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overing an entire inte-

rior wall in the Grifn-
Spalding County Library are
red hearts with the words,
I geek [fll in the blank].
Library patrons have flled
each hearts blank space
with their favorite reading
topic. Travel, art, cooking,
music, community theatre,
Sherlock Holmes, sing-
ing, dragons, and baseball
were among some of the
things Grifnites said they
The message of all these
little red hearts, and the
Geek the Library national
campaign, is that public li-
braries support learning for
all, no matter the passion,
political views, or position
in society of an individual.
The campaign also aims
to raise awareness of the
increased importance of
public libraries and their
dwindling funds. State
funding for libraries contin-
ues to be cut annually, ac-
cording to Grifn-Spalding
Whatever you
geek, the library
supports you.
wayne Singleton is a
frm believer in the
old adage Everything hap-
pens for a reason.
In June, Dwayne, a Grif-
fn attorney and owner of
Laynie Bugs Sweet Treats,
his wife, Leah, and daugh-
ter Layne went on a mission
trip with a total of 29 peo-
ple from Journey Church
in Grifn, to minister in
churches, orphanages, a
school for the deaf and a
home for the handicapped
in Jamaica.
At the time, Dwayne felt
the purpose of the trip was
to expose his daughter to
how people in other coun-
tries lived so she could truly
understand how lucky she
is to live in America and en-
joy the freedom and wealth
of our nation. Little did he
know how much the entire
mission team would learn
from the trip.
For the frst fve days, the
mission team led by Pas-
tor Michael Moody from
Journey Church, worked
with and ministered to
area schools, deaf schools,
convalescent homes, and
homes for the disabled
with Fairview Bible Col-
lege in Hanover, Jamaica.
On the ffth evening af-
ter dinner, Dwayne was
mopping the kitchen at
the college where they
were staying. He was being
extremely careful, as the
foor in the mess hall was
very greasy and someone
had fallen the night be-
fore. There was nowhere
to clean the mop inside, so
went outside to rinse the
mop on little balcony be-
hind the building. He lost
he Georgia Bureau
of Investigation (GBI)
has concluded its investi-
gation of Chief Frank Strick-
land, of the Grifn Police
Department, that was initi-
ated at the request of Grif-
fn Judicial Circuit District
Attorney Scott Ballard.
Ballard issued a letter to
the GBI stating that it had
come to his attention that
Strickland had utilized the
Georgia Crime Information
Center, which is operated
by the GBI, to conduct a
criminal background check
on a Spalding County
Grand Jury member, and
that by not only doing so,
but by using a 1991 case
number rather than as-
signing a new case num-
ber, Georgia law may have
been violated.
It is now known that the
background check deter-
mined a convicted felon
had served on a local grand
jury, which state law pro-
Special Agent-in-Charge
Wayne Smith of the GBIs
Region Two Field Ofce
said specifc information
regarding the investigative
fndings are not yet being
publicly released.
I can share with you that
the investigation is com-
plete and we turned the in-
formation of the investiga-
tion over to him (Ballard),
Smith said.
He said Strickland and
additional GPD personnel
cooperated with the inves-
tigation by participating in
an interview.
We talked to the Chief
and he laid out the se-
quence of events, and
anyone he mentioned, we
then spoke with them,
Smith said.
It was later determined
that two convicted felons
had served on that grand
Ballard alleges that the
decision to use the 1991
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COnT, investigation, P. 2
Accident brings
change to mission
Dwayne Singleton and his daughter, Layne, a few days after being
medically evacuated from Jamaica.
GBI completes investigation against GPD Chief Frank Strickland
he Spalding County Parks and Rec-
reation Advisory Commission (PRAC)
has voted to reverse its previous decision
to implement a pay-to-play fee for use of
the gyms at the Fairmont and City Park
Community Centers.
The issue was initially voted upon in
2012, with the majority of the PRAC sup-
porting the fee, which would have been
levied daily at a rate of $2 for ages 16 to
49 and $1 for those 50 and older. Children
under the age of 16 would have continued
to play for free.
The Parks and Recreation Advisory Com-
mission voted last year to put that in place,
but we didnt have the technology in place
to make that happen and have good con-
trol of the cash, said Spalding County Rec-
reation Superintendent Kelly Leger. Thats
why it had not been implemented, but
now that we have the technology in place,
it was brought forward as a reminder that
it was coming.
However, Leger said once that reminder
was made, PRAC members, as well as other
Parks and Rec Advisory Commission rescinds pay-to-play fee
COnT, mission, P. 2
COnT, fee, P. 7
Get your geek on at the library
COnT, geeK P. 3
After participating in the
Federal Student Loan Pro-
gram for only fve semes-
ters, during which more
than $10 million was ob-
tained by its students, of-
fcials of Southern Crescent
Technical College (SCTC)
determined that to con-
tinue ofering such fund-
ing would jeopardize the
future availability of all fed-
eral funds, including grant
SCTC President Dr. Ran-
dall Peters in a press release
said, While I understand
that this will be a severe
hardship on a few, my as-
sessment of the program
after operating it for fve se-
mesters is that the program
is not doing what it was
intended to do, and in fact,
may be operating to the se-
vere detriment of both the
college and individual stu-
Anna Taylor, SCTC direc-
tor of marketing and public
relations, further explained
the situation by saying, We
started ofering students
loans about a year ago at
this point. Theyre typically
set up to fund students
schooling. What happened
in that year is that students
had taken out over $10 mil-
lion in loans.
According to SCTC Director
of Financial Aid Kimberly
Morris, during the fve se-
mesters SCTC participated
in the Federal Student Loan
Program, subsidized loans
which are need-based as
determined by the United
States Department of Edu-
cation totaled $5,211,960
More than $10.3
million borrowed
by SCTC students
leads to discontinu-
ation of Federal Stu-
dent Loan Program
SCTC no longer
participating in
Federal Student
Loan Program
COnT, Loans, P. 7
Spalding County Manager William Wilson
and other county ofcials are preparing
to undertake the necessary steps to place
a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax
(SPLOST) referendum on the July 15, 2014
Wilson addressed the July 11 Parks and
Recreation Advisory Commission meet-
ing, frst reported on the status of current
SPLOST revenues, which he said are now
7.62 percent, or $692,870.89 below origi-
nal projections.
