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Slate and Lindsay Fluker, with their three sons.

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"We have three boys, we don't make girls," joked Slate Fluker, Griffin Young Life Director. "We want to grow our family and we wanted a little daughter and this is how we landed on [adopting from] China," he said. Slate's wife, Lindsay, said they decided to pursue adoption in March 2013, despite feeling overwhelmingly busy and high adoption costs. "Our church, Journey, has a real heart for working with the poor and my eyes were just opened and I became aware of how

blessed we are in America. I had a burden for orphans; it just seemed to be popping up everywhere I was going," she said. "We would talk about it here and there and we would think, our plates our full and our boys are keeping us busy and it's so expensive, so we didn't feel like the time was right but it just kept coming up. Back in March of last year, we finally made the decision to start pursuing it." "For me, China is just the cross-section of our family's desire and the great need orphan crisis going on," said Slate, explaining why the family chose China over other countries or domestic adoption. The Flukers describe the grim scenario

that tens of thousands of female Chinese infants experience: "Southeast China actually now has baby drop-off centers. They have built small buildings where people can abandon their babies safely because people were abandoning them in parks, markets, on the side of the road, and they were dying of exposure," said Lindsay. The little girl they will adopt this August, who they plan to name Camille, was left at the gate of an orphanage in a cardboard box when she was only one day old. When they received the email with a picture and

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Griffin will soon have the first three of eight monuments celebrating the hometown of Doc Holliday and the plans to honor local history.

From the Great Griffin Mayfling to The Rock Ranch Strawberry Festival, there is family fun galore to be found thius weekend. Visit the Mayfling in City Park to enjoy all the festival food, Georgia Tech robotics and entertainment before then head south to create a new tradition by picking strawberries at the peak of freshness.

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Records show claims of wrongdoing in DeVoursneys' investigation

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The resignations of Griffin High School Coach Steve DeVoursney and his wife, Jessica DeVoursney, also a GHS teacher, followed

two investigations, though neither was completed. According to Tim Shepherd, general counsel for the Griffin-Spalding County School System, the first investigation began following an Oct. 28 formal

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City's gateway signs part of rebranding initiative

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Signs, signs, everywhere signs – vertical art deco, signs, that is. Now being installed are four signs representing Griffin's rebranding logo at the city's four gateways – Zebulon Road, Highway 16 eastbound and westbound and Highway 362. The Zebulon Road and Highway 362 signs have been installed and the two remaining for Highway 16 will be installed this week. “We had one slated for Highway 16, but the construction kind of axed that,” said Griffin City Manager Kenny Smith. “The

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Griffin City Manager Kenny Smith. “The CONT, SIGNS , P. 7 The city of Griffin is

The city of Griffin is in the process of installing four gateway signs that represent the rebranding initiative undertaking in 2012. The signs cost $180,000 and were included in the Fiscal Year 2014 budget.

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the
Flukers
said
they "kind of knew
immediately"
that
she would be their little girl.
Though they describe her disposition in the photos as sad
and forlorn due to lack of interaction with a caretaker, the
Flukers are confident that once she is a part of their family,
she will blossom.
"The family is a powerful thing," said Slate. "Just how
through scripture and life, the power of family to heal,
provide shelter and comfort. It's fun to be able to use the
family we started 16 years ago when we first got married as
an agent of restoration, hope, rebuilding, healing, to carry
out a Biblical mandate to loose the cords of oppression."
The Fluker's church, Journey Church, is very supportive
of families wishing to adopt. Michael Moody, pastor of
Journey Church, says that two percent of the church's
budget goes to a general adoption fund to help families
raise the hight costs of adoption.
Moody has very actively fund-raised for the Flukers,
creating the "Fluker 50," where he asked 50 people or
families to donate $100 to the adoption. The $5,000 goal
has long been surpassed, with that particular fund-raiser's
balance at $12,000.
"It has been really huge for us that we have an advocate in
Michael and in our church. It looks like you're climbing Mt.
Everest. Michael has been our biggest PR person
to
have
someone keep the word out there and advocate on our
behalf has really been huge," said Slate.
Though the fundraisers have been successful, the Flukers
are only about two-thirds of the way to their estimated
$30-40,000 needed for the adoption.
To donate to the Fluker 50 campaign, checks can be
designated for the Fluker adoption and sent to Journey
Church, P.O. Box 1333, Griffin, Georgia 30224; or online at
journeynow.org, where there is a "Give" link. All monies
donated go directly to the Fluker family and are tax
deductible.
Lian Ru, 14 months old, will be adopted this August by the Fluker
family.
To follow the Fluker family's adoption story, visit Lindsay's
blog at http://theflukers.blogspot.com. Ω

