WCES Hears from President Trump

Recently, WCES 5th grader, Kyla Barney, wrote a letter to President Donald Trump in class during a writing center. She asked her teacher, Mrs. April Rogers, if she could mail it, so they looked up the White House’s address and did just that.  To everyone’s surprise, she received a letter from the President Trump.  Kyla and her teacher were very excited to receive this letter.  Great job, Kyla!

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Sylvester Main Street Receives 2016 National Main Street Accreditation

Sylvester, Georgia June 22, 2016-Sylvester Main Street has been designated as an accredited Main Street America™
program for meeting rigorous performance standards set by the National Main Street Center. Each year, the National Main Street Center and its Coordinating Program partners announce the list of accredited Main Street America programs in recognition of their exemplary commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street Approach®. “Once again, we are thrilled to recognize this year’s nationally accredited Main Street America communities for their outstanding work,” says Patrice Frey, President & CEO of the National Main Street Center. “We are experiencing an exciting era for America’s cities and towns, with a growing recognition of the importance of strong local enterprise, distinctive character, engaged residents, and sense of place. These are things that Main Street America programs have been working to protect and advance for years, strengthening the economic, social, and cultural fabric of communities across the country.” The organization’s performance is annually evaluated by the Georgia Main Street Program, which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify the local programs that meet ten performance standards. Evaluation criteria determines the communities that are building comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts and include standards such as fostering strong public-private partnerships, securing an operating budget, tracking programmatic progress and actively preserving historic buildings. Main Street America has been helping revitalize older and historic commercial districts for more than 35 years. Today, it is a network of more than 1,000 neighborhoods and communities, rural and urban, who share both a commitment to place and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. Since 1980, communities participating in the program have leveraged more than $65.6 billion in new public and private investment, generated 556,960 net new jobs and 126,476 net new businesses, and rehabilitated more than 260,000 buildings. Main Street America is a program of the nonprofit National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Dyke Announces Her Run for Worth County Tax Commissioner

Jana Dyke recently announced that she will be running for the position of Worth County Tax Commissioner. “This decision has not been made in haste, rather one my family and I have been praying over for months. I am choosing to run as an Independent candidate because I feel this particular position should represent the whole community not just one party” stated Jana. Jana is 36 years old and lived in Worth County until she was 9. She graduated from Lee County High School in 1998 and attended Darton College with a major in Business. She has previously served as the Vice President of the Lee County Chamber of Commerce, Walton County Florida, and Destin Florida. Jana took some time off to be with her children while she obtained her real estate license with a focus on commercial real estate. Jana has been married to her husband, William, since 2004 and they have two boys, Harrison 11 and Tucker 7. He graduated from Deerfield and works with Jana’s parents. Her parents are Hank and Jan Wadkins. They have relocated their business to Sylvester and brought 12+ jobs with them. The name of their business is Auto Damage Appraisers and has been in the family for over 50 years. Jana is thrilled to have her parents locate their business back to Sylvester. She is very excited that her mom is the volunteer director at the new Alpha Pregnancy center which will be opening soon. Jana serves on the Boys and Girls Club Board of Directors, Family Visions Outreach, Downtown Sylvester Farmers Market, Family Connections and on the planning committee for the Margaret Jones Public Library.  Jana is currently employed with the City of Sylvester as the Main Street Director. She has graduated from Leadership Worth and the Georgia Academy of Economic Development this year. Jana and her family purchased their home on Isabella street simply because they loved the heritage of the house and the fact it was over 111 years old was just breath taking. In their free time, Jana and her family loves to camp. Jana and William are also helping launch the new Greenbriar church and they attend there as well. “In order for my name to be placed on the ballot a certain number of registered voters are required to sign a petition. I have many friends and family working to secure these needed signatures. I too will be out knocking on doors; however I’ll be limited on the amount of time that I will be able to solicit these signatures, as I will remain committed to my current duties serving the City of Sylvester and the citizens of our community. Please be in prayer for me and my family as we work to make Sylvester Worth County a better place to live, “Jana Dyke William Dyke Harrison, & Tucker.

