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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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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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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 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.

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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’s February events schedule

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

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.

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.