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Flint Energies awards $20,000 in Bright Ideas grants to teachers

Flint Energies awards $20,000 in Bright Ideas grants to teachers

Flint Energies and its philanthropic arm, the Flint Energies Foundation awarded a total of $20,000 to teachers for creative and innovative lesson plans in the eighth year of the co-op’s Bright Ideas program.

Winning teachers were surprised in their classrooms by the Bright Ideas Prize Brigade representatives from Flint Energies with flowers, balloons, gift bags and “big” checks on November 5 and 12 and December 11.  The Bright Ideas program distributes grants of up to $1,000 for teachers to implement creative, innovative projects or lessons with students.  The grants are not available for professional development or SmartBoard or iPad requests.

This year $20,000 in Bright Ideas grants were given to 23 winning teachers and their team members at schools in Houston, Crawford, Marion, Schley, Sumter, Talbot, Taylor, and Upson counties.

International City Optimist continues Christmas spirit with $3000 contribution to Rainbow House

International City Optimist continues Christmas spirit with $3000 contribution to Rainbow House

International City Optimist Club contributes $3000 to Rainbow House after today's regular club meeting. Rainbow House Children's Resource Center has been a focus of the ICOC for years because of their great work with children in Houston County.

Job openings in Perry

Job openings in Perry

Each Thursday, a Georgia Department of Labor representative joins 13WMAZ to

Chick-Fil-A among 'Best Places to Work'

Chick-Fil-A among 'Best Places to Work'

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A has made Glassdoor's 2013 list of the 50 Best Places to Work in 2014.

The fast food chain is No. 43 on the list, which is based entirely onemployee feedback. It received a worker satisfaction ranking of 3.8 out of a possible 5.0.

The top five places to work in 2014, according to the list, are Bain &Company, Twitter, LinkedIn, Eastman Chemical and Facebook.

Perry native Deborah Roberts visits Central Georgia

Perry native Deborah Roberts visits Central Georgia

Deborah Roberts, ABC News correspondent, speaks with reporters Dec 7 after

touring the Museum of Aviation on Robins Air Force Base.  The Emmy-award

winning journalist and native of Perry, Ga., was in the area to serve as

grand marshal in the Warner Robins 56th annual Christmas parade. 

Perry High wins 2 state championships in FFA Meats Evaluation

Perry High wins 2 state championships in FFA Meats Evaluation

HOUSTON COUNTY, GA – Perry High School’s FFA Senior and Junior Meats Evaluation teams both earned the state championship during the 2013 State FFA Meats Evaluation Career Development Event.  Senior team members are (pictured from left): John Hartzog, Matt Davis, J.W. Gentry and Shelby White; junior team members are:  Emalee Smith, Kaitlyn Albritton, Landon Tadich and Lizzi Neal.

Agricultural teacher Philip Gentry is their FFA advisor.  Also pictured is Gentry’s daughter, Cason (pink FFA shirt), who serves as their mascot and accompanies them to competitions. 

The senior team also brought home individual awards.  Shelby White won second place for High Individual, and Matt Davis won third.  The senior meats team scored 1,644 and won by 40 points.  The students will represent Georgia FFA at the National FFA Meats event in Louisville, Kentucky next October.

PHS FFA Landscape Team wins second at National

PHS FFA Landscape Team wins second at National

HOUSTON COUNTY, GA – Perry High School’s FFA placed second in the nation in the Nursery/Landscape Career Development Event.  Perry High’s team members are (pictured from left):  Brandon Crosby, Alex Heath, Zach Holton and Zach Wilson.  Also pictured are Dr. Argene Claxton, agriculture education teacher and FFA advisor, and Roger Phelps, event sponsor with STIHL Inc. from Virginia Beach, Va.

During the Nursery/Landscape competition, FFA members test their knowledge and skills in nursery practices and landscaping.  Participants must complete a general knowledge exam testing horticultural principles to include plant anatomy, production, marketing, turf, landscape design and maintenance.  Each participant must also complete practicums involving a landscape drawing, landscape estimating, plant propagation or potting, identification of plants, disorders and equipment.