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Clayton State President Tim Hynes recognizes work of Veterans Resource Center

Veterans filled the small lounge taking up table space with their notebooks and laptop computers.

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‘The Nutcracker’ returns to the Southern Crescent

Atlanta Festival Ballet, area residents to perform the holiday classic

Residents will not have to go far to enjoy a holiday classic — ‘The Nutcracker,’ performed by Atlanta Festival Ballet.

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Southern Crescent gets new Goodwill of North Georgia career center

Goodwill of North Georgia has a new career center to serve the Southern Crescent.

Nonprofit group helps needy families with home repairs

Frigid temperatures have arrived ahead of winter in the Southern Crescent, but the lower temperatures do not have to mean higher energy bills.

Clayton County Public Schools closed Nov. 24-28 for Thanksgiving break

Clayton County Public Schools will be closed Nov. 24-28 for Thanksgiving break.

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Retired educators group to meet Dec. 9

School Notebook 11-21-14

The Clayton County Retired Educators Association hosted its monthly luncheon and meeting Tuesday featuring speaker Mark Kimsey.

BOE expected to request waiver on classroom spending

The Clayton County Board of Education is expected to take action on a resolution to pursue Title 50 waiver from the state.

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State Superintendent Dr. John Barge recognizes Elite Scholars Academy, a National Blue Ribbon School

Students cheered loudest for their teachers, who were recognized during a special assembly Thursday.

School board to pursue flexibility options steering committee

BOE to seek system governance input from community this winter

Residents will have an opportunity this winter to give input on the future of Clayton County Public Schools.

Lovejoy reviews city charter

Council approved a first read of amendments to Lovejoy’s city charter Monday.

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How to prepare a Thanksgiving turkey?

What kids say…

Kids across the Southern Crescent are gearing up for a long Thanksgiving break — a time, according to first-grader Hakim Wright, to spend with one’s brothers and sisters.

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Jackson Elementary students perform Disney’s ‘Aladdin Jr.’

Performances continue Saturday

Students in the fine arts magnet program at James A. Jackson Elementary are showcasing their talents in the limelight.

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Habitat projects continue in Henry and Clayton counties

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity is known in the south metro Atlanta region for its works in helping place residents in homes.

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Schools are ready, officials say

Parents advised to take precaution as winter approaches

As temperatures fall in the Southern Crescent, officials are reassuring parents that schools are equipped. They are also reminding students to bundle up and take extra precaution this coming winter.

Clayton State Theatre performs ‘Bat Boy: The Musical’

School Notebook 11-14-14

The Clayton State University Theatre will perform its fall production of “Bat Boy: The Musical” at 8 p.m. through Saturday.

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Clayton County Public Schools administrators interview dozens to fill vacancies

Officials: Some 140 vacancies remain mostly in early childhood, special education

Officials are still taking applications from mid-year graduates who aspire to teach in Clayton County Public Schools.

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Veterans honored during annual ceremony at Clayton State University

Tuesday’s Veterans Day ceremony at Clayton State was among various recognitions and celebrations throughout the Southern Crescent, where residents thank uniform-clad military men and women for their sacrifices.

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Students, parents get life lessons from Southside Brain Camp

Students and parents stood along the sidewalk watching as firefighters pulled one of their own from a mangled car and placed him on a stretcher.

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United States Naval Academy Gospel Choir to perform Monday at Mundy’s Mill High

Mundy’s Mill High graduate returns as part of chorus

The United States Naval Academy Gospel Choir is set to perform Monday at Mundy’s Mill High.

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Lovejoy Veterans Build on tap for Southern Crecsent Habitat for Humanity

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity is planning another building blitz this month in southern Clayton County.

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Nationwide STEM program kicks off at Church Street Elementary

Denny Cao immersed himself into the brainstorming session on branding and product development.

King Elementary educators lose appeals on alleged cheating, failure to report

A Riverdale councilwoman has lost her fight to keep her job after being accused of failing to report potential child abuse.

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Annual barbecue, road race benefit babies and youth

This weekend runners will dash through wooded neighborhoods in support of the Seventh Annual Lake Spivey Road Race.

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College Park Councilman Charles E. Phillips Sr. remembered for service to others

Funeral will be held Monday at Georgia International Convention Center

Charles E. Phillips Sr. will be remembered for the commitments he made through his life to serve other people, whether it was through his military service or his time in elected office, College Park Mayor Jack Longino said Thursday.

