The year in review

by | December 31, 2008 12:00 am

Jan. 2, 2008

The Dellwood Volunteer Fire Department received a $10,000 check from Mrs. Tot Free for a new quick response truck through the Foundation’s Operation Roundup Program.

Bond was set for Edgar Thomas, the man accused of killing Chico Washington, for $100,000 cash or $200,000 property value.

The Drake family— Donna and Billy Joe Drake of Swainsboro— will be featured on an episode of “Supernanny” today, Wednesday, Jan. 2 at 9 p.m. on ABC Television Network.

Jan. 9, 2008

The new East Georgia College Entrance is now open. The new entrance road is located off of Lamb’s Bridge Rd., inside the Pathway Rural Technology Park Corridor.

At the first meeting of 2008, three Swainsboro City Council members were given the oath of office by Middle Judicial Circuit Judge Kathy Palmer. Being sworn in were Cleve Edenfield, Sandra Stroud and John E. Parker.

Jan. 16, 2008

Emanuel County Relay for Life will hold a kick off celebration Tuesday, Feb. 5 at the Cadle Barn at 6:30 p.m. This year’s Relay for Life event will be held April 18 and 19 at Tiger Field.

Donald Jenkins has been chosen to be the 2008 Grand Marshall for the annual Martin Luther King Day Parade on Monday Jan. 21 at 1 p.m. in downtown Swainsboro. Jenkins, a native of Emanuel County, has worked in the Emanuel County School System for 33 years as an elementary teacher and high school adminstrator.

Jan. 23, 2008

Starting Feb. 4, Cindy Schmidt will head a support group for people in Adrian and surrounding areas who are struggling with addiction and are ready for a new way of life. Schmidt says the group will focus primarily on group discussion of struggling with addiction and different ways to overcome it.

Anthony Faris was recently hired as the new director of the Swainsboro Downtown Development Authority.

Jan. 30, 2008

Beginning this week the City of Swainsboro will be focusing more attention on the growing problem of liter in the community. It is estimated by city officials that litter clean-up and the removal of abandoned items along our streets will cost taxpayers more than $85,000 yearly. Over 1,467,000 pounds of discarded objects and litter were removed from Swainsboro’s streets in 2007.

Neil Kalmanson of Swainsboro recently recieved the Georgia Association of Museams and Galleries Lifetime Achievement Award during their annual conference in Columbus.

Feb. 6, 2008

East Georgia College and the East Georgia College Foundation have announced a gift from Mr. and Mrs. A. D. “Pete” Correll for the construction of a Community Learning Center in memory of Ada Lee’s mother, Mrs. Sudie A. Fulford. It will be called the Sudie A. Fulford Community Learning Center.

Danny Wayne Faircloth of Faircloth Welding and Fabrication was awarded the Large Business of the Year award at the Swainsboro-Emanuel County Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet.

Mayor Charles Schwabe was awarded the Person of the Year award at the annual Swainsoro-Emanuel County Chamber of Commerce Banquet.

Feb. 13, 2008

Eight suspects have been arrested and charged in three major thefts in Emanuel County. These suspects are Brannon Sisk, James Faircloth III, Mary Faircloth, James Roberts, Jeremy Fields, Russell Taylor, Wiliam Newsome, and Robert Hopkins. Sisk for the theft of a 2005 Chevy 2500 pickup from Daniels Southside Auto Sales. J. Faircloth, M. Faircloth, and Roberts for stealing scrap metal from an Emanuel County residence. Fields, Taylor, Newsome, and Hopkins for the theft of several thousand dollars worth of stainless steel.

The construction of the new Emanuel County Solid Waste Transfer Station has been completed. One year ago the Georgia Enviromental Protection Division forced the Emanuel County Board of Commissioners to build a new Transfer Station that would handle the disposal of solid waste using operating guidelines set forth by EPD.

Feb. 20, 2008

Andy Mandell has walked a lot. He had clocked over 9,070 miles when he reached Swainsboro. He left East Milton, Florida in January 2002 and arrived in Kite on Valentine’s Day 2008. He is on a mission to promote diabetes awareness to everyone he meets.

At its meeting Monday, Emanuel County Commissioners discussed Swainsboro City Council’s request to annex (road only) a portion of Tiger Trail in order to control traffic in the area. This was met with apprehension due to the fact that that may hinder the county’s ability to recieve money for funding for maintenance. They finally proposed to draft a letter to the City of Swainsboro suggesting a lowered speed limit and requesting Georgia State Patrol to monitor the area.

