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Peach County school superintendent to retire

Peach County's school superintendent is retiring. Joe Ann Denning has been in the top seat for the school system since July 2011, but her education service spans a much longer time period. She's got 44 years as an educator, according to a news release sent out today from Sara Mason with Peach County Schools.

Denning says her last day will be the end of this fiscal year- June 30.

In the news release, Denning said, "It has been an honor to serve as the Superintendent and an even greater honor to have been a part of the District for a total of 27 years. After much consideration and coming to the realization that I have accomplished my goals, I made the decision to retire. I am proud of all we have been able to accomplish. Although we are at a good point, there is still much work to be done, and I am confident that the District will continue to move ahead."

UGA extension releases cotton weed control guidelines

UGA extension releases cotton weed control guidelines

The Dooly County UGA extension has released programs for Controlling Glyphosate Resistant Palmer Amaranth in Cotton.

In a blog post, Jay Porter says it's important for "not just the present, but for the future of weed control in cotton."

Porter warns that not closely following the guidelines could prevent cotton growth in the future.

Read: Cotton weed control guidelines

Non-profit launched for cannabis oil treatment

Non-profit launched for cannabis oil treatment

After the defeat of HB 885, the bill that would have made the use of cannabis oil for medical purposes legal in the state of Georgia, state Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon, wants families to know they may qualify to get financial help to travel for the treatment.

In a letter addressed to HB 885 families posted Tuesday on his Facebook page, Peake praised the governor for moving forward with clinical trials for cannabis oil. He also acknowledged that many families are currently in the position of going out of state to get the treatment for their sick children.

Credit union hosts Shred Day

Credit union hosts Shred Day

You are invited to shred your sensitive documents at Robins Federal Credit Union's community Shred Day!

Community Shred Day – Wednesday, April 16th

Ft. Valley Branch (Bluebird Blvd) – 9am-12pm

Perry Branch (Perry Pkwy) – 1pm-4pm

Community Shred Day – Thursday, April 17th

Macon Branch (Zebulon Rd) – 9am-12pm

Gray Branch (W. Clinton St) – 1pm-4pm

Community Shred Day – Saturday, April 19th

Warner Robins Branch (Watson Blvd) – 9am-12pm

Farm bill, Ava's Law among FVSU breakfast discussion

The 32nd annual Egg and Ham Breakfast is happening today at Fort Valley State.

It's where you can talk about the latest issues affecting Georgians and eat a hearty breakfast.

Topics will include the discussion of the 2014 Farm Bill, Ava's Law and the legalizing of medicinal marijuana.

Invited guests include Rep Sanford Bishop and Senator Saxby Chambliss.

The event starts at 8 a.m. in the Health and Physical Education Complex.

Admission is ten dollars.

Fort Valley President has vision for growth

Fort Valley State's students and faculty honored their ninth president, Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith during his inauguration Friday afternoon.

Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith has been on the job as president since last summer, but Friday afternoon, he was formally inducted by Board of Regents Chancellor Henry Huckabee.

Congressman Sanford Bishop was one of several speakers who congratulated him.

"I am convinced that he has the vision to lead this university into an exciting, dynamic, successful future," Bishop said.

Griffith is a political scientist and a former provost at universities in New York and Virginia.

"You can put the goals into two categories: long term goals and immediate term goals," he said.

According to him, the school has already reached some short term goals since he took office last July.

Fort Valley State officially welcomes new president

He;s been on the job for almost nine months now. But Fort Valley State University will officially inaugurate Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith as its ninth president this week.

The university says Griffith will be formally welcomed to the university during a ceremony on Friday morning. He began his term as university president in July.

University officials say Griffith's vision is to bolster student-initiated research, cultural diversity and global connectivity.

School officials say more than 3,000 students are enrolled at Fort Valley State University, which was founded in 1895.

Griffith is a former professor of political science and a specialist on Caribbean security, drugs and crime. He comes to The Valley after six years as provost and senior vice president at York College of the City University of New York.