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June 10, 2010 Issue

Dr. Howard offered Bethune’s position
Get clicking with area photo club
Louisville 4-year-old dies from meningitis infection
Officials qualify for local, state elections

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Dr. Howard offered Bethune’s position

By Carol McLeod
Staff Writer

Dr. Molly Howard became Jefferson County’s first woman superintendent Tuesday night with a unanimous vote by the county’s board of education.

The board selected Howard as the superintendent and voted to appoint her acting superintendent until her contract can be negotiated.


“Dr. Howard, with her knowledge of the people here in Jefferson County, she will continue what Mr. Bethune has done over the years and will serve us well,” said board member Steve Norton, referring to the former superintendent, Carl Bethune, who retired in May.

“I think she’s going to make a significant difference,” said board member Georgia Hunter.

Jimmy Fleming, the board’s chairman, said, “I think she’s earned the respect of our teachers, our staff and the people in the county.”

Charlie Brown, the board’s vice chairman, said this is the first time in 55 years the superintendent is from the north end of the county. Howard lives in Wrens.

After the meeting, Howard said she and the board will be working together to make the transition from her current position as principal of Jefferson County High School to the new position.

“I’ll hit the ground running,” Howard said, adding she had plans to meet with central office staff Wednesday morning.

She has been principal at JCHS since 1994 and was formerly the director of the CSRA Regional Educational Service Agency.

She has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in education and an educational specialist degree in leadership. Her doctorate is in administration and supervision.

She was named the Georgia High School Principal of the Year in 2007 and gained national attention as National High School Principal of the Year. She was also Georgia Teacher of the Year in 1990.

She has authored two articles, received numerous awards, addressed a variety of conferences and conducted several workshops. Her community activities include supporting civic groups throughout the county. She said her main focus is promoting and supporting Jefferson County High School where she is principal.

In her application, about her education philosophy she wrote, “The most valuable resource to a successful school system is the people who work every day to provide educational opportunities and success for all students. Keeping that in mind, the key element of a successful school system is how staff are used, empowered, mentored and provided opportunities to develop professionally.”

Get clicking with area photo club

By Jared Stepp

Whether you are a professional photographer with hundreds of lenses and lighting accessories or a child with a toy camera, you can learn more about photography by being around other photographers. The Jefferson County Photography Club had this in mind since its creation, and the club continues to teach even the most experienced photographer a trick or two.

After submitting his work in Jefferson County Arts Guild’s spring exhibit in 2007, professional photographer Robert Hohmann spoke to Arts Guild member Donna Borders about forming a photography club as a division of the Arts Guild.


“Soon after I was introduced to Jared Stepp who also expressed interest in collaborating with other photographers in the area to work with and learn from them,” said Hohmann. “From there, the Jefferson County Arts Guild Photography club took on a life of its own.”

Hohmann contacted every photographer he knew and those he saw in The News and Farmer/ The Jefferson Reporter’s Snapshots of Jefferson County feature and invited them to join the club. Stepp and Hohmann together raised enough interest to have their first few meetings, and elected officers. Hohmann serves as President, Stepp as Vice President and Blanche Greene as Secretary.

The mostly informal photography meetings can consist of Photoshop workshops, photography demonstrations, and even field trip-like outings. Some meetings consist of watching a video on something like aperture settings for sports photography or unique angles for landscapes, while others consist of visiting a studio, like Laura McNeely’s in Davisboro to learn about working with portraiture. The photographers then can discuss their experience with the subject and any tips or advice they have for each situation.

The photographers also usually participate in the Arts Guild’s exhibits. Leading up to the exhibits, members of the club assist each other in finalizing their artwork. They help each other find frames and help them with any last minute tweaks.

The club is open to anyone interested in any aspect of photography. One aspect in particular, Photoshop, tends to be a gray area for many photographers. J.C. Wright, a website designer from California, is a member of the club, and has hosted lectures featuring the use of Photoshop to enhance photography.

Also, painters and sculptors have joined to learn how to photograph their artwork in a way that best represents their design of the different medium.

The Club meets once a month, usually at the Louisville Library, and is currently doing an outing every other month.

The club is open to anyone who would like to join. For more information contact Robert Hohmann at 478-494-5015 or email him at pichunter@rocketmail.com.

Louisville 4-year-old dies from meningitis infection

Carol McLeod
Staff Writer

A 4-year-old student of Louisville Academy died Thursday, May 27, from bacterial meningitis.

Teresa Salter, Jefferson Hospital’s Chief Nursing Officer, said last week the child had a form of meningitis called strep a beta-hemolytic streptococcus, which is not contagious.


“This is the kind you normally see when children have strep throat; but, it’s not usually seen causing meningitis. That’s very, very rare,” Salter said.

“You can’t get this type of meningitis from contact; but, you can get the strep throat from contact. This type is not contagious as far as causing meningitis. No prophylactic antibiotics are recommended for this type of meningitis. Although it’s bacterial, it’s not in a contagious form like you see in some of the other types of meningitis,” she said.

The nurse said if a child has a sore throat, a fever and/or a rash, the child should be taken to a pediatrician so the doctor can check for strep throat.

“The rash could be anywhere on the body. It’s a finely raised, red rash typically on the trunk of the body but can be present anywhere on the body,” she said.

If the strep bacteria is untreated in the early stages, it can progress to something more serious. As with any bacteria, early treatment is recommended for the best outcome,” Salter said.

Parents with concerns about their children’s health should contact their pediatrician.

