Christmas Open House Downtown Sylvester

I have said many times that I love this time of year and here is another reason why I do. The Christmas Open House in Downtown Sylvester will be held on November 16th and November 17th, all day until 7 pm and on November 18th will start at 9am but times will vary on closing times for businesses that are participating on Saturday. On November 17th, at 7 pm there will be a free concert downtown featuring the Tams. This is going to be so much fun. How much more relaxing can this be, shopping and music. And guess who will be out and about… that’s right, Santa will be around. Who wants to see Santa? Here is the Santa schedule: Thursday, 11/16, 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm at Jessie’s and Salon, Friday, 11/17, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the French Market and then from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm, Santa will be at Serenity. On Saturday, Santa will be at Fletcher-Yearta Jewelers from 10 am to 12 pm. His last stop will be at the Vintage Nest from 1pm to 3 pm. Many stores will be having specials, food, drinks and some will have adult beverages. Stay tuned to the Sylvester Main Street Facebook Page for more details during the week next week. The Martin News is excited to go and we hope we see many of you out.

Parental Involvement Day

National Parental Involvement Day, November 16, 2017 provides a yearly opportunity for schools and families to honor and highlight the powerful contributions parents and caregivers provide at school and home to support student success. However, parental involvement shouldn’t be confined to just one day, it should be emphasized all year long. The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) works to serve students, families, and local school districts to provide high-quality programs that improve teaching and learning across the state. All GaDOE-sponsored programs share a common goal of offering Georgia’s students an education that affords them the opportunity to move on to college, the military, or directly into a meaningful career. Research on family engagement suggests that when schools, families, and communities support each other, students of all backgrounds and ability levels achieve at the highest levels. The message to all of us in the research is clear: educational programs are more effective when parents are actively engaged in them. Engaged parents and family members give students the support they need to be successful. The importance of parental support is highlighted during the month of November as Georgia celebrates Family Engagement Month. Schools across the state plan special events to honor the crucial role that parents play in students’ education. In addition, November 17 is National Parent Involvement Day, a time for all parents to reflect on ways they can get more involved in the education of their children. Be sure to check with your child’s school to see what they have planned. Thank you to all parents and staff members for all you do the students at Worth County Schools.

WCHS Choral Students Attend ABAC

26 WCHS Choral students attended the annual ABAC Choral Day on the campus of Abraham Baldwin College in Tifton on Thursday, November 9th.  WCHS Choral students joined students from nine other schools and worked with a special guest clinician and composer Dr. Earlene Rentz, a native of Moultrie.  The students that attended were:  Layla Adams, Cecil Burke, Tamaya Collins, Matthew Cook, Alyssa Craft, Andrew Crosby, Glacey Davis, Jakori Edwards, Samuel Ford, Sydni Gullige, Railey Hancock, Hannah Holton, Abbie Humphrey, Esrie Jackson, Emma Lynn, Raven Mallard, Kayla Martin, Autumn Munoz, Kelley Murray, Destiny Ray, Destiny Sellers, Rachel Thomas, Morgan Walker, Adrian Watson, Cianna Webb, and Tiamaya Woodard.   The WCHS Choral students are under the direction of Ms. Lesli Holton. 

Source: WCSD Webpage

Leadership Worth: Train the Trainer

Twelve alumni of Leadership Worth were certified today to teach the 6th edition of the University of Georgia Fanning Institute’s Community Leadership Program. Terrance Johnson and Ms. Julie Meehan, from the Fanning Institute, facilitated the class. We would like to congratulate the following facilitators of the 2018 Leadership Worth Class.

– Ben Barbee – Worth County Tax Accessor
– Harley Calhoun – Worth County High School Principal
– Denise Clark – Sylvester-Worth County Chamber Administrative Assistant
– Gina Connell- Director Worth County Health Department Co-Chair Leadership Worth
– Sherry Curry – Vice President Renasant Bank
– Lisa Dylinski – Director Worth County Family Connections
– Melissa Edwards – CTAE Director/Assistant Principal Worth County High School
– Mandy Gordon – HR Business Partner Phoebe Worth Medical Center
– Amanda Hendricks HR Director City of Sylvester
– Shelly Mcphaul – Director Sylvester Worth Chamber / Retiree
– Karen Rackley – President/CEO Sylvester Worth Chamber and Executive Director of the Worth County EDA/ Secretary-Treasurer Leadership Worth
– Karon Willis – Deputy Chief US Probation Officer/ Chair Leadership Worth

