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Carver Elementary among state's best

Students at Carver Elementary and Richmond Hill Elementary are used to doing well on test scores.

August 30, 2014 | By Jeff Whitren Bryan County News | Local news

BoE approves $55.4 million budget

The Bryan County Board of Education approved a $55.4 million 2015 budget Thursday that adds new teachers and administrators to the growing system without raising the millage rate.

August 30, 2014 | By Jeff Whitten Bryan County News | Local news

BoE does ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

This ALS Ice Bucket Challenge thing just won't quit.

August 30, 2014 | By Jeff Whitten Bryan County News | Local news

'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For' is decent mix of old, new

"Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" is the long-awaited sequel to the graphically stylized hit from 2005.

August 29, 2014 | By Justin Hall Movie reviewer | Things to Do

Legion poker run supports youth programs

American Legion Post 164 will host a Legion Youth Group Poker Run on Nov. 1 to help support local kids who use the Legion Post for events.

August 29, 2014 | Special to the News | Lifestyle

Rotary Club launchs Backpacks of Love

The Rotary Club of Richmond Hill has launched a program to help support approximately 70 hungry children who attend our schools and rely on the Backpacks of Love program that they do not go hungry over the weekends and during school vacations.

August 29, 2014 | Special to the News | Lifestyle

BoE extends superintendent's contract, approves budget

The Bryan County Board of Education voted Thursday to extend superintendent Dr. Paul Brooksher's contract another two years. The BoE also voted 5-2 to approve a 2015 budget of approximately $55.4 million.

August 28, 2014 | By Jeff Whitten Bryan County News | Local news

Impact fees may cut burden on property taxes

Bryan County has one of the most generous homestead exemptions for senior citizens in the state, knocking $50,000 off the value of a home for both county and school taxes for residents over age 65.

August 28, 2014 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion

Pine beetle can be beat; not by hugging trees

I got surprised again last week. I get used to working with local growers and gardeners and mercifully forget that there are people in charge of food and fiber resources who are well meaning but profoundly ignorant.

August 28, 2014 | By Don Gardner Extension agent | Business

Citizens EMS academy planned

Has anyone ever wondered what the Bryan County Emergency Services is all about? Ever thought about what it feels like to have fire gear on?

August 28, 2014 | Special to the News | Public Safety

Demographics shifting in schools nationwide

For the first time in American history, schools are in for a massive demographic shift. This fall the overall number of Latino, African-American, Native and Asian students will outnumber non-Hispanic white students.

August 28, 2014 | By Nicole Shepard Deseret News | Education

Georgia icon still giving 'em 'zell'

Nostalgia is popular these days: Retro fashions, disco and '80s pop, "Throwback Thursdays" on social media. What's old is new again, what used to be hip turned square and then back to cool.

August 28, 2014 | Gainesville (Ga.) Times | Opinion

Netflix adds 17 TV show seasons this fall

TV LAND - September is almost here and the summer movie season is all but over. So, what now? How about some TV?

August 28, 2014 | John Clyde OK.com | Hot Topics

Video: Grandpa builds homemade hovercraft for kids

An inventive grandfather built a toy for his family that neighbors are sure to be envious of - a working hovercraft.

August 28, 2014 | Natalie Crofts KSL | Hot Topics

10 things that are wicked attractive about the Northern U.S

Looks like American girls are better off in the North.

August 28, 2014 | Herb Scribner Deseret News | Hot Topics

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Teacher contract deadline delayed

ATLANTA - School districts in Georgia now have an extra month to decide how many teachers they will hire for next year.

Gov. Sonny Perdue signed into law Tuesday a bill that extends the deadline for educator contracts to May 15. The move is designed to give districts more flexibility as state lawmakers grapple with the state's sagging economy.

March 17, 2010 | Associated Press | Education

Regional land use plan gets thumbs up

The Coastal Regional Commission, made up of public officials from the 10 coastal Georgia counties, gave a unanimous thumbs up to a draft of the Regional comprehensive land use plan. The motion took place during the CRC's regular meeting Wednesday afternoon at the Richmond Hill Quality Inn.

