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Back to School: Like father, Like daughter

The days of summer are slowly dwindling down before the start of a new school year! Pictured is Millie Layne Watkins, the 5-year-old daughter of Dustin Watkins and Megan Thompson of Swainsboro. …

Smith arrested on aggravated assault charges

Last week, Swainsboro Police Department announced the capture of Roger Smith a.k.a. Buck Wheat of Twin City. A warrant for aggravated assault charges was issued for Smith by the department for his …

SPD 07-28-21

Officers with the Swainsboro Police Department (SPD) reported…July 16Officer was dispatched in reference to meeting someone for a report stating that a lady from church bought him a hotel room …

Jail List 07-28-21

The following persons have been booked into Emanuel County Jail, according to Emanuel County Sheriff Jeffrey Brewer, on warrants obtained by one of several local law enforcement agencies, designated …

ECSO 07-28-21

According to the Emanuel County Sheriff’s Office… July 18 Deputies responded to 5th Ave in Stillmore in reference to a female that was irate and trying to hit people and cars as they drove …
Memory Lane
From the July 27, 2011 edition of The Forest-Blade:THORNTON TO RETIRE FROM STCRichard Thornton, executive director of economic development at STC retired from his position, concluding a long and …
From the July 27, 1961 edition of The Forest-Blade:J.D. MCLEOD IS NAMED TO CITY’S PLANNING GROUPJ.D. McLeod was named to the Swainsboro Planning Commission. He was named at a meeting of the …
From the July 22, 1981 edition of The Forest-Blade:ORDAINEDParticipating in deacon ordination services for Harry Martin held at Sardis Primitive Baptist Church were Elder N.A. Roberts, Harry Martin, …
From the July 21, 1971 edition of The Forest-Blade:OFFICIALLY CROWNEDMiss Paulette Brown of Emanuel County was officially crowned Georgia Peanut Princess by Jon Daniel, Georgia Peanut Commission …
From the July 20, 2011 edition of The Forest-Blade:BATES SIGNS WITH POINT UNIVERSITYMatthew Bates, a 2011 honor graduate of ECI, signed to play football at Point University in East Point. Bates …
From the July 20, 1961 edition of The Forest-Blade:MISS COWART IS JOHNSON HD AGENTMiss Lynda Cowart of Twin City was named home demonstration agent for Johnson County, with headquarters in …
Sports
Swainsboro-Emanuel County Recreation Department’s (SECRD) 10U Boys Allstar Baseball Team played in the Georgia and Recreation and Park Association Youth Baseball 10 and Under State Tournament …
Swainsboro-Emanuel County Recreation Department’s (SECRD) 10U Girls Allstar Softball Team placed fourth in the Georgia Recreation and Park Association State 10U Girls Softball Tournament played …
Swainsboro-Emanuel County Recreation Department’s (SECRD) 12U Girls Allstar Softball Team competed in the Georgia Recreation and Park Association Class AB 12U Girls Fastpitch Softball State …
Swainsboro-Emanuel County Recreation Department’s 14U Boys Allstar Baseball Team placed fourth in the Georgia Recreation and Park Association State Baseball Tournament played June 23 - June 25 …
FOOD

