Nancy Young: April 17, 2015

Published 3:00 pm Monday, April 20, 2015

Schley County 4-H, Family Connection promote Child Abuse Awareness

On April 2, the Schley County 4-H’ers helped the Schley County Family Connection for National Child Abuse Awareness Month which is April. Schley County has more cases than we wanted for 2014.

Schley County 4-H members and their leader met in the City Park to place pinwheels in observance of Child Abuse Awareness Month.

The pinwheels were large and small an of all colors that were placed in the northern part of the park close to the statue and across the street from the courthouse. This will help the public to be aware of child abuse.

The 4-H’ers who placed the pinwheels were Haley Welch, Whitney Welch, Anna Trussel, Mary Beth Arthur and their leader Brenda Welch.

County Line Methodist to host gospel sing

County Line United Methodist Church has a Gospel Sing at 7 p.m. April 25 featuring Living By Grace of Macon County.

County Line has a singing at 7 p.m. every fourth Saturday of each month. Come out and join the great singing and fellowship.

City announces improvements

The City of Ellaville announces that the pedestrians and streetscape improvements are scheduled to begin within the next week. They possible could start earlier.

This special City project includes replacing the current sidewalk and street lighting in the downtown area.

Greene Concrete Construction Inc. of Fitzgerald has been selected to complete this project for the City of Ellaville. This company has just recently completed similar projects for Oglethorpe and Marshallville.

This will surely help our downtown.

Schley Family Connection to meet

On April 23, the Schley County Family Connection has its monthly meeting at noon in the City Conference Room.

If you plan to attend RSVP with John Greene and let him know if you are coming so he can let the caterer know how many will be attending. Plan to come. Each meal is $6. Call John at 937-5334.

Hope to see you there.

Schley Family Connection gives away car seat

The Schley County Family Connection gave away a free Evenflow car seat valued a $125 at Springtime Ellaville on March 28. The winner was Harper Divine, a nine-month-old of Reynolds.

Thirty parents registered for Child Passenger Safety Classes during this special day. This program is funded through a grant from the Governors Office of Highway Safety to the Schley County Health Department. Since first receiving the grant six years ago, over 650 car seats have been given away to children in Schley County. Their parents have been trained how to use these car seats correctly.

John Greene said. “Car wrecks are the leading cause of childhood injuries and deaths. When all car seats are properly installed and properly used, car seats reduce the risk of injuries and deaths by 71 percent in infants and 54 percent in toddlers.

Most programs provide two types of car seats : for infants and ages four and older. All car seats inspected through this program have a special Teddy Bear label that law enforcement officers look for in a vehicle that has been in a accident. Information from the car seats is entered into national database that monitors child safety and provides a new car seat for the child.

A new law  went into effect on July 2, 2011, requiring all children to remain in a booster seat until they are eight years old, or until they are 4 feet, 9 inches tall. No child should ride in the front seat.

Call Schley County Family Connection at 229-937-533. The child must live in Schley County and Medicaid-eligible to qualify for a free car seat.