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A large crowd of Glynn Academy students, parents and supporters gathered along Mansfield St. in front of the G.A. building last Friday morning as two bus loads of Red Terror football players headed for Arrowhead Stadium in Fairburn, Ga. and the second round of the Georgia State Class AAAAA football playoffs. The Red Terrors later defeated the defending state champion Creekside Seminoles 31-21 in a comeback win Friday night. Glynn was down 21-7 at the half. GA first year head coach Rocky Hidalgo opted to open the second half with an onside kick, which GA recovered. His team never looked back and went on to score 24 unanswered second half points for the win. The Terrors (9-3), the Region 3-AAAAA No. 3 seed, advance to the quarterfinals and will face the Region 2-AAAAA Champion Northside-Warner Robbins this weekend. Islander Staff Photo - Shierling

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Mexican Consulate’s Brunswick trip cancelled by Pamela Permar Shierling

The early December visit to Brunswick by the Mexican Consulate in Atlanta has been cancelled according to Lisa Martinez who was instrumental in finding a location for the Consulate to issue passports and consular IDs.
Last week The Islander reported that the Mexican Consulate in Atlanta was planning a trip to Brunswick to issue Consular ID cards and passports to Mexican nationals.
Originally the Consulate planned to use the City of Brunswick’s Roosevelt Lawrence Community Center for the four day event.

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Traffic is main beef about new Sea Island Rd. development • Prelim plat calls for 125 homes on 15 acres By Matthew J. Permar

Glynn County Island Plannng Commission (IPC) chairman John Dow made it very clear to St. Simons residents last week that the time to speak out in opposition on zoning issues is when county zoning ordinances are being amended.
The issue came up when a number of island residents showed up at the Tuesday, Nov. 18 IPC meeting to voice objections to the preliminary plat for a proposed, major new development at the intersection of Hamilton Rd. and Sea Island Rd. on St. Simons.
The plat for Mariners Landing calls for 125 homes, single family townhouses, on a 15 acre tract of land in the northwest corner of the intersection of Hamilton and Sea Island Roads. Hamilton is the east-west road that connects Sea Island Rd. to Gascoigne Bluff park.
The tract includes land that used to the Sea Island Co. Nursery. It is  bordered on the north by property owned by Epworth-by-the-Sea, Inc.
While a number of people spoke against the plat, it met all the requirements are regulations for the Resort Residential (RR) zoning that governs the property.
IPC member Preston Kirkendall said, “We have no option here, according to our regulations we have to approve it. In my opinion, if we deny this, we would have to have a reason that would stand up in court. We need to change the ordinances, but right now I don’t see a way to deny this.”
“I’ve been here since 1964,” continued Kirkendall, “and many of you would not have a house if they had zoned nothing smaller than 1 acre lots back then. All of us moved here because we love this place and others want to come here too. We can’t pull up the bridge and stop them. This property has been zoned this way (RR) for a long time.”

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Write Score reps meet with BOE by Pamela Permar Shierling

Last week two representatives from the educational company Write Score spoke to Glynn County Board of Education members during the Tuesday, Nov. 18 meeting.
Write Score provides their product to the Glynn County school system which includes writing tests, feedback information citing the most frequent mistakes, and lesson plans to improve instruction.
Write Score, also scores the essay tests which is included in the price of the program.
Questions were raised about the low scores of Write Score essay tests given earlier in the school year and the BOE asked representatives to the meeting to discuss their product.
Sidney Webb, Chief Academic Officer for Write Score, said they were there to explain the tools they provide.
“We provide tools for formative literacy assessments, including text-based writing tasks, professional essay scoring, student data, lesson plans and professional development,” she said.

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