Got Mold?

September is Mold Awareness Month. Ever wonder exactly what molds are and what causes them? Molds are fungi that can be found both indoors and outdoors. No one knows how many species of fungi exist but estimates range from tens of thousands to three hundred thousand or more. Molds grow best in warm, damp, and humid conditions. They spread and reproduce by making spores. Mold spores can survive harsh environmental conditions, such as dry conditions, that do not support normal mold growth. Some common types of indoor molds include Cladosporium, Penicillium, Alternaria, and Aspergillus. Some people are sensitive to molds. For these people, exposure to molds can cause symptoms such as nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, wheezing, or skin irritation. Some people may even have more severe reactions. Severe reactions may occur among workers exposed to large amounts of molds in occupational settings, such as farmers working around moldy hay. Severe reactions may include fever and shortness of breath. Some people with chronic lung illnesses, such as obstructive lung disease, may develop mold infections in their lungs. In 2004 the Institute of Medicine (IOM) found there was sufficient evidence to link indoor exposure to mold with upper respiratory tract symptoms, cough, and wheeze in otherwise healthy people; with asthma symptoms in people with asthma; and with hypersensitivity pneumonitis in individuals susceptible to that immune-mediated condition. The IOM also found limited or suggestive evidence linking indoor mold exposure and respiratory illness in otherwise healthy children. Other recent studies have suggested a potential link of early mold exposure to development of asthma in some children, particularly among children who may be genetically susceptible to asthma development, and that selected interventions that improve housing conditions can reduce morbidity from asthma and respiratory allergies, but more research is needed in this regard. Molds are found in virtually every environment and can be detected, indoors and outdoors, year round. Mold growth is encouraged by warm and humid conditions. Outdoors they can be found in shady, damp areas or places where leaves or other vegetation is decomposing. Indoors they can be found where humidity levels are high, such as basements or showers. Areas with high mold exposures include antique shops, greenhouses, saunas, farms, mills, construction areas, flower shops, and summer cottages. Sensitive individuals should avoid areas that are likely to have mold, such as compost piles, cut grass, and wooded areas. Inside homes, mold growth can be slowed by controlling humidity levels and ventilating showers and cooking areas. If there is mold growth in your home, you should clean up the mold and fix the water problem. Mold growth can be removed from hard surfaces with commercial products, soap and water, or a bleach solution of no more than 1 cup of bleach in 1 gallon of water. If you choose to use bleach to clean up mold: Never mix bleach with ammonia or other household cleaners. Mixing bleach with ammonia or other cleaning products will produce dangerous, toxic fumes. Open windows and doors to provide fresh air. Wear non-porous gloves and protective eye wear. If the area to be cleaned is more than 10 square feet, consult the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guide titled Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings. Although focused on schools and commercial buildings, this
document also applies to other building types. You can get it by going to the EPA web site at Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using bleach or any other cleaning product. Keep humidity levels as low as you can—no higher than 50%–all day long. An air conditioner or dehumidifier will help you keep the level low. Bear in mind that humidity levels change over the course of a day with changes in the moisture in the air and the air temperature, so you will need to check the humidity levels more than once a day. Use an air conditioner or a dehumidifier during humid months. Be sure the home has adequate ventilation, including exhaust fans. Add mold inhibitors to paints before application. Clean bathrooms with mold killing products. Do not carpet bathrooms and basements. Remove or replace previously soaked carpets and upholstery. For more information on mold, visit

It’s a Pumpkin Thang!

The Martin News is excited to announce it’s Annual Pumpkin Contest is BACK! It is going to be so much fun. All we need you to do is submit the picture of your pumpkin to our email at and the judging will begin. The judging will be done by a Mr. Hunt that has absolutely no connections to Sylvester residents so the judging will be done fairly and the pictures will be identified by numbers not names so this will make it more fair as well. There will be two different categories. One category is carved pumpkins and one is decorated pumpkins. Those will be the only two categories there are. Within both categories there will be 1st, 2nd and 3rd place and judges choice. SO that simply means there will be possibly 8 winners! How great is that?? So get those pumpkins carved or decorated and get them sent to the Martin News email and we wish you the best of luck.. The Martin News LOVES to give out prizes so get those pumpkins submitted today!!!

