It is a dream that began when Shu Che joined 4-H in the fifth grade. And it’s about tocome true.She’s headed to Atlanta for State 4-H Congress.”I’m very excited,” said Che, a student at Morrow High School.Che will compete against 4-H’ers from across Georgia in the performing arts(instrumental) project. That’s usually one of the largest, most hotly contested projectareas. She will play two pieces on the flute.”This summer I’m a counselor at Jekyll Island 4-H camp,” she said. “I’vebeen so busy, but I make time to practice. The camping hours are around the clock, but Ifind time to go over sections of my pieces and what I need to work on.”Che competed several other times at District Project Achievement, the second level ofcompetition, but not in performing arts. She tried bicycle safety and general recreationfirst. Winning first place at DPA earns a 4-H’er the right to attend State Congress.”This was my first year as a senior 4-H’er to compete (in performing arts),”she said. “I was really surprised I placed at all.”More than 300 4-H’ers from across the state will vie for state winners’ ribbons in 49project areas at the Congress, Aug. 12-15 at the Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza in Atlanta.The 4-H’ers who finish on top at State Congress will head for the National 4-H Congressin Memphis, Tenn., Nov. 29 through Dec. 4.Che is hoping that with a little help from Mozart and Kennan, she will be one of them.”Since I’m a high school senior, this is my last chance to win,” she said.”I hope to win so I know I will have accomplished something great.”State winners become members of the Georgia Master 4-H Club. “Mastering is one ofthe highest honors to me,” Che said. “Then I know I have achieved the nextstep.”The achievement is not only great for the 4-H’ers, but also for the Extension Servicecounty agents who helped them get there. Che’s Clayton County agent, Laura Garrett, hasseveral 4-H’ers attending State Congress.”I’m really proud,” Garrett said. “Shu really did it herself. She gother record book together and just did it.”Each competitor must prepare a portfolio-type record of their work, in addition to ademonstration, in the project area. The portfolio and an interview based on it count halfof the competition score.After the competition, the 4-H’ers go on corporate tours to meet Atlanta businessleaders in their project areas. They also meet key state government officials.”State 4-H Congress is a chance for us to showcase the outstanding youth we’reworking with in Georgia 4-H,” said Dan Aamoth, extension 4-H specialist and Congresscoordinator.”This also gives us the opportunity to expose them to the business community andstate leaders, and to send them on their way as better prepared young adults,” hesaid.
Cowboys ‘dysfunction’ under Jerry Jones won’t change with new coach Mike McCarthy, Troy Aikman fearsBy admin on August 14, 2020
Troy Aikman lobbed bombs on the field for the Cowboys throughout his 12-year playing career. Now he is lobbing them at the Cowboys.The 53-year-old Fox NFL analyst has been critical of the way his former team is being run, with criticisms of the franchise becoming increasingly frequent and public. Aikman recently said he would be interested in the Dallas general manager job, but “stubborn” team owner Jerry Jones wouldn’t allow for it. In December, Aikman said the Cowboys’ issues have been apparent for two decades long. “Is it a good fit? It’s a good fit if you allow the coach to be the coach, and be the voice,” Aikman said. “Then I think that Mike — as he was in Green Bay, he was the voice. He was the guy that people answered to.”You have to at least address that. You can’t say, ‘OK, then he can replicate that.’ He can replicate that if he’s given the same opportunity. Then other people can do some special things, if given the opportunity. I think it’s up to the Jones family as to whether they’re going to allow someone to be given that opportunity.”That “opportunity” is whether the new HC — in this case, reportedly McCarthy — will be given full reign over the squad and not have Jones and family hovering over the shoulder. Over the weekend, Aikman unleashed another barb during an interview with Mike Doocy of Fox 4 Sports, calling the handling of now-former Cowboys coach Jason Garrett unprofessional, and that he wasn’t offered the same respect he had given the organization.”He committed everything he had to the organization and to doing the best job that he could. He made it a priority, and he committed himself. Breakups are always hard. We all understand that at whatever level that they occur, but I don’t know that after all that he gave and committed to this organization that he received the same in return.”When the organization was unwilling, for whatever reasons, and I don’t know the back stories to it all, but when the organization was unwilling to come out publicly and say that, ‘We are seeking a new coach,’ and yet at the same time, reports are coming out that they’re interviewing potential new candidates for the head coaching position, that’s disappointing. I think in a lot of ways it shines a light on some of the dysfunction, if you will, within the organization and kind of how they got to the point that they’re in now.”MORE: Cowboys hire Mike McCarthy as coachAikman went on to say that the power structure — the coach reporting directly to Jones — is part of the issue in Dallas, and that a new coach wouldn’t change the operation. Aikman added that he is “unfortunately not” confident that the structure in Dallas will change.The Cowboys reportedly hired a new coach in Mike McCarthy on Monday, less than 24 hours after announcing they had parted ways with Garrett. Aikman is a fan of McCarthy, as evidenced in the interview, but he reinforced that the Cowboys coach should be allowed to do his job without meddling from the front office or Jones.
Facebook476Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County Solid Waste“Opting out” is not an option for many people these days. In a world of pervasive social media, with constant visual reminders of all of the fun things that everyone else is doing, nobody wants to be the one missing out on anything.This is especially true if opting out means not being a part of the latest photo your friend just posted that’s sure to get a ton of likes.Opting out doesn’t have to be a bad thing, however, especially when it comes to junk mail. According to 41pounds.org:Americans receive an average of 41 pounds of junk mail per year, of which 44% goes to the landfill.More than 100 million trees are cut down each year in order to produce junk mail.28 billion gallons of water go into the production and recycling of junk mail every year.Approximately $320 million of local tax money is spent on the disposal of junk mail every year.Not only is junk mail a nuisance, it is also resource intensive and just plain wasteful. Luckily, opting out of junk mail and unwanted phone books is easy.Use the sites below to stop receiving unwanted credit card offers, catalogs, magazine subscriptions, coupons and phonebooks. You may also contact the companies directly that you receive mail from and ask to be removed from their mailing lists.Yellow Pages Opt Out – Use this site to stop receiving the big yellow phone book.Catalog Choice – This site allows you to input the company information from mailings that you have received and remove your name from the company’s database.Opt Out Pre-Screen – Use this site to stop receiving credit card offers in the mail.Direct Mail – Register for the national Do Not Mail List through this site.DMA Choice – This is a mail preference service that allows consumers to select the companies they wish to continue receiving direct mail from and opt out of the ones they don’t.The unsolicited ads packet delivered in plastic bags to driveways throughout Thurston County have been of particular local interest lately. As of January 1, 2016 the company that owns the Olympian has indicated that they will no longer be delivering the ad packets to residents.For more information on recycling and waste reduction visit the Thurston Solid Waste website at www.ThurstonSolidWaste.org or call 360-867-2282.
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