July 24, 2014 {The Tattnall Journal}

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Reidsville resident Barbara Polke is facing murder charges in last week’s death of Ashley Sharpe. Polke was the driver of the vehicle and Sharpe had been the passenger, when Polke said a man had approached the vehicle and fired two shots at them, with one of them hitting Sharpe in the head. Polke is being held without bond. In addition, Catherine Sharpe Lee was arrested on four counts of giving false statements during the investigation.

Chris Reaves, of Georgia State Prison, was awarded the James Henderson Memorial Award at the 10th Annual GDC Awards ceremony in Forsyth, Ga.

The Tattnall County Industrial Development Authority has approved a resolution to move forward with the installation of a solar panel farm in Tattnall County.

Tattnall County voters selected their pick of Jack Kingston for the U.S. Senate race on Tuesday, July 22. Kingston however did not win enough votes throughout the district and the race went to David Perdue.

Tattnall County students have shown improvement on their final CRCTs and EOCTs. The percentage of Georgia eighth graders exceeding standards in all content area Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) increased this year, including an eight percentage point increase in reading. Eighth grade students in Tattnall County saw similar increases with the percentage of students meeting or exceeding expectations increasing in all five subject areas as compared to results in 2013. At the high school level, students in the state of Georgia improved performance on six out of the eight 2014 End of Course Tests (EOCT) compared to last year, according the data released by the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE). Students in Tattnall County saw increases on the End of Course Tests with the greatest increases occurring in ninth grade Literature and U.S. History.

And, look in this week’s edition for the list of school supplies for Tattnall County Schools. Collins Middle School was left out by mistake, but you can access that list online by scrolling down the page for the school. Click HERE for the Collins school website.

Obituaries this week:
William “Gene” Eugene Lee, 79
W.W. “Buddy” Moulton, 68
Philip Dean Powell, 90
Ashley Danielle Sharpe, 29
Joel E. Smith, 93

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July 17, 2014 {The Tattnall Journal}

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Reidsville resident Ashley D. Sharpe, 29, was shot in Lyons last Friday afternoon. Sharpe and another woman, Barbara A. Polke, were in a vehicle when the shooting was said to have occurred. The incident is under investigation.

A Toombs County 5-year-old, Rodney Lozano, was killed in a vehicle accident. The vehicle had several minor children in it and was being driven by a 14-year-old.

Suspects in the Long County kidnapping, assault case have been arrested in Columbus, Ga. Cedric Harris was arrested after shoplifting and Christie Culberth turned herself in afterwards.

There were two different house fires in Reidsville last Friday. Both homes were completely destroyed.

And The Tattnall Journal is welcoming a new editor on-board. Casey Stoddard of Statesboro is the new editor, replacing long-time editor, Allison Cobb, who has been working reduced hours in order to focus on her photography business. Allison is still affiliated with the Journal.

Remember to get out and vote on Tuesday, July 22.

Obituaries this week:
Judy Blocker Dubberly, 71
Rodney Edward Lozano, 5
Curtis R. Lynn, 92
Larry Way McCall, 93
James R. “Bubba” Sapp, 59
Larry Alton Spence, 68

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July 10, 2014 {The Tattnall Journal}

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Four people were arrested on drug charges on July 3 at the Cheerio Inn in Glennville. Part of that included the operations of a meth lab in one of the hotel rooms.

The Tattnall County fireworks show was held on the evening of July 4th at TCHS. Three individuals had slight cuts and abrasions when three six-inch shells (launching charges) exploded in launching tubes during the grand finale of the event.

The splash pad at Gordonia-Alatamaha State Park in Reidsville is a huge hit with families this summer! There is no admission charge to the splash pad and only a $5 parking pass per vehicle is required.

And we wrap up the Miss Georgia Pageant event with a Q&A with our two area queens who competed for titles … Harley Strickland and Sarah DeLoach.

First Night at the Movies at the Reidsville Library will be held the first Friday of the month. The movie will start promptly at 7 p.m. Seating is limited. The first film to be shown is “The Old Man and the Sea” on July 11. For more information call the Library at 557-1053.

Obituaries this week:
Terry Cason, 57
Mrs. Diann A. Cribbs, 65
Sam L. Driggers, 58
Mr. John Kirkley, 79
Shirley Miller
Cleon Mosley Jr., 70
William E. “Bill” Smith, 70
Donald Wilds, 71

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July 3, 2014 {The Tattnall Journal}

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There were a multitude of honors and recognitions on the front page this week. Mark Thompson was named Reidsville’s Rotarian of the Year and Mercedes Saenz was honored as a Paul Harris Fellow. In the Glennville Lions Club, Dennis Strickland was honored as Citizen of the Year and Lisa C. Trim was named Lion of the Year. In the Glennville Rotary Club, Brent Walker Sr. was named the Rotarian of the Year.

The UGA Extension Office in Glennville held a ribbon cutting at their newly opened office. The new office also houses the Southeastern Technical College Adult Learning Center and is located on the same square with Onshore Outsourcing, Inc. (formerly SE Technical College) near the Glennville City Auditorium.

The annual Fourth of July Fireworks, sponsored by the Reidsville, Glennville, Cobbtown, Collins and Jan Powell Prison Fire Departments, will be held at Tattnall County High School on July 4. Gates open at 6 p.m. Admission will be $5 per car. Refreshments will be sold by the fire departments.

Obituaries this week:
Lourene Kicklighter Crosby, 88
Orion “Leon” Jarriel, 74
Jesse M. Parker, 35
Geraldine Cowart Smith, 76

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June 26, 2014 {The Tattnall Journal}

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Former Glennville Mayor Jean Bridges was inducted into the Georgia Municipal Association Hall of Fame June 23, 2014. She served as Mayor of the City of Glennville for 12 years from 2000 – 2011, and holds the distinctive honor of being the first female Mayor in the city’s history.

TCHS graduate Sandra Gomez was named the 2014 Georgia Migrant Student of the Year.  Sandra, an Honor Graduate of Excellence in the Tattnall County High School Class of 2014, is the second child of Abel and Altagracia Gomez to be honored with the state-wide Georgia Migrant Student of the Year Award. Their daughter, Jennifer Gomez, an Honor Graduate of Excellence in the Tattnall County High School Class of 2012, was named the 2012 Georgia Migrant Student of the Year.

Lion Club member Bobby Kennedy was honored as “Reidsville Lion of the Year”.

And Harley Strickland and Sarah DeLoach are back from the Miss Georgia competitions. Although they didn’t return with a crown, both of the girls did outstanding on stage and representing their hometowns!

The annual Fourth of July Fireworks, sponsored by the Reidsville, Glennville, Cobbtown, Collins and Jan Powell Prison Fire Departments, will be held at Tattnall County High School. Gates open at 6 p.m. Admission will be $5 per car. Refreshments will be sold by the fire departments.

Obituaries this week:
J. Calvin Anderson, 77
Mr. Charles E. Cooper, 73
John Arthur Dasher, 86
Wynell Durrence, 86
Audrey Dolores Del Rio Flury, 55
Mary Kathryn Green, 85
Navis Victoria “Babe” Rudd Oliver, 95

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June 19, 2014 {The Tattnall Journal}

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Another week of local tragedies leads off this week’s Tattnall Journal. Greg Mulling of Collins died in a one vehicle crash on June 17 after being ejected from his truck, which flipped off of Lynntown Road.

A 23-month-old little girl, Serenity Waller, drowned in a pond on Friday, June 13 in the Sand Hill community just inside Long County. Her mother had been outside with her and the child got out of sight for just a few minutes before she was found floating in the pond.

A grease fire destroyed a mobile home owned by Leigh McLeod in Reidsville. The home was being rented by Steven Allen. It was a total loss.

Adam Kirby is the new principal at Collins Elementary/Middle School for this coming year. Adam and his wife, Robin, have two children, Caiden and Riley.

Janean Coe has been hired as the new administrator at Tattnall Healthcare in Reidsville.

And, we have two local girls competing in the state pageants this week — Harley Strickland, 19, Miss East Georgia State College, daughter of Keith and JoAnn Strickland of Claxton, is competing for the title of Miss Georgia; and Sarah DeLoach, 17, Teen Miss International City, daughter of Chris and Sharon DeLoach of Claxton, is competing for Miss Georgia’s Outstanding Teen. The pageant will be emceed by Oshja Anderson Domenicone, Miss Georgia 1999, formerly of Glennville. The pageant will be streamed live on the internet on www.wrbl.com, by clicking on the “Miss Georgia Pageant” banner. Tune in for the preliminaries Wednesday-Friday, June 18-20, at 7:30 p.m.. The finale is Saturday, June 21, at 7:30 p.m.

Obituaries this week:
Mary Frances Stubbs Boatright
Mrs. MaQueen Iddins, 83
Mrs. LaVerne Scott Alexander Johnson, 69
Janice Benton Morgan, 75
Greg Mulling, 57
Dana Hendrix Todd, 42
Mr. Raymond Lee “Stretch” Todd, 73
Ricki P. Van Meter, 62
Serenity Leanna Waller, 23 months

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June 12, 2014 {The Tattnall Journal}

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Sad news leads off the paper this week with the death of 13-year-old D’Marco Lee Castro, who drowned Monday afternoon, June 9, in the Ohoopee River near Jarriel’s Bridge.

With Father’s Day coming up this weekend, we have a feature story on the life and legacy of J. Lewis Lynn, who passed away January 9, 2013.

It’s a big pageant week next week in the state of Georgia! We are featuring two of our local girls who will be competing in the state pageants. Harley Strickland will be up for the Miss Georgia crown and Sarah DeLoach is competing for Miss Georgia’s Outstanding Teen.

Twelve people were arrested in connection with a reverse prostitution sting in Statesboro.

SSG Michael Murphrey was killed in Afghanistan on September 6, 2009. He and other soldiers were out looking for American soldier Bowe Bergdahl, who had vanished in July 2009. Bergdahl was recently recovered by the US in a swap for five Taliban prisoners.

Obituaries this week:
Mrs. Cuba Gay James, 94
Ms. Earlene James
Mr. Ray Kynerd, Jr., 85
Mr. Robert Primous, Jr., 87
Dari Dee Pruitt, 54

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June 5, 2014 {The Tattnall Journal}

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Tattnall County Manager Faye Hussey is retiring. She was honored at Monday’s County Commissioners’ meeting with a Senate Resolution, presented by Senator Jack Hill, and a reception. Faye began working for Tattnall County in 1973 and is retiring effective July 1, 2014.

The Greater Tattnall Chamber of Commerce and the Tattnall County Sheriff’s Department and local police stations came together last Thursday, May 29, for the second annual Community Candlelight Vigil held at the Veterans’ Park at the Tattnall County Courthouse.

Vidalia murder suspect Simon Dixon was in Reidsville just a few days before the murder of elementary school teacher Robin Matthews in Toombs County. He was also remembered living in Reidsville as a young boy many years ago.

BRAG, the Bike Ride Across Georgia, will take part of its route through Tattnall County next Friday, June 13. Motorists are asked to use caution on the roads when bike riders are present. All ages will be participating in the bike ride.

And, if you had your child’s photos made at the Reidsville Recreation Department during the spring baseball/softball games, you can now pick up the photos from the Rec. Dept. office.

Harvey’s Supermarket in Reidsville will be closed temporarily through June 6 as it prepares to change out many of the food brands since it is no longer owned by the Food Lion company. The store will reopen on June 6th and will retain it’s current name.

