March 12, 2008 RSS feed / Front Page

ECHS Region Literary champs

The ECHS Literary team won the region competition Saturday with a score of 56 points. The closest team to them had 33 points. More...

Siren tests

The City of Blakely will begin testing the outdoor warning siren during the spring and summer months due to the increased chance of severe weather. More...

Night golf!

3rd annual ECHS Night Golf Classic

The 3rd annual Bobcat Night Golf Classic will be played Saturday, March 29 at the Blakely Town & Country Club. The tournament is a two-man scramble with the teams playing nine holes in daylight. More...

Rentz to be inducted into FHSA hall of fame

The News learned Monday that former Blakely Bobcat Aubrey Rentz has been selected for induction into the Florida High School Athletic Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will be April 6 in Gainesville, Fla. More...

Public Notices

PUBLIC NOTICES

022708-01 NOTICE STATE OF GEORGIA COUNTY OF EARLY TO ALL DEBTORS AND CREDITORS OF MAURICE McCABE: All debtors and creditors of MAURICE McCABE, deceased, late of said county, are hereby notified to render an account of their demands to the under More...

Community Calendar

HERE & THERE this WEEK

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12 CHAMBER of Commerce, noon BIRTHDAY: Paige Watson THURSDAY, MARCH 13 ROTARY CLUB, noon, Blakely Town & Country Club PILOT CLUB BLAKELY #282 O.E.S. BIRTHDAYS: Leanne Lovering, Caroline W. More...

Editorials

Under the Gold Dome

Democrats Protect Local Control and Education - The vote finally came last week we had been hearing about since last summer. The tax plan was not a new tax on food, but a laundry list of 175 new taxes. More...

Big money, big dreams

Apparently, the price tag for becoming a presidential nominee is a whole lot pricier for a Democrat than a Republican. Either that, or Republicans really are more fiscally responsible, or at least can be. More...

History really is alive!

When asked if he could revisit only one of the historical venues we had visited in Washington last week, grandson Allen thought a minute and said, "The White House." Asked why, he said, "I'm afraid I might have missed something. More...

Obituaries

Johnny Hightower

Machinist

Johnny Will Hightower, 65, of Blakely died Feb. 27, 2008, at Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan. Mr. Hightower was born in Blakely Nov. 29, 1962, to the late Fred Hightower and Catherine Wimberly. More...

Leon George

Minister

Leon George, 81, of Newton, Ga., died Saturday, March 1, 2008, in Blakely. Mr. George was born in Gurdy, Okla., July 17, 1926. He was a retired Pentecostal minister. He was preceded in death by his wife, Hazel Fay George. More...

Bobby Williams Sr.

Bobby Williams Sr., 48, of Arlington died Saturday, March 1, 2008. Mr. Williams was born in Calhoun County July 6, 1959, to Martha Williams and the late Frank Williams. He was a 1977 graduate of Calhoun County High School. More...

Society

James - Cochran

Mr. and Mrs. Edwin James of Blakely announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Candice Denise James, to Amir Ngoc Diep Cochran, son of Mr. and Mrs. I.C. Cochran Jr. of Pelham. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. More...

Freeman - Thompson

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Barry Freeman of Atlanta announce the engagement of their daughter, Nancy Amelia Freeman, to Willard DuBose Thompson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Olin Fletcher Thompson Jr. of Blakely. More...

Easter Cantata

The adult choir of First Baptist Church in Blakely will present the Easter Cantata, "KNOWN BY THE SCARS," a dynamic story of the life, crucifixion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The performance will be Saturday, March 22 at 7 p.m. More...

Schools out early Thursday

The school day will end early for Early County schools Thursday, March 13. Students will be released from school early as follows: Alternative School 11:50 a.m. Elementary School & Middle School 12:05 p.m. Early Co. More...

$440,000 health center rehab

The Early County Board of Commissioners voted to pledge additional funds to a renovation project at Monday night's commission meeting at the County Administration Building. More...

New dog laws take effect

Chaining or tying dogs is no longer an option for city residents. More...

NWTF banquet Thursday

The 3rd annual National Wild Turkey Federation Auction and Dinner will be held March 13 at the Blakely Town and Country Club. The doors open at 6 p.m. and the dinner is at 7:15 p.m.. More...

Other News

Hodges serves in AmeriCorps' NCCC

Lindsey Hodges, a Blakely native, deployed Monday, March 3 for her first project of the year with the National Civilian Community Corps, an AmeriCorps program. More...

IRS debunks stimulus myths

The Internal Revenue Service today moved to set the record straight on several issues surrounding administration of the 2008 Stimulus Payments. Approximately 130 million taxpayers will receive economic stimulus checks beginning in May 2008. More...

Thompson garden recognized

The Blakely Garden Club has selected the home of Mr. and Mrs. Fletcher Thompson as Yard of the Month for March 2008. The bright green winter grass in the lawn of the Thompson's home on Hilton Drive is eye catching especially on winter days. More...

Religion

God calls his people to be faithful

1 Chronicles 28:5-10, 20, 21 Worship was the centerpiece of the life of the nation of Israel. God - Jehovah, I AM - had called Abraham to leave his homeland, and go "into the land of Canaan." Genesis 11:31. More...

Can you see the big picture of God?

Old Testament prophets, particularly Isaiah, paint for us the big picture. They see God in all of his persons and through the entirety of his plan. Just take a look at Isaiah 11:1-10. The Big Picture of God The true and living God is a big God. More...

CHURCH NEWS

Union A.M.E. Union African Methodist Episcopal Church will celebrate their pastor's sixth anniversary Sunday, March 16 at 2:30 p.m. Special guest singers for the event are The Anointed Children of God. Everyone is invited to attend. More...

Agriculture

Speculators drive cotton prices high

Cotton farmers have gotten what they wanted: The price for their commodity has skyrocketed. But there's a catch. Nobody will buy their crop at such a high price, says a University of Georgia agricultural economist. More...

Read labels thoroughly

Reading nutritional labels can help you make the best food selections for your body's needs. Taking the time to read plant labels can help you do the same for them. More...

Campus

Warriors trounce Fullington Trojans

The SGA Warriors traveled to Pinehurst to kick off the 2008 baseball season against the Fullington Academy Trojans. More...

SGA literary team places second in region

Southwest Georgia Academy's literary team received second runner-up in the GISA Region 3AA literary competition March 5 in Thomasville. More...

Welding team wins third

The Early County High School FFA Welding Team recently placed third out of 17 teams at the Area V FFA welding career development event. The development event was held at ABAC in Tifton Feb. 5. More...