Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia

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February 7, 2014

Nancy M. Young: February 5, 2014

ELLAVILLE — Ellaville Boy Scouts earn merit badges

On Jan. 24, the Ellaville Boy Scout Troop 24 had a special cooking and night camping to earn merit badges. The Scouts earned their badges at Ellaville United Methodist Church. They used the kitchen to cook their meals. Each scout had to cook three meals for three people.

They spent the cold night in the yard of the church in their warm sleeping bags.

All Boy Scouts earned their badges. There were 10 Scouts and five adults and the Scout Master participating.

They all returned home around lunchtime the following day.

Ellaville-Schley County Chamber holds annual dinner meeting

The Ellaville- Schley County Chamber of Commerce held its 19th annual dinner meeting at 7 p.m. Jan. 24 in the Schley County High School cafeteria.

President Sharon Watson opened the meeting by welcoming everyone. The invocation was given by the Rev. Ben Foxworth of Ellaville Baptist Church.

A delicious meal was served. The guest tables were covered with a chocolate colored linen tablecloth with a light blue overlay. A lovely floral arrangement  graced the center of each table. The Ellaville Floral Shop was in charge of the arrangements. The meal was catered by Cousins Catering of Americus. Special musical entertainment was presented after the meal by Andy Miller of Ellaville.

President Watson Introduced 2014 Board: Vice President Greg Barineau, Secretary Leah Clark, Treasurer Kay McCarty, Directors Duane Montgomery, Roger Bivins, Nell Wall, Kathy Bruce and Shaun Fultz.

Kim Lawhorn spoke about "Springtime Ellaville. She’s  chairman of this special event. This will be in April so if anyone has any questions contact Kim at the floral shop. Leah Clark spoke on what the Chamber did in 2013, and what the Chamber 's planning on doing in 2014.

If anyone has any questions about the Chamber of Commerce, call Sharon Watson.

Schley Family Connection meets

The Schley County Family Connection held its first meeting of the new year on Jan.  23 at the Mitchell Ellis Municipal Center.

 John Greene opened the meeting, welcoming everyone. Pascal Hollis gave the blessing.

After lunch, John introduced Fran Kinservik, new director of Schley and Macon County Departments of Family and Children Services. She discussed the growing pains that DFCS is experiencing as new adjustments are being made in the online and telephone services that are used by clients to apply for and monitor benefits. Fran replaced Deborah Smith, who became a Regional director.

Special appreciation was given to Loida Waters, director Sumter County DFCS for serving as interim director for Schley County.

Karan Albritton discussed the Lighthouse Children's Advocacy Center. She is over six counties including Schley. The Lighthouse receives referrals from both law enforcement and DFCS. Forensic interviews are conducted for child abuse and neglect cases and sexual abuse cases. These interviews are taped and often keep children from having to testify in court. Discipline Team meetings are held in each county.

Stephen Woodson, truant officer for Schley County, discussed changes within his office and the new Children in need of Services. Truancy, Lighthouse Children Advocacy Center and Sumter County Family Connection now are under the same organizational umbrella.

Pascal Hollis, who serves as public relations specialist for the Thomas Edwin Wall Post 191 American Legion of Ellaville, told about the Legion sponsoring the 2014 Boys State to be held on June 15-21 in Gainesville. The Legion will sponsor two boys to go to this special event for young high school boys.

Elaine Gillespie, field representative for Congressman Sanford Bishop, discussed issues facing the district, including the Affordable Health Care Act and agriculture, Elaine said citizens should feel free to contact the Congressman’s office with questions. She also the Congressman is now cancer free.

Lynn Brown of Columbus Hospice reported a Purse Party for Pets is set for 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at the River Mill Event Center, 3751 1st Ave., Columbus. The event includes a champagne brunch and silent auction. Cost is $35 per person. All proceeds will be used to benefit the Columbus Hospice Pet Peace of Mind Program. This program is partially funded through a special grant to care for pets of hospice patients

The next Family Connection meeting will be Feb. 27.

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