Feb. 27, 2008

Representatives from the Emanuel County School System, Coffee County School System and Georgia Tech met at East Georgia College to discuss the Robotics Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Project, initiated and funded by the Georgia Rural Economic Development Center (GREDC) at East Georgia College.

A Lunar Eclipse graced our presence between the hours of 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. on Feb. 20. Visability was magnificiant due to clear skies.

March 5, 2008

Instructors at Swainsboro Technical College have nominated seven of their students for the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL). These students are Della Holt, Melany Kersey, Anthony Fulmer, Tiffany Brown, Pamela McNeal, Audrey Perkins, and Harriet Page. GOAL honors excellence in academics and leadership among the state’s technical college students.

The Director of Downtown Development, Anthony Faris, approached City Council at its meeting to propose “spring cleaning” events for the city. This stems from a survey the Downtown Development Authority conducted that indicated that downtown businesses were most concerned with the disposal of trash within city limits.

March 12, 2008

Three suspects have been arrested and charged in three major thefts in Emanuel County. The three suspects are Harry Dunlap, Ricardo Gillis, and Dean Black III. Multiple checks were forged by Dunlap and around $20,000 in stolen goods were recovered by Investigators.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently awarded more than $2 million in Recreational Trails Program grants to 17 government agencies. The grants will assist with the construction and maintence of trails and trailheads. The City of Swainsboro was selected to receive $100,000 for the nature park on West Main St. and Kite Rd.

Porter Edwards received a surprise birthday party for his 101st birthday. He is one of the oldest living people in Emanuel County.

March 19, 2008

Beginning around 5:20 a.m. on Tuesday, March 11, authorities began rounding up drug dealers in Emanuel County. Through the day they arrested and charged 31 suspects. This is spurred from an extensive undercover operation in the area.

At 5:39 a.m. on Thursday, March 13, Georgia State Patrol Trooper Benjamin Forehand of Swainsboro was involved in a one-car accident while traveling South on GA 4 outside of Oak Park.

March 26, 2008

Swainsboro Police arrested Thomas Frady Saturday after a seven hour search. He was charged with the burglary of DM&N Trucking. Also arrested was Benjamin Rogers after the police were notified of a break-in at Title-Max on South Main St. When they arrived they saw him fleeing and chased him to the woods behind the Harvey’s Supermarket.

While fleeing police, Starsky Johnson lost control of his vehicle and crashed into some trees near Daniels Chevrolet. His passenger, Tonya Bostic, was killed in the accident.

A community-wide cleanup was held Saturday, March 22. Local officials, students and residents helped make our city a more beautiful pace to call home.

April 2, 2008

The Swainsboro Police Department arrested two people. They arrested David Doyle for the aggravated child molestation on a 13-year old female relative. Also, they arrested William Mcgee for the theft of $200 from the Bradford Inn.

Leonard Dillard was charged with the 2003 Murder of Verdell Moore. He was officially served with the warrant on Friday, March 31, 2008.

The 63rd Annual Pine Tree Festival pagents will be held Saturday, April 26, 2008 at the Swainsboro/Emanuel County Auditorium.

April 9, 2008

Rodney Worthen was tracked to his home on Gumlog Rd. by the OnStar system in the 2007 Chevy Tahoe he stole. He was captured after a short foot chase.

Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears, Supreme Court of Georgia, will speak at East Georgia College on Thursday, April 17. She was the first black woman to serve as a superior court judge in Georgia. Also she was the first woman and youngest person ever to serve on the Georgia Supreme Court.

April 16, 2008

On the morning of April 2, 2008, a two story blue-grey house could be seen lumbering down the road on the back of an enormous flatbed trailer. The house belongs to Mike Gray of the Ramsey Candy Company.

Emanuel County Sheriff, J. Tyson Stephens, and Clerk of Court, Jay Lawson, have announced that they will be seeking re-election and plan to qualify during the week of April 28-May 2.

The Emanuel County Board of Education recognized the system-wide winners of the Young Georgia Author Competition and passed the motion to accept all business under the consent agenda, including tentative approval of Board Policy IHF(6) and a change order for the SHS Gym Project at its monthly meeting on April 14.