Officials qualify for local, state elections

By Carol McLeod and Faye Ellison
Staff Writers

A general primary election has been scheduled for Tuesday, July 20. Qualifying ended in April.

The Jefferson County commission seats available are those in District Three and District One.


In the District Three race, Charles “Wayne” Davis and David Hastings have qualified. District One’s current commissioner, Gonice Davis, is the only person who qualified for that race.


A total of 14 people qualified for the governor’s job. The republican candidates are Jeff Chapman, Nathan Deal, Karen Handel, Eric Johnson, Ray McBerry, John Oxendine and Otis Putnam. The democratic candidates are Thurbert Baker, Roy Barnes, Bill Bolton, Carl Camon, Randal Mangham, DuBose Porter and David Poythress.

In the lieutenant governor’s primary, the republican candidate is L.S. “Casey” Cagle, the incumbent. The democrats are Tricia Carpenter McCracken and Carol Porter.

In the race for US senator, there is no republican opponent for the incumbent, Johnny Isakson. The democratic candidates are R.J. Hadley and Michael “Mike” Thurmond, the current commissioner of labor.

Brian Kemp, who was appointed secretary of state, was sworn into office in January. He was appointed when the previous secretary, Karen Handle, resigned. Handle is running for governor.

Kemp has qualified for secretary of state and will face only one republican opponent in the primary, Doug MacGinnitie.

There are five democratic candidates, Gail Buckner, Gary Horlacher, Michael Mills, Angela “Miss Angela” Moore and Georganna Sinkfield.

In the race for attorney general, the republican candidates are Sam Olens, Preston W. Smith and Max Wood. The democratic candidates are Ken Hodges and Rob Teilhet. The incumbent, Thurbert Baker, is running for governor.

For state school superintendent, the republican candidates are John D. Barge and Richard Woods. The democrats in this race are Beth Farokhi, Joe Martin and Brian Westlake. The incumbent, Kathy Cox, had qualified but has since officially withdrawn, said the county’s registrar, Chandrel Evans.

Evans said she had received an email notifying her of Cox’s withdrawal Wednesday, June 2.

Nine republicans qualified for the position of insurance commissioner. They are Dennis Cain, Rick Collum, Seth Harp, Ralph T. Hudgens, Tom Knox, John Mamalakis, Stephen Dale Northington, Gerry Purcell and Maria Sheffield. The democratic candidate is Mary Squires. The incumbent, John Oxendine, has qualified as a gubernatorial candidate.

In the race for the commissioner of agriculture, Gary Black and Darwin Carter, both republicans, qualified. The only democrat to qualify was J.B. Powell.

Two republicans, Mark Butler and Melvin Everson, have qualified in the commissioner of labor race. The democrats who qualified are Terry Coleman and Darryl Hicks.

In the race for the member seat on the public service commission, republican qualifiers are B. Joseph “Joey” Brush, John Douglas, Tim Echols and Jeff May. The only democrat to qualify is Keith Moffett. This position will be for the District 2 seat.

Jefferson and Glascock Co.s

In the race for the U.S. representative for District 12, four republicans and two democrats have qualified. The republicans are Michael Horner, Raymond Mckinney, Jeanne Seaver and Carl Smith. The democrats in this race are John Barrow, the incumbent, and Regina D. Thomas.

Jefferson County

Republican Jesse Stone is the only qualifier for the seat of state senator of District 23.

Only one candidate qualified in the race for state representative for District 142. He is Mack Jackson, the incumbent.


Jefferson County Probate Judge Asholyn Lampp said qualifying for the Jefferson County school board will start Monday, June 28, at 10 a.m. and end at noon Friday, July 2. Qualifying will be in the judge’s office.

Positions in this race will be for first and third districts and for the chairman.

In Stapleton, there will be three council seats open. They are the seats currently held by Kevin Prescott, Syble Sheppard and Helen Landrum. Qualifying for municipal elections will begin sometime in August. City Clerk Gail Berry said the city will publish an announcement when the dates are finalized,

Bartow’s next city election will be held in 2013. The other cities in Jefferson County will not hold a city election until 2011.

In Glascock County, only one local election will be held in November for two non-partisan Glascock County Board of Education seats.

Qualifying for the Edgehill seat, currently held by Mary Ann Dixon, and the Mitchell seat, currently held by Don Hilson, will begin on June 28 at 9 a.m. and end on July 2 at noon. The qualifying fee for the positions is $18.

The Glascock County Board of Education currently has five members on the board, with staggered elections every two years for the four-year terms.


Jefferson County Administrator Paul Bryan said Monday, June 7, he had received notification that day from the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division stating the office had no objections to the SPLOST. This will be on the ballot for the July election.

Registering to vote

Jefferson County Registrar Chandrel Evans said Wednesday, June 2, the deadline to either register to vote or update registration is Monday, June 21, before 5 p.m.

“If it’s mailed, it must be postmarked on or before June 21,” Evans said, adding, “That’s for registering or updating,”

She said there will be another registering and/or updating time after the primary and it will be announced.

“The June 21 cut off date, that includes the July 20 primary and the Aug. 10 runoff date,” she said. “In other words, an individual who has not registered by June 21 will not be able to vote in the primary or the runoff. If the person is a registered voter and needs to update his or her registration and that change is received after the deadline, the change will not be updated until after the primary and the runoff.”

The registrar’s office is located at 302 East Broad St. in Louisville and is open from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

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