The stretch of Hwy. 98 from Ila to Danielsville is now officially the “Louie Clark Highway.”
A crowd of 200 honored the former state legislator May 20 for his service to Madison County with a sign unveiled in his honor on Hwy. 98 in front of the library.
City of Danielsville attorney Dale Perry praised Clark, saying he did a lot to secure funds for the Madison County Library, for the county’s schools and its roads. He said there are numerous bridges and overpasses named after people. Perry said he was going down the highway one day and thought that something should be named for Clark.
“He brought a lot of money into this district and into this county,” said Perry.
State representatives Tom McCall (R) and Alan Powell (R) and state senator Frank Ginn (R) all spoke in Clark’s honor.
Ginn said Clark is a “great American.”
“There’s nothing finer than the serve he gave in the military in a little conflict we call World War II,” said Ginn. “…There’s nobody who brought more to Madison County and worked harder for the citizens of Madison County than Louie Clark.” [Full Story »]
Believe it or not, I attended the University Of Georgia G-Day spring football game at Sanford Stadium back in April. For those who know me, I still bleed the orange and purple of Clemson so before the comments on my Facebook page allow me to explain why I was there.
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May 8, 2012: “Nevada’s DMV handed Google the very first U.S. license for a driverless vehicle on Monday, following 2011 legislation in the state to allow test-driving of vehicles capable of piloting themselves.” — Time Techland
May 13, 2012:“The rapper Tupac Shakur, who died 16 years ago, grabbed global headlines again last month when his hologram walked on stage at the Coachella music festival and started singing.” Research and Development News
(Blog entry from the year 2045) So, I told my smart car to fire up “Skyrockets in flight, afternoon delight.” Then I set my car pillow at my knees to keep the pressure off my aching back. I told the car to “cue holograms,” then added “polite conversation” — “make it about the beach.” [Full Story »]
The diplomas were received, the tassels turned and the red caps flung high May 18 at the Classic Center in Athens as Madison County’s Class of 2012 said “goodbye” to high school.
Valedictorian Samantha LaZear said graduation day has been in the graduates’ minds for years.
“When starting high school your freshman year, you have this idea in your head of how perfect high school is going to be and plan everything out, however midway through your freshman year you start dreaming of this very day when you can walk across this stage, receive your diploma and finally graduate,” said LaZear. “We will look back on our high school years and reminisce on all the memories we have made.”
LaZear said she looks to Tim Tebow for inspiration, because she said he does not follow the crowd.
“You might not be Tim Tebow’s number one fan, but he has proven himself and his character through his actions on and off the field,” said LaZear, who has signed a softball scholarship with the University of Georgia. “Former Gator or not, he’s someone I look up too and hopefully some day he will call me for a date, and believe me, that’s saying a lot for a future Dawg.”
LaZear urged her fellow classmates to strive for something more than “average.”
“We spend tremendous energy on merely being normal or average when that energy can be used for so much more,” said LaZear. “So class of 2012, are we going to be average or be better? It’s our time to burn brighter than the sun and bask in the excellence that is today.”
Speaker Steven Resby said that “God put 86,400 seconds in the day.” [Full Story »]
Madison County schools now have fewer strings attached when it comes to state regulations.
The school system received “charter” status last week, meaning that more decisions regarding curriculum can be made locally.
“We’re real excited,” said Madison County school superintendent Dr. Allen McCannon. “The heart of becoming a charter system is instructional innovation and increasing your shared governance.”
McCannon said the charter status will give the schools opportunities to teach in more hands-on ways.
“This gives us a chance to provide some creative classes, some creative options, a chance to have some waivers in some rules as far as more innovative instructional classes,” he said.
For instance, McCannon noted that the change opens doors for students interested in agriculture.
“You could have a student taking an agricultural class,” said McCannon. “Well, we could actually have that student go out to a farm and actually get credit for working and learning and still doing applied math and applied science.” [Full Story »]