February 26, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

64th Annual Chamber Banquet

Pictured above with McDowell scholarship winner Brandrill Jera Brown from left are Mayor Anthony Howard, Sen. Dean Burke, Rep. Gerald Greene and Commission chair June Merritt. More...

Test-taking workshop

ECSS will host a Test Taking Workshop for parents Feb. 27 at 5:30 p.m. in the Early County Middle School Cafeteria. More...

Opening Day Rec raffle

Several lucky raffle ticket holders will win Yeti coolers March 15 during “Opening Day” activities of the Blakely- Early Co. Recreation youth baseball and recreation season.  First prize will be a 35 qt. More...

Hospital CEO Greg Havard headed to MS

Greg Havard, CEO of Pioneer Community Hospital of Early and Early Nursing Home, told the News this week he will be leaving for a position with a hospital in  Mississippi.  More...

Other News

House News

House passes FY 2015 budget

The snow and ice melted from Winter Storm Pax, and we returned to Capitol Hill Monday, Feb. More...

Chamber holds 64th annual banquet

Chase Brooks passed the chamber gavel to Melanie Brown at the Blakely-Early County Chamber of Commerce during its 64th annual banquet Friday night at the Blakely Town and Country Club.  Guest speaker at the banquet was Senator Dean Burke. More...

Georgia House approves timber security legislation

The Georgia House of Representatives has approved House Bill 790 on a 169-2 vote. This marks the first step to provide better recourse and recovery for owners of timberland in Georgia who are victims of timber theft and timber trespass. More...

Religion

Sunday School Lesson

God’s great assurance is Jesus

2 Samuel 7  More...

CHURCH NEWS

Pleasant Grove  Pleasant Grove African Methodist Episcopal Church will celebrate Men and Women Day Sunday, March 2. The speaker will be Rev. Mary Lizia Powell. Everyone is invited to attend. More...

Blakely Senior Center

310 Meadowbrook Drive

Daily Events March 3 — 10:30 - 11:30 - Rhythm band practice. Lunch: BBQ pork chop, blackeyed peas, greens, wheat roll, fresh fruit. March 4 — 9:30 - MOVIE DAY. More...

Society

Hamilton-Stinson

Ken and Tammy Hamilton of Cottonwood, Ala., are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Kaylee Danielle Hamilton, to Samuel Roy Stinson, son of Sterling and Susan Stinson of Colquitt, Ga.  More...

Wedding showers continue to break from tradition

Bridal showers are steeped in tradition, but today’s bridal showers continue to veer off the beaten path. Nowadays, bridal showers feature fun and games much like a party having nothing to do with a wedding. More...

— Scheduled Relay for Life Events —

Spaghetti Dinner  New Hope Baptist Church will have a spaghetti dinner Sunday, March 16 at noon. Plates can be ordered to go or may be eaten in the social hall. More...

County’s oldest turns 110

A host of longtime friends and family gathered in the Early Memorial Nursing Home activity room Feb. 10 to help Fannie Thornton celebrate her 110th birthday.  Born in 1904, Thornton moved to Early County in the early 1950s. More...

Mr. & Miss SGA

SGA seniors, and twin brother and sister, Addison and Davis Ponder have been chosen Mr. and Miss Southwest Georgia Academy. The outstanding students are the son and daughter of Karen and Ernest Ponder of Donalsonville.  More...

4-H/FFA Market Hog Show

Thirteen 4-H’ers competed in the annual 4- H/FFA Market Hog Show last week at the Early County Ag Center.  The Grand Champion winner was Luke Jester. Lee Cresswell was runner-up with the Reserve Champion. More...

Fort Gaines 200 Mardi Gras

The   “Fort Gaines 200” will host a fund raiser March 1 at 6 p.m. in Fort Gaines at the Frontier Village to benefit the 2016 Bicentennial. The event will be a Mardi Gras theme, including beverages, food and music entertainment.  More...

Community Calendar

HERE & THERE this WEEK

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 26 LIONS CLUB, noon, Blakely Town & Country Club ANNIVERSARY: Mr. & Mrs. Hunter Durham THURSDAY, FEB. 27 ROTARY CLUB, noon, Blakely Town & Country Club BIRTHDAYS: Pauline Adkins, David Darden, Halie LaDuke, William Bundy More...

Editorials

Other Voices

A chocolate expert

In this week’s issue, Time magazine, that fount of American journalistic might, has named the 13 most influential candy bars in the world. The magazine placed the Kit Kat bar at the top of its list.  More...

Political Cartoon

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Southern upbringing

When I was in elementary school, I can remember visiting my great- grandmother, Mama Sears, and telling her what I was studying in school and how I learned we were Homo Sapiens. She went ballistic. I might as well have called her a Yankee.  More...

Obituaries

Shirley Brawner

Nurse

Shirley Owen Brawner, 84, of Naples, Fla., died Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, in the Naples Community Hospital.  More...

Bud Davis Sr.

Retired

Wilmon “Bud” Donley Davis Sr., 93, of Polk City, Fla., died Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, of natural causes.  M r . Davis was born Nov. 20, 1920, in Early County, Ga., to the late Harvey and Reggie McKinnon Davis. More...

Campus

Students attend region science fair

Early County Middle School students competed last week at the 42nd Annual Darton State College Regional Science Fair.  Davia Allen won first place in the junior division with her project, “How Much Residue is Left on Washed Clothes by Six More...

SGA students to present annual Rock Show March 7

Southwest Georgia Academy students will present their annual rock show March 7 at 7 p.m. in the school gymnasium. The program features a broad spectrum of students from fourth grade up to the senior class.  More...

Parents offered test taking workshop

ECSS will host a test taking workshop for parents Thursday, Feb. 27, at 5:30 p.m. More...