December 17, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

Dr. Alex Howell retiring

Longtime local dentist, Dr. Alex Howell Jr., announced this week he will be retiring at the end of the year, after 41 years, noting “it’s time to stop being down in the mouth all day!” More...

— School Holidays —

Early County Schools will close for Christmas break Thursday, Dec. 18 at noon and reopen Tuesday, Jan. 6. Southwest Georgia Academy will close for Christmas break Friday, Dec. 19 and reopen Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015. More...

Library renovation closings

The Lucy Hilton Maddox Memorial Library will be closed several days during the final weeks of the year to complete renovations. Beginning at noon, Thursday, Dec. 18 the library will have limited access to the public. More...

Other News

‘A Christmas Village’ on display

The Columbia Historical Society presents “A Christmas Village” created by Dorothy and Jerry Tew. More...

SGA fourth graders tour historic Thomasville

Fourth graders at Southwest Georgia Academy took a field trip Thursday, Dec. 4 and Friday, Dec. 5 to explore historic Thomasville as part of their year- long study of Georgia. More...

Lee to lead East Coast operations for Wells Fargo

Opera was her first love, but Michelle Lee is singing a different tune these days. Lee, an executive vice president of Wells Fargo Bank, has been promoted to the top community bank executive position on the East Coast. More...

Religion

Glory to God in the highest

Luke 2:1-20 More...

CHURCH NEWS

First UMC The Blakely First United Methodist Church Kingdom Kids/Xtreme will present a Live Nativity tonight, Wednesday, Dec. 17 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. More...

THANKS

The family of Leonard Bridges would like to thank the community, family and friends for your acts of kindness to our family during this difficult time. Special thanks to Dr. Clifford and Hospice for your devotion and care of Leonard. More...

Agriculture

Nominations open for Outstanding Georgia Young Peanut Farmer Award

Nominations are now open for the Outstanding Georgia Young Peanut Farmer. The state winner will be announced at the Georgia Peanut Farm Show on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, in Tifton, Ga. The award is sponsored by the Georgia Peanut Commission and BASF. More...

Beware of holiday scams!

With the holidays a prime time for criminals to take advantage of generosity and trust, one security proponent at the University of Georgia is urging caution when providing personal information online or on the phone to avoid becoming the victim of a More...

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Heartfelt Christmas Greetings to All!

Santa Letters and Coloring Contest More...

Foiled armed robbery

Early County Sheriff’s deputies responded to an armed robbery at Security Finance in Station West Shopping Center last week. Authorities were informed by the caller that at approximately 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. More...

Live, outdoor Nativity

— TODAY — 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. First United Methodist Church

Everyone is invited to the reenactment of Jesus’ birth by the children of the church. More...

Parent University

Family Connections will sponsor a “Parent University” Thursday, Jan. 15 at the Early County Ag. Center. The Parent University will include workshops between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. More...

Community Calendar

HERE & THERE this WEEK

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 17 CHANUKAH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, noon, Alexander Building BIRTHDAYS: Andy Smith, Lance Brackin, Brooks Ingram, Max Millegan Davis ANNIVERSARY: Mr. & Mrs. Jason Williams THURSDAY, DEC. 18 More...

Editorials

Nothing from my college days should be classic

My love of old, classic movies started young. When I was 9 or 10, my mother let me watch “The Birds” on TV, which started a fascination with Alfred Hitchcock movies. More...

The crooked-legged elf

While I was searching for the last remnants of holiday décor, I came across the glass figurines. The cheap little glass shapes are in sad shape, as are most things fragile in my care. There are several versions of Santa and a couple of elves. More...

Political Cartoon

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Obituaries

Hazel Grier

Retired

Hazel Jones Grier, 86, of Bluffton, Ga., died Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, at Fort Gaines Health and Rehabilitation in Fort Gaines, Ga. More...

Frances Alford

Georgia Frances Alford, 77, of Luverne, Ala., and a former resident of Blakely, Ga., died Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014. More...

Al Krack Jr.

Retired

Alvin John Krack Jr., 78, of Blakely, Ga., died Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, at Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan, Ala. More...

Society

Williams retires from BSC

After 14 years as an adult education instructor, Sam Williams retired Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. During those 14 years, he has helped countless people earn their GED credential and reach their goal of improving their literacy levels. More...

Mrs.Pitts turns 85

Mrs. Pearl Pitts will celebrate her 85th birthday Thursday, Dec. 18, with her children, Thelma, Jeannette, Tyrone and Sister. More...

Cleveland medical fund established

Tim Cleveland of Blakely has been diagnosed with esophagus cancer and must undergo several rounds of radiation and chemo treatment. Family and friends have set up an account at First State Bank of Blakely for his medical expenses. More...