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The Brunswick News

Local & State
By ERIKA CAPEK
The Brunswick News

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Students plan trip to China
Despite having the day off in honor of Veterans Day, some students at Needwood Middle School woke up early to go to school. The students went to hear about an opportunity to travel to China’s Jiangxi province next summer. About 20 eighth-graders at Needwood and 10 Brunswick High School students who are taking Chinese language classes will get the chance to immerse themselves in the language and culture. “We just received the invitation (Wednesday) for 30 of our students to go to (the Chinese city of) Ganzhou,” said Joan Boorman, director of the International Baccalaureate program for the school system. Pan Yiyang of the Jiangxi Provincial People’s Government consulate said the Chinese would fund most of the trip, including airfare. He first met with Needwood

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Glynn educators will learn fate today
A retired Glynn County school administrator, two teachers and a clerical worker will learn their fates today when the Georgia Professional Standards Commission meets in Atlanta. The commission will consider recommendations made against the four by investigators. The four were investigated for any role they might have played in the cheating scandal at Burroughs-Molette Elementary School in Brunswick in the summer of 2008. The probe began after it was discovered that someone changed the answers on a retake of the math portion of the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests of fifth graders. The changes were enough to give the students a passing grade and earn the elementary school Adequate Yearly Process, which has since been stripped from the school. The offenses were committed by educators, not students, the Glynn County Board of Education has stressed.

Tang Qihua, Deputy Chair of the Ganzhou Municipal Youth League in China, left, talks with eighth-grade Chinese language students Wednesday at Needwood Middle School with the help of interpreter Liu Yang, Brunswick High School Mandarin teacher.

Government officially removes bird from endangered species list
The Brunswick News

Brown pelican makes comeback
The brown pelican, a bird whose scarcity has been noticed in the Golden Isles in recent years, is making a comeback in other areas of the nation, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said Wednesday. But don’t count on seeing many of the brown pelicans in Coastal Georgia, where other factors may be keeping the birds away. The pelican, which had been decimated by the pesticide DDT, has recovered and is officially being taken off the list of threatened and endangered species under the Endangered Species Act. The revival of any species is always cause for cheering, Salazar said. “At a time when so many species of wildlife are threatened, we once in a while have an opportunity to celebrate an amazing success story,” Salazar said Wednesday. “Today is such a day. The brown pelican is back.” The brown pelican’s troubles began decades ago and was finally added to the list of Endangered Species in 1970. Salazar attributed the pelican’s comeback to a ban on DDT in 1972 and efforts by states, conservation organizations, private citizens and other partners.

Middle School students in April as part of a delegation visiting Brunswick and invited them to visit Ganzhou. Since then, Brunswick Mayor Brian Thompson has been working to get them there. “While Pan was here, he was very impressed with the students

he met,” Thompson said, who has been instrumental in developing ties between Brunswick and its sister-cities, which include Ganzhou. “He has a great affection for children and he told them that if they can get there, he will handle everything else.”

Needwood, a candidate for International Baccalaureate school status, has been offering Mandarin Chinese as a foreign language since the 2007 school year. Students can begin taking the language in sixth-grade and continue through eighth-grade. “I started taking Chinese in sixth-grade,” said Celeste Crowley, 13. “I thought it would be something fun to take, and it was the most interesting language offered.” Even though Celeste is now in eighth-grade, she will be receiving high school credit for the yearlong Chinese language course she’s taking. When she becomes a high school freshman, she will be able to take Chinese II. Brunswick High School, which is partnered with Needwood for International Baccalaureate candidacy, is offering the language for the first time this year. About 50 students are enrolled this semester and more plan to sign up during the spring.

Bacteria advisory still in effect on Jekyll
A no-swim advisory remains in effect for Clam Creek Beach, from Clam Creek to the old North picnic area, and St. Andrews Beach, from Macy Lane to the St. Andrews picnic area, on Jekyll Island.

CORRECTIONS
to status and owners The Village Inn and Pub property, 500 Mallery Street, St. Simons Island is not in foreclosure. Its status and ownership were incorrect in a story on 1A Wednesday about foreclosures. It is owned by Village Hotel Partners, a group of investors. The ownership of other investment property was also incorrect. Stewart Atlantic, is owned by T.D. Stewart Jr. and his brother, George Stewart. Stewart Atlantic owns property on St. Simons Island at the F.J. Torras Causeway and the Frederica River, which is in foreclosure for a $42.5 million mortgage. Stewart Hotel Investments is owned solely by George Stewart. Two rental units it owns at 110 Oleander St., St. Simons Island., are in foreclosure for $270,000.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates there are more than 650,000 brown pelicans in Florida and the Gulf and Pacific coasts. Their population also extends into the Caribbean and Latin America. The Fish and Wildlife Service removed the bird from the endangered species list in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and northward along

