This year’s SAT scores show Pike County students posted gains in each category while Georgia’s scores continued to plummet.
The 2009 SAT college admission exam results were released Aug. 25 by the College Board. The 2009 scores are the highest ever tallied by Pike County students, according to Kevin Huffstetler, director of teaching and learning for Pike schools.
“We’re ecstatic to be moving in the opposite direction of the state,” Huffstetler said.
“I’m extremely excited, but I’m not surprised,” Pike High School principal Mike Maddox said of the SAT scores earned by his students. “Pike High School has a long history of great teachers and the best students in the state of Georgia.” [Full story »]
The death penalty trial of accused murderer Jamie Weis is on hold pending his appeal to the Georgia Supreme Court.
Superior Court Judge Johnnie Caldwell Jr. of the Griffin Judicial Circuit signed an order Aug. 25 continuing the trial.
Weis’ trial at the Pike County courthouse had been set for the weeks of Oct. 5 and Oct. 12. Caldwell, noting the state’s highest court has docketed Weis’ appeal, ordered “the trial of this case is hereby continued until further order of this court.” [Full story »]
The board of education established the millage rate at a brief meeting Thursday, Aug. 27.
"The millage rate is less than last year," financial director Kenneth Carter said. "And the dollars generated by these rates are the very same as last year."
The net total millage rate established by the board is 14.379 for 2009, which is for the fiscal year 2010 budget. That is 13.252 mills for maintenance and operations, and 1.127 mills for bond.
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Leeland Braley is the only prisoner on Georgia’s death row for a Pike County crime.
Braley was convicted of killing Kelli Hammond during a robbery at her Zebulon insurance agency in September 1998. Braley, whose trial was held in Monroe County, was condemned to the ultimate punishment despite pleas from his lawyer to spare his life.
Defense attorney Tammy Jacobs told jurors, “Executing Lee Braley won’t bring Kelli Hammond back. The death penalty has not stopped senseless killings. Mercy can be yours. My client was never violent before this episode.”
Hammond was the daughter of former county commission chairman Jerry Hammond and well-loved local teacher Cheryl Hammond. [Full story »]
State health officials confirmed last week a 13-year-old Pike County girl tested positive for swine flu. The teen is completely recovered and back at school, Hayla Hall, risk communicator for District 4 Public Health, announced Aug. 19.
The official notification that Pike schools had a confirmed case of swine flu caught citizens by surprise, coming just days after superintendent Dr. Michael Duncan said the child was not afflicted with swine flu.
“The parents relayed information to us that the health care provider had just told them she didn’t have it,” Duncan said. “We thought that was very credible information.” [Full story »]
The Department of Transportation will pave Kings Road in Pike County using federal stimulus money.
Funding for the project will come directly from the American Infrastructure Recovery Program passed in Washington, D.C., to help stimulate the economy and lessen the impact of the recession.
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State, local and insurance investigators are scrutinizing the blaze that destroyed the Concord area home of murder victim Jimmie “Buzz” Burousas Jr. and his wife and accused killer Teresa Mang-ham Burousas.
State investigators call it arson.
“Based on our observations at the scene we could tell this fire was arson,” Georgia insurance commissioner John Oxendine announced Aug. 11. [Full story »]