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Kathy Jefcoats

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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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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.

Justice elusive for Jackson family

Toyal Jackson and her family did not and will not ever get the justice they deserved.

Jury selection underway in man’s freezing death

Jury selection is underway at the Clayton County Courthouse in the trial of a caretaker who allegedly allowed a man in her care to freeze to death during last year’s ice storm.

Clayton County police seek suspect in shooting

Clayton County police are investigating the shooting Sunday of a man found in the backseat of a car in Jonesboro.

Crash tangles Friday rush-hour traffic near McDonough Square

Traffic is just about at a standstill near the Square, due to a multiple car crash on Ga. 42, according to witnesses.

It started with a double murder in 1974

As I write this, the only woman on Georgia’s death row is awaiting execution. I don’t know her and I know nothing about her case.

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Newlyweds-to-be win AMS tickets

Talk about a bridal suite.

GSP investigating officer-involved crash

The Georgia State Patrol is investigating a seven-car crash involving a Clayton County police officer Friday morning.

Clayton County Mock Trial teams to compete in Henry County Saturday

Several Clayton County high schools will compete in the district level Mock Trial championship hosted by Henry County Saturday.

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Clayton County schools closed Thursday

Clayton County EMA command center remains open overnight Wednesday

Clayton County emergency management operations remain open.

Police investigating discovery of body in tent

Clayton County police are investigating the discovery of the remains of a homeless man in Ellenwood Tuesday afternoon.

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Police issue Mattie’s Call for Jonesboro woman

Police issue Mattie’s Call for Jonesboro woman missing from assisted living home since Thursday afternoon.

Reporter live-tweets today from South Metro Development Outlook Conference

Reporter live-tweets today from South Metro Development Outlook Conference in College Park.

JEFCOATS: Change is what you make of it

Growing up in St. Louis, I got my news every night from Walter Cronkite. I never thought that scenario would ever end. The possibility that he would ever retire and get out of the reporting business never occurred to me.

Clayton EMA officials prepare county for possible icy roads

Clayton EMA officials prepare county for possible icy roads Tuesday morning.

GSP looking into officer-involved crash

GSP looking into officer-involved crash.

Three Clayton County high school Mock Trial teams move up to district competition

Three Clayton County schools move up to the district level March 28 after taking top honors this weekend in Mock Trial competition.

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Three Clayton County high schools take honors in Mock Trial contest

Three Clayton County high schools take honors in Mock Trial contest, go on to district competition in March.

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Defendant in May shooting caught in East Point

A Jonesboro fugitive charged with murder has been found and is behind bars at the Clayton County Jail.

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Cops say drug dealer was fronting as beggar

Clayton County sheriff’s deputies arrested a man Friday they say was panhandling near I-285 and selling marijuana at the same time.