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Back To School: Set Up A Homework Station

Back To School: Set Up A Homework Station

Whether your kids have already started school or if you still have several weeks left to your summer, it’s never too late or too early to begin to set your stellar student up for success this school year.

Houston County Teacher, Student Receive Air Force Association Awards

Houston County Teacher, Student Receive Air Force Association Awards

Huntington Middle School teacher Jason Heath and Houston County High School AFJROTC Cadet Auscia Williams will be presented awards by the Georgia State Air Force Association (AFA) on Aug. 24.  Heath has been named Georgia AFA’s Teacher of the Year and Williams has won Outstanding Air Force Junior ROTC Cadet of the Year.  They will be recognized during a State Awards Luncheon held at 11:30 a.m. at the Landings Golf Course Clubhouse.

Both honorees were recommended for the state awards after winning the Carl Vinson Memorial Chapter 296 local awards.  They are pictured receiving Chapter trophies on Apr. 13, 2013. 

Vanishing South Ga.: Ellis Grocery in Houston County

Vanishing South Ga.: Ellis Grocery in Houston County

Meet Brian Brown. He seeks to document the South's historical architecture through photographs for future generations on his website, Vanishing South Georgia.

Ellis Grocery is in Grovania, located in Houston County, just down the road from Elko.

The Atlanta-Journal also captured a moment there in 1972, of Rex Ellis, who was 10 years old at the time.

Minor Injuries Reported as Houston Bus Overturns

Two children reported minor injuries when a Northside Elementary School bus overturned in Houston County Thursday morning.

Witnesses say the bus skidded off the road. When the bus driver over corrected. The bus spun around and fell sideways into a ditch.

"Once the nose of the bus hit, the bus turned completely up, tilted up on the nose, axle in the air and then flipped over into the ditch," says Steve Horne who was driving behind the school bus.

The accident happened around 8:15 a.m. near Westside Baptist Church, at 1101 Dunbar Road. That's near Simmons Road.

School spokeswoman Beth McLaughlin says six children were on board the bus. One reported a bloody nose, another said his arm hurt, she said.

All six students, the bus driver and monitor were taken to be checked out at Houston Medical Center. None of the injuries appeared serious, she said.

She said the Georgia State Patrol is investigating the cause of the accident.

Back To School: Have A Home

Back To School: Have A Home

Whether your kids have already started school or if you still have several weeks left to your summer, it’s never too late or too early to begin to set your stellar student up for success this school year. 

When you child comes home from school, does she know where her backpack and lunch box live?  These items should have a regular landing zone.  It could be a hook next to the child’s desk in her room or in a cubby by the entry door.  Having a consistent place to put these items will make them easier to find and cause fewer headaches during that mad dash out the door in the morning.

Grant to Expand Fruit and Vegetable Offering at Schools

Grant to Expand Fruit and Vegetable Offering at Schools

HOUSTON COUNTY, GA – The Houston County School Nutrition is expanding its Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Grant piloted at Pearl Stephens Elementary last year by adding Lindsey Elementary and Westside Elementary.  This grant provides funds to serve fresh produce in classrooms.  Students last year had the opportunity to taste starfruit, snap peas, jicama and a wide variety of exotic fruits and vegetables as well as items on grocery store shelves.

The overall goal of the program is to expose children to new foods and to teach healthy lifestyle habits.  This year children in three schools will have a chance to try healthy snacks twice a week.  To see the program, visit Lindsey Elementary on a Wednesday or and Friday, around 1:00 p.m.  Lindsey’s children will sample a fruit or vegetable after lunch, with times varying by class. 

Back To School: Create Routines

Back To School: Create Routines

Whether your kids have already started school or if you still have several weeks left to your summer, it’s never too late or too early to begin to set your stellar student up for success this school year.