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Wednesday 04/16/2014
Model High Principal Glenn White elected president of GHSA
Updated: April 17, 2014 - 1:40 am

Glenn White, principal of Model High School, has been elected president of the Georgia High School Association, but he isn’t going anywhere.

Tuesday 04/15/2014
Willis J. Potts, Jr. honored as Heritage Award Recipient at Highlands Gala
Updated: April 16, 2014 - 9:38 am

About 300 people gathered for a grand celebration of milestones, scholarship, and altruism. Georgia Highlands College Foundation hosted the second annual Highlands Gala on Friday, April 11, 2014 at the Coosa Country Club and raised over $62,000 in support of GHC students including more than $20,000 to endow the Willis J. Potts, Jr. Endowed Scholarship.

Georgia officials approve tuition increases
Posted: April 15, 2014

DAHLONEGA, Ga. (AP) — Tuition is going up for Georgia students at all 31 state colleges and universities under a budget plan approved Tuesday by the state Board of Regents, including the largest increase of $372 more per semester for Georgia Tech undergraduates.

Tuition costs have increased every year since at least 2002 at Georgia's state campuses. While the Board of Regents kept the rate of tuition increases at 2.5 percent for 27 campuses, students at the system's four research universities will see costs increase more. The increase ranges from about $32 at state colleges to about $85 at Georgia College and State University per semester.

Georgia Tech's tuition will increase by 9 percent, bringing the per semester cost to about $4,500. Students at the University of Georgia will pay 7 percent more each semester, adding $281 to their tuition. At Georgia Regents University in Augusta and Georgia State University in Atlanta, students will pay 4 percent more, about $150 per semester.

The board also approved various student fees, including a $3 sustainability fee at Georgia State and a $100 wellness center fee at Bainbridge State College.

Chancellor Hank Huckaby said lower state support for the system contributes to the annual tuition increases. State funding and tuition contribute about 50% each toward operating costs. The system has to control its own expenses too, he said.

"Ideally, we'd love to get to the point where for a couple of years we'd have no increase," Huckaby said. "We're striving for that, but we're not there yet."

The 2015 state budget approved by lawmakers and awaiting Gov. Nathan Deal's signature increased funding for the university system by about $55.9 million. The budget also increased state funding for the HOPE Scholarship program by about 3 percent.

The system tuition increase will exceed that boost by about $4 or $5 million because of the high number of scholarship recipients who attend the four research universities, said John Brown, the system's vice chancellor fiscal affairs and treasurer.

There was no discussion of the increases among board members at Tuesday's meeting on the University of North Georgia's Dahlonega campus. The board typically meets in Atlanta but holds its April and October meetings on campuses around the state.

System officials said the average tuition at Georgia state colleges and universities still is less than the average for surrounding states' colleges and universities, including Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama.

Darlington junior recognized for servant leadership at Gordon County Volunteer Banquet
Posted: April 15, 2014

Darlington junior Natalie Collins was recently recognized for servant leadership during the Feb. 6 Gordon County Volunteer Banquet, held at Georgia Northwestern Technical College.

WBHF Radio: Cartersville High School Principal Steve Butler submitted his resignation
Posted: April 15, 2014

After just two years on the job, Cartersville High School Principal Steve Butler submitted his resignation. According to minutes from Monday's (Bartow County) School Board meeting, Steve Butler's resignation will be effective June 30, 2014. In his letter of resignation, Butler cited his appreciation for the opportunity to be part of Cartersville High School and his intent to accept another position outside the system which we hill announce at a later date.

Young Romans features Main Elementary, Armuchee High School
Updated: April 15, 2014 - 12:32 pm

Coming in Wednesday’s Young Romans, we visit Main Elementary School and spend a morning with students learning about “The Great Fire” in Amanda Mayo’s sixth-grade class and get some math tutoring from Mrs. Whitaker’s fourth-grade class.

Monday 04/14/2014
Floyd County Schools and Berry offer academic summer camp
Posted: April 14, 2014

Summer break from school is near and many parents will be looking for opportunities for enrichment camps for their children.  Floyd County Schools and Berry College have teamed-up to provide a gifted summer camp for children in the Northwest Georgia area.  Viking Explorations will be held on the campus of Berry College and is a summer program for gifted and talented students in third through eighth-grade.  The program will be held July 7-11 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  

Viking Explorations will be taught by full-time college faculty, teachers from Berry College, Berry Elementary, Berry Middle School, and gifted program teachers from Floyd County Schools. Children will have the opportunity to select two classes from the variety of options offered in the program.  The camp will run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon each day.  "As we looked at what was offered for our gifted children over the summer, we saw a void of programs here in our area," stated McCall Govignon, director of advanced academic programs for Floyd County Schools. "I approached Berry College about hosting a program last year and their excitement about the opportunity quickly developed into Viking Explorations."  Govingnon added, "This will be our second year and we are thrilled about the summer academic exploration this program will offer for our gifted program students in Floyd County Schools."  

