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Sen. Tolleson Offers Mechanism to Fund Water Projects

Sen. Ross Tolleson (R-Perry) has introduced a bill that creates new options for financing water projects in communities throughout the state. 

That is according to a Senate Press Office news release.

The Georgia Public/Private Water Supply Act of 2011 (Senate Bill 122) will allow state and local governments to voluntarily partner with private investors on the construction of reservoirs and other water infrastructure projects.

Clean Air Campaign Hosts Student Art Contest

The Clean Air Campaign is hosting a kindergarten through twelfth grade art contest.

Elementary school students can compete in a comic strip contest. Middle and high school students can compete in a video contest.

Winning art or videos will be featured on the Clean Air Campaign's website, social media accounts as well as in the campaign's printed materials. Donations will also be made to each winner's school science, environmental or art program.

The art contest is open to all Georgia students.

Interested teachers, parents and students are encouraged to visit CleanAirCampaign.org to learn about entry requirements and submission details. Art contest submissions must be postmarked by April 15.

A panel of judges will select first, second and third place, along with any honorable mentions. Winners will be announced during Air Quality Awareness Week: May 2-6, 2011.


Flint Energies Announces April 1 Rate Change for Some Members, Not Residential

While Flint Energies’ residential rate will remain steady at the current 9.5 cents per kilowatt-hour, the Board of Directors have taken action to make changes in several rate schedules, effective Apr. 1, 2011.

About 7100 members billed under the Small General Service rate (FSGS-20) which covers businesses under 20 kilowatts (kW) of demand will see a slight increase in their costs as the base charge moves from $20 to $22 per month, a Flint Energies news release says. Their energy charge will remain the same.

Perry High FFA, 2010-2011 State Champions

Perry High FFA, 2010-2011 State Champions

Perry High School’s FFA Senior Meats Evaluation team earned the title of State Champion during the 2010-2011 State FFA Meats Evaluation Career Development Event. 

Team members are Michael Herren, Drew Rowell, Daniel Bergman, Myles Sowell and Jared Law, a Houston County Board of Education news release says.

The Meats Evaluation event develops skills needed for careers in the meat animal industry and students become more knowledgeable consumers of meat and meat animal products.  Participants take a written exam, identify retail cuts, and grade carcasses on quality and yield grade. 

John (Chip) Bridges, Program Manager, Agricultural Education for the Georgia Department of Education, commented “It is an awesome accomplishment when a student, teacher, school, and system are recognized as a State Champion. 

Vegetable Gardening Class Scheduled for February

A vegetable gardening class will be offered to area homeowners who want guidance on planning and planting a spring garden.

The class, Vegetable Gardening 101, will be offered on Feb. 24 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The UGA Houston County Extension Office will host the class in the Extension Office Multipurpose Room, located on the top floor of the old courthouse in Perry.

The class costs $10 per person.

UGA Extension Agent Willie Chance will discuss seed propagation, soil preparation, plant selection and planting techniques.

Registrants must pre-register and prepay before 5 p.m. on Feb. 18.

Call 478-987-2028 for a registration form, or download one here.

Feagin Mill Middle School Recycling Nationally Ranked

Feagin Mill Middle School (FMMS) has joined FundingFactory, a program to fundraise through recycling.  The program has enabled FMMS to purchase two slates to interact wirelessly with interactive whiteboards. 

FMMS has been ranked in the top six percent of schools and top 10 percent nationally regarding its recycling efforts.

The FundingFactory program recycles empty printer cartridges and cell phones in return for a check or redemption points toward purchases. 

FMMS sent in enough cartridges and phones to rank number 526 out of 9,593 schools for total qualifying items sent in for the past 12 months.  The school used the earnings to purchase two SMART AirLiners. 

FMMS Principal Dr. Jesse Davis encourages the public to recycle cell phones and ink cartridges by donating them to the school. 

FMMS is located at 1200 Feagin Mill Road in Warner Robins. 

Made 2B More Hosts Coat Drive

Made 2B More Hosts Coat Drive

Made 2B More is collecting clean, reusable coats for individuals in Houston County.

Donators can drop off coats Tuesdays through Thursdays 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m.-12 p.m. through Dec. 17.

According to the organization's website, Made 2B More is the opportunity girls need that will empower them with healthy self-esteem and instill strong values so that they can grow up to achieve their dreams and be more. Just a girl? She is more than just a girl. She is made to be more.

Coats can be delivered to the Made 2B More Office at 736 Carroll St Suite 6 (Village Shops) in Perry.