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Wetlands Center hosting Atlanta Audubon Society birding walks

MORROW — Many local residents might be surprised to know that the Clayton County Water Authority’s forests, wetlands, reservoirs and wastewater holding ponds provide habitats known by birders throughout the United States as the best birding site in the metro Atlanta area for a combination of songbirds, raptors, shorebirds and waterfowl, CCWA officials said.

2014 ACT results: Georgia a leading state in Southeast

State education officials are reporting that the 2014 ACT results show Georgia at the top of the pack among Southeastern states.

BBB warns quack products prey on Ebola fears

JONESBORO — News about the spread of the deadly Ebola virus is frightening. Even as residents hearts go out to victims, many worry: Where else will it strike? Could we or loved ones contract Ebola?

Kaiser Permanente to host health fair Saturday

Kaiser Permanente Southwood Comprehensive Medical Center will host a health fair for members and non-members Saturday.

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Garth Brooks breaks Philips Arena performance record with seven consecutive shows

Garth Brooks announced two additional performances on his World Tour at Philips Arena, bringing the total up to seven shows in Atlanta.

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Atlanta Motor Speedway names facility for Parkview grad Marcy Scott

Marcy Scott was the Atlanta Motor Speedway’s director of marketing and promotions until her passing last year after a long battle with cancer

Clayton school board honors national CTAE winners

The Clayton County Board of Education recognized 16 students who earned top honors in national competitions this summer.

Georgia Power issues statewide 'scam' warning for customers

JONESBORO — Georgia Power continues to receive reports from customers of “scam artists” attempting to defraud both business and residential customers by posing as Georgia Power employees.

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Kenny Rogers' Buckhead home listed for sale | PHOTOS

Kenny Rogers’ Buckhead home hit the market and is listed at $4.8 million

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Clayton County police Chief Greg Porter attends annual training conference

As part of his continuing education and training in the administration of law enforcement, Clayton County police Chief Greg Porter recently attended the 2014 Annual Summer Training Conference sponsored by the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police.

CCWA sets public sale in Forest Park Aug. 26

Clayton County Water Authority holding public sale Aug. 26 in Forest Park.

Lower gas prices may not be here to stay in Clayton

Average retail gasoline prices in Atlanta have fallen 3.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.44 per gallon, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,134 gas outlets in Atlanta.

Clayton County Water Authority hosts small business workshops in Morrow

The Clayton County Water Authority will host several monthly Small Local Business Enterprise Program workshops in August and September to encourage businesses to learn about the Authority’s certification process and procurement opportunities.

Rep. Sandra Scott hosting gun bill town hall forum

STOCKBRIDGE — State Rep. Sandra Scott (D-Rex) will host a town hall meeting to discuss the Georgia Right to Carry Gun Law Aug. 11 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Fairview Public Library, 28 Austin Road in Stockbridge.

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Retired Atlanta Braves broadcaster Pete Van Wieren dies

Van Wieren spent 33 years in radio and TV with Turner Broadcasting

The former broadcaster had been battling cancer.

Spivey Soirée Series details announced

WABE 90.1 FM to air Spivey Hall performances

Clayton State University’s Spivey Hall has released details of the 2014 “Spivey Soirée” series airing on National Public Radio’s Atlanta affiliate October through December.

Contest focus on Atlanta waterways

Dig out those photos from the vacation at the lake or head out to a river this weekend and shoot fresh scenes to create entries for a contest aimed at showcasing metro Atlanta’s waterways and natural habitats.

Rep. Mike Glanton appointed to the Role of the Federal Government in Education Study Committee

House Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) has announced the appointment of state Rep. Mike Glanton (D-Jonesboro) to the House Study Committee on the Role of the Federal Government in Education.

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Airport West Community Improvement District now operational

ATLANTA — The Airport West Community Improvement District is now operational.

Schools transportation department honored

District recognized for reduced emissions

Clayton County Public Schools’ transportation department has been recognized by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division for its focus on air quality and reducing air pollution.

BBB offers tips for saving on vacation travel

Whether travelers are planning to load up the car with the family or fly to a getaway, Better Business Bureau says there are ways to reduce the sting of vacation expenses.

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Spivey Hall World Music Festival continues through July

MORROW — Clayton State University’s Spivey Hall’s first Summer World Music Festival continues throughout July with a series of Wednesday performances, all starting at 11:15 a.m.

