Friday, May 30, 2008

Register Online for Graduation Test Summer Administration and Remediation Classes

Students who failed the previous administration of the Georgia High School Graduation Test (GHSGT) will have an opportunity to retake the test this summer.

The test will be given July 14-17 at McIntosh High for students who took the previous administration while enrolled in the Fayette County School System. Exam dates for each subject are as follows: July 14, math; July 15, social studies; July 16, language arts; July 16, writing and July 17, science.

Students must register online at www.fcboe.org by June 27 in order to participate in testing. Late registrations will not be accepted. Guidance departments at each high school can assist students with the registration process through May 23.

Remediation classes are available at McIntosh High June 9-July 3, Monday-Thursday. The cost for materials is $15 per class; students may not register for more than two classes. Register online at www.fcboe.org. See the website for class times and additional test prep information.

For questions or more information, contact Julie Turner (test information), 770-460-3990, ext. 114 or Sharon Boyer (remediation classes), 770-460-3990, ext. 118.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

The Sting of Summer -- Take a Bite Out of Mosquito Myths

FL Note: Whether you're out and about enjoying our numerous parks, pools, concerts, or just back yard barbeques, we know everyone thinks about mosquitoes--- maybe just at the time you have to slap your arm or leg-- but think about them we do.......

ARA – When it comes to summer most of us can’t wait to hit the beach, hike local nature trails or even lounge in the backyard. In fact, according to the OFF! PowerPad survey, adults say they and/or their families plan to attend a barbecue (73 percent), watch fireworks (59 percent), attend outdoor concerts (33 percent), go camping (28 percent) and go to amusement parks (32 percent) this summer.

With so many families spending time outdoors, it’s important to stay protected from unplanned summer mishaps. In fact, adults named insect-related (25 percent) concerns like stings, bites and contracting the West Nile virus from infected mosquitoes among their top protection concerns during the summer.

Are you one of the 78 percent of adults who believe in over a dozen mosquito myths, like eating garlic will repel mosquitoes? Even if the answer is no, you may want to rethink your summertime protection rituals as the OFF! PowerPad survey reveals several common mosquito myths.

MYTH #1: Eating bananas will attract mosquitoes, while eating garlic will repel them.
Although 14 percent of adults believe one or both of those myths to be true, changing your diet will not protect you against mosquito bites. Nor will rubbing yourself with fabric softener sheets -- another common home remedy that 14 percent of adults believe to repel mosquitoes. Using a personal insect repellent is a proven method to protect against mosquitoes.

MYTH #2: Citronella candles effectively repel mosquitoes.
Traditional citronella candles only repel mosquitoes up to one foot, although 85 percent of adults believe citronella candles are somewhat to very effective. If you are looking for an area repellent that will keep your guests protected during a backyard barbeque, the easy-to-use OFF! PowerPad Lamp & Lantern both protect an area equal to 225 square feet (the average size of a deck or patio), which is 15 times greater than a citronella candle/bucket.

MYTH #3: Both male and female mosquitoes bite.
Female mosquitoes ‘bite’ because they need the protein from the blood of humans and animals to develop their eggs. It may shock the 20 percent of adults who believe that both the male and female mosquitoes bite, and that the male mosquitoes do not have a biting mouth that can penetrate human skin.

MYTH #4: Kids are at the most danger of getting sick from West Nile Virus, a disease carried by mosquitoes.
People older than 50 years old are at the highest risk for developing severe West Nile disease, but it is always a good idea for children to avoid mosquito bites. Twenty-five percent of adults agree, as they are concerned about protecting their families from insect-related mishaps, such as bites, stings or contracting the West Nile virus from infected mosquitoes. In 2007, mosquitoes were blamed for causing more than 3,500 cases of the West Nile virus across the United States.

MYTH #5: Insect repellents with a higher percentage of DEET will repel more mosquitoes.
Fifteen percent of adults believe that an insect repellent with 5 percent DEET compared to one with 15 percent DEET last the same length of time, but the repellent with 15 percent DEET repels more mosquitoes. The truth is that the more DEET a repellent contains, the longer time it can protect you from biting insects.

