) told residents this week.

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Southern Regional Medical Center CEO Jim Crissey says Clayton County will gain seats on hospital’s board of directors

Oversight contingent upon SPLOST passage however

Clayton County commissioners will gain some oversight over the affairs of Southern Regional Medical Center in return for setting aside $50 million in Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax funds to help the hospital financially, the center’s top executive announced Tuesday.

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Rotarians recognize students for life insights

Four Forest Park High School students were recognized by Clayton County Rotarians for their insight into the laws to living Wednesday.

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Clayton County residents pushing for expedited public transit study

Transportation proponents also calling for a binding MARTA referendum

Clayton County leaders have been taking formal steps that are expected to likely lead to a revival of mass transit in the county, but some residents called for them to shift into overdrive this week.

Forest Park formally approves URA, redevelopment plan

Authority will oversee Fort Gillem work

Officials in Forest Park made their Urban Redevelopment Authority official Wednesday with back-to-back meetings that served more as formalities than anything else.

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The funny names we go by

Apparently there is no difference between what would be my Easter Bunny name and what would be my stripper name — if I were a woman.

Freeze warning issued for Wednesday morning

The National Weather Service on Tuesday issued a freeze warning for north Georgia, including parts of the Southern Crescent.

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Primary election voter registration deadline looms

Georgia’s May 20 party primary is just over a month away, but a key deadline related to that election is right around the corner.

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Clayton County commissioners still reviewing ethics advisors recommendations

Chairman said policy proposal may come soon

The head of the Clayton County Board of Commissioners’ ethics advisory committee said he believes the county is working on an ethics proposal even though little has been said publicly about the issue in more than four months.

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Family Dollar announces 370 store closures

Locations will be shuttered for poor performance

The largest operator of “dollar stores” in Clayton County announced plans to close hundreds of locations because of poor performance across the nationwide chain, company officials announced Thursday.

Clayton named metro area's sixth most connected county

Clayton County is the sixth most connected county in a metro area that was noted in a new study for having more urban sprawl than any other metropolitan area, according to the report.

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Jonesboro officer’s debts focus of termination appeal

A former Jonesboro police officer told the city council this week he was fired because he owed a business money for a 73-inch television, but police department officials said there were deeper issues involved.

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Southern Regional CEO will address hospital’s financial needs at forum Saturday

A group of community activists will partner with Divine Faith Ministries International this weekend to raise awareness about issues facing Southern Regional Medical Center.

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Morrow may re-shuffle deck of departments

City manager wants new org chart approved

The departments within Morrow’s government may soon be shuffled for the second time in less than three years, according to plans unveiled by the city’s top administrator this week.

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L.A. company announces purchase of Southlake Mall

More than a year after it was put up for auction on the steps of Clayton County’s courthouse, Southlake Mall has a new owner.

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Clayton residents enjoy nature and Wild Azalea Festival

Nicholas Wahrmann and his brothers, Ryan and Jonathan, got up close and personal with “Millie” at the William H. Reynolds Memorial Nature Preserve in Morrow Saturday.

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Stockbridge couple organizing ‘MayDay’ marriage equality protest

Stockbridge residents Jazzie and Sonny Jones-Smith were on their way to a son’s wedding in Martha’s Vineyard when they decided to take the plunge themselves.

County, school system will provide free summer meals for children

Clayton County children who rely on free or reduced price school breakfasts and lunches for two meals a day during a school year will have a meal option this summer.

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Arts Clayton kicking off summer camp registrations

Everything old is eventually new again, whether its an annual summer camp or a decade of wild fashions.

Morrow leaders will discuss Olde Towne, re-organization at work session

The failed commercial development that won’t go away will rear its head again in Morrow next week.

BOC re-awards sidewalk contract after certification mistake

Lowest bidder was incorrectly disqualified in January

Clayton County commissioners needed a mulligan this week to fix a mistake that eliminated the lowest bidder on the Stockbridge Road sidewalk project earlier this year.

County reaches agreement to investigate landfill at proposed Animal Control site

Clayton County commissioners agreed this week to pay as much as $9,000 to have a former landfill removed from the proposed site of the county’s new Animal Control facility.

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Fowl feeders

County will install vending machines for animal food at International Park

Clayton County Parks and Recreation officials hope new vending machines at International Park will be all they’re quacked up to be.

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Some commissioners raise issues with animal euthanasia services bidding process

Pike County company gets contract anyway

A Pike County-based veterinarian narrowly won the right to continue euthanizing cats and dogs at the Clayton County Animal Control facility Tuesday after some county commissioners questioned the bidding process.

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BOC issues proclamations to cancer survivors, students and school officials

Clayton County commission Vice-Chairwoman Shana Rooks, third from left, presents a proclamation to 6-year old Hailey Bankhead, who is fighting to raise awareness of childhood cancers through her family’s nonprofit group, the Hailey Bankhead Foundation. Bankhead was diagnosed with Stage 4 Wilm’s Cancer in January 2013. The foundation will partner with the Clayton County Police Department to host its second annual 5K run and walk Saturday at 10:15 a.m. at the Gerald Matthews Sports Complex, 1935 McDonough Road in Lovejoy. Anyone interested in participating in the event can register online at (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

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VFW LAdies Auxiliary raises $1,150 to help haven for veterans families

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5080 Ladies Auxiliary raised a lot of dough to help families of hospitalized veterans over the weekend.

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‘The View’ co-host Sherri Shepherd promoting wig line in Morrow Saturday

Women from across the Southern Crescent are invited to take a little time to enjoy the view with daytime talk show host Sherri Shepherd this weekend.

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Wild Azalea Festival blossoms again Saturday

The Fifth Annual Wild Azalea Festival will be held Saturday at the William H. Reynolds Memorial Nature Preserve.

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Clayton officials expect big impact from aerotropolis

Clayton County government, business and economic development leaders said they are giddy about the possibilities available to them through the formation of the recently announced Aerotropolis Alliance.

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Thousands show up for congressional jobs fair

Thousands of job seekers lined up at the Georgia International Convention Center Friday morning to be one of the first people in the door at Congressman David Scott’s annual 13th Congressional District Jobs Fair.

Airport area economic development group announced

Nearly half of Clayton County could see an economic boost from a new group designed to spur growth around Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, regional business and government officials announced Friday.

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Jonesboro finishing preparations for Lee Street Park renovations

Summer is a time when school is out, children are playing outdoors and parks tend to get a little busier. But this summer will likely be marked with the load clanging and the roaring engines of construction equipment in Jonesboro’s Lee Street Park.

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No excuses for boredom this weekend

A bit of movie history is coming to metro Atlanta this weekend and I’m so excited.

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Morrow leaders may take ‘field trip’ to movie theaters

The Morrow City Council may take the phrase “Let’s all go to the movies” to a whole new level.