COTW: Melissa Frost

This week’s Cook of the Week is Melissa Kea Frost. She is the daughter of the late Margaret Webb and Larry Kea. Frost is an employee at Southern Nuclear in Waynesboro. She was born and raised …
COTW: Macy Wiggins
COTW: Macy Wiggins This week’s Cook of the Week is Macy Wiggins. She is the daughter of the Donna and Ronald Wiggins of Twin …
Summertown Food Pantry announces Saturday distribution date
To better serve the community, Summertown Food Pantry at Summertown Baptist Church will hold its first-ever Saturday distribution day …
Cooking columnist to contribute monthly theme recipe
June Theme: “It's a Sizzling Summer with Chicken & Veggie Kabobs”Meet the Cook - Azure Rountree Azure Rountree of Statesboro is a …
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Obituaries
Wanda Jean Gorham Roberts, 70
Mrs. Wanda Jean Gorham Roberts, 70, of Chula, died Sunday, July 18, 2021, at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA. Funeral …
Stephanie Ann Asbell, 54
Stephanie Ann Asbell, 54, of Swainsboro, died Thursday, July 22, 2021, in Vidalia. Graveside services were held Sunday, July 25, at 3 …
Sammy Jordan Brown, 70
Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors announces the death of Mr. Sammy Jordan Brown, age 70, of Summertown, on Friday, July 23, 2021, at the …
Martha Nell McGahee, 84
Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors announces the death of Ms. Martha Nell McGahee, age84, of Swainsboro, on Thursday, July 22, 2021, at …
Margie Fae Andrews, 87
Mrs. Margie Fae Andrews succumbed to extended illness at her home on Monday, July 12, 2021. She was laid to rest on Friday, July 16, …
Crime
Superior Court Rulings
The following occurred during the Emanuel County Superior Court April 2021 and July 2021 terms:April 2021Charles Smith negotiated a …
Woods booked into county jail on motor vehicle theft charges
Ongoing investigation continues At approximately 11 a.m. Sunday, July 18, Emanuel County deputies were dispatched to Bird Flanders …
Emanuel County woman sentenced after admitting to defrauding program for COVID-19 small business relief
Federal sentence includes repayment of $66,400An Emanuel County woman who admitted creating a fake business and using it to receive …
Adrian woman included in 1 of 30 charged in Middle Georgia methamphetamine trafficking conspiracy
A press release made by The United States Department of Justice Southern District of Georgia on Friday announced that Wanda Phillips, …
SPD 07-21-21
Officers with the Swainsboro Police Department (SPD) reported…July 9Officer was waved down by a female about a forged check and …
GOVERNMENT
City of Adrian meets for month of July
Adrian Mayor Wynola Smith and city council members convened for their monthly meeting Monday, July 12, at the Adrian Annex. Mayor …
STATEMENT FROM THE MAYOR
This community has seen two deaths caused by totally senseless violence in less than two weeks. In light of that, I have asked Chief …
Sen. Billy Hickman Appointed to Serve on Senate Study Committee on Improving Access to Healthy Foods and Ending Food Deserts
Last week, Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan announced his appointments of five Senate Study Committees. Sen. Billy Hickman (R – Statesboro) …
Education
Knoeferl wins grand prize for participation in SPD Treasure Hunt for Kids program
Swainsboro Police Department held a grand prize drawing for the ultimate winner of this year’s Treasure Hunt for Kids, an annual …
Franklin Memorial Library to end SRP with celebration
All Summer Reading participants are invited to come to Franklin Memorial Library on Thursday, July 29, at 2:30 p.m. to celebrate the …
New school year welcomes new administration
New school year welcomes new administration Meet Emanuel County Schools’ newly appointed seven Monday, August 2, will mark the …
The Fulford Center hosts Astronomy Camp!
The Sudie A. Fulford Community Learning Center on the campus of East Georgia State College partnered with Magnolia Midlands Georgia …
Jackson graduates from Mercer University
Mercer University conferred bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees to more than 2,200 students at five commencements held in May in …
Valdosta State University Announces Spring 2021 Graduates
Valdosta State University is proud to announce the members of its graduating class of Spring 2021, including the following area …
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Three Little Words

Even though it seems like summer just started, we will soon be hearing the words that strike fear in the hearts of many 7 to 17 year olds.  It's the same three words that bring on a comfortable …
Faith
Sardis Primitive Baptist Church host a homecoming service Sunday, July 18, beginning at 11 a.m. with revival services to follow Monday, July 19, and Tuesday, July 20, at 7 p.m., nightly. The guest …
In conjunction with the third annual 7/14 Georgia statewide Bible reading, a prayer rally will be held at the county courthouse in Swainsboro. The event is set for July 14 at 7:14 a.m. All are …
Mt. Olivet Baptist Church near Garfield will commemorate its 115th year in ministry Sunday, July 18, with a special Homecoming service.  Worship will begin at 10:30 a.m. (Sunday school classes …
Features
Nominated as this week's Hometown Public Servant is Bill Cahill, PIO and freelancer for The Forest-Blade. Cahill is not a native of Emanuel County, but his face may be familiar to many locals - …
Owned by the County and governed by the Emanuel County Hospital Authority, Emanuel Medical Center (EMC) employs over 420 people and operates as a not-for-profit facility whose operations are …
The Main Street Market opened in 2011 as a project of the Downtown Development Authority of Swainsboro (DDA). Prompted by the effects of The Great Recession on the local economy, the DDA set out to …
Opinion
One last word about the 25th anniversary of the Centennial Olympic Games and then we will move on.  Nostalgia is not one of my strong points but having been associated with such a …
All across the United Stated students are graduating from High School and Colleges. Do you have fond memories of the night you graduated? If you are like me, I had mixed emotions about leaving high …
Vernon Jones talks about running for governorStrong opinions begat strong reactions. I recently begatted a strong opinion about Republican gubernatorial candidate Vernon Jones and he begatted a …
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