Boss’s Day in Style

In honor of Boss’s Day, faculty and staff members at Worth County Elementary presented Dr. Rouse with this BBQ apron set as a token of appreciation for all he does. Thank you for all you do for the students, faculty and staff at WCES!

Worth County Middle School Winner’s Circle Awards Presented

Worth County Middle School along with the Sylvester-Worth County Chamber of Commerce held an awards breakfast on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 to recognize students for becoming part of Worth County Middle School Winner’s Circle for academic excellence or growth. Each nine weeks a student from each grade level will be chosen who has exceeded in his her academic areas and has no history of discipline reports. Each student received a framed certificate along with a $25 cash prize. Worth County Middle School along with the members of the Sylvester-Worth County Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate the recipients of the awards for the first nine weeks of school. Academic Achievers: 6th Grade – TaLaysia Vicks, 7th Grade – Samantha Foerster, 8th Grade – Tanisha Patel. Most Improved Students: 6th Grade – Brennan Bare, 7th Grade – Jenna Keeney, 8th Grade – Eren Brown. Worth County Middle School staff present were: Tiffany Sevier – Principal, Assistant Principals: 6th Grade -Carole Slappey, 7th Grade – Jacque’ Walker, and 8th Grade – Donald Edwards. Maria Fletcher – School Improvement Specialist, Greta Hunt-Counselor and Jaki Johnson – Parent Involvement Coordinator. Chamber Members present were: Chamber President/ CEO Karen Rackley, Chamber Chair Kyle Tomlinson- Snipes Piggly Wiggly, Chamber Director Lisa Dylinski- Family Connections, Chamber Director Shelly McPhaul- Best Friends Humane Society, and Chamber Director Gina Connell- Worth County Health Department.

Written by VaLenia Meeks Milling

Schedule for Parent-Teacher Conferences

October 20, 2015

Worth County Primary School:
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Worth County Elementary School:
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Worth County Middle School:
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Worth County High School:
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

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To all citizens of Worth County:

Each year, the incoming president of the Georgia Retired Educators Association (GREA) chooses a state-wide service project. Local units such as the Worth Retired Educators Association (WREA) support the project to whatever extent they are able. GREA’s 2015-2016 president is James Haymans of Fayette County. Haymans is a veteran who chose a very worthy project: raising funds to buy and train service dogs to be given to Georgia veterans who need that kind of assistance. The cost is $3500 per dog. The officers of WREA would like to raise enough money to purchase and train a dog. Yes, that is too ambitious for our small group; however, with community support, it could be done. If you are a part of Sylvester/Worth County leadership, a civic club, a veteran’s organization, a school club that needs a service project, a church group, a business that desires to “give back” and honor veterans, or just a family or individual who values the service and sacrifice of our veterans (past or present)…we ask for your help. A senior citizen or a child might have $5 to donate, while a business or club might be able to donate a much larger amount. Because of this, there will be no published list of how much was given by whom, but all donors will be acknowledged if we are given names. If we can do this, it would be a source of pride for all of Worth County, as well as a “teachable moment” for our young people. Most important, however, would be the satisfaction we would gain from helping a veteran with a need, whether it is a physical limitation, PTSD, or whatever situation might call for the use of a service dog. Officers of WREA are Gay Blackwell, president; Barbara Pattee, president-elect; Avis Patterson, secretary; and Linda Medders, treasurer. Group leaders are Shirley Thomas, JoBeth Shanklin, and Barbara Newkirk. Denations can be mailed to-Linda Medders at 604 W. Lee Street Sylvester, GA 31791. Cheeks should be made payable to WREA Service Dog Fund. You can call Mrs. Medders at 229-776-3088 if you want her to pick up your donation. You can also donate at Southwest Georgia Bank; the account is listed Worth County Retired Educators Association Service Dog Fund.

Information provided by WREA

It’s a Pumpkin Thang!

The Martin News is excited to announce it’s First Annual Pumpkin Contest! 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 info@themartinnews.com 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. With in 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 info@themartinnews.com and we wish you the best of luck.. The Martin News LOVES to give out prizes so get those pumpkins submitted today!!!

A Gator’s Fan Has a Dream Coming True Thanks to a Sylvester Family

Look at these smiles! How wonderful is this? Sylvester’s own Daniel Walls did a great thing, gave back to someone in need and made his day, matter of fact, made his year. His name is Mr. Floyd Jones of Moultrie. His family reached out to the viewing area through WALB by asking for help to get Mr. Jones to the Florida/FSU game. You see, Mr. Jones has stage 4 stomach cancer. There’s not much he wishes for except to see his Gators play in person for the first time. Me, being a Gator fan thinks this is the most awesome thing ever and not too big of a wish either. Daniel has season passes to the Gator games and gave his up for that particular game so that Mr. Jones could go. That is what you call a true Gator Fan…Helping others to see the game! Mr. Floyd’s wife, Mrs. Wanda is s excited for her husband. He loves his Gators she said. WALB stated that after they aired the story about Mr. Jones, he received numerous phone calls from people wanting to help. Along with the tickets that Daniel gave to Mr. Jones, the University of Florida also is providing Mr. Jones tickets to the homecoming game against Vanderbilt. Mr. Jones will also get to meet the players and is now an official member of the Gator Fan Club. Mr. Jones told WALB that he wanted to say thanks to everybody. “The outpouring has been tremendous and I appreciate everything you guys are doing for us” stated Mr. Jones. “From day minute, we got responses and I’m just so happy his dreams are coming true” stated Wanda Jones-wife “He’s been smiling ever since, like a kid in a candy store.” Thank you Daniel for helping the Jones family and thank you to Heather, Daniel’s wife for supporting such a great man. You two have done a wonderful thing for this man and have made friends for life.