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Heather Middleton

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Allana Walker, 9, donates life-saving bone marrow to little sister

Allana Walker, 9, donates bone marrow to sister

Allana Walker is a hero.

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Richard Petty becomes part of Hampton’s Speedway Hall of Fame

Racing great joins Rex White, Bill Elliott

HAMPTON — Richard Petty was this year’s inductee into the city’s Speedway Lane Hall of Fame at the Historic Train Depot Thursday.

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Hampton NASCAR Hauler Parade a hit with race fans

HAMPTON — Bunny Abbott was on cloud nine Thursday.

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Arts Clayton hosting 9th Annual Arte Gras March 14

It’s time to pull out the bolo ties and dust off your cowboy boots — Arts Clayton is throwing a party.

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Jonesboro United Methodist Church looking for volunteers to help package meals

Every grain counts when it comes to feeding a hungry person.

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Fix Georiga Pets brings program to Clayton County

When Shadow arrived at the Clayton County Humane Society shelter more than 12 years ago, the staff had no idea how long it would take to find her a forever home.

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Southern Crescent poets write about civil rights, race in new books

JONESBORO — When Black History Month began, its purpose was to “recognize the important contribution made to our nation’s life and culture by black citizens,” said President Gerald Ford.

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Student reconciles to winning Clayton County-wide spelling bee

You might say Caleb Idowu experienced “irreconcilable” differences with about 48 other kids — but in a good way.

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Clayton County Humane Society offering reduced cat adoption fees in February

Humane Society offers special adoption fees in February

JONESBORO — When Bonnie was hit by a car in 2007, she found refuge at the Clayton County Humane Society.

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Morrow resident earns Legion of Honour from French government

Richard Sadler recognized for his participation in D-Day

British Royal Marine Richard Sadler landed at Juno Beach, June 6, 1944, just weeks after his 19th birthday.

MLK Jr. parade to close streets in Jonesboro

JONESBORO — In celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, Jonesboro is hosting its 14th annual parade at 1 p.m.

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Martin Luther King Jr. to be honored in Clayton and abroad Jan. 19

JONESBORO — Eldrin Bell spent many nights with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., guarding the civil right’s leaders grave at South View Cemetery in Atlanta.

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Health, fitness are attainable goals in the new year

McDONOUGH — Nannette Cunningham has been making it a point to exercise for five years, two to three days a week.

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Jonesboro City Council passes 2015 budget

JONESBORO — The Jonesboro City Council approved the city’s 2015 budget Monday.

Front Porch Players gearing up for third season

JONESBORO — Clayton County’s acting troupe is already working hard on productions for its third season.

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Arnold Elementary students write letters to Santa Claus

JONESBORO — Students at Arnold Elementary School are gearing up for the holiday season.

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CCHS: Animals don’t make good Christmas presents

JONESBORO — Having a family pet can be a fulfilling and loving experience.

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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.

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 kids become superheroes at the Headquarters Library Saturday

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

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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.