Continue to fight the bite by applying the truth of these debunked myths to your summer activities. The next time you throw a backyard barbeque, you’ll be prepared to protect your guests from those pesky uninvited guests. For more information on how to combat mosquitoes, visit www.offprotects.com.

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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Braelinn Artists Winners in Kiwanis Art Competition


Two Braelinn artists won recognitions in the recent Kiwanis Art Competition. McKenzie Lehman, 4th grade, won a first place finish. Delaney Frank, fifth grade, won a fourth place ribbon. According to Mrs. Pegues, Braelinn Elementary art teacher, students “compete with artists of their grade level within Fayette County.” Congratulations, girls!

Lunch and Listen on the Courthouse Lawn

– Fayetteville Main Street and Leslie Contracting presents Lunch on the Lawn Friday, May 30 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the historic Courthouse. Past Fayette Idol winner Krysta Nick and The Gopher Broke Band and Friends will perform at this free event and Pies-On Pizza will be on hand selling box lunches.

“We’d love for everyone to come downtown on their lunch hour to relax and enjoy free, live music in a great outdoor atmosphere,” said Jennifer Cleland, Main Street Coordinator. “Changes are beginning to take place on the downtown square and we want people to share in the excitement and to support the businesses.”

Guests may bring their own lunch or purchase a box lunch from Pies-On Pizza. They will have boxed lunches that include chips and a drink with a choice of turkey and cheese sandwiches, slice of pizza or hotdog for only $5.00. During lunch, The Gopher Broke Band and Friends will play contemporary country favorites.

Mercedes Benz of South Atlanta will be showcasing the all new C-Class Sport model and a CLK convertible. Also, they will be giving away tickets to the 2008 Mercedes Benz of South Atlanta Summer Concert Series.

This year, Main Street will host more than thirteen events downtown. View the 2008 Calendar of Events at: www.downtownfayetteville.org under “Events & Headlines” and visit the Villages Amphitheater website for concert and free event information at: www.villagesamphitheater.com .

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Summer Camps at Kedron!!

Planning ahead for summer?

Keep your kids active and involved! Kedron is offering three different summer camps this year!

Budding Artists Art Camp is returning this summer!

• Artists will explore 2D &3D media including paints, printmaking, clay & sculpture, all connected to learning about artists, artistic styles & cultures!
• 4 sessions available, weeks of June 16th and June 23
K – 2nd grades (07-08), 8:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
• 3rd – 5th grades (07-08), 1 – 4:45 p.m.
• Instructor: Joy Kembel, Kedron art teacher

Computer Graphic Artist Camp for 4th and 5th graders (07 – 08) is new this summer!

• Computer artists will learn basic design concepts and how to apply them successfully using a state of the art image editor to create a variety of graphic design projects!
• 1 session available, week of June 9-13th, 8:30 a.m. -12:15 p.m.
• Instructors: Sally McWilliams, Kedron technology teacher
Joy Kembel, Kedron art teacher

Computer Clay Animation Camp for 4th and 5th graders (07 – 08) is new this summer!

• Computer artists will combine original 3D artwork, photography and stop-motion animation using state of the art computer programs!
• 1 session available, week of June 9 – 13th, 1 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
• Instructors: Sally McWilliams, Kedron technology teacher
Joy Kembel, Kedron art teacher

Look for flyers in the office or coming home with your child – also check online at FCBOE.org
All camps $200 per session (includes supplies)
Spaces limited. Call the Community School (770-460-3990, ext. 470) to pre-register.

Five Graduates Named Byrd Scholars

A graduating senior from each of Fayette’s high schools has been selected to receive the nation’s only federally funded scholarship.

Amy Evans, Fayette County High; Courtney Simmonds, McIntosh High; Jaimie Little, Sandy Creek High; Kevin Harrell, Starr’s Mill High and Alyson Pigford, Whitewater High has been selected as 2008 Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholars.

