Kaylee Greene is Glascock's STAR Student

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Kaylee Greene, a high school senior, has been named the 2017 PAGE STAR student for Glascock County School.  Kaylee, daughter of Crystal Greene, selected Mrs. Dawn Brake, high school math teacher at Glascock County School, as her STAR teacher. 
The PAGE Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) Program, in its 59th year, is sponsored by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) Foundation, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, and the Georgia Department of Education.  

Stamp unveiled

During last month’s meeting of the Jefferson County Historical Society, Jefferson County Commissioner Johnny Davis and Meagan Clark, a sales service associate with the post office, unveiled the Postal Service’s Black History Stamp for 2017.
Louisville Postmaster Joanne Brinson said the USPS began its Black Heritage Stamp collections with Harriet Tubman. This year is the 40th such stamp and is a picture of Dorothy Height who lived from 1912 to 2010. 

Carver Elementary to host Jump Rope for Heart event

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Students at Carver Elementary School are jumping at the chance to fight heart disease and stroke, our nation’s number one and number three killers. On Feb. 24, at 8:15 a.m. in the Carver gymnasium, the school will hold its 15th Annual Jump Rope for Heart  event. Students will jump rope to raise funds for the American Heart Association, which funds cardiovascular research and public professional educational programs.

Historical Society to host Heritage Day in March

Patricia Edwards of the Jefferson County Historical Society said last week the society has plans to bring local history to life. 
On Saturday, March 25, the society’s museum at 112 W. Broad Street in Louisville will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with demonstrations of crafts and skills used in the past. Edwards said she and others are working to bring vendors to the downtown area.

Stacks and stacks of sweet treats: Girl Scout cookies arrive

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The Girl Scouts are celebrating 100 years of knocking on doors to sell cookies to support the many projects they sponsor in communities just like ours.
Blanche Greene and Sharon Evans, co-lead Jefferson County’s combined Louisville and Wrens girls.
“It’s our 100th year of selling cookies and they have arrived,” Greene said Monday.
The National Guard building in Louisville was nearly filled with 1,100 cases of eight different types of cookies.

WMS Beta team wins at state: Students raising money to offset costs to compete at National Competition

After taking two state titles at the convention in November, Wrens Middle School Beta Club members are working to raise funds to compete at Nationals this summer.
Club sponsor Michelle Stewart said that she is proud of her students who won first place in engineering-based Tower of Power and Robotics competitions and Ka’Niya Lewis who placed fourth in the state in the oratory competition.

Gunn Drug celebrates 60 years of service

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As of this week, Gunn Drug Company has been serving the citizens of Wadley for more than 60 years. 
In 1956, Dudley Gunn came to Wadley from Millen to work at Tarver Drug Company with the intent to buy the business. The purchase was completed on Jan. 7, 1957 with finances provided by a loan from “Geeche” Wasden. 
Those were the days of being open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., big land-owner farmers charging their workers’ purchases and paying once a year after reaping the crops, Rexall “one cent sales” and soda fountains. 

Christmas house lights up Louisville

Some men say they marry women who are good cooks. Some men marry women with money or who are pretty. But one man in Louisville said he married his wife because he wanted a Christmas decoration.
“It’s a big, round candle. It was her grandmother’s. So, I married her so I could have that candle,” said Chris Simpson. 
It must be some candle; they’ve been married 18 years.

Church receives flag and pole

The flag flapped and popped and the steeple reached for heaven. 
Magnolia Baptist Church’s congregation stood between its sanctuary and cemetery saluting the Star -Spangled Banner and honoring the man responsible for their newest addition.
Wanda Davis presented the church with a new flagpole and flag on behalf of Woodmen of the World Insurance Nov. 20 in honor of Allen Gilmer, a member of Magnolia Baptist for more than 50 years before he died in February. 

Wrens native pens seventh novel: Terri Sheppard Dawson will hold a book signing at The Bookworm Dec. 1

As a child, Terri Sheppard Dawson hid among the ferns and splashed in the crystal waters that flowed in the shadows of the former hotel at Omaha Springs near Avera. A native of Wrens, she visited it with her grandparents.
“It might have been an old rundown place in the woods to some people back then, but to a lot of us it was magic,” Dawson said. 

