Georgia Turner County Public Schools

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County Profile

Incorporated: August 18, 1905

Population: 9,504

Total Area: 286.1 Square miles

Cities and Towns

• Ashburn (County Seat)

• Amboy
• Coverdale
• Dakota
• Inaha

• Rebecca
• Sycamore
• Worth

Turner County was created in 1905 from parts of Dooly, Irwin, Wilcox and Worth counties. Georgia’s 143rd county was named after Henry Gray Turner, a captain in the Confederate Army who was captured at Gettysburg and later served in the state legislature, on the State Supreme Court, and in the U.S. Congress.

Rebecca was named for the daughter of a prominent local family, while Sycamore was named for the tree. Ashburn was named for W.W. Ashburn who, in 1890, purchased a portion of the future town site for ten dollars.

Until the 1920s, when the boll weevil struck, Turner County farmers planted over 30,000 acres of cotton. Unable to continue growing cotton, Turner County instituted Georgia’s first “cow-hog-hen” programs, beginning an age of diversified farming that spread throughout the state.

Shingler Heights, five blocks of residential buildings and one institutional building in Ashburn, was constructed from 1895 to 1937. The district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Its most elaborate structure is “Sparrow’s Nest,” built by a local turpentine and agriculture entrepreneur, J.S. Shingler. Many of the homes in the historic district were built by Shingler’s relatives.

Other entries on the National Register are the Ashburn Heights-Hudson College Avenue area and the Ashburn Commercial Business District.

Turner County is home to several endangered species on the Federal Protected list including the Florida Panther, the Indigo Snake, and the Southern Bald Eagle.

Turner County is one of about 3,141 counties and county equivalents in the United States. It has 286.0 sq. miles in land area and a population density of 32.4 per square mile. In the last three decades of the 1900s its population grew by 8.1%. On the 2000 census form, 99.6% of the population reported only one race, with 41.0% of these reporting African-American. The population of this county is 2.6% Hispanic (of any race). The average household size is 2.72 persons compared to an average family size of 3.19 persons.

In 2008 manufacturing was the largest of 20 major sectors. It had an average wage per job of $27,912. Per capita income grew by 14.2% between 1998 and 2008 (adjusted for inflation).

People & Income Overview
(By Place of Residence)
Value Industry Overview (2008)
(By Place of Work)
Value
Population (2009) 9,254 Covered Employment 2,312
Growth (%) since 1990 6.3% Average wage per job $24,349
Households (2000) 3,435 Manufacturing – % all jobs in County 12.8%
Labor Force (persons) (2009) 4,685 Average wage per job $27,912
Unemployment Rate (2009) 13.3 Transportation & Warehousing – % all jobs in County 1.1%
Per Capita Personal Income (2008) $25,507 Average wage per job $45,419
Median Household Income (2008) $29,745 Health Care, Social Assist. – % all jobs in County 6.6%
Poverty Rate (2008) 28.6 Average wage per job $20,336
H.S. Diploma or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 67.7 Finance and Insurance – % all jobs in County D
Bachelor’s Deg. or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 10.5 Average wage per job D

1. IN-SCHOOL SUPENSION CENTER
Address: 330 Gilmore Street, Ashburn, GA 31714
Phone: (229) 567-3412
County: Turner County
Enrollment: N/A
Grades: 0

2. TURNER County
Enrollment: ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL
Address: 330 Gilmore Street, Ashburn, GA 31714
Phone: (229) 567-3412
County: Turner County
Enrollment: N/A
Grades: 0

3. TURNER County
Enrollment: ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Address: 705 Hudson Ave, Ashburn, GA 31714
Phone: (229) 567-2461
County: Turner County
Enrollment: 782
Grades: KG-5

4. TURNER County
Enrollment: HIGH SCHOOL
Address: 316 Lamar St, Ashburn, GA 31714
Phone: (229) 567-4377
County: Turner County
Enrollment: 421
Grades: 9-12

5. TURNER County
Enrollment: MIDDLE SCHOOL
Address: 316 Lamar St, Ashburn, GA 31714
Phone: (229) 567-4343
County: Turner County
Enrollment: 351
Grades: 6-8

6. TURNER County
Enrollment: SPECIALTY SCHOOL
Address: 330 Gilmore St, Ashburn, GA 31714
Phone: (229) 567-3412
County: Turner County
Enrollment: 161
Grades: 7-12