Friday, May 24, 2013
Residents from Douglasville and Villa Rica were among those UWG alumni honored as the 2013 top 30 under 30.
The University of West Georgia Alumni Association has announced the first top 30 Under 30 list for 2013. The nomination process for the 2013 list was completed on March 15, 2013. Of the 30 alumni listed, three are currently working in Douglasville or Villa Rica and two more are originally from the area. Beth Walsh, a 2011 UWG graduate and Douglasville, resident, is currently an account executive for the Atlanta Dream. Walsh graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sport Management. David Collings and Kyle Newton, both residents of Villa Rica, are also on the list. Collings is the owner and lead instructor of 5-Tool Sports Training Center. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Business Marketing from UWG …
Thursday, May 23, 2013
More than 30 percent of Georgia high school students aren’t graduating in four years. What do you think is keeping these students from earning their diploma?
A diploma remained out of reach for more than 30 percent of Georgia students in the class of 2012. That’s according to numbers released this week by the Georgia Department of Education. It reported that across the state, 69.7 percent of students in the class of 2012 graduated within four years. Three area school districts were among those that surpassed the state average. Cobb County Schools saw an even 76 percent of its class of 2012 graduate on time. Paulding County Schools were just behind with 75.5 percent graduating, while Douglas County had 72.3 percent earning diplomas on schedule. Other districts in Georgia didn’t fare as well. Atlanta Public Schools had just over 51 percent of students graduate, according to the Atlanta Journal-…
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
The Douglas County School System fared better than the state.
More than 72 percent of Douglas County high school students graduate within four years, according to new figures the Georiga Department of Education released on Tuesday. That's more than two percentage points higher than the state's 2012 graduation rate of 69.72 percent. Alexander High School led the district with a graduation rate of 81.28 percent. See how your school fared in the following chart.
Alexander High School is the first County high school to hold graduation ceremonies.
Douglas County high schools will hold graduation ceremonies on May 31 and June 1. Dates and times are as follows: Alexander High School: May 31 at 7 p.m., at the University of West Gerogia Chapel Hill High School: June 1 at 6 p.m., at the University of West Georgia Douglas County High School: June 1 at 9 a.m., at the University of West Georgia Lithia Springs High School: June 1 at 1 p.m., at the University of West Georgia New Manchester High School: May 31 at 8 p.m., on the New Manchester football field.
Monday, May 20, 2013
A church known for protesting at soldiers’ funerals held Saturday a demonstration to praise a tornado that caused devastation in a college town. Tell us if you think the church is deserving of its media attention or the efforts of counter-protesters.
Wherever this church goes, controversy and attention seem to follow. The Westboro Baptist Church has long been known for picketing the funerals of American soldiers as members believe those men and women died because of homosexuality “and other sins of America,” according to one of their latest press releases. One of the latest protests put on by members of the Topeka, Kansas-based church occurred Saturday in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on the University of Alabama campus. Church members were there, according to a report from The Tuscaloosa News, to proclaim that the April 27, 2011, tornado had been the wrath of God. “God in His infinite kindness, wisdom & mercy WARNED YOU! He sent His whirlwind to Tuscaloosa … killing 36 (including 3 students), …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Yeager Middle School was the top middle school, adding to the community effort to gather more than 1,400 Pounds in Change Collected for the Douglas County Pennies for Police Dogs Drive.
Children and adults around the county emptied out their penny cans and secret change stashes for a good cause, contributing more than 1,400 pounds of change to Pennies for Police Dogs charity Drive. This is the fourth year for the Pennies for Police Dogs Drive, where area schools compete to see who can raise the most money to help fight canine cancer. More than $4,200 was raised in this year. The top three elementary and the top middle school received visits from local K-9 units as well as K-9 demonstrations and touch-a-truck opportunities. "This year we raised $7,265.25 and money will be donated in memory of five police service dogs in the state of Georgia who got cancer and passed away," Douglas County Sheriff's Department Lt. Michael …
She is one of 1,000 winners of the prestigious scholarship, which is funded by a $1.6 billion grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Out of 54,000 applicants nationwide, one Douglas County High School student has been selected to receive the Gates Millennium Scholarship. Senior Khaleelah Logan is among the 1,000 winners of the prestigious scholarship, which is funded by a $1.6 billion grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. "The program is known for its recipients' high graduation rates – a six-year rate of 86 percent (38 percent higher than the national graduation rates for all students) and comparable to the rates for students from high-income families," Gates Millennium Scholars Program spokeswoman Mary Williams said in a news release announcing the winners. The UNCF Gates Millennium Scholars Program is open to African American, American Indian/Alaska Native…
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Almost every elementary has a form of field day.
As school years come to a close, students are filling water balloons and jumping in potato sacks for Field Day. We want to see your photos. Upload them here and let everyone see how much fun your kids had.
Monday, May 13, 2013
The three-day state meet concluded Saturday in Albany.
Athletes in 10 events who represented Douglas, Cobb and Paulding schools brought back first-place medals from the Georgia High School Association girls state track and field championships in Albany. Two teams also peformed well in the event, which ran from Thursday through Saturday, as Kell High School finished second in the Class 5A meet and Marietta came in third in Class 6A. Kell's Kendell Williams closed out her illustrious career with three titles, winning the 5A high jump, long jump and 100-meter hurdles. She earned 11 crowns in her high school career, and on Friday broke her own state record in the long jump. Marietta's Jenessa Jackson won the Class 6A shot put and was second in the discus throw, while an all-Cobb trio swept the …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
State playoff action continued Tuesday in baseball, soccer, lacrosse and tennis.
Here are scores from Tuesday's action in Georgia High School Association state playoff action involving schools from Cobb, Douglas and Paulding: Baseball 2nd Round Class 6A Also on Thursday, Marietta plays at East Coweta in a quarterfinal series. Girls Soccer 2nd Round Class 6A Lassiter plays at Harrison Saturday in a semifinal game. Class 5A Class 4A Class 3A Class 1A Girls Lacrosse 1st Round Class 6A Class 1A-5A Boys Lacrosse 1st Round Class 5A Girls Tennis Semifinals Class 6A Walton faces Peachtree Ridge Saturday in the state championship match at the Clayton County International Park in Jonesboro. Class 5A Class 1A Private Walker will play Mt. Pisgah for the state title on Saturday in Jonesboro. Boys Tennis Semifinals Class 6A North …