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John Eric Parker, 55

On Saturday, June 1, 2024, at 12:46 p.m., PDDGM John Eric Parker completed his earthly mission following an extended illness at the St. Joseph/Candler hospital in Savannah. Final arrangements for our …

Ivy Cadle installed as 62nd president of State Bar of Georgia

Ivy N. Cadle of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell, & Berkowitz, P.C. in Macon and Atlanta was installed June 8 as the 62nd president of the 55,000-member State Bar of Georgia during the …

Happy Father’s Day

No matter the date, it's important to express appreciation and gratitude toward loved ones, but sometimes the calendar reminds us of an extra special day to honor certain people in our lives. This …

Councilperson Foster pleads guilty to drug charges

Late last week, Swainsboro City Councilperson Quantavius Foster announced publicly that he had received notice from the City Attorney of Swainsboro of his suspension from his position as a member of …

Frye speaks to Kiwanis

The Kiwanis Club of Swainsboro held its weekly meeting Tuesday night, May 21, at 7 p.m. at the Rustic Grille. With President Cheryl Goodman presiding, they had 25 in attendance, including seven …

Emanuel Retired Educators attend President 's Seminar

On Wednesday June 5, 2024, President Verdell Brinson and Past-President Huddie Culbreth attended a President 's Seminar for Area 6 of The Georgia Retired Educators Association (GREA). The meeting …

Daughtry speaks to the Wiregrass Chapter

The Wiregrass Chapter, Georgia Society Sons of the American Revolution held its monthly meeting Thursday night, May 9, at McKinney Pond at 6:30 p.m. With President Steve Burke presiding, they had 25 …

Burke speaks to Four Rivers

The Four Rivers Patriots Chapter Georgia Society Sons of the American Revolution held their monthly meeting, Thursday night, May 16, at 6:30 p.m. at Chatters Restaurant in Lyons. With President Steve …

Brinson speaks to the Veterans

The Veterans at the Library held their weekly meeting at the Franklin Memorial Library Monday, June 10, at 9:15 a.m. With Chair John Tapley presiding, they had 48 in attendance. Breakfast was served …

4-H Project SAFE Modified Trap season comes to and end

The 2024 Emanuel County 4-H Project S.A.F.E. Modified Trap team wrapped up their season during the State 4-H Modified Trap Match on Saturday, May 11. Emanuel County 4-H’ers participated in three …

Hattaway speaks to the Veterans

The Veterans at the Library held their weekly meeting at the Franklin Memorial Library, Monday, June 3, 2024, at 9:15 a.m. With Chair John Tapley presiding, 47 were in attendance. Breakfast was …

Smith home named ‘Yard of the Month’

The Seedling Garden Club proudly announces that the June, 2024 Yard of the Month is the home of Terri & Dessie Smith. The Smith home is located at 207 N Racetrack Street, Swainsboro. The Smiths enjoy …

Veterans clean Memorial Park

On Saturday, May 25, eight ‘Veterans at the Library’ traveled to the Memorial Park with tools to clean-up the park, install the edging beams and paint the parking spaces. The park needed a little …
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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
Sue Henry, 77
Mrs. Sue Henry, 77, of Swainsboro, passed away Friday, June 7, 2024, at Fairview Park Hospital following a brief illness. Funeral services were held Monday, June 10, at 11 a.m. in the Chapel of …
Rosland Handberry Pickens, 82
Rosland, Handberry Pickens, age 82, passed away Tuesday, June 4, 2024. A Celebration of Life was held Saturday, June 8, at 11 a.m. at Mt. Zion Church in Garfield with Pastor Johnnie Branch presiding. …
George R. Scott, 84
Mr. George R. Scott 84, of the Ollifftown, passed away peacefully June 6, 2024, at his residence, with his loving family at his bedside. Funeral service was held, Sunday June 9, at 2:30 p.m. at Old …
Crime
    • Sixteen sentenced in Superior Court

      The following occurred during the Emanuel County Superior Court April 2024 term: Rafael Cooper, repeat offender, negotiated a guilty plea on …