April 23, 2008

The Swainsboro Police Department arrested Ezra Lay after a 1 1/2 hour foot chase. He was charged with theft by taking of a motor vehicle.

The Swainsboro Relay for Life was held Friday, April 18, 2008 at the SHS football field. There was a great turnout.

The Swainsboro Fire Department responded to a call at 10:30 p.m. on Monday, April 21, to a fire in an unoccupied residence on Williams St.

April 30, 2008

A local store manager was robbed as he went to make a night deposit at a local bank. Three males approached and attacked him as he went to place the money in the night deposit box. They took approximately $300.

Relay for life in Emanuel County, held on April 18, was very sucessful. It accumulated $130,280.

For the first time in 15 years, the David Emanuel Academy Baseball team arethe region champs.

May 7, 2008

Swainsboro Primary School was awarded a $100,000 grant from the Goody’s Family Clothing Good Deeds for Schools program to expand their character in education programming.

Governor Sonny Perdue will arrive in Swainsboro Thursday, May 8, to sign new legislation that encourages conservation of pine forests.

City Council held its monthly meeting May 5, at City Hall. Mayor Schwabe signed two proclamations. The first was to declare GOAL week to celebrate the program and its nominees and local winners. The second designated May as Child Supports Services Month.

May 14, 2008

Charles Lafavor was arrested on aggravated assualt charges. The charges were for the shooting of a 15 year old boy in the abdomen.

Justin Plowman survived a tree falling into his home and onto the bed in which he was sleeping. He was pinned down, but not seriously injured.

May 21, 2008

Many volunteers from road construction business in the Statesboro and Metter areas, GSU Police Cheif Ken Brown and Major Smith Edenfield, Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office, OMI employees, and local residents volunteered their time, equipment, and fuel to assist in the cleanup efforts on Saturday and Sunday in the tornado damaged areas.

At the Emanuel County Board of Commissioners meeting Monday, May 19, 2008, the commissioners approved the motion to make a donation of $5,000 towards a new fifteen-passenger van for the Emanuel County Senior Center. Also Mr. Joel Beecher addressed the Board about the security issues at the Emanuel County Courthouse.

May 28, 2008

On May 22, 2008 Sheriff’s Deputies caught Gregory Young. He illegally entered onto the property and began looking into the windows of vehicles there. He then entered a vehicle and was caught in the car by deputies.

Sheriff’s Deputies patrollong in the area of New St. saw what seemed to be an illegal drug sale. They attempted to apprehend the subject who ran into nearby project apartments. Three deputies stayed in the area and conducted a walkthrough of the Bama Club. There they found in plain sight 1/2 oz. of cocaine, 2 oz. of marijuana, and several dozen ecstasy pills.

Using the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST), the county bought a new Caterpillar 140M ditching machine.

June 4, 2008

A search warrant of a Rentz St. residence lead to the discovery of numerous stolen items and a large quantity of powdered cocaine, crack cocaine, ecstasy, marijuana, beer and liquor. Damien Coleman, Roddrigus Foster, and Clifton Worthen were arrested at the scene.

Disaster Recovery Centers opened in Douglas, Emanuel, McIntosh, Jefferson, Twiggs and Johnson Counties. These centers will provide Georgians affected by the May 11-12 storms with the opportunity to get inperson advice about assistance and recovery.

June 11, 2008

During the meeting with City Council on Monday, a group of residents discussed their concerns about crime in the city. Once all the informtion was reviewed, The Council decided that a neighborhood watch should be established. The program will have two representatives from each neighborhood. Also police officers will patrol different neighborhood in the city and more street lights will be installed.

The Emanuel County Board of Education adopted a tentative budget for the fiscal year at their meeting on Monday. This proposed budget included a 2.5% raise for all employees.

June 18, 2008

On Friday, June 13, Emanuel County Investigators and East Central Georgia Drug Task Force Agents flew Emanuel County in search of marijuana growing operations. In the Cross-Green Community area they found, seized, and destroyed 30 plants.

The Swainsboro Police Department made several arrests. They arrested Greg Mansfield, J. W. Mason, John Travett, Shameka Carswell, Tiffany Daniels, and Kim Joyner. Mansfield was arrested for stealing a vehicle, Mason for operating a business and selling alcohol without a license, Travett for criminal tresspassing and burglary, and Carswell, Daniels, and Joyner for shopliffing.

