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County has 2 'Best Teachers' in state

Have you ever wondered which schools have the best teachers in Georgia? Well, Fairyland Elementary and Rock Spring Elementary in Walker County are among the state's elite.

Niche.com, a ranking website that often focuses on schools and education, ranked the 100 best elementary schools in the Peach State. The rankings are based on "student and parent ratings of teachers, teacher salaries, teacher absenteeism, teacher tenure, student-teacher ratio, and the Niche Academics Grade for the school."

Here are the top 100 public elementary schools in Georgia for 2019 with the best teachers, according to Niche.

1 Pepperell Primary School, Floyd County Schools

2 Ephesus Elementary School, Heard County Schools

3 McHenry Primary School, Floyd County Schools

4 Jones Elementary School, Bremen City Schools

5 Timothy Elementary School, Clarke County Schools

6 Oconee County Elementary School, Oconee County Schools

7 Trion Elementary School, Trion City Schools

8 Chase Street Elementary School, Clarke County Schools

9 Colham Ferry Elementary School, Oconee County Schools

10 East Side Elementary School, Cobb County Schools

11 Barrow Elementary School, Clarke County Schools

12 Buford Academy, Buford City Schools

13 Rocky Mount Elementary School, Cobb County Schools

14. C.B. Watson Primary School, Houston County Schools

15 Patterson Elementary School, Pierce County Schools

16 Midway Elementary School, Pierce County Schools

17 Bonaire Elementary School, Houston County Schools

18 Shallowford Falls Elementary School, Cobb County Schools

19 Hickory Flat Elementary School, Cherokee County Schools

20 Sope Creek Elementary School, Cobb County Schools

21 Bremen Academy, Bremen City Schools

22 Davis Elementary School, Cobb County Schools

23 High Shoals Elementary School, Oconee County Schools

24 Clarkesville Elementary School, Habersham County Schools

25 Chalker Elementary School, Cobb County Schools

26 Fifth Avenue Elementary School, Decatur City Schools

27 Carrollton Middle-Upper Elementary School, Carrollton City Schools

28 Brookwood Elementary School, Forsyth County Schools

29 Malcom Bridge Elementary School, Oconee County Schools

30 Tritt Elementary School, Cobb County Schools

31 Ila Elementary School, Madison County Schools

32 Eastvalley Elementary School, Cobb County Schools

33 Lewiston Elementary School, Columbia County Schools

34 Metter Elementary School, Candler County Schools

35 Kemp Elementary School, Cobb County Schools

36 Nahunta Primary School, Brantley County Schools

37 Quail Run Elementary School, Houston County Schools

38 Commerce Elementary School, Commerce City Schools

39 Demorest Elementary School, Habersham County Schools

40 T.G. Scott Elementary School, Monroe County Schools

41 Settles Bridge Elementary School, Forsyth County Schools

42 Big Creek Elementary School, Forsyth County Schools

43 Addison Elementary School, Cobb County Schools

44 Lake Joy Elementary School, Houston County Schools

45 Johns Creek Elementary School, Forsyth County Schools

46 Blackburn Elementary School, Lumpkin County Schools

47 Kincaid Elementary School, Cobb County Schools

48 Bullard Elementary School, Cobb County Schools

49 Frey Elementary School, Cobb County Schools

50 Hazel Grove Elementary School, Habersham County Schools

51 Colbert Elementary School, Madison County Schools

52 Blackshear Elementary School, Pierce County Schools

53 Mount Bethel Elementary School, Cobb County Schools

54 Simpson Elementary School, Gwinnett County Public Schools

55 Cohutta Elementary School, Whitfield County Schools

56 Williams Heights Elementary School, Ware County Schools

57 Fairyland Elementary School, Walker County Schools

58 New Glennwood Elementary School, Decatur City Schools

59 Dames Ferry Elementary School, Jones County Schools

60 Woodville Elementary School, Habersham County Schools

61 Shiloh Point Elementary School, Forsyth County Schools

62 Fairview Elementary School, Habersham County Schools

63 Saint Marys Elementary School, Camden County Schools

64 Hoboken Elementary School, Brantley County Schools

65 Murdock Elementary School, Cobb County Schools

66 Haw Creek Elementary School, Forsyth County Schools

67 Oglethorpe Point Elementary School, Glynn County Schools

68 Ford Elementary School, Cobb County Schools

69 Mountain View Elementary School, Cobb County Schools

70 Kelly Mill Elementary School, Forsyth County Schools