    • SPD 6.12.24

      Officers with the Swainsboro Police Department (SPD) reported… May 30 Officers were dispatched to West Morning Street in reference to a …

    • JAIL 6.12.2024

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

    • ECSO 6.12.24

      According to the Emanuel County Sheriff’s Office… June 3 Deputy responded a report of harassing communications. C/p stated that her …

    • SPD: 6.5.24

      Officers with the Swainsboro Police Department (SPD) reported… May 24 Officer was dispatched to KT’s Place in reference to a female …

    • JAIL: 6.5.24

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

Education
Mercer University Spring President's and Dean's Lists
Mercer University recently announced the President's List and Dean's List for the spring 2024 semester. Inclusion on these lists requires students to meet rigorous GPA standards specific to the …
Meet-and-greet held for SHS graduates
On May 22, a "Congrats Grads" meet-and-greet was held at SHS to celebrate our local graduates. Each year, seniors participate in graduation practice to prepare them for their commencement ceremonies. …
A lasting impression: Meet inspiring teacher, Megan Seamands
Megan grew up in Claxton and began her teaching career as a kindergarten teacher at Swainsboro Primary School in Swainsboro in 2017 and is still in the same school and in the same position. She is …
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Attention all fathers: Your day is coming

I have been called a lot of things in my long life and not all of them flattering. A few years back, I was referred to as an “Obama bed-wetting liberal” and a “racist redneck.” Both in the …

Tent meetings, goat man and gypsies

Growing up in my house, attending the church was not optional. It was a given. No matter how much I fussed, cried, or feigned sickness or injury, I was going to Sunday School and church right up …

Swainsboro Moose Lodge to host Karaoke Night

Swainsboro Moose Lodge 1930 will host Karaoke Night on Saturday night, June 15, from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Swainsboro Boneyard Pavilion. The event is presented by Big Wolf Entertainment and is free for …

The “Summer Experience”

One of the staple events of the summer season in this country used to be the experience of the “summer camp”. Kids in, let’s call it, “more affluent circumstances” might go to fancy private …
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River Rats break yet another record

The River Rats have toured the Ogeechee once again and broken another record. In April of this year, 41 boats carrying 75 citizens who call themselves the River Rats, set off at the Bull Hole in …

The most important day of the 20th Century-- D-Day, June 6, 1944

This coming June 6 will mark the 80th Anniversary of the single most important day of the 20th Century-- June 6, 1944, forever known as D-Day. World War II was the preeminent event of the 20th …

A Hero Unknown

June 6, 1944, otherwise known as D-Day, marked the beginning of the Allied Invasion of Normandy and Operation Overlord. It became known as the largest, seaborne operation in US history signifying the …

Mayor asks city council to pass affordable housing plan

Mayor Greg Bennett sees Swainsboro’s biggest problem as threefold, “We don’t have affordable housing, we have crime, and nobody is building homes inside the city limits.” The city is not …
Faith

Living Way Ministries to hold annual women conference

Living Way Ministries will have their annual women conference Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, June 9, at 2:30 p.m. The theme for the conference will be ‘Surely God can do …

Oak Chapel renovation

About the time Covid reared its ugly head early in 2021 and churches were suspending in-house services for a while, another problem arose at Oak Chapel Baptist Church. While inspecting some low spots …

Mt. Olivet Baptist Church to hold VBS

Mt. Olivet Baptist Church near Garfield has planned Vacation Bible School for June 4-7 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. each night. Classes will include ages 0 - 19. The theme ‘Breaker Rock Beach, God's …
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Two hundred years

Congratulations and Happy Birthday to the City of Swainsboro, my forever hometown as we celebrate 200 years. A huge thank you to The Forest-Blade for making sure that I received a copy of this …

Sharing an opinion on Representative Carter's no opinion regarding our Okefenokee

Dear Representative Buddy Carter: Your appearance a couple of weeks ago before the Water, Wildlife and Fisheries subcommittee in Washington of which you are not a member but were allowed to …

Nation divided

This Thursday will be the 80th anniversary of D-Day. On the sixth of June 1944, over seventy-five thousand American soldiers, sailors, and airmen along with other allied troops landed on the beaches …
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