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Heather Middleton

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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.

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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.

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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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?

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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.

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.

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

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

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Jonesboro resident, Randy Daniel, is hoping for a life-saving kidney donation

JONESBORO — Randy Daniel needs a kidney.

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NASCAR driver David Ragan visits with fans, signs autographs | PHOTO GALLERY

Fans were beaming ear to ear Wednesday as NASCAR driver David Ragan sat down to sign autographs.

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NASCAR driver David Ragan visits with fans at local Kroger | PHOTO GALLERY

McDONOUGH — Fans were beaming ear to ear Wednesday as NASCAR driver David Ragan sat down to sign autographs.

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Warren House served as military Headquarters, hospital during Battle of Jonesborough | PHOTOS

The second day of battle largely took place on the home’s front lawn

The Warren House was at the heart of the Battle of Jonesborough.

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NASCAR fans arriving at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton

HAMPTON — The smell of bacon drifted from a camp site at Atlanta Motor Speedway Tuesday morning.

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NASCAR fans arriving at Atlanta Motor Speedway

HAMPTON — The smell of bacon drifted from a camp site at Atlanta Motor Speedway Tuesday morning.

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Jonesboro’s Lee Street Park comes to life with sounds of The Vineyard Band | PHOTO GALLERY | VIDEO

JONESBORO — The ethereal voice of Amber Pierce floated around Lee Street Park like a cloud Saturday.

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Jonesboro hires new city clerk

Ricky L. Clark Jr. will start Sept. 2

JONESBORO — Jonesboro has a new city clerk.

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Front Porch Players brings ‘Oklahoma!’ to the stage in September

JONESBORO — Clayton County’s own Front Porch Players are preparing to put on “Oklahoma!,” the timeless musical, in September.

Jonesboro on track to hire city clerk

JONESBORO — Mayor Joy Day and the Jonesboro City Council interviewed candidates for the city clerk position during a special called meeting this week.

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Imagination takes over at Arts Clayton’s Creation Station | PHOTOS

JONESBORO — A white table set with markers, crayons, felt, glue and glitter needed something to finish off its look — imagination.