Obituaries this week:
Louise Bacon, 69
Joseph D. Coe, 69
James David Driggers, 72
James Robert “Jimmy” Flynt
Marjorie Milligan, 92
LaVerne Yeomans Myren, 98
Almeda Akins Sanders
Gerald “Jerry” Sapp, 77
Ann Calhoun James Strickland, 78
Birdie Thompson Tootle, 89

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May 29, 2014 {The Tattnall Journal}

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Memorial Day was Monday, May 26, and the annual ceremony was held at the Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Glennville. Boy Scout troops from Glennville had placed flags on all the burial plots at the cemetery. There was a good turnout of people for the ceremony and Lt. Col. Raymond T. Banks, Sr., Commander of the 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, Georgia, was the Keynote Speaker.

Tattnall County High School held the graduation program for the Class of 2014 Friday night, May 23. Bethany Durrence gave her Valedictory Address and Sarina Keffer shared the Salutatory Address with classmates.

Sterling Sharpe has been elected to the College Football Hall of Fame, to be inducted along with 13 other players in a ceremony December 9, 2014, in New York City.

Marvin Dixon has been named the Cobbtown Citizen of the Year. Other nominees were Vaughan Lanier and Lavanda Lynn.

Harvey’s Supermarket in Reidsville will be closed temporarily from May 31 to June 6 as it prepares to change out many of the food brands since it is no longer owned by the Food Lion company. The store will reopen on June 6th and will retain it’s current name.

Obituaries this week:
Macie Collins
Shane Hendrix, 46
Verdie Lee Mack Martin, 85
Thomas Mobley, Sr.

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May 22, 2014 {The Tattnall Journal}

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TCHS Valedictorian Bethany Durrence and Salutatorian Sarina Keffer will lead their class in graduation exercises on Friday, May 23, at 8 p.m. at Warrior Stadium. Over 160 graduates will be receiving a diploma from Tattnall County High School.

Delvis Dutton, of Glennville, was running as a candidate for the Republican seat of U.S. Representative in District 12 in the Primary Election Tuesday, May 20, and although he earned the vote in Tattnall County, he fell short throughout the district. You can look up the most accurate election results through the Secretary of State’s website.

Harvey’s Supermarket in Reidsville will be closed temporarily from May 31 to June 6 as it prepares to change out many of the food brands since it is no longer owned by the Food Lion company. The store will reopen on June 6th and will retain it’s current name.

Friends and family came together in a fundraiser weekend for Brian Strickland, who has suffered many medical problems. The group raised over $9,600 from the events.

The Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery will hold a Memorial Day ceremony on Monday, May 26 at 11:30 a.m. The keynote speaker will be Lt. Col. Raymond T. Banks Sr., Commander 4th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division. Veterans, along with their families, and the general public are invited to attend.

Ashley Durrence of Reidsville is announcing his intentions to qualify for the elected position of Chairman of the Tattnall County Commissioners. The race will appear on the November General Election ballot.

Please call the Tattnall County Elections Office at 557-6417 if you have questions.

Obituaries this week:
Joserath “Pablo” Barahona, 17
Charles “Charlie” E. Baker
Willie Joe Baker, 62
Mrs. Laura Mae Smith Johnson
Willard Mann Sikes, 81
Mrs. Carnell Smith
Edna M. Riggs, 93

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May 15, 2014 {The Tattnall Journal}

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A high speed chase ran through Tattnall and Toombs counties on Monday, May 9. Two men were finally arrested in the incident, Mario Edward Byrd and Gwain Durden.

District Attorney Tom Durden was recently honored for his 30 years of service to the State of Georgia.

Emma Bacon, local country artist, as been nominated for a GA Music Award in the Youth Country Category. Voting is now open through June 2, 2014. Votes can be cast online at http://www.gamusicawards.com/

Jane Glisson Grinstead, formerly of Tattnall County, was named the 2014 Brewton-Parker College Alumni of the Year.

And Glennville held their annual cake raffle and cookout at the Welcome Center on May 8. A large crowd came out to take part in the festivities.

Advance/Early voting began April 28, 2014, and will end May 16, 2014, at the Tattnall County Elections Office located at 114 W. Brazell St., Reidsville, GA. Votes may be cast Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Advance/Early voting will be held May 12, 2014, to May 16, 2014, at satellite offices at the Cobbtown City Hall, 36519B, Cobbtown, GA, and the Southeastern Technical College at 211 S. Tillman St., Glennville, GA, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Saturday voting will be held on May 10, 2014, at the Tattnall County Elections Office from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.  Absentee ballot applications are now being accepted. The last day to request an absentee ballot by mail is Friday, May 16, 2014, at 4:00 p.m.

The Federal Primary and Non-Partisan General Election will be conduced May 20, 2014, from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. All election day polling sites will be open as usual for Collins, Cobbtown, Manassas, Birdford, Tison, Reidsville and Glennville. The runoff date, if needed, will be July 22, 2014.

Please call the Tattnall County Elections Office at 557-6417 if you have questions.

Obituaries this week:
Adam Derrell Burkhalter, 29
James H. Cobb, 65
Sue Gibbs Collins
Ms. Stella M. Dixon
R.L. Lively, Sr.,77
Gloria Davis Moss
Jean Warnock Odom, 80

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May 8, 2014 {The Tattnall Journal}

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Melvin Collins, 53, of Collins, GA, was killed last Tuesday, April 29, after he was hit by a vehicle while walking down Hwy. 292. The driver, Russell Deal of Richmond Hill was charged in the incident and also charged with DUI and leaving the scene of an accident.

A mobile home fire completely destroyed the home of Teresa Owens of Reidsville. The fire broke out last Tuesday, April 29.

A lightning storm hit Reidsville last week, causing a lot of damage.

Michael Joyce,  TCHS Senior, signed a letter of intent to play basketball with South Georgia State College in Waycross.

Glennville is gearing up for a sweet weekend with the 38th annual Glennville Sweet Onion Festival coming up on Saturday, May 10.

And, remember MOM this weekend as Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 11. We have two feature stories in this week’s paper, highlighting “moms” Mary Morgan Helland and Kay Youngblood. Happy Mother’s Day!!

Advance/Early voting began April 28, 2014, and will end May 16, 2014, at the Tattnall County Elections Office located at 114 W. Brazell St., Reidsville, GA. Votes may be cast Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Advance/Early voting will be held May 12, 2014, to May 16, 2014, at satellite offices at the Cobbtown City Hall, 36519B, Cobbtown, GA, and the Southeastern Technical College at 211 S. Tillman St., Glennville, GA, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Saturday voting will be held on May 10, 2014, at the Tattnall County Elections Office from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.  Absentee ballot applications are now being accepted. The last day to request an absentee ballot by mail is Friday, May 16, 2014, at 4:00 p.m.

The Federal Primary and Non-Partisan General Election will be conduced May 20, 2014, from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. All election day polling sites will be open as usual for Collins, Cobbtown, Manassas, Birdford, Tison, Reidsville and Glennville. The runoff date, if needed, will be July 22, 2014.

Please call the Tattnall County Elections Office at 557-6417 if you have questions.

Obituaries this week:
Melvin “Hump” Collins, 53
Lawrence Joseph Cranford
Barbara Kay Nail, 67
Mr. Ronald Sugg, 62

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May 1, 2014 {The Tattnall Journal}

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A new Splash Pad is opening at Gordonia-Alatamaha State Park in Reidsville, which will be a fun outing for the kids on those hot summer days! The fenced-in area is also available to rent for birthday parties.

CES students were honored with Congressman John Barrow’s Bookworms awards. Barrow visited the school to make the presentations to the students on April 17th.

RMS Track teams were recognized for winning their region tournaments.

Dennis Barnard made his annual walk for Jesus. This was his sixth trip and this year’s trip began on Palm Sunday and covered over 200 miles before ending at home.

Advance/Early voting began April 28, 2014, and will end May 16, 2014, at the Tattnall County Elections Office located at 114 W. Brazell St., Reidsville, GA. Votes may be cast Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Advance/Early voting will be held May 12, 2014, to May 16, 2014, at satellite offices at the Cobbtown City Hall, 36519B, Cobbtown, GA, and the Southeastern Technical College at 211 S. Tillman St., Glennville, GA, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Saturday voting will be held on May 10, 2014, at the Tattnall County Elections Office from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.  Absentee ballot applications are now being accepted. The last day to request an absentee ballot by mail is Friday, May 16, 2014, at 4:00 p.m.

The Federal Primary and Non-Partisan General Election will be conduced May 20, 2014, from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. All election day polling sites will be open as usual for Collins, Cobbtown, Manassas, Birdford, Tison, Reidsville and Glennville. The runoff date, if needed, will be July 22, 2014.

Please call the Tattnall County Elections Office at 557-6417 if you have questions.

Obituaries this week:
Treecy Leggett Burns, 70
Patty Drawdy, 55
Israel Soloman Guadalupe, 1 day

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April 24, 2014 {The Tattnall Journal}

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Renuka Patel, who was working as cashier at the Fast Stop convenience store at 316 North Veterans Boulevard in Glennville was shot in the chest during a robbery on Thursday, April 17, 2014, about 10 p.m.  The assailant was a black male about 5’ 6” tall and perhaps 150 pounds that wore a black stocking cap.

Governor Nathan Deal was in town for the 27th annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Cookout held once again at Wayne Dasher’s Pond House in Glennville. Several politicians took to the stage thanking law enforcement, the military, and EMS workers for their dedication.

The TCHS Junior Class took part in a college planning seminar at the school.

Reidsville Firefighter Steven Richardson was appointed to the Georgia State Firefighters Association Chaplain’s Advisory Board. He and fellow fireman Mark Waters were two of the twenty-one firefighters representing twelve fire departments in attendance at the first-ever Chaplain’s workshop at the Georgia Fire Academy.

Advance/Early voting began April 28, 2014, and will end May 16, 2014, at the Tattnall County Elections Office located at 114 W. Brazell St., Reidsville, GA. Votes may be cast Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Advance/Early voting will be held May 12, 2014, to May 16, 2014, at satellite offices at the Cobbtown City Hall, 36519B, Cobbtown, GA, and the Southeastern Technical College at 211 S. Tillman St., Glennville, GA, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Saturday voting will be held on May 10, 2014, at the Tattnall County Elections Office from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.  Absentee ballot applications are now being accepted. The last day to request an absentee ballot by mail is Friday, May 16, 2014, at 4:00 p.m.

The Federal Primary and Non-Partisan General Election will be conduced May 20, 2014, from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. All election day polling sites will be open as usual for Collins, Cobbtown, Manassas, Birdford, Tison, Reidsville and Glennville. The runoff date, if needed, will be July 22, 2014.

Please call the Tattnall County Elections Office at 557-6417 if you have questions.

Obituaries this week:
Jack T. “Sam” Bass 80
Christine Rosetta Hope, 50
Josa Bell Sikes Massey, 88
Reyna Gordillo Ruiz, 62
Vance Smith, 76

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April 17, 2014 {The Tattnall Journal}

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Escaped Tattnall County jail inmate Chad Dasher has finally been arrested after having been on the run since January. Tattnall County authorities caught him after he jumped into a pond. He had been on the run and is wanted on various burglary charges across several states.

