Nancy M. Young: July 10, 2019

Published 10:23 am Wednesday, July 10, 2019

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Schley County school board announces new school superintendent


The Schley County Board of Education have promoted from within the Schley School System to fill the position Schley County School superintendent.

Brian Hall, veteran educator and administrator, has been named superintendent.

He joined Schley County School System in 2009, and has served in a variety of positions, and has been serving as interim superintendent since Adam Hathaway left the system.

He is excited about keeping the high standards of the school system. He said his number one goal has been to put students and teachers together in the best learning environment possible.

He said that he is very proud of the accomplishments of the Schley County Schools’ accomplishments and appreciates that success is a result of shared expectation of parents. He said he will continue to improve technology to effectively engage students.

He graduated from Tri-County High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in science, a master’s degree in middle grades education and a specialist in educational leadership, all from Columbus State University.

His professional experience includes math and science teacher at Marion County Elementary School; assistant principal at Marion County Elementary/Middle School; System Test coordinator; EIP coordinator; assistant principal at Schley County Middle/High School; athletic director at Schley County Middle/High School; and principal at Schley County Elementary School.

Congratulations to Brian Hall as the new Schley County School superintendent.


Group of seven takes special trip to New Orleans
The week of June 17, Nancy Q. Young and P.J. Wilson, along with five teenagers — Avery Clements, Michael Wilson, Preston Jackson, Austin Griggs and Jonna Jones — headed west to New Orleans.

They arrived late Monday evening and spent three days in New Orleans. While there they enjoyed a trip to the Audubon Aquarium and the Mardi Gras Museum, they were able to try on some of the traditional celebratory costumes.

On June 20, they met up with a former Ellaville resident, Lan Thai, and her two daughters Melody and Faith in Jackson Square where they enjoyed beignets and coffee at the Cafe du Monde.

After bidding farewell to the Thais, they traveled farther west to Avery Island. That evening they toured The Jungle Garden where they enjoyed the native flora and fauna.

Friday morning, they took the tour of the Tabasco Plant before heading home.

Avery Clements had been waiting for years to go to “her” island, and she thoroughly enjoyed it. This trip was a graduation gift for both Avery and Michael. They all had a real good time.


Americus family, friends honored Susan DeVane on retirement
After nearly 25 years of service to the State of Georgia, Susan DeVane recently retired from the Georgia Department of Labor as a services specialist (advanced position).

The Training Room of the Labor Department in Americus was beautifully decorated with white linen tablecloths on the food and gift tables. Decorations of various rose tones and brass completed the adornments.

A lovely retirement cake, iced with white, purple, pink, and green decorations, graced one end of the table with a crystal punch bowl on the other end.

The honoree and guests were served pimento-cheese and chicken salad sandwiches, nuts, various dips and chips, trays of vegetables and fruit, pasta salad and other finger foods.

Approximately 30 guests attended, among whom were Susan’s family: husband Tommy DeVane, Kevin, Ann Marie, and T.J. DeVane, Maggie Streetman, Mary Kate Streetman, and Dan and Kerri DeVane. Others in attendance were Eunice Wisham, the Rev. Haynes Martin, Kimberly Herrin, Albena Moore, Janet Ellis, Sarah Walls, and Mickey and Stephanie Holloway, all from Ellaville; Jimmie Lynn Harden of Abbeville; Arlene Johnson, Sandhya Muljibhai, Naomi Evans, Tammy Collins, Tommy Pratt, and Varnice Sutton, all from Americus; Sandi Buchanan and Jeanne Harper from Plains; Gerald Mixon of Cordele; and Sandra Clayton from Hartsfield. Staff present were John Shaw (manager), Toni Williams, Cesar Gonzalez, Belinda Perez, Sherona Towns, and Yvonne Jenkins.