The Byrd scholarship program is the only federally funded merit based scholarship program for college undergraduates. The program's purpose is to recognize outstanding academic achievement among high school seniors who show promise of continued excellence in postsecondary education.

Byrd Scholars receive a $1,500 yearly stipend, for a maximum of $6,000 over four years, to pay for college expenses.

Jam with the Party Band of the South - May 31

Dust off your dancing shoes and come enjoy the sounds of the Swingin’ Medallions at the Villages Amphitheater on Sat., May 31. Tickets are $15 for general seating.

Grab a partner, or two, as the tables will be removed from the orchestra area down front and dance the night away. Families are encouraged to bring a picnic and their rhythm to the concert. Concessions will be provided by Longbrach Steak & Seafood.

The Swingin’ Medallions have been based out of the Greenwood, South Carolina area since the early 1960's. The music most often associated with the band is beach music, frat rock, R&B, or shaggin' music. Their signature song is “Double Shot”. Whether young or old, they offer a little bit of everything for everyone.

Gates open at 7:00 p.m. and the Swingin’ Medallions will start the party at 8:00 p.m. The concert offers general and lawn seats on a fist come, first serve basis. For tickets, visit www.villagesamphitheater.com or call 770-719-4173.

7th Annual Spring Yard Sale- May 31

Calling all bargain hunters!

The Fayette County Parks & Recreation Department will be holding the 7th Annual Spring Yard Sale on Saturday, May 31st from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Bargain shoppers can visit over 50 yard sales in one location.

This community-wide yard sale will be held at the Activities House parking lot at 980 Redwine Road in Fayetteville (rain or shine). The Fayette County Parks and Recreation Department holds community yard sales bi-annually (Spring and Fall). All vendors are local residents from Fayette and surrounding counties. Past sales have attracted bargain-hunters from Norcross to Macon, Locust Grove to Newnan, and everywhere in between.

FREE admission and parking for all bargain hunters! The Spring Yard Sale was originally scheduled for April 5th, but was rescheduled due to severe weather.

The 8th Annual Harvest Yard Sale is tentatively scheduled for late October with booth registration starting in late August.

Expected items for sale include:
· Clothing (infant – adult), baby & early childhood items, and toys!
· Home interior d├ęcor, vintage collectibles, and photo prints!
· Sports equipment, tools, music, TV, videos, and electronics!
· Antiques, books, bags, baskets, furniture, and jewelry!
· Gourmet food products, kitchen tools, and household items!
· Plants, vegetables, lawnmowers, and garden items!
· Food, drinks, and much more!

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Ed McKeogh’s “Comic Story Laboratory” Workshop at Fayette County Public Library Teaches Teens How to Create Their Own Comic Books

Comic book fans and aspiring cartoonists ages 12 to 18 will soon get the opportunity to have a close encounter with one of Fayette County’s up-and-coming talents in the comic book world. Ed McKeogh, a professional illustrator and prize-winning cartoonist who lives in Peachtree City, invites teens to enter his “Comic Story Laboratory” on Tuesday, June 10 at 3:00 p.m. at the Fayette County Public Library. The free two-hour workshop is part of the “Metamorphosis” summer reading program for teens.

If you are curious—or crazy—about comics, come inside the “Comic Story Laboratory.” If you are perplexed by panel placement, pacing, and perspective, plan to be present. Ed McKeogh will share tips and techniques for starting a simple story, developing a dynamic character, and establishing an engaging environment. Participants will also learn what makes the comic book medium unique and how to independently assemble their own mini-comics after the workshop to share with friends and family. The library will provide index cards and pencils for all who attend; students are welcome to bring any other personal drawing tools they are comfortable using.

Space is limited for this one-of-a-kind creative opportunity. Anyone interested in attending the “Comic Story Laboratory” should either call 770-461-8841 or stop by the Fayette County Public Library to register.