A Tuna Christmas opens in Bartow: Schoolhouse Players production to run Nov. 11 through Nov. 20

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In appreciation for all that our veterans have done and do for America, The Schoolhouse Players offers veterans free admission on opening night of the laugh-loaded play, A Tuna Christmas, by Joe Sears, Jaston Williams and Ed Howard. Complimentary tickets for veterans on Veterans Day is The Players’ way of expressing profound gratitude to the men and women who protect America’s freedom. 

Pig 'n Pie winners

Father and son team Chris and Cole Rabun (above) finished first and second in the pie eating contest during the recent Pig n’ Pie festival in Wrens. Carol Bullock and Lydia Holt each won first prizes in their divisions of the homemade pie contest. Preston Bullock came in first in the 5K and Patrick Squires finished second. A portion of the proceeds are going to the Family Y in Wrens.

Bartow to host 25th Speir’s Turnout Festival this Saturday

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This summer’s heat was brutal; but, that’s all behind us now, and it’s time to make the most of this gorgeous fall weather. 
 So how about bringing the family to Bartow’s 25th Annual Speirs Turnout Festival? This event has a tradition of offering its visitors tasty foods, exciting shopping, and soul-stirring musical performances. This year’s edition will be no exception. The Festival will be held, as always, in downtown Bartow, this Saturday, Oct. 22, and will run from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. 

Wrens Pig n Pie festival scheduled for Saturday

There are big plans for next Saturday in Wrens. 
On Oct. 22, Wrens will have a Saturday worth waking up to see. Mary West of Mary West Promotions recently announced a Pig n Pie Contest.
There will be a 5k walk and run, 26 vendors, a pie-eating contest and a pie auction.
If that’s not enough, West said there will be barbecue featuring Chef Eric Martin of Flav-R Town USA; a Homemade Pie Contest with a blue ribbon winner in each of four categories, berry, fruit, cream and nut; local businesses, artisan and crafts vendors and food vendors.

REACH: School system recognizes its first five REACH scholars at signing day

Five eighth grade students signed agreements recently to do their parts in planning for the future of their education. In return, each one, upon graduating high school, will get at least $10,000 in scholarships.
“This is a partnership between these students, their schools and their families, to get them not just to college, but through college,” Assistant Superintendent Sam Dasher said before introducing the county’s first five Reach Scholars, Raven Birt, Braydon Cook, Izaiah Gaines, Quentin Smith and Ka’Dasha Nelson.

GCCS Homecoming

Alexis Catherine Gibson (at left) is crowned Glascock County’s 2016 Homecoming Queen. She poses with her court, first runner up Tara Elizabeth Downs (center above), freshman representative Ansley Chalker (second from left above), sophomore representative Faith Cash (far left above) and junior representative Gracie Hutcheson. 

Play runs through Sept. 25...

You never know what you might pick up in the swamp...or at a School House Players event! The local troupe’s production of Mitch Albom’s Duck Hunter Shoots Angel will run through Sept. 23 and 24 at 7 p.m., with a 3 p.m.  matinee on Sunday, Sept. 25 at Bartow’s Mancin Auditorium. The play features local talent under the direction of Tom Coleman and Brad Smith. To reserve tickets call (478) 364-3340. 

Crowing TJA's 40th Homecoming Queen

Last Friday Thomas Jefferson Academy celebrated its 40th homecoming. Before the football game started, the past 39 homecoming queens were recognized. At halftime the 2016 homecoming queen, Lindsay Sammons, daughter of Lee and Chantay Sammons (both TJA graduates), was crowned. Sammons is hugged by previous queen Logan Johnson.

Play opens in Bartow Sept. 16: Duck hunter shoots angel features local cast

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The Schoolhouse Players go duck hunting in a wildly funny comedy from an unlikely source: the author Mitch Albom.  
Albom is best known for touching inspirational books such as Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven.  While Albom’s books have lessons about why we are here and are laced with thoughts that touch the heart, his play Duck Hunter Shoots Angel delivers its message wrapped in laughter. Lots of laughter.

Avera native named college president

Dr. W. Franklin Evans, a native of Avera, was named president of Voorhees College in Denmark, S.C., in July.
The college is affiliated with The Episcopal Church. It is a historically black college founded in 1897 and modeled on Tuskegee Institute.
Although Evans has lived other places besides Georgia, he still refers to Avera as “home.” His most recent visit to Jefferson County was earlier this month when he attended the Wrens High School class of 1979 birthday bash. 
Evans said he visits Jefferson County about once a month. 


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