GMS Inc. to buy Canadian gypsum company WSB Titan – Atlanta Business Chronicle

GMS Inc., a Tucker, Ga.-based distributor of wallboard and suspended ceilings systems, has agreed to buy Canadian gypsum company WSB Titan for $627 million.

Titan, based in Toronto, is Canada’s largest gypsum specialty dealer.

GMS, which went public in June of 2016, has been on an acquisition binge. It recently bought bought GSD distribution operations of Grabber Construction Products Inc. in Concord, Calif., and assets from CMH Distributing Inc. in Kearney, Neb.

Mike Callahan, President and CEO of GMS, said the Titan deal gives GMS (NYSE:GMS) a market-leading position in Canada and supports future growth in a fragmented market.

“With a strong cultural fit and shared focus, we are confident this combination will be beneficial to both companies,” he said in a statement.

Callahan will continue to serve as president and CEO of the combined company, which will remain headquartered in Tucker. Doug Skrepnek, CEO of Titan, will become president of GMS Canada, reporting to Callahan.

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Georgia’s Healthiest Counties Ranked For 2018

FORSYTH COUNTY, GA — Forsyth County is Georgia’s healthiest county for the sixth straight year, according to 2018 rankings released Wednesday and produced by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

The rankings again showed wealthier suburban counties as Georgia’s healthiest. After Forsyth, the top five are rounded out by Oconee, Cherokee, Fayette, and Gwinnett counties. The next five, rounding out the top ten, are Columbia, Cobb, Harris, Paulding and Coweta.

The rankings look at factors other than medical care, such as education, transportation and poverty, that influence how long and how well people live. The study says the unhealthiest counties are mostly in rural areas, many in the southern part of the state. (See the full list at the bottom of this story.)

The five Georgia counties deemed least healthy are:

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Forsyth has an 11 percent uninsured rate compared to 16 percent statewide. Forsyth also has low rates of premature deaths, teen births and STDs; and just 7 percent of children live in poverty, compared to 23 percent statewide.

The report noted that children in poverty are less likely to have access to quality schools and have fewer chances to be prepared for higher-wage jobs. In Georgia, 23 percent of children live in poverty, compared with 20 percent nationally.

For nearly a decade, the annual County Health Rankings have shown that where we live makes a difference in how well and how long we live. This year, the analyses find that meaningful health gaps persist not only by place, but also by race and ethnicity.

"We can’t be a healthy, thriving nation if we continue to leave entire communities and populations behind," said Dr. Richard Besser, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. "Every community should use their County Health Rankings data, work together, and find solutions so that all babies, kids, and adults – regardless of their race or ethnicity – have the same opportunities to be healthy."

These gaps are largely influenced by differences in opportunities – from a lack of access to quality health care to a lack of safe, affordable housing – that disproportionately affect people of color. This year’s Key Findings Report shows some troubling trends that stand in the way of good health:

There is an alarming pattern of racial disparity among low birthweight babies, which is a key indicator of quality of life for mothers and babies. Compared to white babies, black babies are twice as likely to be born at low birthweight and about twice as likely to die before their first birthday. Segregated communities of color are more likely to be cut off from opportunities for health. This year’s report shows blacks in more segregated counties fare worse in rates of child poverty, infant mortality, and high school graduation rates than blacks in less segregated counties. A heavy burden of poverty falls on children of color. Today, 1 in 5 children grow up in poverty in America, often at twice the rates for white children. One improvement is that teen birth rates have been declining across urban and rural communities and racial groups for more than a decade. Hispanic teens have seen the most improvement in birth rates, falling from 77.7 to 31.9 births per 1,000 females, ages 15-19, from 2006 to 2016.

Visit County Health Rankings to learn more about what’s happening in your community and explore the Take Action to Improve Health resources for policies and strategies to consider.