Chris Mock, a 17-year-old junior at Tattnall County High School, was taken by Lifestar to Savannah after being hit by a vehicle on Sunday evening, April 13. Mock, and other individuals had apparently been walking in the road on Hwy 121.

Reidsville citizens and businesses had to deal with the water being cut off for seven hours on Monday, during the business day. The city had attempted repair work on a line when another water line busted in the vicinity.

And Easter is this weekend!! There will be Easter Egg hunts in Reidsville and Glennville on Saturday as well as lots of other fun activities planned. Photo Shop by Allison is offering family photos Easter Sunday at Barnard Park in Glennville, 8-3 pm. Each package is $40 and there is no appointment needed. All profits benefit Tattnall CARES.

Obituaries this week:
Gloria Ann Lucas Anderson, 84
Mary C. Anderson, 84
Melba Gay Brazel, 79
David W. Medlock, 64
Antione Young

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April 10, 2014 {The Tattnall Journal}

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Several chicken house were badly damaged last week when strong winds ripped through the county. Four of six chicken houses owned by Dennis and Glenda Durrence, were hit.

County Commission Chairman Frank Murphy will soon have a new job title. He was appointed as County Manager, to begin May 1, to fill the seat that will be vacated this summer by Faye Hussey, who is retiring.  Mr. Murphy will step down on May 1, 2014, as Chairman of the Tattnall County Board of Commissioners.  District Two Commissioner Daniel Shuman, who is also the Vice Chairman of the Board, will temporarily hold that position until a new chairman can be elected at the regularly scheduled November election.

Tattnall County honored Reidsville’s Dr. Sang Oh with a reception April 6 at the Reidsville Garden Club in honor of his 40 years of service to the local citizens. Dr. Oh was surrounded by his family, many friends, business and community leaders and colleagues.

Although it was a rainy day on Sunday, April 6, the Art Show held at the Tattnall County Courthouse was well attended. Several local artisans were on hand to display their works and offer them for sale. One of the highlights of the day was a 2:00 p.m. reading in the Commissioner’s Meeting Room on the 2nd floor by Author Kenny Mitchell who is presently working on his 4th book in the “Loves Me Not” series which deals with issues of domestic abuse and violence.

Obituaries this week:
Wallace W. Calloway, 82
Joseph John Flood, 77
Bobbie Collins Kersey, 87
Helen Norma Powell Moore, 85
Mildred Anderson Sikes, 84
Mrs. Sophia R. Smith, 52
Sarah Collins Swindell, 78

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April 3, 2014 {The Tattnall Journal}

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Dr. Sang Oh will be honored with a reception on Sunday, April 6 at the Reidsville Garden Club in recognition of his 40 years of service to the local citizens. The event will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and everyone is invited to come by and help celebrate with Dr. Oh and his family.

Also on Sunday, the Tattnall County Chamber will be hosting the third annual Arts Festival at the Tattnall County Courthouse. Everyone is invited to come by from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and browse around the many items from local artists. In addition, author Kenny L. Mitchell will be holding a book reading at 2 p.m. on the second floor of the Courthouse.

Glennville will be hosting a First Friday celebration on April 4 with vendors in the downtown area, parts of the streets closed off, fun for the kids and special sales in some of the businesses. Come join in the fun from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Two TCHS students, Megan Oliver and Stella Oliver, were chosen for the Governor’s Honors program, a four-week summer residential program. Approximately 3,000 students interviewed for the chance to participate and 691 were chosen.

And an accident on Hwy. 292 last Wednesday left two men in serious condition after a trash truck ran into a County backhoe while attempting to pass. The road was blocked off for 3.5 hours as the scene was cleared.

Obituaries this week:
Emily Blocker Hammock, 85
Robert Lee (Buddy) Mayner, 70
Thomas J. Pfluger, Sr., 72
Eula Lee Colson Rogers, 90

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March 27, 2014 {The Tattnall Journal}

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This week’s front page leads off with Dry Branch Farms earning the Grower of the Year award from the Vidalia Onion Committee. Also honored at the banquet was Barbara Braddy of Braddy Farms who was bestowed the Vidalia Ambassador Award.

Kathleen Shuman, a senior at Tattnall County High School, recently won the Rotary Club Speech Contest held at St. Simons Island. As the first place winner, she earned a $1,000 scholarship.

FCCLA at Tattnall County High School recently won several GOLD medals and students will be competing at nationals coming up in San Antonio.

Harley Strickland will be representing East Georgia College at the Miss Georgia Pageant this summer. She chose Ava Johnson, daughter of Brandon and Ashlea Johnson, as her Princess for the pageant festivities.

And gunshot in Reidsville on Sunday resulted in a neck wound to Whitney Williams of Ohoopee Street. She was treated at Optim in Reidsville and airlifted to Memorial in Savannah. No one has been arrested yet in the incident.

Obituaries this week:
Zephanie Jaliyah Bacon
Betty Hodges Powell, 83
Eunice Green Powell, 76
Wallace Dannis Rogers, 68

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March 20, 2014 {The Tattnall Journal}

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Several awards were presented last Thursday evening, March 13 during the Greater Tattnall Chamber of Commerce annual awards banquet. The highest honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award, was given to J. Roger Kennedy, Jr., owner of Kennedy Cablevision, Inc., County Line Cablevision, Inc., and Kennedy Network Services, Inc., in Reidsville.

Other award winners included:

Tattnall County Citizens of the Year – Lyndal Tatum and Ronnie McCall
Business Employees of the Year – Jackie Hicks Beckum of Kennedy Cablevision and Carol Chandler of Ace Hardware in Reidsville
Government Employee of the Year – Kelly Howell of the Tattnall County Sheriff’s Department
Service Business of the Year – Rader Kennedy of Guarantee Signs of Reidsville
Business Person of the Year – Kicklighter Realty’s Margaret Joseph, Darla Kicklighter and Tiffany Kicklighter
Business of the Year – Watermelon Creek Vineyard, Charles and Deborah Tillman
Community Involvement Award – Glennville Faith Riders
Special Service/Leadership Awards – Faye F. Hussey, County Manager; Johnny King and Jackie Trim, Sports Broadcasters with WRBX Radio in Reidsville; and Shawn Tootle, Tattnall County Shriner and 2013 Shriner of the Year
Junior Board Member of the Year – Destini Alexis Bush

This past week, Reidsville mourned the death of former postmaster Rabun Phillips.

The annual Battles at Manassas were held over the weekend and over 350 soldiers participated in the reenactment.

And the VFW Post 7764 is finalizing the sponsor plaques for flags that will be placed on the Tattnall County Courthouse square.

Obituaries this week:
Emily Jean Cowart Jones, 70
Elbert Bird Kicklighter, 88
Mr. Rabun D. Phillips, 71
Eudine Kennedy McCall Winge, 96

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March 13, 2014 {The Tattnall Journal}

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This week’s front page leads off with a drug bust and arrests made at the home of Timothy and Angela Hodges in Glennville. Although the incident occurred on Friday, very little information could be obtained from authorities by press time.

There’s some new fun on the way for those hot summer days at Gordonia-Alatamaha State Park in Reidsville! A new fenced-in, concrete splash pad, with numerous water jets is set to open soon! Children will have a blast dodging the water spouts and parents can sit on shaded benches nearby to keep a watch out.

The Tattnall County Chamber of Commerce banquet is coming up this Thursday evening, March 13. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Tattnall County High School. Students Kathleen Shuman and Ethan Hawkland will be the guest speakers.

The Reidsville 7-8 year-old boys are the state champions in basketball! The All-Star team competed in Bremen, GA, on March 7-8 and came home with the trophy!

The 15th Annual Battles at Manassas will be held this weekend. Dozens and dozens of reenactors will set up camp and once again reenact the Confederate battle. The public is invited to attend on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. There’s lots to see and experience at the event, including cannon fire!

And candidate Sadie Jenkins has registered with the Democratic Party of Georgia as a candidate in the 157th District of the Georgia House of Representatives (Evans, Tattnall Counties and a portion of Wayne County).

Obituaries this week:
Charles E. Durrence, 72
Theodocia K. Padgett, 94

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March 6, 2014 {The Tattnall Journal}

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The Tattnall County community came together over the weekend to celebrate the life of Micah Smiley, who recently passed away at age 7 of lymphoma. The Family Fun Day was the second annual event to raise money for the Smiley family, with this year raising a whopping $10,595.13!! Lots of activities were held on Saturday at Tattnall County High School, including a flag football tournament and kiss-a-pig contest.

Chad Dasher, of Glennville, is still on the run and authorities have recently tracked him from Texas, to Alabama, Georgia, and just this week back to his hometown in Glennville. Dasher escaped the Tattnall County Jail on January 24, 2014, and has been on the run ever since. A $5,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to Dasher’s arrest. Any information pertaining to Dasher should be relayed to the Tattnall County Sheriff’s Office at 912-557-6777 or the U.S. Marshals Service Communications Center at 1-800-336-0102.  Tips can also be emailed to usms.wanted@usdoj.gov. All information is confidential.

Three Tattnall County High School seniors signed Letters of Intent this week. Taivon Butler signed with Paine College to play football and twin sisters, Valerie and Victoria Clower, both signed softball scholarships with Wesleyan College.

The Reidsville Boys 7-8 year-old baskeball all-star team won the District 1 Region Championship and will now compete in the State Tournament this Friday, March 7.

And Senator Jack Hill has qualified for his 13th term in office.

Remember this weekend to set your clocks ahead one hour before bed on Saturday night. Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 9.

Obituaries this week:
Melvin Boyett, 63
Kathy Ann Dowell Cress, 58
Eloise Futch Dasher, 83
Glenda Anderson McDaniel, 74
Madera Folsom Moody, 85
James Rucker
Willie Charles Sikes, 80

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February 27, 2014 {The Tattnall Journal}

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Collins Middle School student Janelene Sanders is the winner of the Tattnall County Spelling Bee! Janelene is a seventh grader. She won the Spelling Bee with the word, “dawdle”. She will now travel to district competition March 1 in Waycross.

The Lady Warriors’ basketball team lost their first round of State playoffs by falling to Dodge County in a close one, 73-71.

Tattnall County Public Safety Director Rod Kirkland was suspended for two weeks, with pay, due to an issue with employees. The incident is under investigation.

A tire of a bread truck got stuck in a small sinkhole behind the Tattnall County Courthouse and when the area was dug up, it was found that a pipe had burst, causing the water and sand to weaken the area and create the hole.

“California Dreaming” is hitting the stage this Saturday in Glennville. It’s a fun, energy-filled tribute to the music of the 1960s and early 70s. It will be held at 7 p.m. on March 1 at the Glennville City Auditorium.

Two Reidsville men were arrested recently for drug possession after a traffic stop due to dark tinted windows on the vehicle they were driving.

Obituaries this week:
Al Beasley, 73
Annie Laura Berry, 88
Scott August Fay, 61
Bishop John William Holloway
Jesse Robert (Bobby) Kennedy, 78
Darrell Simmons, 76
Ben Tillman, 95
Michael Gabriel Trevino

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February 20, 2014 {The Tattnall Journal}

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The Tattnall County Lady Warriors’ basketball team placed third in Region 1AAA and will have their first round in the State Playoffs this Friday, February 21 in Eastman, GA, as they face Dodge County at 6 p.m.

Several honors were recognized at TCHS recently. Chris Freeman Jr., 16, was bestowed the 2014 Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Award. And, ladies representing TCHS as Governor’s Honors nominees include: Katie Kennedy, Megan Oliver, Stella Oliver and Emily Tripp.

