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The Douglas-Coffee County Chamber of Commerce celebrated a ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate the grand opening of 803 Salon & Head Spa. Owned and operated by Douglas native and Master Cosmetologist, Jennifer Miss, the salon promises a blend of expertise, innovation, and relaxation for its patrons. Jennifer Miss brings over 18 years of mastery in the cosmetology realm to her latest venture, radiating excitement for the journey ahead. Nestled conveniently at 619 N. Peterson Avenue in Douglas, just across from Badcock Home Furnishings and Hungry Howie’s Pizza, 803 Salon & Head Spa stands as a beacon of rejuvenation and self-care in…

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South Georgia State College’s Associate Vice President for Student Success Brandi Elliott recently completed the University System of Georgia’s Executive Leadership Institute. For over a decade, USG has hosted ELI for faculty and staff to develop new leaders within the university system and offer professional development opportunities to help them grow their careers in Georgia. Nominated by their institution, participants in each cohort participate in a comprehensive 120-hour development program facilitated by leading experts in leadership. During an eight-month period, the group participates in a curriculum that includes group learning and assessment, personal reflection, job shadowing, and cross-mentoring. Elliott was…

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Wiregrass’ 2024 GOAL winner, Madison Garcia, a Surgical Technology student was recently named one of the top nine finalists in the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) in Atlanta. The announcement was made at the Technical College System of Georgia’s GOAL and Rick Perkins Award Conference held in Atlanta April 29 – May 1. Garcia was one of 22 students named as a finalist from across the state of Georgia’s Technical Colleges. She was named Wiregrass’ GOAL student in December. Each college winner competed in the regional interviews in February to determine who would be the three to represent each…

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Wiregrass Georgia Technical College President DeAnnia Clements is excited to share that the college’s enrollment has increased by 11.7% this Spring 2024 Semester compared to the Spring 2023 Semester. This marks the seventh straight semester the college has seen an increase in enrollment compared to the previous year. Fall 2023 Semester’s enrollment increased 9.6% compared to the Fall 2022 Semester. “We are excited to see these increases and are preparing now for continued increase in the number of students,” shared President Clements. “We are consistently looking to see what other programs are needed by the businesses and industries in our 11-county…

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The Douglas Fire Department (DFD) has recently received a new instructional building at the DFD Fire Training Facility. This new modular building includes a spacious classroom-style training area, two offices, a storage room, and two restrooms. The facility is primarily used for training city firefighters, but it also offers its services to the Coffee County Fire Department and surrounding counties for training assistance as needed. The training areas on-site are diverse and extensive, including classroom training, a firehouse, a two-story burn building, a three-story rescue tower, a confined spaces training area, and live fire props. These training areas provide a comprehensive…

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The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), along with the Athens-Clarke County Police Department (ACCPD), announces the arrest of an Athens man in the murder investigation of Tara Louise Baker. After 23 years, GBI agents have charged Edrick Lamont Faust, age 48, with murder, two counts of felony murder, one count of aggravated assault, concealing the death of another, arson, possession of a knife during the commission of a felony, tampering with evidence, and one count of aggravated sodomy in connection with Baker’s death. In September of 2023, the GBI Cold Case Unit partnered with ACCPD to conduct an in-depth review…

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On Tuesday, April 23, Coffee County FFA kicked off the 96th Georgia State FFA Convention by sending off Mikayal Hayes and John Johnson to Macon Ambassador Training. These two spent the week serving with the Georgia FFA Foundation in assisting sponsors. On Wednesday, April 24, the rest of the Coffee FFA “herd” headed up to the Convention. The bus was packed with FFA members from Coffee High, George Washington Carver Freshman Campus, and Coffee Middle School. Jaxsen Guthrie competed in the State Extemporaneous Speaking Leadership Development Event. FFA members Emma Driggers, Layton Parker, and Kensley Knight competed in the State…

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Leaders from various clubs and organizations at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College were honored Tuesday night during the college’s annual Green & Gold Gala, hosted by ABAC’s Student Government Association (SGA). For the second consecutive year, the college’s Pre-Vet Club was honored as the Club of the Year. With 72 active members, the Pre-Vet Club is comprised of ABAC students interested in pursuing a career in veterinary medicine. Along with its participation in several campus events, the club spent over nine months planning its first “Cattle Classic” last September. The event drew dozens of 4-12 grade students from four states that…

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The national, non-profit School Nutrition Association (SNA) has named Dawn Lewis, M.Ed.L, School Nutrition Director for Coffee County School System, the Southeast region Director of the Year. The award recognizes the extraordinary contributions of school nutrition directors who manage effective school meal programs providing healthy, appetizing meals to students. Dawn Lewis is credited with revamping her district’s food service program. When she started as director, the program was close to operating in the red and hampered by outdated equipment. They now operate with a fund balance, and she has developed an equipment replacement plan and implemented a new software program to increase efficiencies in food and…

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CHS student Luke Barrett received the Student of Excellence Award on Friday, May 3, 2024 from Wina Low, State Director of Special Services; Dr. Richard Woods, State School Superintendent; and by the local Georgia Learning Resources System.The Division for Special Education Services and Supports seeks to recognize high school seniors with disabilities who have had academic and/or extracurricular accomplishments. It is a great opportunity to spotlight the outstanding achievement of a senior in our school district and honor the hard work and support of the family, teachers, and staff.A review of all applications was completed by the Georgia Department of…

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