2018-01-17 / Front Page

In the archives!

A glance back at stories from the past year!


Teresa Mitchell was named a new assistant principal at ECHS, joining assistant principal Jay Winkler. Coach Craig Storey was named athletic director.

The Blakely Mass Choir was named Traditional Choir of the Year during the 9th Annual Rhythm of Gospel Awards Show in Jacksonville. They also received an award for the top Traditional Song of the Year — “I’ve Got To Tell It.”

Eight people were injured in another wreck at the U.S. 27 and Hwy. 62 Bypass intersection.

The Healthcare Georgia Foundation has awarded Horizons Community Solutions a $70,500 grant to develop and implement a community health improvement plan in Early County.

Matt Bruner, former Kolomoki State Park manager, was named Region 3 manager for its Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites Division.


That nobody was in the path of a speeding car when it came down North Main Street and flew onto Court Square was remarkable! The driver, 26- year-old Michael Chad Pigan of Columbus, Ga., was running from Georgia State Troopers when he crashed on the Early County Courthouse lawn.

The City of Bluffton issued a proclamation May 1 to name the Bluffton city park the Weston C. Lee Veterans Memorial Park, in honor of 1Lt. Weston C. Lee.

The Washington High Alumni Association banquet and dance was held at the Clarion Inn and Suites in Dothan.

Addie Kenney Mallory returned to her Blakely home to celebrate her 105th birthday with family and friends.

The moon traveled between the earth and the sun Aug. 21 causing a solar eclipse across the nation from Oregon to Helen in Northwest Georgia. Most of the state experienced a partial solar eclipse.

The Bobcats were ready to kick off the 2017 football season Aug. 25 with Eufaula at Standifer Field under new head coach Joel Harvin.

An investigation into the murder of two women in Albany led to the arrest of 51-year-old Blakely native Arelious Haynes Jr. in West Point, Ga.

Pataula Charter Academy held an open house and ribbon cutting for their new school facilities in Edison.

ECHS honored U.S. Army 1Lt. Weston C. Lee of Bluffton in a pregame ceremony Friday night at Standifer Field.

The Nov. 7 nonpartisan municipal elections in Blakely, Arlington and Damascus are set following last week’s qualifying.

Angie Wilson has been named the Friends of Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites volunteer of the year! Angie accepted the statewide award at Jekyll Island during the recent annual Friends Conference.


Early County Schools and Southwest Georgia Academy were closed Sep. 10 due to severe weather because of Hurricane Irma.

With $4.77 million of a $13.32 million loan outstanding, the SGRITA board of directors adopted a resolution authorizing the public sale of the broadband system for the purpose of satisfying the USDA/RUS Broadband Initiatives Program debt.

The Bobcats battled the Seminole County Indians to a 20-20 tie, making it two straight after fighting to a 7-7 tie last season.

Two Blakely citizens, Marcus Lee, 20, and Ciera Monique James, 21, were killed in a rollover wreck on Highway 39 north of Blakely.

The Early County Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution revising the boundaries of the county’s voting precincts.

With the adoption of the resolution, precincts Hilton, Jakin and Cedar Springs will now be known as Cedar Springs; precincts Colomokee, Freeman and Urquhart will now be known as Urquhart; precincts Lucile and Cuba will be know as Cuba; precincts Damascus and Arlington will now be know as Arlington; and the precinct Blakely will remain Blakely.

Cadet Jarod Isaiah Stuart has completed Cadet Basic Training at the U.S. Military Academy. Cadet Stuart is the son of Robin and Lindy Stuart of Huntsville, Ala. and the grandson of Roy and Ileen Stuart of Arlington.

Homecoming activities included special recognition of Early County High alumni Col. Shawn Harris, a 1985 ECHS graduate.

Holley Temples, 17-year-old daughter of David and Pam Temples, was crowned 2017 Early County High Homecoming Queen during Friday night’s homecoming activities.

An Albany youth, Marion Antonio Hudson, 14, was killed when he lost control of the vehicle he was driving on Radney Road near Damascus.

The Chamber of Commerce held ribbon-cutting ceremonies for Village Pizza and SWGA Risk Management, both celebrating new locations.

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