The Miracles for Micah event is coming up March 1 to help the Smiley family with medical expenses over the past year as they just recently lost their 7-year-old son to cancer. Part of the fundraising events include a “Kiss a Pig” contest. Eleven volunteers from throughout the county are up for the task and the one with the most donations gets to pucker up on March 1.

The Evans County J.O.A.D. Team (Archery) participated in State Championships over the weekend and three placed with awards. Todd Edgar, of Cobbtown, was among them. The other two included Cassandra Pelton and Sarah Thomas.

Escaped inmate Raymond Smith was arrested in Texas and Chad Dasher is believed to be in the Texas area as well, although, it was reported, he recently stole a vehicle in that area.  The vehicle is a 1999 silver Chevrolet Suburban with license plate number 94XJS5. Any information pertaining to escapee Chad Dasher should be relayed to the Tattnall County Sheriff’s Office at office number 912-557-6777 and the United States Marshals Service Communications Center at 1-800-336-0102.  Tips can also be emailed to usms.wanted@usdoj.gov.   All information is confidential.   A $2,500.00 reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of this fugitive.

Obituaries this week:
1SG Robert Blue (Ret)
Jack Cowart, 83
Aubrey S. Durrence, 71
Frankie Mae Scott Hunt, 87
Shirley Ann Grant Williams, 39
Horace H. Wright, Jr.

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February 13, 2014 {The Tattnall Journal}

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It’s all positive news on the front page this week … a great edition with Valentine’s coming up this Friday, February 14!

Leading off the top are TCHS STAR Student Sarah Fort and TCHS STAR Teacher Casey McNeely. Sarah is the daughter of Leonard and Kelly Fort of Glennville. To obtain the STAR nomination, high school seniors must have the highest score on a single test date on the three-part SAT and be in the top 10 percent of their class.

Jim Jordan of Reidsville was this year’s Tattnall County honoree as TConservationist of the Year. The award is presented to a farmer in each of the counties of the Ogeechee River Soil and Water Conservation District.

Glennville businessman Bill Werkheiser has announced his candidacy for Georgia State Representative of District 157.

And we’re featuring two different couples this week for a special Valentine’s feature. Jack and Anne Rogers have been married 66 years, and Don and Gail Warren have been married since 2011. Both have wonderful stories to share.

Obituaries this week:
Edmond “Ed” D. Banks, 81
Master Sergeant Larry G. Carlton
Marjorie Rentz Kicklighter, 95
Charles “Boonie” Monroe, 70
Gabriel Serrano, MD, 89
Nethrea (Brewton) Smith, 90
Billy Brazell Wood, 56

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February 6, 2014 {The Tattnall Journal}

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Micah Smiley, age 7, of Reidsville, passed away February 1, after a year-long battle with Lymphoma. Funeral services were held on Tuesday at the Reidsville Baptist Church.

The Tattnall County Shrine Club was once again named the Club of the Year. In addition, Tattnall County’s own, Shawn Tootle, was named 2013 Shriner of the Year. This designation is a first for the Tattnall County club.

Lisa Dasher and Stephen Evans were arrested last week on murder charges in the 2012 death of Lisa’s father, Roger Dasher of Glennville.

The Glennville Chamber of Commerce held their annual awards banquet last Thursday, January 30 at Watermelon Creek Vineyards. Dr. Troy Rahn and Marvelle Thompson were named Glennville Citizens of the Year. Armstrong Cricket Farm earned the award for International Business of the Year and Watermelon Creek Vineyard was named Business of the Year.

Obituaries this week:
Ruby Lee Blocker, 94
Willie Roy Bridges, 84
Toy L. Geiger, 83
Debora Stearns Kicklighter, 51
Carol Harper Lindsay, 69
Eddie Dee McDaniel, 55
Raymond Wayne Morgan, 83
Micah Smiley, 7

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January 30, 2014 {The Tattnall Journal}

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Two men escaped from the Tattnall County Jail Friday, January 24 and police are still on the hunt for them. Chad Dasher, W/M, 38 and Raymond Smith, W/M  25, are still at large.  Dasher is 5’9” and 140 pounds with brown hair and green eyes and was in jail for burglary and car theft.  Smith is 6’, 210 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.  He was in jail on molestation charges.

Sterling Sharpe will be inducted into the South Carolina Football Hall of Fame the weekend of February 14 and 15 in Greenville, SC, at Furman University. The football standout started as a Glennville High School Bulldog, then playing for the University of South Carolina, and finally the Green Bay Packers. Today he is an analyst for the NFL Network.

The Lady Warriors of TCHS are ranked #4 in the state in Class AAA basketball. The girls have been on a winning streak here lately.

Rep. John Barrow came to town and met with constituents at the Tattnall County Farm Bureau.

And, Senior Recognition Night is coming up Saturday, February 8 at TCHS. Senior athletes will be recognized during the girls’ and boys’ basketball games.

Obituaries this week:
Felton Carson
Johnnie Will Costen
Ethel Faircloth
Katie Jasman
Christine White, 84

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January 23, 2014 {The Tattnall Journal}

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This past weekend was a busy one in Tattnall County! The annual Tattnall Productions held their 12th show at the Glennville City Auditorium celebrating “Musical Memories.” They enjoyed three sold-out shows Friday and Saturday.

In sports, the Tattnall County Lady Warriors won two matches last week, over Brantley County 55-27 on Tuesday and defeating Beach (#3 in the State) in a close one 57-55. The Lady Warriors’ record after these wins is 15-2 (9-2 in Region play).

Saturday was the 24th annual Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr. Parade and Celebration in Glennville. The event is sponsored each year by the Committee for Social Change. DeWitt Porter Sr. served as the Grand Marshal and guest speaker for the program.

Two fires early this week destroyed two mobile homes … one in Reidsville, owned by Rebecca Strickland, and the other near Cobbtown, owned by Martin Gradadon.

Long-time Pinewood Christian Academy coach John “Buck” Cravey passed away Tuesday morning at the age of 76.

Four men were arrested in Reidsville in a drug raid at a home on Martin Street. Others are wanted in connection to the incident.

Obituaries this week:
Dorothy L. Bowen, 72
John Edward “Buck” Cravey, 76
Frances Childree Milner Goldman, 85
Toni Brooke Kaiser, 22
Lawrence “Larry” Lane

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January 16, 2014 {The Tattnall Journal}

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Lots of good stuff coming up this weekend in Tattnall County. Tattnall Productions is holding it’s 12th annual show Friday and Saturday, January 17-18 at the Glennville City Auditorium. Friday’s show will be at 7 p.m. and there will be two shows on Saturday, one at 2 p.m. and the second at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale and are $8, $10, and $12.  Tickets are available at Central Pharmacy in Glennville at (912) 654-3031, or by calling Becky Dasher at (912) 326-0285.

Martin Luther King, Jr., Day is Monday, January 20! The Committee For Social Change will host the 24th annual Parade and Celebration on Saturday, January 18. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. and go through Glennville, down Hwy. 301. DeWitt Porter, Sr., is the Grand Marshal and will be the guest speaker at the program, following the parade, which is being held at St. James A.M.E. Church. Everyone is invited to come out and enjoy the parade and celebration.

Dr. Artis Carswell, Jr., of Reidsville, will be the guest speaker for the Martin Luther King, Jr., program in Metter to be held January 19 at 6 p.m. at Lakeside First Baptist Church on Hwy. 46.

Last week’s cold weather snap was a problem for some of the new heating and cooling units in the Tattnall schools, with some rooms being too cold and others, too hot.

And a Cobbtown man, Juan Morano, was arrested with a large quantity of meth, large amount of cash and two handguns at his house on Henry Moxley Rd.

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Obituaries this week:
Kerwin “Lawson” Herrin, 32
Evelyn “Bo” Smith Hook, 85
Mr. Lester Royce Martin, 78
Helen “Bess” Reid, 18
Dean Waters, 55

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January 9, 2014 {The Tattnall Journal}

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If you’re anywhere in Tattnall County these last few days, you know it’s been COLD (by south Georgia standards)!! We have a front page story on some of the issues surrounding that cold weather, which dropped down to the teens Monday evening.

Michelle Anderson-Lands, Tattnall County native, has seen huge success with the company Plexus, which she began with in April 2013. Recently she was awarded with a brand new Lexus from the company.

The Lady Warriors of TCHS are on a winning streak! They are ranked #6 in Class AAA in an Atlanta Journal poll.

Danny Ray Collins was named Cobbtown Fireman of the Year.

And council members were sworn in for the Reidsville and Cobbtown city councils.

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Obituaries this week:
Irmengard A. Casteen, 78
Irene Hill
Melinda Grooms Hollis, 55
Mr. Grady Johnson, 68
Gwendolyn Kicklighter Kennedy, 86
Steward Delmar Mincey
Jimmie Tucker Simmons, 94
Harold Richard Todd, 83
Martha Woods Whatley, 77

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January 2, 2014 {The Tattnall Journal}

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This week’s front page features the culmination of several weeks’ worth of work as tons of toys and pajamas were passed out to children in Tattnall County. In all, 109 families were assisted with toys, clothing, gift cards for food and more. The items were delivered to their homes by law enforcement and many volunteers.

A construction trailer at Collins Elementary/Middle School was robbed over the weekend and an estimated $10,000 in wire and $2,000 in tools were taken.

And a house fire completely destroyed a home on the Ohoopee River that was owned by Bobby Davidson on Monday evening, December 23.

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Obituaries this week:
Philip Wesley Davis, 74
Lori Donaldson, 57
Lucy Mae Howard
Harris W. Kicklighter, 87
Mr. Howard Lamb, 88
Charles Edward Locke, 92
William C. Martin, 53
Deborah “Debbie” Wilson, 56

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December 26, 2013 {The Tattnall Journal}

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We hope everyone had an enjoyable Christmas! The Tattnall Journal staff also took a few days off to be with family over Christmas. This edition was actually finished on Friday, December 20, so it is a little smaller than the normal weekly edition.

Leading off the front page were two stories saluting the Firemen of the Year from the Reidsville and Glennville Fire Departments. Ricky Tootle earned the title in Reidsville and Scott Terrell was honored in Glennville. Other awards were also presented to deserving firemen.

And on the front page, we feature a story about Jayden Toole, a seven-year-old, who decided to “give back” and help other children.

We hope everyone has a safe and happy New Year!! See you in 2014!

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Obituaries this week:
Martha Joiner Edenfield, 66
Glen Alan Strickland, 62

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December 19, 2013 {The Tattnall Journal}

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It’s all good news across the front page this week, which is a good thing with Christmas just around the corner!

The TCHS Cross Country Team sponsored the first-ever Jingle Bell Jog and Reindeer Trot on December 14, 2013. Lots of people came out for the event and many of them dressed up for the occasion in lots of holiday attire.

Harmony Church is holding their drive-thru Live Nativity this weekend, December 21 and 22. Each night the event begins at 6:30 p.m.

Brandon Johnson, Reidsville native, was recently promoted to Branch Manager/Assistant Vice President at the S Bank in Reidsville. Johnson was most recently employed at South Georgia Bank. In addition, Nate Shaffer, of Glennville was promoted to Vice President/Commercial Lender in the bank’s Savannah location.

John Peters was named Collins Fireman of the Year at their December 6th banquet.

