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Carroll County Cheerleaders Place in State Competition

CARROLL COUNTY, GA -- Carroll County can boast not one, but two champion cheerleading squads.

On Friday, Nov. 12 and Saturday, Nov.13, the cheerleaders from Bowdon High School in Bowdon and Central High School in Carrollton competed in the state cheerleading competition at the Columbus Civic Center.

The preliminary round was Friday, and the cheerleaders were among 24 teams trying to make it to the finals. Bowdon High placed second, while Central High came in fourth, ensuring their place in the next round.

On Saturday, the top 16 squads in the single A region competed for the title. Bowdon High's team, led by coach Coleen Reed, placed second again.

Central High also competed against 16 teams in the triple A region and came in fourth. Their coaches are Jodi Guess and Amber Melear.

The competition is set to air on GPB TV on Friday, Nov. 19 at 9:00 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 20 at 12:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 21 at 11:00 a.m.

UWG Honor Society Hosts Soup Kitchen Reading

CARROLLTON, GA -- The University of West Georgia's chapter of Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society will host one of its most honored traditions on Thursday, Nov. 18: the annual Soup Kitchen Reading.

The event will be held in the Lower Level of the Z-6 dining hall from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

This year's reading will highlight creative nonfiction. English professor Dr. Emily Hipchen and former UWG students Kate Peterson and Kendall Pope are the featured readers.

Attendees may bring non-perishable food items and/or monetary donations for the Carroll County Soup Kitchen.

Jonesville Middle Named a Breakthrough School

CARROLLTON, GA -- Jonesville Middle School in Carrollton has been named as a Breakthrough Middle School for the State of Georgia.

This honor, which is bestowed by the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals, is the highest honor a middle school can earn through the GASSP organization.

Members of GASSP met to honor Jonesville Middle School at the Jekyll Island Club on Jekyll Island on Sunday, Nov. 7.

"Jonesville Middle School was one of 13 school identified this year by GASSP as one of the best middle schools in the state," said Dr. Joe Hutcheson, middle school coordinator for GASSP. "The Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals is an affiliate of the National Association of Secondary School Principals. Our organization looks to identify schools throughout the nation that embody best practices for our students and schools that get results.

UWG Converts Student Health Charts to Electronic Medical Records

CARROLLTON, GA -- The University of West Georgia recently updated its medical software by turning all existing paper medical charts into electronic records.

This change benefits students, faculty and staff at the university in numerous ways.

The conversion was made possible by a software donation from Greenway Medical Technologies, a Carrollton-based health solutions provider.

The new system will be on display at a ceremony recognizing the Greenway gift on Thursday, Nov. 11 at noon at the Alumni House on the UWG campus.

UWG Initiates "Go West" Branding Campaign

CARROLLTON, GA -- The University of West Georgia is initiating a bold branding campaign that aims to communicate to prospective students, parents and the public the exciting changes the university has experienced recently and its ambitious plans for the future.

The campaign, headlined by the brand message "Go West," has been rolled out gradually across campus over the past week and will be unveiled to the general public on Monday, Nov. 1.

That launch will include a Web site (gowestgeorgia.com) that will link to the main university site, billboards, TV, radio, print and digital media advertising, and messaging on cinema screens throughout metro Atlanta.

Not So Scary Fairy Tales at UWG

CARROLLTON, GA -- The Townsend Center for the Performing Arts at the University of West Georgia invites everyone to take an adventure through a magical maze of fantasy and wonder: the "Not So Scary Fairy Tales."

Enter an enchanting land where fairy tales live once more in 12 interactive and unique rooms. Explore the realm of Beowulf, the forest home of the Star Maiden and the pirates' ship from Treasure Island. Find out what's bugging Chicken Little, Geppetto and those crafty Three Little Pigs. Carefully cross the frozen land of the Snow Queen and enter the mine of the Seven Dwarves. And watch out for the Giant lurking around the beanstalk.

The Not So Scary Fairy Tales will run Thursday, Oct. 28 and Friday, Oct. 29 with group tours beginning at 6:30 p.m. and running through 8:30 p.m. On Saturday, Oct. 30, tours will begin at 2:30 p.m.

Pace of Recovery Dismal According to Top Economist

CARROLLTON, GA -- The economy is improving, albeit at a disappointingly lethargic pace, according to the chief economist of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Martin Regalia offered that assessment at the annual University of West Georgia Economic Forecast Breakfast on Tuesday, Oct. 26.

"The good news is we're growing again.