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Hilltop Elementary School Names New Principal

Hilltop Elementary School Names New Principal

Houston County, GA – The Houston County Board of Education appointed Dr. Ovedia Dugger-Glover as principal of Hilltop Elementary School at today’s Board meeting.  Currently she is the assistant principal of instruction at Warner Robins Middle School.

“I am delighted to be named principal of Hilltop Elementary School,” commented Dr. Glover.  “As an educator, I believe that providing positive deposits through quality instruction is essential for student learning.  I look forward to working with the best elementary school in Houston County!”

Two Houston Schools Win Fitness Awards

Linwood Elementary and Perry Primary schools both won the Governor's Georgia SHAPE Honor Roll program.

The schools won the awards based on student fitness tests in the 2012-2013 school year, according to a release.

Kids were tested in a one-mile run, curl-ups, push-ups, back-saver sit and reach, and height/weight.

Georgia SHAPE is an initiative to improve the health and fitness habits of children throughout the state.

STEM Teacher of the Year Announced

STEM Teacher of the Year Announced

Warner Robins, GA -- The Museum of Aviation’s National STEM Academy in Warner Robins, Georgia has selected Mrs. Jaime Punjabi, a third grade teacher at Hendersonville Elementary in Dekalb County, Georgia, as the Museum’s first 2013-2014 STEM Teacher of the Year.  Jaime Punjabi was nominated by the school’s principal, Dr. Rebecca Jackson.   Dr. Jackson said, “Mrs. Punjabi has built a classroom of trust.  Her third graders know that they can make a mistake or that their project doesn’t have to work the first time and that is okay.  She encourages her students to work up to their potential and holds everyone to the highest standards.  This translates to an enjoyment of STEM for her students.”

Athlete of the Week: Alijah "AJ" Burton

BONAIRE - Alijah Burton is a standout lineman for the Houston County Bears. Competing in a sport he's played most of his life.

"I first started playing football since about the 7th grade and I loved it ever since", says Burton. "So I decided to keep going. I'm really hyped up about this team and I'm ready to go."

Burton is a senior for the Bears and an important leader on the field for first year head coach, Von Lassiter. And Burton is working hard to get the job done his final season in black and silver.

His coach, Von Lassiter is one of his biggest fans, "AJ's one of the best defensive linemen I've been around. He has a great first step. He uses his hands really well and has great leverage", says Lassiter. "He's a kid that never takes a play off. He never complains or fusses. He just goes about his business and works hard every day."

Chamber to Host Warner Robins Mayoral Forum for Candidates

Chamber to Host Warner Robins Mayoral Forum for Candidates

WARNER ROBINS, GA- The Robins Regional Chamber of Commerce will host the 2013 Mayoral Forum for the City of Warner Robins.  The event will be held on Tuesday, September 10th from 6-7p.m. in the auditorium at the Warner Robins Campus of Central Georgia Technical College, located at 80 Cohen Walker Drive.

Qualifying Candidates for the 2013 Warner Robins Mayoral race include Mike Brashear, Chuck Chalk, Daron Lee, Joe Musselwhite and Randy Toms.

This event is designed to be an official platform in which the candidates vying for the seat as Mayor of Warner Robins can present their official platform as well as discuss issues of city-wide concern.  The program will feature brief remarks from candidates, followed by a moderated question-and-answer session.  

HCHS Student Earns Perfect Score, National Award

HCHS Student Earns Perfect Score, National Award

Houston County High School junior Emily Walker won a top national award during the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America’s (FCCLA) national conference.  Emily received the highest score in the nation in the Students Taking Action with Recognition (STAR) Early Childhood event. In addition to a gold medal, she received $10,000 in scholarships. 

Early Childhood is an individual event where students demonstrate their ability to use knowledge and skills gained from an occupational early childhood program.  Emily is enrolled in Houston County High’s Industry Certified Early Childhood Education Program, which provides opportunities for interaction with preschoolers through the on-site Little Bears Preschool.  She also interned with David Perdue Primary first grade teacher, Kristin Abernathy, a former student of the HCHS Early Childhood Education Program, who provided Walker with opportunities to learn strategies for working with older children. 

CGTC Expands Healthcare Programs to Meet Demand

If you're looking for work in the next decade, you might want to consider healthcare.

The industry is expected to grow by three million positions during that time period.

Central Georgia Technical College is working to meet the need in Central Georgia.

A month away from graduation, Jody Holtzclaw feels he's trained as a Licensed Practical Nurse, or LPN.

Two years ago, not so much.

Holtzclaw said, "I was working in restaurants, bar tending, waiting tables."

He saw the opportunity for steadier work and pursuing a passion for nursing at Central Georgia Technical College's Warner Robins campus.

A lot of other people did, too.

Students fill all the Health Sciences programs: radiology, medical assisting, surgical technology, dental hygiene and nursing.

Assistant Director for Health Services Programs Lorna Cox says they're out of space for those courses, and see a demand for education in more healthcare fields.