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Clayton County student artwork showcased at the High Museum

Display is part of school district partnership with the Atlanta-based museum

Works of art from Clayton County Public Schools are on display at the High Museum in Atlanta. A special exhibit, featuring the work of 44 student artists, will be open to the public through mid May.

Clayton State School of Nursing to host 2015 Graduate Research Symposium Friday

The School of Nursing in the College of Health at Clayton State University will host its 2015 Graduate Research Symposium on Friday.

Officials give update on Blue Bell ice cream recall

The Georgia Department of Public Health, through its Environmental Health division and Environmental Health inspectors at the county level, is working with schools and school districts to pull all Blue Bell products.

Shining Light Safety Walk and Coummunity Fair is Tuesday

Residents are invited to take park in the Shining Light Safety Walk and Community Fair Tuesday.

Georgia Power Relay Teams coming through Clayton, Henry counties this weekend

Georgia Power employees have come together to take part in the American Cancer Society’s Run for the Reason fundraiser.

Georgia agriculture officials warn retailers, consumers of expanded Blue Bell recall

Experts stress public health concerns

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black is alerting Georgians to the expanded recall of all Blue Bell Creameries products currently in the marketplace, due to possible health risk.

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Clayton Fire and Emergency Services break ground for new training facility

The new building is part of the approved 2009 SPLOST project.

Clayton County Board of Health, others to host ‘Safety Palooza’ Saturday

In honor of Safe Kids Month and Safe Kids Day, the Clayton County Board of Health is teaming up with AMERIGROUP Community Care, the Morrow Fire Department and Safe Kids Clayton for “Safety Palooza” Saturday.

Deal signs Opportunity School District, education reform into law

Gov. Nathan Deal signed legislation Tuesday that would implement an Opportunity School District to turn around failing schools.

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Clayton State University hosts third annual Arbor Day celebration

Clayton State University hosted its Third Annual Arbor Day Celebration Tuesday, calling the event “Trees Made Real…” — a take on the institution’s “Dreams Made Real” mantra.

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Five Georgia Southern University students killed in crash

Five students were killed and two were injured in an accident along Interstate 16 near Savannah on Wednesday morning.

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Board of Commissioners invite residents to meet local leaders at ‘Show on the Road’ at Southlake Mall

Clayton County Board of Commissioners Chairman Jeff Turner invites residents to come out and meet county leaders.

Use of e-cigarettes tripled among teens in one year, say officials

Current e-cigarette use among middle and high school students tripled from 2013 to 2014, according to data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Advocacy center in Hampton gets financial boost from state

State Rep. Andy Welch (R-McDonough) has announced that the fiscal year 2016 state budget will include $10,000 in additional grant funds for Southern Crescent Sexual Assault and Child Advocacy Center in Hampton

IRS officials encourage taxpayers to use online tax help tools

The Internal Revenue Service is warning of possible long lines at some of the largest Taxpayers Assistance Centers across the country and long hold times on the phone.

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Lawn Mower Racing coming to Atlanta Motor Speedway

Races are part of Summit Racing Equipment Atlanta Motorama April 18-19

Atlanta Motor Speedway may have lost its September NASCAR race, but it gained summer Lawn Mower Racing.

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Augustin Clayton Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution host honor brunch

MORROW — In recognition of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War, members of Augustin Clayton Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution hosted an Honor Brunch at the Georgia Archives in Morrow recently.

Road closures, detours set Monday at Clayton State for motion picture filming

A section of Clayton State Boulevard, the main entrance to Clayton State University, will be closed from 3 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday for the filming of a motion picture.

State agricutlure commissioner alerts residents of nationwide recall on certain walnut, trail mix products

Officials note potential health risk from Salmonella

ATLANTA — Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black is alerting Georgians to the recall of certain walnut and trail mix products, sold under various brand names in the state for potential health risk consumers.

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Rex Mill Middle earns STEM certification

Becomes second middle school statewide to earn designation

Clayton County Public Schools has announced that one of its own was awarded certification through the state as a science, technology, engineering and mathematics school.

Emory University receives WellCare Health Plans donation for North Clayton High health clinic services

WellCare Health Plans Inc. has announced its donation of $22,000 to Emory University to fund behavioral health services for a school-based health center at North Clayton High.

Clayton courts hosting Law Day 2015

The Clayton County Court Administration Office and Law Library is hosting Law Day 2015 April 29.

State House accepts Opportunity School District legislation

The Georgia House of Representatives has passed Senate Resolution 287, legislation to allow the creation of an “Opportunity School District” in the state of Georgia.

