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Pair charged with April 24 murder

Cody Reinks and Kelly Marie Hill were officially charged Wednesday morning, May 6, with the April 24 murder of Tommy Junior Westberry Sr. Each made their first appeared before Ware Magistrate Charles Brown after being extradited from Lumberton, N.C. Rienks is a former resident of Lumberton. Reinks and Hill were arrested at a residence in Pembroke, N.C., by the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Marshals Service Carolinas Fugitive Task Force. Both waived extradition and were brought back to Ware County Tuesday afternoon and booked into the Ware County jail. Westberry’s death was determined to be a homicide, but the manner in which he died has not yet been established.

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FAQ for Ware County Schools COVID-19 Response

Here are some frequently-asked-questions. This post will be updated as new questions arise.

1. Why are we going to school for just 1 day on March 16th?
A: We are trying to give parents and community members time to prepare for the extended closure.

2. Will students have to make this time up?
A: That is a decision the Georgia Department of Education will have to make. While we do not have a definitive answer at this time, indications point to students NOT having to make up missed school days. As soon as we have a clear answer to this, we will share it with the community.

3. I am not sending my child to school Monday. Will he/she be counted absent?
A: We will take attendance on Monday, March 16th. However, an absence this day will not count towards truancy.

4. I have a meeting at my child’s school on March 16th. Is it canceled?
A: We are not permitting visitors in the building at this time. Please call your child’s school to request an alternate meeting date and time.

5. Are you canceling prom or graduation?
A: It is too early to make that decision at this time. We hope to know more by April 9th.

6. Will my child continue learning during the break?
A: Each child will receive an instructional packet to take home on Monday, March 16th. If your child isn’t at school, you can pick up a packet between 2-4 pm.

7. When will my child receive a report card?
A: Students will receive report cards when we return from the break.

News Headlines

SPLOST on Nov. ballot

SPLOST on Nov. ballot

City, county eyeing $47M on penny tax By RICK NOLTE Staff Writer Move over President Donald Trump and Joe Biden. You may be at the top of the ballot in the November 3 General Election, but the citizens of Waycross and Ware County are going to have another pressing...

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Masks required in city government facilities

Masks required in city government facilities

Staff Writer

Masks are now part of the attire for anyone entering City Hall or other city-owned buildings.
The use of the personal protection item became a requirement when the City Commission approved a resolution on the matter at its bi-monthly meeting Tuesday, May 19. The measure included no end date.

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Frye signs with Truett-McConnell wrestling

Frye signs with Truett-McConnell wrestling

Ethan Frye continues Ware County High School’s on-going list of seniors signing national letters-of-intent to play collegiately. The senior wrestler recently inked with Truett-McConnell in Cleveland, Ga., in front of family and coaches. The NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) school participates in the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) and finished third at the February 2020 conference tournament held at West Virginia Tech.

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