December 13, 2017 RSS feed / Front Page

2018 proposed Budget

The City of Blakely is proposing adopting a General Fund budget with expenses totaling $4,732,100.General Fund revenues are estimated at $2,273,800. More...

Schools out Friday for Christmas

Early   County School System and Southwest Georgia Academy students will get out of school early Friday.  The students will be out of school for the Christmas break until they return to class Thursday, Jan. 4   More...

State names “at risk” schools

A list of 104 Georgia elementary, middle and high schools in the bottom five percent of the state at risk of facing state intervention was recently released by the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement.  More...

Christmas Concert

The   Early County High Beginning and Advanced Choruses will be presenting their Christmas Concert Thursday Dec. 14 at 6:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church. The public is invited to attend, no admission charge.   More...

Other News

HERE & THERE this WEEK

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 13  LIONS Club, noon, Blakely Town & Country Club  LEGAL Aid, Lucy Hilton Maddox Memorial Library, 9:30 a.m.  BIRTHDAYS: Heather Warfield, Patsy Bundy, Hilton Craft, Wes Fincher  THURSDAY, Dec. More...

Scenes from Christmas on the Square

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AASB honors James Harris as 2017 All-State School Board Member

The Alabama Association of School Boards honored Ozark City Schools Board Member James Harris as one of its 2017 All- State School Board members during the association’s annual convention. More...

Religion

Faith to persevere against opposition

Sunday School Lesson

Acts 14  More...

CHURCH NEWS

Jerusalem African Methodist Episcopal Church will have their Happy Birthday Jesus program Saturday, Dec. 16 at 4 p.m. Rev. David Hamm will be the preacher. Everyone is invited to attend. Saint John  More...

Council appoints City Marshal, prepares to adopt 2018 budget

The Blakely City Council held their final regular council meeting Dec. More...

Nine injured in two wrecks

Three people were injured this past week when their vehicle left the road at a high rate of speed, struck a tree and overturned multiple times.  More...

FREE Backpacks

Backpacks of Hope, sponsored by the Georgia Baptist Association, is offering free backpacks to children ages 2-14. Backpacks will be presented between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the following locations: Dec. More...

Vogtle will impact cusomers

(Publisher’s note: News pertaining to the construction of Plant Vogtle Units 3 & 4 is important to all electrical customers in Southwest Georgia. More...

MLK Day parade

Plans are underway for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade on Monday, Jan. 15.  Anyone interested in participating in the parade should contact Richie Smith at 732-7222. All entries need to be turned in by Jan. 10.   More...

Editorials

The jolly ol’ elf

Other Voices

(Publisher’s Note: This column first appeared in this paper Dec. 21, 2016, edition of this paper.) I was granted an exclusive interview last week with the jolly ol’ elf himself, Santa Claus. More...

Political Cartoon

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It’s fruitcake season

All That’s Fit to Print

I have a friend who probably cheered when he saw the first storebought fruitcake in the grocery store. We never had those growing up. More...

Obituaries

Max Holman

Retired

Mr. Max Milligan Holman Sr., 91, of Damascus-Hilton Rd., Blakely, Ga., passed away Saturday night, Dec. 9, 2017, at Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan, Ala.  More...

Willie James

Retired

Willie F. James, 65, of Blakely, Ga., passed away Nov. 29, 2017.  Mr. James was born June 26, 1952, to the late Lonnie James Sr. and Vallie James.  Mr. More...

Muriel Foster

Homemaker

Muriel “Sister” Hall Foster, 83, Flea Hop Road, Bluffton, Ga., passed away at her residence Wednesday af ternoon, Nov. 29, 2017, after a lengthy illness. Mrs. Foster was born Feb. More...