Madison County valedictorian Sarah Spradlin stood at the podium in the Classic Center in Athens May 29 and told a story about “a girl named Christy” — her mother — who inspired her to “take up a sword” and fight for what’s good, despite life’s tribulations.
“Christy was born into a broken home, victimized by bad habits passed down generation after generation,” said said. “Abuse, fear, and insecurity were parts of Christy’s everyday life. She grew up without a father she could rely on. Often, she wasn’t sure where her next meal was coming from. There were times Christy would be awakened in the middle of the night, told to grab what belongings would fit in her arms, and be forced out of a home she had only known for a few months. Christy learned from watching those around her that it was easier to run away from your problems than to face them. Christy could have chosen to give up on hope, give in to fear, and follow a well-worn path, but she didn’t. Instead, Christy chose to take up her sword, follow after the example of her Savior Jesus Christ, and fight for a better future.”
Spradlin said her mother’s story won’t make it on Good Morning America or in The New York Times, but she said her mom’s choice to live a good life made all the difference for both her and her sister.
“My mother didn’t waste her chance to write a story worth telling; neither should we,” said Spradlin.
The MCHS Class of 2015 valedictorian urged her classmates to make the world better.
“Graduates, we can’t afford waste the life that has been given to us, so choose to stand up for something important — something that will last longer than the latest fashion trends, impact more people than a Facebook post, mean something to us if it gets zero retweets or 1,000,” said Spradlin. “While tonight is a night for celebratory selfies, tomorrow, let’s make a choice to flip the cameras on our phones around so that we see less of ourselves and focus more on the world that desperately needs our help.” Salutatorian Anna Crouse also addressed the large crowd Friday and recalled entering Madison County Middle School with her classmates.
“We all remember colored braces, bright blue aerospostale shirts, and decorating our locker better than we decorated our bedroom,” said Crouse.
She remembered the “white-knuckled grip” she and her classmates had on their school maps at the freshman academy, then “freshman year part two” as the group entered the main MCHS building their sophomore year, and their junior year, when many students got a set of wheels and “learned exactly how far away we lived from the school.”’ [Full Story »]
Rowan Scarborough recently published an article in the Washington Times about large convoys of trucks fleeing Iraq into Syria just prior to Pres. George Bush’s invasion. He discussed the probability that these trucks carried those missing weapons of mass destruction.
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Madison County commission chairman Anthony Dove recently announced that he won’t seek re-election in 2016, adding that he wanted potential replacements to have plenty of time to consider running for his seat.
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Madison County commissioners joined the chorus of those concerned about an increase in fatal wrecks in Georgia this year.
And board members wanted to make clear at a brief May 21 meeting: “don’t text and drive.”
“A concern I always have is distracted driving and all the texting teens do,” said BOC chairman Anthony Dove.
He urged parents to talk with their teens about putting their cell phones up while they drive, noting that “one (tragic accident) is too many.”
The BOC is helping push the Georgia Department’s year-long campaign to reduce roadway fatalities, which is calling attention to “an alarming 25-percent increase in roadway fatalities in the first quarter of 2015 and how changes in drive behavior can help to decrease these numbers.”
“DriveAlert ArriveAlive” is a program urging motorists to help reduce crashes and fatalities. Drivers are asked to focus on driving, to not driver impaired and to wear a seatbelt to reduce the chance of injury or death in a crash.
“Compared to the first quarter of last year, fatalities are up significantly in just the first three months of 2015,” said Georgia DOT commissioner Russell McMurry. “That’s just unacceptable — especially when many of these crashes can be prevented by changing driver behavior.”
Sixty percent of driver fatalities this year have been single-vehicle accidents this year. And distracted driving is cited as a primary cause for those accidents.
COMER - Willie J. Hix, 78, passed away on Sunday, May 31, 2015, at the Athens Regional Medical Center in Athens. Funeral plans are incomplete and will be announced later by Pruitt Funeral Home in Royston. Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, is in charge of arrangements.
DANIELSVILLE - Judge Scott, 69, passed away on Friday, May 29, 2015. Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Johnnie Scott; three daughters, Michelle (Kevin) Scott Thomas, Kimberly Scott, and Santedra Scott; two sons, Frederick (Arronette) Scott and Mac Jeffery Scott; two sisters, Donnie (Rollie) Hanson and Mae Frances Bush; one bother, Charlie ...
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BISHOP - Jerry Shelnutt, 75, died May 30, 2015. Born November 12, 1939 in Jackson County, he was the son of the late Joe B. and Elizabeth Simmons Shelnutt. Jerry retired from Fowler Products after 33 years as a sheet metal fabricator. After retirement, he was employed as a car courier with Barrett Dodge, Akins Ford of Athens, and Athens Ford. ...
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DANIELSVILLE - Mrs. Mary Stewart Booth Elrod, 66, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away on Friday, May 29, 2015. Mary was born in Royston on August 15, 1948, the daughter of the late Hoke Booth and Emma Sue Gordon Booth. She attended Young Harris College and was a graduate of the University of Georgia. She was a teacher having ...
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