Tuition for Viking Explorations is $125.00.  Supplies and equipment needed during the camp are included in the price along with snacks.  Parents may register their children online at:  Children must be in the gifted academic program in their local school to register for the program.  Registration is open May 1 to June 1, 2014.   

Classes offered during this summer's Viking Explorations include:

BOLD Outdoor Leadership: The Berry College Outdoor Leadership course will require the imagination and cooperation of every participant as we build communication skills and team confidence on low ropes course elements.

Chess Masters: Taking players from piece pushers to strategic thinkers in one of the world’s oldest games is the goal. Players will learn opening strategy, defense tactics, common checkmates and how to anticipate when their opponent will play next.  

 Get "Grossed Out!" in this session about germs, diseases and organs.  The course will be a hand-on study or organs of the human body and disorders that affect them.  Participants will meet with professionals from the medical field.  A dissection will be part of the session.

Hiking through History
 Participants will be guided through rich experiences in history by looking through a lens to the past, exploring documents firsthand in the Berry College Library Archives, the Martha Berry Digital Archives and various historical sites on the Berry campus.   

Summer at the Improv!
 Children will learn the basic rules of improv, including stage presence.  Most importantly, students will gain self-confidence, learn to celebrate the quirks that make us all unique and fabulous, build team-work skills, practice critical thinking and have a blast playing a wide variety of improv games.

Odyssey of the Mind: Participants will develop their creative, original and diverse thinking skills.  Students will be placed on teams that will foster teamwork, cooperation and appreciation of others while developing self-respect and respect for others through brainstorming and role playing. 

Introduction into VEX Robotics: Children will use the VEX Robotics design system to build a robot to compete in fun, real world challenges like robo-soccer, obstacle courses, sack attack, tag, maze solving and much more.  The Vex Robotics design system is the same system used in major regional and national robotics competitions as well as in many middle school, high school and university level robotics classes.

Aquatic Habitats
Explore hands-on science with engaging life science activities.  Participants will learn more about environmental science and the interactive nature of living ecosystems.

For more information about Viking Explorations, contact McCall Govignon at 706-234-1031 or email at" href="" rel="noreferrer" target="_blank">  More information is also available on the Berry College website.

Sophomore at UCS named distinguished finalist in nationwide volunteer program
Updated: April 14, 2014 - 2:38 pm

Nina Manuel, a Sophomore at Unity Christian School, has been named a Distinguished Finalist in the state of Georgia for The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism.  The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, now in its 19th year, is conducted by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

Model High inducts seniors and juniors into new Science National Honors Society
Updated: April 14, 2014 - 2:44 pm

“Fortunate is the one who understands the causes of things,” this is the motto of the new Science National Honors Society at Model High School and a select group of seniors and juniors were fortunate to be in the first group of inductees.

Friday 04/11/2014
Model High earns 50 Microsoft Office certificates
Updated: April 11, 2014 - 1:24 pm

Model High School completed Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) testing recently with a total of 50 MOS certificates earned by students and their instructor.  Model test takers experienced a high rate of success with 96.4 percent passing the rigorous exam.   Model High is an accredited Microsoft IT Academy and that prestigious designation allows students to earn industry recognized credentials in Word 2010, PowerPoint 2010, Excel 2010, Access 2010, Word 2010 Expert and Excel 2010 Expert.   

A total of 31 students earned Word 2010 certification, 18 were successful on PowerPoint 2010, and one earned an Excel 2010 certificate.  Three Model students earned certification in two areas. Jordan Touchstone earned certificates in Excel 2010 and PowerPoint 2010; and Garrett Johnson and Stephen Googe in Word 2010 and PowerPoint 2010.  Mr. William Hosmer, MS IT Academy Coordinator and business teacher at Model High School, also earned certificates in Word 2010 and PowerPoint 2010.  

Certificates issued by Microsoft Corporation will be awarded to students passing the MOS exam at the Model High awards ceremony scheduled for May 13 for freshman, sophomores and juniors and May 15 for seniors. In addition, a total of 103 certificates from Microsoft will be given to those students who passed the Microsoft Digital Literacy certification exam last fall.  “I am glad that the program could add some substantial bullets to our student's academic and career resumes,” said Hosmer.  “These industry recognized credentials will help these students stand-out in today’s highly competitive job market.” 