June 25, 2008

The Emanuel County Recovery Center is set to close immediately. The center will remain closed approximetely twelve weeks before re-opening as an ambulatory care center.

There were many guests at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Sudie A. Fulford Community Learning Center. The Center will be located at the entrance of the Madison Dixon Dr. of East Georgia College. The money for the Center was donated by Mr. and Mrs. Correll in memory of Sudie A. Fulford.

July 2, 2008

Estella Philips, who was born and raised in Emanuel County and worked here in both farming and sewing, is being honored at a Birthday Banquet for her 100th birthday.

The City of Swainsboro and the Swainsboro Police Department, in cooperation with various other law enforcement agencies, announced a new campaign aimed against the illegal sale of drugs. The effort will include increased patrols of selected areas, roadblocks and license checks and electronic surveillance of suspicious actions in these neighborhoods.

The Emanuel County Recovery Center will receive extended funding and remain open.

July 9, 2008

On July 2, 2008, during a morning traffic stop, Jonathan Coney of Swainsboro was found to be in possession of over 100 grams of cocaine and crack cocaine. Coney was arrested after a short foot chase.

Adminstrator Lawson presented a request from the Swainsboro Jaycees for a grant of $3,000 in support of the July 4th fireworks display. This was a budgeted item, and after many comments on the success of this years display, a motion was made to approve the grant request and passed unanimously.

July 16, 2008

The Swainsboro Police Department arrested Akeem Wells and Tony Lewis, Jr. for the July 4 burglary of a Felix St. residence. They also arrested Denise Pullen for the burglary of a Williams St. address.

The Sam’s Drive-In Reunion “Save the Rocket Benefit” kicked off at 8 p.m. Saturday night, July 12 at the Jaycee Fairground. Sam’s Drive-In Band performed and special visitors sang.

July 23, 2008

The investigation into the assault on a Swainsboro Police Officer and arson case is ongoing. The Fire Marshal’s Office has established that the fire at Officer Phillips’s residence was deliberately set.

On Sunday July 20, 2008, Swainsboro Fire Department responded to a call about a structure fire on Old Blundale Rd. The first engine to arrive reported that the entire structure was engulfed in flames. Upon supressing the fire, the body of Edward L. Kirkland was found inside.

Bill Rogers, Jr., President and CEO of the Swainsboro-Emanuel County Chamber of Commerce was appointed to a one-year term with the Georgia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (GACCE) which began on July 1, 2008.

July 30, 2008

The Emanuel County Sheriff’s Department recovered three stolen machines. One was the John Deere riding lawnmower stolen from the Dixie Youth Baseball Complex. The others are the two tractors stole from Buck Corbin Rd. in the Oak Park Area. Charged with the thefts were George Hill and Mitchell McCoy.

On July 24, there was a two-car accident at the intersection of US 1 and the Bypass. Earl Smith and Patrick Grace hit the rear tandem of Larry Higgs’s big truck causing the car to spin clockwise before stopping. The truck stopped after hitting a wrong way sign. Both Smith and Grace were taken to Emanuel Medical Center for treatment.

Aug. 6, 2008

On Friday, August 1, 2008, Emanuel County Sheriff Deputies and East Central Georgia Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at 1576 Hwy 192 South in Twin City. On the property they found 30 marijuana plants growing in buckets. Kenneth Smith, Justin Smith, and Gwendolyn Smith were all arrested and charged with manufacturing marijuana.

During City Council’s meeting they approved Denise Resister’s request for a Red Cross “bucket drive” and they also approved Al Lawson’s request from the Pin High Golf Association for a grant of $500. They also considered the alcoholic beverage request, for advertisment only, of Ashok Patel.

Aug.13, 2008

Daniel Knighton was arrested and charged with the armed robbery of Burger King in Swainsboro on August 9.

Clinton Akridge was arrested on warrants drawn by Swainsboro Police Department for attempted feticide and battery.

On Thursday, August 7, 2008, Tanis Foskey failed to yield at the stop sign at the intersection of Old Nunez Rd. and US Hwy 1 Bypass and drove into the passenger side of a white Volvo tractor, driven by Byrd Hensley. There were no serious injuries.

Aug.20, 2008

On Sunday, August 17, 2008, officers arrested Roy Meeks for the attempted burglary of JABO on Broad Hollow Rd. On Monday, August 18, 2008, the new Swainsboro Police Station was finished and opened with new features such as a small courtroom, new computers, and generators.

