WCPS Receives a Visit from Isabella Baptist Church

Worth County Primary School was very excited to receive a visit from Jason Jones recently. He is the Pastor of Isabella Baptist Church. The church made a very generous donation of 20+ book bags FULL of school supplies. WCPS said they were so thankful for the donation!

Students at WCHS Use New Writing Platform

Mrs. Laney Jones’ ELA students are using the CiteLighter writing platform in an effort to help them organize their thoughts to
communicate them in writing with more clarity and purpose. CiteLighter is a web-based program offering easy-to-use tools to help
students break down writing tasks. Mrs. Jones, one of two Worth County High School teachers piloting the program, has been blown away by the incredible support offered by the CiteLighter customer support team in helping to get her students up and running in the program.

$1,000 Happier

H&R Block, the world’s largest consumer tax preparation company, is starting Refund Season 2016 in a big way. With its 10,000 offices in the U.S. and Puerto Rico now open, the company kicked off an industry first – awarding $1 million a day for the first month of tax season during the 1000 Win $1000 Daily sweepstakes. The first drawing was held on January 16th with 1,000 people each winning $1,000 a day through February 15th, plus a final drawing on February 19th.  A total of 32,000 people will win a combined $32 million and two of those came from Sylvester. How exciting is that. The Sylvester H&R Block office was ecstatic. Mr. Obbie Grant was one of the $1,000 winners whom said he was excited about the money but the his wife, Donna said it was all hers. Laughingly Mr. Grant said well I want to stay married and stay happy so I will just let her have it but I will get me a good meal tonight. Mr. Grant has been filing with H&R Block for more than 15 years. The second winner was Mr. Christopher Wood. This is his second year filing with H&R Block and he said this could not have happened at a better time. Congratulations to both of the winners and congratulations to Tiffany Sullivan for being the tax preparer on both returns. Way to go Sylvester H&R Block office. Job Well Done!

Webby Lives On

In the wee hours of last Wednesday morning “tragedy” struck the home of Ben Barbee and Maria Hughes. They lost a family member that they had nicknamed Webby to the storms of 2016. Many a fine meal have been prepared on Webby’s grates, and for those memories they are thankful stated Ben. Please help them replace Webby.  For every dollar raised, Ben and Maria will donate four quarters to the Best Friends Humane Society and the Salvation Army to aid those that did sustain real damage, and loss of life from the storms in Webby’s honor. Ben stated that he was not personally matching the donations, but that he was donating 100 percent of all raised funds equally between both organizations, after Gofundme fees are removed. While this was started in humor, Ben stated that he does realize there were real injuries, lives lost and severe damage and because of this, all funds collected will be donated to not only the BFHS of Worth County, but also the Salvation Army to help with the devastation caused by the storms of last week. The Martin News reached out to Shelly McPhaul with BFHS on her thoughts and reactions to this clever fundraiser. “When I first saw it, donations were up to $75 and I thought what a great idea. When it reached $500, I was thinking $250 each would be awesome. I never dreamed it would get as big as it has” stated Shelly. As of today, Tuesday March 1st, donations are totaling over $2000. You can follow the story and donations on Ben’s facebook page. There is a raffle coming up as well that will donate more monies to this great cause in Webby’s honor.

City of Sylvester Human Resources Manager

The City of Sylvester is accepting applications and resumes for Human Resources Manager until March 16, 2016.

The Human Resources Manager is responsible for managing planning, organizing, and directing the City’s human resources programs. Work involves directing and supervising the work of personnel involved in developing, implementing, and coordinating programs in all aspects of the human resources function. This position is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing the operation of the City’s human resources program including recruitment and selection, compensation and benefits, workers’ compensation insurance, property and liability insurance, employee relations, performance appraisal and training. The HR Manager serves as the Safety Coordinator for the City attending training, arranging and ensuring at a minimum quarterly training for employees, conducting inspections of sites and following up on any reports of safety issues. The Human Resource Manager is a Department Head and works under the general direction of and is responsible to the City Manager. Applicants should have knowledge of human resources management, procedures, and operations. Applicants should knowledge of state and federal laws affecting human resources operations of local government. Applicants should have the ability to understand and carryout complex oral and written instructions and the ability deal tactfully and courteously with City employees and the general public. Applicants will have a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources, Business Administration, Management, or a closely related field or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities for this job. Applicants will have experience in progressive human resource work sufficient to thoroughly understand the diverse objectives and functions of the human resources in order to direct, perform and coordinate work within the department, usually interpreted to require five to seven years of related experience. A certification in either Professional in Human Resource, Senior Professional in Human Resources, Certified Human Resource Manager Program or the Advanced Certification is highly desirable. Applicants should possess a valid driver’s license issued by the State of Georgia.

Resumes, letter of interest including salary requirements and a City of Sylvester application should be submitted. Salary is based upon experience.

The City offers a retirement plan and health insurance.

Send applications and resumes to:

City Manager
ATTN: Human Resources Manager
City of Sylvester
PO Box 370
Sylvester, Georgia 31791

No telephone calls will be accepted

The City of Sylvester is an EOE and considers applicants without regard to gender, race, religion, color, or creed.

A Tour of the Capitol!

This past Friday, Worth County Middle School took over 177 of their 8th Grade Students to the Georgia State Capitol. They were able to meet with Representative Rynders and Senator Kirk as well as toured the Capitol and went to Centennial Park for lunch. What a GREAT trip made possible by WCMS and the great community of Sylvester and Worth County!

Chamber of Commerce Honors Businesses for Small Business Week

In honor of Small Business Week, The Sylvester Worth County Chamber of Commerce and The Sylvester Main Street held a Business Appreciation Breakfast on Friday morning from 8am-10am for all the businesses in Sylvester and Worth County. Many joined to enjoy doughnuts, coffee and juice along with networking with each other about what their businesses had to offer. The Chamber of Commerce offers events like this often for their members and for the community. Thank you to everyone who attended. Stay tuned as there is more upcoming events from the Chamber of Commerce and The City of Sylvester and be sure to visit all the businesses in Sylvester and Worth County, especially all your small businesses because they are all WORTH it.

Annual Mom Prom Set for March 12th

Make plans now to attend this year’s mom prom which is scheduled for March 12th. The dance is put on by the Sumner Egg Festival Committee and is held at the Sumner Gym. The proceeds from this event is used through out the year to give back to the community through events such as The Special Needs Dance and Pageant. Tickets are only $5 each and this year is a family event. The Sumner Egg Festival Queens will be there to enjoy the night with us all. So make your plans now to attend.