On this day 8 years ago the United States of America was violated in a way it had not been violated before.
The September 11 attacks were a series of coordinated suicide attacks by Al-Qaeda upon the United States on September 11, 2001. On that morning, 19 Al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four commercial passenger jet airliners. The hijackers intentionally crashed two of the airliners into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, killing everyone on board and many others working in the buildings. Both buildings collapsed within two hours, destroying nearby buildings and damaging others.
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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 »]
A 23-year-old woman was lifeflighted to Grady Hospital in Atlanta September 2 after losing control of her vehicle and striking the entrance to the Masonic Lodge. A three-year-old child in the car was also injured.
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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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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 »]