We had estimated $750,000 /per month,
or $9 million per year, with a zero percent
increase over what we were collecting
in 2008 when the SPLOST was passed,
he said, estimating the total will come in
around $47 million. That is just a very, very
preliminary estimate. A lot of folks dont re-
alize that collections vary from month-to-
month and year-to-year. We havent hit our
$9 million projection yet. This economy
has really done a number on our SPLOST.
He then told PRAC members that county
ofcials have expressed interest in a 2014
SPLOST referendum, and that the time
frame to begin that efort is upon them.
We talked about a 2014 SPLOST at the
retreat earlier this year. I told them (com-
missioners) the two dates we could use
and they preferred to have the referendum
in July, Wilson said. I think were going to
have to look at a six-year SPLOST to cover
City, county ofcials begin preparations
for July 2014 SPLOST referendum
COnT, sPLost, P. 7
The inclusion of
two convicted
felons on a Feb
grand jury, a
violation of state
law, causes the
re-indictment of
more than 100
felony criminal
pon learning that two convicted
felons had been seated on the
February grand jury, Spading County
ofcials faced the task of addressing
anew more than 100 cases that had
been true billed for prosecution.
Ballard and prosecutors across
Georgia attribute this situation to HB
415, which changed the Jury Compo-
sition Rule and allows potential jurors
to be culled from not only the tradi-
tional voter registration rolls, but from
DDS records of individuals who have
received drivers licenses and state
identifcation cards.
Spalding County Clerk of Superior
Court Marcia norris said potential ju-
rors receive a questionnaire from her
ofce and face additional questioning
from court ofcials prior to be select-
ed to serve on both trial and grand
juries. Among the questions used to
qualify jurors is whether the individu-
al is a convicted felon.
According to norris and Grifn Ju-
dicial Circuit District Attorney Scott
Ballard, these routine steps were un-
dertaken with the Spalding residents
who ultimately were selected to serve
on the grand jury. Of the two con-
victed felons that were selected for
service, one responded afrmatively
to the questionnaire, stating he had
been convicted of a felony, but added
that his civil rights had since been re-
The second felon who served on the
February grand jury did not acknowl-
edge either on his questionnaire or in
court that he had a criminal history.
I dont know if he lied to the court or
what, Ballard said.
Ballards staf set about the arduous
task of fling motions seeking to dis-
miss the cases against more than 100
defendants the grand jury had indict-
Ballard said the original February
grand jury was reconvened minus the
two convicted felons, and the cases
were reheard.
When we found out, we redid
two full days of grand jury work and
re-indicted, he said. The grand jury
worked very hard to overcome that.
It did cost the county some money,
but it didnt result in what it could
have been, which is all the cases be-
ing thrown out.
In explaining the highly serious
nature of the grand jury irregularity,
Ballard cited one of the cases that
had to be re-indicted the murder
case against 40-year-old Shane Clif-
ton Collett, the Spalding County man
charged with murder, kidnapping
and concealing a death in connec-
tion to December 2012 death of nine-
year-old Skylar Dials. Had Colletts
case been previously dismissed, even
because of a technicality, the suspect
could have possibly walked free with-
out ever standing trial.
Ballard said this dilemma came to
his attention when local attorney
Dwayne Singleton contacted his of-
The lawyer (Singleton) came by
and told us there might be a problem
with the grand jury, but he wouldnt
tell us what the problem was. We sus-
pected this is what it was because
of messages from district attorneys
across the state that have also dealt
with this, Ballard said, adding that
his staf then attempted to conduct
its own criminal background checks
on the grand jurors. But there was
this order from Judge Edwards that
forbid us from seeing the information
(necessary to conduct the checks), he
said. Technically, it was signed by all
four judges, but Judge Edwards was
the one giving the verbal orders to
the clerks. Later, when we showed
him a statute that said were allowed
to have the information, he issued a
new order, but frst, he was absolutely
forbidding us from seeing it. He then
allowed us to go to the clerks ofce
to get the information, but even then,
the clerks were not allowed to send it
to us.
Court ofcials say these cases will
now move forward in Spalding Coun-
ty Superior Court.
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case number was irregular a move he classifed as kind
of unorthodox.
He also said that his ofce was never notifed by GPD of-
fcials of the GCIC fndings, but rather learned of a poten-
tial irregularity when Grifn attorney Dwayne Singleton
reported there may have been a problem with the grand
jury. Singleton is the attorney-of-record for Cpl. Chad Mox-
on, a GPD ofcer who was facing multiple charges stem-
ming from a 2011 of-duty incident.
Moxons frst indictment was quashed, or set aside, by
Senior Superior Court Judge Christopher Edwards, who
also granted a defense motion to quash his second indict-
ment, which was handed down by the grand jury that in-
cluded the two convicted felons. Georgia law allows the
state to indict a defendant only twice on the same charges.
What Judge Edwards said when he quashed the Moxon
case was that the prosecution did nothing wrong it was
the fault of the state but that the prosecution is respon-
sible for the states failure to screen convicted felons from
the grand jury, Ballard explained.
Ballard since fled a motion requesting Edwards recuse
himself from the case, which Edwards granted. The District
Attorneys Ofce then fled a separate motion seeking to
have Edwards ruling in the Moxon case set aside. Ballards
ofce has since re-indicted Moxon for a third time, and if
its motion to set aside Edwards ruling is granted, it would
allow the state to move forward in its eforts to prosecute
However, according to GCIC policy, law enforcement of-
fcials are authorized to utilize the GCIC system to inves-
tigate to determine if a crime has been committed, and
Smith reported that Strickland conducted the criminal
background check after receiving information from an
anonymous source, which is not uncommon in the course
of routine police work.
The GPD has issued only one ofcial statement regard-
ing the February grand jury issue and subsequent GBI in-
vestigation which stated, The Grifn Police Department
received information that a possible convicted felon had
served on a recent Grand Jury panel. Under Georgia law
a police agency can request a criminal history. One name
was entered into the records check and it was revealed
that this person was a convicted felon and had served on a
Grand Jury. The information was not disseminated to any-
one. Before the police department could notify the court
of the fndings, we were informed that a local attorney
had previously fled a motion with the court related to a
convicted felon serving on the recent Grand Jury panel.
This action was independent of our fndings. It is not the
responsibility of the Grifn Police Department to ensure
that potential grand jurors are not convicted felons. Once
a name was brought to our attention a criminal history
check was performed to verify the information. As for any
information regarding Ofcer Moxon, we suggest that you
contact the law ofces of Singleton and Singleton. They are
representing Ofcer Moxon. The Georgia Bureau of Inves-
tigation (GBI) is investigating the matter and any further
questions related to the investigation should be directed
to the GBI.
