December 23, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

Holiday deadlines

The News office will close at 12 noon Wednesday for the Christmas holidays. The deadline for ads is 12 noon Thursday. Normal office hours will resume Monday.   The early deadline will also be applicable next week due to the New Year holiday. More...

New, more secure Georgia drivers license

The state has launched a new and more secure licensing system. The new licenses and identification cards will combat document fraud and protect the identities of Georgia’s citizens by using the latest credentialing technology. More...

Other News

Home damaged by fire

Firefighters were confronted by flames and smoke when they responded to a call to Jake Lamb's residence on South Main St. late Monday afternoon. The fire reportedly started in the kitchen.   More...

Blakely Senior Center

310 Meadowbrook Drive

Daily Events   Dec. 28 — Rhythm band practice - 10:30-11:30. Lunch: Smoked sausage, steamed cabbage, dry lima beans, wheat bread, cinnamon apples.   Dec. 29 — Physical fitness - 10:15 a.m. - 11 a.m. More...

Insurance investigator will be available

Georgia residents with insurance problems or questions can receive assistance directly from the commissioner’s office by contacting his insurance investigator working in your area.   More...

Religion

Sunday School Lesson

Jesus was born to bring salvation

Matthew 2   At the time of the birth of a child, this event is not seen as too important, except for a relatively few individuals. More...

CHURCH NEWS

Wesley Chapel   Wesley Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church will celebrate Watchnight service Dec. 31 at 10 p.m. The guest speaker will be Pastor John Neal. Everyone is invited to attend. More...

The Gospel Truth

You have a friend in Jesus

If you are feeling a little dull at this time of the year, I have a gift to offer you that will make you sharp. It is not the newest razor. It is not the latest fashion. It is a gift that keeps on giving. More...

Society

Surviving the gift return rush

As the holiday season gets set to hit full swing, shopping for gifts is again foremost on the minds of many. More...

BIRTH

Justin and Dea Durden are proud to announce the birth of their son, Creek Brantley Durden. Creek was born at 4:19 p.m., Nov. 23, 2009, at Donalsonville Women and Children’s Center. More...

Sobering statistics on holiday drinking and driving

This year, 1,200 people will lose their lives during the holiday season as a result of alcohol related traffic accidents. More...

Santa visits

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Jesus is the Reason for the Season

"Behold, a virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him “Emmanuel" — which means, "God with us."   More...

Dreamin’ of a white Christmas?

Winter officially began Monday, but unless Santa brings some cold weather with him from the North Pole, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are predicted to be wet.   More...

Traffic check nets cash, weapons

Local authorities assisted the Georgia State Patrol and Bainbridge Public Safety with a traffic check this past weekend on U.S. 84 between Jakin and the Alabama state line. More...

Swanberg to highlight Jan. 14 chamber banquet

Dennis Swanberg, America’s “Minister of Encouragement” will be the featured speaker at the Blakely-Early County Chamber of Commerce annual meeting Jan. 14.   More...

Community Calendar

HERE & THERE this WEEK

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 23   BIRTHDAYS: Stephen Houston, Megan McDonald, Al Warrick, Jeff Brown   THURSDAY, DEC. 24 CHRISTMAS EVE BIRTHDAYS: Devon Salter   FRIDAY, DEC. More...

Editorials

Political Cartoon

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Other Voices

All I want for Christmas

One of the most often asked questions this time of the year is one that I don’t have a good answer for. More...

Mumbles

Naughty or nice, be merry

I’ve been too busy to again let the Christmas spirit take over.   Maybe it would help if we could again see Christmas through the eyes of a child, like those who wrote this year’s letters to Santa. More...

Obituaries

James Reed

Machine operator

Jamed Edward Reed, 69, of Blakely died Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009, at Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan.   Mr. Reed was born in Blakely Nov. 16, 1940, to the late Hughie and Ophelia Reed. More...

Samuel Jones

Farmer

Samuel M. Jones, 59, of Blakely died Friday, Dec. 11, 2009, at Early Memorial Hospital in Blakely.   Mr. Jones was born in Early County May 6, 1950, to the late Ruther and Drank Jones. He was employed with W.E. More...

Mary E. Jones

Homemaker

Mary Evelyn Garrett Jones, 69, of Jakin died Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009, at North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville, Fla.   Mrs. More...

Sports

Winkler bags first buck

Austin Winkler, the 9-year-old son of Jay and Margaret Winkler, proudly shows off the fine 8 point buck that he killed while hunting with his dad on his “Uncle” Chad Chapman’s farm.   More...

Campus

Bain graduates

Lyle Watson Bain, son of Wade and Emily Bain of Ashford, Ala., formerly of Blakely, received his bachelor of science in broadcast journalism, magna cum laude, from Troy University, in Troy, Ala., Friday, Dec. 11. More...