July 29, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

Jobless rate hits 10.1%

The Georgia Department of Labor reported this week that the unemployment rate in Southwest Georgia rose to 10.1 percent in June, up 1.0 percentage point from 9.1 percent in May. More...

County tax hearings

The Early County Board of Commissioners is planning to increase property taxes in the unincorporated area by 10.96 percent and by 9.15 percent in the incorporated areas over the rollback millage rate. More...

Robbery suspect charged

Authorities charged a suspect already in custody on a parole violation Tuesday with the July 19 armed robbery of Quick Buys at the intersection of South Main and South Boulevard in Blakely. More...

Public Notices

PUBLIC NOTICES

070809-01 NOTICE OF SALE UNDER POWER STATE OF GEORGIA COUNTY OF EARLY Because of a default in the payment of the indebtedness secured by a Security Deed executed by Robert Craig Knighton, Sr. and Joy T. More...

Community Calendar

HERE & THERE this WEEK

WEDNESDAY, JULY 29 BIRTHDAYS: Robby Shierling, Libba Cox, Neil Sumner ANNIVERSARY: Bill & Bess Mills THURSDAY, JULY 30 ROTARY CLUB, noon, Blakely Town & Country Club AL-ANON, 6:30 p.m. More...

Editorials

Favorite family stories

Other Voices

One of my favorite stories that is retold from time to time at family gatherings involves my Uncle Bubba. When he was 8 or 9 years old, he would ride his bicycle down the street toward the house, gathering speed as he went. More...

Political Cartoon

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Mumbles

A great, but brief relief

I've found a pretty good escape from the constant drudge of ridiculous news coming out of Washington, D.C. Surround your self with grandchildren. That's been easy the past couple of weeks with the arrival of Skylar. More...

Obituaries

Wesley Ceasar

Retired

Wesley Ceasar Sr., 74, of Blakely died Friday, July 17, 2009. Mr. Ceasar was born in Blakely Dec. 20, 1934, to the late Mack Ceasar Sr. and Corrine Sampson Ceasar. He worked and retired from Great Southern Plywood Company. More...

Laura Burkett

Homemaker

Laura B. Burkett, 97, of Blakely died Monday, July 20, 2009, at Early Memorial Hospital. Ms. Burkett was born March 5, 1912. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by a son. More...

Larry B. DeBary

Retired

Larry Brack DeBary, 56, of Baker County died Monday, July 20, 2009, at his residence. Mr. DeBary was born in Miller County Oct. 9, 1952, to Jackie DeBary and the late Cheshire DeBary. More...

Campus

Stone brothers study in China

James and John Stone completed a University of Georgia-sponsored study abroad program in China. More...

Sasnett named grand champion

Cassie Sasnett, daughter of Allen and Cherie Sasnett of Blakely, attended Marching Auxiliaries 2009 Summer Camp at Georgia Tech July 6 through July 8. More...

Daycare provider training offered

Early County Early Reading First 2009 Daycare Provider Training for local childcare providers is scheduled for July 28, July 30, Aug. 4 and Aug. 6. More...

Tax Holiday

SAVE 7%

Georgia's 8th annual Backto School Sales Tax Holiday begins tomorrow and will be in effect through Sunday. Many school-related items will be exempt from state and local taxes when purchased from local retailers. More...

School choice

In accordance with NCLB, Early County High School is required to offer the school choice option. More...

Blakely youth shot to death in Edison Monday afternoon

A manhunt ended Tuesday morning in Calhoun County when authorities caught a suspect who gunned down 19- year-old Cyrus Butler of Blakely Monday afternoon in Edison. More...

Two more melee arrests

The ongoing investigation into the June 21 melee which resulted in the beating death of 19-year-old Xsavier Sanchez on Chattahoochee Avenue has led to two more arrests. Authorities have arrested Antonio Duncan, 24, and Cornelius Sol, 17. More...

Passing of the gavel

Outgoing Rotary president Glynda Nix passed the gavel earlier this month to Pastor Chuck DeVane who will lead the Blakely Rotary Club during 2009-2010. More...

Other News

Summer surprise

Shirley White got quite the surprise this summer when a volunteer watermelon vine sprang up and out of her back yard flower garden on Lakewood Drive. The vine has three large melons so far, and has spread over a large portion of her yard. More...

Blakely Senior Center

310 Meadowbrook Drive

Daily Events Aug. 3 — Rhythm band practice - 10:30-11:30. Lunch: BBQ pork, baked beans, cole slaw, hamburger bun, hot cinnamon peaches. Aug. 4 — Physical fitness - 10:15 a.m. - 11 a.m. Games - 11 a.m. More...

Congress passes PAYGO bill

Con. Sanford Bishop joined his fellow members of the Blue Dog Coalition to pass H.R. More...

Religion

Sunday School Lesson

Wait on the Lord without complaint

Numbers 11:1-6, 10-15 It is easy for humans to forget that the blessings they enjoy come to them directly from the heavenly father — the creator of the universe. James 1:17. More...

CHURCH NEWS

Evergreen Evergreen Church will have their annual revival services July 27 through July 31 at 7:30 p.m. Rev. John Severson of Union Baptist Church in Albany will be the guest speaker. Everyone is invited to attend. Rosinvick M.B. More...

The Gospel Truth

A reverential fear of the Lord is important

Proverbs 1:7 is the proverb of Proverbs. It states the whole case this collection of wise sayings wants to make. You either develop a healthy dose of fear; or, you are a fool. Almost no one wants to be a fool. But isn't fear a bad thing? More...

Society

Roberts - Enfinger

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Roberts of Gainesville, Ga., announce the engagement of their daughter, Kristen Nichole Roberts, to Danny Mike Enfinger Jr., son of Mike Enfinger and Donja Tripp of Americus. The bride-elect is the sister of Eric Roberts. More...

DeMarsh - Smith

Danny and Gail Whalen of Blakely announce the engagement of their daughter, Aliana Michelle DeMarsh, to William K. Smith III, son of Sue Ellen Smith of Donalsonville and the late William "Kim" Smith Jr. More...

Arlington prepares to become a Better Hometown community

The city of Arlington is preparing to earn certification as a Better Home Town community. One of the many standards the community must meet is for the board members to attend required training. More...