Ballard said Wednesday, July 17, that he has not yet deter-
mined if he will seek to indict Strickland.
I have not yet (decided). I spent a good part of yesterday
and today reviewing the report, so I will be soon be making
that decision, but I havent made the decision yet, he said.
This is not something that should be taken lightly, so we
want to consider all angles to make sure we are making the
right decision.
investigation, cont.
The inclusion of two
convicted felons on
Spalding Countys
February grand jury,
which is a violation of
state law, has had far-
reaching impact.
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his footing and tried to grab
the hose, but it popped of
the faucet and he fell back-
ward 8 or 9 feet. It was
like falling of of a roof; it
seemed like I fell forever,
then I hit the ground and I
heard my neck snap, Sin-
gleton said.
A fellow team member,
Jason Terry, a paramedic,
witnessed the accident and
came to his aid within 20
seconds. As Terry assessed
the situations, Dwayne in-
formed him that couldnt
feel anything on his left
side, but he could move.
Terry tractioned him with
a towel around his neck. Dr.
Hall, another team mem-
ber and doctor from Grifn,
quickly made his way to the
scene to assist.
no ambulances are avail-
able in rural Jamaica, so the
dean of school ofered his
car. Dwayne, Leah, Terry
and Dr. Hall made the hour
long journey to the hospi-
tal. When they arrived, the
public hospital employees,
not understanding the se-
verity of the situation, tried
to just pull him out the car,
but Terry insisted on a back-
board being used.
I totally credit Jason and
Dr. Hall for their quick think-
ing and action after the
fall. If not for them, I truly
believe I my injuries would
have been much worse,
Singleton said.
The trauma section found
a broken C7 and admitted
him to the hospital. The
best way I can describe the
hospital is a large cafeteria
with around 100 hospital
beds. There were no win-
dows, no AC and bugs were
everywhere. Fly paper hung
from the ceilings every-
where. There were around
100 patients with only three
to four nurses to care for
them all. The conditions
were absolutely terrible,
Singleton said.
Pain medication was not
available, so he received the
equivalent of generic Advil,
which did little to relieve his
intense pain. Patients basi-
cally had to fend for them-
selves as they all had to turn
of their own IVs.
Dwayne's bedside neigh-
bor, Randall Anderson,
tragically lost both feet
in a car accident and had
been waiting fve weeks
for his surgery. Randalls
sister would come and visit
and care for him during the
morning and evening visit-
ing hour and wait outside
the rest of the day. This was
the only care he received.
Before he left the hospital,
Singleton promised Randall
and other men he met there
that he would send them
supplies to help ease their
Dwayne remained at the
hospital for two days, until
the evacuation team ar-
rived to transport him. I
had been out of the country
more than a dozen times,
and had never purchased
evacuation insurance be-
fore, but our team leader
required us to because of
hurricane season, thank the
Lord, Singleton said.
Without the insurance, he
more than likely would still
be in the Jamaican hospital.
When the evacuation team
arrived, they immediately
administered morphine for
his pain and placed him
on a jet home. Within 24
hours, he was in surgery in
Atlanta with one of the top
surgeons in the country.
The surgery returned the
mobility to his left foot, and
he is gradually beginning
to have motility in his left
hand as well.
In America, we have no
idea how lucky we are with
our health system. I truly
believe my accident hap-
pened to open my eyes to
the health care crisis that
exist in other parts of the
world. The focus of our mis-
sion has now changed to
helping the hospitals and
patients in Jamaica. We are
collecting pain medication
such as Advil, Aspirin, Aleve,
or Tylenol, medical gauze,
baby wipes for cleaning
purposes, fy paper, per-
sonal fans, bendy straws,
wheelchairs, walkers, canes,
toothbrushes, toothpaste,
and any other personal toi-
letries to create care pack-
ages for patients and their
"We are also in need of
magazines, books, and
Bibles to help the patients
pass the time as they lie
in the hospitals, adds
Singleton. He is planning
on returning to Jamaica
in September or October,
based on the speed of his
recovery. The mission team
has even partnered with
an organization to open a
small clinic in the region.
Everything truly does
happen for a reason, and
the accident truly changed
the mission to bringing
awareness and physical
help to the people of Jamai-
ca. If the accident had never
occurred, we would still be
blind to the sufering there,
Singleton said. Donations
of medical supplies can be
dropped of at Singleton
and Singleton, LLC at 1115
Zebulon Road in Grifn and
fnancial contributions can
be made at Journey Church
at 315 Solomon Street.
mission, cont. More than 100 felony cases dismissed due
to Spalding County Grand Jury irregularity
he Grifn Area Concert Associa-
tion is seeking fnancial support
within the Grifn-Spalding County
area for its 2013-2014 season.
This years GACA season includes
the Georgia Woodwind Quintet; Rich-
terUzur, who plays a blend of classi-
cal, world and rock music; Jesse Lynch
Jazz 101; The Sixth Floor Trio chamber
group, and fddler Dana Lyn & guitar-
ist Kyle Sanna, who give new twists to
traditional Irish music.
While the upcoming season has al-
ready been booked, there are always
expenses that have to be addressed
for the non-proft organization, ac-
cording to Membership Chairman
Judy Brewer.
Part of the money we have to raise
for our concerts comes from those
who come to our events and provide
diferent levels of support from within
our community, Judy Brewer said.
The GACA receives much of its sup-
port through season ticket purchases
and sponsors, both of which the or-
ganization is hoping to increase this
Levels range in amounts from $60
to $2500 or higher, although any do-
nations and support are always wel-
come, according to Judy Brewer.
All of these acts that we book are re-
ally top-notch entertainment. We visit
nashville each year and work with a
booking company to bring these per-
formers to Grifn. Really, everybody
that goes to our concerts come out
and say Im glad I went and would
defnitely go again.
Established in 1958, the Grifn Area
Concert Association has in past events
brought performances such as jazz,
dance, acrobats and classical singers,
according to Lewis Brewer, GACA Pub-
licity Chairman.
Its a combination of cost and ap-
peal. We have about four or fve con-
certs a year, and most of them come
from our trip to nashville, but we have
tried to have local artists as well, Lew-
is Brewer said.
none of these performers would be
available without assistance from the
community, said Judy Brewer.
We just mailed out letters to busi-
nesses selling advertising and sent
them brochures explaining the difer-
ent levels of support. This will be one
of our frst years actually selling adver-
tising within our programs, Judy said.