Here are the Georgia rankings of healthiest counties:

1 Forsyth (FO)
2 Oconee (OC)
3 Cherokee (CE)
4 Fayette (FY)
5 Gwinnett (GW)
6 Columbia (CU)
7 Cobb (CB)
8 Harris (HI)
9 Paulding (PD)
10 Coweta (CW)
11 White (WT)
12 Lee (LE)
13 Hall (HL)
14 Fulton (FU)
15 Jackson (JA)
16 Pickens (PC)
17 Catoosa (CS)
18 DeKalb (DK)
19 Jones (JN)
20 Camden (CM)
21 Houston (HO)
22 Henry (HY)
23 Dawson (DW)
24 Bryan (BR)
25 Barrow (BW)
26 Douglas (DG)
27 Habersham (HA)
28 Union (UN)
29 Effingham (EF)
30 Walton (WN)
31 Lumpkin (LP)
32 Oglethorpe (OG)
33 Morgan (MN)
34 Johnson (JO)
35 Towns (TO)
36 Gilmer (GI)
37 Charlton (CH)
38 Rabun (RB)
39 Pike (PI)
40 Long (LO)
41 Whitfield (WH)
42 Bartow (BT)
43 Jasper (JS)
44 Chattahoochee (CC)
45 Madison (MD)
46 Floyd (FL)
47 Banks (BN)
48 McIntosh (MI)
49 Liberty (LI)
50 Clarke (CK)
51 Crawford (CD)
52 Heard (HE)
53 Rockdale (RO)
54 Newton (NE)
55 Glynn (GY)
56 Chatham (CA)

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3 more running for Muscogee school board: ex principal, ex teacher, mystery candidate | Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Three more candidates are running for seats on the Muscogee County School Board.

In the past week, Eddie Obleton, Mike Edmondson and Toyia Tucker filed with the Muscogee County Board of Elections and Registration a Declaration of Intent to accept campaign contributions. But no candidate officially is on the ballot until qualifying week, which starts Monday for the 2018 local nonpartisan races.

Obleton is running against District 6 incumbent Mark Cantrell and Robert Roth, a retired U.S. Army colonel who now works from his home as director of government business development for Vertex Solutions, a learning development and services company based out of Urbana, Ill.

Edmondson is running against Kar-Tunes Car Stereo owner John “Bart” Steed for the District 2 seat, being vacated by incumbent John Thomas, who announced in January he won’t run for a second four-year term.

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Tucker is running against District 4 incumbent Naomi Buckner.

Qualifying will run from 9 a.m. March 5 until noon March 9. The deadline to register to vote in those elections is April 23. Advance in-person voting will be April 30 through May 18 in the City Services Center, 3111 Citizens Way. May 22 will be Election Day for those races.

Obleton is an associate professor of educational leadership at Columbus State University and assistant principal at Russell County High School. He worked for 32 years in the Muscogee County School District, retiring as the chief student services officer in 2010. He previously was MCSD’s secondary education director, principal of Shaw High School and principal of now-closed Marshall Middle School. He began his career as a teacher at Shaw.

Edmondson taught Advanced Placement chemistry and physics in MCSD for 33 years, with stints at Spencer, Hardaway and Northside high schools. His awards include Muscogee County Teacher of the year, Georgia Secondary Schools Science Teacher of the Year and the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics. He most recently was in the news for trying to raise money to buy the historic but dilapidated Bibb Elementary School from the MCSD board to establish an “iSTEAM center” for science and arts education. But he couldn’t raise the necessary money before Georgia state rep. Earl Davis bought the property last month to most likely convert the building into apartments.

Edmondson had to resign from his part-time administrative job at Rainey-McCullers School of the Arts to launch his campaign because MCSD employees can’t qualify as MCSD board candidates.

The Ledger-Enquirer hasn’t learned anything about Tucker’s background and hasn’t reached her for comment.

The other two seats on the nine-member MCSD board up for election this year have only one announced candidate so far: the at-large seat held by incumbent Kia Chambers, representing the entire county, and the District 8 seat held by Frank Myers, who announced in January along with Thomas he won’t seek re-election. Philip Schley is the only announced District 8 candidate. He is a retired urologist and served on the board for 21 years (1972-81 and 1998-2010), including as chairman for nine years.

