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BOE Wins Award for Financial Reporting

Even in the midst of the Atlanta Public Schools drama, Fayette County manages to brag on their Board of Education.

For the fourth consecutive year, the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada has given Fayette County Board of Education the Award of Financial Reporting Achievement for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR).

The award is given annually to reports that demonstrate a constructive spirit of full disclosure that clearly communicate the organization’s financial story, and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR. It is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

Leash Law Amendment

The Mayor and Council of Peachtree City unanimously passed an amendment for the city's Leash Law, eliminating the option of “voice command” for animals who arent on the owners’ private property. 

Animals on Peachtree City’s streets, paths, and in parks (with the exception of the fenced area of the Dog Park) must now be leashed. 

This ordinance is currently in effect.  Council has also directed staff to develop rules and signage for Drake Field to make the area a “pet-friendly” zone that allows voice command. 

This will allow those with pets who obey voice commands to access Lake Peachtree.

Starr's Mill Students Win Award for Toilet of the Future

In an adapted version of the Japanese “High Tech” toilet, three Starr’s Mill students have envisioned a toilet that will analyze a person’s urine, blood pressure, temperature and weight while sending the data directly to a physician who can authorize an immediate in-home treatment to cure illness.

Students Kevin Thomas, Carol Thomas and Casey Slaggert are the three inventors of “Dr. John” and the winners of the Future Fayette 2030 Contest sponsored by the Rotary Club of Peachtree City, in conjunction with the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce.

The winning team was announced at the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce Community Expo held at New Hope Baptist Church on September 14. Each team members received a netbook and Starr’s Mill was awarded $500.

The goal of the competition was to get high school students thinking about products and services that would be included in “smart communities”, or communities of the future.

Georgia Mountians Center hosts ReadyFest

On Monday, September 20th, the Georgia Mountains Center (301 Main Street SW, Gainesville) will host ReadyFest, a community preparedness event designed to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses and communities. This event is sponsored by The National Weather Service in Peachtree City and the Georgia and Hall County Emergency Management offices.

Nine Semifinalists Named in Scholarship Program

Students from McIntosh, Sandy Creek and Starr’s Mill high schools are among the 400 statewide selected as semifinalists in the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Nationally, there are about 16,000 semifinalists who are competing in the 56th annual scholarship program. The 2011 semifinalists are (McIntosh High) Erika Burgess, Mary Cook, Matthew Dawson, Kathleen Newman, Robert Worley, Shiyi Zhang; (Sandy Creek) Poonim Daya; (Starr’s Mill High) Graham Bloomsmith, Justin Buchanan.

These high school seniors, who have all achieved at a high scholastic level, will have the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,400 Merit Scholarship awards worth more than $36 million and will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements and advance to the finalist level of the competition.

Students Learn the Importance of Handwashing

Mom always told you to wash your hands and she was right. After School Program (ASP) students at Peachtree City Elementary conducted an experiment showing the germs and bacteria that live on unwashed hands. Kids are always told to wash their hands, but many of them don’t understand why adults make such a big deal about it.           

Students in grades 2-5 took cultured samples of bacteria from their hands using Petri dishes. The samples came from dirty hands, hands washed with only water, and hands washed with soap and water. After a few days, the students saw the results that were described by one of them as “totally gross.” Students in the lower grades explored how germs can be spread from hands and surfaces through finger painting.

2010 Landmark Christian Leadership Academy

On the 15th of this month, Landmark Christian School, in conjunction with Chick-Fil-A, will kick off their “2010 Leadership Academy”. The Leadership Academy is a “seven month program designed to teach high school students the “how” of leadership through the SERVE leadership model developed by Mark Miller, Vice-President of Training and Development at Chick-Fil-A. Tim Elmore, President and Founder of Growing Leaders and author of the bestseller Habitudes, a component of the Leadership Academy curriculum, will present the keynote address”.

Their goal is to teach young leaders how to communicate vision, solve problems, engage and develop people, resolve conflict and more.