Smith III among four recipients of prestigious GASSAR medal

Posted by | February 1, 2019 4:36 pm

The Georgia Society – Sons of the American Revolution held its annual conference January 25 and January 26 at the Sonesta Hotel in Duluth.

Each year, the Georgia Society looks to its members for nominations to award a special medal to four outstanding compatriots. This medal is awarded only by a state society and is the highest award given for service at the state level. It may only be received Read More

Smith presents streamer to Four Rivers Chapter

Posted by | February 1, 2019 4:35 pm

The Four Rivers Chapter of the Georgia Society Sons of the American Revolution held its first meeting of the year on Thursday, January 17, at 6 p.m. at Chatters Restaurant in Lyons. Five members and three guests attended as President Matt Oxley presided.

Near the end of the meeting, President Oxley called on dual member Wilder Smith Jr. for a special presentation.

On November 17, 2018, Smith represented the chapter Read More

Local Ridgeway Lodge sees new leadership

Posted by | February 1, 2019 4:27 pm

Ridgeway Lodge No. 104 of Garfield recently installed its 2019 officers. Serving this year are Mike Hatcher as worshipful master, Patrick Sweet as senior warden, Garrett Edwards as junior warden, Don Edwards as senior deacon, and Glenn Grimes as junior deacon. Ashley Baird entered the office of senior steward, Joey Allen took office as junior steward, Hal Bridges is treasurer, Chris Carr is secretary, Howard Miller is chaplain, Jimmy Phillips Read More

Mr. and Mrs. Nobles celebrate 60 years together

Posted by | February 1, 2019 4:23 pm

Mr. Fletcher and Mrs. Sadie Nobles celebrated 60 years of holy matrimony at Tryphena’s Garden in Fort Valley at 5 p.m. on December 23, 2018.

Themed “60 Years of Togetherness,” the event was hosted by their children: Flora (Mack) Cosby of Fort Valley, Willie (Eilene) Lewis of Twin City, Dora (Frankie) of Swainsboro, Isaac (Terry) of Swainsboro, Timothy Nobles of Atlanta, Angie Clarke of Warner Robins, Benjie (Cathy) Nobles of Read More

Locals make MGSU honor lists

Posted by | February 1, 2019 4:21 pm

Middle Georgia State University announced its president’s list and dean’s list for the 2018 fall semester last week. Students on the president’s list had a grade point average of at least 3.8, and the dean’s list includes students who had at least a 3.5 grade point average. Students must take a certain number of credit hours to qualify.

Five students from the Emanuel County area made the cut. Adrian’s Anna Read More

Clerk of court speaks to Kiwanians

Posted by | February 1, 2019 4:20 pm

The Swainsboro Kiwanis Club held one of its weekly meetings Tuesday, January 22, at 7 p.m. at Catered Creations. President Cheryl Goodman welcomed 26 attendees, four of whom were visitors: Anita Cerpovicz, Yamin Chhipa, Blake McBride, and guest speaker for the evening Kristin Hall.

Frank Patrick introduced Hall, Emanuel County’s clerk of superior court. As such, she is the official recordkeeper for the county; she maintains criminal and civil court Read More

News from under the Gold Dome

Posted by | February 1, 2019 4:19 pm

by REP. BUTCH PARRISH, District 158



Last week, the House and the Senate held joint Appropriations Committee hearings on this year’s budget. Some key highlights of the (Amended Fiscal Year) AFY 2019 and FY 2020 budget are:

AFY 2019 and FY 2020 Budgets

FY 2020 Budget Highlights:

• $3,000 permanent salary increase for teachers. To enhance educational outcomes, we must invest in those who educate, inspire, and Read More

Glad Garden Club starts new year with program by local florist

Posted by | February 1, 2019 4:17 pm

The Glad Garden Club started its new year at the Sudie A. Fulford Community Learning Center on the Swainsboro campus of East Georgia State College. The January 14 meeting was called to order by President Sylvia Durden, and a full agenda ensued.

Hostess Gloria Mason introduced Angelia Sconyers, owner of The George’s Flower Shop, who presented the afternoon’s program.

Because 2019 marks the flower shop’s 82nd year in business, Sconyers Read More

Student leaves her mark with mural at Swainsboro High School

Posted by | February 1, 2019 4:15 pm


Stroll down Swainsboro High’s D Hall and you’ll find a masterpiece of art, courtesy of senior Breanna Garrett.

The school’s latest visual addition is a sizable FFA mural. Garrett says her ag teacher, Faith Patrick, and her art teacher, Luci McNeely, asked her to tap into her creative side and create the piece, and she immediately obliged.

“To begin with, I was a little shocked when they Read More

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