With disparate groups on either side of whether the Common Core Curriculum is needed in Georgia, local school systems are struggling in the middle with constant changes, says schools superintendent Dr. Bill Truby.
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At the only government meeting that was not cancelled due to the snowstorm last week, learning support specialists from each school gave a report on current test data and other changes due to the Georgia Common Core Curriculum to the board of education.
“Lamar County elementary is tired of putting a Band-Aid on our kids, scratching the surface so they can pass the state test and get to the next level,” said Marci Vining at the Feb. 11 meeting. “When we run the new reports they go way deep. We have third graders who are at a kindergarten level in some areas. The status quo is no longer acceptable.”
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The ice is melting quickly and crews are doing everything they can to cut trees and get power lines cleared. Southern Rivers Energy released the following update.
SRE THURSDAY MORNING UPDATE:
As of 11 a.m. over 8400 of our members remain without power. We have an additional 41 workers helping with restoration efforts now and 30 more are on the way from Alabama. The safety of our linemen and those who have come to our aid continues to be our top priority. The ice is beginning to melt which will help us make progress but the damage is extensive and repairs are time consuming. Please remember that there is a method to restoring power safely and effectively. There is no point in repairing a tap line at a residence when the substation that feeds it is out. View a diagram of the process on the Storm Center page of our website: http://www.southernriversenergy.com/Storm%20Center/4777_Restore_Power.pdf
We expect to work through Friday making repairs, possibly into Saturday. The Civic Center in Barnesville and the Pike County Senior Center on Hwy 19 in Zebulon have been designated emergency shelters and will remain open as needed for anyone in need of relief. We cannot guarantee a time frame in which your power will be restored so please, we urge you to make other arrangements if you have any conditions that require a constant supply of electricity.
We appreciate your patience and cooperation as we work toward safely restoring power for all our members. Please continue to use the outage hotline for outage reporting: 1-866-244-4890 but if you have already reported your outage, PLEASE DO NOT CONTINUE CALLING. This ice storm has moved across the southeast and our call center is now overwhelmed with handling outage reports from numerous cooperatives. If you have already reported your outage, we have it in the system and will get to it as soon as possible.
We will continue updating our website, Facebook and Twitter throughout the duration of this event. Outages can be tracked in real-time with our live outage viewer: http://18.104.22.168:82/.
As night fell, road conditions in Lamar County were deteriorating. Sleet was slicking roads and making bridges dangerous.
Those conditions are expected to worsen as temperatures fall to 27 degrees overnight. Freezing rain is forecast to continue through 11 p.m. followed by a mix of sleet and snow which should end by 3 a.m. Thursday. Temps will be eel above freezing at 44 degrees by mid afternoon Thursday.
UPDATE: SRE outage numbers increase:
Southern Rivers Energy has over 3400 members without power as of 8 p.m Crews are still working steadily although work has become somewhat counterproductive as lines are coming down as fast as they as they can put them up. Please be patient with all the utility workers as they have quite a task ahead of them. The Civic Center in Barnesville is open for anyone in need of a comfort station. Again, SRE members are asked to call 1-866-244-4890 to report outages.
Meanwhile, Southern Rivers Energy continues to battle outages. More are expected overnight as icy limbs fal, taking down power lines
From Erin Cook at SRE:
As of 5:00 p.m. we have 2318 members without power. We anticipate conditions to worsen overnight. Again, we have 6 additional crews to help with restoration efforts for a total of approximately 35 extra workers. SRE members should call the new outage hotline to report their outages at 1-866-244-4890. We will continue updating our website, Facebook and Twitter throughout the duration of this event. Outages can be tracked in real-time at southernriversenergy.com with our live outage viewer: http://22.214.171.124:82
Icing began before dawn Wednesday in many areas. Stay at home if at all possible.
Report conditions at your location in the comments or on our Facebook page.
GEMA early morning update:
Avoid Travel as Weather Conditions Worsen
(ATLANTA) -- All motorists are urged to stay off of the roads as the threat of icy conditions continues to increase throughout the day. Ice can be deceptively dangerous, difficult to anticipate, and extremely difficult to drive on. Bridges and overpasses will ice first.
Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security, in coordination with the Georgia Department of Public Safety and Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), strongly cautions motorists to stay off the roads until conditions improve.
The National Weather Service (NWS) ice storm and winter weather warnings remain in effect for the upper half of the state. Forecasters are predicting extremely hazardous conditions which will cause power outages and substantial structural damage due to falling trees and ice.
