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The Forest-Blade visits Canada

Kathie Barton from Twin City and Judy Hendrix from Swainsboro recently took a Kelly Tours trip to Eastern Canada. Part of the trip was a two-night stop at Niagara Falls, which is where the picture …

The Blade honors officers

Last week was National Police Officers Week with Wednesday, May 15, being Peace Officers Memorial Day. The Forest-Blade staff provided agencies with donuts and milk as a ‘Thank you’ for their …

Sherrod shows kindness

The police department was recently able to recognize another citizen for showing kindness to others in the community. Earlier this month, LaDaysha Sherrod found a valid credit card in a parking lot …

Mason photo rehung and dedicated

The painting of Gloria Mason, originally displayed over the bar in Berni’s, was recently moved to the foyer where it was rehung and dedicated to Mason. A pew, donated by Mason, was placed …

Johnson receives Act of Kindness award

Lonnie Johnson is the Swainsboro Police Departments latest recipient of a gift card to reward his act of kindness. Mr. Johnson located a stranger’s wallet and turned the wallet over to the …

Recent storms cause damage to pumping station equipment

The recent rain from last weekend’s storms, estimated by NWS Peachtree City as 3 to 5 inches in the area, resulted in a flooded underground equipment vault at the pumping station located on Fortune …

Coney receives Herbert Tillman Award

Fahneshia Coney is the recipient of the Emanuel Medical Center 2024 Herbert Tillman Award. In 2003, The Herbert Tillman Humanitarian Award was established to honor employees who have demonstrated …

Brown brings friends to Swainsboro

Emanuel County native Chris Brown, a Medic in the US Army, recently visited Swainsboro with a fellow Medic and two pilots. While in Ft. Stewart flying maneuvers, Brown wanted to bring the crew to …

Memorial Day Remembrance

Memorial Day is an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. On Monday, May 27, be sure to fly your flag at …

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Veterans meet at The Cakery

The Veterans at the Library held their weekly meeting at The Cakery on the Square Monday, May 13, at 9:15 a.m. With Chair John Tapley presiding, they had 43 in attendance. Breakfast was served by the …
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Durden Bank - Spotlight on 4 Locations

Durden Banking Company has a decades long history, with their original office in Twin City, GA. But over time, they built the business with a branch in Swainsboro, Millen and the addition of Metter …

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Obituaries
Willis Clarence Pickens, Jr., 79
Willis Clarence Pickens, Jr., age 79, passed away Sunday, May 5, 2024. A Celebration of Life was held Saturday, May 11, at 11 a.m. at Mt. Zion Church in Garfield. Interment followed in Swan Cemetery …
Termetrius Lyneil Gardner, 47
Termetrius Lyneil Gardner “Tiedy”, age 47, passed away Monday, May 13, 2024, at Fairview Park Hospital in Dublin following a brief illness. A Celebration of Life was held Sunday, May 19, at 2:30 …
William Jimmy Page, Sr., 81
William Jimmy Page, Sr., 81, of Metter, passed away late Saturday, May 18, 2024, at Community Hospice in Vidalia. A Celebration of Life will be held Wednesday, May 22, at 1 p.m. at Kennedy Funeral …
Crime
    • JAIL: 5.22.24

      The following persons have been booked into Emanuel County Jail, according to Emanuel County Sheriff Jeffrey Brewer, on warrants obtained by one …

    • SPD: 5.22.24

      Officers with the Swainsboro Police Department (SPD) reported… May 10 Officers were dispatched to Kwik Shop for a subject that was …

    • ECSO: 5.22.24

      According to the Emanuel County Sheriff’s Office… May 14 Traffic stop was conducted along with a vehicle search due to a scent of …

    • SPD 5.15.24

      Officers with the Swainsboro Police Department (SPD) reported… May 3 Officers were made aware of an intoxicated person attempting to buy …

    • ECSO 5.15.24

      According to the Emanuel County Sheriff’s Office… May 5 Victim stated items were stolen from the backseat of his truck on Womack …

