Notes from the Senate

Posted by | February 23, 2018 10:27 am

by SEN. JACK HILL, 4th District


   With both versions of the Amended FY 18 Budget passed and disagreements being worked out, both bodies began work in earnest on evaluating the Governor’s FY 19 budget proposal. Legislative action kicked into high gear and substantive legislation began to work its way out of committees on both sides.


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Swainsboro Rotary hears from Dr. Sumner

Posted by | February 22, 2018 2:46 pm

by GAIL WARE, Public Relations chair, Swainsboro Rotary Club
   The Rotary Club of Swainsboro held its Feb. 12 meeting at Catered Creations in Swainsboro. Al Lawson welcomed all and called the meeting to order.
   Kenny Griffin gave the invocation, Greg Hodgins led the pledge and Rotary Four-Way Test, and club members welcomed guests Seth Brewer, Carmen Tanner, Damien Scott, Dr. William B. Headley, and Dr. Roberto H. Barja to the
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Kiwanis Club celebrates Valentine’s Day

Posted by | February 22, 2018 2:43 pm

   The Kiwanis Club of Swainsboro held its weekly meeting Tuesday, Feb. 13, at Catered Creations at 7 p.m. with President Jim Clapham presiding. There were 20 members and three guests, Carolyn Canady, Barbara Fields, and Betty Clapham, in attendance.

   The program for the evening was hosted by Deana Patrick, who introduced the club’s newest member, Diana Wedincamp.
   Wedincamp gave a presentation on Romeo and Juliet. She used a paper about
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Kappa Omega raises money through successful bunco event

Posted by | February 22, 2018 2:40 pm

   On Feb. 9, the Kappa Omega Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi hosted its second annual Bunco Ladies Night Event.
   The goal of this event was to raise money for the club’s scholarship fund. Each year the Beta Sigma Phi gives out two one-thousand scholarships to local senior girls.
   Through the ladies’ night out event, the club was able to raise $2,515.80 that will be used for scholarships.
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News from under the Gold Dome

Posted by | February 22, 2018 2:38 pm

by REP. BUTCH PARRISH, District 158


   On Monday, Feb. 12, we reconvened for week six of the 2018 legislative session.
   The General Assembly is now officially over half-way through this year’s session, and “Cross Over Day” is just a few legislative days away.

   The House overwhelmingly passed House Bill 487, which would provide more flexibility to emergency response volunteers. This bill would allow state agency employees who are certified Read More

Look what’s coming to town!

Posted by | February 22, 2018 2:36 pm


   Construction on Highway 1 at the entrance of the Walmart shopping center has been ongoing for a few weeks and has been the cause of much speculation around town. Alas, The Blade has the scoop!
   The new building will be home to a Wendy’s restaurant, and owner Danny Strickland says the tentative completion date is mid-March. There will be two days of in-store training, then the public
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Smith receives two Georgia Society SAR awards

Posted by | February 22, 2018 2:34 pm

   The Annual Georgia Society Board of Management Sons of the American Revolution Conference was held on January 26-27, 2018 at the Sonesta Hotel in Duluth. Wiregrass Chapter Registrar Dess Smith III attended, along with Wiregrass Chapter President Wilder Smith Jr. 

   The Georgia Society SAR Award Winning Color Guard presented the Commander’s Certificate for 2017 Militia Member of the Year, in recognition of his dedication to the Elijah Clarke Militia, to Read More

Two wrecks on same road, same night in Garfield

Posted by | February 22, 2018 2:28 pm

   On Saturday, Feb. 17, at 2:36 a.m., 911 dispatched units to Grey Mule Farm Road by Tulip Lane in Garfield for a roll-over wreck with entrapment.
   First-arriving units found a male pinned under an overturned GMC Yukon.
   EMS began treatment, including establishing an IV, and requested Air-Evac to the scene.
   Twin City Fire attached a winch line to stabilize the vehicle while the victim was
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EGSC president receives Shirley B. Gordon Award

Posted by | February 22, 2018 2:26 pm

   East Georgia State College’s president, Dr. Bob Boehmer, will be one of 35 college presidents across the nation to receive the Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction during the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Catalyst 2018, the society’s annual convention, which will be held in Kansas City, Missouri, April 19-21.

   The Shirley B. Gordon Awards of Distinction honor college presidents who…

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Four promoted at Durden Banking Company

Posted by | February 22, 2018 2:24 pm


















    During the Jan. 16, 2018, meeting of the Board of Directors of Durden Banking Company Inc., several promotions were approved. According to bank president, G.W. Johnson Jr., the following employees were recognized for their service with appropriate promotions:

   Zachary D. Frye was promoted to…

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