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Jim Massara

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Man, diagnosed schizophrenic, reported missing

Jonesboro police issued a Mattie’s Call alert Thursday for a Jonesboro man diagnosed with schizophrenia who disappeared Wednesday.

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Seniors grill officials on T-SPLOST

Transit service returns to Clayton if tax passes

Elder-friendly issues — including the possible return of transit service to Clayton County — dominated audience questions Thursday at the first of two extra Town Hall meetings scheduled to discuss the proposed Transportation Investment Act.

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Ground broken for rec-center crosswalk in Rex

County officials say crossing will keep kids safe

Clayton County officials broke ground Wednesday for a crosswalk on Rex Road they say will make it safer for children to walk to the neighborhood recreation center.

CLAYTON FAITH NOTEBOOK/ June 14, 2012: Charity hosts VBS

Charity Baptist Fellowship, 9181 Floyd Road, Jonesboro, will host its Vacation Bible School for children 2 to 17, from 6:15 p.m., to 9 p.m., each evening. This year’s theme is “Signs of Life.”

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Jonesboro woman accused of stabbing, killing mother

Bond was denied Tuesday for a Jonesboro woman accused of stabbing her mother to death during an argument at their home.

T-SPLOST ‘wireside chat’ scheduled Thursday night

Have a question about the Transportation Investment Act and its tax, known as the T-SPLOST? Clayton County Chairman Eldrin Bell will take questions about it via phone with a “wireside chat” Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

North Carolina man arrested on Clayton County rape charges

A North Carolina man charged with raping a minor in Clayton County in 2008 was arrested Monday morning in Hertford, N.C.

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Lovejoy council adopts leaner 2013 budget

Mayor promises 2-mil tax cut

Lovejoy’s city council adopted a 2013 fiscal-year budget Monday that Mayor Bobby Cartwright said will allow the municipality to cut property tax bills by 2 mils, fulfilling one of his campaign promises.

Business-financing workshop planned for next week

Clayton State’s Small Business Development Center is taking registrations for a free workshop next week devoted to helping businesses find money.

Riverdale man mauled by Fayette sheriff’s K-9

Officials unsure why SUV door popped open

A Riverdale man was mauled by a Fayette County Sheriff’s K-9 Thursday morning after the door of a deputy’s vehicle opened unexpectedly and released the dog.

Town hall info meetings on T-SPLOST added for seniors

Two more town-hall meetings specifically for seniors have been scheduled next week to educate Clayton County residents about the Transportation Investment Act vote on July 31.

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Turkey Chop: Fast-food alternative that tastes good

First metro Atlanta location opens in Jonesboro

“A no beef, no pork alternative” to traditional fast food and soul food restaurants? And it tastes good? That’s the message Chicago restauranteur Quentin Love hopes to bring to Jonesboro when he helps open the first Turkey Chop just off Tara Boulevard on Friday.

Leadership Clayton honors 15 grads

Leadership Clayton graduated its 40th class of movers and shakers Wednesday night at a ceremony at Clayton State University.

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Morrow radio station wants to be ‘vox populi’

AM 1570 The Light plays gospel, serves community

Radio station WIGO-AM general manager Paul Ploener wants you to think of his radio station as a “vox populi.” That’s Latin for “voice of the people.”

CLAYTON FAITH NOTEBOOK/ June 7, 2012: Midway's 23rd anniversary

Midway Missionary Baptist Church, at 2280 Godby Road, College Park, where Rev. Edward S. Reynolds is pastor, and Rev. Penny Brown Reynolds, is first lady, will celebrate its 23rd Church Anniversary on Sunday, June 10, beginning at 11 a.m.

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College Park to rewrite cab and limo ordinances

The problem, according to council members and residents, is that more and more taxi cabs are using Virginia Avenue to wait for their next calls from airport-area customers, essentially making it a taxi bullpen.

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Wayfield moves into Food Lion locations

At least 50 new jobs created, says food store founder

Just four months after Food Lion moved out, Atlanta-based Wayfield Foods has taken over its two Clayton County locations, creating at least 50 new jobs.

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Non-traditional lenders fund small businesses

Consultant: ‘When banks say no, look at this’

Money from banks for small businesses is tighter than ever, but “non-traditional” funding is stepping in to fill the breach, according to a Newnan consultant who spoke to Clayton County entrepreneurs Tuesday.

Six Accords stolen over weekend

Forest Park police are investigating a rash of Honda Accords stolen north of Forest Parkway but say they still have no leads.

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Jonesboro artist wins Arts Clayton Patron’s Award

‘Travel America’ and ‘Reflection’ exhibits open this weekend

Visitors to the opening of Arts Clayton’s “Travel America” exhibit liked Clayton Harris' painting enough to give it the Patron’s Award Friday night.

Library reading program about ‘adult enrichment’

Kicks off Saturday with music and food

If you think the Clayton County Public Library’s adult summer reading program is only about books, think again.

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Juvenile-justice volunteers sworn in

Nine new volunteers to support Clayton County’s juvenile-justice court were sworn in Thursday by Judge Steven Teske.

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Kinship Care produces first college graduate

Program honored grads at ceremony

Clayton County’s Kinship Care program, better known as Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, honored its first child to earn a college diploma Thursday at its annual graduation celebration in Jonesboro.

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Family returns from vacation, finds home burned

A Riverdale family came back from spending Memorial Day in Orlando to find the top of their house gutted by fire.

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Three companies considering move to Fort Gillem

Experts talk logistics at Clayton State conference

Three businesses that may bring several thousand jobs to Clayton County are in talks to move to Fort Gillem, according to the head of Fort Gillem’s redevelopment authority.

