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Kathy Jefcoats

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Miles, years apart but not so different

This year marks 70 years since Anne Frank died in a concentration camp just months before the end of World War II.

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Clayton County lawmaker, Rep. Sandra Scott, pushes for alarms on daycare vans

In the wake of a toddler recently being left behind for hours inside a daycare van, state Rep. Sandra Scott said she plans to re-introduce a bill mandating alarms for certain vehicles.

Adjusting to life in Georgia with the help of Joe

When my parents dragged us to the South in the early 1970s, it meant we left all our extended family behind in St. Louis. I was in seventh grade, not a little kid but not so grown that I was ready to lose the relationships I had with my grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. I missed them.

Woman dies in apparent murder-suicide at her Atlanta home

Woman dies in apparent murder-suicide at her Atlanta home, said police.

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Jonesboro Days is Saturday at Firehouse Museum

Jonesboro Days is Saturday at Firehouse Museum from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Riverdale residents shell out thousands for ethics complaints inquiry

Would you pay $5,000 to find out if your councilmember violated an ethics ordinance? What about $8,000? How about $10,000 or more?

Students need support from community

Students deserve support from community. A little recognition goes a long way.

Victim's mother angrily confronts son's killer in Clayton County Superior Court

Victim’s mother angrily confronts son’s killer.

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Cobb man gets prison time for intimidating judge

Defendant in triple shooting faces life behind bars

Cobb man gets prison time for intimidating judge.

Mexican pair charged in plot to kill Clayton drug trafficker

Mexican pair charged in plot to kill Clayton County drug trafficker.

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Clayton County jury convicts man in triple shooting that left two dead, one paralyzed

A Clayton County jury has convicted a man on 26 counts related to a triple shooting that left two men dead and one paralyzed.

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Sheriff Hill issues statement on arrest, charge

Sheriff Hill issues statement on arrest, charge.

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POST opens investigation on Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill

POST opens investigation on Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill.

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Case against man charged in triple shooting could go to Clayton County jury today

Case against man charged in triple shooting could go to jury today.

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Cobb man gets prison time for intimidating judge

Cobb man gets prison time for intimidating judge.

Hill issues statement asking for prayers for shooting victim

Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill has just released a statement to registered users of an alert system, Nixle.

Will Hill avoid charges in shooting?

When Victor Keith Hill was elected Clayton County’s first black sheriff in 2004, he ascended to office Jan. 1, 2005.

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Gang member convicted in killing over jacket Jurors seated in other trials this week

Jurors seated in other trials for this week

Sentencing is expected to be held May 11 for a Riverdale gang member convicted Monday of killing a man for looking at his jacket.

Gang member guilty in killing over jacket

Sentencing is expected to be held May 11 for a Riverdale gang member convicted Monday of killing a man for looking at his jacket.

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Prospective juror is wanted fugitive, says prosecutors

A prospective juror in Clayton County Superior Court was taken into custody Monday after the lunch break after prosecutors discovered he is a convicted felon and fugitive.

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Clayton attorneys celebrate 800 years of legal rights with annual Law Day |PHOTOS| RAW VIDEO

As protesters in Baltimore continued their public support of a man who died in police custody, attorneys in Clayton County observed the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta Friday afternoon.

Pair indicted in computer fraud

Pair indicted in computer fraud at discount store in Jonesboro.

Feds indict 16 in $10 million scam

Feds indict 16 in $10 million scam.

Defendant accused in killing over jacket set for trial Monday

Defendant accused in killing over jacket set for trial Monday.

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BOC declines to renew Cohilas contract, names Stanford interim COO

BOC declines to renew Cohilas contract, names Stanford interim COO during Tuesday night meeting.

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Clayton County BOC fires COO Alex Cohilas, appoints parks and rec director Detrick Stanford as replacement

Clayton County BOC fires COO Alex Cohilas, appoints parks and rec director Detrick Stanford as replacement.

