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Swainsboro City Council and Mayor Greg Bennett held their first meeting of 2022 on Monday, January 3, at 6 p.m. at Swainsboro City Hall. The Honorable Judge Don Wilkes was present for the swearing in … more
On September 27, 2021, Koda, a four-year-old chow/lab mix, entered the Betty Gambrell Animal Shelter as an intake. Patiently, this big, sweet known-to-be lap pup sat in his designated kennel awaiting … more
For this week’s Swainsboro Spotlight, The Forest-Blade highlights The Rustic Grilel. Located at the address of 1253 US 80 in Swainsboro, this restaurant is one of the newer restaurants to be … more
Pictured are Hunter and his son Grayson Hooks getting ready to celebrate the new year. Grayson is four years old and goes to school at “Miss Laci’s”. He is also the son of Tonya Hooks. The … more

As we come to the end of another year, we reflect on what has been and anticipate what is to come. With each new year, we welcome new beginnings. In fact, the month of January is named after Janus, … more
It’s been 160 years since The Forest-Blade first opened its doors to share the voice of the people in our community. Like Emanuel County itself, our beloved paper has seen the times change with the … more
As part of its centennial celebration, the city of Twin City now displays a freshly painted mural on the city’s old city hall and jail building. “I’m so proud of our Centennial Mural! It … more
Swainsboro High School senior Danaria Shane’ Phillips has been announced the recipient for David Emanuel-Adam Brinson, Daughters of the American Revolution Chapter Award for the Class of 2022. The … more
Bre-Lynn Atkinson’s , affectionately known at MeMe, first Fill-A-Trunk giveaway event was held Saturday, December 11, at The Forest-Blade, located on West Moring Street. The 10-year-old’s … more

This week’s local business highlight is Caraway’s Pawn Shop. Caraway’s is located at 931 US Highway 1 N, Swainsboro, and is managed by Libby Caraway. She took over the business after her … more
Steve Talton and Steve Hawkins, co-owners and co-founders of America Knits in Swainsboro, held a conference earlier this month.The session was attended by a large group of individuals, including … more
Santa will be at Bobbie Jean's Market on Moring Street (across from Emanuel Janitorial/old skating rink) tonight from 5 to 8 p.m. Come out and have your kids picture taken with Santa, let them write … more
Swainsboro Police Department’s annual Shop With A Cop program will be held Monday, December 20, at Swainsboro’s Walmart Supercenter beginning at 6 p.m. Sign up for this year’s program at the … more
There will be two sets of hard-to –fill shoes at the Downtown Development Authority meetings in 2022. Daisy Reeves and Gary Mason will be stepping down on December 31 after many years of … more

The City of Swainsboro held its annual Christmas Parade in downtown Swainsboro on Thursday, December 2. The streets were lined with much excitement as parade-goers arrived for this year’s event. … more
It’s that time of the year again when many parents ask their children for Christmas gift ideas. When prompted the famous question, “What do you want for Christmas this year?”, more times than … more
The Swainsboro High School Tigers defeated North East Macon rivals on Friday, November 26, with a final score of 12-9. The Tigers will now advance to the Georgia High School Association semi-final … more
Wednesday, November 24, made for a perfect start of the Thanksgiving holiday for some pretty special children and their new families. On this particular day, in honor of National Adoption Month, a … more
December 20, Swainsboro Police Department’s annual Shop With A Cop program will be held at Swainsboro’s Walmart Supercenter at 6 p.m. Sign up for this year’s program at the police department … more

Two turkeys were recently walking a field together when one turkey said to its fellow turkey, “What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?” The fellow turkey responded wittedly with, … more
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