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Grovetown tops Tucker for first playoff win in program history

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GROVETOWN, Ga. (WJBF) — Grovetown defeated Tucker 64-52 in the first round of the GHSA 6A playoffs on Saturday night.

Eric Graham II finished with 21 points, Jelani Shakir had 14 and Nick Tolbert added 13 to lead the Warriors.

Other scores:

GHSA Boys

6A:

Lakeside 65, Stephenson 63

4A:

Hephzibah 64, Woodward Academy 80

Thomson 37, Salem 71

Henry County 67, Burke County 72

2A:

Butler 74, Washington County 80

Josey 54, Dublin 68

GHSA Girls

4A:

North Clayton 44, Burke County 57

2A:

Butler 32, Washington County 47

Jefferson County 45, Dodge County 68

SCHSL Boys

4A:

Greer 39, Aiken 48

South Aiken 64, Travelers Rest 57

2A:

Silver Bluff 62, Marion 66

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South Carolina recruiting: 4-star T Dylan Wonnum commits

Four-star offensive tackle Dylan Wonnum (Tucker, Ga.) is the latest commitment to the 2018 South Carolina recruiting class.

Wonnum, an Under Armour All-American, announced his pledge to South Carolina on Saturday night over Auburn, LSU and Tennessee. He’s the first 2018 prospect to commit to the Gamecocks since the December signing period.

Two 2019 prospects committed on Friday (4-star wide receiver Jamario Holley) and Saturday (3-star offensive guard Vincent Murphy). According to the 247Sports composite, Wonnum is the No. 13 offensive tackle and No. 178 overall prospect in the Class of 2018.

When he arrives to South Carolina later this year, he’ll join his older brother, D.J., who led the Gamecocks in sacks as a sophomore.

The Gamecocks are set to add the younger Wonnum (6-5, 279) to an offensive line haul that also includes Hank Manos, Wyatt Campbell, Maxwell Iyama and Jovaughn Gwyn, all of whom signed in December. Gwyn, like Wonnum, is also a 4-star prospect. And, also like Wonnum, he won’t enroll at South Carolina until the summer.

Wonnum began his high school career at Stephenson (Stone Mountain, Ga.) before transferring to Tucker High School, which is also home to 4-star wide receiver Josh Vann, the Gamecocks top-rated signee in December.

Currently, Vann (146) is the only member of that class who’s ranked higher than Wonnum. If defensive tackle Rick Sandidge (141) signs with South Carolina on Wednesday, Wonnum will be third-highest.

Sandidge and 3-star defensive end John Mincey are the only two non-committed prospects remaining for the Gamecocks. Like Sandidge, Mincey will reveal his decision on National Signing Day.

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GA WOW Houses: Wine Cellars, Barn, Swim-Up Bar

Whether you’re looking for a new home or the latest in design trends or just looking for ample square footage for more closet space or a walk-in shower — why not start at the top?

Here are some of the top homes featured this week on Patch sites in the Atlanta area. Click on the photo or the headline for more photos and info. You can also scroll down for a list of the latest homes on the market a little closer to home.

Located in the gated community of Stonegate, this home on 2.46 acres and offers the ultimate in privacy. This is a builder’s personal home.

WOW House: Library, Pool House In Marietta

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Built in 2001, this gated estate in Marietta has seven bedrooms and seven full and three half-baths and received significant upgrades in 2008.

WOW House: Movie Theater, 1,500-Bottle Wine Cellar In Buckhead

Set on five hilltop acres in Buckhead, this week’s "WOW!" House for Atlanta mixes classic craftsmanship with modern technology.

Grayson Wow House: $1.2M Buys 6 Stall Barn, Riding Rink

WOW House: 600-Bottle Wine Room, 11-Seat Swim-Up Bar, Sauna

Gorgeous, limited lake lot home on a cul-de-sac in The Manor. It features 12-foot floors, an impressive owner suite with custom closets, fireplace and a private balcony with views of the pool and lake.

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