Public hearing on Common Core to be conducted at Northside High | Education | Columbus Ledger Enquirer

If you have something to say about the state’s public education system, especially the controversial Common Core, and don’t want to schlep to Atlanta to speak to the Georgia Board of Education, then you might want to take advantage of a local opportunity next week.

Each of the state school board’s 14 members has scheduled a public hearing for their congressional district.

Helen Rice, the board’s representative for the 3rd Congressional District, which comprises part of Columbus, will host Monday’s public hearing, starting at 7 p.m., in the Northside High School auditorium, 2002 American Way.

The public hearing for the 2nd Congressional District, which also comprises part of Columbus, will be conducted Sept. 4, starting at 7 p.m., in Crisp County Middle School, 1116 E. 24th Ave., Cordele. That board seat is vacant, so former board member Wanda Barrs will be the host.

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At 64, Judge Bill Rumer finds satisfaction and joy calling high school football games | Latest News | Columbus Ledger Enquirer

Friday nights were made for Bill Rumer.

He loves the smell of tailgating and concession stand hamburgers on the grill. He loves the sound of high school bands marching into a stadium and football players getting ready for the game.

“It is all like a festival,” he said. “It is beautiful. Man, I love it. I just love it.”

He loves it enough to stay in the game at 64 years old.

The former Jordan High School cornerback is still a part of it, and tonight when high school football kicks off across Georgia and Alabama, Rumer will be officiating the Kendrick-Stewart County game at A.J. McClung Memorial Stadium.

He’s a Muscogee County Superior Court judge by day and a side judge by night. While his day job is important, it is football officiating that gets him excited.

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Former Monroe County tax office employee accused of stealing cash payments | Crime | Macon.com

A former Monroe County Tax Commissioner’s Office employee has been charged with fiduciary theft on allegations she pocketed $2,076 in cash property tax payments while at work.

Meguelletta “Meg” Dambri Ralls, 22, of Forsyth, turned herself in at the Monroe County jail Tuesday and was released the same day on $2,500 bond, according to the sheriff’s office.

An investigation was launched this spring after two people came forward saying they had received liens for unpaid taxes when they had receipts for making cash payments in November, said Allison Selman-Willis, sheriff’s office spokeswoman.

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Peach County working to finalize water park deal | Politics | Macon.com

FORT VALLEY — Peach County commissioners wanted to finalize a deal Thursday to help a businessman build a water park along Russell Parkway between Interstate 75 and U.S. 41, but commissioners paused when they saw the contract.

Commissioners thought they would be signing a deal with a company run by the water park’s developer, Jeff Franklin. Instead, the contract presented to them was with a company run by a Macon land developer, Tim Thornton, who wants to build a commercial subdivision, with the park inside.

Commissioners said they were willing to put as much as $300,000 toward building a road for the water park, which they say has to be built.

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Bibb BOE rejects low bid from Albany firm | Education | Macon.com

What could have been a fairly routine vote about accepting a bid for kitchen equipment for Heard Elementary School turned into an extended discussion about Bibb County school board policy Thursday night.

Board members rejected in a 5-2 vote the low bid presented by Albany-based Trimark Strategic, even though the bid for the equipment came in $9,000 lower than a bid from Macon-based Direct South.

Board members Lynn Farmer and Thelma Dillard were the only board members who favored accepting the bid, but they were outvoted. Board president Sue Sipe was absent.

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Welcome centers, rest areas to get spiffed up | savannahnow.com

ATLANTA — One group that believes in the power of advertising are the members of the State Transportation Board because money from ads on official interstate highway exit signs is going to pay for renovating Georgia’s welcome centers and rest areas.

The Department of Transportation program that features logos of nearby establishments for $1,200 each per year is generating enough cash to enhance the appearance of the nine welcome centers and 17 rest areas that dot the Interstates.

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American Ebola doc: ‘I am thrilled to be alive’ | savannahnow.com

ATLANTA — Calling it a “miraculous day,” an American doctor infected with Ebola left his isolation unit and warmly hugged his doctors and nurses on Thursday, showing the world that he poses no public health threat one month after getting sick with the virus.

Dr. Kent Brantly and his fellow medical missionary, Nancy Writebol, who was quietly discharged two days earlier, are still weak but should recover completely, and no one need fear being in contact with them, said Dr. Bruce Ribner, who runs the infectious disease unit at Emory University Hospital.

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Warrant ordered for Ga. woman in explosives case | savannahnow.com

ATLANTA — A warrant has been issued for a north Georgia woman who was arrested on new charges less than six months after a federal judge sentenced her to probation on federal explosives charges, court records show.

U.S. District Judge Richard Story signed an order for a warrant for Celia Savage and a probation revocation hearing will likely be scheduled.

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GPA delivers big lift for cancer patients | savannahnow.com

Good things don’t always come in small packages, as evidenced by the cutting-edge cancer treatment equipment that recently moved from Kobe, Japan, through Georgia Ports Authority’s Ocean Terminal in Savannah.

Proton therapy is an advanced, precise form of radiation cancer treatment. The technology is able to target cancer tissue with less damage to surrounding healthy tissue than traditional radiation treatments. However, the units are massive and heavy.

Last week, crews at Ocean Terminal unloaded more than 70 crates from a ship and loaded them onto trucks bound for ProNova in Knoxville, Tenn., the first proton equipment manufacturing facility in the U.S.

“This is another example of Ocean Terminal’s ability to handle outsized and super-heavy cargo,” said GPA Executive Director Curtis Foltz. “Our dedicated teams are well-versed in the special handling requirements for freight in this category.”

A fully assembled proton therapy cyclotron weighs 220 tons, or roughly the equivalent of two space shuttles.

via GPA delivers big lift for cancer patients | savannahnow.com.