We have had businesses that have
supported us for years and individu-
als that have supported us as well.
However, we have been here a long
time, but people dont really know a
lot about us, although we still tend to
have a good turn out at our events.
We are basically trying to bring per-
formers to Grifn that no one else
would usually see.
The GACA has no paid staf and a
board of 13 members, all of who work
in selling advertising to help with the
expenses associated with the events.
In recent years the GACA has also
worked to bring in younger members
of the local community.
Our traditional audience has usually
been an older crowd. We want to try to
er the age of our audience; we are
hoping that we can spread the word
about us through social media sites
such as Facebook and through our
Web site, Judy Brewer said.
Part of the outreach to a younger
viewing audience includes allowing
free admission for kids that come to
the shows with an adult, said public-
ity chairman Lewis Brewer.
There do seem to be some fami-
lies that come, and we try to give
away items such as CDs for the kids
at each event. We even have a Boy
Scout troop that comes with their
scout leader who get in for free that
way, Lewis Brewer stated. Were not
a business trying to make money. We
fnd that there is a lot of interest in the
arts and that it is an important thing
for the community.
The frst Grifn Area Concert Associa-
tion event will take place in Septem-
ber with an evening performance by
the Georgia Woodwind Quintet.
The GACA may be contacted at or by phone
at 770-228-3229. The Facebook page
can be found at
he Second Annual
Pub Crawl will take
place in downtown Grifn
on July 27.
This years featured lo-
cations are J.Henrys; 6th
Street Pier; Slices Pizze-
ria; La Hacienda and Bank
Street Caf.
The event is being coordi-
nated and planned by local
residents Wesley Flanagan
and Sean Hayes. The Pub
Crawl is being held both
to promote the downtown
area and to provide a social
and entertainment event
for the Grifn community,
according to Flanagan.
A pub crawl is kind of like
a beer fest, where you get a
group of people together,
but instead of staying in-
side of a single area you can
move to diferent locations
and socialize with others.
Its kind of to get everybody
out and into downtown
Grifn, Flanagan said.
The idea for a pub crawl
came last year when Fla-
nagan and several friends
were going over ideas on
what to do in the down-
town area.
Last year back in May,
me and four of my buddies
were sitting around and try-
ing to fgure out what was
something that we could
do in Grifn. The next day,
I went on Facebook and
made a page called the First
Grifn Pub Crawl. At frst, it
was just a few of us from the
previous night and a few
other people, but it went
from there. People started
talking about it and asking
for invitations.
Around 137 people even-
tually participated in last
years Pub Crawl, which
moved throughout down-
town businesses. Although
it is a Pub Crawl, having
a drink is not forced onto
anyone but those who
do drink will have support
from diferent areas, ac-
cording to Flanagan.
We will have designated
drivers for anybody who
needs someone to take
them home. We will also
have a police ofcer help-
ing out in the area, Flana-
gan said. Right now, every-
thing is looking okay, but
we could use some more
sponsorship. Ive got about
three or four businesses I
am still waiting to hear from
for this years Pub Crawl.
Shirts are on sale now,
which, when purchased,
act as a ticket to the event.
A shirt is $25 from now
until the day of the event,
when the price will rise to
$30. The price of the shirt
includes happy hour prices
at all stops, a wristband as
entry for an evening rafe
and a ride home from a des-
ignated driver.
Its good exposure for the
restaurants. Everybody had
a good time last year and
nobody had any issues with
it. We are just trying to pro-
mote downtown Grifn and
the restaurants. The main
thing is that it can show
that there are some alterna-
tive things for people to do
in Grifn. Last year we had
people ranging in age from
21 into their 60s."
For more information
on the Second Annual
Pub Crawl, search for the
event on Facebook, visit
www. event br i t e. com/
event/7302846009 or call
(678) 603-9527.
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materials from other librar-
ies across Georgia with free
transfers to their closest li-
A recently formed group,
The Friends of the Grifn-
Spalding County Library
(FROGSLIB), held a book
sale earlier in the year to
help raise money for the
library, and is planning an-
other sale for Saturday, Au-
gust 17 from 10 a.m. until 3
p.m. Members of FROGSLIB
(dues are $20 annually) will
get early admission to the
sale at 9 a.m. for best selec-
tion of the books.
The FROGSLIB group is
currently developing long-
range goals for library de-
velopment, library projects,
and trying to cultivate com-
munity support for the Grif-
fn-Spalding County Library.
To become more involved
with FROGSLIB or the Grif-
fn-Spalding County Library,
call 770-412-4770 or email To
donate to FROGSLIB, make
checks payable to Friends of
the Grifn-Spalding Coun-
ty Library and mail to 800
Memorial Drive, Grifn, GA
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One of my friends and
mentors, Penny Doss, is full
of wisdom. I like to draw
from that wisdom as often
as possible. We recently
engaged in a conversation
about difcult relation-
ships. We can see people
as either dangerous or
hurting. And, often times,
we see them as danger-
ous, because we feel they
do not respond in ways
that are Christ-like. We feel
they are a danger to our
self-esteem, our emotional
health, or our other rela-
tionships. And, while we
know in our gut that the
person is wounded, we still
fnd it difcult to see them
that way.
So, we, consciously or sub-
consciously, see them as
dangerous. A threat. And,
we enter a dangerous cycle.
Whenever we view a per-
son as dangerous, we cre-
ate an environment where
that person will view us the
exact same way: danger-
ous. So, a vicious cycle en-
sues. You see them as dan-
gerous, and they see you as
The good news is that
you are key in breaking this
cycle. Sometimes, those
people we view as dan-
gerous will say things that
hurt us. We view their ac-
tions as vindictive and ugly.
And, we want to respond
to them likewise. The frst
thing you need to do in
breaking the cycle is real-
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ne of my most asked questions is,
"Why did you become a dietitian?" I
simply say, Food and eating are two of my
favorite things so who would not like to
talk about it all day!
Strangers in the store or at the gym fre-
quently ask me about my eating habits
once they know that I work in nutrition.
They always want to know if what they
hear on the radio or TV is comparable to
what healthy foods to I choose and what
they are eating. I am happy that I am able
to educate people on healthy eating while
consciously choosing foods that are right
for me as well. Here, I'll share a day in the
life of what I eat with some simple recipe
money savers.
My meals change on a daily basis to pre-
vent boredom from eating the same thing
all the time, but usually try to by the same
list of ingredients to make sure I stay on
track with what is healthy; I just use difer-
ent recipes with those ingredients to make
them interesting and taste great.