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IRS warns college students against becoming victims of tax refund scam

Officials: Targets include college students, seniors and church members

The Internal Revenue Service is warning college students and other taxpayers to beware of an emerging federal tax refund scam tempting students to relinquish their personal identification and file tax returns claiming fraudulent refunds.

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity to celebrate supporters

Orgranization hosts its first Golden Hammer Awards April 26

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity plans to honor those who have provided exceptional support to its mission of helping low income working families who “need a hand up, not a hand out” towards home ownership and home repair services.

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State Rep. Mike Glanton to serve on the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Overview Committee

Gov. Nathan Deal appointed Rep. Mike Glanton to a committee to ensure transit keeps expanding in the metro Atlanta area.

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Shaquille O’Neal to join Clayton County Chamber of Commerce Fashion Illusion show Sunday

Shaquille O’Neal will strut his stuff on a Clayton County runway this weekend.

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Turner to deliver State of County Address

Chairman Jeff Turner to deliver State of County Address at Clayton State University Thursday

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Drivers should avoid I-75 near Forest Park

Northbound I-75 traffic is at a standstill near Forest Parkway, possibly due to an accident.

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Mattie’s Call issued for Michael William Smith

The Clayton County Police Department has issued a Mattie’s Call for Michael William Smith, 65.

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Sheila Caldwell to speak at Clayton State’s Civic Engagement Conference

Clayton State University’s Seventh Annual Civic Engagement research conference is set for March 27.

Ed Wise is unofficially Jonesboro’s newest councilman

Ed Wise is unofficially Jonesboro’s newest councilman.

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Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges to be recognized before State House of Representatives Thursday

Rep. Valencia Stovall to lead house in recognition

State Rep. Valencia Stovall (D-Lake City) will lead the Georgia House of Representatives in recognizing multi-platinum selling recording artist Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, founder of The Ludacris Foundation, Thursday.

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Funeral announced for Clayton police Officer Darryl Wallace, who was killed in crash

JONESBORO — Funeral arrangements have been announced for Clayton County police Officer Darryl Wallace.

DuBois Integrity Academy announces Clayton County’s Stephanie Payne as new principal

DuBois Integrity Academy Board Members recently announced Stephanie Payne as the state charter school’s new principal.

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Forest Park High Key Club to be inducted into Kiwanis International Saturday

The Kiwanis Key Club at Forest Park High School will be inducted into Kiwanis International during the Governor’s Rally on Saturday.

United Way of Greater Atlanta expands reach of financial literacy with relaunched Money Game 2 app

United Way of Greater Atlanta re-launches Money Game app to expands reach of financial education.

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Prime Care Learning Center, Riverdale focus on unity to wrap up Black History Month

Local children helped about 400 members of their community celebrate togetherness to wrap up this year’s Black History Month.

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Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity hosts student volunteers in Jonesboro for Spring Break

Students from Emory and Henry College will travel to Lovejoy for their spring break to volunteer with Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity.

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Johnson takes home fourth checkered flag at AMS despite not qualifying

Friday’s qualifying results ultimately had no impact on the events that unfolded at the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 on Sunday.

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Clayton County police, FBI looking for bank robbers

Local and federal officials are looking for three men they said robbed the Wells Fargo Bank on Virginia Avenue in Atlanta Friday morning.

VITA Free Tax Assistance Saturday at Clayton State

Accounting students from Clayton State University are again participating in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program hosted by the College of Business.

Baggage handler indicted in federal firearms case

A former Delta Air Lines baggage handler has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges he conspired to carry dangerous weapons on an aircraft, among other allegations, said federal officials.

WTVA sale complete

WTVA sale complete in Tupelo, Miss.

Graduating high school football players, managers eligible for scholarship

The Touchdown Club of Atlanta is offering scholarships for high school seniors who played football or were student managers.

Jonesboro City Council special election candidates talk about issues

Jonesboro City Council special election candidates respond to a survey prepared by the Clayton News.

Clayton County women invited to join in Real Girl Talk

Local girls have the opportunity to become fulfilled young ladies in the next few months.

Freedom Riders to roll into Clayton State

Two veteran freedom riders will ride into Clayton State University Thursday to share their stories of segregation in the deep south.

Clayton State announces addition to healthcare informatics concentration

Clayton State University’s Department of Computer Science and Information Technology, in collaboration with its Health Care Management Program, has announced the addition of a healthcare informatics concentration to the university’s Bachelors of Information Technology program.