Ed McKeogh, a comic book fan since the age of 12, was a member of the Philadelphia Cartoonist Society before moving to Peachtree City in 2006. Ed took third place in Dimestore Productions’ 2007 “Small Press Idol” contest—an online, international comic book competition that attracted 113 entries. Ed’s entry, “Translucent,” was printed by Dimestore Productions as a #0 issue.

The library will host a public exhibition of finished works that have their beginnings in the “Comic Story Laboratory.” Details on participating in the exhibition will be provided at the workshop.

The “Comic Story Laboratory” is hosted by the Fayette County Public Library, with financial support from the Friends of the Fayette County Public Library. The Fayette County Public Library is located behind the Fayette County administration complex in downtown Fayetteville, at the southwest corner of Highways #85 and #54. For additional information, please contact the library at 770-461-8841 or visit online at http://www.fayettecountyga.gov/public_library.

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Lazers '94 Girls Premier - 2008 President's Cup Champs

FL Note: Kudos to our local girl soccer players! We'll be rooting for you. Read the complete story by clicking on the link.

The Lazers ’94 Girls Premier team played strong over the May 10-11 weekend and gave their Mothers excellent appreciation gifts – a win in the Georgia Soccer President’s Cup State Championship tournament. As champions the team will represent Georgia against champions from 12 other states at the Regional President’s Cup the June 13 weekend....

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Friday, May 23, 2008

SMC³ Celebrates Dedication of New Building

SMC³, a transportation industry association specializing in data services, technology tools and educational programs for buyers and sellers of freight transportation, today celebrated the groundbreaking of a new building, Commerce Pointe, and commemorated its ninth year of operation in Peachtree City with the company’s annual “Varsity Day” event.

The groundbreaking ceremony for the new structure was attended by many local business and civic leaders. The new building, which will be 4 stories and 56,000 square feet, will occupy a 5 acre tract adjacent to SMC³’s Commerce Center building, creating a campus environment between the two. Commerce Pointe is slated for completion in December 2008 and will ready for occupancy starting in January 2009.

Peachtree City Mayor Harold Logsdon had this to say about the expansion of SMC³ holdings in his town, “The fact that SMC³ has the confidence to make this investment right here in Peachtree City speaks well [of our entire community]. Fayette County along with Peachtree City is leading Metro Atlanta in the percentage of occupancy in buildings such as this.”

“Ten years ago we dedicated our initial building, Commerce Center, and a year later we instituted Varsity Day as a fun way for SMC³ to involve the Peachtree City community in our anniversary celebration. Subsequently, we have continued the successful event on each anniversary, due to its popularity and demand as expressed by the community. This year is especially unique, as we will now dedicate a new building, Commerce Pointe,” said Jack E. Middleton, president and CEO of SMC³.

As the event name suggests, lunch was catered by Atlanta-area landmark, The Varsity, and featured all the Varsity mainstays that Atlantans crave: chilidogs, burgers, fries, onion rings, Frosted Oranges and fried pies. Participants also enjoyed entertainment by the band Timeless Highway and cooled off with Mayfield Ice Cream.

Because SMC³’s business is focused on the transportation industry, specifically motor freight, several transportation-related items were exhibited for viewing. SMC³ customer Southeastern Freight Lines displayed The Mighty Mite, its custom-built miniature truck with half-scale working parts including a 43-horsepower diesel engine. Go-Kart World exhibited its tractor/trailer go-kart that children or adults can ride in. This year’s event attracted a crowd of more than 200 people.

Since 1935, SMC³ has provided data, technology and education geared toward the less-than-truckload (LTL) motor freight industry. SMC³’s customers include shippers, carriers, logistics service providers and freight payment companies. For more information about SMC³, visit www.smc3.com or call 800-845-8090.

Grant Establishes Pilot Landscape Program at Fayette County High

Tina DeCotis (center) accepts the $8,000 grant from Fayetteville Lowe’s Store Manager Moe Linares and Human Resources Director Jewelle Hayes as Fayette County High School Principal Charles Warr, Exceptional Children’s Coordinator Kim Stapleton (back) and Fayette County High Exceptional Children's Chairman Debbie Adams look on.

