Our nearly white Christmas
Jefferson County experienced its first snowy Christmas weekend in years with reports varying between .10 inches to a third of an inch falling throughout the day Sunday, the day after Christmas.
Louisville man shot during robbery
By Carol McLeod
A shooting that occurred late Christmas Eve has sent a man to the hospital, Louisville Police Chief Jimmy Miller said Tuesday.
The Louisville PD and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the incident, which Miller described in a press release issued Tuesday as an aggravated assault and attempted armed robbery on Walnut Street in Louisville.
The police chief said about 10:10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 24, officers were responding to a call on 8th Street, which intersects Walnut, and saw Dashrathbhaia “Danny” Patel lying on the sidewalk in front of his Walnut Street home.
Patel, 45, had been shot as he was entering his residence, Miller said.
A spokesman with Gold Cross EMS said Patel was taken by ambulance to the Jefferson Hospital and was flown from there to the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta.
“He was transported in critical and guarded condition,” the spokesman said Tuesday, adding Patel had a gunshot would to the chest.
“The last time I heard anything, he was in stable condition,” the spokesman said. “I believe that was (Monday), late afternoon.”
As of press time Tuesday, Miller said the police did not have a description of the suspect as they had been unable to interview the victim. An investigator with the LPD was scheduled to interview Patel on Tuesday, Miller said.
The chief is asking anyone with any information about the incident to contact the Louisville Police Department at 478-625-8897or the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office at 478-625-7538.
Glascock Co. school system receives Title I
By Faye Ellison
Glascock County Superintendent Jim Holton recently announced the Glascock County Board of Education as the Title I Distinguished District for school systems with fewer than 2,000 students for the 2009-2010 school year.
“This recognition is based on academic achievement gains of the economically disadvantaged subgroup for assessments administered in the 2008-2009 school year compared to the assessments administered in the 2009-2010 school year,” Holton said. “This recognition and accompanying $50,000 grant was approved at the Nov. 10 State Board of Education meeting.”
Holton explained that districts that have made the greatest gains in closing the achievement gap are identified for recognition.
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“Districts are selected as distinguished based on the same rules used to calculate adequate yearly progress (AYP) and are consistent with AYP records,” Holton said. “The reading/English-language arts and mathematics assessment results from both the Criterion Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) and the Georgia High School Graduation Tests (GHSGT) are combined for all students in the district.
“All combined assessment data for all districts are then sorted by the achievement gains of the economically disadvantaged subgroups. These combined achievement data percentages are then ranked in order from highest to lowest achievement gap changes. Districts are selected based on the most significant achievement gap changes.”
Glascock County was one of four school districts in Georgia to receive Title I Distinguished status. The gap change for Glascock County was a decrease of 10.4 for their 696 students. The three other school districts named were Clarke County for large school system with 13,292 students and a 5.3 decrease; Peach County for medium school system with 4,312 students and a 4.9 decrease; and Dublin City with 3,031 students and an 11.5 decrease.
Holton said grant funds are to be expended under the same guidelines as other federal education funds. The Glascock County Board of Education has indicated they wished to study needs within the school system and apply these funds where they will best serve the students and taxpayers of Glascock County.
“I am very pleased with the 2009-2010 test scores which resulted in the Distinguished District Award and wished to thank the faculty and staff, students, parents and the Board of Education for their dedication and hard work,” Holton said, adding, “In times of economic hardship the $50,000 grant associated with this academic achievement award was especially appreciated.”