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March 25, 2010 Issue

Dollar store coming to Gibson
2010 Dimensions: 3rd Annual JCHS AP Art Exhibit
Board votes to require Bethune’s replacement to live in county

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Dollar store coming to Gibson

By Faye Ellison
Staff Writer

Glascock County Industrial Development Authority Chairman Lori Boyen verified that land on the corner of Walker Street and Georgia Highway 171 has been purchased by Dollar General. The empty lot, where a Dollar General will be built and opened, is located behind the Peeble’s House.

“It is official, they did purchase the land,” Boyen confirmed. “We are hoping construction will begin soon. We are very excited about this.”


Boyen said the Development Authority has been working on getting a “dollar” type store in the county for about four years.

“We have contacted Dollar General, Family Dollar and Four Quarters in the past, but each time we were told we did not have the population to support the store,” she said.

Since the economic downturn, many stores like Dollar General have seen an increase in their sales because of American families trying to save money.

Boyen said a representative came to Gibson and left a business card at City Hall. The Development Authority contacted Dollar General and found that they were looking at possibly locating a store in Glascock County.

“We worked with Dollar General to determine their needs and requirements for a site location,” Boyen said. “We encourage our residents to continue to support our local businesses. This is an additional opportunity to keep our money within the county and working towards our projects and our school. “

Boyen said she was told construction details are not finalized, but more information will be coming at a later date.

2010 Dimensions: 3rd Annual JCHS AP Art Exhibit

By Jared Stepp

The Jefferson County High School Advanced Preparation art class will hold their third annual art exhibit, titled dimensions, on March 31 through April 4 at the Fire House Gallery. The Opening Reception will be on Friday, April 2 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Teacher Linda Merritt said she is excited about this exhibit because it is the first time a student will exhibit their 3D works, as well as the addition of five students showing their 2D works.


“There is more variety in media than we usually have,” Merritt said.

Merritt said these exhibits are important to the students because they get to learn about the business aspect of the arts.

“Not only do they make and create their art, they’re learning what it involves in the presentation, exhibiting and selling of their art,” Merritt said.

Exhibiting students this year are Casey Bass, Teyonna Best, Felicia Cumbee, Cristen Davis, Keyunta Dixon, Shelby Fox, Erin Hills, Brandon Hinkston, Jasmine Kelly, Rebecca Niezen, Zachary Norman, Aaron Phillips, Eddie Riles, Christopher Roberts and Jared Stepp.

Merritt said she appreciates the Fire House Gallery supporting JCHS and giving the school the opportunity to exhibit.

“It’s a community; the exhibit brings the school and the community together,” Merritt said.

Board votes to require Bethune’s replacement to live in county

Carol McLeod
Staff Writer

The Jefferson County Board of Education decided last week on the qualifications for the replacement for Superintendent Carl Bethune, who retires in May.

Donnie Hodges, an assistant superintendent, said Monday the board voted to require the incoming superintendent to be or become a resident of the county.


Hodges said the board had received community input and used that in making its decisions about qualifications for the position.

The application process has started. Information about the job and a timeline can be found on the Georgia School Boards Association website, she said.

The county’s school board contracted with the GSBA to assist in the search. That website is located at www.gsba.com/services/services_superintendent.asp.

Requirements include experience as a classroom teacher, successful experience as an educational administrator in the public schools, demonstrable skills as an educational leader in the public schools with special knowledge and experience in curriculum and instruction and a proven record of sound fiscal management. The board is requiring experience and knowledge in budgeting and education finance.

The website states the board will give preference to candidates with a six-year level leadership certificate as well as a doctoral degree.

Charlie W. Brown, the vice chairman of the county’s board of education, said in an interview Tuesday, the board hopes to have someone hired by summer.

“We have gone through the GSBA superintendent search site,” Brown said.

“They are going to do the initial searching. The top three candidates will be interviewed by the board,” he said, adding the board will make the best decision for the county.

Brown said anyone local who might be interested in the position would still apply through the GSBA.

“If they make the cut, GSBA will recommend those candidates to us,” he said.

“We’re hoping to have somebody on board by June. Most definitely,” he said.

Brown said this would allow time for the new superintendent to get acquainted with the local school system in time for the start of the school year.

The application deadline is Friday, April 23.

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