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OFTC selects its EAGLE winner for 2015

OFTC selects its EAGLE winner for 2015

Robert "Bo" Whitehead of Washington County has been chosen to represent Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC) at the 2015 EAGLE Leadership Institute in Atlanta, Georgia on March 16-18, 2015. 

EAGLE is the first statewide program in the nation that recognizes and rewards excellence among students enrolled in adult education programs. This student recognition program is designed to create greater awareness of educational opportunities that are available in local communities across the state and to foster greater involvement in lifelong learning pursuits.

Students at OFTC were nominated for the local EAGLE award by their instructors based on a demonstration of superior achievement in the adult education programs.

OFTC selected Whitehead out of a group of twelve finalists from across the College's 11-county service area who each gave an interview about their studies, progress, hopes, and dreams and a short, prepared speech.

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WCHS Senior Quintaveon Poole Signs With Mississippi State

WCHS Senior Quintaveon Poole Signs With Mississippi State

For Washington County High School senior Quintaveon Poole, running is his passion.

"I was fast and wanted to use my speed," said Poole when asked what sparked his interest in track and field. Using his speed, he has excelled in the sport as he is currently ranked first in the nation in the 400 meter.

Seeing his potential, Mississippi State University recruited Poole and on November 12 he signed his letter of intent.

"Quintaveon is a very special athlete that possesses talent that is very rare. Most athletes are either a sprinter of a distance guy," explained Coach Gregory Cooper, adding, "He can do both--and finish at the top of his class which allows him to dominate the events he runs."

WCHS Cheer Hawks Win Region Competition

WCHS Cheer Hawks Win Region Competition

Five months of arduous practice and five pre-region competitions paid off for the Washington County High School Cheer Hawks in November as they received the Region 3AAA Championship trophy at West Laurens. This makes the eighth time the Cheer Hawks have captured region. From 2000 to 2004, the Cheer Hawks reigned supreme; then again, in 2010 and 2011.

Coach Melissa Andrews said, “At many of our competitions, we face 3-time state champions Pierce County as well as South East Bulloch and Dodge County all of whom are our strongest competitors. All three squads have excellent programs with exceptional talent. Those competitions make us work harder and perform better.”

Each summer, the cheerleaders participate in stunt clinics, tumbling clinics, and choreography camp to learn their new routines. In July, seniors Dasia Danzy and Shelby Carter were named to the Top 40 Cheerleaders in the state.

WCHS Advances to Round 2 of GHSA AAA Play-offs

WCHS Advances to Round 2 of GHSA AAA Play-offs

Tickets for the Washington Co. vs. Callaway High School football game in the House of Pain are on sale now in the front office at WCHS. General admission tickets are $10 as set by the GHSA and can be purchased between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday - Friday. Reserved seating tickets are $12 and are on sale in the front office as well, Mon-Fri from 9-12 and 2-3:30.

GO HAWKS!

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Franklin Named WaCo Teacher of the Year

Franklin Named WaCo Teacher of the Year

Washington County Schools in Sandersville announed the system Teacher of the Year at a banquet sponsored by the Washington County Chamber of Commerce and Queensborough Bank. Ridge Road Primary Kindergarten teacher Melissa Franklin was named the system winner and will represent Washington County Schools at the state competition in December. Other teachers recognized were: Ridge Road Elementary School - Cindy Wolfe; T.J. Elder Middle School - Taunia Brown, Washington County High School - Steven Poss. Congratulations teachers!

Pictured L to R: Amber Veal, Chamber of Commerce; Susan Northington, Chamber of Commerce; Steven Poss; Taunia Brown; Melissa Franklin; Superintendent Dr. Donna HInton; Charles Lee, Chamber of Commerce; Paul Turner, Queensborough Bank & Trust.

WCHS Golden Hawk Cross Country Teams capture region

WCHS Golden Hawk Cross Country Teams capture region

Congratulations to the Washington County High School boys cross country team on their back-to-back-to-back Region Championship. This is the Golden Hawks’ seventh region title in the last eight years under the leadership of Coach Carlos Hope. Jacob Burgamy was the Golden Hawks’ top runner and 2014 Region 3-AAA Individual Champion with a course and school record of 15:59. Marcus Cannon was the 2014 Region Runner-Up, while Jamarion Tucker placed 6th to earn First Team All-Region, along with Burgamy and Cannon. Eddie Swint, Issac Lewis, Dwayne Gundy, and Renard Sanford rounded out the scoring for the Golden Hawks.  The Golden Hawks will compete in the 3A Championship in Carrollton Nov. 8th. The Golden Hawks will run at 9:10 am and the Lady Hawks will run at 9:50.

Washington Co. remembers 150th anniversary of Sherman's March


150 years ago this weekend, an event on Washington County's soil changed the course of that town's history.

General William Sherman led 60,000 Union soldiers through Sandersville, on his way to Savannah.

The march helped lead to the freedom of thousands of slaves there.

The names of those slaves may have been forgotten without the work of one of their descendants.

Sandwiched in between Macon and Augusta, most roads don't lead to Sandersville. But perhaps, for history buffs, they should.

The Genealogy Research Center is where Adam Adolphus started digging 12 years ago, for long-buried stories of his own family.

Adolphus asked, "What kinds of life did they live? What did they do?"