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Maxwell named Whit Davis Elementary principal

ATHENS, Ga. -- Whit Davis Elementary will be welcoming new principal at the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year. 

Derrick Maxwell is leaving his current position at Burney-Harris-Lyons Middle to serve as the principal at Whit Davis Elementary.

According to the Clarke County School District, "Mr. Maxwell has been instrumental in Burney-Harris-Lyons Middle School reaching higher levels of student achievement -- he will provide strong leadership to Whit Davis Elementary School in developing effective classroom environments for high performance and building strong community relationships." 

Maxwell has working for the district since 2002. 

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UGA Coach Mark Richt contract finalized, approved

ATHENS,Ga. -- The contract extension for University of Georgia head football coach Mark Richt has been finalized, signed, and approved by the UGA Athletic Association Board of Directors Executive Committee Thursday afternoon according to an announcement by Director of Athletics Greg McGarity.

UGA President Dr. Michael F. Adams also announced an extension of McGarity's contract through December, 2017.

The three-year extension, added to the two remaining on his existing contract, ties Richt to Georgia through the 2016 season.

Ga. colleges to get $72.5 million

Ga. colleges to get $72.5 million

GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- Georgia's 35 state colleges are getting $72.5 million in new funds for the upcoming school year aimed at addressing enrollment growth and increasing the number of college graduates in the state.

The schools reportedly took a 2 percent cut from the funding they received in fiscal year 2012.

Georgia State University will receive $8 million, the University of Georgia will receive $7.8 million and Georgia Tech will get $7 million.

North Georgia College and State University will receive about $1.3 million in funding, which the school plans to use to fund 12 full-time faculty positions and 10 staff positions.

Gainesville State College will get about $660,000, which the school will use to fund 17 new faculty and staff positions and a supplemented instruction program.

SEC welcomes new members

ATLANTA -- Missouri and Texas A&M will begin competing as full fledged members of the Southeastern Conference this fall. The conference rolled out the red carpet in Buckhead Wednesday night.

The SEC welcomed its newest members, Texas A&M and Missouri, during a celebration at the JW Marriott Atlanta. Both the Aggies and Tigers are former members of the Big 12 Conference. Missouri's first SEC opponent will be Mark Richt's Georgia Bulldogs in Columbia, Missouri on Sept. 8.

Officials from both schools were in attendance as well as members of the coaching staffs. Texas A&M Head Football Coach Kevin Sumlin was on hand, as was Women's Basketball Coach Gary Blair. Missouri Head Football Coach Gary Pinkel was on hand to talk Tigers football.

SEC Commissioner Mike Slive was happy with the turnout, but would not comment on the proposed 4-team playoff or future conference expansion.

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Levi Hyams Selected By Atlanta Braves In The 19th Round

ATHENS, GA. -- University of Georgia senior second baseman Levi Hyams has been selected by the Atlanta Braves in the 19th round of the Major League Baseball Draft Wednesday.

Bulldog Alex Wood Selected By Braves In The 2nd Round

ATHENS, GA. -- University of Georgia left-hander Alex Wood has been selected by the Atlanta Braves in the second round of the Major League Baseball Draft Tuesday.

Wood, a 6-4, 220-pound native of Charlotte, N.C., was the 85th overall pick in the draft.

Budget ax hits Athens effort to control feral cats

ATHENS, Ga. -- The latest victim of the budget ax hitting most state, county and local governments is a program in Clarke County that was intended to control the population of feral cats.

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The Athens-Clarke County government is eliminating a $10,000 fund from its budget that was created to fund people who care for feral cat colonies and those who spray or neuter them and give them rabies shots.

The county commission is expected to approve a $108 million budget Tuesday that won't include money for the program. Officials said few people were taking advantage of the program.

Former Mayor Heidi Davison said the program was created because of a feral cat problem created partly by college students setting pets free when they leave town.