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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.

AAA: Most motorists are not prepared for winter weather

While Clayton County has dodged snow and ice this time around, winter weather can still rear its dangerous head.

Riverdale students participating in 6th Annual Young Litigators Moot Court Competition

RIVERDALE — For a second year, students from Riverdale High School will participate in the Annual Young Litigators Moot Court Competition.

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Gov. Nathan Deal declares State of Emergency for northern counties ahead of winter storm

Governor's move opens up state resources for disaster preparedness in areas expecting ice

Gov. Nathan Deal signed an executive order to declare a state of emergency for disaster preparedness for the 15 North Georgia counties under a winter storm warning and will ask state workers in affected areas who are not involved in emergency response to work from home.

CCWA hosting Small Local Business Program Workshop Feb. 18

The Clayton County Water Authority will host its monthly Small Local Business Enterprise Program workshop 2 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. Feb. 18 to encourage businesses to learn about the Authority’s certification process and procurement opportunities.

Website names The Palms at Lake Spivey among nation’s top senior care providers

The Palms at Lake Spivey was recently designated a Best of 2015 Awards recipient by SeniorAdvisor.com.

Clayton County CVB hosting a free family reunion showcase

The Clayton County Convention & Visitors Bureau is hosting its annual Family Reunion Showcase 10 a.m. unitl noon March 7 at the Georgia Archives in Morrow.

Board of Health launches ‘Get Fit Clayton’

Officials raise awareness of American Heart Month

In an effort to encourage Clayton County residents to improve their physical fitness while also enjoying the county’s many natural amenities, the Clayton County Board of Health and the Clayton County Department of Parks and Recreation are collaborating on a new initiative — Get Fit Clayton.

GDOL to host recruitment for Solomon Morgan next week in Clayton County

The Georgia Department of Labor will host a recruitment next week in College Park to help a staffing company, Solomon Morgan, hire about 40 manufacturing workers. The jobs are in Clayton, Fulton and Henry counties.

Clayton County Public Schools observes Winter Break, Presidents Day

Clayton County Public Schools will observe Winter Break and Presidents Day.

Spivey Hall Children’s Choir to perform at Mormon Tabernacle

Clayton State University’s Spivey Hall announced that its Spivey Hall Children’s Choir has been invited to perform at the national conference of the American Choir Directors Association.

First confirmed case of measles in Georgia since 2012 reported

Measles, declared eliminated in the U.S. in 2000, has been coming out in outbreaks through travel and those who have not be vaccinated for the disease. Georgia’s first case in three years involves an infant who arrived at the Atlanta airport.

Teske forms team to protect children

Clayton County Juvenile Court Chief Judge Steve Teske has issued an order to form a team of stakeholders whose sole goal is combatting the sexual trafficking of teenage girls by adults.

Burney-Butler gets fellowship

Clayton County Juvenile Court Judge Dietra Burney-Butler has been named a Zero to Three Fellow, according to a recent press release.

Clayton libraries celebrate Black History Month

In celebration of Black History Month, Clayton County libraries are hosting several events.

IHOP Restaurants celebrate a ‘decade of giving’ with free pancakes March 3

Annual National Pancake Day fundraiser has raised $16 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Shriners Hospitals for Children, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and other local chariti

ATLANTA — IHOP restaurants are celebrating the 10th anniversary of National Pancake Day March 3, by offering one free short stack of buttermilk pancakes to guests.

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Monky Business hits the stage March 13-15

McDONOUGH — Crosswalk Ministries is bringing the musical comedy Monky Business to the Southern Crescent March 13-15.

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Luke Strickland ready to take on Clayton County sports

Luke Strickland didn’t start out a journalist.

Georgia Department of Labor to host recruitments for staffing companies Feb. 3 and Feb. 6 in Spalding County

Recruitment dates are Feb. 3 and Feb. 6

ATLANTA — The Georgia Department of Labor will host recruiting events in Griffin next to help two staffing companies fill 50 jobs in Griffin, Jackson, Jonesboro and McDonough.

United Way seeks Project Overcoat volunteers

United Way of Greater Atlanta has partnered with FedEx, FOX 5 and others for Project Overcoat, a coat and blanket drive for men, women and children in need.

The Georgia Council on Aging celebrates Senior Week at the Capitol

It was Senior Week at the Georgia State Capitol.

Clergy, Faith and Justice Prayer Breakfast to be held Feb. 5

J. Charley Griswell Senior Center is hosting a free Clergy, Faith and Justice Prayer Breakfast Feb. 5

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Clayton County native Josh Alexander named new Athens Academy football coach

Clayton County native Josh Alexander was named Tuesday as the new football coach at Athens Academy.

IRS pilots identity theft safeguard in Georgia

The Internal Revenue Service has announced it is expanding its efforts to safeguard against identity theft, particularly during tax-filing season.

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Georgia's Phillip Phillips, American Idol winner seeks to escape contract

Leesburg native files contract compaint with California state government

Saying he is “grateful for the opportunities” American Idol afforded him, Phillip Phillips is suing to gain control of his career.