COVID-19
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According to the county commissioners’ noon update before press time Tuesday, August 11, the total active cases of COVID-19 in Emanuel has increased to 88. There have been … more
In response to the continuing spread of COVID-19 in the community, the City of Swainsboro is requesting that masks or face coverings be worn by all persons entering any municipal building until … more
According to the county commissioners’ noon update before press time Tuesday, July 14, the total active cases of COVID-19 in Emanuel has decreased to 46. There have been 231 … more
by PRESIDENT BOB BOEHMER Dear Friends of East Georgia State College Faculty and Staff, I am writing today to update you about steps we are taking at EGSC concerning protective face … more

According to the county commissioners’ noon update before press time Tuesday, July 7, the total active cases of COVID-19 in Emanuel has now reached 77. There have been 172 total confirmed … more
According to the county commissioners’ noon update before press time Tuesday, June 30, the total active cases of COVID-19 in Emanuel has now reached 60. There have been 121 total confirmed … more
East Georgia State College will hold its spring commencement ceremony virtually on Friday, May 8, 2020 at 6 p.m. The ceremony will be held virtually because of the recent COVID-19 pandemic. The ceremony can be viewed in a watch party on the EGSC … more
by HALEI LAMB According to Elections Director Kerry Curry, the primary election originally set for next month has been postponed due to COVID-19 implications. The decision was made by state officials Thursday, April 9. Early voting for the primary … more
by HALEI LAMB Area students who were heading to this year’s prom, especially seniors, will be pleased to hear their planning will not have been in vain. One local woman, Brandi Canady-Taylor, has been working behind the scenes over the last few … more

by HALEI LAMB Del Brown has been a busy man over the last few weeks as concerns about coronavirus have grown locally. He and his employees at Pinetucky Country Meats in Swainsboro and Pinetucky Country Meats in Soperton have been working nonstop to … more
by HALEI LAMB Typically, absentee voting at the local level in normal elections hovers around 2 or 3 percent. Kerry Curry, who serves as elections director for Emanuel County, says her office is prepared for upwards of 50 percent absentee voting, … more
by HALEI LAMB According to Damien Scott, Emanuel County is ahead of the game right now in terms of preparedness for coronavirus. His statement to The Blade Tuesday morning comes after the opening of a local COVID clinic and quicker testing. This … more
by HALEI LAMB The shutdown of the state continues to unfold amid COVID-19, but two important events—the graduation ceremony for the Class of 2020 as well as a parade for the Swainsboro High School basketball state champions—will go on at some … more
This column must start with a spoiler alert. I always try to select subjects to share with my hometown readers that are nostalgic and hopefully amusing. This is a time when we must be afraid and careful. Activities are cancelled and grocery shelves … more

Congress recently passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which will provide many resources to small businesses, in addition to certain nonprofits and other employers. Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans are one … more
It’s been more than a week and I’m still confused every morning when I hear my iPhone sound ESPN’s infamous tune. What notifications could the sports media conglomerate possibly be sending me when the world is void of all sports? Nonetheless, … more
Local healthcare officials are urging citizens to remain calm and continue the precautionary measures promoted in the last few weeks as Emanuel County’s first confirmed case of COVID-19 was announced Monday, March 30. Around noon, East Georgia … more
Family & Consumer Sciences agent for Emanuel and Candler counties The expanding global outbreak of respiratory infections due to a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has now been declared a pandemic. Cases of COVID-19 are rapidly … more
Southeastern Grocers, Inc. (SEG), parent company and home of BI-LO, Fresco y Mas, Harveys Supermarket, and Winn-Dixie grocery stores, announced Monday that the grocer will extend shopping hours on Monday and Tuesday to add a special shopping hour … more

As COVID-19 unfolds throughout the United States, Emanuel County Schools has taken precautionary measures to prevent the spread of this virus from happening within our county by announcing school closures effective Tuesday, March … more
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