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July 28, 2005 Issue

No threat without sweat...
Football players at Thomas Jefferson Academy (above) and Jefferson County High School (right) held their intensive camps this week. They ran drills in the blistering heat preparing for the coming season. TJA Jaguars Coach Chuck Wimberly said that he held his full-pad practices in the mornings and evenings, with helmets-only special team drills in the afternoons, to avoid the hottest parts of the day. Monday, he said, was 97 degrees with a heat index of 105. JCHS Coach J.B. Arnold said that he ran pretty much the same schedule. For more pictures and an accompanying story see Page 12A.




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Man charged with poisoning dogs
GCCS makes AYP
Commission passes final 13.64 millage

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Man charged with poisoning dogs

Louisville man faces animal cruelty charges after allegedly feeding neigborhood dogs spaghetti laced with a highly toxic insecticide

By Ben Roberts
Staff Writer

A Louisville man has been charged with animal cruelty for the apparent poisoning of at least three dogs last month.

According to Louisville Police Department reports, George Carr Jr., 50, of 104 West 10th Street, was arrested July 15 and faces three felony counts of aggravated cruelty to animals.

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Carr is accused of lacing spaghetti with the insecticide Temik that resulted in the death of four dogs and one cat from three neighboring residences on Laurel Drive on June 25. The animals had been left alone for about 4 hours. Three more cats were found in the area a day or so later, according to police.

Three of the dogs were autopsied by Louisville veterinarian Chip Pritchard of Ogeechee Veterinary Associates. According to Pritchard, all three of the dogs' stomachs contained spaghetti. Samples of the stomach contents were confirmed to have significant amounts of the insecticide by a University of Georgia lab in Tifton.

Officers found a plate of spaghetti behind Carr's apartment at the time of the incident, but they say he denied any involvement in the animals' death.

Pat Lamb, who owned two of the dogs and said that neither weighed more than 20 pounds, said there was no reason for someone to have done such a thing.

"We're not talking about pit bulls or rottweilers or some other big dangerous dogs. If anybody had a problem, they should have called me," she said. "They didn't bother anybody that I know about."

Lamb said one of the other dogs belonged to her grandchildren who live next door and that it was her grandson who found his dog dead on her back porch.

"Whoever did this brought a lot of hurt on this family," she said.

Temik is a highly toxic insecticide commonly used on cotton crops in this area. Regulations state that a person must be licensed to purchase and possess the material. At this point officers have not determined how Carr might have obtained the Temik, nor did they find any more of the substance at his residence.

Carr was released on bond from the Jefferson County Law Enforcement Center on Monday, July 18. If convicted, he could face sentences of one to five years in prison and fines up to $15,000 for each charge.



GCCS makes AYP

Glascock County meets state standards for the second year in a row

By Faye Ellison
Staff Writer

Glascock County Consolidated School has met Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) requirements for the second year, removing the school from the Needs Improvement List.

As part of the No Child Left Behind Act signed by President George Bush, schools are held accountable for students' performance. AYP has been in effect for all schools in Georgia for years, but when the No Child Left Behind Act came into play the standards became higher for the schools.

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Every few years the bar is elevated in an effor to have 100 percent of students passing by 2014. The federal legislation requires that all groups of students must be proficient in the three areas of study in order for a school to achieve AYP.

Critics across the nation of No Child Left Behind say the law uses complicated methods to come up with such a simple label as "pass" or "fail." In order to meet AYP goals, every category of students in a school are expected to meet or exceed the percentages set by the state. Schools missing the target by any one group of students do not make AYP.

"The goals that AYP has set are lofty goals," Glascock Superintendent Jim Holton said. "We are going to strive to continue to meet those goals and move our school system forward using those goals as a guideline."

Glascock County has been on the Needs Improvement List for five years before meeting AYP standards since last year.

"This is quite an accomplishment, and we are proud of the hard work that everyone has contributed," Holton said.

Holton noted that the state looks at attendance and test scores, while determining whether a school will meet AYP standards. A second indicator for the school was their graduation rate, which was 74.3 percent in 2005, up from 70 percent in 2004.

Attendance was and still is a major focus factor for the Glascock County School System considering in 2003, 18.2 percent of all students were absent from school for more than 15 days. That number grew from the 2002 school year where there were only 15 percent absent.

In 2004, the absentee rate went back to 15 percent, with the school cutting down even more to 11.6 percent for 2005.

The AYP report also found that the school has gradually improved on test participation and students improving in the classroom, with the school meeting all areas in mathematics and English.

"We have focused on improving test scores and test attendance," Holton said. "In those areas we've been able to show improvement for the last two years."

Holton noted that he hopes with the help of parents and faculty the trends set for the past two years will continue.

"I want to thank the parents, students, teachers and community for pulling together to make this possible," he said. "We have a wonderful school system and I know that with continued support, it will only get better."

For the years that Glascock County was on the Needs Improvement List, it is a tremendous triumph in the eyes of Holton. Now he wants to focus this year on some goals that the school can reach that are not AYP related.

"I stress that this is quite an accomplishment for us, we are off the Needs Improvement List," he said. "We can look to plan some long and short term goals that don't entail AYP.



Commission passes final 13.64 millage

Awards bid for construction of new landfill liner for $117,850

By Ben Roberts
Staff Writer

The Jefferson County Commission gave final passage last week to the 2005 millage rate of 13.64 by a vote of 4-0.

Commissioner Tommy New was absent from Friday's final public hearing and the special called meeting to give final approval.

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While the county is not increasing the millage rate from last year, it is expecting a tax increase due to countywide property reevaluations over the last year. Those reevaluations are required by Georgia law to bring property values in line with fair market values determined by property sales in the county over the last year.

The 13.64 rate includes 0.75 mills for the Development Authority of Jefferson County.

The commissioners made quick work of a short agenda at last Tuesday's regular July meeting.

They did vote 5-0 to award the bid for the construction of the new landfill liner to Texas Environmental Plastics, Ltd., for the low bid amount of $117,850.

The project was budgeted at $123,000 by the county. Texas Environmental, of Houston, Texas, also constructed the most recent liner at the landfill and did so within budget, according to the county's engineers at Chasman & Associates.

Four other bids were received for the work, they were: Environmental Specialties International, of Baton Rouge, La., $131,190; Geo-Synthetics Inc., of Waukesha, Wis., $155,006; Comanco Environmental Corp., of Tampa, Fl, $155,583.14; and Plastic Fusion Fabricators, of Huntsville, Ala., $181,000.




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