Sheriff Jeff Hobby Announces He Will Run for Re-election in 2016

Sheriff Jeff Hobby announced recently that he was thankful to the citizens of Worth County for giving him the opportunity to serve them as their Sheriff. Numerous people had been asking Sheriff Hobby if he was planning to run for re-election in 2016. “I am announcing tonight (Thursday) that I am seeking re-election as your Sheriff stated Sheriff Hobby. I appreciate your continued support.” He is having a campaign re-election kickoff that will be held October 1st, 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., at Southern Woods Plantation. He hopes to see everyone there. If you ever have any questions or concerns, Sheriff Hobby is only a phone call away.

Another Good Read from the Sylvester-Worth County Chamber of Commerce

I was reading recently over some materials that mother picked up at the Sylvester-Worth County Chamber of Commerce. If you need to know anything, I can promise you it is there or Mrs. Karen and Mrs. Denise can point you in the right direction. But anyway, mother picked up all kinds of reading material. One happened to be on Kiwanis. I knew about Kiwanis and had heard many things on their organization however I didn’t realize what all Kiwanis does. I want to share some of that with you. They have a few catchy phrases that got my attention. One was “A desire to serve. A place to connect. Join the club.” That saying describes many people that I know. There are so many that have a true desire to serve and help others. Another phrase that caught my attention was “A sense of community, a source of fulfillment.” At your local Kiwanis club, members enjoy the company of friends who share their passion for service while exploring opportunities for leadership, networking and more. Kiwanis club members get together to improve lives and serve communities. As a Kiwanian, you can expect fun and fellowship, Education and networking, Service projects and activities, Leadership opportunities, Recognition and personal growth and visibility in your community. There are so many ways to change lives through Kiwanis. Becoming a part of young lives is very important. Kiwanis clubs sponsor Service Leadership Programs. These Kiwanis-family organizations allow kids and young adults to serve their communities and develop leadership skills. Led by students and guided by adults, Kiwanis youth programs include: Kiwanis Kids, Terrific Kids, Bring up Grades, Builders Club, Key Club, Key Leader and Circle K International. Founded in 1915, the Kiwanis family now included nearly 600,000 members of all ages, more than 15,000 clubs for adults and youth and a presence in 80 nations and geographic areas. If this sounds like something that you want to be a part of and have the opportunity to change young lives, please contact Karen Rackley at the Sylvester-Worth County Chamber of Commerce or any Kiwanis member for more details.

Notice of General Election: Town of Sumner

Notice is hereby given that a General Election for the Town of Sumner will be held on November 3, 2015 for the office(s) of City Council Post 1 and City Council Post 3. Qualifying for said election will be held on the following dates with locations listed. August 31, 2015-September 4, 2015 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at Sumner City Hall, 706 Walnut Street, Sumner, Georgia. The qualifying fee for said office(s) will be $9.00. The last day to register and be eligible to vote in this election will be October 5, 2015. The polls will be open on Election Day from 7:00am until 7:00pm. If there is a need for runoff election, the date of this election will be December 1, 2015.

Students Receive Recognition at WCBE Board Meeting

Students from the AP Program at Worth County High School were recognized at the Worth County Board of Education Board Meeting on August 13th. The AP Program recognizes high school students who have demonstrated outstanding college level achievement through AP courses and exams. Worth County High School had nine students receive recognition in 2015 from the College Board for their outstanding performance on their AP exams. These awards are cumulative and reflect the student’s performance on all AP exams taken. Eight students earned an AP Scholar award. This award goes to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams. These students are Sherry Blakey, Reid Duckworth, Isaiah Jordan, Ty Marshall, Anfernee McLemore, Blake Parton, Taylor Tanner, and Caleb White. One student earned an AP Scholar with Distinction award. This award is given to students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. The student who received this award is Hanna Ivey. AP teachers are Mrs. Sue Youngblood, Mr. Josh Miller, Mrs. Melissa Souter, and Mrs. Kim Perrin. Congratulations to these students and teachers for representing Worth County so well!

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