Notes from the Senate

Posted by | November 16, 2018 4:49 pm

by SENATOR JACK HILL, 4th District


October revenues came in at an eye-popping 17.7% increase. Looking back, October of a year ago was negative due to a substantial number of refunds that were released in that month.  So it is no surprise that October of 2018 would show a big increase.  Some analysts are saying the prospects for continued growth at these high levels will Read More

Seedling Garden Club holds annual Christmas auction

Posted by | November 16, 2018 4:48 pm

One of the first events of the holiday season is the Seedling Garden Club’s annual Christmas auction.

This year’s event was graciously hosted by Ginny and Dess Smith at their Swainsboro home. Additional hostesses were Yonna Bailey and Jan Hooks.

Wade Baker and Dess Smith III, with the assistance of Smith Willoughby, enthusiastically auctioned a variety of Christmas decorations, handmade seasonal crafts, and homemade baked goods.

Before the auction, all Read More

Probe College Fair visits SHS

Posted by | November 16, 2018 4:44 pm

On Tuesday, November 13, the Probe College Fair Tour hosted a free event from 1:30 p.m. until 3 p.m. inside Swainsboro High School’s gymnasium. For many, Probe is the first way to obtain information about prospective colleges. The annual series of events also gives universities the chance to recruit new students.

Colleges from 25 different states—as well as Rome, Italy, and Manchester, United Kingdom—were represented during the tour. More than Read More

Stolen car found rolled over, unoccupied

Posted by | November 16, 2018 4:42 pm


On Saturday, November 10, 911 dispatched units to a rollover on Canoochee Road in the area of Oak Grove Church Road. A red Toyota Camry was found crashed against a large tree. There were no occupants in the vehicle. The vehicle was determined to have been stolen. Swainsboro Fire Department, Emanuel County EMS, and Emanuel County sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene. The investigation is Read More

Blue Star memorial assembled in Burke County

Posted by | November 16, 2018 4:42 pm

The first of its kind in the county, the Midville Garden Club is excited to announce the installment of a Blue Star memorial marker.

Installed by the City of Midville, the Midville Lions Club, and club members of the Azalea District and Garden Club of Georgia Inc., the marker now sits at the Historic Midville Cemetery.

Club president Valerie Saxon and the group felt a need to deliver something significant Read More

Garfield Community Club has busy November meeting

Posted by | November 16, 2018 4:40 pm

The Garfield Community Club’s monthly meeting was called to order at 2:30 p.m. by Sharon Cowart at the home of Janice Hendley.

During Cowart’s treasurer’s report, the club discussed making a donation to a family in Garfield. Ultimately, the donation was approved. Cowart, Judy Phillips, and Dot Cowart made the presentation.

Also at the meeting, the Christmas supper was discussed and scheduled for December 17. The event will begin at Read More

Voting results

Posted by | November 16, 2018 4:38 pm


Election Day was last Tuesday, November 6, and a number of new faces will enter leadership positions across the county and state.

Two new commissioners were selected. Jim Sherrod defeated Amanda Roberts Brown by a vote of 1446–376 for the District 4 seat on the county commission, and James Canady defeated Chris Stanford by a vote of 908–510 for the District 5 seat on the same board.Read More

Swainsboro to host Fitzgerald in second round of state playoffs

Posted by | November 16, 2018 4:36 pm


The Swainsboro Tigers advanced to the second round of the state playoffs with a messy 23-7 win over the Northeast Raiders on a muddy Tiger Field last Friday night. They will host Fitzgerald this week in a rematch of the 2000 state championship game in which Swainsboro won 6-0.

The field and conditions were not ideal for a do-or-die playoff game with both teams battling to grip Read More

Bulldogs advance to second round

Posted by | November 16, 2018 4:35 pm


The Bulldogs defeated Manchester Friday 42-20 in the first round of the state playoff, marking the 16th consecutive year they have made the postseason. With the win, the Bulldogs will travel to Pelham Friday to face the Hornets in the second round.

It was a tale of two halves for the Bulldog defense. ECI and Manchester were tied 20-20 at the half with neither team having much Read More

BOE holds November meeting

Posted by | November 16, 2018 4:33 pm


The Board of Education (BOE) held its regular scheduled meeting on Monday, November 12, at 7 p.m. at the central office. Chairman Frank Ellis called the meeting to order. Mase Henry led the prayer of invocation, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States flag led by John Allen Bailey.

Upon entering session, Dr. Kevin Judy requested an amendment be added to the nights agenda Read More

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