And Ronnie McCall shares a story of a recent hunting trip to Kansas with a few other locals.

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Obituaries this week:
Carolyn Cartmell, 60
Bruce Johnson
William F. “Bill” Ledford
Barney Porter Jr., 66

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December 12, 2013 {The Tattnall Journal}

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This week’s front page is a wrap-up of the Christmas festivals held over the weekend. Glennville started off the celebrations with the downtown “Celebration of the Season”, an outdoor event with lots of booths, food and entertainment. On Saturday, Cobbtown hosted the annual “Christmas .. Cobbtown Style!” with the traditional parade and other fun events.

Carl Cowart, Navy veteran, from Tattnall County, was presented a copy of the Tattnall Heritage Book by the VFW 7764.

And The Tattnall County Sound of Pride will be holding a Winter Concert on Thursday, December 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the high school cafetorium.

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Obituaries this week:
Coleman Perry (Sherman) Fate, 60
Mr. Roger Lewis “Mullett” Oliver,  93
Robert “Bob” Livingston Smith, 71

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December 5, 2013 {The Tattnall Journal}

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Lots of front page news in this week’s Tattnall Journal. At the top, Reidsville held its 31st annual Christmas Parade and Festival last Saturday. Lots of events and entertainment had the crowd coming out to take part.

In Collins, the city held their annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and also honored Carolyn Mack as the Collins Citizen of the Year.

The recently expanded and renovated Tattnall County Jail was officially dedicated and named the “Louis R. Cowart Detention Center”. The building is named in memory of Mr. Cowart and his many years of service with the Sheriff’s Department and Jail.

Optim Medical Center in Tattnall was saluted for reaching its five-year anniversary in Tattnall County. The hospital has grown and brings people from all over the region to Tattnall County for medical services. In addition, Optim is highly active in the community and routinely donates to organizations, fundraisers and the school system.

Two tragedies are also on the front page this week. 16-year-old TCHS freshman Austin Futch died Saturday morning while on a camping trip. The death was ruled as natural causes.

A Reidsville man, Bryan Mobley, 30, was shot and killed in an apparent dispute with another person in Claxton early on  Monday morning.

Two Christmas celebrations are coming up this weekend. On Friday, Glennville will bring back its Celebration of the Season. The downtown street festival has been absent for the last 13 years but is being reborn this Friday. There is no admission to come out and enjoy the afternoon event.

And it’s Christmas, Christmas, Christmas this Saturday in Cobbtown as the city celebrates its annual Christmas Cobbtown Style! The parade, booths and entertainment throughout the day is sure to keep everyone in the holiday spirit.

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Obituaries this week:
Joseph “Jodie” Adams, 57
Becky “Twiggy” Anderson, 59
Cyndee Durrence Bass, 57
Mrs. Marion Collins, 70
Ricky F. Dukes, “Dr. Hook” 62
Austin “Doodlebug” Futch, 16
Jacquelin King
Judy Jacobs Lane, 63
Deborah Johnson Lynn, 57
Linda S. McBride, 65
Cleo Lewis Murphy
Nellie (Nell) Miller Nobles
Fredrick “Fred” Purvis, 72
Mr. Terrell Luther (T.L.) Ray, 74
Ms. Ruth Mae “Lena” Tootle
Mildred “Midge” P. Woodrum, 88

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November 28, 2013 {The Tattnall Journal}

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Leading off the paper this week is a feature story about Tattnall native Brandon Harton, who is a senior football player at the University of Georgia. The article is reprinted from the Athens-Banner Herald.

Reidsville will be the location of the 31st Annual Christmas Parade this coming Saturday, November 30! The parade will head through town about 10 a.m. and then the festival will kick off in the Veterans Park, located behind the Alexander Hotel. Lots of fun to be found including cash prize giveaways every hour!! Kids will also get to visit with Santa (and have their pictures made).

Our Thanksgiving story this week features Charles Dutton and his life story growing up as the adopted son of Mattie and Gene Dutton of Glennville. Charles just recently met his birth mother and two siblings.

And Canoochee EMC welcomed the crowd for Farm-City Week last Friday. Keynote speaker was Claxton Poultry and Fries Farms Chief Financial Officer Greg Finch.

The Tattnall Journal office will be closed Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, November 27-29 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The office will resume normal business hours on Monday, December 2.

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Obituaries this week:
Eloise Dasher Griner, 84
Mrs. Lula Johnson, 88
Carolyn Todd Purvis, 81
Mr. Keith L. Sheley, 72
Trenton Carter Sikes, 23

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November 21, 2013 {The Tattnall Journal}

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All good news on the front page this week! Tattnall County’s Teachers of the Year were recognized at the Board of Education meeting and RES Teacher of the Year Wanda Mosley gained the additional honor of being named the system-wide Tattnall County Teacher of the Year. Other honorees include: Beth Wilson Kennedy, RMS; Jessica Helms, TCHS; Clarice Shuman, GES; Stephanie Lane, GMS; Renee Lively, CES; and Stacy Todd, CMS.

Smith’s Restaurant owner Joyce James has been named Grand Marshal of the Reidsville Christmas Parade.

And TCHS softball standout and Class of 2014 graduate Katie Collins signed a Letter of Intent to play softball at the University of Georgia. She is the first female athlete in school history to sign with a Division I college.

The Tattnall Journal will print the paper one day early next week due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Deadline for news and advertisements is Monday, November 25 at noon.

The Tattnall Journal office will be closed Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, November 27-29 in observance of the holidays. The office will resume normal business hours on Monday, December 2.

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Obituaries this week:
Mathew Stanley Jasinski, 91
Ruth Jane Powell, 88
Anthony “Tony” Sewell, 55
Jimmie “Jim” E. Tillman, 77

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November 14, 2013 {The Tattnall Journal}

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Veterans Day was observed on Monday, November 11 and many of the local schools held ceremonies to honor local veterans. Tattnall County High School held it’s 11th annual ceremony Monday morning with Rev. Clarence Boles as the Keynote Speaker.

Carolyn Outen Rich was named the Grand Marshal for the upcoming Christmas Cobbtown Style parade and festival on Saturday, December 7, 2013.

Tattnall County native John Ashley Welch was officially sworn in on November 8 as an attorney-at-law.

And Pinewood Christian Academy’s Patriot football team took out Bulloch Academy 43-17 and this week will head to Macon for the first round of state playoffs.

Obituaries this week:
Anna Marie Bowen, 45
Angela Christine Bunch, 45
Aldine Kicklighter Donaldson, 89
Vincent O’Donnell, 92
Bro. Ben Forrest, 75
Earl Harvey, 81
Francisco Ramirez, Jr., 64
Gleda Ann Coleman Rich, 59

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November 7, 2013 {The Tattnall Journal}

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This week, Reidsville’s Ruth S. Anderson was honored by the Tattnall County Board of Commissioners. A large number of friends, family and former colleagues attended the meeting where Anderson was presented with a Resolution of Appreciation for the many volunteer hours she has given to Tattnall County over the years.

Tattnall County voters approved the county’s SPLOST in the election, as well as all city incumbents who were up for re-election. Two new council members, Gerald Powell Jr. and Debra Sikes Burns, were elected to the Cobbtown City Council.

Susan Waters has been named Executive Director of the Vidalia Onion Committee. She has been Executive Assistant since 2009.

RMS student Francisco Arturo Lobato, 14, died from a battle with a kidney disease. He was in the eighth grade.

And Veterans Day will be remembered on Monday, November 11, with several observances throughout the county.

Obituaries this week:
Rufus L. “Roy” Groover, 82
Harry Wilford Harden, 90
Francisco Arturo Lobato, 14
Danny F. Terry, Jr., 42
Barney Hue Todd, 87

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October 31, 2013 {The Tattnall Journal}

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The Reidsville Middle School Tigers won the football championship against Metter. ** Note: The article printed in the paper in this edition was actually submitted incorrectly by the coach at the middle school by mistake. The corrected article was re-printed in the following week’s edition, November 7.

TCHS teacher Callie Boatright won a Georgia Power Grant for $1,000 to be used in her classroom.

Optim Medical Center- Tattnall, in Reidsville, was named to America’s Top 100 Hospitals for joint replacement.

Two Reidsville men were arrested after drugs and stolen items were found in their residence.

And, the time changes this weekend … time to “fall” back an hour!

Obituaries this week:
Jacqueline Sanders

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October 24, 2013 {The Tattnall Journal}

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The Lady Warriors of TCHS are still on the move with the softball team winning the first round of State Playoffs! The ladies move on to Round Two in the State Tournaments this week. The “Sweet Sixteen” round is to be hosted at TCHS October 23.

Reidsville Dairy Queen owners Curtis and Sally Thorsen have sold the restaurant to Glennville Dairy Queen owner Zuber Malek. The deal was effective Monday, October 21. The Thorsens have decided to retire after 25 plus years in the business.

Tabatha Davis, former Tattnall County Schools Transportation Director, was arrested October 17 and charged with theft by taking for illegally selling a Tattnall County special education bus and not turning in the money. Davis, a Reidsville resident, resigned her position with the school system a couple of weeks ago.

Ann R. Purcell, of Reidsville, has been awarded the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Burglaries and vandalism occurred at the Reidsville Dairy Queen and Reidsville Middle School in the early morning hours of October 16.

Trick-or-Treat will be held county-wide on Halloween night, Thursday, October 31, from 6-8 p.m.

Obituaries this week:
Voncile Bradley Andrews, 89
James Ronald Kennedy
Norine Jones Peth, 85
Mrs. Mavis Hutto Wilds, 75

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October 17, 2013 {The Tattnall Journal}

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The Tattnall County High School Lady Warriors’ Softball Team are the 2013 Region 1-AAA Champions for the first time in school history! The ladies defeated Pierce County on Saturday, October 12, to seal the championship. They moved on as the first seed in the first round of State Playoffs.

Emma Bacon, a singer/songwriter from Reidsville, is a Georgia-Country Teen Artist of the Year nominee. Georgia-Country.com is an organization whose goal is to promote, market, book, and advance the careers of country artists in Georgia.  It is also Georgia’s number one website for country music with over six million hits since it was first created.

Mrs. Geraldine Miller is the honoree for the VFW’s Blood Drive, which was held October 21.  Mrs. Geraldine has served for many years as the President of the Ladies’ Auxiliary for VFW Post 7764 in Reidsville.

Denny Wingate, brother of Reidsville’s John Wingate, rodeo cowboy and Kansas rancher, came home for a visit for the first time since 1993.

Obituaries this week:
Marcelyn Lenora Batchelor, 83
Randall James, 50
Norine Jones Peth, 85
Mr. Millard Winfield (M.W.) Stafford, Jr., 87

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October 10, 2013 {The Tattnall Journal}

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Canoochee EMC celebrated its 75th Annual Meeting with a record crowd Tuesday, October 8 in Manassas. Employees were recognized for their years of service and Don Cowart was the grand prize winner of a refurbished Canoochee truck. As usual, lots of door prizes were given away and the crowd enjoyed the afternoon entertainment and refreshments.

The TCHS Lady Warriors beat Brantley County High School 11-1 on October 8 in the first game of the second round of region playoffs.

The Collins Autumn Fest drew a large crowd and the afternoon provided beautiful weather for the festivities.

Brian Mosley of Reidsville was seriously injured in a farming accident October 4. He is the son of Bernice and Sheryl Mosley of Reidsville.

