The Madison County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the possible exposure of two jail officers to the substance MDMA (methylenedioxymethamphetamine), more commonly known as “Ecstasy,” while they were opening inmate mail on Feb. 16.
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Senior Matthew Stephen Brantley has been named this year’s STAR (Student Teacher Achievement Recognition) student for Madison County High School.
The Madison County Chamber of Commerce honored Brantley at its February Chamber Coffee, sponsored by EMC Security and Progressive Realty.
The coffee was held at the MCHS culinary arts center. Brantley chose MCHS language arts teacher Trent Wilkes as his STAR teacher. The STAR award is presented each year to a top academic senior in each participating Georgia high school.
The student must have the highest score in one sitting on the SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) taken through the November test date of their senior year and be in the top ten percent or among the top ten students in their class.
DANIELSVILLE - Brian Kim Hattaway, 52 passed away on Saturday, February 25, 2017, at Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center-Gentiva Unit. Mr. Hattaway was born on February 18, 1965, in Royston, the son of Lee Roy and Melva Ann Berrong Hattaway. He was an IT professional at the University of Georgia and a member of Riverside Baptist Church. ...
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FOLEY, ALA. - Heath Michael Beatty, 39 formerly of Jefferson, went to his eternal resting place Wednesday, February 22, 2017. Heath was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved the outdoors and was a very talented carpenter and artist, which he got from his maternal grandfather Bob Byess. Heath was raised in Jackson County and attended the ...
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Foothills Education Charter High School, one of a number of charter schools that have sprung up in the region as an alternative way to increase graduation rates, is thriving in its second year on the Madison County High School campus.
The school, unlike the “regular” high school, has classes Monday through Thursday, 4 to 9 p.m. and is for any student who may have struggled along the way in the traditional school setting, or who just wants to get the classes that they need to complete high school, sometimes while also part of the Move On When Ready program that allows them to take college courses at the same time.
The school is SACS-accredited and students are able to graduate and get a diploma, something many of them may have given up on had not they not been offered this alternative.
Most of the approximately 125 students who attend Foothills are former MCHS students, but some are also from Oglethorpe County and a few from other areas, such as Elberton.
“We can take students from anywhere,” said Michelle Garrison, one of two guidance counselors at the school. Garrison also teaches seventh grade language arts at the middle school.
Foothills is a public school like any other, Garrison points out, it is not an “alternative school” nor a GED program.
The school also offers the same classes, with a few significant differences. For one thing, it provides much more flexibility to students who may have jobs or children of their own to care for during the day. Another big difference the curriculum is one-on-one computer-based where students work at their own pace in smaller class settings with courses tailored to meet their needs. Teachers are always on hand and ready to assist them when needed.
Garrison said the school is also adding tutors for one on one coaching and there are mentors who meet with students once a week to provide encouragement and motivation. “They’ve really done a tremendous job,” Garrison said of the mentors.
Graduation ceremonies, complete with cap and gown are held twice each year.
Student Sage Cash is a senior at Foothills this year and has been a student there since it opened. Quiet and reserved, Cash said he likes that there is not as much “fluff” as regular high school and that he can move through his course work at his own pace. [Full Story »]
COMER - Sue Phillips, 81, passed away Sunday, February 19, 2017. Born in Madison County, she was the daughter of the late Dupree and Lutrelle Esco Phillips. Ms. Phillips was valedictorian of her senior class at Comer High School, where she also played basketball. She was an avid reader, enjoyed cooking, and most importantly, she loved her ...
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