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.

A Good Night’s Sleep Critical for Good Health


More than a third of American adults are not getting enough sleep on a regular basis, according to a new study in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. This is the first study to document estimates of self-reported healthy sleep duration (7 or more hours per day) for all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society recommend that adults aged 18–60 years sleep at least 7 hours each night to promote optimal health and well-being. Sleeping less than seven hours per day is associated with an increased risk of developing chronic conditions such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and frequent mental distress.

Healthy Sleep Tips:

  • Healthcare providers should routinely assess patients’ sleep patterns and discuss sleep-related problems such as snoring and excessive daytime sleepiness.
  • Healthcare providers should also educate patients about the importance of sleep to their health.
  • Individuals should make getting enough sleep a priority and practice good sleep habits.
  • Employers can consider adjusting work schedules to allow their workers time to get enough sleep.
  • Employers can also educate their shift workers about how to improve their sleep.
  • For more information on CDC’s Sleep and Sleep Disorders Program, visit

3 Minutes Can Save a Life


The goal of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (#NEDAwareness Week) is to put the spotlight on the seriousness of eating disorders and to improve public understanding of their causes, triggers and treatments. By increasing awareness and access to resources, they can encourage early detection and intervention, which can improve the likelihood of full recovery for millions. This year, the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is focusing on the importance of early intervention. The public is being encouraged to take just 3 minutes to complete the confidential online eating disorders screening at  Taking 3 minutes to complete the screening will help determine if it is time to seek professional help.  If someone is exhibiting signs or thoughts of struggling with an eating disorder, intervening during the early stages of development can significantly increase the likelihood of preventing the onset of a full-blown eating disorder. It also leads to greater chances of a full recovery. It can prevent years of struggle and can even save lives.

Chehaw Pass Now Available At Margaret Jones Public Library


Worth County families can now check out this pass to the Parks at Chehaw from Margaret Jones Public Library. With over 700 acres of pristine, conservation land and a wild animal park dedicated to education, Chehaw is a unique attraction for South Georgia.   From the Wild Animal Park to the endless recreational opportunities, Chehaw has an activity for every visitor.  The pass is good for free park admission for up to two adults and four children. A valid PINES library card is needed to check out the pass.  For more information, visit the Margaret Jones Public Library at 205 East Pope Street in Sylvester or contact them by phone at (229) 776-2096.

National Justice for Animals Week – February 21-27, 2016


The Animal Legal Defense Fund’s (ALDF) National Justice for Animals Week is an annual event dedicated to raising public awareness about animal abuse, how to report it, and how to work within your community to create stronger laws and ensure tough enforcement. The Animal Legal Defense Fund’s mission is to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system. ALDF accomplishes this mission by filing high-impact lawsuits to protect animals from harm, providing free legal assistance and training to prosecutors to assure that animal abusers are punished for their crimes, supporting tough animal protection legislation and fighting harmful animal protection legislation, and providing resources and opportunities to law students and professionals to advance the emerging field of animal law.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund was founded in 1979 by attorneys active in shaping the area of animal law. ALDF has blazed the trail for stronger enforcement of anti-cruelty laws and more humane treatment of animals in every corner of American life.


Cupcakes with Mom

Thanks to everyone who attended “Cupcakes with Mom” on Thursday. You helped make this event a success and Worth County Middle School thanks you. Ms. Masters presented information about “The Lexile Framework” program with emphasis on the importance of Lexiles and literacy. She provided pamphlets with information about Lexiles and how the WCMS Media Center supports literacy and the Lexile Program. The Lexile framework for reading is an educational tool that uses a measure called a Lexile to match readers with books, articles and other leveled reading resources. Readers and books are assigned a score on the Lexile scale, in which lower scores reflect easier readability for books and lower reading ability for readers. The Lexile framework uses quantitative methods, based on individual words and sentence lengths, rather than qualitative analysis of content to produce scores. Accordingly, the scores for texts do not reflect factors such as multiple levels of meaning or maturity of themes. In the United States, the Common Core State Standards recommend the use of alternative, qualitative, methods for selecting books for students at grade 6 and over. In the US, Lexile measures are reported from reading programs and assessments annually. Thus, about half of U.S. students in grades 3rd through 12th receive a Lexile measure each year. In addition to being used in schools in all 50 states, Lexile measures are also used outside of the United States.