71 River Ridge Elementary School, Columbia County Schools

72 Brookwood Elementary School, Gwinnett County Public Schools

73 Kings Chapel Elementary School, Houston County Schools

74 Coal Mountain Elementary School, Forsyth County Schools

75 Still Elementary School, Cobb County Schools

76 Riverside Elementary School, Columbia County Schools

77 Johnson Elementary School, Floyd County Schools

78 Blackwell Elementary School, Cobb County Schools

79 Satilla Marsh Elementary School, Glynn County Schools

80 West Side Elementary School, Marietta City Schools

81 Carnesville Elementary Primary School, Franklin County Schools

82 West Fannin Elementary School, Fannin County Schools

83 Schley County Elementary School, Schley County Schools

84 Centralhatchee Elementary School, Heard County Schools

85 King Springs Elementary School, Cobb County Schools

86 Vaughan Elementary School, Cobb County Schools

87 Blue Ridge Elementary School, Columbia County Schools

88 Whitehead Road Elementary School, Clarke County Schools

89 Macedonia Elementary School, Cherokee County Schools

90 Shirley Hills Elementary School, Houston County Schools

91 Rock Spring Elementary School, Walker County Schools

92 Sharon Elementary School, Forsyth County Schools

93 Parsons Elementary School, Gwinnett County Public Schools

94 Winnona Park Elementary School, Decatur City Schools

95 Center Elementary School, Ware County Schools

96 Keheley Elementary School, Cobb County Schools

97 Rocky Branch Elementary School, Oconee County Schools

98 New Life Academy of Excellence, Gwinnett County Public Schools

99 Due West Elementary School, Cobb County Schools

100 Carrollton Elementary School, Carrollton City Schools


Our hours for the holidays

The Walker County Messenger office will observe special hours for the holidays:

• Monday, Dec. 24 - 8 a.m. to noon.

• Tuesday, Dec. 25 - Closed.

• Wednesday, Dec. 26 - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Tuesday, Jan. 1 - Closed.

• Wednesday, Jan. 2 - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Remember Pearl Harbor

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, which is annually on December 7, commemorates the attack on Pearl Harbor, in Hawaii, during World War II. Many American service men and women lost their lives or were injured on December 7, 1941. National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day is also referred to as Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day or Pearl Harbor Day.

On Sunday morning, December 7, 1941, the American Army and Navy base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii was attacked by the Imperial Japanese Navy. The attack came as a surprise to the American Army and Navy and lead to great losses of life and equipment. More than 2,000 American citizens were killed and more than 1,000 were injured. The Americans also lost a large proportion of their battle ships and nearly 200 aircraft that were stationed in the Pacific region. More than 60 Japanese servicemen were killed, injured or captured. The Japanese Navy also lost five midget submarines and 29 aircraft.

The Japanese military had hoped that the attack on Pearl Harbor would prevent the United States of America from increasing her influence in the Pacific. However, the events in Pearl Harbor actually led to the escalation of World War II. The day after the attack, the United States declared war on Japan and so

entered World War II. President Franklin Roosevelt in a speech to Congress stated that the bombing of Pearl Harbor was "a date which will live in infamy". Shortly afterwards, Germany also declared war on the United States. In the months that followed the attack, the slogan "Remember Pearl Harbor" swept the United States and radio stations repeatedly played a song of the same name.

How do we remember Pearl Harbor today? On the direction of the President, the flag of the United States of America should be displayed on the homes of Americans, the White House and all United States government buildings. The flag should be flown at half-mast to honor those who died in the attack on Pearl Harbor.

In 1991, which marked the 50th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States Congress established the Pearl Harbor Commemorative Medal. This is also known as the Pearl Harbor Survivor's Medal and can be awarded to any veteran of the United States military who were present in or around Pearl Harbor during the attack by the Japanese military. The medal can be awarded to civilians, who were killed or injured in the attack.

