Nancy M. Young: Feb. 13, 2015

Published 8:30 pm Saturday, February 14, 2015

Virginia Calhoun nominated for 2015 Congress

Virginia Calhoun, freshman at Schley County High School, has received a “Certificate of Nomination for Award for the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists Award of Excellence.” Ginny, as everyone calls her, was nominated by Dr. Connie Mariano, medical director of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists.

Ginny will serve as a delegate representing her school and state at the Congress of Future Medical Leaders June 24-26 in Boston. This is a highly selective national program honoring academically superior high school students dedicated to service of humanity through medicine. Ginny has been selected for recognition because of her outstanding academic record, leadership potential and desire to contribute to the profession of medicine as a doctor or medical scientist. This is an academic honor program with strict requirements and she must have a minimum of 3.5 GPA.

Congratulations to Ginny. We’re proud of you.

Community saddened at death of former resident

On Feb. 2, William “Billy” Ralph Bell died in Falls Church, Va. Everyone here called him Billy. Everyone that knew him will miss him. His full obituary is available online at

Congratulations to Schley FBLA Chapter

Congratulations to the Schley County High School FBLA Chapter for winning this year’s “Sweepstakes Trophy” for most wins at the Region Competition held recently at Marion County High School. Our students competed against 14 other schools and 23 of the students that competed are advancing to State Competition March 19-21 in Atlanta. Good luck members as you compete at the next level.

Members advancing to State include the following.

Megan Vanhorn, 4th place accounting I, 7th place business math; Tyler Grantham, 1st place accounting I; Kristlyn Mooney, 8th place accounting I; Savannah Belcher, 3rd place, accounting I, 8th place introduction to business communications; Whitney Welch, 2nd place accounting 2; Haley Welch, 3rd place accounting 2; Myesha Harper, 4th place accounting 2; Karissa Campbell, 1st place accounting 2, 2nd place personal finance; Michael Leeder, 1st place business calculations, 1st place client services; Karen Weathersby, 4th place business calculation, 3rd place business communications; Mackenzie Tobin, 2nd place business calculations, 5th place business communications; Jalexus Jolly, 9th place business communications, 10th place economics; Katelyn Law, 2nd place business communications, 5th place economics; Madison Cheek, 3rd place business math; Ginny Calhoun, 1st place business math, 1st place introduction to business communications; Raylee Lamb, 2nd place  business math; Kadie Barnes, 2nd place computer applications; Sobia Bhatt, 2nd place public speaking; Tessa Summerlin, 6th place personal finance; Bell Greene, 4th place introduction to business communications; Korben Ethridge, 4th place introduction to information technology; Bethany Phillips, 10th place personal finance; Haley Sellars, 1st place job interview.

Team event winners were Madison Cheek and Raylee Lamb, 1st place hospitality management; Kadie Barnes, Jessica Resse and Haley Sellars, 2nd place management decision making; Erica Dixon, Lexie Estee and Bethany Hall, 4th place management decision making, 5th place sports and entertainment management; Haley Welch, Whitney Welch and Rose Vo, 6th place marketing; Korben Ethridge and Doug Goodin, 1st place webpage design.

Hester-Collins wedding

William Bryant Collins Jr. and Dinah Gilliard Hester were married at 2 p.m. Jan. 2 at the Schley County Courthouse with Magistrate Judge Mitzi Way presiding.

The bride wore a lovely taupe dress and carried a single white rose in memory of her mother, with her father’s tie clasp in memory of him.

Following the wedding a reception was held at the home of the groom’s brother and sister-in-law, William (Billy) and Elene McCorkle here in Ellaville. The serving table was covered with a white linen tablecloth with a white lace overlay. A lovely center piece graced the serving table. The arrangement was beautiful with mixed white and off-white flowers. Candles also highlighted the tables. Delicious finger foods were served.

The punch bowl table was covered with white tablecloth. Pink champagne was served as well.

The highlight of the room was the cake table covered with white tablecloth and centered with a two-tier white cake with Bavarian cream filling and tan butter cream icing wit white filigree. The cake was topped with lovely white roses.

There were 26 guests attending this special event, from Cobb, Grady, Lee and Schley counties.

The bride’s parents are the late Marion and Thelma Gilliard. The groom’s mother was raised here in Schley County. His parents are the late William Bryant Collins Sr. and Mary Dwight Wall Collins. The groom’s grandparents are the late Clate and Nell Wall of Schley County.

County Line Methodist hosts Valentine Banquet

On Saturday, County Line United Methodist Church hosts its annual Valentine Banquet at 6 p.m. in the Social Hall. This will be a steak dinner. The meal is $12.50/single and $25/couple.

RSVP by calling Virginia Ray Sewell at 937-2281. There will be a guest speaker.