2018-05-16 / Front Page


A groundbreaking ceremony for the City of Blakely’s new Fire Station and Governmental Complex on Magnolia Street was held Monday morning.

Congressman Sanford Bishop and Representative Gerald Green joined Mayor Anthony Howard, County Commission Chairperson June Merritt and Chamber President Celia Bostwick on the program.

“This groundbreaking marks a significant milestone for the City of Blakely and Early County,” Mayor Howard stated. “We’re also here today to recognize our first responders...thank you for all you do.”

“This building will show our commitment to the improving the quality of life for our citizens,” he stated. “It shows our community is alive and well and is a shining star in Southwest Georgia.”

“Built to withstand most disasters, it will serve as the emergency operations center, housing as many as 45 first responders and provide capacity for the E911 center to expand to cover additional areas.”

The 12,000 sq. ft. will equally serve fire, E911 and law enforcement.

PDC Construction of Bainbridge was awarded the contract for the construction with a low bid of $2,783,000.

The complex, designed to serve the community for 40 to 50 years or longer, will primarily be funded with a low interest USDA rural facilities loan.

“This is an example of what can happen when communities and counties work together,” Congressman Bishop stated during his remarks.

He also noted the important role the USDA plays in supporting rural areas of the country.

“You are a city I am proud to represent,” Rep. Gerald Greene stated. “The city and county are always working together looking for projects that benefit the people of this area.”

He thanked Congressman

Bishop, stating, “We need him in Congress because he listens to the people of Southwest Georgia and he works well with us.”

Following the ceremony, which was held in the firehouse, the crowd retreated outside for the ceremonial groundbreaking with gold shovels and hardhats.

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