Education Notebook: Bestselling author to speak at Central High

New York Times bestselling author Charles Martin will visit Central High School on March 1 from 7 to 9 p.m. Martin, known for his Southern fiction, will discuss his most recent novel, “The Mountain Between Us,” at Central’s Sidney Lanier Auditorium.

The event, sponsored by the Central High School Book Club, is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the discussion, and guests will be able to speak with Martin and buy books.

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Byron Middle School to hold talent show

The “Byron Middle School’s Got Talent” show will take place at Byron Municipal Complex on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The event, hosted by the school’s chorus, will feature singing, dancing and comedic performances by students. Admission to the event is $3 for adults and $1 for students.

Twiggs County selling buses, other vehicles

Twiggs County Schools’ transportation department is accepting sealed bids for several vehicles through March 19.

The district is selling six Blue Bird International school buses that hold 72 passengers each, a 1989 Chevy Mini Bus maintenance vehicle, a 2003 Ford Explorer, a 1976 Dodge pickup and a Yellow International Tractor (2400-B), according to a school news release. All vehicles will be sold as is.

The vehicles can be viewed at the Twiggs County Public Schools Bus Shop, 173 Railroad Street in Jeffersonville, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Sealed bids must by submitted to the Twiggs County Board of Education, Attn: James C. Basley, Surplus Vehicle Bids, 952 Main Street, Jeffersonville, GA 31044. The bids will be opened at the Twiggs County Board of Education Complex March 22 at 1 p.m. Bidding forms and additional information can be found at

Parent seminar in Jones

Parents of Jones County students in grades five-12 will be able to attend Spring Parent University on March 3. The program will begin at 5:15 p.m. with a hot dog dinner at Jones County High School, followed by informational workshops at 6 p.m.

Workshop topics include the CRCT, the transition from elementary school to middle school, the updated math curriculum, bullying and athletics. For more information about the event, call Janet Wade at 986-2090.

Peach session for freshmen, sophomores

Peach County High School will host Freshmen and Sophomore Night on March 10 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the school’s media center.

Carra Floyd with the Georgia Student Finance Commission will discuss topics such as career interest information, four-year planning and post-secondary options. Counselors will talk about graduation requirements, standardized tests and dual enrollment opportunities. Parent coordinator Shirley Washington will also talk about how parents can assist students outside the classroom.

Compiled by staff writer Andrea Castillo.