Active Shooter Drill Held at SCTC
By Matt Sharpe
The sound of gun shots filled the halls of Southern Crescent Technical College Thursday morning. Fortunately, the shots fired were not part of a mad man running loose in the school. They were part of an active shooter drill conducted to test and improve the community’s overall response in case of a real life situation.
The drill was conducted at SCTC with the help of their police department officers, Upson EMA, Thomaston Fire Department, Mid Ga. Ambulance, staff with the Upson Regional Medical Center and members of law enforcement form surrounding counties.
SCTC Police Chief Ken Troisi stated that the drill went very well and said that it “tested what we wanted to test, and moving forward we will use the data we collect from today and evaluate everything.” A post conference with all agencies involved will take place Oct. 14.
The exercise posed the scenario where a lone shooter entered a building on the campus of SCTC and began firing and killing students, staff and faculty. SCTC officer Adam Bennett played the part of the shooter. He entered the west end of Building E on campus and moved down the hall firing 20-25 blank rounds from an AR-15 weapon before reloading. The scene plays out where multiple students were injured and ultimately 30 of them ending up dead. Law enforcement officers respond to the scene and take down the shooter. Fire and EMT responders simulated crime scenes and treated volunteers who pretended to be the victims. The victims were treated from minor injuries to more serious injuries including gunshot wounds that could result in death in a real life situation.
Medical Assistant students enrolled at SCTC and who volunteered for the exercise said after the drill that it was “educationa, and scary at the same time”.
Photo: A lone gunman with an AR-15 gun was portrayed by SCTC officer Adam Bennett during an “Active Shooter Drill” at SCTC. Bennett fired 20-25 blank rounds while moving his way through the building.
Upson EMC Foundation Makes $5,000 Donation to Bowen Story Fund
By Matt Sharpe
The Bowen Story Fund received a very generous donation last week as the Upson EMC Foundation made a $5,000 donation to Jay’s HOPE Foundation designated to the Bowen Story Fund.
“I am deeply grateful and humbled by the grant awarded to the Bowen Story Fund from the Upson EMC Foundation,” said Scott Story. “For the Fund to be recognized locally from Bo's own hometown warms my heart. The grant will go to help many families fighting childhood cancer. Cancer is a battle in itself, but the financial strains take their toll also. I can't say thank you enough for the grant and support from the foundation. I was also honored that Jacob Argo and family could accept the check with me. Jacob is battling leukemia and is truly one of my heroes. This generous donation helps families just like his and keeps Bo's memory of helping and inspiring people alive. Thank you to the Upson EMC Foundation for standing with me and BEING BO STRONG!”
The Bowen Story Fund was created after the Story family spent two years fighting Medulloblastoma, a highly malignant brain tumor, with their son Bowen, AKA “Bo”. Bo went to be with the Lord in 2011. The Story’s know firsthand how much it cost for medications, doctors visits, hospitalizations, gas and car maintenance for traveling to appointments and how these expenses pile up on top of normal everyday expenses.
The Bowen Story Fund was quick to begin dispersing funds. At the check presentation Scott Story, Bo’s father, gave the Craft family meal, gas and gift cards to help the family while caring for their child, Jacob Argo. Jacob was diagnosed with leukemia in May of 2012.
“Upson EMC is proud that our customers and employees have chosen to “round-up” to make such a huge difference in the communities we serve,” said the Upson EMC Foundation. “We consider it a privilege to be able to help organizations like the Bowen Story Fund.”
Photo: Upson EMC Foundation board members Phil Hancock, Barbara Tyson and Connie Gordy are pictured with Scott Story, co-founder of the Bowen Story Fund, along with Jacob Argo and his family members, Hailey Craft (sister), Gunnar Craft (brother), and Amanda Craft (mother).
Callaway Crowned UL Homecoming Queen
2013 Homecoming Queen Keondra Ausbrooks is pictured crowning the 2014 Homecoming Queen Kelsie Laine Callaway. Callaway was escorted by her father Chip Callaway. UL battled West Laurens on Homecoming held Friday, Oct. 3 at Matthews Field.
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Message From The Tax Commissioner
The following is a message from Tax Commissioner J. Berry Cook in regards to the upcoming tax bills:
I’m pleased to announce that the 2014 Upson County Tax Digest has been approved by the Georgia Department of Revenue. It was found to be in proper form and accompanied by all the necessary documents. You should be receiving your tax bill in a couple of weeks with a November 17th due date for payment. Thank you for allowing me to serve as your tax commissioner.
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