Clayton State librarians honored

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Clayton State University librarians Dr. Gordon Baker and Erin Nagel were recently honored by the 2014 Joint Conference of the Georgia Council of Media Organizations and the Southeastern Library Association.

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Southeast Model African Union Conference at Clayton State

Clayton State University welcomed students and faculty from various University System of Georgia institutions Thursday.

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Lovejoy submits comprehensive plan

City council approved a resolution to transmit the city’s comprehensive plan.

Clayton BOE approves $4 million laptop purchases

Clayton County Board of Education has approved the emergency purchase of HP Chromebook devices and online services worth more than $4 million.

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Clayton leaders to host ‘Southside Brain Camp’

Clayton County Commission Chair Jeff Turner recalls over his 25-year career in law enforcement those hard days when he saw potential vanish at the blink of an eye.

School is out Tuesday

School is out Tuesday for public school students.

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Callaway students march to be drug, bully-free

Friday was the first Red Ribbon Week Parade at Callaway Elementary.

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Pointe South hosts annual literacy night event

Officials encourage parents to be involved in building kids’ reading skills

Several parents gathered in the cafeteria to hear the school’s choirs sing about the importance of reading.

New development in Lovejoy brings affordable homes

The overgrown property just north of downtown is slowly transforming into a revived neighborhood.

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Clayton sees growth in percentage of students graduating on time

Clayton County Public Schools experienced a year-over-year jump in the percent of students graduating its high schools on time.

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Marc Lamont Hill to speak at Male Leadership Summit

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Clayton State University’s Department of Campus Life will host its Fifth Annual Male Leadership Summit Nov. 13, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Clayton State Student Activities Center.

Police departments investigate reports of shots fired near school bus

Officers with Clayton County Public Schools Police are working with Clayton County Police Department in the investigation of the report of shots fired near a bus stop Wednesday morning.

Officials to host literacy, numeracy parent workshop Saturday

School officials have planned a “Literacy and Numeracy” Title I Parent Workshop for Saturday.

Clayton State officials support ‘affordable transportation’

As voters head to the polls to help decide on the MARTA issue, Clayton State University is lending its support of public transportation in Clayton County.

BOE responds to news of $4 million ‘emergency purchase’

Clayton County school board members were confounded Monday by a $4 million “emergency purchase” district administrators defended as necessary to adhere to state mandates for online testing.

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Residents give input on future of Lovejoy

Residents got a chance to give input on what they want to see in the future of their city Thursday.

Clayton sets teacher job fair Nov. 11

Officials are reaching out early this year to get highly qualified educators who might be interested in continuing their career in Clayton County Public Schools.

Local teens participate in Chick-fil-A Leader Academy

Students help provide a million meals for hungry youth

Hundreds of teens in 15 high schools between Clayton and Henry counties joined forces this month to pack meals for local children in need.

Treats from the trunk in Lovejoy

Officials are calling for volunteers and community groups to pitch in to help out with the city-sponsored Trunk-or-Treat event Oct. 31.

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Deadline approaches for military academy nomination applications

School Notebook 10-24-14

U.S. Congressman David Scott (GA-13) is reminding interested students of the fast-approaching Oct. 31 deadline to submit applications for a congressional nomination to one of the U.S. Military Academies.

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State Rep. Glanton speaks to retired educators

Chairman Turner presents Retired Educators proclamation

The room erupted in applause, as members agreed with the sentiment that teachers are increasingly bogged down with paperwork.

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GAE president campaigning for education this election season

Georgia Association of Educators President Sid Chapman is touring the state this election season in an attempt to “get out the vote” and drum up support for education issues.

New Vision Christian Church to host wellness fair Saturday

Senior Pastor Luke S. Hall of New Vision Christian Church will join the church and its community partners to celebrate life with breast cancer survivors during a free wellness fair Saturday.

Lovejoy moves forward with comprehensive plans, updates

Council voted unanimously Monday during its regular meeting to extend Lovejoy’s Service Delivery Strategy contract with Clayton County.

Clayton State invites Tri Cities, Woodland High to Choral Invitational

School Notebook 10-17-14

The Clayton State University Chorale, the Tri Cities High School Concert Chorale and the Woodland High School Le Voce will join forced Tuesday in hosting a free collaborative concert called the Clayton State Choral Invitational.

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Fire lieutenant named Clayton County’s 2014 Public Safety Professional of the Year

Firefighters, officers, deputies and public safety support staff headlined the 42nd Annual Public Safety Appreciation luncheon Wednesday.