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Nancy M. Young: Feb. 10, 2018

Phoebe Sumter hosts Heart Walk in Ellaville
Phoebe Sumter hosts a Heart Walk and Run on Saturday, Feb. 17 at the Ellaville-Schley County Recreational Complex.
Registration is from 8:30-9:15 a.m. Organizers are asking each of you to encourage others to come and participate by getting up a team. The largest group that participates will receive a trophy.
For more information call 229-931-6812.
The Walk/Run is to remind the public that they can reduce the
risk of heart attack and stroke by making  changes such as:
• Eat a well-balanced, low-salt diet.
• Limit alcohol.
• Enjoy regular physical activities.
• Maintain a healthy weight.
• Take medications properly.
Also be sure you recognize heart attack warning signs which include chest discomfort, shortness of breath, cold sweats, nausea, lightheadedness, and discomfort in arm, back, jaw, neck or stomach.

Schley County school board elects new chairman
The Schley County Board of Education held its monthly meeting on Jan. 11.
The meeting was opened with prayer and the pledge of allegiance to the flag.
Al Stock then addressed the board concerning a bus stop for one of his rental properties.
Duane Montgomery was elected chairman of the board of education. John Patrick was elected vice chairman.
The board approved a request from the Schley County High School baseball team to have a banquet fundraiser.
The principals’ reports were given. Brian Hall, Schley County Elementary School principal, reported that the third-grade classes will give a performance on Feb. 12.
Schley County Middle/High Schools Principal Todd West reported that the baseball team will host Baseball Extravaganza on Jan. 25, and that the FBLA will compete in the area competition at Marion County.
The board discussed out-of-county tuition for 2018-2019 school year.
A facility was request from the Schley/Sumter Forestry Pageant was approved.
Schley County School Superintendent Adam Hathaway reported that the system’s annual Georgia Department of Transportation bus inspections were recently conducted, and all passed inspection, and the inspector praised the school system’s transportation department. He also thanked Wall’s Trucking for maintaining the school buses. In discussing the Schley County High School One Act Play winning the State Championship, he thanked Patti Wurtz for all of her hard work in the drama program and said that the board has awarded her a one-time stipend for her dedication.

Rainbow Garden Club chooses Yard of the Month
The Ellaville Rainbow Garden Club has selected its Yard of the Month for February. The honors go to Marc and Angie Ellis. The Rainbow Garden Club sign has been placed in their yard.
Congratulations Marc and Angie.

Schley 4-H’ers attend District Project Achievement at Rock Eagle
Four students represented Schley County at the Southwest District 4-H District Achievement for Junior and Seniors Projects Feb. 2-4 at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center.
Approximately 550 seventh- through 12th-grade 4-H’ers from 44 Georgia counties attended the annual project competition.
The Junior 4-H’ers from Schley County Middle school in the eighth grade were Lily Harbuck who placed second for her history project on the history of ballet.
The seventh grader participating was Seth Parrott who placed first for his Poultry and Eggs Science project on bird flu, systems and prevention.
The Senior 4-H’ers ninth through 12 grades) representing Schley County High School were Mari Beth Arthur, who placed second in the Sheep and Goat Meat Project for her demonstration on problems faced with baby goats. Anna Trussell placed third in her area of Arts and Crafts Project, with her painting.
As part of being a graduate this year, Mari Beth Arthur was honored at a receptionrfor all 4-H’ers graduating this year. This special Reception was held in the Glover Room with many state dignitaries attending. Mari Beth was honored with a slide presentation and 4-H Graduating Cords given by Arch Smith, 4-H State Leader. Mari Beth has been in 4-H since fifth grade.
To compete at the District Level each 4-Her must complete a 4-H portfolio of their projects which are submitted prior to the contest for judging. During the actual competition the projects are  presented and illustrated by demonstrations on one subject in their project area. The portfolio and demonstration scores were combined to determine the winner.
All 4-H’ers, in addition to their individual project demonstrations, participated in group discussions, recreational activities and special assembly programs. Campaigning and elections for Junior and Senior District board members are held during the weekend.
Other highlights included the annual slide show and the big 4-H Dance held on Saturday night, after the winners were announced.
The weekend concluded with an assembly where the Junior and Senior District board members were installed.
Accompanying the Schley County 4-H’ers was Brenda Welch, County Extension secretary and 4-H Program assistant, who said she was extremely proud of the accomplishments of each Schley County 4-H’er.
To become involved in the Schley County 4-H program, call Brenda at 229-937-1108.