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October 17, 2013 Issue

Students on advisory council
Local author publishes second book
Mahoney served city for 20 years
Director hired to reopen center

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Students on advisory council

By Megan Johnson

Two students from around this area were chosen to be on the student advisory council for the 2013-2014 school years.

“The council is a list of students from around the state of Georgia that help Dr. John Barge, Georgia’s School superintendent, know what is going on at their schools and how new laws affected the schools,” Matt Cardoza, who works in the communications office at the Georgia Department of Education, said “The students are selected by a panel,” said Cardoza.


He said the council started years ago under a previous superintendent, but Barge felt it was important to keep the advisory council so he could get the input of students from across the state.

Jackson Williams, son of Tonya and Lamar Williams of Gibson and Raley Arnold, daughter of J.B. and Stacy Arnold of Stapleton, are two of the 50 students that are on the student council list. Around 700 students sent in applications to be on the list, but only 50 were chosen.

“I heard about this program from my school guidance counselor, Ms. Ann Cantrell,” Williams said. “The council sounded interesting to be a part of and I think it will be cool to see how things work at the state level. It also is a way for me to better my school and make it more efficient,” he said.

“This is a great opportunity for Jackson to be involved with helping our Georgia School Systems,” Danny Lovering, principal of Glascock County Consolidated School, said. “I am proud of Jackson and the other selected students,” he said.

Lovering said Jackson is a well-mannered and highly intelligent young man. “He is a junior at GCCS and vice president of his class. He is a member of the Beta Club, National Honor Club, FBLA, FFA and attends Reedy Creek Baptist Church.”

Arnold attends Jefferson County High School and is also a junior.

“Raley has tremendous leadership potential,” Dr. Alan Long said.

Long is the principal at JCHS.

“She has a servant’s heart, compassion for people, vision and wants to improve the world.”

“Being on this list is extremely important to me; because, it is going to prepare me for my future,” Arnold said. “My career goals revolve around education, so being able to learn how the system works not only at a local level, but also a state level is an amazing opportunity.”

The members of the council will meet three times out of the school year.

Williams and Arnold went to their first meeting with Barge in Atlanta on Friday, Sept. 27.

“We had a good time, I am looking forward to the other meetings,” Arnold said. “We had to analyze different bills and tell what their purpose was,” she said.

“Leadership is service,” Long said. “Some people think it is power; others think it is a privilege; but, it is service to others. With these two students being on the student advisory list they will get to serve their schools and communities.”

Local author publishes second book

By Carol McLeod
Staff Writer

Local author, Ann Cobb, has recently published her second book in a series of books about two sisters. The first book was, “Bee’s Business.” This book is, “Back to Business.”

Cobb will be at The Book Worm at 124 W. Broad St. in Louisville Thursday, Oct. 24, from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. signing copies of “Back to Business.”


“Her first book has done fabulous,” said Margaret Newberry, owner of The Book Worm. “If they want to pre-order this book, they can go ahead and pre-order one and we’ll set aside one for them.”

Cobb said her second book is a continuation of the first book, which was set in 1946.

“This book takes place in 1947 in the fall with the same characters, Bee Martin and Bess Johnson, sisters who kind of wet their whistles in the first book in the detective business. They want to continue with their investigative services; and, a case just falls in their lap,” Cobb said. “Bee and Bess continue their newfound legacy doing undercover work and decide they will form a detective agency called The B & B Investigative Services.”

Cobb said the business is headquartered on the front porch.

“Life on a farm will never be the same as they continue with their newfound joy of being in the detective business,” she said.

Cobb said the new case has the sisters pursue a murderer and find themselves in the midst of murder and mayhem.

“A lot of times you want to write, but you don’t know what you’re going to write. And it came to me that this would be a good plot. As the plot thickens they begin to gallivant farther from home.

“It’s a very, very funny look at the differences between two sisters and the way they look at each situation. Their total trust and genuine affection bring them through danger and exciting new escapades,” Cobb said.

“Bee’s Business,” her first book, has sold out twice, she said. “I just ordered a new shipment.”

Cobb said there will be copies of both books available at the book signing.

It took Cobb a year to write each book; and, she’s already at work on a third.

The author has several book signings set up and said she presented it to the Georgia librarians at a recent convention.

“The first book is already available at the libraries in Jefferson County. I’m not sure when the second book will be at the libraries,” she said.

“One very interesting thing that happened to me this year is Charles Josey works and lives in literary circles in Atlanta. He has worked with the Schoolhouse Players in Bartow, designing sets and directing plays. He’s also a writer; and, he is currently writing a play based on, ‘Bee’s Business,’ which is very exciting to me.

“I have found that I love to write; and, I think I would write even if I was not trying to put a book together.”

Cobb’s books also can be found online at amazon.com.

Mahoney served city for 20 years

By Carol McLeod
Staff Writer

Family and friends said goodbye to Mary Mahoney last week after her death Monday, Oct. 7. Mahoney had suffered a stroke and died later at University Hospital in Augusta.

She had been a resident of Avera and had spent the past 20 years as a member of Avera City Council.


Mayor Tommy Sheppard said the two of them were good friends.

“She was faithful,” he said. “She was a trip. We started on the council together. She did what she thought was right for the city and did what was best for the people.”

Sheppard said she was friendly.

Mahoney’s current term on the council was set to expire Dec. 31; but, she had been re-elected.

Amy Hadden, Avera’s city clerk and elections superintendent, said the city will have to hold a special election for the seat left vacant by Mahoney’s death.

The state sets the dates for special elections, Hadden said, adding she had not received those yet.

Director hired to reopen center

By Carol McLeod
Staff Writer

The Jefferson County Senior Center has a new director.

After months of being closed because of a loss of funding, the county’s commissioners approved hiring Tammie Harmon Bennett whose first day of work was Monday, Sept. 30.


Bennett said she has plans for the center and hopes to involve the community in activities there.

“I’m looking into various types of entertainment,” she said.

“I want to get the schools involved. There is already going to be a senior night next month at one of the football games where the seniors will be recognized. Ms. Shirley Tarver at the high school along with the principal, Dr. Alan Long, are working with me to set this up. Mitchell McGraw is helping with the tailgating.

“I want to get the churches involved in hosting our monthly birthday parties or whatever activity they choose.”

Other plans include shopping trips and day trips to different places.

“We’re going to set up computers. Adam (Mestres) is really big on that,” she said, referring to the county’s administrator.

“He wants to get them into social media, email and just getting on the internet. The first day I started, a lady called and wanted to know about computers. Her daughter got her a computer and she said she didn’t know anything about computers. So I’m really excited about being able to offer learning computer skills to the seniors,” Bennett said.

She also plans to offer an exercise class.

“We have exercise equipment so we’re going to offer that,” Bennett said.

The grand opening of the center hasn’t been scheduled yet; but, Bennett said she hopes to hold it during the first week in November or December.

“I started in the nursing home in 1999,” Bennett said, adding she began as an assistant activity director at the Glendale Nursing Home in Wadley.

“I eventually became the activity director there,” she said.

“I left in 2000 and started working for Pruitt Corporation. They have nursing homes throughout the state. I worked in Louisville, then transferred to Savannah, then Swainsboro before coming back to Louisville. I did activities, admissions, social services and medical records,” Bennett said.

She has an associate’s degree from East Georgia College.

Bennett grew up in Wadley and lives there now with her husband and son.

“The joy of me getting this job– the seniors coming up there saying they’re so happy we’re reopening the center. They’re really excited about it opening back up, that’s a joy. That’s the best part,” she said.

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