2023-07-05 E-Edition

ABAC completes transfer to Early Co. Schools

A facility that formerly served as Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College’s campus in Blakely was officially transferred to the Early County School System in a ceremony Wednesday held at the site located on Harold Ragan Drive. Officials from ABAC and Early County Schools were joined by University System of Georgia Chancellor Sonny Perdue and other state officials for the ceremony. “This […]

Calloway, Wiggins arrested in drug sting

On Thursday, June 29, 2023, following a months-long investigation into illegal drug sales, Blakely Police investigators, officers and Georgia State Troopers executed a search warrant at 103 Palmetto Avenue in Blakely. During the search, quantities of cocaine, oxycodone, MDMA (ecstasy), marijuana and currency were seized. Allen Calloway, 37, of Blakely was arrested at the scene and later taken to the […]

Several new state laws effective July 1

Several new laws went into effect July 1. Among those were bills affecting transgender care, anti gangs, Tik Tok, homelessness and time-off to vote. Senate Bill 140 bans most gender-affirming surgeries and hormone replacement therapies for transgender people under age 18. Puberty blockers could still be provided by physicians. Senate Bill 44 makes it a felony for gang members to […]

Disaster declared on Ga. peaches

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has declared 18 Georgia counties natural disaster areas due to damage to the state’s peach crop and other commodities caused by March freezes. The declaration will allow the USDA’s Farm Service Agency to extend emergency credit to Georgia farmers. “I’m grateful to USDA Secretary [Tom] Vilsack for recognizing the importance of delivering much-needed relief […]

Yard of the Month

The home of Duper Grobbin and her mother Rose Marie Murphy on South Main Street is July’s Yard of the Month. The black shutters and old wood siding of the historic home are set off by the manicured boxwood shrubs, green loropetalum and border grass. The bottom casing of the front windows is adorned with red, white and blue bunting […]

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Guitar, bass, banjo and dobro talent on display

“I had a unique, two-hour privilege on June 9,” stated Glynn Floyd. Stan’s Auto was the gathering place for bluegrass talent. This started a few sessions ago as a birthday celebration for Mr. Buddy Smith. The impromptu jam session was a collection of talent. Over 200 collective years of guitar and banjo pickin, dobro playing and bass pluckin’. The group […]

Soil health workshop for row crop producers

The Georgia Association of Conservation Districts (GACD) and the Flint River Soil and Water Conservation District are partnering to present a free informational workshop for local farmers to discuss how to implement soil health management systems on row crop operations. This workshop will discuss how producers can utilize soil health practices to increase profitability and productivity of row crop operations. […]