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Education Board Member Publishes Book

Education Board Member Publishes Book

Houston County Board of Education Board member Dr. Toby Hill has published “Never Hug a Belly Dancer and 99 Other Meditations for Men.” 

A habitual journal writer, Hill decided to publish his writings in hopes they will be of benefit to others, a Houston County Board of Education news release says. 

When asked about the title, Dr. Hill said, “It basically means sometimes what you see and what you desire is not what you really want.” 

Amazon.com describes the book as:  “Devotionals for men who seek strength, encouragement and direction in life. Toby Hill shares his life-experiences with every man and how he has dealt with many conflicts, situations and decision-making. It takes a somewhat humorous look at life and gives one man's views of resolution and how to achieve the ultimate.”


Houston County Sharks Basketball Schedule

The Houston County Sharks will play this season’s first home game on Saturday, Jan. 29, at 11 a.m. 

The game will be played at Bonaire Middle School against the Clayton Eagles.  At the end of the season, the Sharks will host the State Tournament on Mar. 5, at Warner Robins High School.

All of the team’s basketball games will be played on Saturdays.  The season’s remaining schedule follows. 


Schools Plan Events for Black History Month

Schools in Houston County have activities planned in observation on Black History Month.  Miller Elementary and Eagle Springs Elementary have special events. 

Miller Elementary School will host the Ugandan Thunder Children’s Choir on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011, at 1:30 p.m. 

The choir hails from the Royal School and Orphanage of Mityana, Uganda.  Consisting of 18 children - 13 girls and five boys, ages 8-11 - the choir is touring the southeastern United States through June. 

Concerts typically last 90 minutes and consist of Ugandan drum songs, track songs in the Lugandan language as well as songs in English, including songs familiar to Americans. 

Miller’s student body will experience the Ugandan sounds and culture through this program.

Students to Compete in Regional Science and Engineering Fair

The Houston Regional Science and Engineering Fair will be held Feb. 2 – 4, 2011, at the Robins Air Force Base Museum of Aviation in the Century of Flight Hangar.  An awards ceremony will be held Friday, Feb. 4, at 6:30 p.m. 

More than 600 middle and high school students from Houston County and Peach County public and private schools will compete, a Houston County Board of Education press release says.

The fair is open to the public from 10:00 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 4.  Students will setup their display boards on Tuesday, Feb. 1, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Judges will interview participants on Wednesday, Feb. 2. 

Three individual grand prizes will be awarded - one for the junior division and two for the senior division.  One team grand prize will also be awarded to a senior team. 

Houston County Schools Social Studies Fair this Week

The Houston County School System is holding its annual Social Studies Fair this Thursday, Jan. 27, and Friday, Jan. 28, at the Museum of Aviation in the Hangar One building. 

The fair will be open to the public from 3 to 5 p.m. on Thursday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday.

Students in grades five through twelve may enter the fair.  The projects are visual presentations designed to show research and conclusions about the study of people and their relationships to their physical and social environment.  Research projects fit one of six disciplines: anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science or sociology/psychology. 

The best projects from the system fair will be chosen for entry in the Southwest Georgia Regional Social Studies Fair, which will be held at the Columbus Museum in Columbus on Saturday, Feb. 26. 

Rodeo Comes to Perry, Tickets on Sale

Tickets to the rodeo are on sale on the internet toda

The national rodeo will take place at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter from February 17 through February 19.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. nightly.

Special family rates and internet discounts are available.

For more information, visit www.gnfa.com

Houston County Alum Returns with Published Poetry

Houston County Alum Returns with Published Poetry

Jacob Watters, a 1998 graduate of Houston County High School, has published his first book of poetry, Curbside Assistance and the Benefit of Mistakes.  He is pictured with his book which features a former classmate from Perry, Fl., Carrie Parker, on the cover.  

His book is described online as:  “Written in simple, flowing language and often with rhyme and meter which readers may find more similar to the beat of modern rock or pop music than classic poetry, Curbside Assistance and the Benefit of Mistakes is a collection of poems written in homage of friends, family, nature, god, love, failure and success.”  “Having Never Said” memorializes Parker who died at age 20, a Houston County Board of Education news release says. 

After graduating from Houston County High School, Watters went to Valdosta State University and then to the Georgia Campus - Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.