Today is Sunday, March 9, the 68th day of 2014.
William Ralph Maynard, of Woodstock, was found dead at the Wilco Travel Plaza on Thursday afternoon.
The Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office’s squad car fleet will get a little nicer in the coming weeks after the Catoosa County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the purchase of 11 new vehicles during its regular meeting Tuesday morning, Mar. 4.
Friday, March 7
President Barack Obama approved on Thursday a major disaster declaration for 39 Georgia counties that sustained damage during the Feb. 10-14 winter storm.
How much does the area served by Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) benefit economically from spending that is either directly or indirectly related to the college?
ATLANTA – Job seekers in Northwest Georgia will have an opportunity on Thursday, March 20, at a career expo in Walker County to connect with about 45 area employers that want to fill immediate job openings and future positions. The expo will be held from 1-4 p.m. at the Walker County Civic Center, 10052 North Highway 27 in Rock Spring.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Essay optional. No penalties for wrong answers. The SAT college entrance exam is undergoing sweeping revisions.
Changes in the annual test that millions of students take will also do away with some vocabulary words such as "prevaricator" and "sagacious" in favor of words more commonly used in school and on the job.
College Board officials said Wednesday the update — the first since 2005 — is needed to make the exam better representative of what students study in high school and the skills they need to succeed in college and afterward. The test should offer "worthy challenges, not artificial obstacles," said College Board President David Coleman at an announcement event in Austin, Texas.
The new exam will be rolled out in 2016, so this year's ninth graders will be the first to take it, in their junior year. The new SAT will continue to test reading, writing and math skills, with an emphasis on analysis. Scoring will return to a 1,600-point scale last used in 2004, with a separate score for the optional essay.
For the first time, students will have the option of taking the test on computers.
One of the biggest changes is that the extra penalty for wrong answers, which discouraged guessing, will be eliminated. And some vocabulary words will be replaced with words such as "synthesis" and "empirical" that are used more widely in classrooms and in work settings.
Coleman said many students who are terrified they will be tested on lots of SAT words currently have one recourse: drilling with flashcards. He said educators know that flashcards are not the best way to build real word knowledge that lasts, but "when the SAT rolls around they become the royal road. Students stop reading and start flipping."
The essay will be changed in other ways, too. It will measure students' ability to analyze and explain how an author builds an argument, instead of measuring the coherence of the writing but not the quality or accuracy of the reasoning. It will be up to school districts and colleges the students apply to as to whether the essay will be required.
Each exam will include a passage drawn from "founding documents" such as the Declaration of Independence or from discussions they've inspired.
Instead of testing a wide range of math concepts, the new exam will focus on a few areas, like algebra, deemed most needed for college and life afterward. A calculator will be allowed only on certain math questions, instead of on the entire math portion.
A longstanding criticism of the SAT is that students from wealthier households do better on the exam because they can afford expensive test preparation classes.
The College Board seeks to defuse that by saying it will partner with the nonprofit Khan Academy to provide free test preparation materials for the redesigned SAT. It also says every income-eligible student who takes the SAT will receive four fee waivers to apply for college, which continues an effort the College Board has had to assist low-income students.
These are the first SAT upgrades since 2005 when the essay portion was added and analogy questions were removed. There have been other notable changes to the test, such as in 1994 when antonym questions were removed and calculators were allowed for the first time. The test was first used in 1926.
The SAT was taken last year by 1.7 million students. It has historically been more popular on the coasts, while the other popular standardized college entrance exam, the ACT, dominated the central U.S. But the ACT overtook the SAT in overall use in 2012, in part because it is taken by almost every junior in 13 states as part of the states' testing regimen. Last year, the ACT said it would begin offering computer-based testing in 2015.
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Stella Chastain Hale, 82
The 2014 election year has begun in Catoosa County.
Five-year-old Mattie runs inside Puppy Love Kennels to greet owner Althea Isbill. Mattie loves getting a bath, according to her owner. It’s obvious by the way Mattie’s tail wags that she loves the office and staff at Puppy Love just as much as getting a bath.
On the heels of a multi-million dollar building project, Peavine Baptist Church in Rock Spring has completed additional renovations to the children’s sanctuary and Christian Life Center to accommodate continued growth.
Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park is advising the permanent closure of the Long Hollow Road Extension starting March 24. This access point into Chickamauga Battlefield is located directly west of the Wilder Brigade Monument. The closure will help protect the commemorative monuments that line the roadway, eliminate one non-gated railroad crossing and will help park staff protect cultural resources and visitors to the Wilder Brigade Monument. Other nearby roads that enter the National Military Park will continue to provide multiple points of access to the public.
Vincent Spann, Northwest Georgia ACA navigator will conduct a free informational event, March 17, in the community meeting room of the Catoosa County Public Library on 108 Catoosa Circle in Ringgold.
Dakota Booth, Ringgold High School's STAR student was recognized by the Ringgold Rotary Club. A senior at Ringgold, Booth received the highest SAT score in the school. To obtain STAR nomination, (Student Teacher Achievement Recognition), graduating high school seniors must have the highest score on a single test date on the three-part SAT and be in the top 10 percent or top 10 students of their class based on grade point average. Booth chose Melanie Keith as her STAR teacher to share in her recognition. From left: Denia Reese, Catoosa County schools superintendent; James Booth, Booth’s father; Bobbi Booth, Booth’s mother; Dakota Booth, STAR student; Barton Matthews, Ringgold Rotary president-elect; Melanie Keith, STAR teacher and Diane Hale, counselor.
Ringgold High School graduate Kenya White performed at Carnegie Hall, Jan. 20, during the 70th birthday of composer Karl Jenkins. The event was sponsored by Distinguished Concerts Internation New York and conducted by Jonathan Griffith.
The Catoosa County school system has contracted to purchase about four acres and a 30,000-square-foot building on Cassidy Lane in Ringgold to relocate the system’s transportation department.
Here is the arrest report for the Fort Oglethorpe Police Department for Feb. 14-20.
These people were booked into the Walker County Detention Center during Feb. 20-26, 2014.
While munching on pizza and cookies, attendees at the Walker County Emergency Services monthly luncheon learned about things that people, especially children, should avoid ingesting.
Wednesday, March 5