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Jeylin White

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Co-workers, friends bid Iris Jessie farewell

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.

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Audience impressed with “Moonshine and Magnolias”

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.”

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Boutique owner unveils spring fashion trends

JONESBORO — When it comes to what’s hot and in style, Adrienne Manuel-Spain is your go- to girl.

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Prom shopping creates magical moments

Jenny Williams remembers her prom being a magical moment. Her rendition of shopping for her first prom dress managed to invoke a certain nostalgia.

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Chick-fil-A host meet your leader night

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.

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Soul food without shortcuts

RIVERDALE — Movale Hagler takes no shortcuts in her kitchen, when preparing some of her finest Southern soul food dishes for Clayton County residents.

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Bully musical coming to PAC Center

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.

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New Beginnings hosts community day

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.

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Best taste in the region: Charles Drew culinary students serve top dignitaries

The Charles Drew High School ProStart/Culinary Arts program had the honor of preparing appetizers for Governor Nathan Deal and 300 legislators.

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College Park women spearhead BB ICON Awards

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.

White’s sermon empowers faith-based community

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.”

Arts Clayton announces contest winners

JONESBORO — Tony Monry was flabbergasted he won “honorable mention” at the Arts Clayton Juried Art Competition on Friday night.

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‘Crochet Club’ giving back to seniors

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.

A pageant with purpose

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.

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Former football star preaching the gospel

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.

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Riverdale Pastor 'The Tyler Perry of Youth'

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.

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County mayors formally welcome BOC Chairman Turner

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 woman headed to South Africa to teach

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 park the life of the city

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.

Phil’s: Where everybody knows his name

STOCKBRIDGE — Phil Hogan built a restaurant where customers felt like they were at home, and a place where everybody knows your name. And his.

Thespians shine for “Moonshine and Magnolias”

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.

Pets soothe the work place for Swints, employees

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.

A new pup, a bright New Year

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.

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Hundreds turn-out to Riverdale’s holiday celebration

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.

Eating healthy, staying fit for the holidays possible

STOCKBRIDGE — The holidays are usually a time when many people like to indulge in pastries, cakes, candies, and good ol’ family dinners.

Businesses get early start on Black Friday

MORROW — Unwilling to wait for Black Friday, the day-after-Thanksgiving shopping craze, several Clayton County shoppers got started late Thursday night.

Husband cares for cancer-stricken wife

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.”

Jonesboro church host Thanksgiving concert

The members at Trinity Lakeside Church in Jonesboro, will spread some thanksgiving cheer and host a concert called, “Thanks giving Gospel Singing.”

BOE’s Goree spells out challenges for the board

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.

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BOE candidates Garrett, Smith headed for runoff

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.

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Celebrities embracing Clayton County

Lately, Clayton County has become the epicenter for several celebrities to launch or promote their community initiatives.

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The fight to end domestic violence

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.

‘Walking in Victory’

Diana Galloway knows the horror of battling breast cancer. She’s been in remission for a year.

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Jonesboro restaurant celebrates 65 years

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.

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Local turns passion into a business

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.

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Mega stars inspire future leaders

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.”

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Keeping safe on Halloween is key

JONESBORO — The Clayton County Police Department plans to beef up their surveillance and security to keep the trick-or-treaters safe.

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Christians boogie down at fall fest

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.

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Love your natural tresses

Local creates natural hair care products

Tajuana Hughes, of Jonesboro, had an epiphany several years ago while toiling away as a hairstylist in Augusta.

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Hollywood actress launches literacy tour in Clayton

“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.

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Dignitary promotes 'Pre-k week'

The more than 130 young students at Little Creations Learning Center, in Jonesboro, could hardly wait for their guests to arrive.

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Clayton hosts 20-team tournament

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.

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Melodies from Africa

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.

Forest Park in Friday night lights

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.

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Women’s club celebrates 50 years of community service

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.

Partying, praying

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.

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‘Acting to Inspire’

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.

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The Digital Generation

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.

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‘Happy to be a pastor of pastors’

Donald Battle was consecrated a bishop during a dedication ceremony held last week.

A one-day retreat for women

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.