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 Jan. 12, 2016
       Tifton, Georgia

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THREE LOCAL TEACHERS GET 
GEORGIA POWER CO. GRANTS
REPRESENTING TIFT COUNTY HIGH, LEN LASTINGER PRIMARY 
AND IRWIN COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL

Georgia Power Co. on Friday announced that 41 new public school teachers from across the state -- including three from the Tiftarea -- will each receive a $1,000 New Teacher Assistance Grant this year from the power company. 
BULLINGTON
DEKLE
The local teachers getting grants are  Kelly Dekle, a mathematics teacher at Tift County High School Robert Bullington, a third-grade teacher at Tifton's Len Lastinger Primary School; and Emily Smoak, special education teacher at Irwin County Middle School in Ocilla.

Georgia Power  awards the grants each year to provide the state's newest teachers with funds to purchase classroom supplies and start their careers as pre-K, elementary, middle and high school teachers.

Since launching the program in 2004, Georgia Power has awarded more than $350,000 in individual grants to more than 350 new teachers in communities across the state.

"The foundation for Georgia's future economic success is being laid in classrooms throughout Georgia every day," said Anne Kaiser, vice president of community and economic development for Georgia Power.
SMOAK

"Supporting education is supporting our state's future, and we're committed to assisting teachers as they guide and prepare tomorrow's leaders."

Teacher nominations were submitted to Georgia Power by state public colleges and universities that have schools of education. To be eligible for a grant, candidates must be in the top 25 percent of their class, be a first-year teacher employed by a public school in Georgia and demonstrate a high aptitude for teaching

Grant recipients are encouraged to use the funds to purchase items such as books, educational CDs or DVDs, computers, projectors or other supplies to enhance their classrooms.

"The New Teacher Assistance Grant program is meaningful to educators as many of us want the new teachers to understand how much they are appreciated," said Paul Alberto, dean and regent's professor in the College of Education & Human Development at Georgia State University.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA, CASINO GAMBLING 
FACE GEORGIA GENERAL ASSEMBLY

The Georgia Legislature reconvened on Monday, Jan. 11, in Atlanta, and top issues facing lawmakers under the Gold Dome include allowing medical marijuana manufacturing and licensing casino gambling.
State Rep. Allen Peake of Macon has a bill that would let state-licensed medical marijuana manufacturers operate in Georgia. The bill is getting much support in the House; the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that by mid-afternoon Monday, Peake's bill had 85 signatures out of 180 House members.

The push to legalize casino gambling is being touted as a way to fully fund Georgia's HOPE scholarship. The issue is expected to become a constitutional amendment with voter approval needed.

Also this week, Gov. Nathan Deal will deliver his State of the State address on Wednesday and is expected to push eduction reforms. Last year, the governor created a panel examining the state's education system. Among the group's recommendations are l inking teacher pay to students' performance.

At the state Chamber of Commerce's "Eggs and Issues" breakfast this morning (Jan. 12) in Atlanta, Deal said Georgians must "demand accountability from those who mold a student's mind."
CANTRELL

House Speaker David Ralston said one of his priorities in the legislative session is the health of rural hospitals "I have a hospital in my district that's barely hanging on, and unfortunately that's a fairly common situation in rural Georgia," the speaker told the Macon Telegraph.

During the General Assembly's opening ceremonies Monday, Betty Cantrell, the Georgian named "Miss America" 2016, made a surprise visit.



FAMILY PROMISE GETS CHECK FOR 
YMCA'S POLAR BEAR PLUNGE

The Tiftarea YMCA  presented a $1,165 check to  Family Promise of Tift Area  at its monthly board meeting Monday, Jan. 11, at Trinity Methodist Church social hall. The  Rev. Deacon  Leeann Drabenstott Culbreath  took the plunge for the Family Promise organization, raising the most money in the Y's annual Polar Bear Plunge on Jan. 1. The group is organizing a multi-church-based solution to help local homeless families. From left in the photo above are: Akeria Lockett , Family Promise vice president; Culbreath ; Darian Peavy , YMCA CEO; Dave Hetzel , Family Promise treasurer; and Libby Robinson Family  Promise secretary.
LOCAL GOVERNMENTS NAME NEW VICE CHAIRS

HUGHES
EHLERS
Tifton City Council and Tift County Commission have both elected new vice chairs.

City Councilman Wes Ehlers is now vice mayor of the City of Tifton. County Commissioner Melissa Hughes is now vice chairman of the Tift County Commission.

Ehlers was named at City Council's meeting last week; Hughes was named during the County Commission's meeting Monday night.


TIFTON-TIFT COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 
RIBBON CUTTING
Jan. 11
Fulp Spinal Wellness Center
1495 Kennedy Road
Tifton


You are invited to Tifton's
FIRST FUN  Coloring Party for Grown Ups!

Sponsored by the  Tifton-Tift County Public Library and the 
GFWC Tifton Twentieth Century Library Club
the  Keep Calm and Color event will be held 
6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, 
in the  multipurpose room at the Tift County Library.

Coloring sheets and colored pencils, pens and markers will be provided along with soup and snacks.  Brenda Rose
will read from her book,  "Dogwood Blues", and award-winning club members will read their poetry and short stories. 

Learn more about the 
20th Century  Library  Club and library services. 
Come see what this new trend is all about and spend a creative, relaxing time together  with friends.

Call 229-848-2366 for information.

   
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