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Life & relationship strategist Kenny Pugh launches program for teen pregnancy

Life & relationship strategist Kenny Pugh launches program for teen pregnancy

In support and partnership with The National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy Life & Relationship Strategist, Author and Speaker,Kenny Pugh (http://www.kennypugh.com) will launch Abstinence Matters

Chamber to host Partners in Education breakfast

Chamber to host Partners in Education breakfast

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- The Fayette County Chamber of Commerce will hold a breakfast reception for the school district's Partners in Education later this month.

The event will be held Tuesday, Apr. 23 at 8 a.m. at Spring Hill Elementary School.

Several awards will be presented at the breakfast, including the Outstanding Business Partner of the Year, Outstanding Fayette County School and the Junior Entrepreneur Award.

Muriel Summers, principal of A.B. Combs Leadership Magnet Elementary School in Raleigh, N.C., will be the keynote speaker. A.B. Combs is the first leadership elementary school in the U.S.

Visit fayettechamber.org to register for the event. The cost is $15 in advance or $20 at the door.

Spring Hill Elementary is located at 100 Bradford Road in Fayetteville.

2013 Shuler Hensley Awards nominees announced

2013 Shuler Hensley Awards nominees announced

ATLANTA -- Some of the most talented young performers in Georgia have been recognized with nominations for the 2013 Shuler Hensley Awards.

The awards program honors the best high school musical theater productions in the state.

It is named for Cobb County native Shuler Hensley, a seasoned Broadway performer who has won a number of prestigious awards, including a Tony.

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This year's Shuler Hensley Awards nominees were announced Tuesday. The awards ceremony will be held Apr. 18 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

The nominees include:

Best Overall Production

* Avenue Q
Atlanta International School, Buckhead

* Les Misérables
Buford High School

Jasmine Guy takes her campaign against child sex trafficking to Georgia Perimeter College

Jasmine Guy takes her campaign against child sex trafficking to Georgia Perimeter College

On the heels of a successful campaign launch for "I Am Not Yours!"- a campaign committed to taking a stand against child sexual exploitation, Jasmine Guy has been making her case in national media with the likes of 

21 Fayette students to attend Governor's Honors

21 Fayette students to attend Governor's Honors

FAYETTE COUNTY, Ga. -- Students from all five high schools in Fayette County have been selected for this year's Governor's Honors Program.

The prestigious program gives some of Georgia's most promising teens the opportunity to spend four weeks in the summer studying a certain concentration in which they excel.

Being nominated for the program is an honor in and of iteself. In order to be chosen, Fayette's students had to undergo a series of applications and interviews at both the school and county level.

Fayette County's Governor's Honors Program participants include:

Fayette County HS
* Erin Johnson (physics)
* Jonathan Powell (social studies)
* Menaka Reddy (chemistry)
* Janeen Thomas (mathematics)

Feedback needed on Title applications

Feedback needed on Title applications

FAYETTE COUNTY, Ga. -- The Fayette County Public School System has applied for the Title I, Title II and Title III federal programs.

Now, school officials are looking for parent feedback on the use of the grant money.

The district will hold two open meetings for parents on Thursday, Mar. 14. The first will be at 9 a.m. at the LaFayette Educational Center in Fayetteville; the second will be at 12:30 p.m. at Oak Grove Elementary School in Peachtree City.

Schools use Title I funds to help students meet state content standards. Title II makes sure schools hire qualified and effective teachers, while Title III money helps students who speak English as a second language meet state standards.

Learn more at fcboe.org.

Parents in tears as Fayette BOE votes to close four schools

Parents in tears as Fayette BOE votes to close four schools

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- Parents wept and embraced each other in disappointment, children lamented having to change schools, and school board members spoke of experiencing gut-wrenching, sleepless nights in the past several weeks.

But Monday night a majority of the Fayette County School Board voted to close four of the county's 30 public schools, schools that have been in families' lives, and anchored the surrounding communities,for generations.

"This school system is going through the most challenging times in its history," said Interim Superintendent Stan Colwell as he expressed his "agony" and "anguish" in recommending to the board members that they close the four schools. The culprits, Colwell said, are falling enrollments and dwindling property tax revenues, and a swelling, projected budget shortfall.