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Deal: State will explore medical marijuana

Gov. Nathan Deal announced two possible directions for the state to pursue testing, a possible precursor to the legal use of cannabis oil for children with epileptic disorders.

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Chick-fil-A’s new grilled recipe, entrée lineup set to “transform” menu

Chick-fil-A is introducing a new lineup of grilled chicken entrees that will give the chain a more nutritious and expansive menu.

State BOE approves rule to implement new teacher, leaderhip evaluations

The State Board of Education adopted a new rule at its April meeting, establishing that all school systems and charter schools will implement TKES and LKES by next school year.

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Stockbridge soldier competes in global culinary competition

Army Sgt. 1st Class Dwight M. Copeland is one of 200 chefs worldwide who gathered at Fort Lee, Va., for the 39th Annual Military Culinary Arts Competitive Training Event, where military food service chefs showcase their best cooking skills.

Officials give advice on potential child neglect, abuse cases

When neglect or abuse occurs, someone must step in to ensure their safety. The community, the police, the courts, and state and local agencies share the responsibility.

Spivey Hall Children’s Choir performs at national choral directors convention

Spivey Hall Children’s Choir reached another significant milestone this week.

Research concludes Georgia Pre-K improves school readiness

Students above national norm in language, literacy, math

State officials are boasting a recently released report by national experts in early childhood education and care concludes that Georgia’s Pre-K Program significantly improves school readiness skills in language, literacy and math.

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Paula Deen continues comeback

After maintaining a low profile from what she has described as a trying time, Albany native Paula Deen is clearly back on the rise.

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Clayton rotarians announce $1,000 scholarship winner

On Jan. 29, the Rotary Club of Clayton County presented a $1,000 scholarship to Ying Ma, a pharmaceutical technology student from Atlanta Technical College.

Piedmont Henry hosting blood drive

STOCKBRIDGE – Piedmont Henry Hospital and the American Red Cross will hold a blood drive March 14 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the hospital’s Foundation Education Center, Classrooms A.

Officials: Georgia makes Advanced Placement gains in access, scores

State officials are praising gains made in preparing Georgia high schoolers for college-level rigor.

Free meals program renewed for summer 2014

The Georgia Department of Education School Nutrition Program has announced the availability of free meals to children during summer break.

Jonesboro First United Methodist youth need help to stop hunger

JONESBORO — How do you make 10,000 meals with a pumpkin?

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DAR ‘Good Citizen’ recipient helps with blanket project

Joyce Hagans, center, the Augustin Clayton Daughters of the American Revolution chapter’s Good Citizen Award recipient for Lovejoy High School, present handmade blankets to chapter Regent Phyllis Lawson, right.

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DAR ‘Good Citizen’ recipient helps with blanket project

Joyce Hagans, center, the Augustin Clayton Daughters of the American Revolution chapter’s Good Citizen Award recipient for Lovejoy High School, present handmade blankets to chapter Regent Phyllis Lawson, right.

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Black History Month activities in the Southern Crescent

JONESBORO — Activities celebrating Black History Month abound in the Southern Crescent. As young people learn more about the historic contributions of black Americans to society in school, so too can adult residents.

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Statewide tornado drill set for today

Severe Weather Month recognized

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King’s legacy celebrated at pair of events

Georgia Court of Appeals Chief Judge Herbert Phipps was the guest speaker at the 23rd Annual Clayton County MLK Prayer Breakfast at the Morrow Center recently.

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Donors give record number of bags for foster children

Organizers are lauding area residents for their support of the 12th Annual Totes 2 Tots suitcase drive.

Free file open ahead of filing season

To help people get a jump on their taxes before the Jan. 31 filing season opens, the Internal Revenue Service has announced the immediate availability of Free File brand-name software for most taxpayers.

Spivey Hall announces schedule for February programs

Clayton State University’s Spivey Hall, the Southeast’s premier recital hall renowned internationally for its superior acoustics and the excellence of its classical, jazz and world music artists, today announced details of its February programming.

Spivey Hall’s February events schedule

Spivey Hall at Clayton State University has released a robust schedule of events which will take place in February.

Report: Georgia’s K-12 Achievement ranks 17th nationally

Georgia’s K-12 Achievement ranks 17th in the nation, according to an “Education Week” report.

Lifetime hunting, fishing license up for grabs

ATLANTA — Georgia residents have the chance to win the right to hunt and fish for free for life statewide. The next edition of the Lifetime License Contest sponsored by the Georgia Natural Resources Foundation began Jan. 6.