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changing and illegal football recruiting. Jeffcoat also alleged he had submitted previous complaints that did not result in investigative action being taken by Central Office. “Seldom have responses or resolutions been given or meetings held,” Jeffcoat wrote in his Oct. 28 complaint. Based on this allegation against school system administrators, the Board of Education determined an outside investigator should be retained. This resulted in the hiring of Richard Hyde, of Phoenix Research LLC. Hyde said he began his investigation Nov. 7, and as part of that process interviewed a number of local school personnel. Included in his case update provided to Shepherd March 25, Hyde included damaging statements from former Spalding High School Assistant Principal Dexter Sands, who is now principal of Kennedy Road Middle School. “I know that he (Steve DeVoursney) has done it (illegal recruiting) once before,” Hyde reported Sands said. Hyde went on to say Sands indicated Steve DeVoursney had one approached a Spalding High School student at a track meet regarding

transferring to Griffin High School. The student did not transfer, but rather reported the incident to the SHS principal. Sand also allegedly spoke of a second incident involving another student regarding transferring to GHS.

According to Hyde, Sands also indicated Steve DeVoursney had others recruiting athletes on his behalf. “Coach DeVo has a lot of folks in the community that recruit for him,” Hyde reported Sands said. “Part of the reason Central Office does (student) transfers now is to stop recruiting. DeVo is an average coach, but he gets the cream of the crop.” In response to Jeffcoat's allegation of illegal grade changing, Sands reportedly stated that it would be “impossible”for a student to complete credit recovery utilizing Odyssey Ware in one day. In specific reference to the extreme grade change noted in Jeffcoat's complaint, Hyde said Sands stated, “I've never seen it before. I've only seen one kid do one in under one week. He was very smart, but missed a lot of class.” Additional statements reported from Central Office staff included those of Assistant Superintendent Denise Burrell. Hyde said Burrell also confirmed that illegal recruiting was taking

place, but that she did not believe Superintendent Dr. Curtis Jones was aware of the activities. “There's no indication that Jones

knows this is going on now

be very surprised, but I'll tell you it's going on,” Hyde reported Burrell as having said.

Burrell was also quoted as having been outspoken in her opposition to the illegal recruiting activities. “This (recruiting) coming back up now, all of this is a blight on our community. There's nothing positive about it,” Hyde quoted Burrell as saying. “It's talked about in the community. It's accepted.” Burrell also allegedly said the illegal recruiting reaches beyond Steve DeVoursney, with other school staff being involved. "Anybody who knows (Coach) Ray Nash will tell you that he's recruiting," Hyde wrote of his interview with Burrell, who also named Anotonio Andrews as being involved. "I'm immunie to the rumors; I've heard them for so long." Burrell was also reported to have emphatically denied that credit recovery could have occurred in the manner some student athletes' records indicate. She denied the possibility of making up an entire semester's credit by saying, "No, no, no." Ω

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Estimate your costs. Try to estimate what your out- of-pocket health care costs might be, based on your health, your age at retire- ment, whatever supple- mental insurance you may carry and other factors. Know the key dates. Things can change in your life, but try to identify, as closely as possible, the age at which you plan to retire. This will help you spot any coverage

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same brain changes. Many of the studies on marijuana users have concentrated on those with heavy usage, not light or moder- ate users as this study did. This study is potentially enlightening if we as- sume that most users fall into the ca- sual/light or moderate category. Brain damage with casual marijuana use might correspond to a social drinker who shows measurable liver damage with even light exposure, which does not happen with small amounts of al- cohol once per week, by the way, for those who want to compare marijua- na to alcohol. Marijuana, though illegal, is every- where. About 19 million people in United States admit using marijuana, according to the National Survey on Drug Abuse and Mental Health, leav- ing open the possibility that there are millions more who do not admit it. Because the supply is large, the price has even come down over the years. Marijuana use is known to be asso- ciated with problems in motivation, attention span, learning ability, and memory impairments. It changes mental acuity, reaction times, sensory input, behavior, judgment, and social relationships.

