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Houston County Alum Returns with Published Poetry

Houston County Alum Returns with Published Poetry

Jacob Watters, a 1998 graduate of Houston County High School, has published his first book of poetry, Curbside Assistance and the Benefit of Mistakes.  He is pictured with his book which features a former classmate from Perry, Fl., Carrie Parker, on the cover.  

His book is described online as:  “Written in simple, flowing language and often with rhyme and meter which readers may find more similar to the beat of modern rock or pop music than classic poetry, Curbside Assistance and the Benefit of Mistakes is a collection of poems written in homage of friends, family, nature, god, love, failure and success.”  “Having Never Said” memorializes Parker who died at age 20, a Houston County Board of Education news release says. 

After graduating from Houston County High School, Watters went to Valdosta State University and then to the Georgia Campus - Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. 

Ceremony for Governor's Honors Nominees

The Houston County Board of Education will hold a breakfast to honor the 2011 Governor’s Honors Nominees on Tuesday, January 25, 2011, at 7 a.m, a Houston County Board of Education news release says. 

Sixty-six students will be recognized at a breakfast at the Herman Ragin Center followed by a recognition ceremony at 7:30 a.m.

The students were nominated by their teachers based on academic achievement and the students’ passion for a certain area such as agriculture, chemistry, mathematics, social studies, visual art, theatre, music or technology. 

The program began in 1964, making 2011 the 48th year of GHP. 

The nominees will be interviewed beginning January 29, 2011, by a state committee which will select finalists for the program.  Students will be notified on March 25, via the Governor’s Honors Program Web site, of their status. 

Shirley Hills Elementary Receives 2011 High Flying School Award

Shirley Hills Elementary School has been selected to receive an Honorable Mention at the 2011 High-Flying Schools Award ceremony to be held at the National Youth-At-Risk Conference, March 6 – 9, 2011, in Savannah. 

Shirley Hills Elementary is one of only 10 schools nationwide to receive this distinction, a Houston County Board of Education press release says.

“At Shirley Hills Elementary, we educate on the trust of one another and our students make great gains,” said Principal Dr. Traci Jackson.  “Our students understand that they are accountable for their learning and that good work ethics and great expectations are the norm for our school.”

The nine other Honorable Mention winners are from Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and New York.  The criteria for High-Flying Schools follow. 

Gluten Intolerance Group to Host Luncheon

Gluten Intolerance Group to Host Luncheon

The luncheon, feature soup and cupcakes, will occur February 15 at 11 a.m.

WRHS Students Compete in Regional Construction Challenge

Warner Robins High School (WRHS) students will compete in the regional Construction Challenge competition this Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011, in Atlanta.  High school teams from Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee are competing. 

The competition begins at 10:00 a.m. and the closing ceremony is scheduled for 6 p.m. WRHS students hope to qualify for the international finals which will be held in March. 

 The Construction Challenge requires students to use innovation, mathematics, engineering and design skills.  It is connected to an industry actively looking for talented and motivated individuals for a wide range of well-paid jobs. 

Students who participate in the competition will learn about interesting and lucrative careers such as engineering, project management, service technicians, and marketing. 

Turner-Ragan American Legion Announces Black History Month Schedule

Turner-Ragan American Legion Announces Black History Month Schedule

Turner-Ragan American Legion Post 594 will hold its Annual Black History Celebration on February 21 at 1:30 p.m.

The event will take place in the Main Ballroom of the Post.

A late lunch/early dinner will be provided.

The event is free, but donations are welcome.

Members in the Auxilliary, SAL and Legion Riders should wear their hats. The event dresscode is casual dress.

Silver Beaver Awards to be Announced at Boy Scouts of America Annual Recognition Banquet

The 2011 Annual Recognition Banquet will be held January 20, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.  at Macon State College in Macon, Georgia. 

This year the 2010 Class of Eagle Scouts and Silver Beaver Award Recipients, Council Officers, as well as a volunteer for being elected in the BSA 100th Anniversary National Hall of Leadership and a great year of Scouting will be recognized.   

 In addition, the keynote speaker for the evening will be Assistant Chief Scout Executive Robert “Alf” Tuggle, National Boy Scouts of America. 

A native of Monticello, GA, Tuggle oversees the Marketing Group, which includes public relations, the 100th Anniversary Celebration and publications including Scouting and Boys’ Life magazines.