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Jason A. Smith

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Female inmate indicted for biting deputy

A Clayton County man was indicted on charges he molested a minor at a church in Hampton. Jeffery Dean Moore, 21, of Jonesboro is charged with enticing a child for indecent purposes and child molestation.

Praying For Paws gets Thundershirt grant

McDONOUGH — Homeless dogs in Henry County are receiving a helping hand, thanks to a grant for a local rescue group.

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Southern Belle unveils new corn maze design

Family keeps farming tradition alive through agri-tourism

McDONOUGH — Jake Carter is continuing a family tradition this year by paying homage to his agricultural roots.

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Muscular dystrophy benefit Saturday at Sharon Baptist

The FSH Society Inc. will hold a benefit dinner Saturday at Sharon Baptist Church, 536 North Ola Road in McDonough. Donations of $25 per person go toward battling facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy.

Ticket fixing probe results expected in Stockbridge

STOCKBRIDGE — The City Council is set to hear results from an investigation into ticket fixing at Municipal Court in Stockbridge.

County, management company agree on airport contract

County leaders agreed Tuesday on 30 years of contracts for AvPORTS Management LLC to manage Atlanta South Regional Airport in Hampton.

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Parks & Recreation launches annual photo contest

Henry County is looking for people who know how to take a good picture.

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Community Health Day hits a home run

Piedmont Henry Hospital stepped up to the plate Thursday to educate the public on how to improve their health.

Genealogical Society to discuss DNA, ancestry link

The Genealogical Society of Henry and Clayton Counties, Inc., will meet on Aug. 18, at 10 a.m., in the Educational Building of First Baptist Church of McDonough. The scheduled guest speaker for the free event is Terry Barton, co-founder and president of He will speak on autosomal DNA, which is used as a test to determine a person’s genealogy.

Atlanta region population growth ‘slower-than-normal’

Population growth in metropolitan Atlanta, including Henry and Clayton counties, appears to be on a downward slide, according to the area’s numbers crunchers.

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Shingleroof camp meeting begins Friday

Henry County’s faith community is invited to gather for a long-time tradition of preaching, music and inspiration.

T-SPLOST battle rages as ‘moving protest’ looms

Opponents plan I-285 ‘drive-around’ Saturday

Opponents of the July 31 Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (T-SPLOST) referendum are planning to drive two laps around Interstate 285 on Saturday, as a moving protest. Supporters of the referendum challenged the idea.

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Historic McDonough train wreck remembered this week

More than a century ago, McDonough was gripped by tragedy when 39 people died in a train wreck at Camp Creek. This week, the story of that train will take center stage once again. A series of events are scheduled in the coming days, to commemorate the 112th anniversary of the McDonough Camp Creek train wreck.

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Ordinance under study to alter McDonough’s facade

Measure aims to boost commerce, enhance safety

City leaders in McDonough are preparing to unveil a pair of measures designed to enhance development opportunities in the area.

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Vendors readying for McDonough’s Geranium Festival

Streets blocked near The Square

The 35th Annual Geranium Festival is scheduled for Saturday, May 19, from 9 a.m., to 5 p.m. It is sponsored by the McDonough Lions Club.

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Drivin’ N Cryin’ headlining McDonough’s Geranium Jam

“We have never had a band like Drivin’ N Cryin’, that is nationally recognized, play in downtown McDonough,” Tourism Director Jennifer Price said. “We wanted to close it out with a bang, and that’s why we went with Drivin’ N Cryin’.”

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Anticipation builds for annual Geranium Festival

The McDonough Square is decked out in a sea of red flowers, in anticipation of a long-standing tradition in the city.

McDonough gears up for Geranium Festival

The downtown Square in the City of McDonough will be in full bloom next weekend for the annual Geranium Festival. It will be held on May 19, from 9 a.m., to 5 p.m. It is sponsored, for the 35th straight year, by the McDonough Lions Club.

Henry, Clayton projects on transportation referendum list

Residents in the Southern Crescent soon will have an opportunity to make their voices heard on a number of planned transportation projects in metropolitan Atlanta.

Debate over transportation referendum heats up

Proponents make their case at chamber luncheon

Two local groups are in the midst of presenting opposing views to Southern Crescent area residents regarding the upcoming Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (T-SPLOST) referendum, scheduled for a vote on July 31.

T-SPLOST supporters gather in Henry

Two local groups are set to present opposing views to Southern Crescent area residents regarding the upcoming Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (T-SPLOST) referendum, scheduled for a vote this summer on July 31.

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Henry couple seeking to adopt Ukrainian teen

Fund-raiser set for Saturday, in McDonough

The Thorpes are hoping to draw closer to their goal of welcoming 13-year-old Julia into their home, by holding a yard sale fund-raiser, Saturday, at 8 a.m., at Southside Christian Fellowship, 750 Mount Carmel Road, in McDonough.

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Autism run, walk upcoming at Nash Farm

For the second straight year, organizers of a local fund-raiser are hoping to generate awareness about the prevalence of autism in children.

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Weekend events bring Henry community together

Good food, good music, and an appreciation for the arts were among the highlights at several events over the weekend in Henry County.

Noah’s Ark announces spring and summer events

Several events are on the books in the coming months at a local non-profit facility, geared toward injured and neglected animals.

