Annual Rivers Alive Stream Cleanup This Saturday

 Clayton County Water Authority (CCWA) officials are putting out a call for community volunteers to help with the county’s annual Rivers Alive Stream Cleanup being held this year at Swint Elementary School on Saturday, Oct. 22.

Every fall, CCWA’s Stormwater Management Section hosts this event for residents to work together to clean trash, litter and other debris from a local river or creek. This year’s event will take place at Swint Elementary, 500 Hwy. 138, Jonesboro from 10 a.m. to noon to clean up a portion of the Flint River. Continue reading

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EWA advances to championship game

Photo by Danny Harrison / Lovejoy Ledger

This picture is from a game earlier in the 2016 season. (Photo by Danny Harrison / Lovejoy Ledger)

The undefeated Eddie White Academy football team on Tuesday night earned their way back into the championship game of the 2016 Clayton County Middle School Football Playoffs by beating Morrow Middle 20 to 8 at Tara Stadium in Jonesboro.

Earlier Tuesday afternoon, Rex Mill Middle squeezed out a 26-24 win over Riverdale Middle to earn the right to meet EWA Wolves in that championship game, which is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 25 back at Tara Stadium.

Rex Mill and Eddie White both completed undefeated regular seasons. In the first round of the playoffs, Eddie White beat Point South Middle 14-6 to advance to Tuesday night’s semi-finals. Rex Mill beat North Clayton Middle in that first round 28-6.

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The Home Depot helps launch second Lovejoy Habitat neighborhood

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Photos by Danny Harrison / Lovejoy Ledger

Hundreds of hard working volunteers from The Home Depot and their vendor partners teamed up with Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity friday to raise the walls on five new homes in Lovejoy’s new Hannah Springs subdivision.

Located on the portion of East Lovejoy Road near the railroad tracks, Hannah Springs will include 11 Habitat for Humanity homes along Rockspray Court, which intersects with East Lovejoy, and four just across from Rockspray on the south side of East Lovejoy. On Friday, all four of these homes along East Lovejoy had walls erected, as did one home across the street on the corner of Rockspray. Continue reading

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AMS offers free evacuee camp site

Photo / Danny Harrison

Photo / Danny Harrison

Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton has been doing its part to help victims of Hurricane Andrew by opening camping facilities for free to evacuees.

On Thursday, AMS staff announced the opening of a special evacuee campsite, which included power and water hookups as well as free access to bathroom and shower facilities.

Click here to see more about the AMS evacuee camp site.

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Lovejoy Senior Breakfast focus: breast cancer awareness

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Southern Regional Medical Center’s Arthy Yoga at Saturday’s Lovejoy Community Center Senior Citizen Breakfast. (Photo / Danny Harrison)

Breast cancer awareness was the theme for the monthly Lovejoy Community Center Senior Breakfast held Saturday morning. Southern Regional Medical Center breast surgical oncologist Arthy Yoga was the guest speaker and encouraged all healthy women to get yearly mammograms. Continue reading

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LHS Football Homecoming Game 2016: Wildcats win 35-9

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Photo by Danny Harrison / Lovejoy Ledger

The Lovejoy High School Varsity Football team racked up a decisive 35-9 victory over Mt. Zion Friday night, which was also Homecoming Night for LHS. Continue reading

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Car hauler stranded on Lovejoy railroad tracks

This car carrier laden with brand-new Subaru sedans and SUVs felt the pinch Sunday afternoon at the Talmadge Road railroad crossing near Lovejoy Community Center. (Photos / Danny Harrison)

This car carrier laden with brand-new Subaru sedans and SUVs felt the pinch Sunday afternoon at the Talmadge Road railroad crossing near Lovejoy Community Center. (Photos / Danny Harrison)

If you were one of the many motorists inconvenienced, or perhaps entertained, Sunday afternoon when a low-riding car hauler bottomed out at a railroad crossing in Lovejoy, these photos we took may be of interest to you.

While we’re not sure exactly when the big rig got hung up on the Talmadge Road crossing, we saw it there around 5 p.m., and it was well after six before a Tara Wrecker duo had it and its driver back on their way. Lovejoy Police were on the scene to keep traffic moving in a detour around the scene, but this time it was wrecker drivers themselves who played the part of hero, quickly figuring out how to get the heavy vehicle dislodged and clearing the busy roadway. Continue reading

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Chick-fil-A Doubles Investment in Team Member College Education

Chick-fil-A to award $4.9 million in scholarships to Team Members in 2017. (PRNewsFoto/Chick-fil-A, Inc.)

Chick-fil-A to award $4.9 million in scholarships to Team Members in 2017. (PRNewsFoto/Chick-fil-A, Inc.)

Chick-fil-A announced this week a new initiative that will more than double the company’s investment in Team Members’ college educations – providing $4.9 million in scholarships in 2017 alone, as well as access to tuition discounts and other benefits at more than 70 colleges and universities nationwide.  While Chick-fil-A has offered scholarships for more than 40 years, the enhanced initiative, called Remarkable Futures, increases the amount of funding per recipient, allowing students to receive up to $25,000 in scholarships to be applied at any accredited institution of their choice, including online and on-campus formats, and can be combined with tuition discounts and other educational benefits at participating institutions. Continue reading

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MARTA hearing tonight in Jonesboro

marta-logo_11175496The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) board of directors is holding a public hearing tonight, Thursday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. in the Clayton County Commission Chambers to discuss proposed changes to several bus routes, including Route 191, which is meant to be restored between the Clayton County Justice Center, Hwy. 85 in Riverdale and the Atlanta Airport International Terminal.

Starting at 6 p.m., a “community exchange” session will also be held, and during this time members of the public will be invited to have one-on-one conversations with MARTA board members about any and all concerns.

Route maps to be discussed tonight are available for download at www.itsmarta.com under the Public Hearing banner.

The Clayton County Commission Chambers is located at 112 Smith Street, Jonesboro 300236. A shuttle service will be provided from the Clayton County Justice Center.

Those unable to attend the meeting but desiring to contribute comments to the MARTA board of directors may call 404-848-5299 or complete an online comment card at www.itsmarta.com.

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Parole Board members to meet with crime victims

georgia_state_board_of_pardons_and_paroles_l_2On Thursday, Oct. 13, the State Board of Pardons and Paroles is inviting victims of crime in Georgia to meet with the Board in Milledgeville.

At the Victims Visitors’ Day, crime victims can meet with a Board Member to discuss the impact of the crime and the offender’s parole status. The meetings provide the opportunity for victims to provide information to the Board and have their questions answered.

Victims not previously registered with the Georgia Office of Victim Services can do so at the event. By registering crime victims will receive notification if the Board is considering a parole release for the offender involved in the crime.

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