Friday, December 2, 2016
Gordon State College is on track to award 354 degrees to 340 graduates during the Fall 2016 Graduation Ceremony, Friday, Dec. 9.
The ceremony begins at 9 a.m. in the Student Activities and Recreation Center.
Barnesville Mayor Peter Banks will deliver the commencement address.
“I am so excited, and a little nervous too,” said Brianna Harris who will receive a Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management. “My mom, grandmother and aunt will be here with other family members. I know there will be some tears from them and probably from me.”
Harris calls graduation a little bittersweet.
“I had so much fun here and made so many lifelong friends,” she said. “I really will miss it.”
Harris, a resident student who played both softball and soccer while at Gordon, has already secured a job in the health information management field.
“That’s exciting too,” she said. “I worked hard, but had plenty of help and support here.”
After the ceremony, brunch will be served starting at 10 a.m. in the SARC. The meal is available for $9.57 (including tax) for adults and $5.29 for children over 3.
At noon, approximately 40 graduates of the Gordon State College School of Nursing will participate in a candlelight ceremony during which they will receive their nursing pins and light their Florence Nightingale lamps.
“Graduation is a special time on campus not only for the graduates but for their families, friends and faculty and staff,” said Gordon State College President Max Burns. “We wish the graduates the very best as they start this new and exciting journey.”
For more information visit http://www.gordonstate.edu/graduation.
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Wednesday, November 30, 2016
AT THE NOVEMBER MEETING OF THE THOMASTON-UPSON IDA, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR KYLE FLETCHER ANNOUNCED A NEW INDUSTRY FOR THE COMMUNITY.
THE FORMER THOMASTON MILLS LAKESIDE FACILITY WAS SOLD TO A THIRD PARTY LOGISTICS PROVIDER ON OCT. 31ST. IT WILL BE A WAREHOUSE/DISTRIBUTION CENTER FOR CABINETS AND APPLIANCES MADE IN THIS REGION. NO INCENTIVES WERE OFFERED FOR THIS PROJECT AND AN OFFICIAL NEWS RELEASE WILL BE PROVIDED ONCE STORM DAMAGE HAS BEEN REPAIRED AT THE SITE AND THE IDA GETS APPROVAL FROM THE NEW TENANT.
THE BUILDING RECEIVED ROOF AND WALL DAMAGE FROM A STORM A WHILE BACK.
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Monday, November 28, 2016
ACCORDING TO UPSON COUNTY SHERIFF DAN KILGORE, A 70 YEAR OLD CALIFORNIA MAN DIED WHEN HE FELL OUT OF A DEER STAND AND PLUNGED 16 FEET TO THE GROUND AT 374 GORDON SCHOOL ROAD, OVER THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND.
THE BODY OF SHERRON JONES OF CARSON , CALIFORNIA WAS ORDERED TO THE GBI CRIME LAB FOR AUTOPSY BY STATE D.N.R.
ACCORDING TO PROPERTY OWNER GLENN CHANEY, JONES VISITS HIM EVERY DEER SEASON AND HUNTS FOR TWO OR THREE WEEKS.
CHANEY HAD LEFT JONES IN THE DEER STAND NEAR DUSK TO GO TO HIS VEHICLE AND WENT BACK TO CHECK ON HIM WHEN HE DIDN'T SHOW UP.
HE FOUND JONES ON THE GROUND UNRESPONSIVE WITH HIS RIFLE NEAR-BY. THE DEER STAND HAD NO SIDE RAILING.
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Tuesday, November 22, 2016
VTHE DEADLINE HAS PASSED TO PAY 2016 UPSON COUNTY PROPERTY TAXES WITHOUT A PENALTY.
TAX COMMISSIONER ANGELA RAINES REPORTS THROUGH DECEMBER 21 , A TOTAL OF $14.2 MILLION IN TAXES HAVE BEEN COLLECTED BY HER OFFICE. THAT REPRESENTS A COLLECTION PERCENTAGE OF 79.87.
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Tuesday, November 15, 2016
A FORMER KINDERGARTEN TEACHER IN THE THOMASTON-UPSON COUNTY SCHOOLS ENTERED A GUILTY PLEA TO CHARGES OF CHILD MOLESTATION MONDAY AND WAS SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS—3 TO SERVE IN PRISON.
JENNIFER LYNN ROBINSON ADMITTED TO HAVING SEXUAL RELATIONS WITH A 14 YEAR OLD MALE—NOT HER STUDENT. AS PART OF THE SENTENCE FROM JUDGE TOMMY HANKINSON—MS. ROBINSON MUST REGISTERED AS A SEX OFFENDER AND SERVE 12 YEARS PROBATION AND PAY A $1500 FINE.