In the Swainsboro Country Club Men’s Association’s Pig Pickin Golf Tournament, 18-year-old Mark Rocker got a hole in one on the #3 hole, 168 yards away from the flag. In doing this, he won a Dodge Charger from Georgia Chrysler.

Aug.27, 2008

Minyoun Allen was arrested after turning himself in for the assualt on a Swainsboro woman. He turned himself in thinking he had killed her.

James Price and Ira Bolyard were arrested and charged for the robbery of Clyde’s Market on Neal St.

Gov. Sonny Perdue has proposed the elimination of the homestead Relief Act in an effort to deal with the 1.6 billion dollar state budget deficit. This action would result in higher taxes. Property owners could have to pay as much as several hundred dollars more in additional taxes.

Sept. 3, 2008

Employees of OMI, Inc, collected school supplies to be distributed to each school for students who were unable to obtain necessary materials for starting school.

The employees of Ogeechee Steel were honnored with an Industry Appreciation luncheon on August 27, 2008.

Sheriff Tyson Stephens warned about a sex offender that has been approaching young children in Eastern Emanuel County.

Sept. 10, 2008

The Technical College System of Georgia Board voted to consolidate 14 state technical colleges into seven. Two of the schools slated for consolidation are Swainsboro Technical College and Southeastern Technical College in Vidalia.

At the City Council meeting on Sept. 8, they granted the alcoholic beverage request of Ashok Patel. They also made and passed the motion to lower the millage rate to 19.575.

Sept. 17, 2008

Emanuel Medical Center will be offering patient detoxification treatment through October. Ogeechee Behavioral Health Services will begin providing an out patient detoxification program, starting November 1.

Brooke Y. Frye, Adrian School of Performing Arts fourth grade teacher, was named Emanuel County Teacher of the Year. She will also represent Emanuel County Schools in the State Teacher of the Year Competition.

Sheriff Tyson Stephens was involved in a traffic accident with two young men riding bicycles on Hwy 56 North near Kight’s Auto Auction. Only one cyclist required minor medical attention.

Sept. 24, 2008

On Monday, Frank Flanders failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection of Old Nunez Rd. and US 1 Bypass and struck a Covenant Transportation 18-wheeler. Flanders was taken to Emanuel Medical Center for treatment.

Butch Frye announced his retirement from the position of Superintendent on Monday, Sept. 22, 2008 a the Emanuel County Board of Education Workshop meeting at SHS.

Oct. 1, 2008

On Sunday, Sept. 28, 2008, Kevin Sutton was arrested and charged with the murder of Jeffery Harper. He was also charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

No decisions have been made in the consolidation of the 14 technical colleges due to merge into 7. No President and no names were chosen for the schools that are to merge. Nothing has been decided on about the proposed consolidation of Swainsboro Technical Colloge and Southeastern Technical College in Vidalia.

Oct. 8, 2008

During their meeting, City Council voted to approve Sarah Hackle’s alcoholic beverage request. They also accepted the $100,000 grant from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to finish the nature park on West Main St.

Eric Allread crashed his Sport Cruiser single-engine plane into some woods on his property. He was not injuried.

On Monday, Oct. 6, 2008, at the intersection of Old Nunez Rd. and the US 1 Bypass, Jack Wells failed to yield in the median and struck a 2000 Chevy 1500, driven by Michael Maddox. No injuries were reported.

Oct. 15, 2008

The City of Swainsboro put into effect the local ordinances dealing with dilapidated and abandoned buildings have been torn down.

At the Board of Education meeting on Oct. 13, 2008, the Board voted to hire Tommy Wilkes as the Assistant Superintendent beginning July 1, 2009.

On Oct. 6, 2008, Mayor Schwabe signed a proclamation declaring October to be Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the City of Swainsboro.

Oct. 22, 2008

Washuan Ealey entered the Georgia High School Association’s record book as the all-time leading career touchdown leader.

Emanuel Medical Center hosted a breast health awareness luncheon for the women of the community. They had a question and answer section during the luncheon.

During their monthly meeting, the Emanuel County Board of Commissioners voted to purchase new equipment for the Emanuel County Rural Fire Department. They will use SPLOST funds to purchase the equipment.