SunTrust Celebrates 125 Years

This week 125 years ago, the Georgia State Legislature approved the incorporation of the Commercial Travelers’ Savings Bank, the earliest Georgia forerunner to what is now SunTrust Banks, Inc. (NYSE: STI). Founded by 24 people from all walks of life with various business backgrounds, the institution became known as Trust Company of Georgia in 1893 and changed its focus from a savings and loan institution to managing trusts and engaging in investment banking and underwriting securities. In 1985, Trust Company of Georgia merged with SunBanks, Inc. of Florida to form SunTrust Banks, Inc., representing the Southeast’s first regional interstate bank merger. The company’s headquarters was established, and continues to be, in Atlanta. Today, SunTrust Banks, Inc. is now a top ten U.S. bank employing nearly 24,000 people and operating three business segments: Consumer and Private Wealth Management, Wholesale Banking and Mortgage. Its retail branches are concentrated in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic states, with other business operating nationally.  Throughout the years, SunTrust’s history has been woven into Atlanta’s – from the high-rise buildings and growth of businesses into international entities, to the organizations that serve the most basic needs of the community. “Celebrating 125 years in our hometown marks a significant milestone in serving this exceptional community,” said SunTrust Chairman and Chief Executive Officer William H. Rogers, Jr.  “While we are proud of our rich heritage, we also are looking forward to a promising future – for our company and those who count on us for their success. Ultimately, our legacy is built by our teammates, our clients, our shareholders and our community. And none of this would be possible without the people and businesses that have trusted us to put their needs first.” To help commemorate its founding in Atlanta 125 years ago, the company hosted an anniversary ceremony at the Atlanta History Center. As part of that event, student council representatives from nine Atlanta-area high schools attended the program themed, You’re Never Too Young to Impact Your Community’s History. SunTrust made a $1,000 donation to each school’s student council. SunTrust also revealed the contents of a time capsule from 1972. In addition, the bank invited the students to contribute items to a new time capsule, which will be sealed for 25 years and opened in 2041. “As a purpose-driven company, we believe that everyone can achieve the financial confidence to pursue a life well spent. Earlier this year, we launched the on Up movement to encourage people to take that important first step toward financial confidence,” said Rogers. “Our first 125 years serves as a launching point for SunTrust as we work to deepen relationships with our clients and communities for the next century and beyond.”   Congratulations and best of wishes to our SunTrust Sylvester Branch!

State School Superintendent Richard Woods selects 2016-2017 Student Advisory Council

State School Superintendent Richard Woods has selected 108 Georgia students to serve on his 2016-2017 Student Advisory Council. Throughout the school year, these middle and high school students will meet with Superintendent Woods to discuss the impact of state policies in the classroom. Members of the Student Advisory Council will also discuss other issues related to education, serve as the Superintendent’s ambassadors to their respective schools, and participate in service projects to benefit schools and students. “Meeting with my Student Advisory Council has been, and will continue to be, an invaluable part of my decision-making process,” Superintendent Woods said. “To develop child-focused, classroom-centered policies, we have to hear directly from students. We can only improve their educational experience by bringing them to the table.” Members were selected from a pool of more than 800 students who applied to serve on the council. Students were chosen based on the strength of their essay answers, which focused on their ideas for public education and the ways their own educational experience could be improved. The students selected attend public schools all over the state. “It was refreshing and valuable to hear these students’ feedback and ideas,” Superintendent Woods said. “This is a fantastic group of students with great ideas for the future of our educational system, and I can’t wait to work with them. I’d like to thank every student who took the time to apply and share their thoughts.” Meetings of the Student Advisory Council will be held September 12, November 7, February 13, and April 10 for middle school students, and September 13, November 8, February 14, and April 11 for high school students at the Georgia Department of Education’s offices in Atlanta. Details will be sent via email to selected students. Worth County High School is represented by Day Story.