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Agreement promotes school bus rider safety

Clayton County Public Schools is partnering with American Traffic Solutions to deploy CrossingGuard photo enforcement.

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Transparency Project of Georgia launched

Grassroots effort advocates for open government

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Clayton State to host AFAA’s APEX Weekend in February

The Clayton State University Department of Recreation and Wellness plans to host Aerobics and Fitness Association of America’s APEX Weekend this year.

Homes sales down slightly, prices up

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Board of REALTORS has released its November Market Brief on residential housing statistics for 11 area counties in metro-Atlanta that includes Henry and Clayton counties. Market Brief, compiled by RealValuator, provides a regionally focused synopsis of monthly sales and home prices for single family residential properties.

Oliver Elementary wins another Stock Market Game state title

The E.W. Oliver Elementary School Stock Market Team has won another state title for Clayton County.

Georgia awarded $51.7 Million Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced this week that Georgia will receive part of $280 million in total grant awards given to six states in the 2013 Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge.

Georgia awarded $51.7 Million Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced this week that Georgia is one of six additional states — Kentucky, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Vermont — that will receive a total of $280 million in grant awards from the 2013 Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) fund.

FEMA, Homeland Security assist North Clayton Middle robotics

In preparation for the upcoming 2013-14 county and state robotics competitions, the Robo-Tigers robotics team at North Clayton Middle School was visited by the Homeland Security this fall.

FEMA, Homeland Security assist North Clayton Middle robotics

In preparation for the upcoming 2013-14 county and state robotics competitions, the Robo-Tigers robotics team at North Clayton Middle School was visited by Homeland Security this fall.

News Daily amends office hours

JONESBORO — Beginning Monday, Dec. 16, the office of the Clayton News Daily will be closed one hour each day for lunch.

Officer completes traffic law class

Clayton County police Officer Bernice Higgins has completed a course in advanced traffic laws.

Lego League returning to CUS

MORROW — The First Lego League Super Regionals are once again returning to Clayton State University, according to a news release issued by CSU this week.

Franklin to be honored Saturday at Clayton State

Former Atlanta Mayor Shirley C. Franklin will receive an honorary doctorate of public service from Clayton State University Saturday, Dec. 7, as part of the university’s fall commencement ceremony, officials announced Monday.

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Students talk about favorite Thanksgiving food

The Clayton News Daily wanted to know what kids’ favorite Thanksgiving food is or how they would cook a turkey. Here are their answers:

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Clayton County Water Authority honored by industry

Clayton County Water Authority earned top honors during an annual Georgia Association of Water Professionals Fall Conference, said a spokeswoman.

BrandsMart opening Thanksgiving

STOCKBRIDGE — BrandsMart USA has announced that all 10 store locations will be opening on Thanksgiving evening at 6 p.m., offering the usual hot buys at extremely low prices throughout the store, to kick off the holiday shopping season. The stores will be open through Friday evening at 10 p.m.

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Officials announce Patsy Hart as Clayton County’s 2014 Teacher of the Year

Patsy Hart, a third-grade teacher at Morrow Elementary, has been announced Clayton County Public Schools’ 2014 Teacher of the Year.

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Two Clayton residents nominated for Southern Crescent Tech GOAL award

Southern Crescent Technical College recently announced the nomination of 44 students for the 2014 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership.

Department of Human Services provides home heating bill help

Georgia’s Department of Human Services is kicking off its heating cost assistance program this month.

Energy efficient products sales tax holiday underway

Georgia residents will be able to save money on new energy-saving applicances this weekend, during the state’s tax-free holiday on energy efficient products through Sunday.

MARTA plans for emergency drill

Road closings announced for MARTA drill

BBB warns of Affordable Care Act scam

Scam alert

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Clayton State student nurses learn, help abroad

Clayton State University student nurses took Haiti by storm during their recent nine-day study abroad trip to Haiti. That is according to a member of the La Gonave Haiti Partnership.

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Duluth resident wins car, trip to Florida

Southern Community Newspapers Inc. gave away a car and a trip to Florida.

Civil War tales to be told Saturday in Jonesboro

Costumed storyteller Peter Bonner will be at the Patrick R. Cleburne Confederate Cemetery Saturday telling war stories in commemoration of the Battle of Jonesboro.

Jonesboro driver charged in Gwinnett crashes

A Jonesboro woman has been charged with DUI after police said she caused multiple crashes while driving on the wrong side of I-85 Sunday.

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