My usual shopping list includes a half
dozen carton of eggs and large carton of
egg whites, almond milk, spinach, frozen
veggies of all kinds, chicken and oatmeal.
The hardest meal for me to plan is break-
fast, since I have little time to prepare a
hearty meal in the morning before work.
Therefore, I usually switch every other day
with a good breakfast of one whole egg
and partial egg white omelet made with
reduced fat cheese, mushrooms and a slice
of whole wheat toast with natural pea-
nut butter. The other day is oatmeal with
craisins, almond extract, cinnamon and
almond milk in order to keep me fuller lon-
ger. Breakfast is very important because it
provides energy for the day and prevents
me from overeating.
Since I work an eight hour day, I need to
have a snack while I am at work because I
get hungry usually at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. I
used to buy and spend tons of money on
protein and Fiber One bars. I no longer do
that because I have found that it is cheaper
to make your own and has more nutritional
quality and less additives.
My frst snack usually is fresh fruit like
apple or oranges, and the second snack
is my homemade protein bars. These are
both high in fber which helps prevent high
cholesterol and constipation. Most people
need 25-35 grams of fber daily, which can
be difcult to do when eating only one or
two meals. Having a lite small, homemade
snack also allows my body to beneft from
other vitamins, minerals and nutrients like
calcium and protein.
For lunch, I usually bring leftovers from
home, or its is a perfect time to get more
veggies by eating a salad. In addition to
saving me money, leftovers help me with
portion control. At dinner the previous
night, I make just enough so that I can have
two meals. If I am making a salad, I use raw
spinach frst and then a lettuce mix with
all kinds of diferent toppings like broccoli,
tomatos, carrots, sugar snap peas and a
sprinkle of low fat parmesan cheese. I also
put a pouch of tuna in there for protein and
regular dressing (not non- or low-fat); I just
make sure I use no more that two table-
For dinner, I usually plan my meals for
the week by looking at or and buy those ingre-
dients for that week. It saves me money
knowing that I can stick to those meals and
use the leftovers for lunch, plus I dont get
bored because no meal is ever the same!
An example of one of my dinners would
be baked sweet potato wedges, a bunless
bison burger topped with Havarti cheese,
red onions, and one tablespoon of Franks
Bufalo sauce for seasoning. I also throw in
some sauted zucchini on the side for ex-
tra veggies.
With all of this in mind, at the end of
my day I usually head to the gym and get
in 90 minutes of weights/cardio. Energy in
will equal energy out and without physical
activity, I would not be able to eat or enjoy
the foods I do.
This recipe takes about 20
minutes from start to end.
You may want to make a
double batch and store
extras in the freezer.
Servings: 8 bars
* 2 1/2 cups oats
* 1/2 cup chocolate whey
protein powder
* 1 teaspoon cinnamon
* 2 tablespoons natural
peanut butter (creamy or
* 3 egg whites
* 2 mashed bananas
* 1 tablespoon honey
* 4 tablespoons nonfat milk
(or almond milk)
Preheat oven to 350 de-
grees and coat an 8x8 pan
with non-stick spray. Mix
the oats, protein powder
and cinnamon. Add peanut
butter and stir until well
combined. Add egg whites,
bananas, honey and milk.
Spoon the mixture into the
prepared pan. Place in the
oven and bake for 15 min-
utes or until set. Remove
from oven and allow to cool
slightly before cutting into
A nutritionist's food diary
COnT, cycLe, P. 5
Question: Do I really need x-rays
before treatment?
lmost daily we get a
phone call from a pro-
spective patient. Under-
standably, they want to
know if we can treat the
condition they have or
think they have, and they
want immediate relief (I
do, too!). Right after the
discussion of cost, in which
they often discover we are
more reasonable than the
provider in their insurance
network, there is usually a
question about necessity of
My rule of thumb is guid-
ed by patient safety. The
risk-beneft scale may tip in
favor or imaging or not, but
when it tips in balance of
imaging, I do not hesitate.
There are several factors
I will weigh on that scale,
including the nature of the
complaint, patient history,
age, gender, presence of
trauma, physical signs, and
X-ray, discovered by Ma-
dame Curie in 1895, are
composed of electromag-
netic radiation that pass
through the body to cast
shadows. Bone shows as
white, air shows as black,
and soft tissues and organs
show in varying shades of
gray. Believe it or not, we
can look at these cryptic
images and discover inter-
esting things about your
After trauma, I will do a
careful exam to see if you
appear to have any frac-
tures. If I am suspicious
from either the history or
exam, I will x-ray right then.
If there is a fracture, we will
consider appropriate refer-
ral if warranted.
Among seniors, it is very
possible that we will need
x-rays prior to treatment
to look for arthritic joints,
osteoporosis, structural is-
sues, and pathology. I am
likely to x-ray seniors when
there is a pain complaint,
either chronic or acute. If
there is a cancer history a
recent fall (very common in
those over 65), I am likely to
In a patient of any age, I
am likely to x-ray when
there is radiating pain, es-
pecially when it appears
in both sides, as that is un-
usual. The appearance
of numbness, tingling, or
muscle weakness on one or
both sides is likely to trigger
flms, possibly as a precur-
sor to other imaging, such
as MRI.
I am very hesitant to ex-
pose children or teens to x-
ray. There must be a clear
beneft to obtaining the
information to ofset the
potential negatives of irra-
diating bone growth plates
or gonadal tissues, for ex-
ample. Trauma, of course,
weighs heavily on the pro
side, as does the possibil-
ity of congenital anomalies
in the spine or hips. These
decisions are made with the
parents after considering all
the data and options.
There are also conditions
of the extremities that I
do not tend to x-ray. Un-
complicated shoulder pain
without trauma, for ex-
ample, is one that I do not
tend to x-ray prior to treat-
ing. The best research does
not support imaging hard
tissue when the problem is
like soft tissue that will not
show on x-ray.
I mentioned instinct
above. As a doctor, I some-
times look at the subjective
and objective data in front
of me, including the pa-
tients history, family histo-
ry, physical exam, etc., and
feel there is a missing piece.
Call it curiosity, experience,
gut feeling, or even white
hair. Sometimes this leads
us to a completely new and
sometimes unexpected
conclusion as to the nature
and cause of a condition.
no matter what the cir-
cumstances, when I x-ray,
I will develop the flms im-
mediately and view them
with you, the patient, and
discuss the fndings in full
context of the history and
physical exam. At that
point we can decide on
a treatment plan, further
imaging, or referral or co-
management when appro-
priate. You will not wait for
answers in my clinic.