Memorials have been built to remember or to symbolize the day. For example, the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor is a marble memorial built over the sunken USS Arizona, which was dedicated in 1962. The memorial remembers all military personnel who were killed in the Pearl Harbor attack. The memorial was designed by architect Alfred Preis, an Austrian-born resident who lived in Honolulu and was placed at a detainment camp after the Pearl Harbor attack as part of the internment policy of Japanese and German Americans at the time.

Another memorial that commemorates Pearl Harbor Day is the USS Utah, a battleship that was attacked and sunk in Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. A memorial to honor the crew of the USS Utah was dedicated on the northwest shore of Ford Island, near the ship's wreck, in 1972. The ship was added to the National Register of Historic Places and declared a National Historic Landmark in 1989. It is also Utah's official state ship. Memorabilia, books, and movies about the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 have also been made available to the public over the years.

Many associations, especially those linked with Pearl Harbor survivors or those who died from the attack, participate in special services to commemorate the event. Memorial services are held at venues such as the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor. Other activities include: wreath-laying ceremonies; keynote speeches by those associated with the event; luncheons; media stories on survivors' recollections of the Pearl Harbor attack; and school activities to educate students about the attack on Pearl Harbor in relation to World War II history.

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day is not a federal holiday. Government offices, schools, businesses and other organizations do not close. Public transit systems run on their regular schedules. Some organizations may hold special events in memory of those killed or injured in Pearl Harbor.

PEARL HARBOR DECEMBER 7 1941, A DATE WHICH WILL LIVE IN INFAMY... NO MATTER HOW LONG if MAY TAKE US TO OVERCOME THIS PREMEDITATED INVASION, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, IN THEIR RIGHTEOUS MIGHT, WILL WIN THROUGH TO ABSOLUTE VICTORY.

PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D.ROOSEVELT


A Walker County Christmas
Kids4Christ brings the magic of Dr. Seuss to LaFayette through 'A Whoville Christmas'

Kids4Christ didn't let the weather ruin its fun at Joe Stock Memorial Park in LaFayette on Saturday, Dec. 1.

During the event, the Grinch made an appearance, they held a "Little Miss Whoville" pageant, and the world of Dr. Seuss was simulated through activities, props, costumes, and decorations, capturing the spirit of Christmas.

Unfortunately, things were cut off short at 3 p.m. due to weather. This didn't stop the event from pulling through though. Festivities continued on Sunday, Dec 2, with a costume contest, a "cruise-in," Santa and Grinch pictures. An event meant to last for one day ended up stretching out over a weekend, thanks to Saturday's rain.

Kids4Christ is an independent and nondenominational children's ministry founded in 2002. It serves the community through providing Bible classes and

community events, with a goal of ministering to those in need and enriching the lives of Christian children.

There was also a cruisein during the event, during which cars, trucks, and motorcycles of various makes and models were parked. The cover charge was one toy for the toy drive that Kids4Christ hosted, which benefits local children in need.

Although there was no cover charge, "A Whoville Christmas" was a festive way to ring in the holiday season while fundraising for a good cause.

For questions or to donate, contact Kids4Christ at 706-639-3234.


'How Walker Works': Informational videos to explore, explain

Walker County Government announces the roll out of a new informational web-based video series entitled How Walker Works.

"These short-form segments will provide residents and visitors with 24/7 access to some basic information about how departments operate in Walker County," said Joe Legge, Public Relations Director for Walker County Government. "Some government functions are highly visible, while others are seldom seen, but provide a valuable service that improves the quality of life in Walker County."

Each video segment will run about a minute and will cover a different topic. How Walker Works segments will be available on demand at walkercountyga.gov and posted weekly on the county's social media sites, including Facebook and Youtube.

The following features are currently in the works:

• Tax Commissioner

• Planning

• Transit

• Mountain Cove Farms

• Zoning

• Economic Development

• Public Works

• Landfill

• Probate Court

• Code Enforcement

• Animal Shelter

• Walker Rocks How Walker Works launched with a segment on the Tax Commissioner's Office. A new feature will be released online each week.