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Jim Massara

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Surprise — gay marriage trips up Heatley

After all that Dr. Edmond Heatley has been through as Clayton County schools superintendent, who would have thought that the issue of gay marriage would have tripped him up in Berkeley?

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School board takes weekend class

Clayton County's school board conducts a weekend retreat, with incoming interim superintendent Luvenia Jackson sitting in.

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HBCU tennis tournament slated for International Park

Clayton County again will host the annual HBCU National Tennis Championships, to be held Thursday through Saturday at International Park.

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‘Civility’ book required reading for Clayton State freshmen

New freshmen at Clayton State University this year get three things when they step through the front gates: a class schedule, an orientation — and a book on civility.

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Recovery group promotes 12-step alternatives

The people who run Clayton County’s Real Help! Network don’t exactly counsel addicts, but they do want to be an information clearinghouse for people with monkeys on their backs.

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Consolidation, tough economy, factors in Southern Regional deal

Southern Regional CEO Jim Crissey explains why Southern Regional is partnering with Emory Healthcare.

Clayton men finish military training

Five local men have completed military training, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.

Heatley withdraws from Berkeley candidacy

Possible position on Prop 8 killed candidacy

Outgoing Clayton County Schools superintendent Edmond Heatley has reportedly withdrawn his candidacy for the same job in Berkeley, Calif.

U.S. News: Clayton State among top five Southern regional public schools

Clayton State University is the fifth best public regional college in the South, according to U.S. News & World Reports latest annual ranking.

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Goats graze on Hartsfield's green

If you want to get someone’s goat at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, all you have to do is look behind the fence along Riverdale Road.

Chino board member defends Heatley

Super ‘didn’t take position’ on Prop 8

Did Edmond Heatley actually urge the school board in Chino Valley, Calif., to support a measure that would ban gay marriage while he was superintendent there? Ask Michael Calta, board president of the Chino Valley Unified School District at the time, and he’ll say no.

College fair to showcase almost 100 schools

More than 2,000 high-school seniors and recruiters from nearly 100 schools will converge at Clayton State University next Friday for its annual college fair at the Student Activities Center.

Businesspeople to shadow Clayton principals

They get a chance to 'grasp education process in action’

Ever wonder what it takes to run a Clayton County public school? Next month’s Principal Partner’s Day — where business people shadow school principals for half a day — could be your chance to find out.

Heatley’s California job not a sure thing

Support of Prop 8 may torpedo chances in Berkeley

Clayton County Schools Superintendent Edmond Heatley’s new job in California may not be a done deal after all, thanks to his support in 2008 of a ballot measure to ban same-sex marriage.

Video subpoenaed of gang fight at Morrow High

Clayton County Sheriff’s officials subpoenaed cell-phone video Wednesday of a gang-related fight earlier this week at Morrow High School. The “jump in” — slang for assaulting someone to initiate him or her into a gang — occurred after school Monday as buses were loading, according to Clayton County Sheriff’s spokesman James Beveridge.

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Jackson named interim superintendent

Popular retired educator replaces Heatley temporarily

The Clayton County Board of Education appointed Luvenia Jackson Interim Superintendent Monday evening.

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Kemp Primary teacher finalist for science honor

Kemp Primary School teacher Tonya Pugh has been named a Georgia finalist for the 2012 Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science. She and two other finalists were recognized out of 21 Georgia applicants.

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Clayton State enrollment sets record

Enrollment at Clayton State tops 7,000 for the first time in school history.

School activity fee likely to be repealed

‘Excellent news, but we’re not where we need to be yet’

Clayton County school activity fees may be repealed.

Clayton schools to offer free GED practice tests

Clayton County Public Schools offer free GED practice tests to Clayton residents.

CLAYTON CHURCH BULLETIN/Sept. 6, 2012: Anniversary celebration on tap

Dixon Grove Baptist Church, 7690 Fielder Road, Jonesboro, will celebrate the 32nd anniversary of Pastor James Harris and Sylvia Harris with a revival starting at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

Teachers chime in on Heatley

‘Leading is not shoving things down people’s throats’

Educators offer opinions on Edmond Heatley's tenure.

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Former Clayton teacher pens Tolkien-inspired fantasy novel

Elizabeth McCraw, a former technology education instructor at Morrow Middle School and one-time teacher of the year in DeKalb County, says she’s “living the dream” now as a writer. Her first self-published novel, “The Chosen: Angelic Warrior,” is a mash-up of everything she loved growing up as a teenage fan of science fiction, Tolkien, and the role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons.

Talk by Olens, Barnes highlights Clayton State constitution celebration

A talk by Sam Olens and Roy Barnes headlines Clayton State's Constitution Week celebration.

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Jonesboro artist with a comic-book career

Comic book artist Drew Geraci draws superheroes in his Jonesboro studio.

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Clayton State ed students hear case against charters

Clayton State education students see answer film to "Waiting for Superman" and hear from an anti-charter advocate.

