RIVERDALE — It wasn’t just Good Friday for Riverdale City Manager Iris Jessie, but it was rather goodbye, as she gave her final farewells to all her colleagues and friends on a sunny afternoon.
FOREST PARK — The house lights were dimmed at St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church on audience members last week, and there was a single spotlight that shined on the actors in the long-awaited play “Moonshine and Magnolias.”
JONESBORO — When it comes to what’s hot and in style, Adrienne Manuel-Spain is your go- to girl.
Jenny Williams remembers her prom being a magical moment. Her rendition of shopping for her first prom dress managed to invoke a certain nostalgia.
LOVEJOY — Divine Faith Ministries International Bishop Donald E. Battle greeted guests of the community and church members at Chick-fil-A’s “Meet Your Leader” night event on a dreary Monday.
RIVERDALE — Movale Hagler takes no shortcuts in her kitchen, when preparing some of her finest Southern soul food dishes for Clayton County residents.
MORROW — Georgia based actor Cedric Pendleton and educator Pete Key are collaborating to bring “Don’t Bully, I’m Going to Change the World,” their musical stage play that addresses anti-bullying issues to the Clayton County Performing Arts Center, better known as the PAC.
RIVERDALE — New Beginnings Hair Salon will pay homage to the city and clients tomorrow as it embarks on eight years of business and community services.
The Charles Drew High School ProStart/Culinary Arts program had the honor of preparing appetizers for Governor Nathan Deal and 300 legislators.
COLLEGE PARK — The Southern Crescent and metro Atlanta were flooded with some of the best hair and make up artists in the entertainment industry, this past weekend. Several conventions and hair shows were hosted around town showcasing the latest trends in fashion and hair for African American women.
SOUTHERN CRESCENT — World-renowned evangelist, author, motivational speaker and church leader Paula White had the Southern Crescent in the palm of her hands Tuesday night, as she preached to them about this being “a year of restoration and the suddenly.”
JONESBORO — Tony Monry was flabbergasted he won “honorable mention” at the Arts Clayton Juried Art Competition on Friday night.
JONESBORO — Crocheting is a pastime enjoyed by at least a dozen women who meet at Clayton County Public Libraries Headquarters in Jonesboro every week. For most, it’s a relaxing way to pass the time and create a few heirlooms along the way.
SOUTHERN CRESCENT — Young women encompassing Henry and Clayton County high schools and middle schools strutted their best attributes at the Performing Arts Center, in Jonesboro, on Sunday evening.
RIVERDALE— No one would ever have imagined that William Wynn, a football star who played for the University of Georgia, would become a pastor one day. “I was nervous at first, but I saw that he was serious. I was so used to him being the guy who likes to have a good time,” said his sister Maria.
RIVERDALE — Youth Pastor Daniel Perry has a rather unconventional approach when it comes to preaching the word of God. Perry, better known as “Pastor P,” just doesn’t show up with the Bible in his hands on Sunday morning to give the same old boring lecture.
RIVERDALE — Mayor Evelyn Wynn-Dixon wanted to extend an olive branch to the Clayton County Board of Commissioners during a County Municipal Associations meeting held at Riverdale City Hall Thursday night.
STOCKBRIDGE — Zyer Beaty has a lot to smile about these days. The Spelman College student from Stockbridge was granted an internship to Oprah Winfrey’s Leadership Academy in South Africa.
RIVERDALE — Riverdale Regional Park has become the epicenter of the community. Since its official grand opening in September, it has been the meeting grounds for little league football games, football and cheerleading practices, and several leisure activities.
STOCKBRIDGE — Phil Hogan built a restaurant where customers felt like they were at home, and a place where everybody knows your name. And his.
JONESBORO — Eight-year-old William Shiflett’s lifelong dream is to become a famous actor one day. So far, the inspiring young actor is off to a good start.
JONESBORO — Roger Swint and his wife Kathy, owners of Swint’s Feed and Garden Supply, in Jonesboro have five rather unusual employees — Josie, Kountry, Darcy, Lizzy and Roxie.
SOUTHERN CRESCENT — Maryjoe Morrison could hardly control the salty tears that streamed down her face on a sunny Sunday morning. No, they were not tears of sorrow, but tears of joy and appreciation.
