February 2, 2011 RSS feed / Front Page

Chamber banquet

“Hats off to our members!” was the theme at the Blakely-Early County Chamber of Commerce 61st annual membership banquet Thursday night at the Early County High cafeteria. More...

Heart disease stalks Southwest Georgians

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in Southwest Georgia, but the population it preys on most are African Americans, Southwest Public Health District Director Dr. Jacqueline Grant says.  More...

Severe weather awareness

Georgia has already experienced its first severe weather in 2011 — a snowstorm that affected 70 percent of the state. More...

Other News

Free income tax prep

The Early County Community Development Corporation began offering free income tax assistance Jan. 18. Free, confidential income tax filing assistance is available to working families who earn less than $49,000 per year.  More...

Blakely Senior Center

310 Meadowbrook Drive Daily Events

Feb. 7 - 10:15 - 11:00 - Rhythm band practice. Lunch: Chicken breast sandwich, cole slaw, BBQ beans, wheat bun, fruit cobbler. Feb. 8 - 10:15 - 11:00 - Physical fitness. More...

Religion

Sunday School Lesson

Stand up, stand up for Jesus

The intent of Jesus Christ of Nazareth was never for his followers to be a reflection of the popular opinion of the day. His teachings and actions were counter to the popular thought of the time. More...

The Gospel Truth

Are you really listening to God?

How can we overcome spiritual hearing problems and learn to truly listen to the truth of God? Listen, if you can, to these four key words derived from Jesus’ teaching in the text of Mark 4:23-25.  Grace  More...

CHURCH NEWS

St. Maryland St. Maryland Missionary Baptist Church will have a parade of states program Saturday, Feb. 5 at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend. St. Maryland will celebrate Pastor and First Lady Gardners 19th anniversary Sunday, Feb. 6 at 3 p.m. More...

Agriculture

Small grain acreage reports due March 1

Accurate and timely acreage reports for all crops and land uses are essential to prevent the loss of program benefits for marketing assistance loans and loan deficiency payments, direct and counter-cyclical payments, conservation reserve program annu More...

USDA announces referendum dates

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has finalized procedures for the upcoming referendum on the continuation of the Sorghum Checkoff Program and is announcing the dates it will conduct the referendum.  More...

Newberry places in state corn yield contest

Mike Newberry of Arlington recently won third place in the No Till/Strip Till Irrigated division of the 2010 National Corn Growers’ Association’s Corn Yield Contest in Georgia.  Newberry earned one of the 359 state titles won by grow More...

Campus

Griffin to represent Region 17 at EAGLE Leadership Institute

Armeta Patel Griffin has been chosen to represent Region 17 (Early, Miller, Seminole and Decatur counties) at the EAGLE Leadership Institute in Atlanta Feb. 9 through Feb. 11. More...

Spelling bee winners announced

Fourth and fifth grade students at Early County Elementary School competed in an oral spelling bee that was sponsored by the Georgia Association of Educators. More...

ABAC opens campus for high school students

High school students will have an opportunity to experience the sights and sounds of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Feb. 12 at Stallion Day.  Registration begins at 8 a.m. in the Donaldson Dining Hall.  More...

Manhunt is over  Free Access 

Murder suspect killed in shootout in Florida

The manhunt for the double-murder suspect from Cottondale, Fla., came to an end Wednesday morning.  According to a story on the Jackson County Floridan website, officials had confirmed the death of Wade Andrew Williams Wednesday morning as law More...

Survey: 200 are homeless here

Volunteers across Georgia hit the streets last week undertaking the Georgia Department of Community Affairs “Every Georgian Counts” annual homeless count.  DCA is partnering with Kennesaw State University who will use the data collec More...

Murder suspect remains at large

A double-murder suspect from Cottondale, Fla., who hitch-hiked to Abbeville, Ala., and was later spotted near Ft. Gaines was still at-large late Tuesday afternoon.  More...

Whooping crane kill investigation

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Hit-a-Thon, Old Timers game Feb. 12

Everyone is encouraged to come out to the Ray Knight Sports Complex Saturday, Feb. More...

Flu shots reduced

Don’t forget the The Early County Health Department is offering flu vaccine at the reduced rate of $15 per dose in hopes of getting more people protected  “Flu activity remains high throughout the Southwest Health District,” sa More...

Community Calendar

HERE & THERE this WEEK

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 2  Family Connection Collaborative, noon, Family Learning and Resource Center  BIRTHDAYS: Ashley Mock, Chip Houston, Clarence Still, Eli Enfinger  ANNIVERSARY: Danny & Debra Hodges  THURSDAY, Feb. More...

Editorials

Other Voices

Time marches on

It seems impossible that it was 25 years ago that the space shuttle Challenger exploded just 73 seconds after liftoff.  Time has a way of marching on, doesn’t it?  More...

All That’s Fit to Print

Wrapping up the right answer

Monday was National Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day. In fact, the last Monday in January is set aside each year to recognize one of the world’s most entertaining products. More...

Mumbles

A ‘plan’ under seige

I tried to explain to readers every way I knew how the past year and a half that Obamacare, didn’t have any thing to do with healthcare.  More...

Obituaries

Travis Hightower

Travis Dewitt Hightower, 31, died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011, at Early County Nursing Home.  Mr. Hightower was born April 25, 1979, to Eddie Claude Hightower and Felicia Anthony Hightower. More...

Lola Warren

Retired

Lola Pearl Warren, 87, died Jan. 24, 2011.  Mrs. Warren was born April 20, 1923, in Barbour County, Ala., to the late Prince and Nancy Gibson. More...

Vicki Burden

Vicki Yolanda Burden, 46, died Monday, Jan. 24, 2011.  Mrs. Burden was born Jan. 20, 1965, at Fort Campbell, Ky., to Alicia F. Burden and the late Charles E. Burden Sr. She was a member of Faith Deliverance Ministries of Berachah.  More...

Society

Messer - Enfinger

Scott and Cecilia Messer of Colquitt are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Cecilia Brooke, to Bradley Alan Enfinger, son of Gary and Debbie Enfinger of Colquitt.  The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Bobby and Jane Grubbs More...

Pullen - Avera

Mike and Renèe Pullen of Blakely proudly announce the engagement of their daughter, Michelle Lynn, to William Henry “Will” Avera III, son of Henry and Sandy Avera of Edison.  The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Buddy and Sara Luk More...

McKinney to speak at Unsung Hero banquet

Former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney will be the keynote speaker at the Freedom Council’s seventh annual Unsung Hero banquet. The banquet will be at the Blakely Civic Center Saturday, Feb. 26 at 6:30 pm. More...