March 5, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

— Will third time be the charm? —

Davia Allen is heading back to state spelling bee

Early County Spelling Bee winner Davia Allen, a sixth grader at Early County Middle School, won first place at the Regional Spelling Bee in Moultrie Saturday.  There were 17 contestants representing school districts across southwest Georgia in S 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...

Other News

Ground broken for Mike’s Pharmacy

Mike Pitzing, owner of Mike’s Pharmacy in Dothan and Abbeville, broke ground Tuesday, March 4 on a new Mike’s Pharmacy located on Highway 62 West in Blakely. More...

Relay for Life

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.  The cost is $6, and includes spaghetti, salad, bread, dessert and drink. More...

Gopher Tortoise workshop at Kolomoki

Helping Hands for Wildlife: Gopher Tortoise Workshop will be Friday, March 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Kolomoki Mounds State Park in Blakely.  Find out how you can help a declining species: the Gopher Tortoise. More...

Religion

Sunday School Lesson

Jesus still takes away man’s sin

Psalm 89:35-37; Isaiah 9:1-7; Matthew 1:18-2:6; Luke 1:26-33  More...

CHURCH NEWS

Harmony  Harmony Baptist Church will have revival services Wednesday, March 5 through Sunday, March 9 with Dr. Richard Hughes of Cordele, Ga. Services will begin at 7 p.m. nightly and the Sunday services will be at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. More...

THANKS

The family of Lillie Bell Wright wishes to thank everyone for their prayers, thoughts and concerns as well as the food, cards, flowers and monetary donations given at the time of her passing. The Wright Family   More...

Society

Pitts-Jones

Mr. and Mrs. More...

Bodrey-Cobb

Jennifer Rebecca Bodrey and Michael Alec Cobb are proud to announce their engagement.  Miss Bodrey is the daughter of Michael and Jennifer Adcock of Lutherville, Ga., and the late Charles Kevin Bodrey. Her grandparents are G.J. More...

Pawsfest back for seventh year

Back for the seventh year, Pawsfest 2014 will be Saturday, March 29 on the square in beautiful downtown Headland, Ala., from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy pet pageants, pet parades, contests, demonstrations, games, activities, music and vendors.  More...

Qualifying underway

Qualifying is underway for Georgia’s May 20 primary. More...

Violent armed robbery suspects plead guilty

The News has learned that Milas Antwon Grant III and Throne Thomes Smiley, arrested and charged last June in connection with armed robbery of almost a dozen convenience stores, including one in Damascus and another in Cedar Springs, have both plead g More...

Blakely among safest cities in Georgia

The City of Blakely has been named to a list of 50 safest cities in Georgia with populations of 5,000 or more based on 2012 crime data.  SafeWise, an online safety resource site with a mission to help make homes and communities safe, came up wit More...

Peanut Proud

Beauty Pageant

Approximately   40 young ladies will be participating in the 5th annual Peanut Proud beauty pageant Sunday, March 9 at ECHS Mangham Auditorium.  The Baby Miss through Petite Miss divisions will begin at 2 p.m. More...

Community Calendar

HERE & THERE this WEEK

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5  FAMILY Connection Collaborative, noon, Family Learning Resource Center  BIRTHDAYS: Wayne Foster, Trenton Price  ANNIVERSARY: Mr. & Mrs. More...

Blakely Senior Center

310 Meadowbrook Drive

Daily Events March 10 — 10:15 - 11:00 - Rhythm band at Nursing Home. Lunch: Baked chicken, English pea salad, Harvard beets, wheat roll, fresh fruit. March 11 — 10:15 - 11:00 - MOVIE DAY. 11:00 -  More...

Editorials

Other Voices

When life in the fast lane isn’t fast

A member of the Georgia General Assembly has introduced a bill that I fully support, which is strange because legislators usually just introduce bills that make me mad.  The bill, sponsored by Rep. More...

All That’s Fit to Print

A spoonful of sugar

In 1964, children lined up all over the country to receive the polio vaccine. I remember being in one of those lines and discovering with delight that, instead of a shot needle, I would get a lump of sugar. More...

Political Cartoon

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Obituaries

Lillie Bell Wright

Homemaker

Lillie Bell Wright, 72, of Blakely, Ga., died Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, at Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan, Ala.  More...

Grady Kidd

Retired

Grady Steven Kidd, 68, of Blakely, Ga., died Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, at his residence.  More...

Grace Bearden

Teacher

Grace Gordy Bearden was called home from this earthly life on Feb. 27, 2014, after suffering from a short but serious illness.  More...

Campus

LEO, FEA members at ECHS recognized at annual banquet

The Early County LEO Club and the ECHS Future Educators Association held their annual recognition banquet Feb. 13, 2014, at Southside Baptist Church fellowship hall. More...

Benefit rodeo day held at Southwest Georgia Academy

Southwest Georgia Academy students were entertained Tuesday, Feb. 25 by a mini-rodeo exhibition. This show, held on the football field, climaxed two weeks of fundraising for the Kevin Hatcher family of Leary. More...

Still competes in Ms. ABAC

Jesse Still, a student at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, competed for the title of Ms. ABAC at the 45th annual pageant Feb. More...