It is a complex decision: to
x-ray, or not to x-ray, to mis-
quote Shakespeare. It is
based on a combination of
scientifc literature, clinical
presentation, demographic
factors, patient desires, in-
stinct, and above all, pa-
tient safety. As complicat-
ed as it might sound, I hope
this helps make the process
more transparent.
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columns, visit WWW.IrisCity-
Transparency in X-Rays
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our car could break
down. You might need
a new furnace. You have to
pay for one last term of col-
lege for your child. What-
ever the reason, you may
someday need a large sum
of money in a hurry. And
as you look around for a
source of funds, your eyes
might come to rest on your
401(k) plan. Its there, its
yours why not tap into
Actually, there are some
pretty good reasons for not
dipping into your 401(k).
But before we get to those,
lets see how you might
access the money in your
Some employers allow
401(k) loans only in cases
of fnancial hardship, al-
though the defnition of
hardship can be fexible.
But many employers allow
these loans for just about
any purpose. To learn the
borrowing requirements for
your particular plan, youll
need to contact your plan
Generally, you can borrow
up to $50,000, or one-half
of your vested plan bene-
fts, whichever is less. Youve
got up to fve years to repay
your loan, although the re-
payment period can be lon-
ger if you use the funds to
buy a primary residence.
So youve got some time to
repay the loan, youre pay-
ing yourself back with in-
terest, and the repayments
are probably just deducted
from your paycheck.
Sounds pretty good, right?
What could be the problem
with taking out a 401(k)
Since you asked, here are a
few of them:
Youll likely reduce your
retirement savings. Your
401(k) plan is designed to
help you build funds for
one purpose: retirement. To
encourage you to take ad-
vantage of your 401(k), the
government defers taxes
on your earnings and al-
lows you to make contribu-
tions with pre-tax dollars.
But when you take out a
loan from your 401(k), you
are removing resources ear-
marked for your retirement.
And even though youll re-
pay the loan, you can never
get that time back when
your money could have po-
tentially grown.
Youll be taxed twice on
the loan amount. As men-
tioned, you typically con-
tribute pre-tax dollars to
your 401(k). But when you
repay the loan, youre do-
ing so with after-tax dollars.
When you withdraw the
money at retirement, it will
be taxed again.
Youll have to quickly re-
pay the loan if you leave
your job. If you leave your
job, whether voluntarily or
involuntarily, youll gener-
ally be required to repay
the loan in full within 60
days. If you dont repay it by
then, the outstanding bal-
ance will be taxable and
if youre under 59-1/2, youll
also have to pay a 10 per-
cent penalty tax.
To avoid putting yourself
in the position of having
to someday borrow from
your 401(k), try to build an
emergency fund contain-
ing six to 12 months worth
of living expenses. Keep the
money in a liquid account
so that you can tap into it
It can be tempting to bor-
row from your 401(k) today
but if you can resist this
temptation, youll almost
certainly be glad tomorrow.
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Think twice before
taking out 401(k) loan
ize that the person isnt tell-
ing you who you are. But,
rather, he or she is showing
you who he or she is. Only
God can tell you who you
are. So, let that principle go
deep into your heart frst.
So, now what do you do
with your hurt? How do
you break this cycle? How
do you resist your urge to
respond to them in a way
that is consistent with their
behavior? Take it to God.
Tell Him every time you are
struggling. Tell Him how
you want to respond like-
wise, and ask Him to take
it from you. Keep giving it
to Him. Then, one day, you
will realize it is His for good.
And, the dangerous cycle is
And, that person no lon-
ger has power over you.
You will choose to love and
forgive instead. As a mat-
ter of fact, you will see that
person as hurting. And, you
will begin to see that per-
son the way Christ does.
You will be free. And, full of
more love and forgiveness
than you thought possible.
And, your life will be abun-
dantly blessed!
cycle, cont.
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Friday, July 19; Kiwanis Club of
Grifn - Fairgrounds Farmers
Market; Open each Friday 1
p.m. - 6 p.m.;
Friday, July 19; Soil Amending;
Flint River Regional Library;
2 p.m. - 4 p.m.; admission is
free;for more information
call 770-467-4225 or email
Friday, July 19; Flicks @ 6th;
Wreck-it-Ralph at 6th Street
Park; Enjoy family fun, prizes,
and games; Refreshments
will be provided; free admis-
sion; starts at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 20; Grifn-Spald-
ing County Library Family Af-
ternoon; Hot Diggity Doug;
starts at 2:30 p.m.;
Sunday, July 21; Grifn First
Assembly; Youth Fine Arts
Spaghetti Lunch; The youth
department at Grifn
First Assembly (Relentless
Student Ministries) will be
selling a spaghetti lunch: $7
for adults, $5 for kids, or for
larger families, $30 max for
the family. For more informa-
tion call 770.228.2307.
Monday, July 22; Grifn-Spald-
ing County Library Family
night; The Reluctant Dragon
Puppet Show; starts at 6 p.m.
Monday, July 22; Grifn-Spald-
ing County Library Family
night; Millie the Reading
Dog; Call Spalding County
Librarys Circulation Desk to
schedule an appointment
for one of the four sessions
available; starts at 6 p.m.
Wednesday, July 24; Community
Work Days at the Healthy
Life Community Garden;
Located next to the Old Fair-
mont High; Every Wednes-
day from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Thursday, July 25; Grifn-
Spalding County Library
Family night; Dig Into Dirt - a
gardening program; starts
at 3 p.m.
Friday, July 26; Kiwanis Club of
Grifn - Fairgrounds Farmers
Market; Open each Friday 1
p.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday, July 27; Grifn-Spald-
ing County Library Teen Af-
ternoon; Teen Craft Program;
Ages 12 - 17 welcome; starts
at 2:30 p.m.
Monday, July 29; Grifn-Spald-
ing County Library Family
night; Dig Into Crafts; starts
at 6 p.m.
Wednesday, July 31; Just Chillin'
Frozen Yogurt Bar; Wacky
Wednesday; Stop by and
grab a cup of yogurt for 34
cents, regularly 44 cents.