TCHS celebrated its 20th Homecoming with a parade in Glennville. Lots of floats, cars and other parade entries got the Warrior Spirit kicked up a notch in preparation of Friday night’s football game.

Obituaries this week:
Evelyn Collins, 40
Mr. Jeb S. Crosby, 19
Joan Sands Durrence, 79
Lamone Prentice Ray, 68

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October 3, 2013 {The Tattnall Journal}

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The official ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at Gordonia-Alatamaha State Park September 30 to introduce the newly constructed Group Shelter. The shelter is a beautiful addition to the park in Reidsville and also features a back deck, separate screened building and new restroom facilities.

The 2013 Wiregrass Festival was a huge success and drew a large crowd for the day-long activities.

Collins Autumn Fest was next up on the calendar, being held October 5.

Clay Tatum was announced as the new Warden at Rogers State Prison.

Christopher Lee Barwick was a suspect in an assult on Michelle Morris of Metter. The incident occurred on the Ohoopee River and Toombs and Tattnall Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the call.

Obituaries this week:
Wilma Ambrose, 79
Shannon Charles DeLoach, 36
Hazel Dubberly Kicklighter, 93
James C. Morgan Sr.

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September 26, 2013 {The Tattnall Journal}

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The tenth annual Wiregrass Festival is this Saturday, September 28 in Reidsville, GA! The event begins with an early morning Fun Run at 8 a.m. and then the Parade at 10 a.m. The festival itself will be held in the Veterans Memorial Park adjacent to the Tattnall County Courthouse. There’s lots of fun planned for the day, plenty of arts and crafts, games for the kids, and tasty treats to eat! Official t-shirts are also on sale at The Tattnall Journal prior to Saturday and then at the festival itself.

Gordonia-Alatamaha State Park in Reidsville will hold the grand opening ceremony for the new Group Shelter at the park next Monday, September 30 at 11 a.m.

The Tattnall County Commissioners approved their 2014 budget without a tax increase.

And Virgil Duckworth announces his intentions to seek re-election to the Reidsville City Council, Ward 2, Post 2.

Obituaries this week:
Terry Burkhalter, 58
Mr. Johnny Blaine Hightower, 45
Thomas M. Hutson, Jr., 90
Mary Frances Knight Lamb, 83

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September 19, 2013 {The Tattnall Journal}

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The Tattnall County School System is asking for the public’s input on a strategic planning process they are working on. A meeting was held at TCHS September 16, but for those unable to attend, there is an online questionnaire that you can fill out so that your opinions get voiced. To access the survey, visit www.surveymonkey.com/s/8239VLT or you can find the link on the School System’s homepage at www.tattnallschools.org.

Romie Kirkland has been named the Grand Marshal to lead the TCHS Homecoming Parade in Glennville, Thursday, October 3. The parade will kick off at 4 p.m. and run through town. The Warriors will be hosting their Homecoming football game on Friday night, October 4.

The school nutrition program was also under question by parents because of some complaints of the flavor of the food, food choices and portion sizes.  It’s not just a Tattnall problem, complaining is commonplace around the nation as a result of Michelle Obama’s Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2012.

And the Yearbooks for TCHS 2013-2014 are now on pre-sale! Students can order them at the high school through teacher Ms. Gail Dixon, or anyone is welcome to come by The Tattnall Journal and place their order for one of the books, which will be coming out next summer. Yearbooks ordered in advance before December 31, 2013, are only $45.

Obituaries this week:
Martha G. Barrow, 74
Mrs. Vina Elois Gregory, 83
Fred Johnson, 72
Kelly P. Mincey Jr., 85
Mrs. Rosie Lee Harris Rogers, 85
Jacob Elisha Rowe, 74
Charles Sikes, 65
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September 12, 2013 {The Tattnall Journal}

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Reidsville businessman Ralph Stewart passed away September 9, on his birthday. Many knew him as the long-time owner of Reidsville’s IGA.

Tammy Wilds was named WTOC’s Hometown Hero.

The Tattnall County Warrior football team won their game on the road, beating Portal 14-0.

And the Tattnall County Lady Warriors went 5-0 in the Veterans softball Tournament.

Obituaries this week:
Vivian Allen Bacon, 91
Archie Danny Coleman, 74
Mrs. Eva Hackle Connell, 91
Hazel Jones McCullough, 88
Aubrey Murray, 75
Mrs. Josephine B. Nesby, 65
Ralph Stewart, 74

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September 5, 2013 {The Tattnall Journal}

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The Tattnall County Warriors kicked off the football season with a win in overtime against the Claxton Tigers, 9-6.

The Pinewood Patriots also jumped into the season with a win over Robert Toombs, 26-13.

The Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) comes up for renewal this November and the county is asking for voters’ support on the one-cent tax renewal once again. SPLOST helps fund several things in the county, including road and bridge repairs, assistance with the fire departments and emergency services, and several other projects.

The brand new group shelter at Gordonia-Alatamaha State Park is nearing its opening date and the new Golf Pavilion is completed. If you haven’t been out to see the new buildings, you are really missing out. These are wonderful additions to our local State Park.

And election time is drawing near with several city elections to take place November 5.

Obituaries this week:
Ms. Mildred S. DeLoach Blocker, 90
Gwendolyn Lynette “Nette” Butler, 41
Babs Smith Dowdy, 78
Marcus Frank Driggers, 81
Maradean Barnard Kersey, 59
Mr. Carl G. Merritt, Jr.
William Keith Swindell, 65
Louis “Lou” F. Vadala, 74

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August 29, 2013 {The Tattnall Journal}

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A 25-year-old Glennville man, Dantrel Dunson, was killed August 23 after his four-wheeler left the road and struck a tree on Enoch Walker Road.

Several honorees were featured on the front page this week … John Conley was honored at the POAG Convention. Glennville’s Wayne Dasher was honored by WTOC-TV as the “Hometown Hero”. And Dr. Jim Strickland was honored by the state of Georgia with Senate Resolution 52 in his honor.

Because of cutbacks in funding, the Senior Citizens Center in Reidsville will no longer be open on Fridays.

And serveral were arrested for drugs this week in Reidsville and one more arrested and charged with armed robbery.

Look in this week’s edition for photos and schedules for all of the fall sports at Tattnall County High School and Pinewood Christian Academy!

Obituaries this week:
Eloise “Peggy” Bargeron, 75
Dantrel RaShawn Dunson, 25
Lessie Mae Jernigan Durrence, 96
Sonja L. Jinks, 34
Raymond McGlashan, 72
Toni Pat O’Berry, 57
George Petrella, 39
Catherine Sherod, 68
Mrs. Joyce Tatum, 68
Horace Waters, 68

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August 22, 2013 {The Tattnall Journal}

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Happy faces and Happy Meals this week in Reidsville as McDonald’s officially opened it’s doors on Thursday, August 15. A select VIP night was held the night before for local business people.  In the same parking lot will be the brand new Dollar General, which is still under construction on the inside.

Believe it or not, Adam Sandler made a brief stop in Reidsville at Smith’s Restaurant and he took a couple of minutes to talk to a few employees and sign an autograph before leaving town with his wife, little girl and dog, all in tow.

Pinewod Christian Academy students went back to school on Friday, August 16. This marks the 44th year of the PCA Patriots. The school has approximately 600 students in grades K3 through 12th.

The Wiregrass Festival is coming up September 28 in Reidsville and the Wiregrass committee has been busy thanking the many sponsors who help fund the event. Leading off as the Platinum Sponsor again this year is Optim Medical Center – Tattnall.

Obituaries this week:
Mrs. Sarah Thompson Greer, 79
Misael Olmos Huerta, 64
Miriam Faye Smith,  74
Willie Mae Weitman, 86
Mr. Titus E. White, 93

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August 15, 2013 {The Tattnall Journal}

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McDonald’s is finally opening the doors this week at their new location in Reidsville! The restaurant and an attached brand new Dollar General are located between Shady Grady’s (at the red light) and the Summer House Restaurant on Hwy. 280 E. They will be open for lunch on Thursday, August 15 and then for regular business hours starting on Friday.

The Glennville Dairy Queen surpassed this year’s goal for Miracle Treat Day, having raised $25,213 for Children’s Miracle Network! Owner Zuber Malek thanked his staff, sponsors and the community for their support.

Mike Brand, of Reidsville, was seriously injured in an accident while trying to pump gas at Clyde’s in Reidsville. Another vehicle slammed into his causing him to be knocked into the gas pumps and thrown to the side. He was airlifted to Savannah.

Meet the Warriors was held at TCHS on August 9 and the community excitement is building as the football team readies for the upcoming season.

Obituaries this week:
Bobby Winston Jarriel
Mr. Earl Lynn, 86
Willene Helen Moody Rogers, 79
Mr. James Carlton Smith, 57
Peggy Othell Stanfield,73

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August 8, 2013 {The Tattnall Journal}

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August 1 marked the first day of school for Tattnall County public school students. Principals reported a smooth start to the new school year.

Adail Treharn was honored with an award as the top performing “Powerful Tools for Caregivers Class Leader” in the Heart of Georgia Altamaha Region for Concerted Services, Inc.

Tattnall County football is busy with summer practices and the first scrimmage is coming up August 15 at 6:30 p.m. at TCHS.

Tammy Wilds will be heading up the Wiregrass Festival Parade this year, which is set for September 28 at 10 a.m. in Reidsville.

Obituaries this week:
Dana Kay Miles Garrison, 66
Mr. Benjamin T. Kunney
Grace DeLoach Love, 61
Donna Anne Johnson McGlashan, 43
Marion Gray Showalter, 79
Dorothy Ann Smith, 44
Sandra Oleta Todd, 69
David Donise Tootle, 63

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August 1, 2013 {The Tattnall Journal}

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Sgt. Stefan M. Smith, a soldier from Ludowici/Glennville, was killed in Afghanistan. He used to be employed by the Glennville Police Department.

The Dollar General in Reidsville had a fire near the cooler area on July 27, causing some damage to the store.

A proposal from Scatec Solar was approved by the Tattnall County Commissioners to go ahead with two proposed solar farm projects in Tattnall County to include approximately 700 acres in Cobbtown and 100 acres in Collins.

And rain, rain, rain causes trouble for some Tattnall County roads.

Obituaries this week:
Linda Durrence Banks, 78
James Kermit DeLoach, 79
SFC Wayne Gunter, 67
Bro. Marion Elijah Hall, 96
Ronnie Myers Jr., 66
James Harvey Sikes, 72
Hazel Wilson Stubbs, 90
Eva L. Todd, 89

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July 25, 2013 {The Tattnall Journal}

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The first day of school in Tattnall County is just around the corner on August 1! This week’s story has everything you need to know including the start/end times, school calendar, contact information for each school, and an article on the new program enabling every Tattnall County student to enjoy free lunch this year!

Also on the front page, Kim Dubberly Rowden was named the 2013 Assistant District Attorney of the Year by the District Attorneys’ Association of Georgia.

And, our neighbors over in Vidalia/Lyons donated several Tommy Moose dolls to the Reidsville Police Department.

Obituaries this week:
Mrs. Gladys J. Blackburn, 76
Mrs. Harriet Wynell Cox DeLoach, 71
Hannah Purvis Folsom, 77
George Powell, 59
Mrs. Juanita Smith, 79

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July 18, 2013 {The Tattnall Journal}

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The Glennville All-Stars Mite Girls took home the State Championship in the tournament held July 13 in Adel, GA.