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Iconic Clayton News Daily sign comes down

The iconic sign that graced the news building on Church Street for 50 years came down Wednesday afternoon. It will be moved to the newspaper’s new building at 148 Courthouse Alley in Jonesboro. Operations at the new site begin May 1.

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Teske to testify Tuesday before U.S. Congress|PDF

Clayton County Juvenile Court Chief Judge Steve Teske set to testify before U.S. Congress Tuesday morning.

Mother, partner indicted in child’s death

Mother, partner indicted in child’s death.

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Teske to testify Tuesday before U.S. Congress

Clayton County Juvenile Court Chief Judge Steve Teske set to testify before U.S. Congress Tuesday morning.

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No chance of parole for woman who killed mother

It ranks as one of the most brutal killings in Clayton County and was compounded by the fact that the victim was the mother of her attacker.

The dread that is annual tax day

I would love to just break even one time, just once, on our income taxes. I don’t think that’s too much to ask. After all, we fill out the withholding forms according to the information the U.S. Department of Treasury asks for. We don’t make up the numbers, they decide the percentage of what comes out. How come it doesn’t even out or, in the case of the long form, result in a refund?

Use of the 'n' word in 2015 is stale and worn

We have a diverse staff at the Clayton News and Henry Herald, of which I am proud. The staff consists of two men and five women.

Guilty on all charges in Boston bombing trial

Tsarnaev faces the death penalty

Verdict reached in Boston bombing trial.

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Tree falls into Clayton News building Monday night, road closed but little damage done

Tree falls into Clayton News building Monday night, road closed but little damage done to the Civil War-era structure.

Honesty is the best policy

I don’t understand dishonesty in adults. I get it when kids lie. They don’t understand life yet. Their first reaction is self-preservation. They lie out of a fear of punishment, of the loss of love of their parents, of disappointing those around them, basically to keep their lives on an even keel. They don’t have the maturity to see beyond the moment in which they are living.

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There's a bike at the end of the reading rainbow

Nothing lights up a child’s — or principal’s — eyes like a shiny new bike.

Saturday 5k run will benefit young cancer patient

Saturday 5k run at Jonesboro’s The Beach will benefit young cancer patient.

Former Riverdale police officer arrested

A former Riverdale police officer has been arrested in his position as police chief in Bartow County, said a GBI spokeswoman.

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Charges upgraded to murder in November shooting of man at Shell station in Riverdale

Charges upgraded to murder in November shooting of Hill, 21.

MARTA has arrived in the Southern Crescent

MARTA is finally here — let the nay-saying begin.

Special elections today in College Park and Jonesboro

Special elections are being held today in College Park and Jonesboro.

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Clayton County police Officer Darryl Wallace killed Sunday on way to call

Sheriff Victor Hill extends sympathy to department, family

CCPD officer killed on way to call.

Clayton County students in hit and run on bus during field trip

Clayton County students in crash during field trip.

Two admit to roles in boy’s 2013 shooting death during a carjacking in Forest Park

A Forest Park man got life in prison plus 20 years for shooting a boy to death during a July 2013 carjacking.

Jonesboro High School Mock Trial team retains district title

Jonesboro High School Mock Trial team will have to be content with being the 2015 District VI champions as they fell out of state competition Saturday afternoon.

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Jonesboro High School Mock Trial team heads to state championship Saturday in Gwinnett County

The Jonesboro High School will compete Saturday in Gwinnett County for the state Mock Trial team championship title.

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Jonesboro police looking for Domino’s robbers, suspect in double shooting

Apparent unrelated incidents reported in small town within minutes

It’s a town of fewer than 5,000 people mostly famous for being the fictional home of Tara and the heavily-traveled highway that bears its name.

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Ex-caregiver gets life for murder in freezing death of man

A former caregiver has been sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of murder in the freezing death of a man under her care.

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Former caregiver gets life in prison in man's freezing death

Former caregiver gets life in prison in man's freezing death.

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