The History Of Presidents’ Day

Presidents’ Day is an American holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February. Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, it is still officially called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government. Traditionally celebrated on February 22—Washington’s actual day of birth—the holiday became popularly known as Presidents’ Day after it was moved as part of 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act, an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers. While several states still have individual holidays honoring the birthdays of Washington, Abraham Lincoln and other figures, Presidents’ Day is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents past and present. The story of Presidents’ Day date begins in 1800. Following President George Washington’s death in 1799, his February 22 birthday became a perennial day of remembrance. At the time, Washington was venerated as the most important figure in American history, and events like the 1832 centennial of his birth and the start of construction of the Washington Monument in 1848 were cause for national celebration. Presidents’ Day: The Uniform Monday Holiday Act. The shift from Washington’s Birthday to Presidents’ Day began in the late 1960s when Congress proposed a measure known as the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. Championed by Senator Robert McClory of Illinois, this law sought to shift the celebration of several federal holidays from specific dates to a series of predetermined Mondays. The proposed change was seen by many as a novel way to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers, and it was believed that ensuring holidays always fell on the same weekday would reduce employee absenteeism. While some argued that shifting holidays from their original dates would cheapen their meaning, the bill also had widespread support from both the private sector and labor unions and was seen as a surefire way to bolster retail sales. The Uniform Monday Holiday Act also included a provision to combine the celebration of Washington’s Birthday with Abraham Lincoln’s, which fell on the proximate date of February 12. Lincoln’s Birthday had long been a state holiday in places like Illinois, and many supported joining the two days as a way of giving equal recognition to two of America’s most famous statesmen. McClory was among the measure’s major proponents, and he even floated the idea of renaming the holiday “President’s Day.” This proved to be a point of contention for lawmakers from George Washington’s home state of Virginia, and the proposal was eventually dropped. Nevertheless, the main piece of the Uniform Monday Holiday Act passed in 1968 and officially took effect in 1971 following an executive order from President Richard Nixon. Washington’s Birthday was then shifted from the fixed date of February 22 to the third Monday of February. Columbus Day, Memorial Day and Veterans Day were also moved from their traditionally designated dates. (As a result of widespread criticism, in 1980 Veterans’ Day was returned to its original November 11 date.) Presidents’ Day: Transformation. While Nixon’s order plainly called the newly placed holiday Washington’s Birthday, it was not long before the shift to Presidents’ Day began. The move away from February 22 led many to believe that the new date was intended to honor both Washington and Abraham Lincoln, as it now fell between their two birthdays. Marketers soon jumped at the opportunity to play up the three-day weekend with sales, and “Presidents’ Day” bargains were advertised at stores around the country. By the mid-1980s Washington’s Birthday was known to many Americans as Presidents’ Day. This shift had solidified in the early 2000s, by which time as many as half the 50 states had changed the holiday’s name to Presidents’ Day on their calendars. Some states have even chosen to customize the holiday by adding new figures to the celebration. Arkansas, for instance, celebrates Washington as well as civil rights activist Daisy Gatson Bates. Alabama, meanwhile, uses Presidents’ Day to commemorate Washington and Thomas Jefferson (who was born in April). Washington and Lincoln still remain the two most recognized leaders, but Presidents’ Day is now popularly seen as a day to recognize the lives and achievements of all of America’s chief executives. Some lawmakers have objected to this view, arguing that grouping George Washington and Abraham Lincoln together with less successful presidents minimizes their legacies. Congressional measures to restore Washington and Lincoln’s individual birthdays were proposed during the early 2000s, but all failed to gain much attention. For its part, the federal government has held fast to the original incarnation of the holiday as a celebration of the country’s first president. The third Monday in February is still listed on official calendars as Washington’s Birthday. Presidents’ Day: Celebrations and Traditions. Like Independence Day, Presidents’ Day is traditionally viewed as a time of patriotic celebration and remembrance. In its original incarnation as Washington’s Birthday, the holiday gained special meaning during the difficulties of the Great Depression, when portraits of George Washington often graced the front pages of newspapers and magazines every February 22. In 1932 the date was used to reinstate the Purple Heart, a military decoration originally created by George Washington to honor soldiers killed or wounded while serving in the armed forces. Patriotic groups and the Boy Scouts of America also held celebrations on the day, and in 1938 some 5,000 people attended mass at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City in honor of Washington. In its modern form, Presidents’ Day is used by many patriotic and historical groups as a date for staging celebrations, reenactments and other events. A number of states also require that their public schools spend the days leading up to Presidents’ Day teaching students about the accomplishments of the presidents, often with a focus on the lives of Washington and Lincoln. Information provided by