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Kathy Jefcoats

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Center celebrates 10 years of service to grandparents

Devon Boyd reflected Friday on what his life might be like if not for his grandparents.

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Judge drops three counts in van death

After hearing legal arguments Thursday, a Clayton County judge dropped one murder charge against a day care center owner accused with her daughter in the death of a toddler in their care.

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Former director indicted on 35 felonies

Former Clayton County Senior Services Director Mary Louise Byrd was indicted Wednesday on 35 felonies for allegedly stealing more than $16,000 from the programs she oversaw for years.

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Jurors hear 911 call in tot’s death

A mother and daughter facing charges in the 2011 death of a toddler in their care visibly reacted to hearing a 911 call played for jurors Wednesday afternoon.

Cops find bound, burned body

Clayton County police are investigating the discovery of a bound, burning body found near an apartment complex.

Cops seek suspect in armed robbery

Clayton County police are looking for a man suspected of robbing a Stockbridge convenience store.

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Center celebrates 10 years of kinship care

Clayton County Kinship Care Resource Center celebrates 10 years of supporting grandparents raising grandkids with a reception today.

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Eggs-cellent Easter celebration in Forest Park

Candy-colored plastic eggs rested among blades of green grass under the bright midday sun — tantalizingly within reach but off-limits.

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Hundreds stroll sale seeking treasures

There were treasures galore Saturday, from a bag of socks for a buck or two to boxes of books to stacks of mattresses.

Gillem board meets ahead of May 2 closing

Days before a planned May 2 closing, the Gillem board will meet to finalize plans on the purchase of 778 acres inside the former Army base.

Sing as if no one can hear

I am not sure why God blessed me with the passion to sing but not the ability. I can’t read notes or carry a tune but I’ve loved music and singing for as long as I can remember.

Man jailed in 2011 shooting

More than two years after police said he shot and killed his girlfriend, a Griffin man is in Clayton County Jail on a murder charge.

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Donated bench honors murder victims

When Kemra Matthew was convicted last month in the beating death of his girlfriend’s toddler, the victim’s family said the guilty verdict brought them peace.

Yard sale, Easter egg hunt Saturday

The community-wide yard sale cancelled because of the weather April 5 will be held Saturday. The annual community-wide yard sale will be held in Starr Park from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. There are 10 feet by 10 feet booth rentals available for residents at $10 and non-residents at $20.

Board OKs permit for apartments

Councilman Dabouze Antoine’s naivete about the city and the ward he was elected to serve was apparent during Monday’s rezoning debate on an apartment building.

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Suspect sought in robberies

The Clayton County Police Department is asking the public’s help in identifying a man caught on a surveillance camera. Sgt. Kevin Hughes said the photograph is of a black male who is wearing a black winter coat with white cuffs and a fur-lined hood.

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Services set Thursday for Grant

Services are set Thursday at 11 a.m. at Clayton County’s largest-capacity church to honor the life of the iconic Rev. Charles W. Grant.

Leaving behind a proud legacy

What will be your legacy?

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Locals mourns passing of ‘gentle giant’

Clayton County residents and officials are mourning the passing of a “gentle and quiet giant” but lauding the legacy Rev. Charles W. Grant has left behind.

Swan dive into birdwatching

Look, up in the sky, it’s a bird, yep, it’s a bird all right.

Jonesboro men indicted in separate shootings

A Clayton County grand jury has indicted a man in an April 22 shooting that claimed the lives of two others in Rex.

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Clayton County represented on child welfare reform council

Two of the 21 members appointed to the governor’s Child Welfare Reform Council represent Clayton County, including Juvenile Court Chief Judge Steve Teske.

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New Gillem board holds first meeting Minority contracts become top issue

The newly-formed Urban Redevelopment Agency met for the first time Wednesday and much of the discussion centered on minority contracts.

Spring has sprung in Forest Park

If there’s any doubt that spring has sprung, just check out the upcoming events calendar in Forest Park.

Aging is better than alternative

I am a Baby Boomer, born just shy of the end of the “greatest generation” consisting of Americans born between 1946 and 1964.