University Health Services schedules CPR classes in August

MORROW— University Health Services at Clayton State University has opened CPR classes to the public Aug. 1, Aug. 8, Aug. 20 and Aug. 28.

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Revival time at Shingleroof Campground

McDONOUGH — Shingleroof Campground is once again readying for its annual Christian revival.

Clayton News Daily office closed for holiday Friday

There will be no Friday edition

JONESBORO — In celebration of Independence Day, the Clayton News Daily office will be closed Friday.

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Reservoirs, wetlands center open July 4th weekend

Clayton County Water Authority’s recreation areas and Newman Wetlands Center will be open for the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

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Eminem, Zac Brown Band, John Mayer and Jack White to headline Music Midtown

The lineup for the 2014 Music Midtown festival at Piedmont Park in Atlanta has been released.

Clayton pupils spend summer in math learning program

Clayton County Public Schools students are learning to make the grade through the district’s summer learning program in math.

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Georgia unemployment rate rises to 7.2 percent | VIDEO

Officials said unemployment has risen from April to May every year for more than a decade, due in part to spring college graduates entering the job market.

Hospital, American Red Cross partner to host blood drive

STOCKBRIDGE – Piedmont Henry Hospital and the American Red Cross will host a 100 days of summer, 100 days of hope blood drive July 7 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the hospital’s Foundation Education Center, Classrooms A.

Clayton News Daily garners GPA awards

Editor feted for open government advovacy

JEKYLL ISLAND — The Clayton News Daily has been recognized by the Georgia Press Association for its community coverage.

Christian Life Center hosts free meals program

The Christian Life Center is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all eligible children free of charge.

Georgia announces new testing system

The Georgia Department of Education will implement a new testing system, the Georgia Milestones Assessment System during the 2014-15 academic year. The new system will replace both the CRCT and the EOCT.

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Front Porch Players actors invited to perform in Alabama

JONESBORO — The Front Porch Players play, “The Miracle Worker” is getting some attention outside of Georgia.

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Gov. Deal prevents increase in gas tax

The governor will stop an increase in the motor fuel tax scheduled to go into effect July 1.

Summer reading sweepstakes offers chances to win college savings

While saving for college can be challenging, this summer it can be as easy as reading a book.

Vacation security tips can help keep travelers safe

Warm weather means it’s time to go on vacation.

VetCorps Resource Center open in Jonesboro

The VetCorps Resource Center is open for business to serve the veterans and military families of Clayton County.

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Georgia Supreme Court rules secret source for lethal injection drugs law constitutional

An injunction against the execution of Warren Lee Hill, who killed a fellow inmate at the state prison in Leesburg in 1990 while serving a life sentence for killing his girlfriend, had been in place since July.

AAA predicts rise in holiday weekend travelers

JONESBORO — AAA Travel projects nearly one million Georgians will be traveling 50 miles or more for the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

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Atlanta Braves release new renderings of Cobb Co. stadium, mixed-use development

The Atlanta braves released new artist renderings of the new Cobb County stadium and mixed-use development on Wednesday.

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Rain, storms expected this week

The National Weather Service in Peachtree City says several inches of rain is possible this week across the metro-Atlanta area. The rain may also bring severe thunderstorms, forecasters said.

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BOC District 1 candidates address quality of life, transit and SPLOST issues

Quality of life in a commission district that includes the hustle and bustle of the Southlake Mall area and the quiet Rex Village was the number one question candidates in Disitrict 1 were asked. However, the Democratic candidates also faced questions about mass transit and the swiftness of moving through SPLOST projects.

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Clayton County BOC District 4 candidates face questions about Southern Regional, Tara Boulevard

Mass transit in Clayton County also addressed

Candidates in Clayton County commission District 4 were asked questions about ongoing issues facing their district and the county as a whole.

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Clayton County legislative candidates address airport relations, economic development

Cannabis oil issued also addressed

The most recent legislative term saw legislation passed that targets Clayton County’s ability to tax business at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, but also revived an old option for mass transit.

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Atlanta Falcons release 2014 schedule, will start season at home

The Atlanta Falcons 2014 schedule was released Wednesday and includes two nationally televised games.

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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.