Fire damages Oak Park residence

Posted by | July 20, 2017 5:46 pm


   A fire of undetermined cause severely damaged a Longbay Drive home in Oak Park.

   The fire occurred Friday, July 14, just before 5 p.m. Heavy, dark, acrid smoke and outside temperatures in the high 90s with a heat index exceeding 102° were some of the dangers firefighters faced. The fire, which was burning under the structure, necessitated cutting through the floor in several places to … Read More

Men’s Day this week at Mt. Gilead

Posted by | July 20, 2017 5:43 pm

   Mt. Gilead Missionary Baptist Church invites the public to its annual Men’s Day, to be held July 23 at 2 p.m. Raymond Hairston, pastor of Union Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, will be the guest speaker. Proverbs 27:17, “Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend,” will be the theme’s scripture.

Restaurant scam identified in East Central Health District

Posted by | July 20, 2017 5:40 pm

   It has come to the attention of health officials within the East Central Health District that a scam targeting ethnic restaurants has occurred. The scammer called an Asian restaurant owner/manager and told the owner/manager that she was responsible for paying for their restaurant inspection. Unwittingly, the owner/manager gave them credit card information to pay for the inspection, and the person proceeded to charge to the card an amount well above … Read More

Letter to the Editor

Posted by | July 20, 2017 5:36 pm

   Dear Editor,

   On July 13, the American Red Cross held its Emanuel County blood drive at the First Baptist Church’s Family Life Center. We had a great turnout during our drive, with 50 units of blood being collected.

   Every day, patients throughout the Swainsboro area and across the country rely on volunteer blood donors when receiving healthcare. During the summer months, with most of us vacationing, spending time with family, … Read More

My name is Miley

Posted by | July 20, 2017 5:33 pm


   An article in the January 25 edition of The Forest-Blade read, “This week’s Pet of the Week is Cookie, a shepherd mix female. She is great with other dogs, has good manners, and walks well on a leash. Cookie is looking for a family who will give her lots of love.”

   Yep, that’s me! But, did they say I like to swim, wander, and roll where … Read More

Winners announce in pollinator garden design contest

Posted by | July 20, 2017 5:30 pm

   On May 1, 2017, MMGYSTC Regional Coordinator, Erin Youmans, shared a pollinator garden challenge to area middle school students. Part of the Honey Bee Project Grant funded by GYSTC, Inc., the challenge involved students doing research on pollinator gardens and plants that would grow in our region.

   Students were given a budget of $100 and had to submit a spreadsheet showing the types of plants that should be planted in … Read More

Two injured in crash on West Main

Posted by | July 20, 2017 5:27 pm


   A crash on Friday afternoon impacted downtown traffic for more than an hour and resulted in two patients being transported.   The 3 p.m. collision at the intersection of West Main and Green Streets blocked most of the busy roadway while emergency responders tended to the injured and investigated the crash. The “Jaws of Life” were used by Swainsboro firefighters to gain access to the female … Read More

Wiregrass Chapter installs new member

Posted by | July 20, 2017 5:23 pm

   The Wiregrass Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), held its monthly meeting Thursday, July 13, at New China Restaurant.

   During the meeting, President Wilder Smith Jr. beckoned Compatriot David Portwood front and center. President Smith administered the oath of membership to Portwood, presented him with a certificate of membership, and gave him a rosette, a blue and white lapel pin designed around the colors of the uniform that General … Read More

World Series bound!

Posted by | July 20, 2017 5:20 pm

   Look out, Oxford! For the fourth year running, Emanuel County is headed back to the Dixie Youth World Series! The local team began its push for a berth to the holy grail of baseball two weekends ago and picked up a state title in the process.

   Georgia Dixie Youth splits its state tournament into four pools of three teams, with the top four seeds receiving a spot in the winner’s … Read More

County commissioners address board vacancies

Posted by | July 20, 2017 5:17 pm

   The Emanuel County Board of Commissioners convened Monday evening at its new meeting time of 6 p.m. for its July workshop. At the meeting, the commissioners announced a vacancy on the Hospital Authority Board, following the resignation of Martha Anders. The commission will be accepting letters of interest to select three candidates. Those names will then be turned over to the hospital authority, who will select the new seatholder.

   “I’d … Read More

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