An $8,000 SkillsUSA Lowe’s Education/Chapter Improvement Grant will help fund the school system’s first-ever landscape management program for students with mild cognitive disabilities.

The grant was awarded to Fayette County High teacher Tina DeCotis who submitted a proposal for the program earlier this year. The school will use the funds to purchase mowers, blowers and trimmers, as well as provide integrated safety training, to special needs students who are interested in pursuing careers in landscape maintenance.

The program will begin in the fall and will be the first of its kind for the school system. DeCotis says she hopes that once the program gets underway, it can be implemented at other schools in the county.

“Once initiated, local and state education representatives will be invited to observe the program in the hope of expanding it to other schools and offering similar opportunities to intellectually disabled students,” she says.

The new program will complement the school’s community based vocational instruction program where students are placed at job sites around the county to gain real world working experience and skills. Students mainly work in restaurants and grocery stores where maintenance and stocking shelves are the primary duties. Now, students will have an additional opportunity to further expand their skill sets to a field where jobs are growing.

“My ultimate goal is to give these students the opportunity to become independent contributing members of society without any need for public assistance after they transition into the workforce after graduation,” DeCotis says.

The program will be open to interested students whose ability levels enable them to perform essential duties associated with landscape maintenance and whose parents give permission for them to participate.

Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation awards grants of up to $10,000 each to SkillsUSA chapters for innovative projects or program enhancements at their schools. The grants are designed to further the SkillsUSA program at local schools, provide awareness of technical careers and training opportunities and highlight the good work that SkillsUSA is doing.

SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization of students, teachers and industry, working together to ensure America has a skilled work force. SkillsUSA helps high school and college students enrolled in career and technical education programs to excel by teaching employability skills such as communication, problem solving and leadership in conjunction with their trade, technical and service occupations skills.

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AJack and the Amazing Beanstalk@ Theatre Camp Set for Tyrone Recreation

Once again, Fayette County based Offshoot Productions is partnering with the Tyrone Recreation Department to offer a unique summer camp. From Monday, July 28, through Friday, August 1, young actors aged 7 to 15 may participate in AJack and the Amazing Beanstalk@ at the Roger Spencer Community Center, 145 Commerce Drive in Tyrone.

While creating a magical tale that includes offbeat characters, a fast-paced plot, music and stylized movement, the participants will learn acting techniques for developing an ensemble performance. Part of the time campers work in small groups according to age, and part of the time everyone works together to mold the show.

The camp, which is suitable both for those with theatre experience and for newcomers to the stage, meets from 1:00 to 4:15 p.m. daily, with a presentation for invited guests on Friday. The cost is $98.

Instructors for the camp include Susan M. Steadman, Ph.D., Offshoot ‘s producing artistic director since 1993, and Paige Steadman, Offshoot’s musical director and a member of the Gallery Players improvisation troupe.

For registration information, contact the Tyrone Recreation Department at (770) 487-4694 or tyronerec@numail.org. For information on class content, call or e-mail Offshoot Productions at (770) 631-2362 or offshootpr@aol.com.

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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Fayette County Public Library to Participate in Statewide Hawks-Thrashers Summer Reading Challenge for K-12 Students

In addition to its highly popular annual Summer Reading Program for children, teens, and adults, the Fayette County Public Library offers something extra this summer for sports fans entering kindergarten through 12th grade in the fall. The local library has joined a statewide reading incentive program called the Check It Out Reading Challenge. Each participant who reads at least five books between June 2 and August 15 will receive one free youth ticket to a 2008-2009 Atlanta Hawks basketball game and one free youth ticket to a 2008-2009 Atlanta Thrashers hockey game.

Families interested in joining the Check It Out Reading Challenge should visit the Fayette County Public Library on or after Saturday, May 31 and pick up a Check It Out Reading Challenge bookmark. The bookmark (available while supplies last) includes the instructions for how to register online at the program’s website.

