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One sweet ride

When the wheels on the school bus go round and round to take six students across the state to a competition, the trip gets expensive - especially if the chaperone isn't licensed to drive a bus.

August 19, 2010 | By Calli Arnold | Education


East Georgia College breaks ground on school’s first residential facility

A longtime dream of student housing located on the campus of East Georgia College became reality on Thursday with a groundbreaking for a new 200 bed residential facility. Faculty, staff, students, EGC Foundation members, local legislators, University System guests, construction teams and friends of the college gathered in overwhelming numbers to support the addition of a student housing complex to the landscape of the college.
The complex, located on North campus, will add a new dimension to what has always been, since 1973, a commuter college. It will bring about many changes at EGC and create greater economic impact on ...

August 16, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Hudson tells students to put their lives in ‘check’

South Effingham High School students got the new school year off on the right foot Monday with a visit from Orrin "Checkmate" Hudson of Be Someone who encouraged them set up for success by being problem-solvers.
"Most of the stuff I'm teaching young people … is that your position in life is as a problem solver and if you can solve problems, that's how you get paid," Hudson said. "The bigger the problem the more you get paid."
Hudson has been working as a motivational speaker for youths for nearly 10 years. Growing up in Alabama, Hudson remembers stealing ...

August 16, 2010 | By Calli Arnold | Education


SEHS student attends USAF Honors Camp

Rachel Orphanoudakis, a NJROTC cadet at South Effingham High School, attended the U.S. Air Force Honors Camp hosted by the University of New Mexico and the U.S. Air Force in Albuquerque, N.M. This program invites only 58 high school students from across the country annually, and the invitees are in the top 1 percent of the students in the JROTC program.
The five days of camp involved outdoor leadership and team-building activities, airplane safety briefs, flying a Civil Air Patrol airplane, building a rocket car and numerous tours on Kirtland Air Force Base. The program members also ...

August 16, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Quick thinker

Katlyn Davis from South Effingham Elementary School won the Quick Think-a-Thon held June 19 at the Sea Palms resort on St. Simons Island. Davis, the daughter of Allen and Magan Davis, won a $500 savings bond. The Quick Think-a-Thon is sponsored by local Exchange Clubs, including the Exchange Club of Effingham County.

August 16, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


School board reviews its own report card

The Effingham County Board of Education reviewed the school system's progress in an in-depth analysis of student performance, personnel effectiveness and the learning/working environment at its Aug. 4 meeting.
The central office compiled information from the last four school years based on the balanced scorecard performance management design, which is traditionally applied to corporate strategy.
"A board member wanted to get this started to get a snap shot of what we're doing and look for areas of improvement and also to determine, for us strategically, what's most important for our system," Superintendent Randy Shearouse said.
Criteria ...

August 12, 2010 | By Calli Arnold | Education


School board approves later start times for some middle school games

Kickoff for fall sports is closing in and for middle school stakeholders this year's game times can be stretched a little farther than last year.
The Effingham County Board of Education tweaked its athletics policy at their Aug. 4 meeting to allow flexibility in scheduling for middle school sports. The Georgia High School Association, the organization that governs interscholastic sports for most of the state, decided to allow local boards to determine game scheduling policies.
"When I met with principals in the spring, we talked about what games we could do, and you can't do them all because ...

August 12, 2010 | By Calli Arnold | Education


Board of Regents adopts $2.1B budget

A $2.1 billion fiscal year 2012 budget request approved by the University System of Georgia (USG) Board of Regents includes new dollars to meet year over year student enrollment growth of 18,914 students.
"This budget request mirrors the times," said USG Chancellor Erroll B. Davis Jr. "We are focusing our efforts and our budget request on our core mission of teaching, research and service and the need to serve the continued and significant increase in enrollment at our 35 degree-granting institutions."
The biggest driver of the regents' request is a 7.8 percent increase from FY09 to FY10 ...

August 12, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


A moving experience at GSU

Georgia Southern University is preparing to meet, greet and check in more than 2,000 students to nine residence halls from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., today for the campus' annual event, Operation Move-In.
This decades-long tradition is intended to streamline the often stressful moving process for University students, and more than 200 volunteers from the faculty, staff, student organizations and the Statesboro business community plan to pitch in. Georgia Southern University President Brooks Keel and his wife, First Lady Dr. Tammie Schalue, as well as Provost Jean Bartels will welcome students and their families checking in that ...

August 12, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


School system hopes to close fiscal year strong

Slow revenue collections atop a turbulent year of cuts in state funding have left the Effingham County School System dangling in the red and hoping to make it to the black before Aug. 30.