Model students earning certification are:

MOS certification in Word 2010

Jacob Stewart, junior       

Samantha Camp, junior  

Thomas Boylan, sophomore           

Garrett Johnson, junior                    

Jonathan Bryan, freshman              

Wesley Walker, sophomore            

John Yancey, sophomore               

Joshua Edwards, freshman            

Steven Googe, sophomore             

Samuel Bryant, freshman               

Chandler Adams, freshman            

Ashleigh Boatner, freshman            

Dustin Bailey, freshman                  

Benjamin Payton, freshman            

Grant Griffin, freshman                   

Hunter Hays, freshman

Allison Selman, junior

Kristen Scoggins, senior

Courtney Thompson, senior

AnnaGrace Turrentine, freshman

Gregory Thompson, sophomore
Zachery Price, senior

Keiarne Turner, junior

Anna Hunt, senior

LeAnn Johnstone, freshman

Noora Khateeb, freshman

William Hosmer, teacher

Leonel Bello, freshman

Brayden Routledge, freshman

Courtney Thornton, freshman
Jordan Worfford, freshman

MOS certification in PowerPoint 2010

Zachary Jenkins, sophomore

Justin Reynolds, junior

Madison Jeter, senior

Jeffrey Kennedy, junior

Taylor Reese, junior

Austin Price, senior

Jesse Griffin, senior

Garrett Hoffrogge, senior

Garrett Johnson, junior

Lamya Khateeb, senior

Sarah Wilson, senior

William Hosmer, teacher

River Brannon, junior

Jacob Gilmore, freshman

William Locklear, junior

Steven Googe, sophomore

Jordan Touchstone, senior

Robert Pearson, senior

MOS certification in Excel 2010

Jordan Touchstone, senior

Shorter University hosts symposium to discuss Ukraine crisis
Posted: April 11, 2014

Thursday 04/10/2014
GHC Honors Society chapter of Phi Theta Kappa earns 5-star status
Posted: April 10, 2014

Alpha Psi Omicron (APO), the Georgia Highlands College chapter of the international honors society Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), has had a wonderful academic year.

Berry’s provost receives award from UGA Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication
Posted: April 10, 2014

ROME, Ga. – For demonstrated excellence throughout her distinguished career, Berry College Provost Kathy Richardson has been named a 2014 Alumni Award Winner from the University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Local author Raymond L. Atkins to speak at Georgia Highlands
Posted: April 10, 2014

WHAT: Highly acclaimed local author to read from his three novels and offer Q&A about his career in writing and how to become a published author. Event is free and open to the public.

Berry’s provost receives award from UGA Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication
Posted: April 10, 2014

ROME, Ga. – For demonstrated excellence throughout her distinguished career, Berry College Provost Kathy Richardson has been named a 2014 Alumni Award Winner from the University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Wednesday 04/09/2014
Dalton State offers one-stop shop for speedy admission
Posted: April 09, 2014

DALTON — Individuals wishing to begin or resume a college education are invited to attend Dalton State College’s Quick Admit Day Friday, April 18, to facilitate the application, enrollment, and registration process. Quick Admit Day will be from 8 am to 5 pm, on Dalton State’s main campus.

Annual Safe Driving Expo scheduled for Saturday
Updated: April 11, 2014 - 1:14 am

Improving teen driving is the focus of the fifth annual safe driving event scheduled for Saturday.

Rome City Schools approves calendar with no furlough days
Posted: April 09, 2014

Rome City Schools’ 2014-2015 school year will have no furlough days.

Tuesday 04/08/2014
Pepperell senior wins Kiwanis Music Showcase Scholarship
Posted: April 08, 2014

Caleb Cole, a senior at Pepperell High School, has won the annual Kiwanis Music Showcase competition scholarship and the opportunity to represent the Rome area in the district Kiwanis competition. The local event showcases the areas best high school musical talent and gives students the opportunity to advance their educational and performing aspirations. Cole played the French horn in the competition to secure the top prize of a $500.00 scholarship. The scholarship is funded by the Kiwanis Club of Rome and the Rome Area Council for the Arts.

Rome City Schools plans to look at calendar free of furloughs
Posted: April 08, 2014

Rome City Schools may have a 2014-2015 school calendar with no furlough days after tonight’s board of education meeting.

Tuesday 11/12/2013
1. UPDATE: Video released of Adairsville shootout
Updated: January 02, 2014 - 7:33 pm

Adairsville police have released video footage from a patrol car dashboard camera of a shootout at a Hardee's from last week.

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Wednesday 11/06/2013
2. Sinkhole found under Cave Spring quadruplex
Updated: November 07, 2013 - 12:52 pm

CAVE SPRING — A large sinkhole under a Park Street apartment forced one tenant to find somewhere else to stay Tuesday night, said Cave Spring fire officials.

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