Memorial Day Facts

Posted by | May 28, 2018 7:00 am

Its birthplace is a hot debate

About two dozen towns across the United States claim they were the first to celebrate Memorial (or Decoration) Day. The U.S. government deems Waterloo, New York, the official “birthplace” title, though there were informal celebrations before the village’s May 5, 1866, event.

Memorial Day Facts

Posted by | May 28, 2018 6:00 am

It was initially designed just for the Civil War

For more than 100 years, Memorial Day was reserved for honoring the lives of Civil War soldiers. The holiday didn’t expand to casualties of all American wars until after World War I. 

About Memorial Day

Posted by | May 28, 2018 12:00 am

Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day. It is a day of remembrance for those who have died in the service of our nation.

Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, but it’s difficult to prove the origins of the day. There is also evidence that a women’s group in the South decorated graves before the end of the Civil Read More

SHS students participate in world wide project

Posted by | May 25, 2018 5:45 pm

   The biology and environmental science classes at Swainsboro High School (SHS) are participating in a Citizen Science Project. Each team has been assigned a research project to assist groups of research scientists from different sites around the world. Currently, students are collecting data from webcams in various locations. The data collected will be analyzed in class and used to help research scientists make conclusions. Students will be present project objectives, Read More

SHS holds Honors Night for underclassmen

Posted by | May 25, 2018 5:00 pm

   The 2018 Honors Night for grades 9-11 was held on Tuesday evening, May 15, in the auditorium of Swainsboro High School. Many students who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in academics were recognized. 

   Membership in the ACT/SAT Achievers Club is limited to those students who score who have scored at least a 480 on the reading and writing section of the SAT and at least a 530 or higher Read More

SHS Tigers battle West Laurens in spring football

Posted by | May 25, 2018 4:30 pm

   The Swainsboro Tigers played their spring football game this past Friday, making the short trip to West Laurens to play the Raiders. West Laurens led 10-0 early and held on for a 17-14 win as both varsity teams played for three quarters and the JV teams took over for the final period.
   After 10 official practices, dodging rain, lightening, and battling a multitude of injuries, Swainsboro was
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Seedling Garden Club enjoys picnic

Posted by | May 25, 2018 4:00 pm

   The Seedling Garden Club ended its physical year with a celebration picnic. The 17 members and three guests met at 5:30 p.m. at the Youmans Barn  on Monday May 14.

   President Lucille Braswell opened the meeting. She introduced special guests Oleander District Director June Thomas and Co-Director Mary Ogden of Odum.

   Thomas presented the program for the evening. She gave an update on how active clubs in the Oleander District Read More

News from SECRD: 2018 softball and baseball champions

Posted by | May 25, 2018 3:30 pm

   Swainsboro-Emanuel County Recreation Department recently announced its 2018 softball and baseball champions. The results are as follows:

   Mite Girls SoftballPirates:

   Coach Joni Hal, Coach Aaron Walden, Coach Henry Hall, Henzli Hall, Lola Walden, Ariel Tapley, Yazzminyhanna Bell, Aubrey Scott, Holli Schoen, Kali Peebles, Mary-Ella Walden, Gracee Brown, Zaydie Beckworth, Cadence Hughes, Stella Kate Marsh, and Mylie Beneteau

   Midget Girls SoftballTigers:

   Coach Hugh Hendrix, Coach Alicia Read More

OFTC announces president’s, dean’s lists

Posted by | May 25, 2018 2:30 pm

   Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC) President Dr. Lloyd Horadan is pleased to announce the students on the president’s and the dean’s list for the 2018 spring semester.

   To be eligible for the president’s list, OFTC students must maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher with a course load of at least 12 credit hours during the semester. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must maintain a 3.0 Read More

Memorial Day: Land of the free because of the brave

Posted by | May 25, 2018 1:30 pm

   When we think about Memorial Day, all too often our minds go to barbecuing, shopping various sales, beating the onslaught of summer by visiting the lake or the beach, and keeping good company with family and friends. While all those well and good activities are affiliates of this particular May holiday, it’s important to remember its true meaning.
   Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those
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