This is the fourth consecutive year that the Atlanta Thrashers and the Atlanta Hawks will partner with Georgia’s public libraries to challenge young readers to spend more of their free time reading this summer. For the first time, however, the annual Check It Out Reading Challenge will be open to children and teens statewide.

Sponsored by Georgia Public Library Service (GPLS) and Atlanta Spirit, the umbrella organization that operates both teams and Philips Arena, the program is designed to supplement each participating library’s Summer Reading Program. It will target young readers entering classes from kindergarten through grade 12, allowing participants to earn sports-related rewards by reading.

The program has grown steadily, from two counties in 2005 to 10 in 2007. In the previous three years of the program, nearly 40,000 Hawks and Thrashers tickets have been awarded to those readers who participated. The success of the Check It Out Reading Challenge has inspired a similar program by the Washington Wizards for young readers in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

“We are so delighted to offer the very best in programming for our kids this summer,” said Christeen Snell, director of the Fayette County Public Library. “Kids and teens can choose from over 100 programs created and designed especially for them. Take the sports challenge. Join the reading program and ‘bee’ ready for the fun of your summer!”

The Fayette County Public Library kicks off this year’s Summer Reading Program on Saturday, May 31 from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. with “Bug Fest,” a fun-filled event for the whole family. The theme for the children’s summer reading program this year is “Catch the Reading Bug,” and June and July will be packed with entertaining and educational activities with a buggy flair for all ages. Teens and adults can have summer reading fun, too; the teens’ theme is “Metamorphosis” and adults can find out the many ways the library can help you “Transform Yourself.” Teen and adult participants can complete bingo-style cards based on their reading accomplishments, and turn them in for a chance to win prizes.

The Fayette County Public Library is located behind the Fayette County administration complex in downtown Fayetteville, at the southwest corner of Highways #85 and #54. For additional information about the Check It Out Reading Challenge and the Summer Reading Program, please contact the library at 770-461-8841 or visit online at http://www.fayettecountyga.gov/public_library.
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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Anachebe Graduates from Riverside Military Academy


Dubem Anachebe of Fayetteville, Ga., has graduated from Riverside Military Academy, an all-boys college preparatory school located in Gainesville, Ga. Anachebe is the son of Ngozi and Eric Anachebe.

A cadet at Riverside since 2006, Anachebe was a member of the academy’s 2008 state championship track team.



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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Peachtree City Resident Awarded Scholarship


Peachtree City resident Daniel Ruy was awarded the Francis Wood Wilson Scholarship for spring semester 2008.

Ruy graduated Gordon College May 10, 2008 with a degree in chemistry and will continue his education at Georgia Tech. He hopes to eventually attend medical school.

The Francis Wood Wilson Foundation is a private foundation that supports charitable, religious, civic and educational activities through grants and scholarships.

Fayette County Residents Graduate Gordon College

FL Note: Congratulations graduates! We wish you all a bright future in your chosen fields.

Commencement exercises were held at Gordon College Saturday, May 10, 2008. The following students from Fayette County received diplomas.

