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COLLEGE PARK—Clayton County Police are investigating the fatal shooting of a man whose body was found in College Park near Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

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JONESBORO — Clayton County students are readying to return to school on Aug. 5. To help with school supplies, The Douglas Brothers Foundation is hosting its 10th Annual Back-to-School Bash.

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JONESBORO — What's a mill? Why does my home have three different values? How much will I have to pay in taxes this year?

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JONESBORO—Property owners in Clayton County can expect higher property taxes, thanks to the Federal Aviation Administration taking away the county's airport jet fuel sales tax. However, your bill will vary according to your tax district or city, your home's assessed value and any exemptions …

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JONESBORO — The Clayton County Board of Education has scheduled three public hearings on the 2019 millage rate and resulting tax increase.

Butts County officials have planned a brief ceremony for 2 p.m. Aug. 7 to adjourn court for the final time in the courthouse, which was built in 1898.

Before going any further, let me say that success means different things to different people.

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JONESBORO — Clayton County Public Schools is hosting a Job Fair next week.

You had to be there 50 years ago, and I was. As a young reporter for a local TV station in Houston, I frequently visited NASA (“the space base,” we dubbed it), met many of the astronauts and reported on their exploits.

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This past Christmas Eve, we had just returned from a candlelight church service back to the Peabody Hotel in Memphis to have dinner at the hotel’s Italian restaurant, Cappacio’s.

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JONESBORO — Some 50 anglers made their way to the riverbank Saturday morning to drop their lines in the water to catch a mess of fish for dinner or win a prize for hooking the largest fish at the third Fishing Derby held this year at Clayton County International Park.

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News from churches around Clayton and Henry counties.

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RIVERDALE — Clayton County Police say a 19-year-old woman was shot in the head during an attempted robbery Sunday night at the Anthos at Chase Ridge Apartments in Riverdale.

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EATONTON — Step inside the Georgia Writers Museum downtown in Eatonton, and you’ll come face to face with a literary ghost. Frank Lebby Stanton was Georgia’s first poet laureate, an editorial writer and a popular columnist for the Atlanta Constitution from 1888 to 1927.

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ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety division helps celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the national Rapid Response Team framework, which was established through the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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JONESBORO — At long last, commuters, residents, and people passing through Clayton County can pull over for a doppio, a spinach feta wrap or a mocha Frappucino, no whip.

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JONESBORO — If you get a phone call seeking donations for an outfit called "Firefighter Alliance," you might want to think twice about giving out your financial information.

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FOREST PARK — Forest Park Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying two men suspected of holding up the Cash America Pawn on July 8.

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FOREST PARK — A woman is fighting for her life after Clayton County Police say her husband shot her during a domestic dispute, then fatally shot himself.

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JONESBORO — Before the 2019-20 school year can begin for some students, they’ll need to be registered to attend classes in the district.

PLYMOUTH NOTCH, Ver. -- Rep. Justin Amash has left the Republican Party and will now represent Michigan's third congressional district as an Independent. In a Washington Post op-ed, he wrote: "I've become disenchanted with party politics and frightened by what I see from it. The two-party system has evolved into an existential threat to American principles and institutions."

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News from churches around Clayton and Henry counties.

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JONESBORO — The crowd seemed to know that the music would be banging all evening when Kam Breeding brought the house down singing the national anthem to open the BBQ Blues, Brews and Soul Independence Day Concert Saturday at Lee Street Park.

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JONESBORO — A Jonesboro woman is being held in the Clayton County Jail on charges she pulled a rifle on a postal worker June 3.

So often we Americans celebrate the Fourth of July with hot dogs, hamburgers, pizzas, homemade ice cream and family get-togethers. We hear speeches or read articles with some mention of liberty, justice and the American way. We watch or participate in such things as road races or other special contests.

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JONESBORO — In the second federal disability discrimination settlement in Clayton County in recent weeks, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says a Kroger location in Jonesboro will pay $40,000 to a disabled employee after unlawfully firing him.

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JONESBORO — After having sent staff back to the drawing board to review benefit proposals for more than 2,600 Clayton County employees, the Board of Commissioners adopted a new package for fiscal year 2020 on July 2.

McDONOUGH — A Stockbridge man is being held without bond in the Henry County Jail after police say he allegedly got into an argument with a man at a dollar store June 6, followed him home and fatally shot him with a 12-gauge shotgun. James Blake McAllister, 37, also was charged with kidnapping a woman, who police say was able to tip off a clerk to call 911.

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MORROW — Morrow Police and Clayton County Sheriff's deputies are on the hunt for a pair of carjackers who wrecked a stolen SUV at the Chevron at 2355 Mt. Zion Pkwy. on July 2.

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JONESBORO — The city of Jonesboro is celebrating the Independence Day holiday with a parade on July 4 starting at 10 a.m. on Main Street.

Loving America does not mean that we ignore her faults, past or present. It does not mean that we are unaware of her inequalities or injustices that must be challenged and changed.

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