the Atlantic Coast in 1985. Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks Tom Strickland said other factors leading to the decimation of the brown pelican population include loss of habitat in rapidly developing coastal areas. Now, “We once again see healthy flocks of pelicans in the air over our shores,” he said. But the birds may still be a hard to find in the Golden Isles. Brad Winn, a coastal program manager for the Wildlife Resources’ Nongame Conservation Section with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, told The News in June that domestic animals could be a major factor in the disappearance of brown pelicans and other birds from the Golden Isles. “This area used to be a prime breeding ground for shore birds,” Winn said. “A growing number of people and pets on the beaches has done a lot to damage that.” Pet owners who let animals run free on the beach have become a leading culprit for killing off shorebird nests, he said. Unleashed dogs dig and destroy nests, and tame and feral cats are predators, he said.

Storm uneventful; dry days lie ahead
By LINDSEY ADKISON
The Brunswick News

Jeff Noser dreads the rain. He is not opposed to soggy weather but has a problem with the amount of standing water that collects around his business, Jeff’s Pool and Spa at 170 Key St., Glynn County. “I have an issue every time it rains,” he said. That’s why Noser is thankful that the remnants of Tropical Depression Ida had very little impact on Glynn County Wednesday. The National Weather Service had first predicted up to 3 inches of rain. It never materialized, though, measuring less than a half inch at noon Wednesday. Noser won’t have to worry about Ida any more. The rain is moving out and dry and

cooler weather is on the way, said Eric Zappe, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Jacksonville. “The trend indicates a dry forecast for the remainder of the week and weekend,” Zappe said. “We’ll see low to mid 70s for Thursday, with a cold front bringing much cooler temperatures with afternoon highs struggling to reach the low 60s Friday,” he said. But the cooler weather won’t stick around, Zappe said. “We’ll start seeing a warming trend with highs forecast in the low to mid 70s for the weekend,” he said. If anyone is looking forward to dry and pleasant weather, it’s Joe Riccio. The Brunswick Exchange Club president said showers Tuesday dampened the opening night of the annual fair.

“The crowd was a little smaller than the traditional crowds,” Lindsey said. “It was a little bit of a disappointment for the first night. But they always get bigger toward the end of the week, and we’re hoping the crowd will come out for the rest of the week.” The fair will be in Brunswick through Saturday. While Ida has dissipated, meteorologists are watching another disturbance – a low pressure area centered about 430 miles southsouthwest of Bermuda. Chances are slim that it will develop into a major storm, Zappe said. “Right now, it’s a nontropical low pressure feature and, at this time, it is not forecast to strengthen.” • Five-day forecast, 14A • What’s at the fair, 1A

Among reports filed with Brunswick and Glynn County police: Thefts •100 block of Wassaw Street, St. Simons Island: Complainant reported Thursday someone entered his automobile and removed a radar detector. This incident was believed to be connected with two others from that date. The radar detector was valued at $80. •100 block of Sutherland Drive, Glynn County: Complainant reported Friday someone removed several pieces of jewelry from her residence. She said she had been out of town the previous weekend and noticed the items missing later. The complainant said a diamond bracelet, diamond earrings, a diamond ring, a pearl necklace, a ruby ring, a ruby and diamond ring and a sapphire ring were taken. The complainant said she believed more jewelry was missing but needed time to account for all the missing pieces. Police have suspects and are looking for them. The jewelry was valued at $3,744.96. •1400 block of Swamp Road, Glynn County: Complainant reported Friday someone broke the french door out of the business and removed a large flat screen TV that was mounted on the wall. The business’ alarm system did not sound during the robbery, and nothing else in the office was taken. The complainant reported this was not the first time a crime like this occurred. The TV was valued at $1,000. •100 block of Harley Circle, Glynn County: Complainant reported Friday someone removed the Georgia Power power meter from her property. She said she came home and noticed the lights in her living room would not come on. When she checked the breaker box, she noticed none of her lights came on. She went outside and noticed the meter had been cut at the cables and it had been removed. The meter was valued at $500. •1000 block of Old Jesup Road, Glynn County: Complainant reported Saturday someone removed his van from his driveway while he was away. When officers arrived the complainant told them he did not know the license plate number, but the plate would be traced to the Cadillac it was supposed to be on. He did provide the police with a Vehicle Identification Number and police discovered registration for the van had been cancelled. The complainant said the van was unlocked and the keys were in the ignition. The van was valued at $1,000. – Louie Brogdon, The News

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