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PAGE 8 - HOGNSVIL HOME NEWS - JANUARY 27, 2000 :i Future is Bright For Graduates of 'The Way Out' Progr West Georgia Tech Program Gives Local Students a Lot to Smile About By Bryan GetedStaff GRADUATION DAY - Vicky Ellis (left) and Linda Goodman are all smiles after "The Way Out" graduation Friday afternoon held at West Georgia Tech's Callaway Center in LaGrange. Goodman and eight other ladies received their certificate of graduation after completing a 16 week course in job readiness, interview skills and self-esteem. Ellis was the teacher for this first graduating class of "The Way Out" program. By Henry Woodali Graduation day for each of us holds fond memories of friends, family, and what was then an unknown future. For nine women from Meriwether and Troup counties, graduation day held many of the same emo- tions but they could clearly see their futures. These women graduated January 21 at facilities on the campus of West Georgia Technical Institute having completed a program enabling them to obtain employment. This intensive 60-day course coupled life skills training with job skills training in order to prepare each individual to leave welfare behind. Representatives from the agencies that collaborated in developing and running the training program were on hand to congratulate the women. The Department of Family and Children Services, the Department of Labor, the Department of Rehabilitation Services, and the Department of Technical and Adult Education teamed with New Ventures, Inc. in order to pro- vide the resources and staff for "The Way Out" program, so named by the women. The participants were faced with the real, every day challenges of managing a fam- ily while attending a work envi- ronment. They increased their time in the program building from half-days to full-days as they mastered the skills need- ed to manage their lives. The program blended interaction GRADUATES OF "THE WAY OUT" PROGRAM - Senator Dan Lee, who gave the ment address at West Georgia Tech's ''The Way Out" graduation ceremonies held at the Center, stands with the Meriwether County students who completed necessary program is a collaborative job skills and self-development training class designed to from public assistance. Pictured above are (left to right) Channie Boykin, Mary Wortham, Jacqueline Hamler and Linda Goodman. of staff and participants in a variety of industrial and edu- cational situations in order to enhance the abilities of the par- ticipants. Joining the collaborative partners at the graduation cer- emonies were representatives from local government and from the office of U.S. Senator Paul Coverdell. State Senator Daniel Lee gave the com- mencement address. "The partnership that put this pro- gram together is government at its best," said the state sen- ator. "I'm as proud as I can be of the Department of Family and Children Services in both counties (for) working with other agencies to bring about a program such as this,"J.,ee said. The partner agencies have placed the women into jobs with employers in both coun- ties. However, that is not the end of the relationship between the I Their progress will be monitored and continue to grow into roles as independent Mary Ellen Brown state office of the of Family and Services said, these are role models for dren and for others circumstances. Students Could Be Eligible for Both HOPE Scholarship and Pell Grant Georgia students from low- income families will be eligi- ble for both federal Pell Grants and full HOPE Scholarships under a proposal by Governor Roy E. Barnes to the 2000 Georgia General Assembly. In addition, Governor Barnes has recommended that students who lose their HOPE Scholarship as sophomores will for the first time be able to regain it their senior year if they return their grades to a cumulative "B" average. "Governor Barnes' recom- mendations make the best scholarship program' in America even better," said Glenn Newsome, executive dit:ector of the Georgia Student Finance Commission, which administers Georgia's HOPE Scholarship Program. "Both of these initiatives are really incentives to encourage stu- dents to study hard and reap the benefits of.HOPE." CURRENTLY, LOW- Methodist Winter Camp Meeting 2000 Planned for 'Epworth By The Sea' For United Methodists gathering at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island for Winter Camp Meeting has spe- cial significance because John and Charles Wesley, the founders of the denomination, senior pastor at St. Luke UMC in Columbus. He has been extremely active on a variety of United Methodist boards and agenciesl THE BIBLE STUDY lived and ministered island over 250 years ago. Georgia United Methodists will assemble at Epworth for the 43rd annual event February 6-10. Evening and morning wor- ship services are open to the community. WINTER CAMP Meeting 2000 will host the denomina- tion's top preachers and teach- ers and offer a daily Bible study and leadership seminar. The event promises to promote spiritual growth and renewal for all who take part. Bishop Richard Looney of Macon will open the five-day event on Sunday evening. He is the first resident bishop of the South Georgia Episcopal Area and has served in that capacity for over 11 years. Bishop Looney has endeared himself to South Georgia by his pastoral care and faithful service. He will retire at the 2000 Jurisdictional Conference. Bisho p Marion M. Edwards has been selected as Preacher for the Week. He was appoint- ed as Bishop of the North Carolina Conference in 1996. Bishop Edwards served numerous appointments in the South Georgia Conference prior to his current appoint- ment. Most recently, he was on the:  teacher will be Dr. Herchel H. Sheets. He was formerly administrative assistant to the Bishop and director of Ministerial Services for the North Georgia Conference, which he retired from in June, 1999. He has served as a pastor, college and seminary profes- sor, conference council direc- tor and district superintendent. Dr. Sheets has authored numer- ous books and articles. In 1992 he was also a speak- er on the Methodist Series of The Protestant Hour. In retire- ment, he is serving as an adjunct professor at Candler School of Theology and at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio. DR. BRUCE TAYLOR will lead the leaderShip seminar entitled "Proclaiming Stewardship