Happy birth­day to you Mercer grad­u­ates Farm Bureau schol­ar­ship

Lt. Gov­er­nor Ca­gle call­ing for birth­day cards from stu­dents

The Covington News - - SCHOOL -

Lt. Gov­er­nor Casey Ca­gle will rep­re­sent the state of Ge­or­gia at Zoo At­lanta’s first birth­day cel­e­bra­tion for gi­ant panda cub Mei Lan on Sept. 6.

Ca­gle is en­cour­ag­ing el­e­men­tary school stu­dents to par­tic­i­pate in the cel­e­bra­tion by send­ing birth­day cards for Mei Lan to the Lt. Gov­er­nor’s of­fice. He will de­liver the cards to the zoo on her birth­day.

“Ge­or­gia should be proud that we have one of only four zoos in the United States that is home to gi­ant pan­das,” Ca­gle said. “Th­ese pan­das are China’s na­tional trea­sure and I look for­ward to cel­e­brat­ing our cub’s first birth­day as well as wel­com­ing Chi­nese Con­sulate Gen­eral Qiao Hong to our great state.”

Birth­day cards for Mei Lan must be re­ceived by Sept. 5.

Send cards to Lt. Gov­er­nor Casey Ca­gle, 240 State Capi­tol, At­lanta, GA 30334.

Teach­ers who would like an ed­u­ca­tional poster about pan­das and specif­i­cally Mei Lan should call the Lt. Gov­er­nor’s of­fice at (404) 656-5030.

Fall break camp

New­ton County Re­cre­ation Com­mis­sion Pro­gram Co­or­di­na­tor De­bra Banks an­nounced a Fall Break Camp for the week of Oct. 1-5.

The camp will op­er­ate from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Turner Lake Com­plex. Chil­dren ages 6-12 are in­vited. The cost is $65 per child.

Reg­is­tra­tion is lim­ited to the first 60 chil­dren and will con­tinue un­til Sept. 12 or un­til the pro­gram is full.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion about how to reg­is­ter, call De­bra Banks at (770) 786-4373 x 14

Four New­ton County stu­dents re­cently grad­u­ated from Mercer Univer­sity in Ma­con.

Grad­u­at­ing from the Col­lege of Con­tin­u­ing and Pro­fes­sional Stud­ies are Sheila B. Diaf of Cov­ing­ton (Bach­e­lor of Lib­eral Stud­ies) and Christo­pher D. Cain of New­born (Bach­e­lor of Science in So­cial Science).

Grad­u­at­ing from the Ge­or­gia Bap­tist Col­lege of Nurs­ing are Dei­dre L. Her­ring and Lauren B. Means, both of Cov­ing­ton.

The Ge­or­gia Farm Bureau will award 10 schol­ar­ships to high school se­niors this win­ter.

Stu­dents are el­i­gi­ble to sub­mit an ap­pli­ca­tion if they, a par­ent or le­gal guardian, is a mem­ber of the Ge­or­gia Farm Bureau.

Ap­pli­cants must plan to en­ter a unit of the Univer­sity Sys­tem of Ge­or­gia or Berry Col­lege dur­ing the 2008-2009 aca­demic year pur­su­ing a de­gree in agri­cul­tural and en­vi­ron­ment sci­ences, fam­ily and con­sumer science or a re­lated agri­cul­tural field.

All ap­pli­ca­tions must be sub­mit­ted by Oct. 19.

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact the New­ton County Farm Bureau of­fice at (770) 7867201. Visit www.gfb.org/ed­u­ca­tion to down­load an ap­pli­ca­tion.

Mandi Singer/Cov­ing­ton News

Room to grow: Pas­tor Billy Wade of First Pres­by­te­rian Church of Cov­ing­ton, left, ac­cepts the church’s Dis­trict Char­ter Or­ga­ni­za­tion of the Year Award from Cub Scout Pack Mas­ter Rick Gunter.

Zoo At­lanta

Big birth­day: Zoo At­lanta gi­ant panda cub Mei Lan will cel­e­brate her first birth­day on Sept. 6. This photo was taken of her in her habi­tat on Aug. 9.

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