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Three Minutes With Howard High Football Coach Barney Hester

Three Minutes With Howard High Football Coach Barney Hester

Barney Hester officially took over as Athletic Director and Head Football Coach at Howard High School earlier this month.

Coach Hester comes from Tattnall Square Academy, where he has led players to 11 state football championship titles since 1982. While at Tattnall, he served in such positions as Headmaster, Athletic Director, Head Football Coach, and Head Track Coach. As Head Track Coach, he also led the track team to at least five state championship victories.

Prior to his work at Tattnall, Coach Hester worked at Josey Academy and Gordon Ivey High School before joining the coaching staff at Georgia Southern University when the university first began its college program.

He is originally from Dublin, where he grew up playing football for East Laurens High School.

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Central High Parents Return to Classroom with Students

Central High Parents Return to Classroom with Students

By Daniel Daniels, Bibb County School District Intern

On Thursday, March 14, Central High School hosted its first Parent Learning Sessions. These sessions gave parents of Central students the opportunity to meet with administrators or teachers at the school and to engage in real and current class activities.

During 30-minute sessions, parents and teachers discussed course curriculum and content, and parents heard about instructional concerns students are experiencing

Parents also were allowed to shadow their student and sit in on classes. This allowed parents to experience the classroom environment, and to also witness first-hand the skills needed to be successful in high school.

Bibb School Board Settles Open-Records Lawsuit

After talking behind closed doors for over an hour and a half, the Bibb County Board of Education announced a $1,758 agreement to settle the lawsuit Morton vs. Bibb County School District.

Board member Jason Downey says the suit alleged the school district did not properly respond to an open records request from local attorney Daryl Morton.

School district attorney Randy Howard says more information will be released on the settlement after he gets another administrator to sign off on it.

Thursday night, the school board also gave its attorneys permission to negotiate a contract with the Georgia School Board Association to help in the search for a new superintendent. That comes with a $10,000 flat fee, plus travel expenses for GSBA representatives to visit the district throughout the process. The board asked that GSBA cap that cost at $1,500 and ask for board approval if more is needed.

Students Advance to International DECA Competition

Students Advance to International DECA Competition

Howard and Rutland High School DECA members recently won the right to compete at the international level in the organization’s competitive events program.

Two students from Bibb County earned the honor of representing Georgia DECA. Danielle Lasker from Howard High School and Amanda Brown from Rutland High School will represent Bibb County at ICDC for their outstanding performances. Danielle will advance in the Human Resources Category and Amanda will advance in the Food Marketing Category. Both students placed seventh out of 20 students who qualified in their competitive events at the DECA State Career Development Conference. 

Two Central Ga. Students Head to State Spelling Bee

Two Central Ga. Students Head to State Spelling Bee

Two students from Central Georgia are heading to the state spelling bee Friday.

Junus Searcy, a seventh-grader at Bibb County's Rutland Middle, and John Roberts, a Dodge County Middle's eighth-grader, will compete in the Georgia Association of Educators' 52nd Anniversary State Spelling Bee, according to a release.

They are two out of 20 students in Georgia who will compete.

The state's top spellers will go head-to-head at 11 a.m. Friday in Atlanta.

Skyview Elementary Students Jump Rope to Raise Funds

Skyview Elementary Students Jump Rope to Raise Funds

Skyview Elementary School students raised $1,600 for the American Heart Association when they participated in Jump Rope for Heart on Friday, March 1.

Students making a donation of at least $5 were able to participate. Participants had the opportunity to win prizes while competing in different jump rope games.

Northeast FFA Celebrates National FFA Week

Northeast FFA Celebrates National FFA Week

Northeast High School FFA officers commemorated National FFA Week February 16-23 with visits throughout the community to raise awareness about FFA.

Officers and FFA members visited Macon Mayor Robert Reichert for the signing of the FFA Proclamation claiming National FFA Week February 16-23, 2013 in Macon.

The officers also visited St. Matthew Baptist Church and Elam Alexander Academy where they participated in Agricultural Awareness and Recruitment Day.