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Teen Author to Sign His Book at Annual Festival

Vanishing Towns of Rural Georgia's teen author, Andy Kite, is scheduled to sign his book at the 5th Annual Merritt Pottery Festival on Saturday, Nov. 20.

The young author, currently a senior in high school and grandson of a long-time Roberta resident Nita Kite, wrote, photographed, edited and published his book.

The book highlights 14 Georgia towns and contains detailed information, historical anecdotes and photographs.

The festival will take place in Crawford County High School's gym from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

 

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Ga. Could Get Race to the Top Money By December

ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia hopes to start getting federal "Race to the Top" money by mid-December.

State education official Erin Hames told the Georgia school board on Wednesday that the 26 school districts that joined the state's application for the federal funding are working on plans that will be sent to the U.S. Department of Education this month. Once those are approved, Hames said roughly $400 million will start flowing to the state.

Georgia was one of 13 states to win money in the federal grant competition this year.

The state has 180 school districts, but the two dozen that signed on to the application represent more than 40 percent of students in the state.

The grants aim to encourage states to take up innovative education reform to help raise student achievement and improve graduation rates.

Four Central Georgia school districts joined the application:  Bibb, Jones, Peach and Pulaski.

SEGAMI Healthcare Fund

SEGAMI (Soldiers Empowerment Group Assisting Military Individuals) is a local non-profit organization that provides healthcare grants to uninsured veterans who are struggling financially.  SEGAMI is able to help veterans through the SEGAMI Healthcare Fund. We want to celebrate our veterans everyday and not just one day in the month of November!

For more information about SEGAMI, visit our website: www.segamihcfund.org

 

USO Tribute to Veterans

The Fine Arts Department at Peach County High School is hosting a reception and performance for all men and women who have served or are currently serving in the military on Thursday, Nov. 11.

The reception begins at 6:30 p.m. and the performance begins at 7 p.m in the Peach County High School Auditorium at 900 Campus Dr. Fort Valley, Ga.

Contact the school at 478-825-8258 for more information.

 

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Byron Veterans Day Ceremony

Sponsored by Historical Society and Byron Better Hometown. Keynote speaker United States Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Bill Hafner will discuss the Patriot Riders.

Operation Christmas Child to Gather Gifts

Christmas is arriving early in Byron, as Byron United Methodist Church prepares to serve as a collection point for Operation Christmas Child.

According to Operation Christmas Child Media Relations Specialist Joy Ugi, organizers hope to raise 53,000 shoe box donations in the Byron area and will be collecting the shoe box donations Nov. 15-22.

Last year, Byron United Methodist Church contributed 48,338 shoe box donations to Operation Christmas Child.

Through Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project, Byron residents are helping send shoe box gifts this year to more than 8 million children in 100 countries suffering from natural disaster, war, terrorism, disease, famine and poverty.  

From Byron, the shoe box gifts will be sorted and sent using whatever means necessary—sea containers, trucks, trains, airplanes, boats, camels, even dog sleds—to reach suffering children worldwide.

Bandfest to Benefit Crisis Line and Safe House