Twelve Spalding County 4-H’ers joined more than 400 4-H youth, leaders, and volunteers from across the state for 4-H Day at the Capitol on Thursday, February 1, in Atlanta, Georgia. Participants from Spalding County included: Jhaycee Barnes, Deron Brown, Baily Champion, Kaylee Collins, Isaac Daugherty, Mark Dover, Jalen Favors, Shelby Lane, Alyssa Laud, Jabri Nash, Marcoyia Sutton, and Korre Trimble.

4-H’ers visited the Georgia State Capitol to meet with their representatives and senators, tour the capitol building, and observe the legislative process. State 4-H President Mason McClintock of Bacon County addressed both chambers of the Georgia General Assembly, thanking them for their continued support of 4-H and pledging Georgia 4-H’s commitment to work to improve Georgia’s communities. “Getting personally involved with government and the democratic process are essential steps to becoming an engaged citizen,” said Rebecca Heard, Spalding County 4-H Agent with the University of Georgia Extension program. “I’m so excited we were able to provide our 4-H’ers with an opportunity to engage in our participatory democracy to better understand the value of their voices and beliefs.”

Following the Capitol tour and visit, 4-H’ers enjoyed a luncheon sponsored by the Georgia 4-H Foundation Board of Trustees. The Honorable Governor Nathan Deal, First Lady Sandra Deal, Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle, and Dr. Sam Pardue, Dean and Director of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, encouraged the 4-H’ers to continue serving their counties and communities though 4-H participation.
Resolutions in the House and Senate recognized several 4-H members for their outstanding achievements in leadership and citizenship, as well as 4-H’ers who have excelled in contests at the national level. The day’s activities concluded with a picture of the entire delegation with a number of representatives and senators. Georgia 4-H thanks Georgia’s leaders for their warm welcome and continued support of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Cooperative Extension, and Georgia 4-H.
For information on getting involved in Spalding County 4-H, please contact the County Extension Office at (770)-467-4225.
A kindergartner enrolled in the local school system was found in possession of a firearm Thursday morning. No injuries were reported.

The school system superintendent Dr. Jute Wilson said.

Thursday morning, a 6-year old Lamar County Primary student brought an unloaded small caliber pistol to school. After showing the weapon to a student, the classmate reported to an adult who immediately secured the backpack and notified administrators. There is no evidence the child intended to hurt anyone. The weapon was never loaded, brandished, or used to threaten anyone. We are proud of the classmates, staff members, and administration who handled the situation quickly and safely. We are especially proud of the young classmate who notified an adult of the matter. 

The Lamar County School System is working closely with the Barnesville Police Department and the Lamar County Sheriff’s Office. This incident will be handled according to state and district policies by both the school system and law enforcement.


The Griffin-Spalding County School System (GSCS) named David and Ashley Mangham from Cowan Road Elementary School as the district-level Most Valuable Parents (MVP). The Manghams were honored during the Griffin-Spalding Board of Education meeting on February 6.  Mr. and Mrs. Mangham actively participate in workshops and volunteer during school events, classroom parties and trips.

“Mr. and Mrs. Mangham value education and are deeply involved and invested in their children’s education. You can see them around the school building daily, ready to take on any task or lend a hand to positively impact the classroom and school. They make contributions regularly to the classroom to benefit all students,” said Cowan Road Elementary Assistant Principal Misty Garvin.

GSCS is also proud to recognize the school-level MVPs for January 2018:

  • Anne Street Elementary- De’Vay & Roderick Fluellyn
  • Crescent Elementary- Stephanie Marshall
  • Futral Road Elementary- Melissa Styler
  • Griffin High School- Jamie Paul
  • Jackson Road Elementary- Kathy Anthony
  • Jordan Hill Elementary- Allen Maddox
  • Rehoboth Road Middle- Gary Pline


GSCS began the MVP Program in 2011 as a way to increase parent engagement. This district-level program recognizes parent volunteers who make outstanding contributions to our schools. Each month the schools choose an exceptional volunteer to be their school-level MVP. From the school-level nominees, a district-level MVP is selected. Last school year GSCS recognized over 90 MVPs. Seventy-four volunteers have been recognized to date during the 2017-18 school year.