Mr. Johnson and Ms. Meehan also facilitated the group’s 1st Alumni roundtable. Great ideas for our future alumni! We will send a survey out soon to all the graduating classes of Leadership Worth. We would love to have feedback on the vision for LW Alumni. It was a great day for Leadership in Worth County! Interested in becoming part of the Leadership Worth family? We are now accepting applications for the 2018 class. For further information on the program, you can contact the Sylvester-Worth County Chamber at 229-776-7718 or email This class could not be made possible without the dedication and volunteer hours of the steering committee, support of the City of Sylvester, Worth County EDA and the Sylvester-Worth County Chamber of Commerce.

Source: Sylvester – Worth County Chamber of Commerce

Worth School News

Worth County Schools are staying busy and The Martin News is excited to keep you updated!

WCPS wants to remind everyone about the Hungry at Home Food Drive that began on Wednesday, November 1st, and ends Friday, December 1st. The following types of items are suggested as donations: Canned meats with pop tops, Milk boxes, Juice boxes, Smaller boxed cereal, Fruit cups, Chips or pretzels , Small boxes of raisins, Cheese or peanut butter crackers, Applesauce cups, Cereal and granola bars, Pop-tarts and Fruit gummy snacks. Thank you in advance for helping with this project that will directly affect Worth County students. Be sure to check out the Worth County Primary School Facebook page to keep up to date on all the latest pictures they have added to their page. Student of the Week pictures are on there as well. Congratulations to the winners of the poster contest during Red Ribbon Week. Pre-k winners are 1st place – Landon Smith, 2nd place – Gavin Judy and 3rd place – Marlie Graddy. Kindergarten winners are 1st place – Austyn Kate Rucker, 2nd place – Kylie Ray and 3rd place – Kinsley Gray. 1st Grade winners are 1st place- Bo Atkinson, 2nd place – Jackson Gibbs and 3rd place – Savannah Kimsey. 2nd grade winners are 1st place – Kassidy Jackson, 2nd place-Edne Joyner and 3rd place-Zachary Raines. Congratulations to all the winners and a special thank you to Mrs. Eunice Goodman and Mrs. Marsha Hickox for judging the posters.

WCES is excited to announce that the state released CCRPI scores recently for the 2016-2017 school year and WCES did extremely well! WCES earned an amazing 82.2 CCRPI score! This is a 12.8 point increase over last year’s score!!! They outperformed the state average of 72.9 by 9.3 points and have one the highest scores of all the elementary schools in this area! This is a true testament to the hard work and dedication of the WCES faculty, staff and students. A big congratulation goes out to the faculty, staff and students of WCES. WCES kicked off the first Friday in November with a bang. Breakfast was served to the teachers to start the day. They also had their 1st 9 weeks celebration where they reward those students that made the Honor Roll, became a Master of Multiplication or had perfect attendance with an hour outdoors to play sports, dance and play on the inflatables. All students also received a free ice cream as a small thank you for their hard work over the 1st 9 weeks. Well over 400 students participated.

WCMS is reminding families to mark your calendars now to come meet with ABAC, ASU, and SRTC representatives as well as the WCHS Dual Enrollment Coordinator on Tuesday, November 14th at 5:30 p.m. in the WCHS Media Center. This is an informational meeting for parents of students in grades 8 – 11. Parents can learn how their child can earn college credit in high school.

WCHS has quite a few things going own and have celebrated a few occasions recently. Be sure to visit the Worth County High School Facebook Page to see the Senior Night pictures that have been posted. It was a great night with beautiful pictures to enjoy. For all seniors, be sure to check with the counselor’s office on upcoming scholarships. WCHS is reminding families to mark your calendars now to come meet with ABAC, ASU, and SRTC representatives as well as the WCHS Dual Enrollment Coordinator on Tuesday, November 14th at 5:30 p.m. in the WCHS Media Center. This is an informational meeting for parents of students in grades 8 – 11. Parents can learn how their child can earn college credit in high school.

Source: WCSD Facebook and Web Page & The Martin News

Janya’s Journey

Janya along with some of her FFA classmates from Worth County High School attended the Albany Exchange Club Fair on Friday with the CTSO which is the Career and Technical Student Organization. Janya and the team participated in the Floriculture Contest. The team unfortunately did not place however Janya scored the highest from her team. Great job Janya! She stated it was definitely a learning experience. It’s events like these that teach Janya and her classmates the value of hard work and team work. Janya enjoys being in the FFA at WCHS and she is thankful for the opportunities it has brought to her.