within the Local Church." It will issue a challenge to recognize and activate individ- ual gifts by proclaiming to God's world an awareness of God's gifts. Dr. Taylor has been a mem- ber of the North Carolina Conference since 1963 and has served several pastoral appointments there. He is currently serving as the senior pastor of Centenary UMC in Smithfield, NC. He has Send your news or correspondence to: The Hogansville Home News P.O. Box 426 Hogansville, Ca. 30230 i i i i i - i iiii i served in a variety of areas of stewardship and has published several articles. MUSIC DIRECTOR will be Michael M. Peevy. He is cur- rently the Director of Music Ministries at First UMC, Kingsland. He brings more than 20 years of service in church music ministry. Before coming to South Gorgia in 1998, Mr. Peevy se/'ved churches in the North Georgia Conference and the Alabama-West Florida Conference. All services will be held in Minnie A. Strickland Auditorium. Evening services are at 7:30 each night and morn- ing services are 11:15 Monday - Thursday. Bible study is 10:00- 11:00 a.m. Monday. The leadership seminar is 2:00 p.m. Monday and 8:10-9:45 a.m. Tuesday in the Nalls Auditorium. Holy Communion is offered daily at 6:45 a.m. in historic Lovely Lane Chapel. Camp meeting concludes Thursday noon. A nursery for pre-school children is provided in the Gholson Pre-School Building for all sessions except Holy Communion. A $35 REGISTRATION fee is required only for those seek- ing CEU credits for the semi- nar and Bible study. Questions concerning hous- ing should be directed to Bill Bradley, Epworth By The Sea, (912) 638-8688. Reservations are accepted by mail, P.O. Box 20407, St. Simons Island, GA 31852 or fax only (912) 634- 0642. For further information about Winter Camp Meeting 2000, contact Dr. Willis Moore, Associate Director Council on Ministries, (912) 638-8626, ext. 12. INCOME Georgia students receiving a federal Pell Grant that covers their tuition and fee expenses at a college or technical institute receive only the $150 per semester allowance if they are eligible for HOPE. ' Under Governor Barnes' proposal, eligible low-income students will be able to receive HOPE for their tuitiorr, fees and books and the Pell Grant money to assist with the cost of housing and meals. Governor Barnes has asked the legislature to approve an additional $23 million in HOPE funding to remove what is known as the "Pell Offset," IF ADOPTED BY the leg- islature, elimination of the Pell Offset will impact 8,000 degree-seeking students at Georgia colleges and univer- sities, plus an additional 11,500 students seeking certificates or diplomas at Georgia techni- cal institutes. Governor Barnes' propos- al to permit sophomores to re- qualify for HOPE is similar to the current system involving freshmen. Freshmen who lose their cumulative "B" average and eligibility for HOPE can cur- rently regain HOPE their jun- ior year after bringing their grades back up to a "B" aver- age during their sophomore year of study. Governor Barnes' propos- al would allow sophomores who lose their HOPE eligibili- ty to regain it their senior year. HOPE HELPING Outstanding Pupils Educationally - provides tuition, mandatory fees and a $300 per school year book allowance to Georgia students attending Georgia public col- leges, universities and techni- Cal institutes. HOPE provides a $3,000 scholarship to stu- dents attending Georgia pri- vate colleges and universities. Degree-seeking students must earn a "B" average in high school to qualify for HOPE, and maintain a "B" average in col- lege. Students seeking certifi- cates or diplomas at technical institutes do not need to earn or maintain a "B" average. Since September 1993, more then 426,000 HOPE recip- ients have received $862 mil- lion for their tuition, fees and books. Time Out for the By Susan Wetherington With our hectic schedules and activities, sometimes faro- fly togetherness and communi- cation suffers. A regular fami- ly meeting can help transform a chaotic household into a more cooperative team ......... Schedule a meeting once a week to discuss goals, problems and family events. Use the meeting as a time to talk about menus and assign household errands. Try to make the meet- ing fun Order your favorite takeout meal or serve a special dessert. family meetings serve another function besides pro- viding a way to assign chores. They teach children members of a family can work together to make decisions and create thoughtful solutions to prob- lems. While they don't substi- tute for intimate time witheach other, they can help climate As soon as enough, include themi ly decisions it is to help with Discuss how you responsibilities ad weekly routines preparation, bathing. Children pate in these develop a sense of Use the time to ily goals. Discuss and problems cropped up during Make plans for fun. long range vacation schedule weekend You might decide family would like to grandparent as a or talk about holiday, tions and fly friends of all ages. Basketball Event Rescheduled The Mega. Three-Point Basketball Challenge, original- ly scheduled for this Saturday at the William J. Griggs Recreation Center, has been rescheduled for February 5 at 2:00 p.m, in the Griggs Center gym. The event is free of charge, and designed for young people ages 13-18. For more information, call (706) 883- 1657. Softball Complex Dedication Dedication ceremonies for the new Troup County softball complex have been scheduled for Monday, January 31, begin- ning at 11:00 a.m. The ceremo- ny will be held at the facility entrance off of Calumet Drive next to the Senior Citizens Center. The public is invited to attend. Registration for Youth Tennis Tournament Registration is now being conducted for the first of three local tennis tioned by the U.S. Association. The Trou Junior Tennis sored by Charlie scheduled for at Granger Park in featuring boys and 18's singles. Trophies l awarded to first and' place finishers, and er who registers by 12 will receive a free The entry fee is person, which Registration forms able at the Troup & Recreatiofi Dallis Street, more information, Champion at (706) Athlete of Week This week's Week" is Tawanza participant 01d girls basketball In the first three season, Tawanza has total of 36 points, and team's offenseat guard position. She outstanding defense. eral steals tered each game. Tawanza is dent at Rosemont School.