March 11, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

The Purple Martins are back!

In the birding world, few species generate more excitement than the "Purple Martin," a swallow that arrives in Georgia in the spring, with reports of "scouts" logged almost daily online. More...

Relay for Life "Hee Haw" here Friday

You don't want to miss the Relay for Life "Hee Haw" production this Friday night at Mangham Auditorium. Local talent, and the not so talented, will take to the stage at 7 p.m. to entertain the community with a night of fun and laughter. More...

Jobless rates continue to grow

The Georgia Department of Labor reported last week that the unemployment rate in Southwest Georgia rose to 8.6 percent in January, up 2.9 percentage points over January 2008. More...

Public Notices

PUBLIC NOTICES

030409-02 NOTICE STATE OF GEORGIA COUNTY OF EARLY TO ALL DEBTORS AND CREDITORS OF RANDALL HOLMES MCDOWELL: All debtors and creditors of RANDALL HOLMES MCDOWELL, deceased, late of said county, are hereby notified to render an account of their de More...

Community Calendar

HERE & THERE this WEEK

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11 BIRTHDAY: Stanley Houston THURSDAY, MARCH 12 ROTARY CLUB, noon, Blakely Town & Country Club PILOT CLUB BLAKELY #282 O.E.S. AL-ANON, 6:30 p.m. More...

Editorials

It's an hour lost

Daylight savings time started overnight, and if you haven't sprung your clocks forward one hour, put the newspaper down. You're late for church. I actually like the end result of daylight savings time. More...

It' not Spring just yet

Spring's not quite here, we'll have to wait until next week to talk about that. Should've known that when I passed by a particular bit of woods and didn't see the wild Easter lillies blooming. More...

Cartoon

"They're doing what?!" — George More...

Obituaries

Julia Pickle

Julia Ann Pickle, 94, of Donalsonville, formerly of Colquitt, died Saturday, Feb. 28, 2009, at Seminole Manor Nursing Home. Mrs. Pickle was a homemaker and member of Oak Grove Baptist Church. More...

Bessie Willis

Homemaker

Bessie Rentz Willis, 81, of Middleburg, Fla., died Tuesday, March 3, 2009, in Middleburg, Fla. Mrs. Willis was born in Early County Oct. 2, 1927, to the late Luther Rentz and Bronnie Lee Houston Rentz. More...

Willie James Jr.

Pulpwood Worker

Willie James Jr., 58, of Blakely died Tuesday, March 3, 2009, at his residence. Mr. James was born in Blakely May 9, 1950, to Minnie Lee James and the late Willie James Sr. More...

Campus

School board honored

The five school board members of the Early County School System are in the spotlight March 9-13, along with their 1,100 counterparts throughout the state, during the 2009 School Board Appreciation Week in Georgia. More...

City to buy Blakely Cable?

Television was the main topic of discussion at the Blakely City Council's March 3 meeting at the City Annex. More...

NASCAR digs GA peanut farmers

It was "Georgia Peanut Farmer Appreciation Day" Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway. More...

Relay for Life Survivor Reception

The Early County Relay for Life Survivor Reception is planned for 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 20 at the Early County High School Cafeteria. More...

No school for EC students Friday

Early County students will be released from school early Thursday. There will be no classes Friday, March 13 due to a "staff-in-service" day. Student will return to class Monday, March 16. The release times Thursday are 12:05 at Early Co. More...

Other News

Peanut cook-off planned

Local businesses are asking citizens to get creative during the Peanut Proud Expo March 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Court Square. A peanut cook-off competition will be held at American Peanut Marketing Associates at 210 Court Sqaure at 11 a.m. More...

Additional help available for unemployed

State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond said that the Georgia Department of Labor has begun mailing an additional $25 per week to more than 180,000 jobless Georgians who have a valid unemployment insurance claim with the Georgia Department of Lab More...

From our Files

City in darkness all week

10 YEARS AGO March 11, 1999 BECCA Hinson and Scott Lusk were recognized by the Blakely- Early County Chamber of Commerce and the Blakely Rotary Club as the 1999 STAR students. More...

Religion

Don't take blessings for granted

Ezekiel 36:22-32 In a society steeped in the thought of selfworth, the idea respect has come to be something that can be demanded. However, this outside attitude must be earned, based on personal actions and attitudes. More...

Don't be left out of God's kingdom

Matthew 13:47-50 is the seventh of seven consecutive parables offered by the former tax collector who became a follower of Jesus Christ. Matthew loved his king and wrote this gospel to proclaim his kingdom. More...

CHURCH NEWS

St. Mary M.B. St. Mary Missionary Baptist Church will have a youth revival March 11 through March 13 at 7:30 p.m. Rev. Justin Johnson will be the guest speaker. Everyone is invited to attend. Bright Star M.B. More...

Society

Eubanks - Thompson

Mrs. Ronnie Eubanks of Valdosta, formerly of Edison, proudly announces the engagement of her daughter, Heather, to Spencer Elliott Thompson of Columbus, Ind., son of Mr. and Mrs. Victor Thompson of Columbus, Ind. More...

Malayah turns one

Malayah Shaneze Foster will celebrate her first birthday today, Wednesday, March 11. Malayah is the daugher of Dan Foster and Lashonda Stovall. She has one brother, Ty'Cavion Deshun Stovall. More...

REUNION

The Smith-Hall reunion will be held at Kolomoki Mounds State Park at group shelter #1 Sunday, March 22. A covered dish lunch will be served at 1 p.m. All family and friends are invited to attend. More...