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FVSU inducts new class into College of Education


Eighteen students were inducted into the College of Education for Fort Valley State University Thursday.

Young engine builders set national record


Local auto engine builders are setting national records for speed and skill, and they're all in high school.

Peach County High's team is number one in the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Competition. Now they hold the national record.

"It feels good to be number one," said Kyle Windham.

The contest requires a team of five properly dissemble and reassemble a car engine using hand tools.

You can think of Windham as the quarterback of the team. His task doesn't look like much compared to his teammates, but his job requires details.

"I have to make sure everything is ready to go back on the engine whenever they bring it to the table," said Windham.

The team swept the Sema competition early this month in Las Vegas. They beat the old record by 11 seconds, and set a new one of 16:11.

Study ranks FVSU number 1 for African-American math graduates


Fort Valley State beat out some Ivy League schools, such as Harvard and Georgetown, when it comes to African-American math graduates.

An academic journal, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, recently named the university number one in the nation in producing African-American math graduates.

Rocio Castillo is a sophomore math major at FVSU and wants to get a second degree in geosciences.

"When you have a degree in [math], it's almost like you can almost go anywhere and say, 'Hey, look, I have this. I can work with you to basically mold myself into anything you want from me because I have a math degree'," she said.

Castillo is in the university's Cooperative Developmental Energy Program, or CDEP.

Veterinarians prepare for disasters at Fort Valley State


Several veterinarians and veterinary technicians gathered at Fort Valley State University this weekend to prepare for the next big disaster.

The American veterinary Medical Association has several VMAT or Veterinary Medical Assistance teams throughout the country ready to help animals during disasters.

Whether it's a natural disaster like Hurricane Katrina or man made like September 11, these teams come in as a first response to provide care to animals. Dr. Cheryl Eia is the coordinator for emergency preparedness and response for the association. She said they have a plan for any situation.

New and 10th FVSU president named


The Board of Regents for the University System of Georgia named the new and 10th president of Fort Valley State University Tuesday.

According to a news release from the school, Paul Jones previously served as interim president of Darton State College in Albany. Hank Huckaby, the Chancellor for the USG, said Jones has a good leadership track record within the system.

"Paul's success at Darton combined with his leadership capabilities have made it clear he is the ideal candidate to be appointed permanent president of Fort Valley State University," he said in a statement. "With his solid background in finance and fiscal affairs, combined with his proven experience as president within our system, Paul will work quickly to build a close, team relationship with Fort Valley State University faculty and staff."

Peach Co. deputy fired, accused of 'sexting' teen


A Peach County deputy has been fired after being accused of exchanging nude photos with a teenage girl.

Sheriff Terry Deese says deputy Donald Blake Burnham was arrested Monday and fired Tuesday. He's charged with one count of sexual exploitation of a child.

The sheriff says he believes Burnham was having a sexual relationship with the 17-year-old girl for several weeks. Because Georgia's age of consent is 16, he said, the relationship by itself was not illegal.

"But this is definitely not conduct that I would tolerate from a deputy," Deese said.

Georgia's sexting law says it's illegal to share explicit photos with a person under 18, he said. The case came to light several weeks ago, Deese said, when the girl's parents contacted him.

Fort Valley funeral director dies


Claybon J. Edwards, former owner of C.J. Edwards Funeral Home in Fort Valley has died. He was 86.

Edwards operated the funeral home for 52 years before retiring. Edwards was also formerly a Fort Valley city councilman and is remembered for his contributions to the city's youth.

His funeral service is Sunday at the Peach County High School Auditorium. Visitation will be at C.J. Edwards Memorial Chapel noon to 6 p.m. Saturday.