First confirmed flu deaths reported in Ga.

The Ga. Dept. of Public Health (DPH) on Dec. 11 confirmed that Georgia has seen its first flu-related deaths of the 2013-2014 flu season and is advising that people receive a vaccination.

“DPH has lab confirmation of two flu-related deaths in the state. These are the first confirmed flu-related deaths in Georgia this flu season. Both of the deceased were adults,” said DPH Media Relations Manager Nancy Nydam.

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via The Citizen http://www.thecitizen.com/articles/12-24-2013/first-confirmed-flu-deaths-reported-ga

Braelinn students fill up Santa’s food bag

Braelinn Elementary’s annual canned food drive was a huge success. A total of 1,524 cans were collected this year. Three agencies were sponsored this year including Fayette Samaritans, The Real Life Center, and Promise Place. Photo/Special.

via The Citizen http://www.thecitizen.com/articles/12-25-2013/braelinn-students-fill-santa%E2%80%99s-food-bag

Fayette’s method of assessing students is changing

The College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) as a vehicle for assessing overall student achievement is still new, but a Dec. 16 report to the Fayette County Board of Education showed that the scoring methodology is undergoing a change.

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Departments adopt open roads policy

A policy adopted by state agencies more than two years ago is finally making its way to city and county traffic enforcement agencies in Georgia. Contacted about their compliance with the Georgia Open Roads policy, all Fayette County law enforcement agencies said the policy that calls for quickly clearing roadways for traffic after accidents is already part of their operational procedure.

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via The Citizen http://www.thecitizen.com/articles/12-24-2013/departments-adopt-open-roads-policy

Ed Krayewski on Four Issues Republicans Could Embrace in 2014 To Stay Relevant

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2014 is another election year, with both Democrats and
Republicans hoping to exploit the others’ policy weaknesses to make
gains in the Congressional midterms. Democrats are being pilloried
for the disaster that’s been the healthcare website roll out so
far, as well as for President Obama’s numerous second-term missteps
and scandals. Republicans, in the meantime, are pilloried for
appearing to be obstructionists who are “out of touch” with the
American populace.

But image isn’t the Republicans’ only problem, or the biggest
one. The Republican party is already embroiled in what much of the
left relishes as a “civil war”; at stake is the ideological
direction the party will take. The division is largely drawn as
establishment (read: big government) conservatives vs. grassroots,
libertarian or movement conservatives. Ed Krayewski
recommends four issues Republicans could embrace to remain
relevant in 2014.

View this article.

from Hit & Run http://reason.com/blog/2013/12/25/ed-krayewski-on-issues-republicans-cou
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Grumpy elf is a principal in the performance

A grumpy elf made a special appearance at the Bennett’s Mill Middle School band concert last week. Principal Jason Byars, playing out of character with a high-pitched voice, got some laughs as the band delighted the crowd with a performance of “The Grumpy Elf” among other holiday favorites. Photo/John Munford.

via The Citizen http://www.thecitizen.com/articles/12-25-2013/grumpy-elf-principal-performance

Local robber gets ‘lighter’ than usual prison term

DA: problems with suspect ID, witness statements led to deal

A Peachtree City man was sentenced Dec. 12 to five years in prison for robbing three local convenience stores this summer by pretending to wield a weapon underneath his clothes.

District Attorney Scott Ballard acknowledged that the negotiated plea deal for Clayton Wallace Thomas, 26, of Valley View Drive is lighter than customarily handed down in Fayette County for such a major felony.

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via The Citizen http://www.thecitizen.com/articles/12-25-2013/local-robber-gets-%E2%80%98lighter%E2%80%99-usual-prison-term

‘New’ school gets a new sign

The sign for the new Fayetteville Elementary School went up recently and a group of students were joined by administrators in showing it off. The school was renamed when Fayetteville Intermediate School and Hood Avenue Primary were combined at the beginning of the school year. Pictured, from left, are Principal Kim Herron, McKenzie Floyd, Samantha Williams, George Williams, Jacob Hartley, Zelia Houston, Alex Houston, Michael Sattinger and Assistant Principal Lisa Howe. Photo/Ben Nelms.

via The Citizen http://www.thecitizen.com/articles/12-24-2013/%E2%80%98new%E2%80%99-school-gets-new-sign

Bill Gross: The Grinch Who Doesn't Like A 25% Gain In 2013

Since Carl Icahn is offline (one can’t tweet the market or AAPL higher when it’s closed), here is Bill Gross with some twitter Christmas non-cheer.

Of course, the 25% return in 2013 was for Bernanke’s favorite asset class: stocks. Bonds… not so much.


    



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Bill Gross: The Grinch Who Doesn’t Like A 25% Gain In 2013

Since Carl Icahn is offline (one can’t tweet the market or AAPL higher when it’s closed), here is Bill Gross with some twitter Christmas non-cheer.

Of course, the 25% return in 2013 was for Bernanke’s favorite asset class: stocks. Bonds… not so much.


    



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