Oct. 29, 2008

On Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2008, at the intersection of Hwy 192 and Lambs Bridge Rd., there was a two-vehicle accident. The driver of a Nissan Sentra pulled into the path of a log truck. The extent of the injuries sustained were unknown at the time of press.

On Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008, Emanuel County Deputies apprehended Brandon Ingram with the help of Laurens County Sheriff’s Office, Twiggs County Sheriff’s office, Bibb County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia State Patrol and the Macon Police Department. He was charged with the robbery of the Red Roof Express located at I-16 and US 1.

The Swainsboro Police Department held an open house and ribbon cutting event on Wednesday Oct. 22, for the official opening of the new police station.

Nov. 5, 2008

Pat Mitchell, a former resident of Swainsboro, was inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame’s Class of 2008.

At the November meeting of the Swainsboro City Council, Judge Robert Reeves addressed the Council about concerns regarding the proposal to incorporate the area behind Georgia Chrysler into the city limits.

Nov. 12, 2008

On Sunday, Nov. 9, 2008, Harry Kennedy, owner of McKinney’s Pond Restaurant, was robbed at gunpoint. His money and vehicle were stolen. The vehicle was later recovered and is being processed for forensic evidence.

The ECI Bulldogs beat the Calvary Caveliers for the GHSA Region 3-A Championship. They had a perfect 10-0 season. This is their third straight 3-A Championship.

At its November meeting, the Emanuel County Board of Education voted to cancel the December Workshop Meeting. They also voted to move 9 JROTC air rifles, that are no longer in use, to the surplus so they can be use by the local American Legion Post.

Nov. 19, 2008

On Sunday, Nov. 15, 2008, East Georgia College held their 35th Anniversary Celebration. It was an all day event that included face painting, sidewalk chalk art, and local bands.

The Emanuel County Sheriff’s Office found a women reported missing from Tarrytown. They located her car and after a short chase they arrested Curtis Kirkland, who then told that she was at the Swainsboro Inn. There they found her and drug paraphenalia.

At the November meeting of the Emanuel County Board of Commissioners, they addressed a petition filed by Kendal Wilson to close a portion of Harrington Cementary Rd. The proposition was met by protest from residents that use the cementary. They motioned to table the decision until its merits can be investigated further.

Nov. 26, 2008

Alden Vandever has been named the new Emanuel Medical Center hospital adminstrator. He transferred here from Holdenville General Hospital in Holdenville, Oklahoma.

Jane Durden of Swainsboro has been elected President General of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. This position puts Durden as the Cheif executive officer and official spokesperson of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

Dec. 3, 2008

At the City Council meeting on Dec. 1, 2008, Councilperson Edenfield announced that OMI had won a prestigious award by the Georgia Association of Water Professionals. They recieved the award for the best lab quality assurance.

Swainsboro’s biggest Christmas event ever is planned for Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008. Not only will there be the traditional “Carols on the Square” but there will be a huge parade to usher in the season. The parade will feature more than 80 entries.

Dec. 10, 2008

After their victory over Wilkinson County, the ECI Bulldogs are once again headed to the Georgia Dome in Atlanta for the Class A State Championship. The game will be played December 13.

Kim Hooks, teacher at Swainsboro Primary School, was recognized by the Emanuel County Board of Education for being named 2008 Georgia Outdoor Classroom Outstanding Educator of the Year. They recognized her at their December meeting.

The first Christmas Parade was a huge sucess. There was over 70 floats, cars, and groups that participated. The winners of the parade are Triple S Steel, 1st, Dellwood Baptist Church, 2nd, and SHS Art Class, 3rd.

Dec. 17, 2008

On Dec. 10, Emanuel County Fire Department recieved a call regarding a house fire at 698 Hwy 56 North. When firefighters arrived, the second floor was completely engulfed in flames. The total house was a loss, No one was injuried in the fire.

On Dec. 1, Tanisha Dorsey was arrested and charged with theft by taking $38,086 from her employer, The Nebraska Book Company.

Dec. 24, 2008

On Sunday morning, Joshua Badie was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute. On his person, officers found several zip lock baggies containing a green leafy substance and $3308 in mostly small bills.

The City of Swainsboro is extending the deadline for city property taxes until the 16th of January.

A ceremony was held at Swainsboro Technical College last week to celebrate the renaming of US 1 Bypass to the Larry J. “Butch” Parrish Parkway.

Compiled by Phillip Marsh

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