August 09, 2010 | By Calli Arnold | Education


School bells are ringin’

August 09, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


SSU preps for record enrollment

SAVANNAH-Early indicators suggest Savannah State University will have another year of record-breaking enrollment, which exceeded 3,800 last fall.
Approximately 700 new students registered for classes during the new STAR - student testing, advisement and registration - sessions held during the summer. New students who did not attend the summer STAR sessions will go through advisement and registration Tuesday.
On Aug. 7, administrators and student leaders welcomed approximately 700 first-time college students to new student orientation where they were introduced to university services and resources. "Making the Right Connections" was the theme for orientation, which continues through today. Prior to the ...

August 09, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Getting the word out

Amanda Starling and Jan Hall of the Effingham County 4-H present a sign warning of the dangers of texting while driving to the Effingham County commissioners.
There is a sign at Effingham County High School and the group also was awarded money for seven additional signs. The group focused on risky teen driving for its project, Starling said.
The additional signs will be placed at Baker Pond and along Sand Hill, Blue Jay, McCall, Hodgeville, Clyo-Stillwell, Old Augusta and Old River roads.

August 09, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Smith graduates from Randolph-Macon Academy

FRONT ROYAL, VA-Paul Smith graduated from Randolph-Macon Academy on May 29. He is the son of Ronald Smith of Rincon and Kay Choi of San Diego.
Academically, Smith received an Honorable Mention on the National German Exam. He also participated in the academy's Air Force JROTC program.
He plans to attend Michigan State University College of Social Science in the fall.
Randolph-Macon Academy, founded in 1892, is a college-preparatory, coeducational boarding school for students in grades 6 through 12. Students in grades 9-12 participate in the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps. R-MA is affiliated with the ...

August 09, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Local teens receive award for activism

The Savannah-Area Teen Age Republican Club received national recognition July 23 as the most outstanding new TARS club in the nation. Chartered on March 24, the club is 14 members strong and leads the area's conservative youth movement.
Teens from Effingham, Liberty, Bryan, and Chatham counties participate in the group. David Twibell and Katie Twibell of Rincon are the club's two newest members. The club wishes to thank Mrs. Laurie Twibell for her help with the scrapbook.
While attending the weeklong National Teen Age Republican Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C., Mark Taylor, Chairman of the Savannah-Area TARS ...

August 09, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


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Schools get high marks in CCRPI

Effingham County schools got a four-star rating from the state Department of Education on how well they spend money, and 11 schools got four stars ...

July 19, 2016 | By Patrick Donahue | Education


Local teachers take part in Georgia-Pacific programs

Three teachers from Effingham County schools were recently selected to spend part of their summer engaging in programs designed to help them bring academic subjects ...

July 13, 2016 | Staff report | Education


Georgia Heritage FCU hands out scholarships

Georgia Heritage FCU announced college scholarship award winners for 2016. Bethany Dyals, daughter of Christopher and Janna Dyals of Guyton, and Raquel Hazzard, daughter of ...

July 13, 2016 | Staff report | Education


It was a ‘paw-ty’ for Reading Recovery end-of-year celebration

This year, the Reading Recovery teachers from Effingham County wanted to celebrate the success of the program and the students who are a part of ...

July 13, 2016 | Staff report | Education


Hebert takes the helm at GSU

Jaimie Hebert, Ph.D., assumed his position as Georgia Southern University's 13th president Friday.

July 06, 2016 | staff report | Education


Boyd makes CSU spring dean’s list

CHARLESTON, S.C.-Charleston Southern University has named Brittany Boyd of Bloomingdale to the dean's list for the spring 2016 semester. Boyd is a ...

July 06, 2016 | staff report | Education


Health Department to hold two back-to-school immunization clinics

The Effingham County Health Department will host back-to-school immunization clinics July 21 and Aug. 2, from 8 a.m.-7 p.m., at the health ...

July 06, 2016 | staff report | Education


Effingham students earn dean’s list honors at Georgia Southern

STATESBORO-Georgia Southern University recently recognized nearly 2,600 students for excellence in academics on the 2016 spring semester dean's list.

July 06, 2016 | staff report | Education


Effingham 4-H adds Cloverbud Clubhouse

Meet the newest addition to the Effingham County 4-H program, the Cloverbud Clubhouse. The Cloverbud Clubhouse meets at the Effingham County Extension office on a ...

June 29, 2016 | Staff report | Education


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