Bauer, Frances Virginia Brooks Associate of Science in Nursing Nursing (ASN)
Black, Elizabeth Danielle Brooks Associate of Arts Teacher Education
Kidd, Ashlee Paige Brooks Associate of Science Business Administration
McElroy, Kaleb Patrick Brooks Associate of Science Criminal Justice
Bridges, Justin Omar Fayetteville Associate of Science Business Administration
Cofer, Chad Benjamin Fayetteville Associate of Science Business Administration
English, Martha Anne Fayetteville Associate of Science Business Administration
Herndon, Robert Knox Fayetteville Associate of Arts Psychology
Hyde, Jennifer Elizabeth Fayetteville Associate of Arts Psychology
Maltos, Ana V. Fayetteville Associate of Science Pre-Pharmacy
McFarlin, Carolina Dawn Fayetteville Associate of Science Business Administration
Merrell, Jessie Lynn Fayetteville Associate of Science Business Administration
Simokaitis, Sabrina Fayetteville Associate of Science in Nursing Nursing (ASN)
Stasko, Adam T. Fayetteville Associate of Arts Psychology
Vernon, Hilary Fayetteville Associate of Science Business Administration
Agurd, Ijeoma Amarachi Fayetteville Associate of Arts Social Work
Appling, Ryan Thomas Fayetteville Associate of Arts Social Work
Arnold, Joseph David Fayetteville Associate of Science Business Administration
Crabtree, Katherine Dawn Fayetteville Associate of Arts Psychology
Daniel, Thomas Kyle Fayetteville Associate of Arts Art
Ferrell, Shannon Danielle Fayetteville Associate of Arts Teacher Education
Geasley, William Anthony Fayetteville Associate of Science Mathematics
Glaze, briel William Fayetteville Associate of Science Business Administration
Harmon, Ashley Rose Fayetteville Associate of Arts Art
Jansen, Courtney Lynn Fayetteville Associate of Science in Nursing Nursing (ASN)
Kinninger, Shannon M Fayetteville Associate of Science in Nursing Nursing (ASN)
Martin, Janice D. Fayetteville Associate of Science in Nursing Nursing (ASN)
Meehan, Heather Ann Fayetteville Associate of Science in Nursing Nursing (ASN)
Pratt, Aubry Lauren Fayetteville Associate of Arts Teacher Education
Ringler-Lantzy, Thomas Robert Fayetteville Associate of Arts General Studies
Seaward, Justin W Fayetteville Associate of Science Biology
Shaw, Kevin G Fayetteville Associate of Arts History
Sturdivant, Kymberly W Fayetteville Associate of Arts Teacher Education
Swanan, Christina M Fayetteville Associate of Science Business Administration
Uzezi, Vwerosuo A. Fayetteville Associate of Science Physics
Yarri, Philip Charles Fayetteville Associate of Science Business Administration
Almanza, Hector Peachtree City Associate of Science Business Administration
Ames, William Alexander Peachtree City Associate of Science Biology
Bashakes, Adam Lee Peachtree City Associate of Arts Teacher Education
Buckles, Jenna Elaine Peachtree City Associate of Science Business Administration
Cornell, Ryan Conley Paul Peachtree City Associate of Science Business Administration
Flanan, Melissa Anne Peachtree City Associate of Science in Nursing Nursing (ASN)
Gillen, Taylor J. Peachtree City Associate of Science in Nursing Nursing (ASN)
Hall, Elyse Christina Peachtree City Associate of Arts Teacher Education
Herrera, Elizabeth Ann Peachtree City Associate of Science Business Administration
Mosby, Kathryn Lee Peachtree City Associate of Science Dental Hygiene
Ruy, Daniel A. Peachtree City Associate of Science Chemistry
Shankle, Benjamin Ryan Peachtree City Associate of Arts History
Smith, Blake Peachtree City Associate of Science Business Administration
Wheeler, Gina L. Peachtree City Associate of Arts Teacher Education
Widner, Christopher Wesley Peachtree City Associate of Science Business Administration
Wilder, Angela Petteway Peachtree City Associate of Science in Nursing Nursing (ASN)
Witzel, Brian P. Peachtree City Associate of Science Business Administration
Ferrill, Kathryn Sheree Tyrone Associate of Arts Teacher Education
Landis, Steven Michael Tyrone Associate of Arts Psychology
Williams, Robert Reid Tyrone Associate of Science Business Administration
Williams, Robert Reid Tyrone Associate of Arts Psychology


Gordon College, in Barnesville, is a residential state college of the University System of Georgia and offers more than 80 programs of study to more than 3,700 students.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Fayette County Solicitor-General Presents Check to Fayette Youth Protection Homes

Fayette County Solicitor-General James K. Inagawa and his staff recently held their second annual charity yard sale. Inagawa held the sale in conjunction with National Crime Victims’ Rights Week and Child Abuse Prevention Month. All the proceeds of this year’s sale were donated to Fayette Youth Protection Homes, a local organization committed to assisting the youngest victims of abuse.

