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Jason A. Smith

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Domestic violence awareness event set for Thursday

Henry County Police have responded to 980 cases of domestic violence so far in 2011. Of that total, four ended in deaths. In light of those, and related numbers, county officials are launching Domestic Violence Awareness Month with a ceremony on the McDonough Square, Thursday.

‘InQuickER’ helping patients at Spalding Regional

Residents in the southern portion of Henry County, who need medical care, do not have to endure long waits in an emergency room, thanks to a new program at an area hospital.

McDonough offers ‘Art in the Park,’ Saturday

Area art patrons and lovers are invited to converge on the McDonough Square for a chance to explore their creative side.

‘Bridgefest’ kicks off in Stockbridge Saturday

The City of Stockbridge is launching a new event for its community, to help usher in the fall. Bridgefest will be held, Saturday, from 9 a.m., to 5 p.m., at Clark Park, adjacent to the Merle Manders Conference Center.

'InQuickER' helping patients at Spalding Regional

Residents in the southern portion of Henry County, who need medical care, do not have to endure long waits in an emergency room, thanks to a new program at an area hospital.

McDonough offers 'Art in the Park,' Saturday

Area art patrons and lovers are invited to converge on the McDonough Square for a chance to explore their creative side.

'Bridgefest' kicks off in Stockbridge Saturday

The City of Stockbridge is launching a new event for its community, to help usher in the fall.

Henry Players win regional theater awards

Members of The Henry Players have received a number of accolades for their work in a pair of recent stage productions.

'Gas buy-down' eases pain at pump

Patrons at a local gas station, once again, enjoyed a little relief at the pump, thanks to the efforts of the Turning Point Church of McDonough.

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‘Gas buy-down’ eases pain at pump

Patrons at a local gas station, once again, enjoyed a little relief at the pump, thanks to the efforts of the Turning Point Church of McDonough.

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Party business raising eyebrows in McDonough

Yellow building making some see red

Kenn Yancey relocated his party-themed business to the McDonough Square. Some in the city, who have a strong penchant for clinging to the past, are not exactly celebrating with him.

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Stockbridge worker acquires U.S. citizenship

Marvin Brown, who lives in Morrow, has worked in the Public Works Department of the City of Stockbridge for just over four years. He obtained his U.S. citizenship in July, after living in America for eight years.

Community bike rides to begin in Stockbridge

Government and education leaders in Stockbridge are joining forces to promote the importance of good health while showcasing a new recreation venue.

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Teenager’s auto- restoration efforts pay off

A passion for cars drove 17-year-old Dale Bryan to enter his metallic blue, 1970 Plymouth Duster in a recent contest to find the best souped-up automobile.

Teenager'S Auto- Restoration Efforts Pay Off

A passion for cars drove 17-year-old Dale Bryan to enter his metallic blue, 1970 Plymouth Duster in a recent contest to find the best souped-up automobile.

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4-H Archery Club preparing for new season

A group of youngsters in Henry County recently hit their mark, in an effort to show their appreciation for a local recreational program.

4-H Archery Club Preparing For New Season

A group of youngsters in Henry County recently hit their mark, in an effort to show their appreciation for a local recreational program.

Saying Goodbye To My Old Home - Jason A. Smith

I've known for a while that this time in my life was coming.

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Saying goodbye to my old home - Jason A. Smith

There is something no wrecking ball or bulldozer can destroy: the memories my family and friends made at our former home.

Sagging-pants debate moves to Stockbridge

The City of Stockbridge is mulling a measure similar to those adopted in other Southern Crescent cities, which would prohibit individuals from being seen in public with sagging pants.

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County officials promote Tara Field facelift

On the heels of buying Tara Field from Clayton County, Henry County officials were on hand during race weekend, welcoming NASCAR drivers to the Atlanta Motor Speedway for Sunday’s Advocare 500.

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Flour Power: sweets and treats from scratch

Jessica Brannon, who was born in Riverdale, is the owner of Flour Power, which launched July 23, at 103 Eagle’s Landing Pkwy. She opened the business because of a desire to feed her passion for the culinary arts.

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Flour Power: Sweets And Treats From Scratch

Mary Riddle, of Hampton, was on her way home from a doctor’s visit with her husband, John, when something caught her attention, and attracted her sweet tooth.

Candidates qualify for municipal elections in Henry County

The contenders are set for municipal elections in Henry County’s four cities. The qualifying phase of the 2011 election cycle ended Friday, in McDonough, Stockbridge, Hampton and Locust Grove.

