A bill to tighten rules for allowing ex-offenders in Georgia to be released early from probation that should help thousands of people maintain jobs and housing passed out of the state Senate on Thursday.
JONESBORO — The family of Imani Bell has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against several Elite Scholars Academy employees, attorney Justin D. Miller announced Wednesday.
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) is seeking applications for Georgia’s Pre-K Program Teachers of the Year for 2021-2022. DECAL will select a winner from a local public school system and a winner from a private child care center.
The Region 2 coordinator of the National League of POW/MIA Families, Susie Stephens, keeps me abreast of POW/MIA issues. Last week Susie emailed me an article written for Leatherneck Magazine in March of 1945 by Capt. Frederic Anness Scott recounting his combat experience on Iwo Jima. Capt. Scott’s article, “10 Days on Iwo Jima,” will be featured at a later date on my website.
When Hurricane Katrina and the floods and other devastation the catastrophic storm wrought hit the Mississippi Gulf Coast, New Orleans and coastal Louisiana, I don't remember a lot of jokes about the failing/aging infrastructure within the sliver on the river.
JONESBORO — The Clayton County Board of Education unanimously and gleefully approved a request from the superintendent to award a $2,000 one-time bonus for all district employees.
I wasn't going to write a second column on the passing of Rush Limbaugh, but given the reaction from hostile and snarky individuals -- even from a few self-styled conservatives -- explaining his influence is key to understanding him and more importantly the movement for which he was such a powerful spokesman.
Two of four suspects in the shooting death of Williams Trawick, 18, of Jackson on Feb. 16 have been arrested, and Butts County Sheriff's investigators have their sights set on the other two suspects.
McDONOUGH — The Henry-Clayton Section of the National Council of Negro Women is hosting a virtual forum called “Why or Why Not? COVID-19 Vaccines in the African American Communities.”
ATLANTA — State Rep. Sandra Scott, D-Rex, has introduced House Bill 10, or the “Support Students Living in Poverty” act, to provide additional resources to certain students who may be living in poverty.
It’s February. It’s cold. To fend off the winter blahs, I dream of one day retiring to a warm beach, where I’ll stand in the surf, sipping beverages from glasses with little umbrellas in them.
When it comes to living for the Lord, we shouldn’t just be sticking our toes in the water to test it out or settle for cautiously wading in the shallow end – we ought to be diving in.
It is accurate to admit that I have never been a fan of singer Bob Dylan or his music, which for me was too folksy and, admittedly, probably too intellectually deep for my feeble mind.
When I was the lone grandchild of my paternal grandmother, I was her hobby – and that included teaching me some sewing skills. The old expression "a stitch in time saves nine" came from that era and simply means to fix problems when they are small to avoid larger problems in the future. Believe or not, the adage applies to the energy world too, and is on full display in Texas now. But could this happen in Georgia?
JONESBORO — The county has instituted a 180-day moratorium on the acceptance of new applications for the development and construction of single-family residential subdivisions.
JONESBORO — The Board of Commissioners voted to discontinue the Keep Clayton County Beautiful Program during its Feb. 16 meeting.
Newton County’s controversial coroner has informed Newton County Commission Chairman Marcello Banes that she expects the county to pay for her legal defense against the county’s efforts to have her removed from office.
The man who picked me up at an airport too many years ago to recall the date asked if I had ever heard of a guy named Rush Limbaugh. When I said I had not, he turned on the car radio and said, "Listen." After 15 minutes I was hooked.
For almost nine months, I ran and worked the Rondarosa alone after Tink found himself locked behind closed borders in Canada, producing a new season of the Hallmark smash hit, "When Calls The Heart."
Isaiah 40: 8 is especially appropriate for today’s wildflower. “The grass withers, the flower fadeth, but the Word of our God stands forever.” The blossom of this wildflower lasts but one day. On the other hand, the long tough root provides the nurture that causes new vines to produce beauti…
ATHENS — Pruning in the correct manner and at the proper time can help to maintain the size and shape of your woody shrubs, improving their appearance and appealing to the artist in every gardener.
ATLANTA — Did someone say “road trip?” With domestic travel at an all-time high and some attractions providing a “too close for comfort experience,” many are looking to explore the great outdoors this spring break. Georgia’s State Parks range from mountains to lakes, and everything in between, offering exhilarating, rejuvenating and one-of-a-kind experiences.
ATHENS — I find it ironic that Valentine’s Day occurs in February, a time of the year when we see very few plants blooming in the landscape. In addition to cards and candy, flowers are one of the most popular gifts during this annual celebration of love. In 2018, the Society of American Florists estimated that 250 million cut roses were produced for Valentine’s Day and an estimated 35% of Americans purchased flowers.
The Georgia Department of Transportation is scheduled to start brine treatment of the northern and western portions of the interstates in the West Central region (District 3) at 7 p.m. tonight. In addition, crews in the Northeast (District 1) and Northwest (District 6) Georgia regions have a…
As humans, we make errors and mistakes. I've made plenty. I was taught early, and I have tried hard with both of my own children to impart that part of being an adult is owning up to and owning your mistakes, and errors ... particularly when those bad choices, or errors of omission or commission, harm others.
JONESBORO — Jonesboro City Council has approved three requests by the city’s police chief for upgrades to the department.
State Rep. Sandra Scott, D-Rex, recently introduced House Bill 9, legislation that would authorize the state to develop guidelines specifically for mental and behavioral telehealth services for students in Georgia schools.
Want to know more about the Mayan people and their world of mystifying tombs, human sacrifices, ancient languages and amazing architecture? Then Fernbank has the exhibit for you.
I love winter. I love snow. I love making a roaring fire in my fireplace on a chilly day. But I hate one thing about this time of year: taxes.
If the second impeachment trial of Donald Trump were a play it would close after one performance. The plot is known, the outcome is certain, and the drama is contrived.
Clayton County Board of Commissioners Chairman Jeffrey E. Turner, Forest Park Mayor Angelyne Butler and Pastor John and Cheryl Wilson of Gillem Community Church have partnered for the Coats, Gloves, & Blankets Donation Drop-Off.
It’s a chore just getting the mail out of the box, every day. It’s an armload and, if I ever make the mistake of laying it on the kitchen table and walking away from it, that’s it. I’m behind for the rest of the week.
Soon after the bombs and torpedoes devastated Pearl Harbor and ushered the United States into WWII, infuriated American males lined up at recruiting stations to seek their revenge.
The Christmas season is long passed, but the wildflower for today would definitely not be appropriate to feature at that time. Though the flowers are beautiful, the negative aspects make me feature it now since it may begin to blossom in February.
With all the societal confusion and uproar about COVID-9 and other issues that frequently accompany our schools and school personnel, today I want to offer a word of thanks for teachers, leaders, administrators and all school staffs.
There is of course a tendency, for an individual or political party in a position of power to want to try and hang on to that power. What may be more important to remember, as we live in a democratic republic, is that the real power is in the hands of voters and our citizenry ... if they actually make USE of that power.
FOREST PARK — The Clayton County Board of Education has partnered with the Community Teen Coalition and Amerigroup to host a food giveaway Friday.
State Rep. Sandra Scott, D-Rex, recently introduced House Resolution 78, legislation that would declare racism a public health crisis in Georgia.
ATLANTA – State Rep. Regina Lewis-Ward, D-McDonough, has filed legislation that would suspend Georgia school and school system ratings, as well as report cards for the 2020-2021 school year.
JONESBORO — The community recently got a more detailed look at what The Beach at Clayton County International Park could look like when construction is complete.