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Southwest Georgia Briefs - Jan. 19, 2014

Dougherty County elections supervisor to speak at Albany Civil Rights Institute

Elections supervisor to speak at Albany Civil Rights Institute

ALBANY — Dougherty Elections Supervisor Ginger P. Nickerson will speak at a Community Night 2014 program at the Albany Civil Rights Institute on Thursday.

The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. at 326 Whitney Ave. Nickerson is expected to discuss voter registration, elections, new laws and changes in existing voting procedures.

The program is free and open to the public.

Leadership Lee class will start in February

LEESBURG — Lee County Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications for the 2014 Leadership Lee program.

The program seeks Lee Countians who want to enhance their leadership skills and opportunities by increasing their knowledge of the community. The program is designed to be an educational experience and does not attempt to promote specific ideas. Members of the class attend sessions and hear from members of the community who serve in leadership roles.

Tentative dates for the Leadership Lee classes are Feb. 20, Feb. 27, March 6, March 20 and March 27. All those dates are Thursdays.

For additional information or to enroll in the program, contact LesleyBarbosa at (229) 759-2422 or lbarbosa@lee.ga.us before Feb. 10.

Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful to honor volunteers

ALBANY _ Keep Albany Dougherty Beautiful will host its 25th annual volunteer luncheon beginning at noon Thursday at Albany James H. Gray Sr. Civic Center.

The program will be held in the Center’s meeting room and is expected to continue until 1:30 p.m. 2013 award recipients will be honored at the program.

Albany Kiwanis presents 2014 Music Showcase

ALBANY — For more than 30 years, the Georgia District of Kiwanis Art and Music Showcase has provided students with an opportunity to demonstrate their talents in a competitive atmosphere with students from across the state.

This competition is open to all students registered in grades 9-12 – public, private or home school - to demonstrate their talent either vocally or instrumentally. Auditions will be held on Jan. 25 at Darton State College for a spot to compete in the Albany Kiwanis Club Music Showcase on Feb. 15. The winner of the Albany Showcase will move on to compete in the District Competition in Carrollton April 26.

In 2013, the Georgia District Kiwanis Foundation provided $15,000 in educational scholarships.

For more information, contact Leah Sandbach at 229-317-6319 or email leah.sandbach@darton.edu.

President Carter to speak at Bainbridge State College Feb. 18

BAINBRIDGE — Former U. S. President Jimmy Carter is scheduled to speak at Bainbridge State College on Feb. 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Charles H. Kirbo Regional Center.

The president’s visit is part of Bainbridge State’s inaugural Arts and Lecture Series. While there is no charge to attend, tickets are required for admission.

The president’s visit is also significant due in part to the relationship he held with the late Charles H. Kirbo, who played an instrumental role in getting Bainbridge State College to southwest Georgia and Bainbridge, and who donated most of the land on which the main campus sits. Kirbo was President Carter’s close confidant throughout the president’s political career..

Tickets for the public are available beginning Jan. 27 at 9 a.m. in the lobby of the Kirbo Center on the Bainbridge State main campus. There is a two-ticket maximum per person. Auditorium tickets are limited. Limited overflow tickets for a live simulcast are available if auditorium tickets run out.

Scholarship available for students interested in agricultural career

BAINBRIDGE — High school seniors interested in pursuing a career path in agriculture have to apply by 5 p.m. on Feb. 28 for the Southwest Georgia Farm Credit’s scholarship program, which provides $4,000 in scholarship money to selected students in the 21 counties served by the association.

Students may be pursuing a career path in an agriculture-related field, or plan to enhance the quality of life in our rural communities with a degree in accounting, animal biology, chemistry, communications, finance, health sciences, etc. Four $1,000 scholarships will be awarded.

Students can visit SWGAFarmCredit.com for an application and additional information, or contact their high school’s guidance office.