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Glynn County Fire Chief Al Thomas was joined by his family, son Alex (left to right) mother Wanda and wife Cheryl at his retirement party last Saturday night at the Brunswick Shrine Club. Islander Staff Photo - Permar
Stepping down after 34 years, Fire Chief is ‘roasted’ by family, friends and co-workers
By Matthew J. Permar


A reporter being invited to a government employee’s retirement party is about as likely as Honey Booboo being invited to show in the Westminster.
So I was extremely honored to receive an invitation to Glynn County Fire Chief Albert “Al” Thomas’s retirement party last Saturday night at the Brunswick Shrine Club.
For a journalist, it’s nice to be invited somewhere and not be asked to “bring your camera.” So, of course, I took mine.
Chief Thomas was at the door greeting people as they came in; and come in they did - I’m sure that by the time everyone sat down for dinner they were very close to the Fire Marshal’s maximum building capacity of 225 people.
When I got there I asked the Chief who he’d like to have in a picture with him.

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Glynn EOCT scores show improvement By Pamela Permar Shierling
7/28/2014

Glynn County school system spring 2014 End of Course Test (EOCT) scores have continued to move upward since 2008.
The State Board of Education mandates end-of-course assessments in grades 9-12 for core subjects. Mathematics, Coordinate Algebra, Analytic Geometry, 9th Grade Literature and Composition, American Literature and Composition, Unites States History, Economics, Biology, Physical Science are the core courses tested, most of them, since 2008.
According to the EOCT reports presented on the Glynn County Board of Education website, the percentage of regular students passing the EOCT at Brunswick High School (BHS) exceeded state scores in four subjects: American Lit.; Economics; U.S. History and Biology.
The percentage of the sub-group of black students at BHS passing exceeded the state in five subjects: American Literature; Economics; U.S. History and Biology, and 9th Grade Literature.  
The percentage of regular students passing the EOCT at Glynn Academy (GA) exceeded state scores in six subjects: Analytic Geometry;  9th Grade Literature; American Literature; U.S. History; Biology; Physical Science.
The percentage of the sub-group black students at GA passing exceeded the state in five subjects: Coordinate Algebra; U.S. History; Economics, Biology; Physical Science.

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Sea Island Post Office to move • Public input will be taken by USPS By Matthew J. Permar
7/28/2014

After having a post office just north of the Cloister Hotel on Sea Island for many years, Sea Island Acquisitions has requested that the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) relocate the facility to the small strip shopping center on the Sea Island Causeway immediately east of the SunTrust Bank.
The relocation process is a lengthy one that will start with a USPS representative who will bring the issue to the Glynn County Commission for a hearing during their August 7 meeting.
According to the USPS website, during the meeting the USPS representative will identify the need and fully describe the project that is under consideration to meet it, explain the process by which the USPS will solicit and consider input from the affected community, and solicit a working partnership with the community officials for the success of the project.”

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Jekyll residents not happy with JIA deer management report By Pamela Permar Shierling
7/28/2014

Jekyll Island residents made their feelings known last week after the presentation and acceptance by the Jekyll Island Authority (JIA) of the Authority’s Deer Management Report.
The issue of managing Jekyll Island’s deer population recommended by the Deer Management report of bringing in U.S. Wildlife sharp shooters to kill about 80 deer was not well received by Jekyll Island residents and other local residents who also spoke at the Authority’s meeting last week.
The JIA board also confused the issue by appearing to take a second vote on the deer management report at the end of the regular meeting when it was not included on or added to the agenda.
The JIA holds detailed committee meetings first; then it holds the regular JIA Board meeting. The Deer Management report was listed on the HP/C committee agenda only. It was not listed on the regular board meeting agenda.
The confusion over a possible second vote taken at the end of the regular meeting on an item not on the agenda prompted questions from the media and Jekyll Island residents and finally a memo from JIA Board Chair Richard Royal attempting to explain the board’s actions.

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7/28/2014

• JI north end property to undergo revitalization

• County to keep inflation revenue

• Village Inn owners chosen to manage former Fins restaurant

• Back Talk - the Islander's weekly editorial - It's the owners' fault

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• Glynn Art Association enters new era

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