Greg Parker of Reidsville, was honored as the Reidsville Rotarian of the Year.

Johnny Shuman, former Chief of Police of Reidsville, had surgery recently to remove his right foot due to complications with diabetes. Local members of VFW 7764 joined together and constructed a ramp at Shuman’s home so that he will be able to use a wheelchair to enter and leave the home.

The Tattnall County Commissioners held a called meeting to discuss various issues including pay raises and jail improvements.

Obituaries this week:
Ida Belle Lynn Boyette, 84
Misty Joy Calloway, 33
Ms. Willie Pearl Conner
Mrs. Pasty Parker Gibbons, 63
Patrick Lee Hughes, 46
Franklin D. Kicklighter, Sr., 79
Mr. James R. McNair, 72

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July 11, 2013 {The Tattnall Journal}

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Glennville is welcoming a new business and potentially 150-200 new jobs with the recent addition of Onshore Outsourcing. The business is opening its location at the former site of Southeastern Technical College in Glennville, next to the City Auditorium.

A patriotic 4th of July program was held at the Tattnall County Veteran’s Park in Reidsville to remember the fallen heroes from our area.

The 146th Tattnall Campmeeting is set for July 14-21 and will feature Rev. Tab Smith and Rev. Jimmy Cason.

Four more arrested for marijuana this week.

Obituaries this week:
Mr. Robert Nathaniel “Nat” Beasley,  94
Mr. Pablo Lopez Cruz, 77
Dale Rogers Johnson, 64
Imogene Nail Wilson Keene
Linda Laverne Todd Long
Lila Johnson O’Neal, 51

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July 4, 2013 {The Tattnall Journal}

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Headlines leading off this week’s paper include the resignation of County Engineer Pete Blocker. Blocker has served in the position for over 14 years.

Robert Balkcom was promoted to SFC, Commander of GSP Post 11 in Hinesville. Balkcom is a 1987 graduate of Reidsville High School.

Local law enforcement made several drug arrests.

Troy Lane Barnard was arrested on charges which included, Sale or Distribution of Harmful Material to Minors and Distributing Obscene Materials.

Three Tattnall ball teams headed to the state playoffs included the Glennville Little League 10U District Champions, Glennville Girls 10U District Runners-Up, and the Reidsville 12U Midget Boys District Runners-up.

And, the county fire departments have a great fireworks display planned for July 4 at Tattnall County High School.

Obituaries this week:
Ulma Lee Dasher Anderson, 83
Mr. Patrick Henry Banks, 70

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June 27, 2013 {The Tattnall Journal}

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This week’s front page leads off with a congratulations to Reidsville Harveys Assistant Store Manager Art Holmes. He was honored as the store-wide Harveys Assistant Manager of the Year at the recent convention.

Tattnall County High School Principal Glenn Stewart was injured after falling from the roof of his house. He underwent surgery where he had to have a rod and eight screws put in his back, as well as nerves reattached.

The Glennville Dairy Queen is gearing up for the annual fundraiser drive for the Children’s Miracle Network.  This year’s goal for the Glennville restaurant is $20,013. The Miracle Treat Day will be August 8, 2013.

The Friends of Gordonia-Alatamaha State Park secured a $2,500 grant for updates to the park and will be using it for various items including shrubs and flowers at the entrance, purchase of new swings for the playground, lake area, cottages and campground, providing new mulch for the playground area and purchase of animal displays for the park office.

The VFW members are planning a spectacular display of American flags on the Courthouse square for the Fourth of July. In addition, a short program will take place the morning of July 4 at the Veterans Memorial Park in Reidsville at 10 a.m.

And speaking of July 4, the county-wide fireworks celebration will be held at Tattnall County High School on the evening of July 4th. Gates open at 6 p.m. and admission is $5 per vehicle.

Obituaries this week:
Mr. William Henry Anderson, Sr., 41
Annette Slater Branch, 76
Olney Cleveland Groover, 86
Betty Ann Hill
Patricia (Patty) Perkins Kennedy, 78
Mr. John Moore, Sr., 67

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June 20, 2013 {The Tattnall Journal}

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This week’s front page leads off with the historic news of the Reidsville Lions Club first female President to be inducted. Linda Curl was inducted at the last meeting and will take over July 1.

The Kimchi agricultural facility in Glennville, which makes a Korean type of salad, had a fire in one of the buildings last week and suffered lots of smoke and water damage.

The Reidsville Mite Boys won the Lyons Tournament Tuesday evening, June 18.

The VFW members are planning a spectacular display of American flags on the Courthouse square for the Fourth of July.

And speaking of July 4, the county-wide fireworks celebration will be held at Tattnall County High School on the evening of July 4th. Gates open at 6 p.m. and admission is $5 per vehicle.

Obituaries this week:
Mr. Clarence Brown Sr., 92
Mr. James W. Hall Sr., 83
Mr. James Lewis Jr., 66
Marjorie Marigna
Mrs. Sadie Elizabeth Nail, 91
Lee Allen “PeeWee” Powell, 48
Harry Sapp, 84
Timmy Allen Sikes, 57
Peggy L. Ulmer, 53
Mr. Danny Weaver, 58

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June 13, 2013 {The Tattnall Journal}

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Leading off this week’s front page is a brief story on an altercation at Smith State Prison in Glennville where several inmates were injured causing multiple emergency crews to be called for transportation to area hospitals.

At Georgia State Prison, new Warden Robert Toole will take over effective July 1.

The Reidsville Boys 12U All-Stars won the 51st Annual Lyons Tournament Tuesday with a score of 15-0 in the final game.

The Tattnall County Heritage Book is finally ready to be sent to the printer. Advanced copies at $55 are only being sold through June 15.

John Price is the featured story this week in honor of Father’s Day.

And, the Glennville Rotary Club joins the elite group of 100 percent Paul Harris Clubs.

Obituaries this week:
Timothy George Blocker, 50
Mrs. Doris Edenfield, 84
Danny M. Johns, 60
Helen Stephens Johnson, 77
Howard “Lark” Sikes, 86

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June 6, 2013 {The Tattnall Journal}

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This week we feature some photographs from the current Family Shelter construction going on at Gordonia-Alatamaha State Park in Reidsville. The new group shelter is expected to be completed by the end of June and will be able to accommodate 80 guests.

Also featured is an article on the Vidalia Sweet Onion and how the crop fared this season.

Cliff Riner, Tattnall County Extension Agent, announced his plans to resign from his position of seven years. Riner has accepted the position of UGA Vidalia Onion and Vegetable Center Coordinator effective July 1, 2013.

Obituaries this week:
George Edward Forrester
Mrs. Eldrie Ruth Futch, 87
Joyce Carol Lynn, 56
Grace Register Oliver, 67
Mr. Gerald L. O’Neal, 57
Marie Oxendine, 64
Charles Edward Slater, Sr., 82
Thomas L. “Tommy” Tootle, 65
Marilyn Williams, 78

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May 30, 2013 {The Tattnall Journal}

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Tattnall County High School held graduation ceremonies Saturday evening, May 24. The stands were packed as parents, friends and relatives came out to cheer on their graduate.

Memorial Day was also celebrated and remembered on May 27 and a large crowd gathered at the Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Glennville to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice defending America’s freedoms.

Tattnall County High School recognized its honor graduates in a banquet at the high school May 21.

Obituaries this week:
Silas Nathanael Edenfield, 4
Jerry Powell Smith, 63
Leon Smith
Mr. David Welch Thompson, 69
Oliver Earl Waters, 92
Walter “Walt” Whittle, 57

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May 23, 2013 {The Tattnall Journal}

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On this week’s front page were two headline stories involving Cobbtown. In the first, Keith Harvey was honored as Cobbtown’s Citizen of the Year. Other nominees for the annual award were George Holland and Charles & Karen Rushton.

Also making headlines in Cobbtown was the rescue of a worker high atop the Cobbtown water tower. The worker had been making repairs inside of the tank when he passed out from apparent heat exhaustion. Crews were brought in from surrounding counties to transport him safely to the ground.

Tattnall County High School’s graduation is May 24 at 8 p.m. at Warrior Stadium.

TCHS Coach Sherry Richards was selected as All-Star Coordinator for the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association North/South All-Star softball showcase game this summer.

And, on the inside of the paper, the community came together and raised $3,500 in a county-wide bucket drive for TCHS student Kyle Altman, who was injured in a vehicle accident in April.

Obituaries this week:
Jacob “Jake” E. Burch, 65
Melanie Coleman Geiger, 53
Mr. Eddie Hutcheson, 64

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May 16, 2013 {The Tattnall Journal}

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There’s a lot of stuff happening in this week’s paper! Two big events headlined the paper. The first was a Prayer Vigil that was held Thursday, May 16 on the Courthouse square. Several individuals were honored or remembered in prayer and candles were lit and balloons released.

Also happening over the weekend was  Glennville’s annual Sweet Onion Festival! The day-long event on Saturday, May 18, featured fun from early in the morning to late at night. Lots of fun (and tasty sweet onions) to be had in Glennville!!

Pinewood Christian Academy’s graduation ceremony is set for Sunday, May 19 at 4 p.m. in the Eddie Durrence Gymnasium on the campus in Bellville. Tattnall County High School’s graduation is coming up this Friday, May 24 at 8 p.m.!

TCHS senior Brandon Purcell recently signed with Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville to play baseball.

Jeanette DeLoach received the Lions Club’s highest honor: she was named a “Paul Harris Fellow”.

And, three arrests were made recently in connection with drug busts in Reidsville.

On the inside of the paper, be sure to check out the extra photos from the Onion Festival and the Prayer Vigil, and look for the many photos from Tattnall County High School’s Honors Night!

Obituaries this week:
Mrs. Margaret Adams, 65
Eunice Coleman Collins, 98
Mamie Jarriel Davis Collins, 98
Louis “Bo” Johnson, 55
Gene Willie Lynn, 84
Cindy (Cromwell) Nelson, 55
Junior “Shorty” Rewis, 83
Yvonne Quick Weaver, 63

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May 9, 2013 {The Tattnall Journal}

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The land is currently being cleared for the new McDonalds and Dollar General in Reidsville! The spot is located next to the Summer House and it’s estimated that the businesses will be open in August of this year.

Concerted Services, Inc., is facing cutbacks and looking at closing the Reidsville office.

TCHS Work-Based Learning program gave a $3,000 donation to the Lions Clubs of Tattnall County.

TCHS softball player Harlee Mills, a 2013 senior, recently signed on to play with West Georgia Tech.

And a candlelight vigil will be held Thursday evening, May 9 for many in the area.

Remember the Glennville Sweet Onion Festival is this Saturday, May 11, and Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 12!

Obituaries this week:
Daniel “Danny” Gene Bottoms, 53
Ms. Waleria Dudeck Cowart, 89
Ms. Alma “Bay” Hutcheson, 90
Mr. John Edgar “Jack” Martin, 85
Dorethy M. Reynolds, 87
Mrs. Mary Maggie Lee Price Rich, 78
Ms. Tommie Nell Lewis Todd Sikes, 84

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May 2, 2013 {The Tattnall Journal}

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The Iris H. Wilcox Cancer Center in Vidalia was officially dedicated in a ceremony on April 25 thanks to a $1 million donation from the NFL’s Nick Eason, who is a Toombs County native. The center is named in memory of Eason’s mother who passed away from cancer.

