Notes from the Senate

Posted by | April 5, 2019 3:06 pm

by SENATOR JACK HILL, 4th District


Both the House and the Senate agreed on a conference committee report of the FY 2020 General Budget for the State to begin July 1, 2019.

The final agreement featured a $3000 pay raise for Georgia’s teachers and other certified school personnel including counselors and librarians. This raise will begin July 1, 2019 and will become part Read More

Watkins wins $5,000 Daniels Chevrolet Pure Stock Southern Classic

Posted by | April 5, 2019 3:04 pm


Twenty of the south’s finest drivers rolled into Swainsboro Raceway Friday night, March 30, for qualifying and heat races in the Daniels Chevrolet Pure Stock Division Southern Classic event paying $,5000-to-win.

Johnson County bad boy Jottie “The Body” Burgamy earned the top position. Burgamy led the field to 50-lap green with Jason “Flywheel” Floyd sitting outside. While six big-time contenders started up front, three others fought bad Read More

Kiwanians time local 5K

Posted by | April 5, 2019 3:01 pm

Eight members of the Swainsboro Kiwanis Club visited East Georgia State College on Saturday, March 23, to time the ACE 5K for Hillcrest Baptist Church’s youth group.

The Kiwanians have been timing 5K, 10K, and fun runs for different groups for several years. When a group asks for assistance from the Kiwanians, the club obliges and brings years of expertise and various pieces of equipment to accomplish the task. The Read More

Don’t forget The Opry Show tonight!

Posted by | April 5, 2019 3:00 pm

The Opry Show will kick off at 7 p.m. tonight at the Swainsboro Auditorium. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Admission cost will be $5 for ages 13 and older. 12-year-olds and under receive free admission.

Founder of A&O AfterCare Center talks to Kiwanians

Posted by | April 5, 2019 3:00 pm

The Swainsboro Kiwanians were joined by Rev. Keith McKinney at their weekly meeting on March 26.

Shortly after 7 p.m., McKinney delivered a program about A&O Men’s AfterCare Center. The center recently received access to a house on Lee Street in Swainsboro, which McKinney and others are in the final phases of renovating. The work should be completed sometime in April.

McKinney founded the center to help the local community Read More

News from under the Gold Dome

Posted by | April 5, 2019 2:59 pm

by REP. BUTCH PARRISH, 158th District


We returned to the Gold Dome on Monday, March 26 for Legislative Day 36 and the 11th week of session. With Legislative Day 40 just days away, the House worked diligently to pass several key bills before the 2019 legislative session comes to an end.

The House began our busy week by approving two measures that would improve educational opportunities for children Read More

Tractor Supply holds red ribbon cutting event

Posted by | April 5, 2019 2:58 pm

On Friday, March 29, Tractor Supply Company hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to christen its new Swainsboro store. The grand opening is slated for some time in April, but the store opened its doors over the weekend to let locals explore and shop. The store is located at 684 South Main Street across from Swainsboro High School.

Swainsboro FBLA wins Chapter of the Year

Posted by | April 5, 2019 2:53 pm

Swainsboro High School’s Future Business Leaders of America chapter recently attended the 71st Annual Georgia FBLA State Leadership Conference held at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta. Twenty-six members represented the local chapter and witnessed as it was named Georgia FBLA’s Chapter of the Year during the Awards of Excellence Ceremony on Saturday, March 23.

The SHS chapter was successful in competition throughout the weekend, and several students qualified to compete at Read More

Law enforcement responds to gun fire at local business

Posted by | April 5, 2019 2:51 pm

During the early morning hours of Thursday, March 28, officers were dispatched to a business located at 540 Gumlog Road in reference to a gun fire outside the business.

Upon arrival, law enforcement personnel observed a male subject lying in the parking lot of the business. Responding officers quickly approached the downed individual to render aid and observed injuries consistent with a gun shot victim. The crime scene was quickly Read More

April is Donate Life Month

Posted by | April 5, 2019 2:49 pm

Below are two short stories that highlight the essence of Donate Life Month:

The donors

Jeff and Jody fell in love in college, moved around the country through their work in church ministry, and were eventually led back home to Georgia, where they have continued to raise their four children, Caleb, Abby, Ella, and Ava. Tragedy struck their family in early fall 2016, when Ella developed a severe headache that Read More

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