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At the July 16 Brunswick City Commission meeting Mayor Cornell Harvey presented a Proclamation to the four African Americans who pioneered the integration of Glynn Academy High School in 1963. From left: Ollis Douglas Jr., Saundra Ann Davis Massey, Mayor Harvey, Harriet Clinch who accepted on behalf of her brother Hubert Lee and Charles Moore who accepted on behalf of his brother Willie L. Moore, Jr. The four students gave up their senior year at Risley High after being interviewed by Glynn Academy Principal Jim Warren and Superintendent of Schools Ralph E. Hood and asked if they would be the first students to integrate Glynn Academy. Islander Staff Photo - Shierling



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City puts Police Chief on administrative leave By Pamela Permar Shierling
7/21/2014

Brunswick City Police Chief Tobe Green has been placed on administrative leave with pay in a situation related to personnel matters, according to City Manager Bill Weeks.
In addition, Capt. Michael Melton, and Sgt. Richard Evans were also placed on leave with pay Weeks told The Islander last Friday.
Weeks said Maj. Greg Post has assumed the role of acting police chief.
No city official, including Weeks, would corroborate the rumors that have swirled all week around a cheating scandal at the Brunswick Police Department.
On June 12, 2014, the Associated Press® (AP) published an article about Georgia police officers and sheriff’s deputies who may have taken advantage of a glitch in a new computer program used for online training courses.
The Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (POST) has stated its reviews of the issue suggest at least 500 officers may have said they completed training when they did not.
The problem was discovered in March 2014.
The AP article stated, “The Public Safety Training Center designed the programs and said some problems could be chalked up to a “learning curve” on the custom-made system. The center says glitches in the online program either didn’t accurately record time spent in training or allowed officers to get credit without actually completing training.”
The AP article also stated “The problem was discovered after the Cumming Police Department reported finding discrepancies in 15 officers’ online training records.”


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Officials listen to citizens about Glynn’s animal control By Pamela Permar Shierling
7/21/2014

Citizens who want a change in animal care and lower euthanasia rates at Glynn County Animal Control (GCAC) packed the Risley Annex last Tuesday evening for a Town Hall meeting sponsored by Glynn County Commissioner Bob Coleman (At-large Post 2).
Members of a panel available for questions included County Commissioners Richard Strickland  (Dist. 3) and Clyde Taylor (At Large Post 1), County Administrator Alan Ours; County Attorney Aaron Mumford; County Police Chief Matt Doering; and Mark Murrah, Dept. of Agriculture for the State of Georgia.
The goal for GCAC as stated by Com. Coleman was to get everybody working together.
While there was criticism for GCAC and the county commission, the tone of the meeting was positive. The speakers, for the most part, pointed out wrongs they wanted to see righted and offered solutions.
Marci DeSart, former chairman of the GCAC Advisory Board, stated frankly that she was not sure the right people are in place to turn the GCAC shelter into a ‘no kill’ facility.
She did say, however, that a comprehensive approach to saving animals needed to be employed. She pointed out that cities and counties much larger than Glynn that have managed to achieve no-kill status.
She pointed to the city of Jacksonville, Fl. who maintained its No-Kill status during the first quarter of 2014. Jacksonville Animal Care and Protective Services works with the Jacksonville Humane Society and a group called No More Homeless Pets to achieve its low kill rate.
A rule of thumb for No Kill is that, to be considered No Kill, a shelter saves more than 90% of all animals received. Ideally, No Kill would mean all “adoptable” and “treatable” animals are saved and only “unadoptable” or “non-rehabilitatable” animals are euthanized, but 90% is the threshold.


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Bwk-Glynn hospital restructures due to Federal regs By Matthew J. Permar
7/21/2014

Some 1,800 new federal regulations that came down from the Health and Human Services Department on July 4 will necessitate a “restructuring” of the Southeast Georgia Health System (SGHS), according to hospital vice president / attorney Carlton DeVooght.
Speaking during a Glynn County Commission work session last week, DeVooght told the commission that the state of healthcare in the United States is “rapidly changing” and went on to explain the restructuring.
Gary Colberg, SGHS CEO and president assured the commissioners that the changes would not impact employees or patient care.
DeVooght said the restructuring would appear “seamless” to the community.
It was also stressed that the restructuring is “not a sale” nor will any jobs be lost.
Under the restructuring a new non-profit corporation, will be formed. It will probably be called SGHS, Inc.
The Glynn Brunswick Memorial Hospital Authority (GBMHA) will continue to own the hospital property and assets, as they do now, and will continue to lease them to the new SGHS, Inc.
SGHS, Inc. will operate the hospital on a day to day basis, as it does now, “with a continued commitment to treating indigent patients in the local community.”
While the GBMHA will act as “landlord,” the new non-profit will assume all debts and responsibilities of the GBMHA.
Explaining, DeVooght told the commissioners that without restructuring the SGHS would be limited in its ability to expand its services and operations.



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