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Man dies after bar fight in Tennille


Authorities are still waiting on autopsy results to determine the cause of death for a Tift County man who died after a bar fight in Tennille.

That's according to Tennille Police Chief Joel Cochran.

He said it's still unclear whether Anthony Pollock actually died from injuries in the fight or some other cause.

Chief Joel Cochran says it happened around 11 p.m. Tuesday at the Porch Bar & Grill. He says officers responded to the reported fight and found several people fighting.

Pollock, was conscious when officers arrived but later died at Washington County Regional Medical Center. He was 39.

After an autopsy Friday, Cochran said Pollock's cause of death was still unknown.

Cochran said he'd ask the GBI to assist the investigation.

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OFTC Administrator Completes Leadership Academy

OFTC Administrator Completes Leadership Academy

A group of technical college executives from across Georgia have been honored as graduates of the Technical College System of Georgia’s (TCSG) Executive Leadership Academy.

Tammy Bayto, Dean of Allied Health and Professional Services at Oconee Fall Line Technical College, was among the 27 academy graduates who were congratulated by TSCG Commissioner Ron Jackson during a dinner in Savannah on May 13, 2014.

“The TCSG Executive Leadership Academy is entirely focused on developing the next great leaders for Georgia’s technical colleges,” said Commissioner Ron Jackson. “The academy’s programs provide our rising executives with unique opportunities to increase their knowledge of the TCSG while also obtaining valuable leadership experience.”

Participation in the academy is highly selective and by invitation only. Bayto was nominated to attend the academy by OFTC President Dr. Lloyd Horadan and then approved by the Executive Leadership Academy’s board of directors.

Young Named CEFGA Ambassador of the Year

Young Named CEFGA Ambassador of the Year

Antonio Young, WCHS SkillsUSA advisor and WCHS construction trades teacher was recognized by Superintendent Hinton for being named Ambassador of the Year for CEFGA (Construction Education Foundation of Georgia).  Mr. Young was recognized for promoting CEFGA and its mission to his colleagues and students. Young maintained his construction program accreditation and encouraged other teachers to maintain/attain theirs throughout the year.

"I am honored to receive this recognition and was totally surprised at the ceremony. I feel very fortunate to have the support from my principal, Dr. Al Gray, CTAE Director Vickie Harden, and Superintendent Dr. Donna Hinton. Our program continues to grow and with the new labs classroom construction bay work area, we will be able to do bigger and better things in the program,” Young said. “Helping students make the transition from school to career is one of our goals in all the CTAE instruction programs.”

Grandparents' Tea Draws Record Crowd

Grandparents' Tea Draws Record Crowd

Principal Dexter Wansley greeted more than 600 family members gathered at Ridge Road Primary School for the annual Grandparents' Tea Saturday, September 6. Sign-in rosters reflected 435 grandparents who had grandchildren and some parents in tow.  The morning began with homemade chocolate chip cookies and tea followed by a short program. RRP Oratorical Club made a brief presentation, introducing themselves and telling what they like most about visiting their grandparents. Attendees then toured the classrooms and gathered back in the cafeteria for door prizes. The PATHS (Parents and Teachers Helping Students) group sold school t-shirts and family pictures. Grandparent Michael Phillips commented, “This was a great opportunity to visit my granddaughter’s classroom and see where she spends a large part of her day. I enjoyed the tea and appreciated the opportunity.”        

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WCBOE Recognizes Robinson

WCBOE Recognizes Robinson

At the September Washington County Board of Education meeting, Washington County High School student Rodney Robinson and teacher Antonio Young were recognized for their recent accomplishments with the SkillsUSA organization. Robinson, a junior, competed at the region and state levels during the 2013-2014 school year taking home top honors, earning him a trip to the 50th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) in Kansas City. The SkillsUSA championships is the national-level competition for public high school and college/postsecondary technical students enrolled in career and technical education programs. More than 5,600 students competed in various categories.

OFTC Events in September for Literacy Awareness

OFTC Events in September for Literacy Awareness
 September 15, 2014
  • Read a Book, Warren County Head Start 9:45am - 10:00 am
  • Pajama Reading Night – Hancock County, Age Group K-5, 7:00 pm
  • Health Fair - Glascock County, 9:00 am
September 16, 2014
  • Family Literacy Night - Jefferson County Center, Pre K – 5th, 7:00 pm
  • Open House Wheeler County, 10:00 am – 12 Noon AND 4:00 pm – 6: 00 pm
September 17, 2014
  • G.U.M. (Grammar, Usage, & Mechanics) Writing Strategies, Age Group 5 -12 and adult learners, 6:00 pm
September 18, 2014
  • Find Your Future Today!

Area students invited to enter statewide design contest

Area students invited to enter statewide design contest

Oconee Fall Line Technical College is encouraging all area elementary, middle and high school art instructors and their students to participate in Georgia's annual Manufacturing Appreciation Week (MAW) student design competition.

Winners have the opportunity to win cash awards and attend the Manufacturing Appreciation Week luncheon in Atlanta with the Governor.

Students from across Georgia are encouraged to submit artwork depicting the importance of manufacturing to their lives and communities as part of Manufacturing Appreciation Week (MAW). MAW was developed by the Technical College System of Georgia and the Georgia Department of Economic Development.