December 16, 2010 Issue


Gibson fire chief addresses issue with individual

Dear Editor:

It still amazes me at the people who claim to be devout Christians and are supposed to be example-setting pillars in the community, yet they are out telling lies and starting trouble.



They say one thing to one person, and then when asked by another person about the same situation, they say something else. Then the first party is upset and asking questions and wanting answers.

The questions have been answered and the root of the problem has been found. If you can lay down at night with a clear head and go to sleep then you have a big problem. I can ‘cause I have made amends and cleared my name!

Can you say the same?

Steve Mathis
Fire Chief Gibson/Glascock Co. F.D.

Taylor thanks Dollar General angels

Dear Editor:

This note is about three people working the a.m. shift at Dollar General in Wrens. I don’t know their names.

I went to pick up some Christmas cards on Dec. 13. When I got to the check out, my wallet was gone.

The girls at the register told me that they had just given a wallet they had found to the manager. The manager assured me everything was still in my wallet and it was. I thanked her many times and wanted to repay her with money for a frappe’ at McDonalds. She refused.

Her reply was, “I have been blessed. You see I was made manager today. I have been working for a year for this position.”

Well, I believe in God and angels. The two cashiers and store manager at Dollar General deserve an applause from me for their honesty. There still are “angels” among us.

Merry Christmas and God bless three of these Christmas angels. Thank you again.

A very grateful customer,

Betty Taylor
Wrens Future Wadley Resident

Gov. Perdue on education and the future of Georgia’s children

Dear Editor:

Working to improve educational opportunities for all Georgia students is a never-ending task. Over the last eight years, we have focused on creating a “lifetime of learning” culture in Georgia, starting from early childhood to late in life. We have placed as a priority improving SAT scores and student achievement, lowering the dropout rate and sending more of our students to college.

Programs such as Bright from the Start, which makes sure children are prepared to enter school, the Georgia Virtual High School, which makes Advanced Placement classes and other advanced courses available to any student in the state, and the Graduation Coach Program, where coaches in middle and high school help students reach the goal of receiving a diploma, are making a difference in helping Georgia achieve our highest graduation rate and substantial improvement in the number of students that take and pass AP courses.

Another program that we hope all Georgia families will take full advantage of is helping more of our state’s children prepare for the future and putting them on the path toward success. That program is our successful Path2College 529 Plan, Georgia’s 529 college savings plan.

Since its launch in 2002, Georgians have saved over $850 million in over 113,000 accounts in the Path2College 529 Plan. Families across the state are participating, and Mary and I are included in those numbers – we have opened accounts for our grandchildren.

We are fortunate to have this exceptional college savings plan that makes planning and saving for college simple for families. The plan does not require large investments of money or time to get started, but it helps families prepare by saving small amounts over time to help pay for the costs of college for more of Georgia’s children.

Just like becoming involved in your children’s education from the beginning by reading to them and helping them with homework is essential to their future success, establishing a strong financial foundation for their future higher education is essential as well.

Mary and I now have 12 grandchildren and we take the time to read to them, stay involved in their education, and our accounts in the Path2College 529 Plan will help their families save for college and secure their future. We encourage all Georgia families to continue to raise the bar to help more and more Georgia students achieve a college education.

And while it is hard to imagine that today’s preschoolers will soon be leading our state and nation in the not-so-distant future, the fact is your child or grandchild is half way to college by the time they’re in fourth grade. A college education has become a necessity, not a luxury, in helping our children compete in the world.

As the year closes and you begin to make your financial decisions for 2011, Georgia parents and grandparents should consider saving with the Path2College 529 Plan for their kids and grandkids. Working together we can help advance educational attainment across Georgia and create a more educated state that is more competitive for economic development and job creation.

Please visit www.Path2College529.com today and start setting aside the dollars your children and grandchildren will soon need for college. Because the sooner you begin saving, the easier it will be to meet the future costs of college.

Governor Sonny Perdue


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