2016 Georgia Peanut Queens

MacKenzie Grace Bridges – Baby Miss Peanut, Mallory Jane Grimes – Teeny Miss Peanut, Carlie Raegan Emerson – Tiny Miss Peanut, Shyanne Card – Little Miss Peanut, Isabelle Hancock – Young Miss Peanut, Lexi Belle Hardy – Junior Miss Peanut, Kinley Ann Pridgen – Teen Miss Peanut, Madison Elizabeth Barber – Miss Peanut. Photography was done by Marsha Hickox, God’s Eye Photography.

WCHS Offers a Dedicated Work-Based Learning Program

Work-Based Learning at the Worth County High School provides students with opportunities for instruction in both academic and occupational skills, career exploration, and guidance in identifying employment and educational goals. Students have the opportunity to connect what they learn in school with work-site application to enable a smooth transition into the work force and/or education beyond high school. Work-Based Learning programs are available to help students develop their occupational skills. Youth apprenticeship programs offer students both school-based and work-based experiences. To qualify, students must have completed class work and technical training related to the career field. Students and employees agree on a long-term plan of accumulating 2000 hours of on-the-job training. Apprenticeship is intended for career fields which require intense training and education beyond high school. Cooperative education programs provide paid work experiences linked to the career/technology program the student is pursuing. Students are released from school one or two periods to work at a job part-time in a paid position. Students attend both academic and occupational-related courses during the remainder of the school day. An internship tends to be a short-term placement directly related to a student’s program of study. Internships usually begin after completion of school-based learning in the student’s chosen career focus area. Internship placements are usually for intense observation of how a job is performed in a specific career area. Employability Skill Development (ESD): This program is for the student who has a job during his/her senior year, and the student has not or will not be taking a class that is related to the job. The purpose of this type of placement is for the student to learn basic employability skills that will be transferable to any job the student may later choose. Ideally, students who are working in an ESD placement will become qualified for one of the other placement opportunities and be re-categorized as soon as possible. This programs gives to the employers as well as the students. For employers, this program offers a source of skilled and motivated future employees, Provides an opportunity to prepare and train future employees, Reduces the costs of recruitment and training, Improves employee retention, Offers an opportunity to provide community services, Increases employee visibility in the educational community, and Encourages involvement in the curriculum development process. For students, the program Increases motivation by showing the relevance between school and work, Provides opportunities to explore possible career fields, Gives a realistic view of specific career fields, Helps to develop workplace responsibility, positive attitudes and habits, Offers opportunities for leadership development, Improves job prospects after graduation, Allows for interaction with adults in a work-based setting and Encourages the pursuit of education after high school. This program is great for the students and employers in our community. If you would like to be a part of this program, please give the Work Based Learning Coordinator, Tina Pate a call at 229-776-8625 extension 1414.

~ Dates to Remember ~


5th ~ Worth County Schools Closed– Holiday
5th ~ Happy Labor Day to All
7th ~ Kiwanis Meeting
8th ~ WCMS Annual Title I Meeting 5:30pm
9th ~ Ram Football– Home vs. Early County
10th ~ Fall Opening Downtown Farmers Market
10th ~ Drive One 4 Ur School 9am-1pm at Sunbelt Ford
13th ~ Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting of the Alpha Pregnancy Center 9am
14th ~ Kiwanis Meeting
15th ~ Downtown Pep Rally for our Ram Boys
16th ~ Ram Football-Away at Thomasville
17th ~ Downtown Farmers Market
17th ~ Shade Tree Car Show in Sumner
19th ~ City of Sylvester Council Meeting
20th ~ City of Warwick Meeting
20th ~ Coffee with the Counselors at WCMS
21st ~ Kiwanis Meeting
24th ~ Downtown Farmers Market
24th ~ Plains Peanut Festival
27th ~ Family Connections Meeting
28th ~ Kiwanis Meeting
28th ~ Worth County Schools Closed– Fall Break
29th ~ Worth County Schools Closed– Fall Break
30th ~ Worth County Schools Closed– Fall Break
30th ~ Ram Football- Home vs. Harris County

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