Don’t Dress for Dinner: Award-winning play coming to Bartow Feb. 23

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On Friday, Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m., Jefferson County residents can catch the award-winning play, “Don’t Dress for Dinner” as the Ft. Gordon Dinner Theater performs at Bartow Schoolhouse Theater. 
The play is a fast-paced farce about changing plans, secrets, mistaken identities, and the all-important dinner. 

Flower shop opens in Wrens: Something Wonderful is family operation for Sawden and McCoys

Cynthia Sawden has childhood memories of falling asleep on the floor of a florist shop on the night before Valentines, the dazzle of blossoms and heady mix of scents from fresh cut flowers coloring her dreams.
Her mother Michelle McCoy was a licensed floral designer for years in downtown Wrens, and so it was not a surprise when Cynthia took up the trade herself five years ago.

OFTC offers Microsoft Office Suite course in Louisville

Oconee Fall Line Technical College's Office of Continuing Education will offer a Microsoft Office Suite course at the college's Jefferson County Center in Louisville on Monday, February 5 from 6 to 8PM.


As a survey of the most popular computing platform, this course is designed to teach the new and experienced user alike how to use the many features of Microsoft Word 2013.


This course will include topics like: how to create documents, how to create publications, and how to use a word processor.


TJA teachers receive statewide honors

Students today are different than they were 20 years ago, TJA science teacher Amber Dowdy admits. And while many educators find the challenge of engaging them daunting, Dowdy says that’s one of the things she loves most about her job.
And she’s pretty good at what she does. In November, both she and fellow TJA teacher Amanda Brett were recognized as the GISA State High School and Middle School Teachers of the Year.

Rawlings to sign new book in Louisville Dec. 7

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Just what exactly did happen to that lost confederate gold? How did the Yazoo Fraud really happen and how did it impact US government at the time? How did the Ku Klux Klan really come to wield so much power and perpetrate its reign of terror in the 1920s?
Sixth generation Washington County resident William Rawlings explores these questions and many more in his latest nonfiction book, The Strange Journey of the Confederate Constitution and Other Stories From Georgia’s Historical Past.

Art of the nativity presented Saturday

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Over 150 beautiful, unique nativities from around the world will be displayed this Saturday, Dec. 2, in Louisville at the historic Abbot-Easterlin House, 801 Mulberry Street.  Attendees may drop in any time between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. to browse the displays of these sacred scenes which have been collected from countries all over the world and have been created in many different mediums from ceramics to silks to wood.  The Louisville Garden Club, who is sponsoring this event, hopes to provide a true Christmas experience, for all who participate.

Broadway star joins local girls on stage: Schoolhouse Players production opens Dec. 1

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A veteran Broadway star and 12 of the cutest little Georgia girls you’ll ever see take the stage in The Schoolhouse Players’ production of the musical Madeline’s Christmas opening Dec. 1. 
The show is based on the beloved children’s book of the same name, which has become a Yuletide classic.

Trick or Treat events scheduled

As Halloween approaches, children will be walking and riding in cars on the hunt for candy and some scary fun. Everyone is asked to be careful while out.
Dr. Benjamin D. Hoffman is a spokesman for the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). He advises parents to check anything your child receives. 
Ration the candy so there’s no unhealthy binge eating. 

Gift of a flag

Glascock County Sheriff Jeremy Kelley’s 4-year-old daughter, Emma Faith, stands under the flag and flagpole dedication held by Woodmen Life Lodge 982 at the Sheriff’s Office recently. “Woodman strives to promote family, community and country,” Woodmen Life representative Wanda Davis said. “They recently relocated to a new building and they needed a flagpole and a flag and Woodmen wanted to make sure that that happened.” Sheriff Kelley said that his office considered it an honor to receive the pole and flag because of what it represents. “A flag is not a piece of cloth,” he said.

Carol Taylor-survivor:

Carol Taylor was first told a little bit of a suspicious area was found in her mammogram.
“The doctor wanted to do another mammogram in five months,” Taylor said. “The doctor told me the suspicious area was in there; but, he didn’t think it was cancer. So, he wanted to wait five months and do another mammogram. I said, ‘We’ll wait five months; but, if that suspicious area is still there, I want it removed so it won’t turn into cancer.’ So he agreed to that.” 
At Taylor’s next mammogram five months later, there was no change.

GCCS Homecoming queen 2017

Gracie Hutcheson (at right and above center) was crowned Glascock County’s 2017 Homecoming Queen during the half time festivities last Friday. Logan Edwards was the first runnerup. Also chosen to represent their grades were Briley Johnson for 9th grade, Jada Irwin for 10th grade and Amber Kitchens for 11th.

Honoring his son: Local man shares video of his son’s death to save other officers

He still hears the shots that killed his son; hears his son try to take control of a dangerous situation; hears his son say he fears for his life; and, he hears his son scream as he dies.
Kirk Dinkheller is a man on a mission – a mission to keep other young people from making the mistakes his son Kyle made. 
Kyle Dinkheller was a deputy with the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office and had worked there for three years. He had a wife and a child. There was another child on the way. 

Udderly delicious...

Louisville Middle School students get up close and personal with a Georgia Mobile Dairy Classroom milk cow Monday morning. Operated by the Agricultural Commodity Commission for Milk, the mobile classroom features a working milking parlor and teaches students all over the state how milk gets from the cow to their cereal bowls. The goal of the program is to promote dairy products and the industry that produces them.

Edie Pundt retires from bank

Edie Pundt has been an integral part of Jefferson County all of her life. 
She has been a member of the Wadley City Council, the Wadley Development Authority and the Jefferson County Development Authority. 
After almost 50 years in the banking industry, she retired Wednesday, Aug. 2, from Queensborough National Bank & Trust Co. She had been executive vice president and part of branch administration. She was a member of the board of directors of the holding company for Queensborough and a member of the executive management team.

Don’t let excitement eclipse safety concerns

By Merritt Melancon
On the afternoon of Aug. 21, Georgians will have the opportunity to share in the experience of seeing the summer afternoon sky darken as the moon’s shadow covers the sun, and they are excited.
It’s going to be quite a show, but it’s important that eclipse viewers don’t get so caught up in the hype that they abandon safety, said Pam Knox, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agricultural climatologist.

200 years of faithful service: Ways Baptist prepares to celebrate bicentennial anniversary

For 200 years Ways Baptist Church has stood on a grassy hill above Brushy Creek in northeast Jefferson County and served as a doorway between the hard-worked row crops of rural Stellaville and a glittering heavenly reward. 
Older than the scattered nearby homes and even the trees that shade them, Ways Baptist was organized in 1817 by Revolutionary War veterans and the sons of the men who fought alongside them.

Swan crowned Miss Georgia's Outstanding Teen

With tears running down her face, as the crown was placed on her head, Miss Georgia’s Outstanding Teen Annie Swan lifted her finger and pointed it skyward.
“When they called out the first runner up I thought, well I didn’t place,” Swan said. “It never crossed my mind that I had won.”
But as they started saying Miss International City, her preliminary title, she just lost it. 


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