J.L. Lomax Named 2014 Highest – Progress Reward School

Georgia Department of Education announces 2014 Reward Schools

Highest-performing schools and schools making the most progress both represented

September 16, 2014 – The Georgia Department of Education today released its 2014 list of Reward Schools, designated as part of the state’s waiver from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Each Reward School is a Title I school that falls into one of two categories:

A Highest-Performing School is among the five percent of the state’s Title I schools with the highest absolute performance, over three years, for the “all students” group on the statewide assessments. A school may not be classified as a Highest-Performing School if it has been identified as a Priority, Focus, or Alert School.

A Highest-Progress School is among the 10 percent of the state’s Title I schools making the most progress in improving the performance of the “all students” group over three years on the statewide assessments. A school may not be classified as a High-Progress school if it has been identified as a Priority, Focus, or Alert School.

“The schools on this list represent some of the finest efforts being put forth in Georgia education,” State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said. “The educators, parents, students, and communities who came together to move these schools forward should take great pride in the results.”

J.L. Lomax Elementary School was named a 2014 Highest-Progress Reward School.  

“Congratulations to Mrs. King, her faculty, and the staff of J.L. Lomax for their hard work and dedication.  We are very proud of all of you for being recognized by the Georgia Department of Education and know that you will continue to enrich the lives of the students you work with daily,” said E. Martin Roesch, Superintendent of Valdosta City Schools.


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South Georgia Eight Year-Old Charged With Making Terroristic Threats, Bringing Knife To School (WCTV)


By: Winnie Wright
September 18, 2014

Valdosta, GA – Parents say they’re shocked to learned that an 8 year-old student is charged with making Terroristic Threats after Valdosta Police say the student brought a knife to W.G. Nunn Elementary School on Wednesday.

“I didn’t hear anything about it. And then, just hearing out of the blue that the kid had a knife, and then not know that my child could have been in danger and I didn’t know anything about it”, says W.G. Nunn parent, Anita Dye.

Police say not only did the child bring a knife to school, but also threatened other students.

“Do we believe this kid was going to go around and stab a bunch of students and faculty at school? We have no reason to believe that at all. What we do know, what is absolutely fact, is that a student brought a knife on to campus and threatened five students”, says Police Chief, Brian Childress.

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ATLANTA, September 16—Gov. Nathan Deal announced recently that Chaparral Boats will expand its existing facility, creating 50 new jobs in Berrien County.

“This expansion by Chaparral Boats underscores how well Georgia’s No. 1 business climate supports existing businesses,” said Deal. “With access to a widely recognized logistics infrastructure and a highly-trained workforce, Georgia offers the tools necessary to keep companies competitive in the United States and in the global marketplace.”

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Chaparral and its subsidiary Robalo are renowned world leaders in family sport boats and recreational fishing boats. The company recently developed a new line of high-quality Vortex jet boats, creating new jobs and expanding production facilities. Based on initial sales results, Chaparral anticipates additional expansion in the future.

“Chaparral and Robalo have enjoyed consistent growth almost from day one,” said Chaparral President Jim Lane. “We also currently rank No. 1 in market share in the competitive 18′ to 35′ stern drive market. In many ways, Nashville, Georgia is recognized by recreational boaters the world over as boating’s premier location for innovative engineering, manufacturing excellence and unmatched customer service.”

“We have always tried to stay on the cutting edge of new product development,” said Chaparral Founder Buck Pegg. “In addition to our award winning stern drive and outboard powered models, our expansion into Vortex jet powered sport boats makes us one of the marine industry’s most diverse manufacturers.”

Chaparral and Robalo are part of Marine Products Corporation, which is traded on the NYSE under the symbol MPX. The company has had operations in Georgia for almost four decades. Spanning more than 1.2 million square feet, Chaparral operates one of the single largest boat manufacturing facilities in the U.S.

Employing almost 600 Georgians, Chaparral is Berrien County’s largest employer. The company contributes an estimated $155 million in annual economic impact. Chaparral also bolsters economic development by shipping to its international dealer network via the Georgia Ports Authority.

The city of Nashville and Berrien County invested heavily in the development of new infrastructure needed for the expansion. Michelle Shaw, the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) project manager of the existing industry team, assisted Chaparral’s expansion on behalf of the state of Georgia, along with the Berrien County Economic Development Authority.

“Chaparral has been a leading employer in Berrien County since moving its operation here in the late 70s,” said Berrien County Development Authority Chairman Paul Hamilton. “Chaparral is not only a leader in the marine industry, but its impact is felt in all kinds of civic projects throughout our community. On behalf of the Berrien County Development Authority, we congratulate Chaparral on 50 years in business and look forward to continuing our successful partnership.”

“Georgia’s solid manufacturing network continues to support company advancement,” said GDEcD Commissioner Chris Carr. “This newest expansion by Chaparral Boats accredits not only Georgia’s No. 1 business climate, but also the solid support from the Nashville community.”

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Teenager charged with bringing gun to school

ADEL — A Cook County High School student was arrested Tuesday morning, charged with bringing a gun to school after authorities were tipped off by his grandmother.

Austin Ray Guthrie, 17, was arrested and charged with carrying a weapon within a school safety zone after a Cook County Sheriff’s deputy detained him and allegedly found a .22 caliber handgun in his bag, reports stated.

At 6:53 a.m., Cook County Dispatch received a call from a source who stated the teenager had left his home with a handgun, and the caller was “scared at what he was going to do,” according to reports from the Cook County Sheriff’s Office. According to the source, the suspect was driving a green Ford Ranger and was depressed after breaking up with a girlfriend. Deputies responded to the high school and searched the parking lot and located the vehicle, reports stated.

A deputy searched the school lunchroom and reportedly spotted a male student fitting Guthrie’s description get up from a table and quickly walk towards the parking lot. At that point, someone yelled, “that’s him,” and the deputy ran after him, reports stated.

The suspect reportedly did not stop running from the deputy until he was given a third command to stop. He was handcuffed, and a blue shoulder bag was removed from around his shoulder, authorities said. The deputy said he felt a handgun inside the bag and placed it inside his patrol car, reports stated.

The blue bag was searched at the sheriff’s office, and inside the bag deputies found a “.22 caliber Magnum revolver that was cocked,” according to reports.

Lance Heard, Cook County Schools superintendent, released a statement shortly after the incident stating that the school had received a tip from Guthrie’s grandmother that he might bring a weapon to school.

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