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Two new Glynn County Commissioners and one reelected Commissioner took their oaths of office on Monday afternoon, January 5 in the second floor meeting room of the Glynn County Historic Courthouse. Right: Bill Brunson (Dist. 4) receives his oath from Superior Court Judge James Tuten as his wife Sandra Brunson holds the Bible. Left: Reelected for a second term, Richard Strickland (Dist. 3) signs his oath documents as Superior Court Judge Stephen Scarlett looks on. Center: Mark Stambaugh (At Large #1) takes his oath from Superior Court Judge Stephen Kelley as his wife Amelia Stambaugh holds the Bible. Islander Staff Photos - Permar

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Proposed island store raises traffic concerns
• Mecchella request back for second hearing
- It seems that Glynn County’s Island Planning Commission (IPC) may well be starting their year off with some fireworks this week when they hear a request for a new convenience store-gas station that is proposed for Frederica Rd. near the Longview shopping center on St. Simons Island.
The IPC meeting is set for 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 20, in Room 108 of the Casino building on Beachview Dr.

• Old GMS gym renovation could cost more
- Part of the revised Glynn Academy  (GA) campus renovation plan includes renovation and updating of the old Glynn Middle School gym. The budget to renovate the gym is estimated at slightly over $1 million.
Al Boudreau, Director of Operations, and architect John Tuten recently met with GA Coach Rocky Hildago to discuss the renovation plan for the gym.
“When we were planning the gym renovation,” Boudreau said, “We thought we could do everything we needed to do within the original 12,000 sq. ft. footprint of the old gym.”

• Administrator increases outpace student and teacher growth in Georgia
- According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) at the U.S. Department of Education, the number of Georgia public school district administrators and district support staff increased by 29 percent between 2001 and 2011 – almost double the increase in the number of students statewide. However, of particular interest to Georgia and Glynn County residents is an accompanying 2014 study by Dr. Ben Scafidi.

• Movie Review with Roland Willis - The Imitation Game

• Lead fragments can pose problem in deer meat
- On July 28, 2014 The Islander reported on the Jekyll Island Authority’s “Deer Management Report,” which recommended hiring the federal agency known as Wildlife Services to kill deer on Jekyll Island on a yearly basis.
That report, which is still under consideration by the JIA board, includes the following statement:
“Critically, the meat from all deer harvested as part of such a prospective program would be donated. Donation recipients are expected to be the White Oak wildlife conservation facility in Yulee, Florida, to support care of carnivore species of global conservation concern, and America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia through a partnership between the Georgia Food Banks Association and Georgia Hunters for the Hungry.”

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