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Because good teachers can be bad people

By   /  November 5, 2012  /  Tom Knighton  /   Comments

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Tweet News broke late last week that a former teacher of the year had been arrested for child molestation. This came just days after the Dougherty County Board of Education voted to reinstate a teacher who had slapped a student. The reason? Well, she was apparently a pretty good teacher.

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Charter School Amendment Referendum

By   /  October 31, 2012  /  Letter to the editor  /   Comments

Tweet  By: Milt Thomas   Given the many issues that burden the November 6th Election, these clearly are times that truly try voters’ souls. In addition to the antagonistic Presidential Campaign, which ranks high among Georgia interests, another highly charged Georgia debate is waged on behalf of the Charter School Amendment Referendum that will appear on [...]

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Dr. Lane Price speaks to Kiwanis Club of Dougherty County

By   /  October 18, 2012  /  Community  /   Comments

Tweet By David Shivers Dr. Lane Price, Democratic candidate for the at-large seat on the Dougherty County Board of Education, brought her platform to the Kiwanis Club of Dougherty County on October 15. She outlined several objectives if she is elected: working to resolve budget issues, seeking communication with parents and teachers in problem-solving, and [...]

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Some thoughts on Heard’s attempted candidacy

By   /  August 13, 2012  /  Tom Knighton  /  Comments Off

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Tweet When we learned that Lorenzo Heard had tried to have his name added to the November ballot, many in the area began to scratch their heads.  Heard, who had expressed no public interest in office before, seemed an unlikely independent candidate. He claims that his decision to run was the final result of a [...]

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‘Qualified’ for office

By   /  July 24, 2012  /  Outlook  /  Comments Off

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Tweet When is someone qualified for a given office? The answer to that question is often similar to what a Supreme Court Justice said when asked to define porn. “I know it when I see it,” he famously said. That is true of “qualifications” for public office apparently as well.

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Schools superintendent flap unites transparency seekers

By   /  February 8, 2010  /  Tom Knighton  /   Comments

Tweet So, a funny thing happened on the way to hiring a new Dougherty County School System superintendent. The School Board managed to unite two television stations and the largest local news paper on one single issue and get their butts named defendant in a lawsuit. Go them. The first amendment, specifically the part about [...]

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Outlook: It’s not too late for School Board to do right thing

By   /  February 4, 2010  /  Outlook  /   Comments

Tweet By the time this newspaper hits the mailboxes of most of our subscribers this week, we likely will know the answers to the $8,000 question: Is the Dougherty County Board of Education a collective role model for our children or is it an organization of white-collar shysters who are no better than the thugs [...]

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School board action shameless, arrogant

By   /  February 3, 2010  /  Jim Wilcox  /   Comments

Tweet The recent Dougherty County School Board selection process of a new Superintendent would be considered a bad joke, but unfortunately, it’s true. After the complete meltdown with the ADICA board, you would think all local elected bodies would go out of their way to conduct all business openly and fairly. Frankly, we spend more [...]

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Is Michael Windom scared?

By   /  February 3, 2010  /  Politics  /   Comments

Tweet Letter to Editor: I sincerely hope the reason Michael Windom wants to reconsider his choice for Dougherty County schools superintendent is not because he is scared. Scared of what, you ask? Now, let’s see. The vote fell between racial lines, so that it is questionable. Maybe he is scared of being voted out of [...]

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