News

Durden Bank of Twin City raises green for Blue Jeans for Babies

Employees of Durden Banking Company partnered with the ECI Chapter of FBLA for its Blue Jeans for Babies campaign. During December, employees paid $5 on Fridays to wear blue jeans. A total of $190 …

Lanier-Moore VFW Post 5745 Turns 75

On Feb. 15, 1946, 56 individuals from Emanuel County, who had not many years before, volunteered again to bring a Local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post to Swainsboro. Named in honor of the first two …

Arbor Day Foundation honors EGSC with 2020 Tree Campus Higher Education® Recognition

East Georgia State College was honored with 2020 Tree Campus Higher Education® recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management."Tree Campuses and …

Durden Banking Company hosts community blood drive

Durden Banking Company hosted a community blood drive with the American Red Cross on Feb. 10, 2021. A total of 19 units were collected during the community blood drive.“Durden Banking Company …

News from Under the Gold Dome

My colleagues and I returned to the Gold Dome on Tuesday, February 16 for the sixth week of the 2021 legislative session. We spent three productive days in session this week and passed more …
Memory Lane
From the February 27, 1991 edition of The Forest-Blade: Ready to recycle Members of the Swainsboro/Emanuel County Recycling Center Advisory Board make last minute preparations for opening of the …
From the February 25, 1981 edition of The Forest-Blade: A hostage? Jimmy Harper, Swainsboro High School principal, finds himself in quite a predicament as Emanuel County Nursing Home residents, …
From the February 24, 1971 edition of The Forest-Blade:  Where's the fire? Swainsboro Fire Department is now better equipped for ire fighting. The department has a new F900 Ford truck. …
From the February 23, 2011 edition of The Forest-Blade: Tigers win Region Championship!!! The Swainsboro Tigers (19-7) finished off the thrilling run through the region tournament held last …
2nd Grade Play - Second graders presented a play Feb. 23 at the Chapel program in the Swainsboro Primary School Auditorium entitled “George Washington Mystery”. Play casts were Earnestine …
From the February 20, 1991 edition of The Forest-Blade:Bypass selected by DOTGeorgia Dept. of Transportation has approved the “Alternate A” plan for a highway bypass for Swainsboro. The …
Sports
The Lady Bobcats Softball Team defeated USC Union Sunday at East Georgia State College by scores of 5-0 and 4-1. The Lady Bobcats finished the week with four wins and just two defeats.Britney Foster …
Two of East Georgia State College’s softball players have been named Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (GCAA) players of the week. Sierra Taylor was named Player of the Week for …
After two cancellations this week, the ECI Bulldogs finally got 2021 baseball underway capturing two wins to begin the season.Tuesday’s home opener against Burke Co. was cancelled due to …
The Swainsboro Tigers boys basketball team began GHSA Class AA State playoff action with a big win over Beckley County, 65-37 on Wednesday night. The Tigers, the defending Class AA state …
Obituaries
Sarah L. Mason Shivers, 77
Ms. Sarah L. Mason Shivers, 77, passed away February 13, 2021 in Augusta with her daughters, her sister, and her brother by her …
Roy Brantley Frady, 79
Mr. Roy Brantley Frady, 79, of Wrightsville, passed away Saturday, February 20, 2021 at his residence following an extended …
Paul Ferdinand Pierre, Jr., 66
Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors announces the death of Mr. Paul Ferdinand Pierre Jr., age 66, of Swainsboro, on Tuesday, February 16, …
Joyce Marsh McIntee, 75
Joyce Marsh McIntee passed away Thursday, February 18, 2021 at home following an extended illness. Ms. McIntee was born October …
Gussie Mary Patrick Howard, 97
Mrs. Gussie Mary Patrick Howard, 97, passed away on February 15, 2021. Graveside service was held Saturday, February 20, at 2 p.m. at …
GOVERNMENT
Legislative Update: 2021 Amended Fiscal Year Budget highlights
Dear Friend,We wrapped up another productive week in the State Senate. During the campaign, I promised to take my conservative values …
Update from the Capitol: Week 5
Week five was quite productive here at the Capitol. We passed multiple pieces of legislation and I am pleased with the efficient pace …
News From Under the Gold Dome
Monday, February 8, marked the start of the fifth week of the 2021 legislative session. During this busy week, the House Rules …
Education
Southeastern Technical College Names Semi-Finalists for GOAL Program
Four Southeastern Technical College (STC) students have been selected as the College’s semi-finalists for the Georgia Occupational …
Southeastern Tech names 2021 Staff Member of the Year
The staff member of the year award is a prestigious award created to recognize a staff member who has exemplified excellence in their …
A Moment in Black History
The late Mr. James L. Booker was the first African-American to become a law enforcement officer for the City of Swainsboro and County …
ECI announces honorary students for second nine weeks
According to Principal Anetria Edenfield, the following students have earned honors for the second nine weeks of the 2020-2021 school …
EGSC Foundation receives grant for honeybees, pollinator garden
The East Georgia State College Foundation recently received two grants from the Mill Creek Foundation to supply honeybees for the EGSC …
Dr. Judy approved for retirement at recent BOE meeting
The Emanuel County Board of Education convened Tuesday, Feb. 9, at 5:30 p.m. at the Swainsboro High School cafeteria, where the board …
SOCIAL

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Seedling Garden Club plants trees for Ga. Arbor Day

Members of Seedling Garden Club gathered at Meadow Lake Parkway on Monday, February 22, 2021 to plant trees in observance of Georgia Arbor Day. Plans to plant trees on the actual  Ga. Arbor Day …
Crime
Second arrest made for December shooting
On the evening of Tuesday, Feb. 16, the U.S. Marshall’s Fugitive Task Force, GBI, Emanuel County Sheriff’s Office and Swainsboro …
SPD 02-24-21
Officers with the Swainsboro Police Department (SPD) reported…February 13Officers were notified by an unknown person that a vehicle …
ECSO 02-24-21
According to the Emanuel County Sheriff’s Office…February 12Complainant stated he discovered a dent on his vehicle. Co. believes …
Jail List 02-24-21
The following persons have been booked into Emanuel County Jail, according to Emanuel County Sheriff Jeffrey Brewer, on warrants …
Happy Birthday 9-1-1!
49 years ago today, the first-ever 911 call took place in Haleyville, Alabama.
When Alabama Speaker of the House Rankin Fite dialed …
Faith
One day, while I was sitting in my office at home, my three-year-old little girl came into my office. Kids are so observant; they take in everything you say and do. She began to look around the room …
In celebration of welcoming its new pastor, members of Hebron Primitive Baptist Church invite all to be in attendance this Sunday, February 28, to welcome Pastor Will Martin of Swainsboro. Service …
We all know this horrible enemy called the devil, who wants to take everything you have and cast you into a place of entire loneliness. The devil has put on many disguises to accomplish his mission …
Features
This week’s Cooks of the Week is Avery Williams. She is an employee at Citizens Bank of Swainsboro. In her spare time, Avery enjoys shopping, spending time with family and friends, and trying …
This week’s Hometown Public Servant is Emanuel Medical Services Director Courtney Terwilliger. Born in Jacksonville, Florida, Terwilliger relocated to Emanuel …
Opinion
Answer:Quite often people get phishing emails that have addresses appearing to be from someone they know. This quite often happens in groups where members get a phishing email that appears to be from …
It is wonderful to have good friends that share our interests, concerns, fun times and not-so fun times. Friends are special blessings.  From early childhood, I can name many whom I cherish as …
I blush as I write this (well, not really) but things are going well at the University of Georgia, the nation’s oldest state-chartered university, located in Athens, the Classic City of the …
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