February 20, 2013 RSS feed / Front Page

Breaking News - 2/25/2013 6:45 PM

SCHOOLS CLOSED TUESDAY  Free Access 

Early County School Superintendent Thomas Challender announced Monday afternoon that the Early County schools will be closed Tuesday dues to travel conditions caused by the continuing heavy rainfall.  No announcement was made about plans fo More...

Sting busts 31 suspects

Authorities arrested 31 drug suspects last week in Early and Miller counties following an eight month undercover investigation conducted by the Pataula Drug Task Force, and Early and Miller County sheriff’s offices. More...

Got that Spirit

Thousands will be converging on Court Square in Blakely Saturday, March 23 for the 5th annual Peanut Proud — a day of fun activities and entertainment complete with a parade and street dance. More...

BSC will offer 4-year degrees

Renamed Bainbridge State College...

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia has granted Bainbridge College the status of a four year college and at their Feb. 13 meeting officially changed the name to Bainbridge State College.  More...

Playoffs

The Bobcats host Northeast Macon today at 6 p.m. in the first round of the state basketball tournament at 6 p.m.   More...

Baby Land marker project

Since the story about efforts to place markers on the unmarked graves in Blakely Cemetery’s Baby Land ran in the Jan. 16 edition of the News, information that helped identify several of the graves has been received.  More...

Other News

Henry recognized

Jean Henry, a resident of Blakely, has worked tirelessly to show love at Christmas time for what some might call “the least of these.” Her efforts to collect Dial soap from local churches have shown those who are “locked behind the More...

Protecting gophers and warblers

State Conservationist James E. More...

New microloan program

The Farm Service Agency developed the microloan program to better serve the unique financial operating needs of beginning, niche and the smallest of family farm operations.  More...

Religion

Spiritual discipline is important

Sunday School Lesson

Colossians 4  More...

CHURCH NEWS

New Mt. Nebo   New Mt. Nebo Missionary Baptist Church will host the Hearts of Faith fourth choir anniversary Saturday, Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend.  St. Mary   More...

THANKS

The family of the late Roosevelt “Coot” Booker Jr. wishes to acknowledge with deep appreciation the many expressions of love, kindness and support shown to us during this time of bereavement. More...

Society

Poole - Gowan

Phillip Poole and Dr. Mellanie Poole, both of Donalsonville, Ga., announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Ashton Leanna, to Gunner Hendrick Gowan. Gunner is the son of Justin H. “Bill” Gowan Jr. More...

BIRTH

Conrad Hall Minich, son of Josh and Katie Minich of Americus, was born Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, at Phoebe Sumter Regional Hospital in Americus, Ga. More...

REUNION

It’s time again for the relatives and friends of brothers Clayton and Wilson McMullen to meet again for another reunion. Everyone is invited to come and catch up on family news.  The family will meet Feb. 23 at 10 a.m. More...

Breaking News - 2/26/2013 3:23 PM

Reception at PCSG today  Free Access 

The community is invited to a reception for Dr. Murali Yelugapuri in the Primary Care Southwest Georgia lobby, across from the Methodist Church at 360 College Street, Tuesday, Feb. 26 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. More...

Breaking News - 2/26/2013 7:42 AM

GOT FLOOD PHOTOS?  Free Access 

Send to Early County News this morning!!!

Send your flood photos to the Early County News at ecnews@windstream.net or bring them by the office at 529 College Street. We will use them in the paper or post in flooding gallery at www.earlycountynews.com. More...

Breaking News - 2/25/2013 12:13 PM

ALERT: Early County Schools closing at 1 pm today!  Free Access 

The Code Red Alert system sent a message today at 12 noon that Early County Schools will close today at 1 pm due to the heavy rains! More...

Breaking News - 2/21/2013 4:16 PM

Justice Dept. unseals PCA indictments  Free Access 

The Justice Department announced today a 76-count indictment was unsealed Wednesday charging four former officials of the Peanut Corporation of America with numerous charges relating to salmonella-tainted peanuts and peanut products. Those indicted More...

ALERT: Mail delays!

As noted in last week’s Early County News, the Albany USPS Mail Distribution Center in Albany will close this weekend. The final day of operations at the facility will be Saturday, Feb. 23. More...

Beauty Pageant

Peanut Proud

Over   50 young ladies will be participating in the 4th annual Peanut Proud beauty pageant Saturday, Feb. 23 at ECHS Mangham Auditorium.  The Baby - Little Miss divisions will begin at 3 p.m. More...

Black History Month

The 9th annual Unsung Hero Banquet celebrating Black History Month will be held at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Blakely Civic Center on Rose Drive. The guest speaker will be Rev. Denise Freeman. More...

Community Calendar

HERE & THERE

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 20 CHAMBER of Commerce, noon, FUMC fellowship hall BIRTHDAYS: Cheri Harrell, Buddy Lord, Sammie Hattaway THURSDAY, FEB. More...

Editorials

Political Cartoon

Full Story

Celebrating 43

Other Voices

Monday was Presidents Day, and I’m sure you spent all of your day off celebrating the 43 men who have been served in the nation’s top office.  We’ve had our share of great presidents over the 224 years since George Washington s More...

LETTERS

Celebrating a classmate  Dear editor,  More...

Obituaries

Shewanna Upson

Birdsong employee

Shewanna Upson, 40, died Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan, Ala.  Miss Upson was born in Blakely April 4, 1972, to Annette Upson and Albert Reed. More...

Shirley McMullen

Lab technician

Shirley Ann Cook McMullen, 60, of Blakely died Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, at the Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan, Ala.  Mrs. More...

Buddy Cook

Self-employed

Earnest Michael “Buddy” Cook, 55, died Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, in Albany, Ga.  Mr. Cook was born in Blakely Feb. 21, 1957, to the late James Matthew “Mack” Cook and Vivla Ann Spence Cook. More...

Campus

Colleges sign star Bobcats

Bobcat quarterback Jacori Taylor signed with East Central Community College in Decatur, Miss., to play football Wednesday, Feb. 13. More...

Class superlatives named at SGA

SGA has selected class superlatives for the 2012-2013 school year. The student body and faculty voted on the selections.  More...

Bradford advances to state

Lanie Bradford, eighth grader at Southwest Georgia Academy, advanced to the state round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. This competition will be in Marietta, Ga., Feb. 22 and 23. More...