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Former West Laurens athlete selected in MLB Draft

Former West Laurens athlete selected in MLB Draft

Day three of the MLB Draft saw two Mercer Bears get selected by big league franchises.

The Chicago Cubs picked junior third baseman Chesny Young in the 14th round. Two rounds later, Young's teammate and senior pitcher Brandon Barker was drafted by the Atlanta Braves.

The Cubs get a hot bat in Chesny Young. He had a .401 average and 105 hits as a sophomore, before leading the team with a .348 average as a junior. Young also finished second on the team in hits with 71 this season.

MGSC invited to join Southern States Athletic Conference

MGSC invited to join Southern States Athletic Conference

Middle Georgia State College announced Tuesday they had received an invitation to join the Southern States Athletic Conference.  The invitation was extended from the SSAC Council of Presidents meeting held in Montgomery, Ala. that day.   It's the second part of the college's transition to four-year athletics, having joined the NAIA in April.

Said MGSC Athletic Director Charles Mullis in a statement "I am very excited by this news and what it will mean for our student-athletes and our coaches.  We will be playing against the best teams the NAIA has to offer and it is a testament to the strength of our athletic program and its storied past that such a prestigious conference wants us to join. " 

To learn more about the Southern States Athletic Conference, visit their website.

OFTC Electronic Technology students use robotics

OFTC Electronic Technology students use robotics
OFTC Electronic Technology students Kenneth Dent and Taharqa Smith are learning about the X, Y and Z Cartesian Coordinates and how they relate in a 3D plane. In this classroom video, you can see them learn to differentiate the three coordinates, as well as, showing the need for repeatability in a process - in this case, the playing of the song using robotics. These skills can directly translate in the workplace when programming is necessary to create a precise, automated and highly repeatable process. VERY COOL guys!

Georgia Cyber Academy graduates first class

Georgia Cyber Academy graduates first class

(WXIA) -- The Class of 2014 is the very first class to graduate from Georgia Cyber Academy, the state's free online public school.

The school will hold a graduation ceremony at noon on Saturday, May 31 at the Gwinnett Center. More than 300 graduating seniors are scheduled to walk across the stage.

"We're so proud of each of our graduates, all of whom have taken the individualized learning that comes with GCA's online curriculum and worked with GCA's world-class teachers to adapt it to best serve and support their own academic successes," GCA head of school Matt Arkin said in a release.

Laurens County health inspection ratings

Laurens County health inspection ratings

See how Laurens County restaurants rated with the Georgia Department of Health from April 23-May 23.

  • 98-La Joya
  • 94-Southern Heritage Bar-B-Que
  • 89-Huddle House
  • 81-Waffle House, Veterans Blvd.
  • 71-Church's Chicken

OFTC welcomes Gore as New VP of Economic Development

OFTC welcomes Gore as New VP of Economic Development

Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC) recently welcomed Joe Gore as its new Vice President of Economic Development. In the position, Gore will be responsible for the development of innovative, entrepreneurial and strategic initiatives designed to respond to economic development and training needs for the eleven counties of Georgia serviced by OFTC.

"As our state looks more to our community and technical colleges to provide the workforce solutions necessary to help move our communities forward, it is critical that we have someone in place to lead this effort who has an understanding of how to grow and enhance our existing programs as well as build capacity for the future," said OFTC President Dr. Lloyd Horadan.

Sport Fencing growing at high school and middle school levels

Sport Fencing growing at high school and middle school levels

Many parents and educators across the U.S. are coming to realize the benefits to students of Olympic Sport Fencing.  Sport fencing has been a small but ever present sport in America since the 19th century.  Usually, and erroneously, associated with the privileged class, it has found little place at large in the ball dominate sports arena in America.  However, that view has been changing rapidly over the 25 years.  The U.S. has grown steadily in world prominence including generation of World Champions and Olympic Gold and Silver medalist.  This growth is attributed with broader media coverage but also with a concerted effort by coaches and fencing enthusiast to promote this exciting sport at the middle school and high school levels around the country.  This moves fencing out from the traditional private salles (clubs) and college environments so as to make it accessible to everyone who is interested.