AgSouth to distribute agriculture funds statewide

Clayton, Henry share in largess

Farmers, agribusiness, landowners and other borrowers from AgSouth Farm Credit in Henry County and Clayton County, should watch the mail this month. They will share in $565,000.

Hospital receives $50,000 grant from Chaparral Foundation

Piedmont Henry Hospital is planning to purchase equipment, designed to increase safety for patients and employees. The medical facility is able to take the action, in part, because of a $50,000 grant from the Chaparral Foundation, a funding agency based in Texas.

Suspects surrender on fraud charges

Two former bank employees have surrendered to local authorities, following a lengthy investigation into allegations that they defrauded customers, according to Henry County police.

Saysanit convicted of aggravated assault in Henry

A Gwinnett County man will spend the next 15 years behind bars, after being found guilty of assaulting several people in Henry County during a fracas that left one man dead.

McDonough charter-change vote expected Monday

The powers of McDonough’s mayor may change in the coming days. The City Council is expected to vote, Monday, at 7 p.m., on whether to hand off many of Mayor Billy Copeland’s administrative duties to a city administrator.

Fresh fruit, vegetable sales ongoing in McDonough

The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Office, at 97 Lake Dow Road, in McDonough, is conducting its annual Small Fruit Plant Sale. Through March 9, the agency is offering asparagus, blackberries, blueberries, figs, muscadines, raspberries and strawberries.

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Area special-needs children hit the big top

Numerous Henry County children were among those who gathered, recently, to see “The Greatest Show on Earth,” while celebrating the local special-needs community.

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Seniors’ fashion show celebrates African-American history

The Heritage Senior Center, at 1050 Florence McGarity Blvd., in McDonough, hosted its third annual African-American Fashion Show. The event featured more than 30 men and women, modeling their best African garb.

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McDonough seeking state funds for park improvements

The McDonough City Council has authorized Mayor Billy Copeland to sign a pre-application resolution seeking a Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant for Alexander Park, on Ga. Highway 42. The grant, from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, would be for up to $100,000, and the city’s match would be up to $50,000.

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Henry Chamber pushing transportation funding

Business leaders in Henry County gathered, recently, to continue to hear about the latest push for statewide transportation funding in the area. The Henry Chamber of Commerce hosted a Business Boosters Luncheon to discuss the Transportation Investment Act of 2010.

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Stockbridge woman to appear on ‘Wheel of Fortune’

Unique Fields, of Stockbridge, will try her luck as a contestant on the popular game show, “Wheel of Fortune.”

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Brian Preston the new District II commissioner

Henry County now has school board vacancy

Changes keep coming in Henry County’s government. With the unanimous selection, Friday, of Board of Education Chairman Brian Preston as the new District II Commissioner, the search is now on for someone to represent the District II school board post he left.

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Noah’s Ark exhibit ongoing at Fernbank Museum

An effort is under way to bring attention to the Henry County facility dedicated to helping injured, and neglected, animals. The Noah’s Ark Animal Rehabilitation Center, Inc., in Locust Grove, is taking part in a Wildlife Rescue Exhibit, at the Fernbank Natural History Museum, in Atlanta, through May 6.

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Transit system rolling along in Henry County

Henry County’s bus service, reportedly, is growing in popularity, and is expected to transport 90,000 people this year.

Piedmont Henry commended for breast-feeding program

The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners and the International Lactation Consultant Association, recently, honored the Stockbridge hospital with a Care Award, for achieving excellence in its lactation program.

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An unexpected connection — Jason A. Smith

I have developed a strong connection with Henry County, but this connection took on a new level of significance, recently, in light of a discovery made by my wife a few weeks ago.

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‘The Crucible’ coming to Southern Crescent audiences

Performances set through Sunday

Infidelity, lies, and witchcraft are among the ingredients of the Henry Players’ latest production, which is set to kick off this week, in McDonough.

Henry, Clayton counties set election qualifying fees

Governments in Henry and Clayton counties have established qualifying fees for individuals who plan to seek elected office in November.

Piedmont Henry Hospital wins patient safety award

Piedmont Henry Hospital has earned recognition at the state level, for helping patients with ulcers. The Stockbridge facility recently won the 2011 Josh Nahum Quality and Patient Safety Award from the Partnership for Health and Accountability.

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McDonough family to appear on ‘Family Feud’

For the third time in two years, a Henry County family — this time, the Skelton family, of McDonough — is set to appear on a popular game show, competing for money and prizes.

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Bedell wins Buster Dickerson Award for volunteering

Ginger Bedell, of Stockbridge, was recently honored by Speedway Children’s Charities, with the second annual Buster Dickerson Award. The accolade is named for a former member of the charity group’s executive board, who passed away in 2009.

Small groups planned to discuss McDonough LCI

Business owners, and other parties interested in downtown McDonough, will have an opportunity to weigh in on redevelopment prospects for The Square, and its surrounding areas.

Upcoming Extension classes centered on health, exercise

A pair of projects designed to promote healthy living is coming to the county soon.

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Singh heading medical affairs at Piedmont Henry Hospital

Dr. Jagdeep Singh was recently named Vice President for Medical Affairs (VPMA) and Chief Medical Officer, at the hospital.

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Piedmont Henry Hospital celebrates new affiliation

Henry County’s community hospital has gone public with its new Piedmont Healthcare affiliation.