'Chicago' Musical Dances Into Henry County

Murder. Music. Comedy. Dance.

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‘Chicago’ musical dances into Henry County

The Henry Players is presenting “Chicago,” Friday, and again Sept. 9-10, at 7:30 p.m., each night, at the Henry County Performing Arts Center, in McDonough.

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Military escort ride to pass through Henry, Clayton

Residents on the Southside are being called upon to pay tribute to an injured military serviceman as he makes his way home.

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Real Men Wear Pink participants named

Annual campaign focuses on breast cancer awareness

Henry Medical Center is enlisting the help of 10 local men to assist in the fight against breast cancer. The hospital, on Tuesday, announced its participants for the 2011 Real Men Wear Pink campaign, which will kick off Oct. 1.

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Henry, Clayton finalize sale of Tara Field

Years of negotiating have come to fruition on the Southside, as the chairmen of the Henry County Board of Commissioners, and Clayton County’s commissioners, have signed closing contracts approving the deal.

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Spreading messages of hope in cancer fight

Jamie Robinson, of McDonough, hopes to use her own experiences in dealing with breast cancer, to help others who are struggling with the disease.

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They’re Champions!

Elite Gamers honored by City of McDonough

Steve Long, coach of the McDonough Elite Gamers baseball team, said he is proud of what his group of 8-year-old boys accomplished when they won the Roberto Clemente World Series.

Pacemaker 5000 race Saturday in Hampton

Annual fund-raiser benefits Henry Medical Center

A growing tradition in Henry County is set to continue this weekend, in an effort to raise money for Henry Medical Center.

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Sharif named Social Worker of the Year

A longtime employee at Henry Medical Center has received statewide recognition for providing needed services to patients locally.

Free depression clinic opens in Stockbridge as part of Emory University research study

Area residents suffering from depression have an opportunity to participate in a free program which could help them overcome it.

Witnesses: Murder trial victim was quarrelsome

Defense witnesses in the Charles Edward Brown murder trial contend that the man Brown is accused of killing -- Gregory Ryan Gilliam -- threatened them weeks before his death outside the Irish Bred Pub, formerly in McDonough.

Attorney argues self-defense in murder trial

The attorney for a Jonesboro man charged with killing a patron outside a McDonough bar, said the "irate" victim attacked his client first.

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Bikers raise money for A Friend's House

The second annual "Ride to Break the Cycle" generated nearly $4,000 for A Friend's House, a shelter for abused, neglected or abandoned children, over the weekend, according to Nan Jenkins, director of development for the facility.

Pair sought in Dollar General armed robbery

Two unidentified men are being sought in the robbery of a Locust Grove store at gunpoint. One of the culprits allegedly punched an employee of the business in the face, before leaving the scene, according to Henry County Police.

Drugs, shotgun found in McDonough home

Authorities in Henry County arrested a McDonough man for allegedly having drugs and a sawed-off shotgun at his home.

Rainer remembered for impact on students

Friends and co-workers of Suzette Rainer said she touched a lot of lives during her career in the Henry County School System.

Two charged in Hampton break-in

Two men are suspected of breaking into a Hampton home and stealing lawn equipment.

Shining Light success story shared

Laurie Spratlin said she has a message for women who are struggling with addiction. "Drugs and alcohol will rob you of everything you've ever loved, cared for, or valued," she said.

Georgia burning ban to be lifted Friday

The Georgia Forestry Commission will begin issuing permits for residents to burn items on their property again.

Locust Grove racer laid to rest

Friends and fans of local drag racer, Jeff Brown, are remembering him for his love of the sport, and for being "a good guy."

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Ola High band gets royal invitation

One hundred forty-two students in the marching band at Ola High School have received an invitation of royal proportions.

Multiple charges leveled in Henry hijacking case

Kidnapping and hijacking a vehicle highlight the list of charges against a McDonough man, who reportedly held a woman against her will.

AAA: 'Distracted driving' still big problem

Automobile-travel-industry representatives are preparing for a campaign to reiterate, for motorists, the hazards of distracted driving in the information age.

Centenarian celebrated at Bethany Baptist Church

Henry County native, Beatrice Rape, said what she is most proud of accomplishing, over the full century of her life, is the way she has been able to teach young people at her church.

Benefit ride Sunday for injured racer

Friends and fans of a local drag racer will gather at Atlanta Motor Speedway (AMS) this weekend, to raise money for the driver in the wake of a serious accident at the track.

Teens charged with vehicle break-ins

An investigation of numerous automobile break-ins in Henry County, has led to the arrests of three teenagers.