“I am proud to say that we raised over $2,000 with this year’s event” said Inagawa. “Once again, we received wonderful support from the community.”

Inagawa presented a check for $2,007.35 to Rebecca Davenport, Director of Fayette Youth Protection Homes. “Hopefully we can increase awareness of the valuable work done by this organization and encourage others in our community to support the group’s efforts throughout the year.”

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Fayette County Public Library Hosts Free “Career Choices” Information Session for Parents on Saturday, May 10 at 11 a.m.

The Fayette County Public Library is hosting a free information session on “Career Choices” on Saturday, May 10, from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon. The session is designed for parents whose children are currently college students or recent high school graduates.

The workshop will be presented by Amy Anderson, a life direction coach and founder of Your True You. Ms. Anderson will talk to parents about “Future Directions,” a program designed to build confidence and self-esteem in students as they make important choices about college and career.

Amy Anderson brings 17 years of work/life training to her coaching practice. A graduate of Michigan State University and Coaches Training Institute, she is certified to work with the Highlands Ability Battery assessment tool. According to Ms. Anderson, the Highlands Battery has proven reliable in providing direction to students while creating focus on personal and professional fulfillment.

The Fayette County Public Library is located behind the Fayette County administration complex in downtown Fayetteville, at the southwest corner of Highways #85 and #54. For additional information about the Career Choices presentation, please contact the library at 770-461-8841 or visit online at http://www.fayettecountyga.gov/public_library

Monday, May 05, 2008

Becoming a Teacher Means Summer with Kids

Every year when school lets out for summer vacation many working parents feel a tinge of guilt as their kids are at home and they are at work. For some parents, summer sparks an interest in finding a job that has summer flexibility and teaching is a perfect option. Many turn to education degrees online to achieve their dream teaching position. To help those individuals, eLearners.com, a web resource of EducationDynamics, has launched the Mini-Guide to Online Education Degrees, which answers critical questions for those considering going back for a teaching degree online.

"Most teachers work ten-months a year, allowing them to be at home during the summer with their kids and to have extended breaks around the holidays," said Terrence Thomas, Chief Marketing Officer for eLearners.com. "If getting a teaching degree interests you, a great way to make that a reality is through online education. By studying online you can keep your current job, while studying for a new one."

The eLearners.com's Mini-Guide to Online Education degrees is a simple-to-navigate and comprehensive resource that covers:

• Is an Online Degree in Education Right for Me?
• What's the Difference Between Online Masters Degrees in Education, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Science in Education and a Master of Arts in Teaching?
• What Courses will I Take in an Online Education Degree?
• How Much do Teachers, Professors, and Other Education Degree Holders Earn?
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eLearners.com also offers resources on financial aid including the Debt-Free College Guide, which is part of eLearners.com's Student Loans and Financial Aid Center. The center includes a database of $15 billion in scholarship opportunities and detailed information about financial aid, loans, loan consolidation and employer tuition assistance programs. eLearners.com has also introduced such innovations as the eLearners Advisor, an assessment that through a series of targeted questions ranging from technology access and skills, to personal motivation and learning styles, can help prospective elearners determine if online learning is right for them.

For current teachers who are already enjoying the summer benefits of being an educator, pursuing additional education online provides an opportunity to advance their career through online graduate programs. A number of states require that teachers obtain a master's degree in education within a specified period after they begin teaching and this degree usually leads to higher pay. According to PayScale.com teachers with a master's in education earn about six thousand more a year, than teachers with a bachelor's degree. Fortunately for today's busy professional, there are a number of accredited universities that offer online education degrees.

"There is not a more admirable job than being an educator," continued Thomas. "And there is not a more flexible and accessible way to become an educator or advance one's career as an educator than through online education. Our goal at eLearners.com is to help people find the information and guidance they need to make the right decision."

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