2018-12-05 / Editorials

Horse racing and fireworks at the fair

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Dec. 3, 2008

DECEMBER 6 marks the 15th annual Holidays on the Square. The weekend will begin Friday night with Moonlight Madness.

AN AGREEMENT between Early County and the City of Blakely to continue fire protection services in the county was approved at Monday night’s county commission meeting.

CAMERATA will open the Christmas season with a joyous musical celebration Dec. 8 at First United Methodist Church.


Dec. 2, 1993

EARLY Memorial announced this week that Dr. Michael Clifford has been recruited to join Dr. David Hargett and Dr. Victor Liszka in their practice at Early Medical Center on Columbia Highway.

THE CLOCK bell in the dome of the Early County Courthouse began ringing again after an unknown number of years. The clock was installed during construction of the courthouse and the original shipping box is still in the dome. Originally the clock had to be wound once a week and had a chain which hung down inside the wall of the Tax Commissioner’s office.

SGA earned a shot at the GISA State Title with a 20-7 win over Briarwood. Early County’s season ended at 10-2 after being upset 14-13 by Houston County.


Dec. 5, 1968

TWO high awards for heroism in Vietnam, the Bronze Star Medal and the Soldier’s Medal, have been received by Army Sergeant Pompie Conley, son of Murphy Conley, of Blakely.

RHONDA Waller, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Luther J. Waller, has been named one of six national winners in the 4-H Food Preservation program.

SANTA Claus will arrive by fire truck Saturday and will be at the old Police Booth on the square until 5 p.m. with free gifts for the children.

SERGEANT Rodney P. Williams received the Bronze Star medal while serving with the 3rd Brigade 82nd Airborne Division in Vietnam.


Dec. 2, 1943

MRS. EMMA Pippin Hutchins, 67, widow of William C. Hutchins, died at a Dothan hospital Thursday of last week. Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at her home on Fort Gaines Street.

THE WALL Clinic has been approved for service in the Emergency Maternity and Infant Care Program of the Georgia Department of Public Health.

RAMSEY Renfroe Jr., accompanied by his little sisters, Carroll and Runette, of Leesburg, visited their grandmother, Mrs. R.W. Davis, the past weekend.


Nov. 28 , 1918

THE THIRD Annual Early County Fair will be held next Tuesday through Saturday. Blakely will be host to thousands of visitors. The horse racing will surpass anything yet seen on the splendid fair race track. The fireworks display for three nights will be something new to the populace.

MONDAY’S papers carried the names of 100 enlisted men who lost their lives in the sinking of the transport ship Otranto in collision with the steamer Krashmir in British waters on Oct. 6. Among them was the name of an Early County volunteer, Private Alba L. Roberts, of Cedar Springs.

THE BLAKELY public schools were closed down last Friday, considering that there were still a few cases of influenza in Blakely. The schools will remain closed until after the Christmas holidays.


Nov. 30, 1893

A BLIZZARD straight from the frozen regions stopped over in Blakely last Friday and Saturday.

MR. AND MRS. J.C. Chancy have returned from the Exposition in Augusta.

CAPT. E. Hilton, of the Station, was in town Saturday.

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