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Jones County Voting on Penny Tax

Jones County Voting on Penny Tax

Voters will be casting their ballot for a penny tax in Jones County.

Jones is voting for a special purpose local option sales tax to fund education projects, or SPLOST.

It's also known as an E-SPLOST, or education special purpose local option sales tax.

The last day to vote is March 19.

Jones County wants to raise up to $16 million dollars. 

Here's where to vote:

Jones County: Check local voting precincts from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Jones, Monroe Counties Voting on SPLOSTs

Early voting is under way in both Jones and Monroe counties, where people will decide whether to continue SPLOSTs for education.

The separate votes in the two counties conclude Tuesday, March 19 and early voting ends Friday, March 15.

Both counties already have a one percent sales tax in place for education, and they expire this year.

According to the ballot question, Monroe County wants to raise up to $32 million over the next five years for various education purposes.

Jones County's sales tax would raise up to $16 million.

For information on polling places and times, contact your local board of elections.

Nominate A Music Teacher for a GRAMMY Music Educators Award

Nominate A Music Teacher for a GRAMMY Music Educators Award

The Recording Academy announced a new award Sunday on The 55th GRAMMYs Award Show.

Students can nominate teachers for the "GRAMMY's Music Educators Award."

Fill out this form, telling the Recording Academy who it is and where to reach them.

Click here If you're a music teacher reading this and want to nominate yourself.

If you're a school administrator nominating a music educator, use this form.

The deadline is April 15, 2013. The form says that the teacher will then have to fill out an application after your nomination. Be sure to give teachers plenty of time before the April 15 deadline.

Pageant Applications Due March First

Pageant Applications Due March First

The Miss Pride of Jones County Pageant, originally scheduled for February 23, has been rescheduled until April 20 and takes place in the Jones County High gymnasium.

The deadline to register for the pageant is March 1, 2013 and costs $50 to enter.

To register, click and print this registration packet.

Jones Supt.: Bus Driver Was on Second Day

A bus driver who allegedly left a special-needs child alone on a bus for several hours was on her second day on the job.

That's according to Jones County School Superintendent William Matthews, who said his office is investigating the matter Wednesday.

RELATED | Special-Needs Child Left on Jones Co. Bus for Hours

On Tuesday, Marlene Porter told 13WMAZ that her 10-year-old autistic son Aaron was picked up around 6:30 a.m., and remained on the bus until about 1 p.m. 

School officials told her the bus driver was in a hurry to see her husband in the hospital, and neglected to do a head count when the children got off the bus at Dames Ferry Elementary School.

Matthews said Wednesday that the driver was on her second day.

Jones County Athletes Commit on National Signing Day

Jones County Athletes Commit on National Signing Day

Jones County High School's Douglas West and Jackson Williamson signed with colleges for football on National Signing Day.

West signed with Arizona Western College.

Williamson signed with Charleston Southern University.