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Peach County woman to challenge Rep. Bishop

Peach County woman to challenge Rep. Bishop

A Houston County woman plans to run for Sanford Bishop's 2nd Congressional District seat, according to a news release.

Vivian Childs plans to announce her candidacy Monday in Byron, her release says.

She is "one of a very few African-American women in Georgia who has chosen to run as a Republican," according to her campaign.

The district includes most of Bibb county, Peach, Crawford, Dooly, Macon and Taylor counties .

Her news release does not indicate whether Childs has moved into the district. We could not reach her campaign for comment.

She is the daughter of a 28-year Navy veteran and the wife of a retired Air Force colonel, Henry Childs.

According to her personal website,Childs is a minister and runs a business that does publishing, tutoring, mentoring and GED prep.

City, county departments begin consolidating

City, county departments begin consolidating

To help provide for a smooth transition to the new Macon-Bibb County government, a team from the City and County has been meeting weekly to develop and implement a plan to begin consolidating offices where possible. As stated by Brittain Thompson Bray Brown, Inc. to the Transition Task Force, combining offices can be likened to a set of dominoes: one group must move out before another can move in.

The first offices to consolidate will be Human Resources, Finance, Risk Management, and Purchasing. It was important to have HR and Finance moved and settled before January 1 so they could focus on paying bills and managing payroll. Risk Management and Purchasing are two offices closely associated with the other two, so they are included in the first round of moves.

Howard High Math Chair Participates in AP Reading

Howard High Math Chair Participates in AP Reading

Kevin Adams is the Department Chair of Mathematics at Howard High School, where he teaches Advance Placement (AP) Statistics and Coordinate Algebra. In June 2013, Mr. Adams was one of 385 high school AP Statistics teachers to participate in the 2013 AP Reading in Kansas City, Mo. At the reading, the teachers scored 10,171 AP Statistics exams. This is the second year Mr. Adams has participated in the AP Reading.

Southwest, Barden Mom Nominated for State Title I Parent Advisory Council

Southwest, Barden Mom Nominated for State Title I Parent Advisory Council

Toronda Davis, mother of two Bibb County students, was the District's nominee for State Superintendent Dr. John Barge’s Title I Parent Advisory Council.

Ms. Davis's children attend Southwest High School and Barden Elementary School. She stays active in their education by constantly volunteering at both schools, and tries to stop by the schools at least once or twice a week.

At Southwest she is largely involved with the band and is a member of the Parent Advisory Council. She chaperons the band on the bus ride to football games, and once they arrive she works the concession stand. At Barden she is President of the Parent Advisory Council, raises money for field trips, helps monitor the lunchroom, and assists in the classrooms and library.

Although she is a single mother working two jobs, she prioritizes her involvement at the schools because she wants to show her support for her children.

Retired Air Force Colonel and Author Motivates Williams Elementary Students

Retired Air Force Colonel and Author Motivates Williams Elementary Students

On Tuesday September 24, Williams Elementary Student Council members and all fifth-graders participated in a Motivational and Leadership Seminar conducted by retired U.S. Air Force Col. William Saunders. Col Saunders is a motivational speaker, consultant, and author of the nationally published book: "Are You Stuck in Traffic? A Step-by-Step Guide to a Better Life!"

Col. Saunders surprised the students by wearing some of his military regalia from the Air Force. His message to the students was "Believe in You!" He told students that if they believe and visualize their goals, they can achieve them. He told the students to stand tall and stand out, and to be different from others. He reiterated the importance of listening to parents and teachers, focusing on academics, and respecting self and school.

Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes and Hayrides Galore

Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes and Hayrides Galore

The time is near for picking out pumpkins and decorating for autumn!

Where to Go for Pumpkin Patches:

  • Elliott Farms, Lizella: features a pumpkin patch, tractor hay rides, snacks, farm animals. Opens in October. Call 478-935-8180 for more information.
  • Troup Corn, Laurens County: Features corn maze, hay ride, pumpkin patch and a mini-maze. Call 478-272-8170. Open October 12-November 23
  • Twin Oaks Fun Farm, Monroe County. Features pumpkins and a corn maze. 
  • Our Cotton Pickin' Christmas Tree Farm, Hawkinsville. Check their Facebook page for updates.Pick your own pumpkin from the patch. Also enjoy cider or cocoa on the porch while the kids climb the hay mountain. Open 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
  • Crooked Pines in Eatonton: Pumpkin Festival October 5, 6