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STATE OF EMERGENCY:

By Billy | July 05, 2022

A Declaration of Local Emergency has been declared in the City of Blakely until further notice. Residents are ordered to be off city streets by midnight and businesses are ordered to stop serving alcohol by 11:00 p.m. Exceptions are allowed in the cases of people returning directly home or to work, or those engaging in interstate or intrastate travel through […]

Palmetto Avenue shooting suspects arrested

By Billy | July 05, 2022

Jadrian Sol and Christian Gray were taken into custody on Thursday morning in Fulton County, Georgia. Sol and Gray were wanted in connection with the May 31st shooting on Palmetto Avenue that injured three people. The Blakely Police Department greatly appreciates the assistance of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the efforts of the United States Marshals Service Southeast Regional […]

WANTED: Aggravated Assault

By Billy | July 05, 2022

Derry Battle, 24, is wanted for two counts of aggravated assault in connection with the June 8th shooting on Mulberry Ave. in Blakely. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the City of Blakely Police Department at (229)723-3414, or your nearest law enforcement agency.

Kemp extends gas tax suspension

By Billy | July 05, 2022

Gov. Brian Kemp on Friday extended Georgia’s gas tax holiday through August 13. The General Assembly suspended the fuel tax in March as inflation began raising pump prices above $4 a gallon. Kemp extended that break in May and again on Friday. The state gas tax is around 29 cents per gallon. Kemp also suspended the state sales tax on […]

WTVY broadcasts from the Court Square at first stop on the NEWS 4 Hometown Tour

By Billy | July 05, 2022

The Early County Court Square was bustling on Friday, July, 1, 2022, as satellite trucks, vans of equipment and the most recognizable faces of WTVY NEWS4 brought their studio to Blakely. Throughout the afternoon, anchors Taylor Pollock and Carmen Fuentes (pictured bottom right) were live from a portable studio set up in front of the Blakely Theater. Locals who made […]

Independence Day celebration

By Billy | July 05, 2022

National Headlines

By Billy | July 05, 2022

IT’S BEEN A YEAR…

By Billy | July 05, 2022

It’s hard to believe, but it has been one year ago this week that Brad Hughes became owner, editor and publisher of the Early County News, and Julie Jarrett became the general manager. You, dear readers, have welcomed us with open arms. In the 52 weeks we have brought you the NEWS, we have worked to keep the things you […]

County commissioners approve budget with 5% raises, make appointments

By Billy | July 05, 2022

During the month of June 2022, the Early County Board of Commissioners held a regular monthly meeting, as well as a series of budget hearings. In the regularly scheduled meeting held on June 6, 2022, the commissioners appointed Dr. Chase Brooks to serve the unexpired term of Ray Enfinger on the Blakely-Early County Recreation Board. The term will expire at […]

Make a little time to remember

By Billy | July 05, 2022

My family and friends have had many laughs about the time Johnny Dixon, longtime local electrician and plumber, ran into a lady in the store who he had not seen in a while. Surprised to run into her after so long, he said, “I’m glad to see you! I thought you died!” She did not think it was as funny […]