January 22, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

Greene named vice chair of Ec. Dev. and Tourism

State Representative Gerald Greene has been named vice chairman of the Economic Development and Tourism Committee.  “I am deeply humbled by the committee’s belief in me to serve in this capacity,” said Rep. Greene. More...

Spelling Bee

— Winners —

The Scripps National Spelling Bee was held at Early County Middle School Thursday, Jan. 16 with students in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades competing. More...

Habitat for Humanity 2014 home

The   Blakely-Early County Habitat for Humanity has approved the Jonathan Hilton family to receive a new home to be built in 2014. More...

Young Farmers auction

The   Early County Young Farmers will hold an auction Tuesday, Jan. 28 to raise funds for the chapter’s activities and fund the annual Young Farmers’ scholarship.  The auction will begin at 6 p.m. More...

Rec ball registration underway

Registration is now undeway for youth baseball, softball and tee-ball. The deadline for registration is Feb. 7. Opening day will be March 15. See page 9A for details  Registration fee for all leagues is $35.00. More...

Other News

MLK Day Parade

See more photos in “Photo Galleries” at www.earlycountynews.com.   More...

GeorgiaInfo, state’s online almanac, launches redesigned website

GeorgiaInfo, the state’s online almanac based at the University of Georgia, is launching a redesigned website Jan. 21.  More...

Health district confirms first flu-related death

A Dougherty County adult became Southwest Public Health District’s first flu fatality for the 2013- 2014 flu season, health officials confirmed today. The Georgia Department of Health has confirmed more than 20 flu fatalities statewide.  More...

Religion

Sunday School Lesson

Show compassion for the poor

Luke 16:19-31  More...

CHURCH NEWS

Zion Watch  Zion Watch African Methodist Episcopal Church will celebrate Men and Women’s Day Sunday, Jan. 26 during the morning worship service, starting at 11:15 a.m. Sunday school begins at 10 a.m. Everyone is invited to attend. More...

THANKS

With Grateful Hearts Our family wishes to humbly and gratefully thank those from Search and Rescue, those who stood and prayed with us as we waited for word, all that sent pictures of Matthew, and those who put them together in collages for display i More...

Society

Cooper-Williams

The parents of Melissa Caitlin Cooper and Russell Thomas Williams proudly announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their children.  More...

Arnold-Smithart

Celester Arnold and the late W. Roy Arnold of Blakely announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Lauren Ruth Arnold, to Jeremy Lee Smithart of Cordele, Ga. Mr. More...

BIRTHS

Anna Lee Patterson

Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell Patterson of Perry, Ga., announce the birth of a baby girl, Anna Lee Patterson, born Jan. 5, 2014. She weighed 8 pounds, 1 ounce and was 21 inches long. She was welcomed home by her big brother, J.B.  More...

Breaking News - 1/28/2014 11:19 AM

Early Co. EMA Weather Alert  Free Access 

We are tracking the severe winter weather that will be arriving in Early County later today. We have just completed a briefing with the National Weather Service in Tallahassee. More...

Breaking News - 1/28/2014 10:00 AM

Alert: School closing notice!  Free Access 

Early County schools will close today (Tuesday) at 1 p.m. and remain closed Wednesday due to the winter storm moving into Southwest Georgia. More...

Carter to speak at BSC

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter is scheduled to speak at Bainbridge State College Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Charles H. More...

Rotary raffle benefits SWG food pantries

Blakely Rotary Club’s recent raffle will be benefiting food banks in Southwest Georgia after raffle winner Peggy Jaye, Georgia Pacific Public Affairs Manager, donated the $500 gift certificate to Wiregrass Area Food Bank.  More...

Looking Back... a review of last year’s news stories

Looking Back Part 3...  July  Robert Chester was installed as president of the Blakely Rotary Club during the club’s luncheon meeting Thursday, June 27 at the Blakely Town and Country Club.  More...

Hoop Club meeting

The   Bobcat Hoop Club will meet Monday, Jan. 27 at 5:30 p.m. at the new gym. All members and those interested in becoming a part of the club are invited to attend.   More...

Community Calendar

HERE & THERE this WEEK

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 22  LIONS CLUB, noon, Blakely Town & Country Club  BIRTHDAY: Holley Durham  THURSDAY, JAN. 23  ROTARY CLUB, noon, Blakely Town & Country Club  BIRTHDAY: Ashley Roland  FRIDAY, JAN. 24   More...

Editorials

Other Voices

GPS in my car is better than Boeing’s

A Southwest Airlines airplane landed safely at a Missouri airport last week, which really shouldn’t be big news. But it was. Because it landed safely at the wrong airport.  More...

Political Cartoon

Full Story

Mumbles

I still like cold weather

More cold weather is headed our way with temperatures predicted to dip below freezing every morning through the weekend.  With temperatures predicted to plunge to the mid teens recently, Holden was helping me with some last minute “winteri More...

Obituaries

Dick Alexander

Retired

William Richard “Dick” Alexander Jr., 98, of Athens, Ga., died Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014.  Mr. Alexander was born April 11, 1915, in Blakely, Ga., to the late William Richard Alexander Sr. and Nora Clinkscales Alexander  More...

Tommy Smith

Tax Accountant

Mrs. Tommy Fulton Smith, 86, of Jakin, Ga., passed away Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, at her residence.  Her funeral will be held today, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, at 1 p.m. at First United Methodist Church with Dr. John McGowan officiating.  More...

Campus

ECHS students participate in Walk Georgia

How many miles have you walked lately? Well, for five teams at Early County High School, they have logged in quite a few. More...

Bobcats play in all-star game

Two Bobcats played in the Georgia-Florida “War of the Border” All- Star football game Friday night in Moultrie. More...

Early County 4-H organizing ‘Shooting Sports’

The Early County 4-H Club is gearing up to organize a Shooting Sports program. With great interest and a very generous donation designated by Mr. and Mrs. More...