    • Jail 5.15.24

      The following persons have been booked into Emanuel County Jail, according to Emanuel County Sheriff Jeffrey Brewer, on warrants obtained by one …

Education
Swainsboro High School seniors earn scholarships and recognitions at Honors Night
Swainsboro High School held its annual senior honors program Monday, May 6, in the gym. Students who have exceeded expectations in academics and athletics were awarded with scholarships, …
SHS JROTC Cadets receive awards
The High School JROTC program teaches Cadets self-discipline, self-confidence and leadership skills needed to meet the challenges of adulthood. The Local American Legion recognized the following …
Middleton receives Eloise Vining Scholarship
On Monday, May 13, Kirah N. Middleton, Swainsboro High School honor graduate, was awarded the Eloise Vining Scholarship from The Progressive Ladies club during Swainsboro High School Honors Night …
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Skunk Brigade attends Patriot Grave Marking

On Saturday, May 11, the Skunk Brigade, Georgia Society Sons of the American Revolution, traveled to the Phillips Mill Baptist Church in Wilkes County, GA to participate in the Patriot Rev Silas …

Hardin speaks to Exchange Club

On Tuesday, May 14, 2024 Club Member Sonny Morgan had Rev. Mark Hardin as the speaker at the Swainsboro Exchange Club. Hardin spoke on starting a food pantry in Adrian and stressed that we should …

Young receives EMC BEE Award

On Thursday, May 16 Emanuel Medical Center staff had the privilege of presenting Latena Young with the BEE Award. The BEE (Being Excellent Everyday) award recognizes and honors non-nursing support …

Fitzner speaks to the Veterans

The Veterans at the Library held their weekly meeting Monday morning, May 20, at 9:15 a.m. at the Franklin Memorial Library. With Chair John Tapley presiding, they had 44 in attendance. Breakfast was …
Features

ATTN: Swainsboro Healthcare Patients

The Swainsboro Healthcare Providers have been relocated to Emanuel Medical Center’s other primary care offices. We have staff at Swainsboro Healthcare that will assist you in being seen by the …

Investigation launched into Copyright Infringement, plagiarism, and internet theft

The Forest-Blade was recently made aware that the website www.thecrossroads.news, which was previously operated by The Crossroads Chronicle newspaper before their closure, is active again and taking …

Happy Mother's Day

This Sunday, May 12, we joyfully celebrate Mother’s Day, but we also know that every day should be an occasion to thank the women who raised us, encouraged us and loved us. As any mother can tell …

Seeds II Seams named one of five Georgia ‘Small Business ROCK STARS’

Seeds II Seams was named as one of five 2024 Small Business ROCK STARS by the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) as part of the state’s celebration of Georgia Small Business Week …
Faith

Piney Grove Missionary Baptist Church to hold Revival

Piney Grove Missionary Baptist Church Cross – Green Community, will have revival Tuesday, May 7 – Thursday, May 9, at 7 p.m. nightly with Revivalist, Minister Justin Thomas. Their 156th Church …

Lester Grove Missionary Baptist Church to hold Spring Revival

Lester Grove Missionary Baptist Church will have their Spring Revival May 6 and 7 at 7 p.m. nightly. Guest ministers will be Rev. Harold Moore on Monday night, May 6, and Rev. Walter Holmes on …

Union Primitive Baptist Church celebrates 100 years

Union Primitive Baptist Church located at 11 Trout Trail in Swainsboro will hold a special service on Saturday, April 27, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the church. Service will begin at 11 …
Opinion

Unforgettable Garfield

Garfield didn’t’ have a stop light but did have a caution light. If you blinked your eyes once, you were out of the city limits headed to Millen. But if you decided to get a bottled coke at …

Cracks in the system

We live in a world of miraculous innovation. The pace of change and advancement we have witnessed in just the last three decades has been astonishing. One of the most sweeping examples of this is how …

Some random thoughts on some random subjects

If anyone in the governor’s office or Twin Pines LLC is listening, my open letter to Gov. Brian Kemp regarding the oxymoronic Environmental Protection Division’s consideration to allow drilling …
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