Marijuana stimulates receptors in the brain that influence pleasure, mem- ory, thinking ability, concentration, sensory and time perception, and co- ordination of movement. It alters per- ceptions and mood, impairs the abil- ity to walk or perform functions that involve fine motor control, interferes with thinking and problem solving, and disrupts learning and memory. This study in the Journal of Neuro- science focused on young adults. We know that marijuana affects brain development when used heavily by young people, and its effects on think- ing and memory may be long-lasting or permanent. Another study showed serious learning impairment among people who began marijuana use in their teenage years. A long-term study from New Zealand showed that peo- ple who began smoking marijuana heavily as teenagers lost an average of eight points and their IQ between the ages of 13 and 38. The lost cognitive abilities were not restored in those who stopped smoking marijuana as adults. This study will spark debate on both sides of the marijuana issue. Right now in the state of Georgia, posses- sion and use our illegal. Even light exposure stays in your blood (and urine) for about 30 days. Heavier ex- posure will cause you to test positive for up to four months after you quit. If an employer does hair analysis, it may be found farther back than that. I return at this point to the combina- tion of research and common sense mentioned in the first paragraph. If you are a pot user now, or considering trying it, just weigh the evidence as you make your decision. Look at what you think it does for you versus what it actually does to you. Hopefully, re- search and common sense will guide you to a better decision. Ω

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May 1. Griffin-Spalding Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee Breakfast. 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. in the Stuckey Building on the University of Georgia-Griffin Campus. Senatorial candidates have been invited to introduce themselves and briefly present their qualifications and platform.

Monthly Alzheimer's support group meetings. Reflec- tions Adult Day Program is hosting an Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group. Affiliated with the Georgia Alzheimer's Association, the meetings are held from 2 to 3 p.m. the third Thursday of each month at the Spalding County Senior Center, 885 Memorial Drive. For additional information call 770-233-6179.

Weekly line dance lessons. Held at 7 p.m. every Thursday at the Spalding County Senior Center. Lessons for begin- ners to advanced dancers. $5 per class. For additional information contact Eddie Huffman at 770-412-8838.

Virtual Program Information Sessions. For parents inter- ested in learning about this program, the Griffin- Spalding County School System is holding a series of informational meetings in the Learning Center located at 216 S. 6th St. Meetings will be offered at 6 p.m. May 12 and 22, 3:30 p.m. June 9 and July 29. Re- quired orientation sessions are scheduled for 3:30 p.m. May 29, June 13 and July 31. For additional informa- tion contact Central Office at 770-229-3700.

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achieve success at each and every level. With individualized learning approaches, the Griffin- Spalding Virtual Program provides the tools students need to succeed. “Parents must be involved at all grade levels,”said Deputy Superintendent Denise Burrell. “Some student must increase the amount of time spent on the classes to be successful. But, this is an opportunity for those students who work best in a virtual environment.” Ω

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Huffman, the certified instructor, at 770-412-8838. Ω City to host “Touch-A-Truck” for GA Cities Week

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SUBMITTED ::: City of Griffin residents will have the opportunity to “touch a truck” at an event scheduled April 26th in City Park. Between 11AM and 4PM, residents will be able to see, touch, and play in vehicles including a police car from the Griffin Police Department, a fire truck from Griffin Fire Rescue, a bucket truck from Griffin Power, and more. “The event is called ‘Touch-a-Truck,’ but it is much more than that,” said Alvin Huff, Citizen Engagement Specialist for the City of Griffin. “It’s really about getting to understand what the city does and how we do it. It’s a great event for the entire family. The kids can flip switches and play in the police car while we advise the parent how to better secure their homes. We’ll have city staff available, so the public can ask questions.” This event is held in conjunction with the Georgia Municipal Association’s Georgia Cities Week. According to the Georgia Municipal Association website, “Georgia Cities Week gives cities an opportunity to share information about the valuable services cities provide to residents and how cities positively impact their quality of life.” Also in the park that day, the Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the annual “Great Griffin Mayfling,” Griffin’s annual arts and crafts fair. For more information about the City of Griffin, visit www.cityofgriffin.com. Ω