Annual Amnesty Day set April 26

Check the garage and basement — it’s time to get rid of that stack of paint cans, batteries and other household hazardous waste sitting around, creating a toxic combination of vapors and chemicals.

Ex-postal worker faces federal indictment in shooting

A Jackson woman who worked for the U.S. Postal Service joins two alleged co-defendants in facing federal charges in connection with the near-fatal shooting of a postal truck driver in Conley, said officials.

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Child killer gets life without parole in prison

Shannon Evans Harvey, “Ya Ya” to her grandchildren, emotionally ticked off a listing of things that are “gone forever” with the death of her grandson, 2, inside a “house of horrors.”

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Mediation ends without vote

More than three hours of mediation Thursday night failed to bring an end to a federal suit brought against Forest Park by a corporation that operates strip clubs.

Trial in shooting death set April 28

The trial for two men accused in the October 2012 shooting death of a third man has been set April 28, said a Clayton County judge Friday morning.

Man gets life in prison in baby’s death

The boyfriend of a woman whose baby died from Shaken Baby Syndrome admitted to the baby’s murder on the eve of trial Monday.

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First Gillem closing set May 2

Officials are preparing to close May 2 on about 778 acres inside Fort Gillem, the first step toward the city’s acquisition of the former Army base, officials said.

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Matthew faces life in prison in tot’s death

A man convicted in the beating death of his girlfriend’s toddler in July 2012 is expected to be sentenced this morning in Clayton County Superior Court.

Tow company to train extrication

Personnel with Clayton County Fire and Emergency Services will be training today with a Forest Park tow company on extrication techniques.

Tracing Native American roots

After my recent column on genealogy, I continued my search for Native Americans in my family history. I discovered I was looking on the wrong branch of the family tree.

Two busted in alleged theft ring

Clayton County police arrested two in suspected Craigslist theft ring and said more victims may come forward as the investigation progresses.

Council, clubs continue mediation Thursday

Forest Park mayor and council will meet Thursday in a second mediation meeting with the plaintiffs in a suit involving strip clubs closed by the city.

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Blaylock case upgraded to felony

Misdemeanor charges against former NBA player Daron “Mookie” Blaylock involving the traffic death of a mother of five have been upgraded to felonies, said prosecutors Monday.

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Adams honored for service to city, teens

It is said that well-behaved women rarely make history.

State inmate indicted on 24 counts

A state inmate serving a year for theft was indicted in Clayton County on 24 felony counts Wednesday.

Couple set for trial in baby’s death

Jury selection is expected to begin Monday in the trial of a Riverdale couple charged with murder in the alleged Shaken Baby death of the woman’s 4-month-old son.

Council approves budget increases

Council members voted earlier this week to approve budget amendments of more than $100,000.

CCPD officer charged with lying to McDonough police

Officer of Year for 2013 arrested in Henry

Clayton County Police Department’s 2013 Officer of the Year has been arrested and charged with lying to McDonough police over an apparent self-inflicted stabbing.

CCPD officer charged with lying to police

Officer of Year for 2013 arrested in Henry

Clayton County Police Department’s 2013 Officer of the Year has been arrested and charged with lying to McDonough police over an apparent self-inflicted stabbing.

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Political friction flares in Forest Park

Ongoing friction flared again Monday when Mayor David Lockhart came close to having Ward 2 Councilman Dabouze Antoine removed from the board meeting.

Keep cash from dripping away in leaks

The sound of a dripping faucet or running toilet isn’t just annoying, it’s indicative of what could be an expensive leak.

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JHS Mock Trial Team gets record win, heads to nationals

The kids brought it back to Clayton County.

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Man guilty in beating death of toddler

Sentencing set for March 28

The father of a toddler beaten to death in July 2012 said his family can sleep again after the accused killer was convicted on all charges Friday morning.

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Pilot program a stroke of luck for patients

Clayton County Fire and Emergency Services is one of a handful of providers participating in a pilot program to provide faster treatment of stroke victims.

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No price hike for Forest Park trash pick-up

Council members are expected to vote Monday night on an amendment to a contract without a price increase for residents or businesses, said the mayor.