December 17, 2008 RSS feed / Front Page

Great harvest, but the most expensive crops on record

Row crop harvest is winding down in Georgia. Farmers don't know yet exactly how much corn, cotton, peanuts and soybeans they've grown. But one thing is almost certain: This year's row crops were the most expensive in history to produce. More...

Heavy rainfall: 8 to 12 inches

A weather system swept across the Southeast last week delivering badly needed heavy rainfall to most areas of the state. The rains began Wednesday morning and continued through Thursday. More...

DOT completes eight intersection upgrades

The DOT has completed traffic light upgrades at eight intersections in Blakely, resulting in safer, more attractive intersections. More...

Farley mailing emergency calendars

Residents living inside the 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone around Plant Farley will soon receive the 2009 Plant Farley Emergency Planning Calendar. Some residents will receive batteries for tone alert radios. More...

Food for Fines

Take care of overdue fines at Lucy Hilton Maddox Memorial Library by donating canned food to the library's annual Food for Fines food drive. One can of food equals $1 in fines. For more information call 723-3079. More...

Public Notices

PUBLIC NOTICES

112608-01 NOTICE STATE OF GEORGIA COUNTY OF EARLY TO ALL DEBTORS AND CREDITORS OF PAULINE HAYES ALLEN: All debtors and creditors of Pauline Hayes Allen, deceased, late of said county, are hereby notified to render an account of their demands to More...

Community Calendar

HERE & THERE this WEEK

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 17 CHAMBER of Commerce, noon BIRTHDAYS: Andy Smith, Lance Brackin, Brooks Ingram ANNIVERSARY: Ed & Glenda Wright THURSDAY, DEC. 18 ROTARY CLUB, noon, Blakely Town & Country Club COUNTY Planning Commission, 7 p.m. More...

Editorials

Looking good

I have no doubt that Americans are obsessed with beauty. We want to look and feel young. And we're willing to do just about anything to achieve this. Statistics show that cosmetic surgery is at an alltime high. More...

Political Cartoon

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Behind the X'mas lights

It was about this time of year some 50 years or so ago when we would make the trip to Marianna, Fla. to see the Christmas lights at the Florida reform school for boys. More...

Obituaries

Wayne Ransom

Truck Driver

Wayne Ransom, 49, of Blakely died Monday, Dec. 1, 2008. Mr. Ransom was born in Blakely July 23, 1959, to Ida Mae Ransom and the late Rufus Ransom. More...

Pinkie M. Hutchins

Homemaker

Pinkie Mae Hutchins, 94, of Blakely died Sunday, Dec. 6, 2008, at Early Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Hutchins was born in Blakely April 24, 1914, to the late Joseph Hutchins and Pinkie Hutchins. More...

Frances E. Penny

Truck Driver

Frances E. Penny, 95, of Dothan, Ala., died Friday, Dec. 12, 2008, in Dothan. Mrs. Penny was born in Jacksonville, Fla., May 19, 1913, into the Lindsey- Bowman families. More...

Society

Shoppers enjoyed Moonlight Madness

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Fiftieth anniversary to be celebrated

The families of Mr. and Mrs. David Still invite you to share in the celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary, Saturday, Dec. 27 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Zion Free Will Baptist Church social hall. More...

Barez - White wedding plans complete

The wedding plans for Katharina Barez and Dustin White are complete. The informal ceremony will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2008, at Oakview Church of God in Donalsonville. All family and friends are invited to attend this celebration. More...

LS Power committed to Longleaf

Final briefs filed with Appeals Court, Dynegy re-evaluating role in new power plants

Final reply briefs were filed Monday by Longleaf attorneys and the EPD with the Georgia Court of Appeals for the appeal of Judge Thelma Wyatt Cummings Moore's June ruling which threw out Longleaf Energy's air permits issued by the EPD. More...

Park ranger, AED gave elderly camper a chance

The News was working on a great story for this week's paper with a timely uplifting spirit. The spirit of the story, however, was tempered when the News learned the story's ending was not as happy as first thought. More...

Wreck claims Albany man, Blakely man faces charges

There was a fatal one vehicle accident below Blakely on the Old Lucile Road. shortly after midnight Monday, Dec. 8. Killed in the accident was Michael Fussell, 26, of Albany. More...

Damascus officials quit

Hoyt Patterson has been named acting mayor and Kevin Tabb mayor-protem in the wake of a number of resignations following the Nov. 4 city election. More...

Habitat applicants sought

Qualified applicants are being sought for the next Habitat for Humanity home to be built in Blakely in 2009. More...

School Holidays

Early County Schools Schools will dismiss students early Friday, Dec. 19 for the Christmas holidays. (Check schedules) Teachers will return Jan. 5 and 6 for in-service days. Students will return to class Jan. 7. Southwest Ga. More...

Wish Tree

The "wish lists" of needy children are on the Wish Tree at Bank of Early. Everyone is asked to help Christmas wishes come true for children who otherwise would not have gifts under the tree. More...

Other News

27 Association receives grant

The Highway 27 Association has received funding from the OneGeorgia Authority to develop a strategic tourism development plan. Gov. Purdue presented the $62,000 award at the OneGeorgia board meeting Dec. More...

Georgia unemployment rate rises

The Georgia Department of Labor announced that 74,480 laid-off workers filed first-time claims for unemployment insurance benefits in November, an increase of 54.7 percent from November of 2007. More...

Starlight Lodge names officers

Starlight Masonic Lodge No. 95 elected officers for 2009 at their Dec. 12 meeting. Serving the lodge for 2009 will be Robert L. Henderson, worshipful master; Kenneth E. More...

Religion

Are you willing to let God use you?

Luke 2:8-20 It is easy for mere humans to attempt to second guess our heavenly father — the creator of the universe. We, sometimes, seem to have some kind of grand view of our personal wisdom. More...

Christian commitment yields success

Last week I introduced you to the ministry of making others successful, based on Colossians 3:18-4:1. As an example, I encouraged you to support our president elect, Barack Obama, even if you might disagree with his particular party or politics. More...

THANKS

My family and I would like to thank everyone for all the food, cards, flowers, calls and prayers. Your love and acts of kindness mean so much during this time. May God bless you all. More...

Agriculture

Winter weather OK with Georgia peaches, onions

Georgia Vidalia onions and peaches need wintry temperatures to produce their best in spring and summer. So far, conditions have been excellent, say University of Georgia experts. "Right now, the Vidalia onion crop is progressing very nicely. More...

Young Farmers tour Golden Peanut

On Dec. 9, 23 members of the Early County Young Farmers Association toured the Golden Peanut Plant in Blakely. Members saw how aromatic peanut oil and peanut flour are made from the peanuts they produce locally. More...

Don't bring firewood into parks

The Georgia Forestry Commission and Georgia State Parks are sounding the alarm on a camping activity that can cause serious damage to our forests. More...

Campus

UGA payback ranks first nationally

The University of Georgia ranks first among national universities, both public and private, in payback ratio according to the January 2009 issue of Smart Money magazine. More...

SGA fall sports honorees

Football All-Region: Austin Boyd, Danny Doster, Chandler Ray, Boone Kennedy, Keaton Smith and Miles Lee. More...

Order ECHS yearbooks

Now is the time to order the Early County High yearbook that will feature the class of 2009. The basic cost is $35, with additional costs for add-ons such as name and icons. Students have been given order forms at school. More...