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City of Griffin Commissioner Dick Morrow on Wednesday accepted a $5,000 donation from Lewis Walton, who in 2013 initiated contact with local officials, expressing a desire to assist in efforts to spotlight Griffin as the birthplace of John Henry "Doc" Holliday. Walton's donation will be used to fund the purchase of three monuments designating Holliday's Solomon Street Dental Office, Final Resting Place, and the grave of Martha Eleanora Holliday, Doc Holliday's sister. The cost of each monument is $2,000, and a total of eight are currently planned. City officials stressed that these monuments will be entirely funded by private donations, not taxpayer funds.

be entirely funded by private donations, not taxpayer funds. « signs, cont. state left us with

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state left us with no right-of-way, so we changed the plan.” Part of an initiative that was undertaken in 2012, the design was one of several proposed by SkyDesign, the consulting group hired by the Griffin Board of Commissioners to craft a new identifying branding.

A committee of resident volunteers

was also involved in the process, having met regularly with designers and city officials. The four signs, purchased for $80,000 that was funded in the Fiscal Year 2014 budget, have been met with mixed reactions. While some residents have taken to social media to complain about the price, others have assailed the design,

stating the vertical signs are difficult to read and not representative of the community. Smith, who is aware of some complaints, said the signs are the latest step in the city's plan to move forward with the full implementation of the branding. The city has already started using the new branding on city vehicles, letterhead, business cards and other signage. “We also got t-shirts,” Smith said. Additional projects have been scheduled for the near future, with funding planned for the coming year. “We're budgeting in the Fiscal Year 2015 budget for directional signs and parking signs, primarily for the downtown area. Those signs are varying costs, so we're going to try and get as many as we can,”Smith said. “We're probably going to propose about $50,000 in next year's (Fiscal

Year 2015) budget.” He said those wayfaring signs will be similar to those now located on Hill Street, and will be used to direct motorists to lesser known downtown parking spots such as those behind Slices Pizzeria and the Post Office. To those who are dissatisfied with the overall branding itself, Smith encouraged more timely participation in future city endeavors. “The people complaining about the branding – they're well behind,” he said. “In everything we do, we seek as much input as we can possibly get. The difficulty on our part is trying to get people involved in the decision making process. Unfortunately, we can't please everyone. We welcome everyone's input, but we have to have it before we roll the project out.” Ω

we have to have it before we roll the project out.” Ω Drug Take Back Day

Drug Take Back Day set for April 26

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CountySheriff'sOfficealong with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and the Griffin Police Department are participating in the annual Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 26. The Spalding County

Sheriff's Office will be at Wynn's Pharmacy located

at 566 S. 8th St. from 10 a.m.

to 6 p.m., and the Griffin Police Department will be

at Wal-Mart from 10 a.m to

2 p.m.

allows

residents to properly dispose of prescription medication. Citizens with prescription medication that has reached its expiration date or is no longer needed are encouraged to bring the medication to Wynn's

program

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Pharmacy or Wal-Mart. Please do not bring liquid medications or syringes.

The abuse of prescription drugs is increasing and the proper disposal of unneeded medication will help prevent any improper use.

am

encouraging all citizens to bring any unneeded prescription medication to Wynn's Pharmacy where agents from the Spalding County Sheriff's Office Special Operations- Narcotics Division will

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dispose of the medication. I want to thank Drew Miller and the staff at Wynn's Pharmacy for

their

program.” Lt. Mike Richardson, of the GPD, said, “Improper disposal of medications poses a risk to children and to the environment,” and advised marked patrol cars would be located near the Wal-Mart entrance. Ω

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