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Fewer Houston Co. Schools Made A.Y.P.

The Houston County Board of Education got the results their Adequate Yearly Progress testing and found fewer schools made A.Y.P this year than last year.

Superintendent Robin Hines says 34 of the 37 Houston County schools met the standards this year.

Last year, all Houston County schools made A.Y.P. 

Northside High School, Perry High School and the Houston County Career Academy failed to meet A.Y.P this year.

But Hines says that doesn't mean that the majority of the students in the schools failed. He says the schools didn't pass because of small groups of students.

He also says as the state's standards for A.Y.P testing continue to rise, it gets harder to get everyone to pass.



 "When you put all the students in there, what you see is we are meeting the standard," says Hines.

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Ga. National Fair Sets Attendance Record

The rides are all packed up, and the food stands are closed down. The Georgia National Fair is done for now, and fair officials say it was a record year for attendance.

Fairgrounds spokesperson Michele Treptow says this year's attendance broke the record set in 2007 by nearly 25,000 people.

The previous record was 443,351 attendees.  


She says they knew this year would be a record-breaker early on, based on the traffic, and of all things, the trash.

Fairgrounds Physical Plant manager Richard Scuderi says the trash is always one telling sign that fair attendance is booming.

"If more people buy food at the fair, we usually know about it because we've got a lot more trash to haul," says Scuderi.

Scuderi says he had an inkling the extra trash his crews hauled throughout the week meant more people were visiting the fair.

He says on a normal day, workers collect 2 to 3 tons of garbage.

Houston County Schools Host Band Night

Houston County School's put on their 17th Annual Band Night Tuesday night at McConnell-Talbert Stadium.

Band Night is a chance to showcase marching bands from Houston County's High Schools and Middle Schools.

Young musicians from the middle schools get to perform together and then the high schools take center field to perform their fall shows.

"They're out here three or four afternoons a week for three or four hours at a time, and we would like to show them off to the community," said Wally Shaw, Houston County High School Band Director.

Band Night has grown over the years with more than 1,000 students performing the "Star Spangled Banner."

The event is away for the community to support the band program.


Houston School Board Honors Years of Service

Houston County Board of Education recognized teachers and staff who have been with the school system for more than thirty years.

The ceremony on October 19th honored employees who have devoted 30 or 35 years of service to the children of Houston County.

Seventeen teachers and staff members were recognized and received a certificate of appreciation and a small gift from H.E.A Federal Credit Union.

The guest honored said they were excited to be recognized for something they enjoy doing.

"Teaching is in my blood, it's just what I do. It defines me," said Deborah Dean who has taught for 30 years.

"I just love being around the kids and the teachers," said Emma Ward who has taught for 35 years.

The reception for the event was sponsored by H.E.A. Federal Credit Union.

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Republican Leader Boehner Campaigns For Scott

House Minority Leader John Boehner stopped in Houston County today to rally support for 8th Congressional District candidate Austin Scott, who is challenging Democratic incumbent Jim Marshall.

In a speech at Centerville City Hall, Boehner promised more support for veterans and Robins Air Force Base, if voters help Republicans gain the majority. Boehner stands to replace Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the U.S. House if that happens.

"If you elect Austin Scott to the U.S. House of Representatives, it's going to be my commitment to do everything I can to make sure he's the next member of the Armed Services Committee," Boehner said.

Marshall currently sits on the Armed Forces Committee.

Boehner promised to remember Robins Air Force Base in Washington, if voters remember Scott in the polls.

After the event, Scott said he was "excited" to hear about the Ohio representative's "commitment for armed services."

Marshall, Scott Clash in GPB Debate

13WMAZ will re-broadcast Sunday night's Eighth Congressional District debate tonight at 5:23 p.m., right after Eyewitness News at 5.

Central Georgia congressional candidates questioned each other and fielded questions from journalists at Sunday's Atlanta Press Club debates in Atlanta.

13WMAZ's Frank Malloy moderated the meeting between incumbent Democrat Jim Marshall and Republican challenger Austin Scott.

Scott says the economy takes top priority and he wants the government to do more to create private sector jobs.

He said, "Stop the discussions about cap and trade." That's the proposed plan to limit greenhouse-gas emissions and allow companies that exceed the limits to trade with each other for credits.

Marshall says he supported efforts like the stimulus bill and thinks efforts to prevent economic collapse are working. Now, he says he wants government to back off on spending. 

Mammogram Suspect Released on $50,000 Bond

A woman accused of mishandling hundreds of mammogram results was released on $50,000 bond Monday.

Rachael Rapraeger of Macon left the Houston County jail around 12:30 p.m. Monday after a stay of more than three weeks, according to the Houston County jail's web site.

She's the Perry Hospital X-ray technician accused of notifying more than 1,200 women that their mammograms came back clean, even though a doctor never reviewed them. She faces 10 counts of reckless conduct and 10 counts of computer fraud, because she handled test results for 10 women who actually have breast cancer.

Emery Griffith of the Houston County District Attorney's office says prosecutors and her defense attorney agreed Thursday to set a $50,000 bond for Rapraeger.