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August 26, 2004 Issue

Helicopter surveillance leads to the discovery and seizure of more than a dozen marijuana plants last week off Beechwood Acres Road in Glascock County.

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Pot found by helicopter

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Plans for new SPLOST being made
Glascock Co. Consolidated School meets AYP standards

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Pot found by helicopter

By Ben Nelms
Staff Writer

Surveillance from the skies above Glascock County last week paid off when more than a dozen marijuana plants were spotted and confiscated a short time later.

The chopper pilot flying a National Guard helicopter spotted the plants mid-afternoon Aug. 18, said Sheriff Bryan Bopp.


Officers proceeded to the wooded property off Beechtree Acres Road, where they located 15 marijuana plants averaging 6-feet in height.

The plants showed evidence of care and pruning, said Bopp, adding that several additional plants had apparently been removed recently.

Also found at the location were fertilizer, insecticide, a post-hole digger and hoe and a tractor. Deputies confiscated everything at the site.

Bopp left a folded note attached to a fence post at the property entrance that read "Gotcha!" Inside, the note read, "We got your pot, we got you fertilizer, we got your tractor. If you'd like to claim them, come see the sheriff."

Bopp said the seizure is part of an ongoing effort to eradicate drugs from Glascock County.

Plans for new SPLOST being made

Committees address three major areas, firefighting equipment, recreation and economic development

By Ben Nelms
Staff Writer

Representatives from around Jefferson County met at Louisville City Hall Aug. 19 to discuss the continuation of the current one-percent sales tax once it expires in late 2005. Committee formats were established to address the possibility of including firefighting equipment, recreation and economic development in a proposal to be submitted to commissioners later this year.

The meeting opened with county administrator Paul Bryan telling the group that the current one-percent tax, now funding the construction of the new $6.5 million county jail and law enforcement center, should be fully collected by December 2005. The county should begin working now to develop a proposal for commissioners that will include viable projects that can be voted on in March 2005, he said. Bryan stressed that the continuation of the sales tax should be based on legitimate countywide needs, not on desires.


The Aug. 19 group decided to recommend the formation of separate committees to study the needs of firefighters, recreation and economic development and to make those bodies responsible for determining the needs of each area. The committees will be responsible for providing fact-based dollar figures for consideration by commissioners. They will also prioritize needs within their specific area along with compiling all long-term, ongoing costs associated with the project if that item is voted in next year. County commissioners are responsible for putting the one-percent continuation on the ballot as a public referendum item.

Committees addressing the three target areas vary in their composition. The firefighters committee will be composed of the chiefs from each department.

The recreation committee will be composed of one member from each of the county's seven jurisdictions, including one non-elected member from each of the cities and one from the county.

The economic development committee includes one elected member from each city, one from the county, a representative from the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce and one member of the Development Authority of Jefferson County. Committee members for recreation and economic development will be appointed by each of the jurisdictions in called meetings later this week.

The Aug. 19 group agreed that each committee should appoint a chairperson. The group also agreed that committees will be provided with a mission statement and expectations.

The continuation of the current Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) has been a topic of conversation in the county for more than a year.

First addressed was the long-recognized need to provide adequate firefighting equipment and supplies to the county's eight fire departments. Of those six are located in the county's municipalities and two are located in unincorporated areas.

Glascock Co. Consolidated School meets AYP standards

GCCS remains on the state's needs improvement list as it did not meet standards last year

By Faye Ellison
Staff Writer

Glascock County Consolidated Schools met with Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) standards this year, a part of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). They were not on the list of schools that qualified last year.

"We are proud of our accomplishment of making Adequate Yearly Progress over the 2003-2004 school year," said Glascock Superintendent Jim Holton. "Our test scores were great and our attendance rates were much improved. We will need the support of parents and community again this year if we are to make our AYP goals."


To meet AYP standards, the school must meet three different criteria.

The first is 95 percent participation on tests. Each school, as a whole, and all student groups with at least 40 members must have a participation rate of 95 percent or above on selected state assessments in reading/language arts and math.

The second goal is annual measurable objective, which is basically academic performance in the school. This is when each school, as a whole, and each student group with at least 40 members must meet or exceed the State's Annual Measurable Objective (AMO) regarding the percentage of students scoring proficient or advanced on state assessments in reading/language arts and math.

The third is an additional indicator. Each school as a whole or as subgroups, must meet the standard or show progress on an additional indicator. For Glascock County this is their graduation rate and attendance rate.

Tests that count towards AYP include CRCT for elementary and middle school grades, the Enhanced Georgia High School Graduation Test for high school students and the Georgia Alternate Assessment for the most severely cognitively impaired students.

Public schools or school systems that do not make AYP in the first year face no consequences, but are advised to review its school system improvement plan. After two years of not meeting AYP standards, the school is considered to be in Needs Improvement status.

Glascock County Schools are still considered to be in Needs Improvement Status, even though they met AYP standards this year, they did not meet them for 2003 or 2002.

Because of this status, they must offer a school choice, offer supplemental services, but do not have to implement a restructuring plan.

"States are required to 'raise the bar' for AYP each year to meet the NCLB (No Child Left Behind) goal of having all students proficient in reading and math by the 2013-2014 school year," said Glascock Assistant Superintendent Renae Kelley.

"Thanks to the commitment of the faculty and students of Glascock County School, the system is creating high achievement for all students," said Kelley.

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