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Nancy M. Young: June 25, 2016

Schley County Commission recognizes local leader
On June 14, the Schley County Board of Commissioners held its  monthly meeting in the Commissioners’ Conference Room with a special recognition.
Chairman Greg Barineau called the meeting to order. Schley County Administrator Bill Sawyer gave a report on the budget and  other projects.
Duane Montgomery gave his report on the ambulance service which made 55 calls in May. Then he reported on the Fire Department.
The new road superintendent, Mark Royal gave a report on the roads and equipment.
Sawyer closed with the financial report.
The board honored Imogene O. McLendon for all she had done to help Schley County move forward with her dedication and love for Schley County. She was elected chair of the board in 1976. Barineau presented her with a proclamation witnessed by the following board members Barineau, Douglas Jamieson, Angeli Smith, Sandra Kay Royal and Dennis Jones, administrator Sawyer and Kathy Bruer, clerk.
After the honoree spoke, a lovely reception was held. The serving table was covered with a white table cloth with a white lace overlay and centering the table was a lovely arrangement of spring flowers that were sent to Imogene by her nephew Robbie Owens for this special occasion. They served two different kind of cookies, brownies, sandwiches and punch.
Congratulations to Imogene on her special recognition.

Schley County Health Department board meets
On June 15,  the Schley County Health Board held its quarterly meeting. David Theiss, chairman, called the meeting to order.
Dr. Beverly Townsend of Columbus presented top challenges for county health departments. She said there is a special resolution for our Public Health nurses. Our nurse is Kristy Smith. This resolution covers 159 counties in Georgia, recognizing all head nurses.
She also warned about the Zika virus which comes from mosquitoes. She said be sure and move everything that will hold water that’s in your yard or turn over anything that could hold water. Mosquitoes  can lay eggs in the water.
Kristy Smith gave her quarterly report. The health department is really growing with all she has done since she’s been here.
Jane Arnold gave the Environmental Health report.
Berta Cox gave the Schley County Health Department’s   financial  overview. The budget was discussed  and approved .   The next meeting will be on Sept. 21.
All board members were present.

Welcome home and happy birthday, Lettie Royal
About two weeks ago, Lettie Royal fell in her front yard and was hospitalized for about three days. She was then transferred  to Magnolia Manor physical rehabilitation for her leg.
The family said that Lettie told them that she would be home before her birthday on June 13. She told the people at the Manor that she was going home that day and she did.
On June 14, Lettie celebrated her 83rd birthday at home   She is doing well and we all wish her a belated happy birthday.

Schley County 4-H’ers attend State Horse School
The Schley County 4-H’ers recently attended  the State Horse School. The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service   conducted a week-long school June 12-16 at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry.
Schley County 4-H’ers Katelyn Carney and Morgan Bradshaw and their horses participated in this special school. During the school, they received  riding  instructions from trained professionals, veterinarians, and Extension specialists. One class was learning the anatomy of a horse by naming  and  then painting the bones and comparing them to the human skeleton. They also saw demonstrations on the latest grooming and horse health care techniques.
It was not all work and no play. The 4-H’ers also had fun  making different crafts and swimming after taking care of their horses at night.
For more information on 4-H and the 4-H Horse Program, contact Brenda Welch at the Schley County Extension Office at its new location, in the courthouse or call 229-937- 1180.

Schley County 4-H’er attends Challenge Camp
One of Schley County 4-H’er took the challenge to participate in a week of 4-H Summer Camp that is unlike any other.
Have you ever slept in a cave? Well this 4-H’er, Kelsey Mims did, and had a great time. At the Wilderness Challenge Camp, they also had the opportunity to white water raft on the Tennessee Ocoee River, hike on the Appalachian Trail, and participate in  challenged games, nightly campfires and so much more.
At the end of the week there was a slide show to recap  what all these  brave campers experienced.
Kelsey said, “I didn’t want to leave,” because she had a real good time !
Maybe next year you might like to go to the Wilderness Challenge Camp or the other many camps for 4-H’ers. Stop by the Extension Office for details.