Saturday, August 3; new Birth
Fellowship of Praise "Com-
munity Back to School Bash";
From 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 1315
Lyndon Avenue Grifn, GA
Saturday, August 3; Back to
School Block Party; Park at
Sixth; tons of childrens and
community activities and
Saturday, August 3; Grifn-
Spalding County Library
Family Afternoon; Children
and Teen Book Swap; All
ages welcome; starts at 10
a.m.; Come swap out your
old favorites with your local
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If the new airport were placed on the 2014 ballot, as County
Commissioner Miller asked, would you vote for or against its
Against ::: 61% - For ::: 22% - Still Undecided ::: 11%
I Trust My Elected Ofcial to Make the Decision ::: 6%
Last week's results:
Given the county's recent budget concerns
and cuts, would you support increasing the
Animal Shelter operating budget to provide
air conditioning for the animals?
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tatistically, one in four
girls will be sexually
abused before she turns 18
years old.
The Spalding Collabora-
tive has joined the Georgia
Center for Child Advocacy
in a statewide initiative to
curb these numbers by pre-
senting Darkness to Lights
Stewards of Children child
abuse prevention training.
According to the Collab-
orative, Stewards of Chil-
dren is the only evidence-
based child sexual abuse
prevention training proven
to be efective in education
adults to recognize, prevent
and react responsibly to
child sexual abuse through
promoting healthy commu-
nication and implementing
prevention policies in orga-
Spalding Countys goal is
to train at least local 2,400
adults with this program,
according to Molli Pruitt
with the Spalding County
Health Department.
The training will be held
on Friday, July 19 from 1 4
p.m. at the Spalding County
Health Department at 1007
Memorial Drive in Grifn,
and includes a three-hour
video-based training with
segments from both sur-
vivors and professionals
working in the feld. Each
participant will receive
an interactive workbook,
Seven Steps booklet, an
opportunity to participate
in a facilitated group dis-
cussion, and a certifcate of
To register, visit http://
www. s u r v e y mo n k e y.
com/s/QSVFLKY or get in
touch with Molli Pruitt at
770-584-7592 or mdash- The
participation fee is $15 per
Help prevent child abuse
usiness Expo 2013 is being sponsored by the Grifn-
Spalding Chamber of Commerce at the Kiwanis of Grif-
fn Center, 1025 South Hill Street, Grifn, on Friday, August
9th, from 1 until 6 p.m. This Expo is a combination of two
previous events held by the Chamber: Business/Education
Expo and the Media Trade Show.
This is a great opportunity for businesses to showcase
their products and/or services to the general public and
for the citizens of the community to visit and see what is
here in Grifn-Spalding County and the immediate area.
Take advantage of this time to come out and meet face
to face business owners and learn more about what they
ofer and the variety of services/products available right
here in your own community.
For more information or to register as a vendor, please
contact the Chamber ofce at 770-228-8200 or visit us on
Facebook at Grifn/Spalding Chamber of Commerce to
see who signs up next.
Remember: Shop Local, support your area merchants
and lets work to make our economy strong.
Chamber of Commerce
hosts Business Expo Aug. 9
The Spalding County Parks & Recreation Department will
begin accepting football registrations on Saturdays, July 6
through July 27th at the City Park Community Center. Reg-
istrations will begin at 10 a.m. each Saturday and end at 2
p.m. The fnal day to register is Saturday, July 27.
Important Information:
All players must bring a birth certifcate to register. The
age control date is the players age as of September 1, 2013.
Players registering must be accompanied by their parent or
guardian. All registrants must be weighed at registration.
Fee Schedule
- Tackle leagues for ages 7-12 is $100.00 Plus $25 equipment
deposit.* Flag Football league for ages 5-6 is $60.00.* Foot-
ball equipment will be issued during registration hours.
*Players who live outside of Spalding County will pay an
additional $30.00 out of county fee at registration.
Spalding County is taking a pro-active approach towards
keeping young athletes safe on the feld. new this season,
all youth sport coaches and parents will be educated and
informed in order to ensure that signs and symptoms of a
concussion can be recognized early. All youth sport coach-
es will receive training provided by the national Youth
Sports Coaches Association (nYSCA).
All interested in coaching football must complete the
following: (1) Coach Application; (2) Pass the background
check screening; (3) Have current nYSA Coach Certifcation;
and present proof of nYSCA Concussion Training before
permitted to coach or work with teams. For further infor-
mation, please contact Robby Milner at 770-467-4750.
County football sign-ups
1115 Zebulon Road
Griffin, GA 30224
(770) 227-5300
The Spalding County Animal Care and
Control Advisory Board (ACCAB) has
been moving forward with its plan to
bring air conditioning to the Animal
Shelter, which has been in the discus-
sion phase since 2012.
ACCAB Chairman Vickie Hennesey
said Spalding County ofcials includ-
ing County Manager William Wilson
and the Board of Commissioners have
granted approval for fund-raising ef-
forts to begin in order to raise the
money necessary to purchase the air
conditioning unit.
She said plans are underway to cre-
ate a Web site where contributors will
be able to make donations using Pay-
It wont be in there this year, but by
golly, well have it in there next year,
she said.
According to Hennessey, window
units are not a viable option due
to the wiring and the fact that they
could sustain water damage when
the facility is cleaned by jail trustees.
One option remained a central
heating and air conditioning unit
and she said estimates have been ob-
tained for the cost of the unit, instal-
lation and projected operating costs.
Wilson said this is an ACCAB project,
and described it as a long-term goal
for them to get air conditioning for
the shelter.
He said the next step in the process
would be for ACCAB to appear before
the Board of Commissioners to re-
quest funding of what county ofcials
anticipate will be increased shelter
operating costs.
If ACCAB is able to raise the funds
necessary to purchase and install the
air conditioning unit, I have concerns
about the utilities the operating
costs of such, Wilson said. Just be-
cause of the nature of the shelter it-
self its washed twice a day with hot,
steamy water its hard to efciently
cool a building that has that much
moisture. They will then come before
the Board and ask them to consider
the increased operating costs.
However, Hennessey said the oper-
ating costs will not increase because
with the installation of the new cen-
tral unit, the shelter will be total elec-
tric as opposed to the gas heat now
in place.
Right now, it heats with gas very
expensive gas, she said.
Wilson said cost estimates may
not accurately refect the actual costs
involved with installing the central
heat and air conditioning unit de-
sired by ACCAB.
It could be estimated, but until you
actually operate the system in the
shelter, given the operating issues at
the shelter and the many variables
of such a building, including its de-
sign and structure, theres no way
of knowing the actual costs, Wilson
Hennessey then disputed Wilsons
statement that ACCAB would need to
gain Board approval for that, alleging
that Wilson, himself, had previously
assured her the air conditioning op-
erational costs would be included in
the FY 2014 budget.