Residents outside of the storm warning area may also face the threat of icy road conditions. A State of Emergency remains in effect for 91 counties.
GDOT will focus on keeping highways passable for emergency purposes only. The overall goal is to keep all roads passable, but the extent of that challenge is unknown as weather conditions are expected to deteriorate throughout the day. Motorists who need to travel for emergency purposes are advised to reduce their speed, avoid GDOT trucks on the road and closely follow travel information as the weather system brings changing conditions.
UPDATE: The City of Barnesville will open up the civic center as a shelter for those without power. If you need help getting there, call the sheriff's office at 770.358.5159 for help.
If you see news happening or experience power outages or other issues, report them to barnesville.com. You may leave a message at 770.358.NEWS, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us via twitter: @waltergeiger
Ice Storm Warning
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PEACHTREE CITY GA
430 PM EST TUE FEB 11 2014
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...NEWNAN...PEACHTREE CITY...GRIFFIN...
430 PM EST TUE FEB 11 2014
...ICE STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM THIS EVENING TO 1 PM EST
...WINTER STORM WARNING IS CANCELLED BUT HAS BEEN REPLACED WITH AN
ICE STORM WARNING...
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PEACHTREE CITY HAS ISSUED AN ICE
STORM WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM THIS EVENING TO 1 PM
EST THURSDAY. AN ICE STORM WARNING HAS IMPACTS WHICH ARE AS GREAT
OR GREATER THAN THE WINTER STORM WARNING. THE ONLY DIFFERENCE IS
THE ICE STORM WARNING AREA WILL HAVE MORE ICE THAN SNOW WITH ITS
IMPACTS FOR THIS EVENT.
* LOCATIONS...ALONG AND EITHER SIDE OF A LINE FROM FRANKLIN TO
NEWNAN AND PEACHTREE CITY TO WARRENTON.
* HAZARD TYPES...MAINLY FREEZING RAIN WITH SOME SNOW AND SLEET.
* TIMING...SNOW...SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN WILL BEGIN LATE
TONIGHT...GENERALLY AFTER MIDNIGHT AND CONTINUE INTO WEDNESDAY.
THIS WILL GRADUALLY CHANGEOVER TO ALL FREEZING RAIN WEDNESDAY
INTO WEDNESDAY NIGHT. THE ACTIVITY SHOULD END AS LIGHT SNOW LATE
WEDNESDAY NIGHT INTO THURSDAY MORNING.
* IMPACTS...THESE HIGH ICE ACCUMULATION AMOUNTS WILL MAKE TRAVEL
IMPOSSIBLE. THIS HAS THE POTENTIAL TO BE A CATASTROPHIC EVENT.
WIDESPREAD AND EXTENDED POWER OUTAGES ARE LIKELY AS ICE
ACCUMULATES ON TREES AND POWERLINES AND BRINGS THEM DOWN. PLEASE
PREPARE TO BE WITHOUT POWER IN SOME LOCATIONS FOR DAYS AND
PERHAPS AS LONG AS A WEEK. ONCE THE ICE BEGINS TO MELT ON
THURSDAY AND FRIDAY...FALLING ICE FROM BRIDGES AND OVERPASSES
WILL CREATE AN ADDITIONAL HAZARD.
* WINDS...NORTHEAST 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 25 MPH. THESE
WIND SPEEDS IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE ICE WILL EXACERBATE THE
POTENTIAL FOR FALLING TREES.
* TEMPERATURES...IN THE LOWER 30S AND DROPPING INTO THE UPPER 20S.
A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR ICE MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER
CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS ICE ARE
FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS AND IMPOSSIBLE IN MOST
CASES. ONLY TRAVEL IN AN EMERGENCY. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL...KEEP AN
EXTRA FLASHLIGHT...FOOD... AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF
AN EMERGENCY. WITH THE FORECAST ICE AMOUNTS...WIDESPREAD POWER
OUTAGES ARE POSSIBLE ESPECIALLY IN THE WEDNESDAY TO WEDNESDAY
NIGHT TIME PERIOD.
A LAYER OF ICE...COMBINED WITH WINDY CONDITIONS...IS EXPECTED TO
BREAK TREE LIMBS AND POWER LINES. STAY INDOORS AND AWAY FROM THESE
HAZARDS...AND PREPARE FOR POWER OUTAGES BY HAVING FLASHLIGHTS AND
EMERGENCY SUPPLIES READY.