Janya is excited to announce that she partnering with The Martin News, Men United Inc and Sylvester – Worth County Family Connections in this year’s Coat Collection. We are accepting donations of new or gently used coats and jackets to help those less fortunate that are in need of a jacket or coat for the winter. Please help Janya by gathering up some jackets and coats for the winter. You can call 229-272-4356 or email and The Martin News will be glad to arrange a pick up time. Keep watching for event times and places where we will be collecting as well. Thank you in advance for your help!

~ Dates to Remember ~


13th ~ National Shoebox Collection Week
13th ~ Hungry at Home Food Drive with WCPS
14th ~ Hungry at Home Food Drive with WCPS
14th ~ Worth County Schools Progress Reports
14th ~ National Shoebox Collection Week
15th ~ National Shoebox Collection Week
15th ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester
15th ~ Hungry at Home Food Drive with WCPS
15th ~ School Council Meeting at WCPS
16th ~ Hungry at Home Food Drive with WCPS
16th ~ National Shoebox Collection Week
16th ~ Celebration of the Seasons Downtown Open House
16th ~ National Parent Involvement Day at WCPS
16th ~ WCPS Fall Festival
17th ~ Celebration of the Seasons Downtown Open House
17th ~ American Indian Day/Colonial Day at WCPS
17th ~ National Shoebox Collection Week
17th ~ Hungry at Home Food Drive with WCPS
17th ~ BFHS Photo’s with Santa at The French Market & Serenity
18th ~ National Shoebox Collection Week
18th ~ BFHS Photo’s with Santa at Fletcher—Yearta Jewelers & The Vintage Nest
18th ~ Sylvester’s Downtown Farmer’s Market
18th ~ Celebration of the Seasons Downtown Open House
19th ~ National Shoebox Collection Week
20th ~ National Shoebox Collection Week
20th ~ City of Sylvester Council Meeting
20th ~ Worth County Schools Closed for Thanksgiving Holidays
21st ~ Worth County Schools Closed for Thanksgiving Holidays
22nd ~ Worth County Schools Closed for Thanksgiving Holidays
22nd ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester
23rd ~ Happy Thanksgiving from The Martin News
23rd ~ Worth County Schools Closed for Thanksgiving Holidays
24th ~ Worth County Schools Closed for Thanksgiving Holidays
24th ~ Black Friday – Shop Local
27th ~ Hungry at Home Food Drive with WCPS
28th ~ Hungry at Home Food Drive with WCPS
28th ~ Lights of Love Tree Lighting 2017
29th ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester
29th ~ Hungry at Home Food Drive with WCPS
30th ~ Hungry at Home Food Drive with WCPS

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and we will get them listed on the calendar. Thank you for your support to The Martin News.

I Still Celebrate Christmas With My Daddy!

It is about the time to start decorating Christmas Trees. I mentioned before that I would tell about the different trees that I have put up before and the different themes I had. My favorite tree was my “Daddy Tree”. I absolutely loved it. Daddy passed away eight years ago this year. The first Christmas without him was so sad. I missed him so very much and it just didn’t seem right without him. Even though I still had my other family and my son, the main piece to the puzzle was missing. So the next Christmas, I decided to put some of his things to great use. I took a Christmas tree and set it in the corner. I put some white lights on it and started the decorating. For the tree skirt, I used daddy’s flannel shirt. It was like I could still smell him on it. For the topper, I used his ole straw hat. As daddy got older, he wore a straw hat when he was outside. It was worn around the edges, but that was ok with me. For the decorations, I used everything I could get on the tree. I used his bottle of “Old Spice” cologne, his old farmer’s almanac book, several small play guitars, a stuffed animal that was a Dale Earnhardt, Sr. bear, and the list could go on and on. As I hung each item, I would tell Larry a story behind it. He loved hearing about his Papa. It made it like daddy was there. When the tree was complete, I stepped back and realized I would never spend another Christmas without daddy again! I was complete!! When people would come to visit, the tree was a conversation piece for sure. It was so much fun to tell what items meant and how they were used in daddy’s life. Missing people can be hard every day. We know they are with us in spirit all the time but there is something about holidays that you wish you could hug them, talk to them, smell them and touch them. It sounds weird but it is real my friends! You never replace them but you sure can fill a small piece of their absence by bringing their stuff back to life.