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What's Changed? Updates to the HOPE Grant for Fall 2013

What's Changed? Updates to the HOPE Grant for Fall 2013

The only change to the HOPE program in 2013 was to reduce the required GPA for HOPE Grant recipients at the college grade point checkpoints. TCSG students using the HOPE Grant had been required to maintain a 3.0 GPA at those checkpoints. Starting with Fall Semester 2013, the checkpoint GPA will be reinstated to 2.0.

Beginning with the Fall Semester 2013, TCSG students who are receiving the HOPE Grant may also be eligible for additional financial assistance from Georgia's Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant (SIWDG) Award for the following TCSG programs: Commercial Truck Driving, Early Childhood Care/Education and Practical Nursing.

West Laurens High 1993 Graduates Reunion

West Laurens High 1993 Graduates Reunion

Join in on the 1993 class reunion for West Laurens High School  June 21 and 22!

June 21 meet up with teachers, graduates, principals and superintendents in the Teacher-Family Day from 1-7 p.m. at the Old West Laurens High School.

Email Felicia at wlhs1993@aol.com for information.

Then, on June 22, enjoy the 20th Class Reunion Banquest at 7 p.m. at Yates Lodge.
Email wlhs@aol.com for information.

School is Almost Out in Dublin, Laurens County

School is Almost Out in Dublin, Laurens County

School is almost out in Dublin and Laurens County!

Eight more days left of school for Laurens County Schools.  

The last day of school is Thursday, May 23 for Laurens County. Dublin City Schools have their last day on Friday, May 24.

But who's counting?

East Laurens High School Seniors graduate Friday, May 24 and seniors at West Laurens High School graduates Saturday, May 25. Dublin City Schools seniors also graduate on May 25.

(Where does the time go?)

Students and teachers, have you thought about what you want to this summer?

Share Your Graduation Photos!

Upload the photos of your big day.

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OFTC Students Win at State PBL competition

OFTC Students Win at State PBL competition

Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC) students Cynterrica Blash, Vanessa Henley, Cecila Adamson, and Jamie Griner recently took home 3 awards in the Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) Georgia State Competition in Atlanta on April 13, 2013.

These students competed against other college students (from technical colleges and four-year institutions) from across the state.

Cynterrica Blash won first place in Management Concepts, Jamie Griner and Cecila Adamson won first place in Desktop Publishing (a team event), and Cynterrica Blash and Vanessa Henley won third place in Emerging Business Issues (a team event).

West Laurens Students Participate in Life-Sized Maze

Students from West Laurens Middle School in Dublin participated in a life-sized maze. By drawing cards, eighth graders learned about the consequences of drinking and driving, texting and driving, sexual activities and other things. 

Amber Elerson, 14, drew the pregnancy card. "I had a baby, I had to worry about child support and money, and it was born with a defect. It was born early," she said.

The Laurens county Family Connection organized the event. Executive Director Connie Smith said it's important for teens to experience this.

"We've had some tears shed, we've had some that are gonna giggle, we had some that looked like they were just in awe. Hopefully we made a good impact on them," Smith said.

Students also got to spin the STD wheel it let them know what kind of STD they got from having sex.

Laurens County Middle School Teacher Arrested


A Laurens County middle school teacher has been arrested on two charges of providing alcohol to minors.

That's according to Sheriff Bill Harrell.

A news release from the sheriff's office says 34-year-old Christie Soles was arrested after turning herself in today.

Superintendent Rob Johnson says Soles taught at the West Laurens Middle School but was on leave after a previous incident.

He would not describe it.

"We are working with law enforcement and will determine the action to take as the investigation proceeds," said Johnson.

The sheriff says Soles was released on $3,000 bond.