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Fred’s Super Dollar opens in Riverdale Friday

An expanded Fred’s Super Dollar is coming to Riverdale.

Emerging artists make Spivey Hall debuts in January

Organ, jazz, vocal series features young musicians

Clayton State University’s Spivey Hall has announced details of its January programming.

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Clayton State’s Beverly Garner elected secretary of national education professors group

Beverly Garner has been elected secretary of the National Association of Professors of Middle Level Education.

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Mayor Joy Day, two others graduate from training program

JONESBORO — The Board of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development announced three Clayton County graduates from its 2014 Region 3 Multi-Day Training Program.

Clayton State to partner with Georgia Tech, Clayton County Public Schools on $861,844 state math and science grant

The Georgia Department of Education has awarded Clayton State University a $861,844 grant to partner with Clayton County Public Schools and the Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics and Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Youth, authorities raise community awareness in Shining Light Neighborhood Safety Walk

Clayton County Public Schools’ Career, Technical and Agricultural Education Department helped facilitate a Shining Light Neighborhood Safety Walk.

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Citizens complete academy

Citizens police academy graduates, new class starts in January.

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Clayton County police Chief Greg Porter honored with leadership award

Porter honored with leadership award.

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Former Clayton County Public Schools Transportation Director John Lyles joins EDULOG

Veteran pupil transportation leader John Lyles will be joining Education Logistics Inc. as the vice president of business development and sales.

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Mattie’s Call issued for Jonesboro woman

Mattie’s Call issued for Jonesboro woman.

Clayton schools awarded $20,000 Verizon Innovate Learning Grant

Grant to fund robotics, STEM program

Students at six middle schools across Clayton County soon will be competing in the First Lego League with support from Verizon. The district has been awarded a $20,000 Verizon Innovate Learning Grant.

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Jacob Augsten ties for first in annual music scholarship contest

Clayton State University senior Jacob Augsten tied for first place in the annual music scholarship competition sponsored by the Atlanta Alumni Chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon.

NAACP to help explain Gillem pollution issues

The NAACP will help to lead an informational forum for any residents concerned about pollution in the Gillem area.

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Officials: Clayton pupils do well on Georgia High School Writing Test

Riverdale, Forest Park tops in improvement

Officials are reporting improvements demonstrated by Clayton County 11th graders on the Georgia High School Writing Test.

Clayton County to host Community Forum for Youth

Facilitated by the Forum for Youth Investment Ready By 21

Clayton County is developing its first common youth-driven agenda that keeps our children “in school, out of court, and onto a positive and healthy future.”

Clayton State Library sets two ‘created equal’ events for February

The Clayton State University Library in February will offer two discussion forums centered around the films Freedom Riders and The Loving Story. The forums are free and open to the public.

Riverdale to host annual holiday celebration Saturday

The City of Riverdale will hold its Annual Tree Lighting and Holiday Celebration Saturday.

Flavored chicken wing shop opens in Stockbridge

Wingstop has landed in Stockbridge. The award-winning wing concept, with more than 680 locations around the world, recently opened at 3545 Ga. 138 SE.

Atlanta Falcons works to improve children’s health, wellness and nutrition

The Georgia Department of Public Health, Georgia SHAPE, and the Southeast United Dairy Industry Association Inc., are working together to nurture children’s health and wellness in the school environment and community by expanding the NFL’s Fuel Up to Play 60 (FUTP60) program in Georgia schools.

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Clayton County Woman Infants and Children program honors Employee of the Year

The Clayton County Board of Health named Bertha Castro as the Women Infants and Children Employee of the Year.

Georgia Power awards assistance grants to new Clayton teachers

Two new Clayton County teachers were among 42 statewide to be recognized and award with a $1,000 New Teacher Assistance Grant from Georgia Power.

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Jonesboro woman gets Honorary Alumna Award

Georgia Military College alumni and friends met Oct. 24 and 25 to celebrate Alumni Weekend 2014.

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Atlanta Motor Speedway's Gift of Lights holiday spectacular open through January | PHOTOS

HAMPTON — Instead of NASCAR drivers racing around the track at Atlanta Motor Speedway, visitors will be driving slowly around the course to take in the display’s more than 2 million holiday lights.

Grease in drains can create havoc, say Clayton County Water Authority officials

Grease in drains can create havoc, say Clayton County Water Authority officials.

Jonesboro Catholic church to observe World AIDS Day with Dec. 3 mass

Jonesboro Catholic church to observe World AIDS Day with Dec. 3 mass.

