Myrtle Ruth Coleman Flanders

Posted by | August 30, 2019 4:45 pm

Myrtle Ruth Coleman Flanders, 98, of Garden City, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Monday, August 26, 2019 at her home under the care of Hospice Savannah and surrounded by her loving family.
A native of Emanuel County, Flanders was the daughter of the late Jordan and Mary Jane Curl Coleman. She was a very active member of Woodlawn United Methodist Church until its closing, and Read More

History behind Labor Day

Posted by | August 30, 2019 4:35 pm


Labor Day on first Monday of every September recognizes the men and women who labor to build this country. Through a time-honored tradition with roots in the coordinated efforts of the labor movement of the 1800s, we salute the American workforce.

Since the founding of the United States, the country has relied on its workforce for its infrastructure. From its streets and buildings to its transportation Read More

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Posted by | August 30, 2019 4:33 pm

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William “Billy” Earl Drake, 77

Posted by | August 30, 2019 4:15 pm

Funeral services for William “Billy” Earl Drake, 77, were held Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 2 p.m. at Midville First Baptist Church with Reverend Louis Pearce and Reverend Leonard Quick officiating. Interment took place at Hawhammock Baptist Church Cemetery in Swainsboro. The family received friends at Midville First Baptist Church from 1 until 2 p.m. prior to the funeral. He died Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at Pruitt Hospice of Swainsboro Read More

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Posted by | August 30, 2019 4:05 pm

Featured is Mr. Edger Wiggins of Swainsboro. When asked what he enjoys most about reading the weekly edition of The Blade, he stated: “I love The Forest-Blade because it gives me the weekly news that an old, retired person needs.”

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SHS softball battles tough region foes

Posted by | August 30, 2019 4:00 pm


The Swainsboro Tiger softball team stepped into deeper waters this past week, matching up against Bryan County and Bacon County, dropping both contests. Swainsboro lost to Bryan County 2-1 in Pembroke before losing 8-0 to Bacon County at home.

The Tigers (6-4, 3-2) pitched well, especially against Bryan County, as Zaid Brown allowed only 2 hits and a walk over seven innings. However, Swainsboro could not get Read More

SHS FFA member travels to Fort Valley for area officer training

Posted by | August 30, 2019 3:45 pm

Millie Hooks, a member of Swainsboro High School’s FFA chapter, recently attended area officer training. This conference is for a select forty-eight students who were chosen to serve as area FFA officers.

Area officer training was hosted at Camp John Hope in Fort Valley. The theme for this year’s training was “Excavate: Dig Deeper.” Participants attended workshops that focused on self-discovery, teamwork, creating a mission statement, the Georgia Agricultural Education Read More

Oak Park festival announces first annual Fun Run and 5k

Posted by | August 30, 2019 3:30 pm

The City of Oak Park will host its eighth annual Oak Park Moonshine Festival on Saturday, September 21. This year, the event will feature its first annual Moonshine Fun Run and 5k Run honoring the memory of Mick Lindsey, as well as other fun entertainment. Visit the group’s Facebook page to inquire more information on this event!

***This festival is being held with the sole purpose of promoting the history … Read More

Savvy Senior: Does Medicare cover vision services?

Posted by | August 30, 2019 3:30 pm

Dear Savvy Senior,

I will be enrolling in Medicare in a few months, and would like to know how Medicare covers vision services? I currently have vision insurance through my employer but will lose it when I retire.

Looking Ahead

Dear Looking,

Many people approaching 65 are unclear on what Medicare does and doesn’t cover when it comes to vision services. The good news is that original Medicare covers most Read More

Sarah Cranford Clay, 84

Posted by | August 30, 2019 3:15 pm


Sarah Cranford Clay, 84, resident of Twin City, died Monday morning August 26, 2019, at Memorial Health University Medical Center. Mrs. Clay was born January 23, 1935 in Dry Branch, daughter of the late James David Cranford and Annie Williams Cranford. She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters, Helen McCoy and Elsie Tompkins; a brother, Frank Cranford; and two great-granddaughters, Elsie Ruth Clay and Allie Sue Clay. Read More

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