Survivor Spotlight: Erma Wakefield Jenkins

Posted by | August 4, 2017 10:30 am

   In the months leading up to the 2017 Relay For Life, The Forest-Blade featured the brave stories of cancer survivors. These first-hand testimonies, recounted in the form of an interview conducted by public relations coordinator Sara Young, have been reprinted to highlight their victory over cancer.

   The first interviewee was Erma Jenkins, retired superintendent of Emanuel County Schools and 2-time breast cancer survivor.

   Q: When and what age were you … Read More

First Friday at The Morgan House tonight!

Posted by | August 4, 2017 10:23 am

Today at 5:30 p.m., join the East Georgia State College family as they enjoy First Friday at the Morgan House. This month, there will be music by the EGSC Music Makers and an exhibit of jewelry by local artist Zrinka Dunn. EGSC Housing and Residence Life will provide refreshments this month.

The Morgan House is located at 521 West Moring Street in Swainsboro. Don’t miss this great chance for the … Read More

Survivor Spotlight: Connie Gibbons

Posted by | August 4, 2017 10:00 am

   The fourth spotlight highlighted Connie Gibbons’s battle with cancer. Sara Young, public relations coordinator for Relay For Life, conducted an interview with the Garfield survivor.

   Q: What was your first reaction when you were told that you had cancer, and what were your thoughts?

   A:  Well, I actually discovered the lump myself one day and I decided to go to my doctor. He confirmed it was cancer and suggested that … Read More

Notes from the Senate

Posted by | August 4, 2017 9:42 am

by SENATOR JACK HILL, 4th District


   Passed during the 2017 Legislative Session, SR 222 established the Special Tax Exemption Study Committee. The purpose of this study committee is to examine current tax exemptions and to explore different options for evaluating tax credits to determine how well they work. The study committee met for the first time July 18 at the Capitol.

   An in-depth examination can assure … Read More

Davis-Wiggins family reunion held in St. Simons

Posted by | August 4, 2017 9:36 am

   Local first cousins Judy Rogers Bennett, Ruskin  Powell, and William Rogers, along with their spouses, Larry, Lennis, and Dale, and children and grandchildren were among the descendants of Dave Larkin and Lizzie Dalcedo Wiggins Davis, late of Blun, Emanuel Co.,  who gathered for the 66th  annual Davis-Wiggins Family Reunion at Epworth-by-the-Sea on St. Simon’s Island, Georgia, July 13-15.

   Peggy Joyce Davis Ware of Jacksonville Beach, FL, the youngest and only … Read More

On the road to success with STC

Posted by | August 4, 2017 9:31 am

   As an effort to continue the growth and success of the students at Southeastern Technical College (STC), the school has enhanced its Commercial Truck Driving (CTD) program by adding new simulators and advanced training for their staff.

   The Commercial Truck Driving program at STC provides basic training in the principles and skills of commercial truck operations. With more than 10.5 billion tons being transported across America every year, this industry … Read More

Survivor Spotlight: Nettie Jordan

Posted by | August 4, 2017 9:30 am

   The third spotlight written by Young featured cancer survivor Nettie Jordan, resident of Swainsboro.

   Q: What type of cancer did you have?

   A: Uterine cancer.

   Q: How did you discover it?

   A: I was a patient of Dr. Frost and Dr. Moye’s, and I was also pregnant with my “miracle baby.” I told Dr. Moye that I had an irregular pap smear. He suggested that it had to do with … Read More

SHS to host parent meeting

Posted by | August 4, 2017 9:28 am

   Swainsboro High School invites parents and stakeholders to attend a parent meeting August 16 for an opportunity to review documents and provide input. The Parent Involvement Plan will be discussed at 6 p.m., School Compact at 6:15 p.m., the School-wide Plan at 6:30, and finally, the annual Title I parent meeting will follow at 6:45 p.m.

Peebles reunion to be held

Posted by | August 4, 2017 9:23 am

Descendants and friends of Willie Jordan and Arrie Ophelia Flanders Peebles will gather on Sunday, Aug. 13, at the Swainsboro Shrine Club, located on Highway 56 North. Family members are asked to bring a meat, vegetable, casserole, salad, dessert, or beverage to share. Paper products will be provided. Lunch will be served at 1 p.m. Questions regarding the reunion may be directed to 478-237-6185.

A hometown miracle

Posted by | August 4, 2017 9:00 am


   According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), approximately 735,000 Americans suffer from a heart attack each year. Roughly 525,000 of those victims’ heart attacks are their first. More than half of all heart-related deaths involve men. Statistics indicate that most heart attack sufferers are between the ages of 66 and 70. Of course, a number of risk factors have been proven to increase susceptibility. These include … Read More

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