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Nancy McMath Young: Feb. 9, 2019

Schley County Board of Education elects officers
The Schley County Board of Education elected a new chair, Clifton Aldridge, and vice chair LeAndra Lumpkin.
The Board of Education consists of Stephanie Holloway, Kelly Morrow, and Rodney Wall, in addition to the chair and vice chair.
Dr. Bill Truby with King-Cooper and Associates discussed helping the board in searching for a new superintendent. The board will decide if they want to use this company.

Calling all local and area artists
The Schley Community Foundation is sponsoring an art contest. All artists from Ellaville and all other counties are invited to enter this special contest and paint a banner to be placed on a street light pole downtown in April in Ellaville.
The Schley Community Foundation will reward $2,400 in prize money to the winners.
The banners will be hung before the Springtime Ellaville Festival on Saturday, April 30, and winners will be announced at noon on festival day.
Entry fee is $20 per artist and only one entry per artist is allowed. The artists will be given a blank vinyl banner measuring “18×36” to paint on both sides using the theme “Celebrating Community — Past and Present.” One side will have an image and the other side will have the description of the image. A sample banner of Ella Burton was taken from the Schley County History Book. Linda Adams explained that Burton was the daughter of Robert Burton who Ellaville was named for.
Each artist that enters must select a subject using the theme. The judges will determine the most artistic, most creative and original to become the Grand Champion.
All entries must be turned in by Friday, April 12. Judging will take place at Ralwins Art Gallery in downtown Ellaville.
For more information, call Linda Adams at 229-942-0013 or e-mail scuffy552000@yahoo.com.

Ellaville Senior Center receives $5,000 grant
The Ellaville Senior Center has received a $5,000 grant from the Flint Energies Foundation. The grant will be used to purchase a new electric, hot-food steam table and counter as well as exercise equipment for the Center’s members. There are 30 seniors that attend daily and 46 home-delivered meals weekly unless a holiday is celebrated.
Flint Energies adopted this grant program to enable members to raise money for local charities. The members contributed nearly $200,000 annually to Flint Energies Foundation. This worthy cause helps 17 counties. On average members will donate only $6 a year; nearly 47 percent of members have chosen to contribute each year.
Donations that go to “Operation Round Up” are tax deductible. The Flint Energies Foundation is a state-chartered, nonprofit organization.
The citizens of Ellaville appreciate the grant for the Ellaville City Senior Center.

Family visits with relatives in Ellaville
On Feb. 1, Joe and Iris Menendez and their grandchildren, Adriana and Colton Menendez, traveled from their home in Navarre, Florida, to Ellaville to visit Iris’ sister Vicki Justice and her family.
While visits are not uncommon between these families, they came to celebrate with their nephew and niece-in-law Ryan and Ansley Brown at their Baby Reveal. Brenda Phillips, grandmother of Ansley, and Carlynn Kirby hosted this special event.
While in Ellaville Iris and her family visited other family members, and returned home to Florida on Feb. 3.

Nancy MacMath Young lives in Ellaville.