March 16, 2010 | By Ross Blair Staff writer | News

BoE keeps expenses down

Bryan County Schools have long had a reputation for getting it done in the classroom. But the school system may also deserve a reputation for thriftiness. The system has some of the tightest purse strings in the state when it comes to spending money on operating costs, overall administration and transportation, according to information from the Georgia Department of Education. "What the numbers tells me is that we have less fat at the top than probably 98 percent of the school systems in the state," said BoE chairman Eddie Warren, pointing to statistics available on the DoE website. For the ...

March 15, 2010 | By Jeff Whitten Editor | News

More families will have to file care plans

WASHINGTON, March 15, 2010 - The Defense Department's family care plan policy will be expanded in the coming months to encompass a wider population of military parents, a defense legal expert said.

The new policy will require military parents with custody of children from a previous relationship to file a family care plan, said Army Col. Shawn Shumake, director of the Pentagon's office of legal policy. The requirement already is in place for dual military couples and single parents with custody.

March 15, 2010 | By Elaine Wilson American Forces Press Service | Military

Be counted, fill out Census

In case you haven't heard, there's a census going on. And in that regard, the Bryan County Board of Commissioners recently noted their partnership with the Georgia Complete Count Committee, a group formed to ensure the state population is accurately counted during the 2010 census.

March 15, 2010 | | Opinion

Resolution needed for our schools

I started covering the Bryan County Board of Education in June. Maybe there's some irony in the fact that I wound up with the beat because of the economy and resulting cutbacks in the newsroom.

March 15, 2010 | By Jeff Whitten Editor | Opinion

Coverage of Obama ignored

ATHENS – Exposure to news media has long been thought to help create a more informed and politically educated citizenry, but a new University of Georgia study finds that media exposure did little to correct a significant misperception during the most recent presidential campaign.

March 15, 2010 | By Sam Fahmy Special to the News | Opinion

Bryan County People: Meet Chris Hartley

Meet Chris Hartley Jr.: Military veteran and business owner.

March 15, 2010 | By Ross Blair Staff writer | News

Carlson named athlete of month

Lady Wildcat basketball star Tyler Carlson started the 2010 calendar year with a bang. She led her team in every game during the month of January, which eventually took her team to the state playoffs. For this, she was recently named January Bryan County Athlete of the Month.

March 15, 2010 | By Ross Blair Staff writer | Sports

Bryan track aims for 'best season yet'

The Bryan County High School boys and girls track teams are optimistic for another top notch season. Much of the team advanced to state last year and are returning this year with a bit more experience under their belts.

March 15, 2010 | By Ross Blair Staff writer | Sports

Wildcats let one slip away

The game started just the way Head Coach Mitchell Curry wanted. His team had a four run lead after two innings with one of his ace left handed starters, Kevin Matthews, dealing it from the mound.

March 15, 2010 | By Terry Logan Correspondent | Sports

RH tennis Wildcats sweep region foes

The Richmond High School boys and girls tennis teams dominated region foes Baldwin and Washington County in a March 6 double-header at Baldwin High School.

March 15, 2010 | By Ross Blair Staff writer | Sports

Sports briefs for March 15

The 30th Annual Robert Sapp Baseball Camp is accepting applications for its summer session to be held at the Richmond Hill Recreation Complex in Richmond Hill. The camp is May 24-28, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and is for boys ages 7-14. Six year olds may attend if they are skilled enough to play with the seven year old groups. The fee is $125 with team rates available ($10 discount for five or more players from one spring/summer league or travel league). Former Middle Georgia College and UGA head baseball Coach Robert Sapp will be the camp ...

March 15, 2010 | Staff reports | Sports

Back to work, back to budget woes

For the past two weeks the Georgia State Legislature has been taking a working recess in order to address our current budget crisis. At issue are both the FiscalYear 2010 amended and the FY 2011 General budgets.

March 15, 2010 | By State Sen. Buddy Carter Special to the News | Opinion

Eatery helps school raise money

March 15, 2010 | | Education

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