RIVERDALE — The “First Annual” Tree Lighting Holiday Celebration attracted hundreds of Southern Crescent residents and even a few out-of-towners to the City of Riverdale’s Amphitheatre Saturday. People indulged in sweet hot chocolate topped with marshmallows, some good ol’ Southern cooking, and a plethora of clothing and jewelry vendors.
STOCKBRIDGE — The holidays are usually a time when many people like to indulge in pastries, cakes, candies, and good ol’ family dinners.
MORROW — Unwilling to wait for Black Friday, the day-after-Thanksgiving shopping craze, several Clayton County shoppers got started late Thursday night.
JONESBORO — Fifteen years ago, Julie Fuzell and her husband Kevin took vows to love each other “for better or for worse, in sickness and in health.”
The members at Trinity Lakeside Church in Jonesboro, will spread some thanksgiving cheer and host a concert called, “Thanks giving Gospel Singing.”
With the elections out of the way, the Clayton County Board of Education will have to face some challenges in 2013, according to Jessie Goree, re-elected board member who ran unopposed.
Incumbents Trinia Garrett and Wanda Smith appeared to be heading for a runoff late Tuesday, after neither got the required majority vote to be re-elected for the Clayton County School Board.
Lately, Clayton County has become the epicenter for several celebrities to launch or promote their community initiatives.
Though breast cancer has its devastating effects on women, another hard-hitting epidemic is domestic violence. Which is one of the reasons Terrance Campbell suggested his 2012 Clayton County Grassroots Leadership Institute (GRLI) class host a 5K walk.
Diana Galloway knows the horror of battling breast cancer. She’s been in remission for a year.
It will be 65 years in December that Dean’s Barbeque in Jonesboro has been serving finger-licking food to residents from across the state.
RIVERDALE — If you had told Riverdale resident Marissa Kelly back in high school that she would become a cupcake connoisseur, she might have frowned in disbelief.
McDonough gospel recording artist VaShawn Mitchell’s voice resonated throughout the Fox Theater in Atlanta, as he performed his hit songs “Nobody Greater,” and “Turning Around For Me.”
JONESBORO — The Clayton County Police Department plans to beef up their surveillance and security to keep the trick-or-treaters safe.
It’s not often you see Christians boogying down to Rhythm and Blues music on church grounds. But members at Sacred Praise United Methodist Church in Lovejoy like doing things the unconventional way.
Local creates natural hair care products
Tajuana Hughes, of Jonesboro, had an epiphany several years ago while toiling away as a hairstylist in Augusta.
“You all must listen, read, study, and stay in school” — words of wisdom from actress Ellia English, who visited Mt. Zion Primary School early this week to promote her literacy tour.
The more than 130 young students at Little Creations Learning Center, in Jonesboro, could hardly wait for their guests to arrive.
When thinking of Historical Black Colleges and Universities, the last thing that may come to mind are tennis teams — at least that’s what Florida A&M University head coach Carl Goodman says.
Children’s choir entertains the Southern Crescent
Music was in the air, and the sound of harmonic vocals filled each corner of the room at First Macedonia Baptist Church in Riverdale, Tuesday night.
Fans turn out for middle, high school football
With homecoming just around the corner for many high schools and middle schools in Clayton County, scores of students, teachers, administrative staff, and local community members are filling the stands to support their football teams.
The Morrow Civic Woman's Club will convene at an invitation-only affair at the First Baptist Church of Morrow on Saturday to celebrate 50 years of community service work.
Scores turnout for Labor Day weekend at AMS
Die-hard NASCAR fans from across the country and the Southern Crescent braved Hampton’s sweltering heat and little bit of rain Friday at Atlanta Motor Speedway, to tailgate through the holiday weekend for the ADVOCARE 500 NASCAR Night Race.
Young actress using fame for good
Sixteen-year-old actress Ajiona Alexus was greeted with warm smiles, cheers and applause Wednesday afternoon, from several young ladies at Elite Scholars Academy.
Henry students hyped about CNN Student News
Janice Douglas’ seventh-grade class at Ola Middle School waited with anticipation on a Friday afternoon, eager to watch the CNN Student News podcast, a ritual since the beginning of the school year.
Donald Battle was consecrated a bishop during a dedication ceremony held last week.
Empowerment, overcoming violence are its themes
Sister’s Empowerment Netowrk Inc., a non-profit organization in Riverdale, will be hosting a “Celebration Release Party” retreat Saturday, Sept. 8, from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m., at Exquisite Private Event Facility located at 296 Old Ford Road, in Fayetteville.