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Clayton County School Superintendent Edmond Heatley resigns

'We had heard rumors, but who puts stock in rumors?'

Dr. Edmond Heatley resigned Wednesday morning.

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Short Wednesday school day monthly instead of weekly?

Board to vote next regular meeting

Clayton County's school board will probably vote to change the proposed short Wednesday schedule from weekly to monthly.

Gas prices up — but still cheaper on south side

Gas prices are rising for everyone — but the Southern Crescent is feeling less pain at the pump than most of the metro Atlanta area.

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Woodmen director attends leadership workshop

Thacher Emory of Jonesboro, Modern Woodmen of America regional director for Atlanta, recently attended the organization’s Leadership Career Institute in Rock Island, Ill.

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Info Fair is back-to-school class for parents

Clayton County Public Schools' Parent Information Fair is a "one stop shop" for parent education.

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Renowned guitarist Cray headlines Cityfest

Blues guitarist Robert Cray will headline College Park's Cityfest Saturday.

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Gas South boss touts Pay As You Go plan

Gas South president Kevin Greiner talks about his company's Pay As You Go program to the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce.

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Clayton man rehabs foreclosures for families in need

‘I’m poor but I’m fine’

Nkrumah Moore buys foreclosed homes, rehabs them and then makes them available — and affordable — for families who need them.

CLAYTON CHURCH BULLETIN/Aug. 24, 2012: Forest Park church hosts VIP ministries

Forest Park First Baptist Church, 634 Main St., Forest Park, will host its VIP Ministries at 10:45 a.m. Senior adults are welcome to join in fellowship, lunch and a special program. Paul D. Robins, former minister of music, will be the program speaker. For more information, call (404) 366-6333.

Summer high school grads get diplomas

Summer graduates of Clayton County's high schools receive their diplomas Thursday night.

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Clayton principals ran track, now run schools

Drewry, White honored by DeKalb track club

Two Clayton County middle school principals are inducted into the DeKalb County Express Track Club Hall of Fame.

Lovejoy cheer coach resigns after naked sleepover allegation

A Lovejoy High School cheerleading coach resigns after claims of a sleepover game that had the girls taking off their clothes.

Hartsfield task force focuses on economic growth

A group created to harness the airport as a catalyst for economic growth in the Southern Crescent led its kick-off meeting Friday with glowing presentations on community improvement districts, hinting at what the Hartsfield area’s future may hold.

HUD director credits Obama programs with helping shrink Clayton foreclosures

Several dozen real estate pros shared ideas on how to push mortgage refinancing and help keep pulling Clayton County out of its foreclosure crisis at a roundtable Friday at the National Archives.

Najee to headline Jonesboro jazz fest

Acclaimed contemporary jazz artist Najee, along with Jeff Bradshaw and Avery Sunshine, will headline the Atlanta Contemporary Jazz and Neo Soul Festival Friday and Saturday at Clayton County International Park in Jonesboro.

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Businesswomen share stories of persistence, positivity

Four Clayton County businesswomen gave their sisters — and a few brethren as well — pep talks Thursday at a chamber of commerce luncheon spotlighting their achievements.

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Task force to plot how to harness Hartsfield

A group that wants to figure out how to tie the Southern Crescent’s economic fortunes to the strength of the world’s busiest airport will hold its first meeting Friday morning.

CLAYTON CHURCH BULLETIN/Aug. 16, 2012: Jazz Festival in Hampton coming up

Higher Living Christian Church, 2455 Mt. Carmel Road, Hampton, will hold its inaugural Jazz Festival from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m.

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Parents quiz principals on Wednesday short days

Parents had their say and administrators had their day in court at nine forums held Monday at Clayton County schools to explain the proposed shortened Wednesday class schedules.

Task force to plot how to harness Hartsfield

A group that wants to figure out how to tie the Southern Crescent’s economic fortunes to the strength of the world’s busiest airport will hold its first meeting Friday morning.

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Lovejoy to fine outside sanitation providers

City Council voted unanimously Monday to begin fining outside trash pick-up services later this year in a move to consolidate trash pick-up service with one provider.

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Clayton schools open doors for new year

‘It’s been a thing of beauty all day’

Clayton County’s 52,000 public-school students may be anticipating a new Common Core curriculum and a controversial shortened school day once a week. But to look at the smiling faces, the brightly colored uniforms, the teachers answering questions and the lines of school buses snaked through the parking lot, you’d never know anything had changed.

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Hynes to CSU freshmen: Study, study, study

Clayton State University President Tim Hynes gave incoming freshmen what he said were “nine hints” for academic success at Friday’s new student convocation at Spivey Hall.

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Tax-free holiday ends at midnight

This weekend marks Georgia’s first sales-tax holiday since 2009, and sales of back-to-school items exempted from sales tax were brisk Friday, according to Clayton County merchants.