December 12, 2012 RSS feed / Front Page

New electrical rate structure

The Blakely City Council adopted a new rate structure for electrical customers at its Dec. 4 meeting at City Hall.  Rates for customers will change, but the power cost adjustment charge will no longer be in effect. More...

That’s Us!

“Rural America becoming less relevant”

That headline began criss-crossing the nation last week following a speech by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack at Farm Journal Forum 2012 in Washington.  More...

The Wish Tree

The   “Wish Tree” project to help ensure Santa stops at every house at Christmas is underway.  Visit the Bank of Early to select a child’s name and wish list from the “Wish Tree.” Cash donations can be made to More...

Candlelight service Friday

There will be a candlelight service in remembrance of those who have suffered the loss of a child, grandchild or sibling Saturday, Dec. 15 at 6 p.m. on Court Square. For more information call 723-8427.   More...

Other News

New commissioners attend training

More than 220 recently elected county commissioners, including chairman-elect June Merritt, Jeffery Haynes and Taylor Bridges, attended the four-day Newly Elected Commissioners Conference in Athens Dec. 4-7.  More...

Open house planned at Arlington Depot

The Arlington Downtown Development will have an Open House at the Arlington Depot Tuesday, Dec. 18 from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m.  Come out and help celebrate the new renovations to the Depot.   More...

Religion

Saints are part of one body in Christ

Sunday School Lesson

Ephesians 4:1-16  More...

CHURCH NEWS

Wesley Chapel  Wesley Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church will present their Christmas gospel musical program Saturday, Dec. 15 at 6 p.m. All choirs are asked to render two selections. Everyone is invited to attend. New Mount Nebo  More...

Obituaries

Marty Stewart

Marton A. “Marty” Stewart, 39, of Blakely died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012.  Mr. Stewart was born in Columbia, Ala., March 17, 1963, to Lillie Taylor and the late Billy Ray Lewis Stewart.  More...

Pearlie Wimberly School Employee

Pearlie Mae Wimberly, 67, of Blakely died Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, at Pioneer Community Hospital.  Mrs. Wimberly was born in Blakely Nov. 11, 1945, to the late Tommy Blackshear and Helen Mack. More...

Lanier Cain Veteran

Lanier Cain, 83, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, at the Tara at Thunderbolt Nursing Home in Savannah, Ga.  More...

Campus

Buck Daze raises funds for SGA

Southwest Georgia Academy has completed its Buck Daze charity deer hunt for the 2012- 2013 school year. Buck Daze is a two-day guided deer hunt which brings hunters to south Georgia from as far away as Miami, Chicago and New York.  More...

Dunnigan finalist in national contest

Local FFA member, Ashley Dunnigan, already immersed in a hands-on experience aimed to jumpstart careers in agriculture, can add one more impressive achievement: national finalist.  Dunnigan, of the Early County FFA, was one of four national fina More...

WHS alumni offers scholarship

The Washington High School Class of 1970 Alumni Scholarship is available to qualified African American graduating seniors of Early County High School 2013.  This scholarship is for applicants that have been accepted in a four - year community co More...

Breaking News - 12/12/2012 3:58 PM

Seven qualify for specail election  Free Access 

Including Brad Hughes and Lisa Collins of Blakely

When qualifying for the Jan. More...

Special election Jan. 8

Following Bulloch’s resignation, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced a special election has been set for Jan. 8, 2013, to fill the vacancy.  Qualifying began Monday, Dec. 10 and continues through noon Wednesday, Dec. 12.  More...

Arbitration may decide LOST

Early County is among over 30 counties entering LOST “baseball arbitration” after failing to renegotiate a Local Option Sales Tax distribution agreement.  The Oct. More...

Too close to home!!!

The experts say Georgia’s colder climate is expected to keep Florida’s invasive Burmese pythons from establishing in South Georgia, but... More...

Coat drive

The   Early County High FBLA is sponsoring a coat drive. Drop coats off at ECHS through Dec. 14. Please wash used coats before dropping off. For more information contact Mrs. Smith, FBLA advisor, at 723-3006.   More...

Christmas Holidays

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas with Early County schools dismissing Friday, Dec. 14 for the Christmas holidays. Students at Southwest Georgia Academy will get out for the holidays Wednesday, Dec. More...

Community Calendar

HERE & THERE this WEEK

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 12 LIONS Club, noon, Blakely Town & Country Club BIRTHDAY: Wanda Kay Johnson THURSDAY, DEC. 13 ROTARY CLUB, noon, Blakely Town & Country Club PILOT CLUB BLAKELY #282 O.E.S. More...

Editorials

Political Cartoon

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Back to walking

Other Voices

I need to get back into the habit of walking more. At least that’s what the doctor who gave me my annual physical last week said.  Everything went well at my physical. More...

New rural America

All That’s Fit to Print

The headline over the weekend read “Agriculture secretary says rural America becoming less relevant.”  More...

Society

Alzheimers discussed at Wellness Wednesday

Gentiva Hospice and Home Health partnered with Pioneer Community Hospital of Early last week to host Wellness Wednesday at which Ms. Lillian Finn gave an insightful presentation on Alzheimers disease including tips for caregivers.  More...

Martez Brown turns five

Martez Jamal Brown will turn five Dec. 14, 2012. More...

Fallen heroes commemorated

Each year since 2002, Fred’s Super Dollar stores have commemorated the fallen heroes of 9/11 through a fundraiser for the emergency teams that serve their store locations. More...