CLAYTON FAITH NOTEBOOK/ May 30, 2012: 56th homecoming celebration

Dixon Grove Baptist Church, 7690 Fielder Road, Jonesboro, will hold its 56th Homecoming Celebration at 3 p.m. Rev. E.W. Lee of Shiloh Baptist Church in McDonough will speak.

Money stolen from VFW post

Someone apparently saluted Clayton County veterans an hour after Memorial Day ended by breaking into the VFW Post on Huntingdon Drive in Jonesboro and stealing a small amount of money.

Man found dead in College Park apartment

A College Park man was found dead at a Clayton County apartment complex Tuesday morning.

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Gospel Challengers: Memphis sound with a jazz swing

The Gospel Challengers, featuring singers from Jonesboro and Locust Grove, are old-school and proud of it.

Metro Atlanta employment numbers improve

Metro Atlanta’s jobless numbers continue to improve, and while Henry County is a part of that trend, Clayton County is still bringing up the rear.

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Chick-Fil-A exec talks chicken and values

‘Bubba’ Cathy calls Clayton home

Sit down with Chick-Fil-A executive and Jonesboro resident Donald Cathy in one of his restaurants, and what does he talk about? Mostly chicken — but a lot about values as well.

Expert: Savannah harbor improvements will create Clayton jobs

Cargo from ships in Savannah will feed trains that will come right to the redeveloped Fort Gillem, John Mascaritolo told the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce at its monthly breakfast Thursday. Add the presence of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and metro Atlanta’s impact on Georgia’s economy, he said, and Clayton County will be in a perfect position to benefit.

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Small-business center prepares prospective owners

Clayton State University’s class on how to start a small business, conducted by its Small Business Development Center, attracts about a dozen students every month with dreams of being their own bosses.

Are you smarter than your pastor?

Game show testing Bible knowledge holds auditions

Auditions will be conducted this weekend in Atlanta to compete in a TV game show testing Bible knowledge, to be hosted by comedian Jeff Foxworthy.

Course offers advice for new businesses

Starting a business in the midst of an economic recession might sound like a bad idea, but renowned companies like CNN, Dell and Microsoft did it and succeeded. Clayton State University’s Small Business Development Center will show how they did it — and how others can do it as well — at a three-hour class to be held 5 p.m. Wednesday at Clayton State East on Trammell Road in Morrow.

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Police: Jonesboro teens arrested, confess to burglaries

An automatic license-tag reader that identified a stolen GMC Envoy was the break Clayton County Police needed to end a six-month burglarly spree in Jonesboro that targeted more than 20 houses in the Drake’s Landing subdivision.

Eulogy for a funeral home

Pope Dickson closes after more than six decades

When people die, they pass through a funeral home. But what happens to a funeral home when it dies?

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Sock monkeys for Jesus

Bethel Baptist women honor friend’s memory, minister to children

When Carolyn Dukes, a long-time member of Bethel Baptist Church in Jonesboro, passed away unexpectedly in March, nobody would have predicted that her memory would live on with a Sock Monkey ministry — but it has.

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Last buses of school year shadowed by police, camera crews

Would-be sniper still at large

Hampton area students rode the bus to school for the last time this school year under the watchful eye of police and media Friday morning, while a would-be sniper remained at large.

Teen Council premieres ‘Thy Will Be Done’

Forest Park’s Teen Council will host three southside premiere showings of “Thy Will Be Done” Saturday afternoon and evening at the Upper Ballroom in Forest Park.

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Clayton cops, firemen complete ‘final leg’ of Special Olympics Torch run

Runners from Clayton County’s police, sheriff’s and fire departments carried the Special Olympic torch for its final run Thursday morning in advance of the games, to be held this weekend at Emory University.

‘Book sense plus common sense makes perfect sense’

Shaq's mom, Lucille O’Neal, motivates Chamber of Commerce women

One part preacher, one part cheerleader and one part mom, Lucille O’Neal served up words of inspiration to a packed room at the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Women in Business Luncheon Thursday.

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Hartsfield’s front door now in Clayton

Traffic to new terminal hoped to attract business, growth

Hartsfield-Jackson Airport’s long awaited international terminal may be “Atlanta’s new front door to the world,” as Delta Air Lines CEO Richard Anderson puts it — but you have to pass through Clayton County to get there.

Police seek gunman who aimed at bus

Clayton County police are looking for a gunman who witnesses reported as having aimed a rifle at a school bus, and carried a notebook full of school bus numbers.

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Feels like flu, lasts a lifetime

Lupus sufferers live with pain but stay positive

Nobody’s sure what causes it, but lupus — a disease that puts its victim's immune system on overdrive — seems to run in families with autoimmune disorders. Eight in 10 sufferers are women, and it’s two to three times more prevalent among women of color.

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Head Start kids celebrate diversity at annual International Day festival

Decked out in the colorful garb of 20 different countries, Clayton County’s Head Start kids celebrated their diverse backgrounds — and the end of the school year — at their International Day celebration Friday morning in Forest Park.

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Matriarchs to celebrate Mother’s Day at Bethel Baptist

‘Historic church, its disciples grew old together’

These mothers may have lost a step or two. Their hearing and eyesight isn’t what it used to be. They’ve been around a long time, as has their place of workship, Bethel Baptist Church in Jonesboro.

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Canines become deputy dogs

Sheriff’s department K9 unit earns badges

Five specially trained dogs earned the title of Clayton County sheriff’s deputy — and their very own badges — in a ceremony Thursday at the sheriff’s headquarters in Jonesboro.

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Junior anglers compete for prizes in Derby

More than 200 kids 13 and under from Clayton County and nearby are expected to land a whopper — or at least drown a few worms — at the annual Fishing Derby on Saturday morning at International Park in Jonesboro.