Former postal worker gets 15 years in federal prison in Conley attack on co-worker

Former postal worker gets 15 years in federal prison in Conley attack on co-worker.

“HMS Pinafore” at Spivey Hall Dec. 3

A special Spivey Hall Young People’s Concert is set for Dec. 3.

Clayton State University observes National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

Week concludes with hunger banquet and Sleep-Out for the Homeless

Clayton State University’s observance of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week the week of events concludes with Friday’s “hunger banquet” in the Student Activities Center facilitated by the AmeriCorps Program.

BBB balances 2014 trends with tips for holiday shoppers

JONESBORO — The holiday season is here and consumer trends suggest gift-givers are planning to “shop until they drop.”

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Clayton County Public Schools Superintendent Luvenia Jackson selected for National Connected Superintendents Summit

Luvenia Jackson, superintendent of Clayton County Public Schools, has been selected by the U.S. Department of Education as one of 120 top school leaders from across America to participate in Wednesday’s National Connected Superintendents Summit hosted by President Barack Obama at the White House.

Tips to prevent frozen or busted pipes during cold snaps

MORROW — With temperatures taking a sudden plunge, busted water pipes are on everyone’s mind. Clayton County Water Authority officials are offering tips to help residents avoid the messy and often expensive issue of busted pipes.

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Saints fan steals football intended for female Bengals fan | VIDEO

After Cincinnati Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham scored a touchdown in the third quarter against the New Orleans Saints, he casually tossed the ball to the only Bengals fan he saw. It was a woman wearing an A.J. Green jersey.

Common Core GPS standards in ELA, math reviewed for revisions

Proposed changes posted 60 days for public comment

The State Board of Education is reviewing proposed revisions to K-12 education standards.

Tavares Keith gets 19 years in federal prison for Riverdale bank robbery conviction

A career criminal has been sentenced to 19 and a half years in federal prison for the armed robbery of a Riverdale bank in March, said federal officials.

Clayton State earns USG grant for tobacco cessation program

Clayton State University officials will begin the new year by launching the university’s “Breath of Fresh Air” tobacco cessation program.

Business faculty from Daejeon Health & Sciences College to visit Clayton State

Clayton State University’s College of Business will host visiting faculty from the Daejeon Health & Sciences College from Daejeon, South Korea, this week.

Clayton State gains creative writing club

Clayton State University has gained a new organization for an old art. The Creative Writing Club kicked off with meetings in late October and early November.

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Clayton County nonprofit groups receive donations from Wells Fargo Bank

JONESBORO — Several Clayton County groups received donations as part of Wells Fargo’s $1,000 Days of Giving.

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Parents teach Headstart kids to stay drug-free

Clayton County Community Services Authority Inc. recently hosted a health and safety fall festival that organizers are calling a success.

Child found sick on school bus in Clayton County

JONESBORO — A child became ill on a Clayton County School bus Thursday.

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HAND beautifies homes in Morrow, East Point

Help A Neighbor Day, also known as HAND, was conducted and hosted locally by Genesis Prevention Coalition Inc., its CADCA VetCorps Project and several other community partners.

Chairman Jeff Turner to host MARTA job fair

Chairman Jeff Turner will host a job fair featuring MARTA Thursday.

Clayton State’s Veterans Resource Center to host Veterans Day Ceremony

The Clayton State University Veterans Resource Center, in collaboration with the Clayton State Student Veterans Association, will host a Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 11.

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Get your trick-or-treat on in Clayton County

JONESBORO — Ghosts and Goblins will have plenty of places to haunt this Halloween.

Scammers targeting eBay users, stealing passwords, account information

McDONOUGH — The holidays are just around the corner and many shoppers will take to the internet to buy gifts.

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Community transit forum set Monday

Andrew Young expected to speak

Congressman Andrew Young will be a guest speaker at a community transit forum as Clayton County voters go to the polls to decide on the long-discussed MARTA issue.

‘I CAN Play a Role’ campaign kicks off for Parent Engagement Month

Georgia first lady Sandra Deal and State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge have announced the roll out of the “I CAN Play a Role” campaign.

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Center residents celebrate breast cancer survivors

Residents, their families and staff at Elmcroft of Mount Zion observed Breast Cancer Awareness Month by paying tribute to survivors.

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Clayton State partners with SunTrust

Partnership to build financial literacy

Clayton State University’s College of Business has partnered with SunTrust to dedicate the college’s SunTrust-sponsored Business Ticker and Financial News Display.

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Babb Middle students place at annual conference

Students in Babb Middle’s chapter of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America recently participated in a motivational rally at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry.