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Heather Middleton

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Annual toy drive for CASA program provides Clayton children with Christmas gifts

JONESBORO — Hundreds of toys, games and bikes were presented to Ambassador’s Behind CASA Tuesday.

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Arts Clayton Gallery’s Mistletoe Market offers unique gift items to holiday shoppers

JONESBORO — There are only seven shopping days until Christmas.

Jonesboro Police Department lobby getting facelift

JONESBORO — In its ongoing effort to beautify the Jonesboro Police Department, City Council voted this week to purchase six new benches.

Christmas bazaar and parade this weekend in Rex

REX — The Old Town Rex Community is hosting a Christmas bazaar and parade Dec. 13 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

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Two by Two Thrift Shop hosting Open House

Proceeds from the shop help care for shelter animals

Two by Two Thrift Shop is hosting a Christmas Open House from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday.

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Fresh Christmas trees available in Clayton, Henry counties

STOCKBRIDGE — Now that Thanksgiving dinner is over and the fridge is full of leftovers, it’s time to start thinking about a Christmas tree.

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Clayton offers variety of events to get residents in the Christmas spirit

JONESBORO — Clayton County offers several opportunities for residents to get into the holiday spirit.

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Local businesses collecting, others in need of help for holidays

JONESBORO — During the holiday season local charities are collecting items needed to feed families, keep them warm during the winter season and give them a fresh start for the new year.

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Runners prepare for Thanksgiving Day race

McDONOUGH — While many families are busy cooking Thanksgiving dinner, some will be donning running clothes and stretching.

North Avenue to close for Jonesboro tree lighting

JONESBORO — The city is hosting its first-ever Holiday Tree Lighting Friday from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. As a result, the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office announced the closing of North Avenue from Lee Street to North Main Street starting at 5:30 p.m.

First Baptist Church of Jonesboro, city council discuss possible partnership

JONESBORO — City council members and First Baptist Church of Jonesboro officials met Wednesday to discuss a possible partnership between the two.

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Jonesboro to kick off holidays with tree lighting Friday

City’s redesigned website will also be unveiled

JONESBORO — There’s nothing like kicking off the holiday season with friends and neighbors, drinking hot chocolate and listening to the season’s music.

Homestead Hospice looking for volunteers in Clayton County

McDONOUGH — Becky C. Cawthon has been volunteering at Homestead Hospice for eight months.

Jonesboro resident angry over mandated trash fee

JONESBORO — Daniel Mulkey is angry.

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Henry Players bring 'madcap antics' to performance

McDONOUGH — Hosting a family Thanksgiving dinner can be hairy, but when an uninvited ghost shows up for the meal it can get chaotic.

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Army veteran receives new house as part of Operation Homefront program

JONESBORO — An Army veteran got the keys to his new home Thursday.

Jonesboro city employee health insurance premiums increase for 2015

But higher costs are offset by slightly cheaper workers comp policy

JONESBORO — City Council voted Monday to stay with its current health care provider, Blue Cross Blue Shield through Georgia Municipal Association.

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Clayton libraries get American flag

JONESBORO — Flags are now flying in nearly every Clayton County library.

Jonesboro mayor, councilman help resident with late fee for trash service

JONESBORO — Mayor Joy Day and Councilman Randy Segner paid it forward Monday at the City Council work session.

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Clayton voters decide on District 78 representative

JONESBORO —Incumbent state Rep. Demetrius M. Douglas garnered the majority of votes in Clayton County for District 78, as of press time Tuesday.

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Mistletoe Market opens for holiday shopping

Arts Clayton Gallery event offers unique, handmade gifts

JONESBORO — Courtney Hurst unwrapped pieces of art like it was Christmas Day.

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Sharpton visits Riverdale church, encourages residents to vote

RIVERDALE — The Rev. Al Sharpton visited the Center of Hope Ministry Tuesday evening to encourage Clayton County residents to get out and vote.

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Henry Arts Alliance, CVB and AMS hosting T-shirt design contest for March NASCAR race

Ever see a T-shirt design and think “I can do better than that”?

Jonesboro upgrading city’s website

New Facebook page created to keep residents informed

JONESBORO — Residents will soon see an upgraded city website.

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From cutesy to scary — Halloween decorations are plentiful in Clayton

It’s that time of year again — the air is turning cooler, the leaves have begun to fall and the ghosts and goblins come out to haunt local neighborhoods.

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Lost dog heading home to Texas

JONESBORO — Knox’s good looks and charming personality may have saved his life — having a microchip didn’t hurt either.

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Jonesboro Firehouse Museum and Community Center to get a facelift

JONESBORO — City Council voted this week to do an overhaul of the Jonesboro Firehouse Museum and Community Center.

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Clayton County kids become superheroes at the Headquarters Library Saturday

JONESBORO — Nearly a dozen children gathered Saturday to become superheroes.

Trash ordinance passes in Jonesboro

City residents will see $180 fee on tax bills

JONESBORO — Beginning in January, city residents will see a new line item on their tax bills.

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McDonough Square's scarecrow contest draws more than 100 displays | PHOTOS | VIDEO

Visitors are encouraged to vote for fan favorite

McDONOUGH — The White family had just finished breakfast at Gritz Monday morning when they decided to take a walk around the city’s historic Square.

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Clayton County Water Authority’s Rivers Alive Stream Clean-up is Oct. 18

JONESBORO — Volunteers will rise early next Saturday morning to don rubber boots and gloves to do a little fishing.

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Harvest Celebration and Chili Cook-off in Hampton this weekend

HAMPTON — Do you have a secret ingredient that makes your chili the best ever?

Jonesboro City Council votes to amend charter to add trash fee to annual tax bills

Second vote expected Monday

JONESBORO — The City Council is one step closer to making a decision on trash.

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Jonesboro considering rebidding of Streetscape Phase II project

JONESBORO — The city is discussing the possibility of rebidding the Streetscape Phase II project.

Rex Mill community hosting annual fall yard sale

REX — Come down and sit a spell with friends and neighbors at the Old Town Rex Community Fall Yard Sale Oct. 11 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

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Arts Clayton to name winners of annual juried photography competition

JONESBORO — Photographers from as far away as Rome will gather Friday at Arts Clayton Gallery for the 11th Annual Juried Photography Competition.

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Breast self-exams are ‘incredibly important’

JONESBORO — Doing a breast self-exam could save your life.

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Clayton County’s Rainbow House earns Community Impact Award from United Way

United Way grants the facility $26,350

JONESBORO — Rainbow House has received a $26,350 financial boost.

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Atlanta rapper Ludacris and Gov. Nathan Deal visit Utopian Academy in Riverdale

RIVERDALE — Nearly 200 students filled Utopian Academy’s colorful cafeteria anticipating a surprise special guest.

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Butch’s restaurant closing Oct. 4

JONESBORO — For many regulars of Butch’s, the restaurant is like a second home.

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Clayton County Humane Society in need of yard sale donations

Deadline to drop off items extended to Oct. 1

JONESBORO — Have any items laying around the house you’ve been meaning to get rid of?

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Antone Smith to fill in for Falcons wide receiver Harry Douglas for autograph signing in Morrow

MORROW — Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Harry Douglas was coming home.

Wags & Wheels Car and Bike Show Saturday

Money raised will benefit the Clayton County Humane Society

JONESBORO — The Clayton County Humane Society is hosting its first ever car show Saturday.

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Clayton County Humane Society seeking yard sale donations

JONESBORO — When Half Pint’s owner died, he was homeless with no one to care for him — until he arrived at the Clayton County Humane Society.

Clayton County Humane Society is hosting Wags & Wheels car show Sept. 20

JONESBORO — The Clayton County Humane Society is hoping residents want to show off their cars for a good cause.

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Lee Street Park plans near completion

Project could begin at end of October

JONESBORO — The new Lee Street Park is getting closer to becoming a reality.

Jonesboro City Council postpones decision on trash pick-up ordinance

JONESBORO — The city will be talking trash for another few weeks.

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Jonesboro City Council working to fix South Avenue problems

Speeding, dismissing stop sign at heart of the problem

JONESBORO — Residents on South Avenue in Jonesboro have had enough.

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History comes to life this weekend at Stately Oaks and Warren House

Stately Oaks, Warren House, Confederate Cemetery all part of weekend living history events

JONESBORO — History will come to life this weekend at Stately Oaks.

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It’s opening night for The Front Porch Players ‘Oklahoma!’

The acting troupe’s latest play is the musical “Oklahoma!”

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