She said all information available
was turned over to Wilson the frst
Monday in June, but acknowledged
ACCABs July meeting was cancelled
and that she has had no conversa-
tions with county ofcials since June,
prior to the fnal approval of the cur-
rent budget.
When discussing the $1.3 million
county budget defcit, Hennessey
said she was not plugged into the po-
litical process and was unaware of the
countys budget woes.
Upon learning Wednesday evening
that ACCAB would still be required
to seek the Board of Commissioners
approval for operational costs, Hen-
nessey declined further comment,
saying she intends to speak with Wil-
son in the immediate future.
The Grip will continue to follow this
story and will post updates on the Web
site at as new infor-
mation becomes available.
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county ofcials including the Board of
Commissioners, began to reconsider
the matter.
It was tabled during the June PRAC
meeting and placed on the July agen-
During that meeting, the issue was
addressed by County Manager Wil-
liam Wilson, who said, I think yall
had a very spirited discussion at your
last meeting. Its my understanding
from several of the commissioners
Ive talked to that they would like
for you to reconsider that fee. I dont
think theres support for that fee at
this timeThey did ask that you re-
consider it and perhaps discuss it at a
later meeting.
PRAC member Zachary Holmes ex-
pressed his opposition to the pay-to-
play fee and described what he fore-
saw as the potential outcome.
Realistically, were going to end up
closing our gyms because the kids at
City Park and Fairmont cant aford to
pay,he said. Theres no doubt theyre
underprivileged kids, and I hate to say
this, but they can barely aford shoes.
I think well end up with more prob-
lems than we have now.
Leger provided PRAC members with
information she gathered from the
Clayton County Parks and Recreation
Department that outlined its usage
Leger reported that the Clayton
County facility ofers such amenities
as two basketball gymnasiums, out-
door swimming, meeting and multi-
purpose rooms, community rooms,
a ftness center, indoor track, game
room, and dance and aerobic room.
One additional feature is that each
of the indoor amenities including the
basketball gyms is air conditioned.
Unlike Spalding County, that initially
approved the pay-per-play structure
on a daily fee basis, Clayton County
charges $3 daily, but ofers monthly
access for $20 and a three-month ac-
cess fee of $55.
In contrast, the Spalding County fee
would have been assessed only to
those who play basketball.
It wasnt going to be assessed to use
the community rooms, Leger said.
PRAC members voted unanimously
to approve a motion rescinding the
earlier vote that approved the mea-
fee, cont.
was procured, representing approxi-
mately 1,800 students; and $4,824,645
in unsubsidized or non-needs based
loans were obtained by approximate-
ly 1,400 students. Although the loan
program has been in place at SCTC for
fve semesters, the greater than $10.3
million total was granted in only three
semesters fall of 2012 and spring and
summer of 2013.
Taylor said it would be difcult to cal-
culate the exact number of students
who have received federal student
loan monies, as some receive both
subsidized and unsubsidized loans.
However, school ofcials have con-
frmed that very little of that has been
spent on expenses directly related to
SCTC studies.
It turned out that of the money that
had been taken out, only four percent
of the total could be traced back to the
college for expenses like tuition, fees,
books and supplies purchased from
the book store, she said.
Taylor said ofcials became con-
cerned that students would be unable
to repay these loans, and that defaults
would prevent all SCTC students from
receiving further federal funding, in-
cluding the Pell Grant.
The fnal decision to discontinue par-
ticipating in the Federal Student Loan
Program was based upon the average
amount being borrowed by students,
and the debt ratio and fnancial bur-
den the loans would create.
Taylor explained that unless students
enter into certain eligible programs
such as public service occupations or
teaching in Title I schools, federal stu-
dent loans are not forgivable. Peters
ofce said the amount of the average
SCTC student loan would saddle grad-
uates with a repayment burden that is
not commensurate with their chosen
felds anticipated salary range, leaving
students unable to repay their student
This is a potential nightmare that
our students do not want or need, Pe-
ters stated in the release. I honestly do
not want to put our students in a situ-
ation that creates this type of fnancial
Ofcials say they have no control over
federal loan repayment once a student
leaves SCTC, whether by graduation or
dropping out, and that this is the crux
of their concern if the schools stu-
dent loan default rate exceeds a cer-
tain point, the college would lose not
only the ability to issue further federal
loans, but potentially the Pell Grant
and all other sources of Federal Title IV
grants and loans.
Taylor said another important point
of consideration is that student loans
may not be claimed as part of a bank-
ruptcy fling.
Peters stressed that other forms of
funding will remain available to SCTC
student: while I do understand that
the loss of a student loan may be se-
vere for some, I do not believe that is
the case for most. Given the risk/ben-
eft considerations, it is simply not in
the best interests of either SCTC or our
students to continue the student loan
program. HOPE, Pell and third party
scholarships have been sufcient for
most since the college was founded,
and I sincerely believe they will be go-
ing forward. There are also additional
alternative sources of funding, such as
the Workforce Investment Act (WIA)
and other sponsored forms of assis-
tance. If you absolutely cannot aford
to continue at SCTC without a student
loan, please see someone in our Foun-
dation ofces to explore scholarship
Taylor said this decision was not made
lightly, and that while SCTC made this
determination early, other schools
have since followed suit.
We were one of the frst technical
colleges to discontinue federal stu-
dent loans, but I have seen information
that other colleges have now taken the
same step because of the fact that stu-
dents will be unable to pay them back.
For additional information, both
current and prospective students are
urged to contact the SCTC Ofce of
Institutional Advancement at 770-229-
projects for both the city and the
He said the support of city ofcials
would also be required to move for-
ward with the 2014 referendum.
Wilson said county ofcials have se-
lected no projects, but that the needs
are many.
There are tremendous needs out
there, he said. The Board of Com-
missioners could choose to go with a
single-item SPLOST; we have a lot of
transportation needs. There are a lot
of projects being considered.
City of Grifn Commissioner Ryan
McLemore said he believes the city
will support the proposed July refer-
Were in the very early process of
looking at what projects would be a
ft, McLemore said. Its usually divid-
ed between city and county projects,
and as far as I know, we havent had
any discussion about what would be
on there. My support would depend
on whats on there, but obviously, as
a city board, we would want to put
things on there that wed like help
with. There are always areas of need
and SPLOST is a good way of provid-
ing for that.
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