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Tuskegee Links supports T-100 Obadiah Threadgill III in honor of the late Mildred Carter joins Hall of Fame See Page B-5 i Details on Page B-1 F- "Tis better to light a candle ~:: : :~:: : :~:: : : :: : ::'::'>: :~":: : ':::'>: ::::'>: :::: :':::,": # ?i ): Xl!il :f 9 - :k;.~ - 2; :i. - :t. "i, gffo: t=!~r 5 --, : I; !' '-' ~:" "" / I'1 /H CelebratingBooker T. Washington. Thompson, school board member; Mary Hooks, High School of the Macon County School District school board member; BrelindaSullen, BTW principal; being named a CLAS Banner, School and School of Jacqueline Brooks, Macon County Schools superin- Distinction, from left, are: Chandra Hooks, BTW court- tendent; Helen Samuel, school board member; and selor; Corey Porter, BTW assistant principal; Karey Elnora Love, school board president BTW a CLAS Banner, School of Distinction selection CLAS recognized 24 Schools of Distinction across the eight State School Board District and announced the 2017 CLAS Banner Schools on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2018 at an awards lunch- eonin Prattville. Booker T. Washington High School of the Macon County School District was one the schools honored, the third straight year that a Macon County school has been honored. Previ- ously honored were Tuskegee Public School and Tuskegee Institute Middle School. The CLAS Banner School program was cre- ated in 2001 to recognize schools in Alabama that showcase outstanding programs and serv- ice to students. Each school was nominated for this award by their superintendent with 107 schools or programs nominated statewide. From State School Board District 5, Booker T. Washington High School of Macon County Schools, Pike County High School of Pike County Schools, and U. S. Jones Elementary School of Dempolis City Schools were selected as 2017 CLAS Schools of Distinction with Booker T. Washington High School named as the 2017 CLAS Banner School. "Congratulations to these wonderful Alabama public schools which provide excellent exam- ples of the significant learning opportunities taking place in public education in Alabama. Further, the stakeholders at every school are to be commended for striving for excellence daily," (See BTW, P. A-6) IIIII I I Commission looking at an option to trim inmate medical costs By KYRA FORBES Tuskegee News Intern Several issues were discussed during the monthly meeting of the Macon County Commis- sion with a presentation concerning healthcare of Macon County Jail inmates taking center stage. The March 12 meeting was conducted at So- journer Apartments in Tuskegee in District 3 as the commission held its first rotating gathering at a district location rather than at the Commission Chambers acros the street from the Macon (See COMMISSION, P. A-6) Photo by Jacquelyn Carlisle Tim Hickman of Briggs and Stratton in Auburn shows Ja'vuyn.Tarver and Ky'Morie Parker the inside of a lawn mower engine during Notasulga High School Career Fair. See story and more pictures on Page A-8. Macon Ministers Council hosting Good Friday service Good Friday commemorates the suffering and death of Jesus on the Cross. It is known as "Good" because of the new life brought about by His victory on the Cross. The ministers of Macon County and others will be gathering at Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, located at 606 Brown Street, Tuskegee. The service of the Seven Last Words of Christ will begin at noon on Friday, March 30. According to Father Liston A. Garfield, press spokesperson, "the council decided to take the un- precedented and groundbreaking action of having the seven messages delivered by the female pas- tors. They will each enter the pulpit to deliver a message on each word from the Cross." The Rev. Domecia Manuel is the host pastor and President of the Macon County Ministers' Council. Since the service is taking place during the lunch hour, persons may come and go be- tween messages if so needed. Easter closings listed TU Easter observance In observance of Easter, Tuskegee University will be closed on Friday, March 30 and Mon- day, April 2. The University will resume nor- mal business hours and class schedules on Tuesday, April 3. Macon County Schools The Macon County School will be closed for Spring Break, March 26-30, which includes Good Friday and Easter. Municipalities, County The City of Tuskegee, the Towns of Franklin and Shorter, as well as Macon County govern- ment, will be closed on Friday, March 30 in ob- servance of Good Friday. They will resume regular business hours on Monday, April 2, The Town of Notasulga will be open for business on Good Friday. Banking institutions All of the Banking institutions will be open regular business hours on Friday, March 30. I II!!VUIIU!!!!Ill2 ioEx P. A-6 Obituaries P. A-3 Crime Reports P. A-4 Opinion P. B-4-5 Classifieds P. B-l-2 Sports Initiative could draw Town and Gown closer By JACQUELYN CARLISLE Comm unity News Editor The missing element between town-and-gown might be put back in place with Tuskegee University (TU) making a posi- tive effort to work with the Macon County community. TU interim president Char- lotte Morris attended the March 13 Tuskegee City Coun- cil to announce a renewed part- nership with the community. "We are here to explain our Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP)" Morris said. "It is part of the accreditation process and we want the community to be a part of it through our new pro- gram R.E.A.C.H. Road from Early Achievement to a Career High." She turned the presentation over to Dr. Roberta Troy, who is spearheading the effort for the University and she asked to work with the community by in- tegrating students into aspects of community affairs. "While preparing our students for the workforce through aca- demics, we are looking to pro- vide them with practical Skills," said Troy. "This is where the community comes in. The QEP Steering Committee wants to engage faculty, staff, students and community leaders, so we can have a way to measure the results." The University has seven key elements to assist in achieving the QEP goals. They are: Inte- grated academic/career advis- ing; integration of career concepts into orientation; fac- ulty development/training on integrating career concepts into academics; mentoring; experi- ential/service learning; REACH Academy and REACH Sympo- sium. Citizens who want to learn (See COUNCIL, E A'6) Macon schools' challenges discussed By JACQUELYN CARLISLE Community News Editor The Macon County School System has some challenges; but none that the superintendent, principals, faculty and staff are not willing to work on to resolve. During the regular meeting of the Macon County School Board and State of the School address on March 15, several of the chal- lenges discussed. Three of the biggest challenges are parental in- volvement, students not testing well and funding. Parental involvement was a major concern for principals, faculty and staff, Many parents are not involved in extracurricular activities, PTSA, school programs, or just visiting the school. "We get the parents to come out when the child is having issues, but they just do not comein to read to the children," said Norman Williams, principal at George Washington Carver Elemen- tary School. "Parents need to read to the children at home also." All the principals asked the very few parents in attendance to get involved With the student's learning process, to make sure they see the work the children bring home and help them with homework, and read to them. Dr. Jacqueline Brooks, superintendent of the school system, dealt with the second issue of stu- dents not testing well. (See SCHOOLS, E A-6) Photo by Jacquelyn Carlisle TU professor Chastity Bradford, center, and children Ayo and Xolani Bradford at the Muffins with Morn event held at George Washing- ton Carver Elementary School on March 15 See more pictures and information on Page A-7. L.