December 18, 2013 RSS feed / Front Page

Smitty’s: A snapshot from our past

As the story goes, a man named Smith made his way across the Southeast starting up small grills — “Smitty’s Grills.” He would operate them a year or so then sell them and move on. He always sold the grills to couples.  More...

Other News

Senior Center crafts

All of the items in the Senior Center booth Saturday on Court Square are still available at the Senior Center at 310 Meadowbrook Dr. through Friday at 1 p.m. Call 723-8700 for more information. More...

Rylan kills first buck

Rylan Foster, nine-year-old son of Will Foster and Tracy and Michelle Pickle, killed his first buck Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, while hunting with his daddy on Foster land. The nine point had a rack that was 17 inches wide. More...

Holiday & DUI

During the holiday season, it’s easy to get swept up in the celebrations with friends and family. More...

Religion

Sunday School Lesson

Jesus is born in Bethlehem

Luke 2:1-20  More...

CHURCH NEWS

Harmony   Harmony Baptist Church, 49 Love St., will have Christmas Revival Wednesday, Dec. 18 to Sunday, Dec. 22 beginning at 7 p.m. nightly. The Sunday services will be at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Guest pastor is Dr. More...

Society

Ricketson-Brown

Dr. and Mrs. Rushton S. Ricketson Sr. of Cumming, Ga., announce the engagement of their daughter, Lyndsay Renea, to Mr. Robert Lowrey Brown of Atlanta, formerly of Leesburg, Ga.  More...

McIntyre crowned queen

Makenna McIntyre was crowned Queen Scheherazade Saturday, Nov. More...

ECES students enjoy a day out

Valerie Dunning and Helen Murray’s classes at Early County Elementary School had a wonderful day out Dec. 9. Students were treated to lunch and Christmas shopping. More...

City adopts 2013 budget, city truck routes; water, sewer and garbage rates increased

The Blakely City Council approved a proposed 2014 budget at their Dec. More...

Billy Ray Murkerson dies in tragic accident Monday

Still reeling from news last week of the untimely death of 41-year-old Thad Tiner and a fatal ambulance wreck, the community was shocked Monday by the accidental death of Billy Ray Mukerson.  More...

Fatal ambulance crash on Hwy 45

A Calhoun County woman was killed last week when a Miller County ambulance traveling southbound on Highway 45 between Arlington and Damascus overturned after colliding with a fertilizer spreader.  More...

Ragan-Martin named ECSS Superintendent

The   Early County School Board named Dr. Bronwyn Ragan-Martin as Early County School Superintendent at their Dec. 10 meeting.  More...

Community Calendar

HERE & THERE this WEEK

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 18  CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, noon, Alexander Building  BIRTHDAYS: Geta Poole, Ouida Fincher, Russell Fincher, Tonya Spence, Kelli Owen Nash  THURSDAY, DEC. 19  ROTARY CLUB, noon, Blakely Town & Country Club   More...

Blakely Senior Center

310 Meadowbrook Drive   Daily Events The Blakely Senior Center is closed December 23 through December 27 for the Christmas holidays. Anyone 60 and over is invited to join us for activities and/or lunch. One day notice is needed for lunch. More...

Editorials

Other Voices

No flying cars

When I was a kid, I loved watching “The Jetsons,” a cartoon about a family set in the space-age future.  George and Jane Jetson had a futuristic house where you pushed a button to make dinner, you stood on a moving sidewalk while rob More...

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Christmas past

The earliest Christmas gift I remember receiving is a stuffed chimpanzee. Santa brought him. He wore a yellow vest and red pants. I slept with him every night. He suffered many indignities as he kept me company through childhood illnesses. More...

Obituaries

Billy Ray Murkerson

Business Owner

Billy Ray Murkerson, 63, of Blakely, Ga., died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2013, as the result of an accident.  Mr. Murkerson was born June 26, 1950, in Early County, Ga., to the late Leon Murkerson and Cherrie Nobles Murkerson. More...

James Johnson

Retired

James Hobert Johnson, 82, of Blakely, Ga., died Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, at his residence.  Mr. Johnson was born Jan. 3, 1931, in Blakely, Ga., to the late Dennis Wade “Bull” Johnson and Katie Lovering Johnson. He was a retired U.S. More...

Bill Carnley

Retired

Bill Carnley, 86, of Blakely, Ga., died Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at Early Memorial Nursing Home.  Mr. Carnley was born March 22, 1927, in Barbour County, Ala., to the late Wesley Jenkins and Mattie Mae Wilkerson Carnley. More...

Campus

Early County Junior Varsity Boys

Pictured, kneeling, from left: Keshawn Beacham, Deon Upson, Jordan Holmes. Back row, from left, Darrell Summerset, D.J. Williams, Aaron Cannon, Greg Davis, K.D. More...

Early County Junior Varsity Girls

Pictured, from left, Tiara Kimble, Jada George, Tiarra Lindsey, Amyra Sparrow, Erica Wimberly, Hillary Cotton, Destiny Reed, Bianca Lindsey, Destiny George, Jessika Johnson, Aaliyah Pugh, Joy Brown a More...

COLLEGE NEWS

A total of 607 Darton State College students from summer and fall semester were eligible for the fall commencement ceremony Dec. 10 at the Cavalier Arena.  More...