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Central High welcomes new principal, athletic director

Central High welcomes new principal, athletic director

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- Central High School in Carrollton has gained two new leaders.

Dana Harman, the new principal, and Grant Chesnut, the athletic director and head football coach, were welcomed to the Central High community during a reception hosted by the school's athletic booster club on Monday, Feb. 21.

Carroll County Schools Superintendent Scott Cowart opened the reception. He explained the selection process for choosing each candidate and shared examples of why he believed Harman and Chesnut were the right people for their new jobs.

Harman and Chesnut gave information on their backgrounds and visions for the school to the crowd of over 100 supporters.

"The one quality associated with lions I think best encompasses my vision for our school and our students is strength," said Harman.

UWG Creates Scholarship for Advanced Academy Students

UWG Creates Scholarship for Advanced Academy Students

CARROLLTON, GA -- The University of West Georgia has established the Dr. Donald R. Wagner Endowed Scholarship to honor Dr. Wagner for his 36 years of advocacy in education.

The scholarship funds will benefit students of the UWG Advanced Academy.

"The main reason for this is that the Academy kids are not eligible for any federal funding, like Stafford loans or Pell grants," said Dr. Wagner. "They don't have the options that other students have."

The new scholarship will be awarded annually to a UWG student by a committee within the Honors College. Recipients must be enrolled in the Advanced Academy, be academically eligible for a Presidential Scholarship and demonstrate need as screened through the university's financial aid office.


Georgia Senator Encourages Students to Enter Holocaust Contest

Georgia Senator Encourages Students to Enter Holocaust Contest

ROSWELL, GA -- Georgia Senator John Albers (R-Roswell) recently announced his desire for middle and high school students to enter the annual statewide Holocaust Art and Writing Contest.

Sponsored by the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust in cooperation with the Georgia Department of Education, the contest's theme is "What Are the Lessons of the Holocaust?" The program began in 1995; this is the first year that the contest will include a Music category.

"These contests are a great educational tool that inspires students to take the initiative to learn more about a critical time in our history," said Sen. Albers. "This program is a great example of the kind of creativity our schools need to truly engage students.

Former UWG President Passes Away

Former UWG President Passes Away

CARROLLTON, GA -- The University of West Georgia mourns the loss of President-Emeritus Ward B. Pafford, who died on Sunday, Jan. 23 at the age of 99.

"We are deeply saddened at the passing of the stalwart of higher education in Georgia," said Beheruz N. Sethna, president of UWG.

In 1971, Pafford became the fourth president of West Georgia College, succeeding James Boyd, who had become a vice chancellor of the university system. A literary scholar, Dr. Pafford helped to restore a deteriorating relationship between the college and the local community, and inaugurated a faculty senate.

Some of the student unrest of the 1960s spilled over to the 1970s on the West Georgia campus. Student drug arrests became a problem, and admission standards and retention rates were issued that needed to be addressed.

In addition, West Georgia faced stiff competition with three other colleges that had recently opened within 50 miles of Carrollton.


Recording Star to Fund UWG Scholarship

CARROLLTON, GA -- Country music star Luke Bryan has announced that a portion of the proceeds from his concert on Thursday, Sept. 30 in Carrollton will fund an annual scholarship for a University of West Georgia student who comes from a farming family in Georgia.

Bryan is on a Farm Tour of concerts in his home state of Georgia that aims to give back to local farming communities by celebrating and uplifting the American farmer. Thursday's tour stop will be at VFW Post 7404 (1625 Bankhead Highway, Carrollton, 30116) at 7:30 p.m.

"I come from an area just like those we have chosen to perform in," said Bryan, a Capitol Records Nashville artist. "I grew up working on my father's peanut farm and know how hard these farmers work.

Bestselling Author to Speak at University of West Georgia

CARROLLTON, GA -- Dr. Mark Mathabane, a New York Times bestselling author and South African native, will discuss his life story at the University of West Georgia's Campus Center Ballroom on Wednesday, Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m.

Mathabane, who grew up in South Africa during apartheid, has written several books, including his autobiography, Kaffir Boy, which ranked number three on the New York Times bestseller list. He has also made appearances on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," "Larry King Live" and many other television programs.

Mathabane's story of triumph against all odds has inspired and touched the hearts of people worldwide. His novels have been translated into several languages.