TWO OTHERS ENTERED A GUILTY PLEAS AND WERE SENTENCED TO FINE , PROBATION AND COMMUNITY SERVICE.
TROY M. PIPER—THEFT BY TAKING AND CONNIE CHARLES MCMILLAN—POSSESSION METH AND POSSESSION MARIJUANA LESS THAN AN OUNCE. MCMILLAN ALSO BANNED FROM THE GRIFFIN JUDICIAL CIRCUIT.
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Friday, November 11, 2016
AN UPSON COUNTY NATIVE—JON PERDUE— WHO LIVES IN PUERTO RICO—IS A PART OF THE DONALD TRUMP TRANSITION TEAM AS HE HEADS FOR THE WHITE HOUSE IN JANAUARY.
BUSINESSMAN PERDUE WAS BROUGHT ON BOARD THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN DURING THE PRIMARY AS AN INTERNATIONAL POLICY ADVISOR AND WAS ON THE FRONT ROW AS TRUMP MADE HIS ACCEPTANCE SPEECH EARLY WEDNESDAY IN NEW YORK. VIDEO SHOWS TRUMP SHAKING HANDS WITH JON AS HE LEFT THE STAGE.
JON—THE SON OF FORMER UPSON-LEE/RE LEE FOOTBALL COACH TOMMY PERDUE -- PLANS TO RE-LOCATE TO WASHINGTON AS PART OF THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION.
AN INVENTOR—JON APPEARED ON THE NETWORK TV SHOW MAKE ME A MILLIONAIRE—WITH HIS INVENTION THE PUCK BOW—SCHEDULED TO GO TO MARKET IN MID-2017.
JON AND HIS WIFE—A PHYSICIAN—HAVE LIVED IN PUERTO RICO FOR SEVERAL YEARS.
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Tuesday, November 8, 2016
ONE OF THE BIGGEST TURN-OUTS IN YEARS FOR TUESDAY'S GENERAL ELECTION AND DONALD TRUMP TOOK UPSON COUNTY WITH 66% OF THE VOTE—HILLARY CLINTON GOT 31%.
11,022 VOTES WERE CAST—U.S. SENATOR JOHNNY ISAKSON GOT 68% BARKSDALE 28%
3RD DISTRICT U.S. CONGRESS DREW FERGUSON 69% PENDLEY 30%.
CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ONE—STATE TAKE-OVER OF FAILING SCHOOLS 62% NO 37% YES.
AMENDMENT 3—RE-DO OF THE JUDICIAL QUALIFICATIONS COMMISSION 58% YES 41% NO.
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Dr. Alvetta Thomas Named Next SCTC President
Griffin, Georgia, November 3, 2016 –
Commissioner Gretchen Corbin has announced that Dr. Alvetta Peterman Thomas has been named the next president of Southern Crescent Technical College. The state board of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) voted unanimously during its monthly meeting held on November 3, 2016 to approve Commissioner Corbin’s recommendation.
Dr. Thomas, currently president of Atlanta Technical College, becomes president of Southern Crescent effective December 1, 2016 following the retirement of Dr. Randall Peters, who has been the college’s president since 2010.
“Dr. Thomas is a high achiever who brings exceptional abilities in both academics and workforce development,” said Commissioner Corbin. “Atlanta Technical College and Southern Crescent Technical College are top resources for skilled talent in their regions. I know they and their students will continue to thrive and reach new heights of excellence under their new proven leaders.”
Dr. Thomas has served at Atlanta Technical College (ATC) since 1997 and as president of the college since 2008. She leaves a legacy of spirited service, open doors, and deep concern for students, faculty, and staff. Under her leadership, the college saw unprecedented growth, achievement, and national recognition. Among her many accomplishments are the expansion of student services, corporate partnerships, global initiatives, program offerings, facilities improvements, and financial support of the college. In 2012 the college was named the Technical College System of Georgia College of the Year.
Dr. Thomas previously served as Vice President of Academic Affairs at ATC. Prior to her arrival at Atlanta Technical College, Dr. Thomas served as Executive Director at Skills for Tomorrow Charter High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota; Instructional Support Services Coordinator at the Technical College System of Georgia, then known as the Georgia Department of Technical and Adult Education (DTAE); Education Specialist at the US Department of Defense; teacher and curriculum specialist in the Savannah Chatham County Schools; and adjunct assistant professor at Alabama State University.
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