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    WCPS hiring teachers for upcoming year

    There are several teacher positions open at Walton County Public School for the 2016/2017 School Year. Click on this link for all open positions with WCPS. Please note the following positions were posted on the WCPS Career website on Feb.


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    Monroe native brings home skydiving gold, again

    For the second time in as many months, Monroe native Travis Dutton has won another gold medal in a national skydiving competition and and helped set a new national record. In October last year, Dutton won gold at the latest U.S. National Skydiving Championships. Last week at the 2015 U.S. Parachute Association National Collegiate Parachuting Championships Dutton again brought home the gold. According to a press release, the championships is the oldest and biggest collegiate skydiving event in the world, held at the Florida Skydiving Center in Lake Wales.

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    Teen Talk debuts on Your Local News in 2016

    An exciting new feature for Your Local News in 2016 is Teen Talk. Teens from the local area will be sharing news, events and conversations that are important to them. Some of them will be first time voters in 2016 and will be able to share their perspective on the presidential campaign as well as local issues that are important to them as the new generation of voters.



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    Grilled Cheese, Laundry, and Snuggles

    The other day, my daughter was sad for reasons only truly understood by another 12 year old girl.  It was a Saturday, one of the few days in which I had nothing in particular to do, and to celebrate planned on doing laundry and scrubbing the grout in the bathroom. Marin moaned something pitiful and fierce, and handed me a frying pan.  “I want grilled cheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeese.” I raised my eyebrows in a way that I hoped communicated the fact that she was plenty old enough to make her own grilled cheese and I had my own things to do. Then she did the puppy dog eyes.  Looking up through her lashes, she said, “And tomato soup.  It tastes better when you make it.” I sighed a put-upon sigh and got to making the soup and sandwich.


    Legalese — the Fundamental Rights of Parents

    All too often we will see in the news – or even in our own lives – a situation which results in the death or serious harm to a child at the hands of his or her parents.  Often we wonder, “Why did the state allow this child to be with this parent?” That question is a complicated one to answer, and often can’t be answered without specific knowledge of the facts of a particular case.  Often it is a matter of proof, a matter of choosing between the lesser of several evils, or a matter of faulty prediction of the future.  Where is the line between a “not ideal” parent and a harmful parent?  And who gets to decide where that line is and when?  A juvenile court judge has a very difficult task – she has to weigh the rights of the child and the duty of the State to protect that child with the fundamental rights of the parent, and many times there are no easy answers. The law itself has a very strong bent towards keeping families together, even under trying circumstances.  The Georgia Supreme Court, back in 1976, in Nix v. Department of Human Resources said, “[t]here can scarcely be imagined a more fundamental and fiercely guarded right than the right of a natural parent to [his] offspring.”  This right is not one created by the State of Georgia or by the legislature – it is constitutional.  “The Constitution secures the fundamental ‘right of parents to direct the upbringing of their children,’ Troxel v. Granville, 530 U.S. 57 (2000), and it ‘protects a private realm of family life which the state cannot enter without compelling justification.’  Arnold v Bd. Of Ed.


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