Optim Healthcare, in Tattnall received a “5-Star” rating by Healthgrades, for the past two years. A ceremony was held on the grounds to commemorate the event.

The Tattnall County High School Warrior Baseball Team has made it to the GHSA state playoffs. They finished the regular season with a record of 20 wins and six losses.

A countywide Fire Protection Plan was presented to the Tattnall Municipal Association for consideration. If approved, the $3 million project would be paid for out of future SPLOST funds.

And a mobile home in Collins burned, resulting in a total loss. The home had been occupied by Brian Kennedy.

Obituaries this week:
Troy Lee Anthony
Rueben Cash Blake, 4
John G. Burkhalter, 43
Mildred Kennedy Davis
Audrey Kicklighter DeLoach, 70
Gelon Galbreath, 81
Mrs. Lovdie Moseley Green, 76
Ms. Atha W. Phillips, 90
Kimberly Dawn Stout, 41

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April 25, 2013 {The Tattnall Journal}

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A serious vehicle accident on Sunday, April 21 at what is known as Tatum’s Crossroads, between Glennville and Reidsville, sent one driver by LifeStar to Memorial in Savannah. 18-year-old Kyle Altman, a senior at Tattnall County High School, remained in critical condition most of this week. The other driver, Brandon Johnson, a family man and local banker, received slight injuries.  A prayer meeting was held at Tattnall County High School on Wednesday for Kyle and his family. You can see highlights of that in a video by clicking HERE.

Also on the front page, locals were excited to learn that Kennedy Bridge Road has reopened after almost a year of construction rebuilding the old bridge.

The 26th annual Law Enforcement Appreciation cookout was held at Wayne Dasher’s Pond House in Glennville and Governor Nathan Deal was among the honored guests.

The Paul Anderson Youth Home in Toombs County has a gardening project going on, which is overseen by the young men served in the program.

And, the scamming industry is alive and well, with yet another local phone scam going around.

Obituaries this week:
Infant Kingston Bennett
Myrna Loy Galbreath, 81
Jonathan Patrick Howard, 20
Mrs. Zadene Walker, 79

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April 18, 2013 {The Tattnall Journal}

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This week’s front page started off with a story on the Tattnall Space Surveillance Station, which is scheduled to be shut down for the remainder of this year.

Tattnall County native Daphne H. Jarriel was the recent recipient of the Deen Day Smith Service To Mankind Award. She was among two dozen Bulloch County area citizens to be honored at the annual banquet held at Georgia Southern University.

Dr. Jim Strickland is slated to lead this year’s Glennville Sweet Onion Festival as the parade Grand Marshal.

The GB Bank Group, Inc., hosted the annual Tattnall C.A.R.E.S. Survivor Dinner and a packed crowd enjoyed dinner, entertainment, guest speakers and door prizes.

And a Glennville man, Leo J. McKinley, was arrested and charged with four counts of sexual exploitation of children.

On the inside of the paper this week, check out the newly crowned Miss Georgia Sweet Onion, Maddy Thompson, as well as an array of little onion royalty crowned.

Obituaries this week:
David Fuller
Mr. Robert A. Jordan, 59
Mr. Johnny O. McGalliard, 71
Cherry Thompson Strickland, 75

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April 11, 2013 {The Tattnall Journal}

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Team Micah held another highly successful fundraiser this past weekend with a softball tournament at the Glennville Recreation Department. A total of 19 teams competed and raised a whopping $7,000 for Micah Smiley and his fight against cancer!!

Quaysean Davis, alumni and star athlete of Tattnall County High School, is earning recognition on the college level now as he’s been given All-West Division honors in basketball.

The third annual Tattnall County Arts Festival was held Sunday at the Tattnall County Courthouse and many visitors enjoyed seeing works from local artists and authors in addition to a book reading by Kathy Bradley.

State Patrolman June (B.J.) Leopold recently retired. Leopold is from Tattnall County and was the first ever female officer in Georgia for the State Patrol.

Obituaries this week:
Eric Franklin Hemphill, 59
Emily Elliot Harris Peterson, 92
L.S. “Pete” Peterson
Azeph D. Rogers, 89

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April 4, 2013 {The Tattnall Journal}

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The Tattnall County Arts Festival is this Sunday and it’s FREE to the public to attend! The event will be held inside the Tattnall County Courthouse and it’s a great opportunity to see the work of local artists and tour the Courthouse.  The festival is 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Brenna Dreggors, Tattnall County High School senior, recently advanced to the National Beta Club competition after winning the state competition in English. The national convention is June 19-22 in Mobile, Alabama. Brenna is the daughter of Daniel and Leigh Dreggors of Glennville.

Collins Full Gospel Church in Collins, which was destroyed by fire in February, was being demolished and cleaned up last week and some residents thought the county may be doing the work illegally on private property. However, the work had already been authorized.

And, the switch to paperless benefits is underway for those receiving Social Security benefits. If you haven’t made the switch yet, read this article to find out how.

Obituaries this week:
Susan A. Stanfield, 47
Bebe Bazemore Higgs Stubbs, 82
Hugh Dorsey Thompson Jr., 63
Clarence Witchell, Jr., 25

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March 28, 2013 {The Tattnall Journal}

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Micah Smiley, the local 6-year-old boy going through chemo for lymphoma cancer, was flown by private plane to the University of Georgia on March 20 to visit with the players and gather autographs. A local group put the trip together and several Sheriff’s office deputies, Sherriff Quinton Rush, John Wingate, Ronnie McCall and Lamar Smith, along with Micah’s family, enjoyed the afternoon with the Bulldogs.

Watermelon Creek Vineyard in Tison, GA, received several awards recently for their selection of wines.

And the annual Easter Egg Hunt is March 30 in Reidsville. The event is sponsored by the EE Foundation, a local organization.

Obituaries this week:
Ruby Hazel Bacon, 89
Vera Weitman Branch, 87
Winzell Jordan Leck
Mr. Henry Thomas Lindsey, 54
John Allen “Shot” Page Jr., 93
Ms. Mary Tootle, 98

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March 21, 2013 {The Tattnall Journal}

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The Greater Tattnall Chamber of Commerce held their annual awards banquet March 14, 2013, at Tattnall County High School. Award winners were as follows:
Lifetime Achievement Award: ARMSTRONG CRICKET FARM
Tattnall County Citizens of the Year: DENNIS STRICKLAND and RABUN PHILLIPS
Community Involvement Award: TATTNALL COUNTY SHRINE CLUB
Service Business of the Year Award: REIDSVILLE VETERINARY CLINIC
Business Person of the Year Award: RUSS RHODEN of THE TATTNALL JOURNAL
Business of the Year Award: CHARLES AND KAREN RUSHTON of COBBTOWN SPORT CAFE AND PRODUCE
Special Recognition Award: BOBBY BRANNEN, retired Glennville Fire Chief
Special Recognition Award: the late ELIZANDRO (ALEX) ESQUIVEL SR., Hispanic Church Planter for the Tattnall-Evans Baptist Association 2002-2012
Business Employee of the Year Award: KRYSTAL YOUNGBLOOD-TRULL of REIDSVILLE INSURANCE AGENCY
Government Employee of the Year Award: WILLIE BLAND, Code Enforcement Officer for the CITY OF GLENNVILLE
Junior Board of Directors Members of the Year Awards: PATRICK “OWEN” CLOWER and MADISON ELIZABETH TINSLEY
Past Chamber President’s Award: KIM Y. TATUM

Team Micah’s Family Fun Day event, held over the weekend, raised just over $13,000. The event included an afternoon of arts and crafts and food booths, live entertainment, a 5K fun run, and a balloon release. All of the funds raised will go to help 6-year-old Micah Smiley, who is battling Lymphoma.

And, the Battles of Manassas were also held once again over the weekend. Approximately 1,200 spectators attended this year’s two-day event and over 400 soldiers participated in the reenactment.

Obituaries this week:
Casey Thompson Anderson, 30
Mother Jewel Sharpe Jinks Hill, 77
Mary Blount Bashlor Hornberger, 76
James B. Milikin
Renee Phillips, 47
Jimmy Elton Sapp, 78
Dr. Emory Powers Smith, Jr.
Jessie Janelle Smith
Mr. Cordie Lee Swafford, 101

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March 14, 2013 {The Tattnall Journal}

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The Reidsville Dairy Queen celebrated 25 years in business and Curtis and Sally Thorsen had a variety of specials during the day, a live band at the Dairy Queen, games for the kids, and a special evening performance by Randy “Elvis” Walker. Donations and money raised from the concert was given to charity.

Lane Oliver of Reidsville was burned in an accident involving gasoline on a fire. He was taken to the burn center in Augusta for treatment.

The Miracles for Micah Fun Day event is scheduled for March 16 at the Tattnall County Veterans Memorial Park to raise money for 6-year-old Micah Smiley who has been diagnosed with Lymphoma.

Major Phillip Fleming, formerly of Reidsville, returned recently from Afghanistan with a number of honors.

Buck Shuman was inducted into the Vidalia Onion Hall of Fame, along with Gerald Dasher of Glennville. Ray Farms was named Grower of the Year at the banquet.

The fourteenth annual Battles at Manassas is scheduled for March 17-18.

Obituaries this week:
Eugene “Gene” Baxley, 76
Howard R. Bowen, 87
Mr. Perry M. Brown, Jr., 83
Agnes Walsh Collins, 96
Hilda Ruth Lee Findley, 87
Mr. Leland R. Gregory, Sr., 86
Mrs. Mozelle Johnson, 72
Sister Gladys F. Lindsay, 88
Ruby Lynn, 96
Jimmy Dale “Pez” Moody, 56

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March 7, 2013 {The Tattnall Journal}

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At the top of this week’s front page, Joe English was selected as the recipient of a Monsanto $2,500 grant to be given to the organization of his choice in Tattnall County. In addition, because Tattnall had been declared a disaster county due to the droughts, he got a matching $2,500 grant. The two organizations he chose as recipients were the Tattnall County High School FFA and Tattnall County Young Farmers.

Also headlining this week’s paper was the arrest of brothers Dean and Ronnie McLeod. They were both arrested by the Tattnall County Sheriff’s Department for performing illegal work on a county road.

WTOC’s Dal Cannady has been on a 96-mile multi-county walk to raise money for the American Red Cross. This past week he made the walk through Tattnall County and met up with local folks.

The late Gerald Dasher, of G&R Farms in Glennville, was posthumously inducted into the Vidalia Onion Hall of Fame during a special ceremony held in February.

And finally, the TCHS Warriors have ended their basketball season. The Warriors lost in the Elite Eight round of the state playoffs against Johnson High School in Savannah.

Obituaries this week:
Mr. Homer Durrence, 80
Jerry Coleman Jarriel, Sr., 92
Roy C. Ross
Mrs. Latrell McCumbers Stepp, 72
Mr. Troy Williams,  76

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February 28, 2013 {The Tattnall Journal}

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The story in Tattnall County last week as been all the RAIN we’ve had! In fact, local public schools were canceled all week due to the poor road conditions, which kept buses from being able to travel the routes to get the children.

Also on the front page are stories on the Tattnall County High School Warrior basketball teams. The Lady Warriors ended their season in the Sweet Sixteen, but the men’s team continued through to the Elite Eight, where they lost out Wednesday evening, February 27 against Johnson High School.

The Greater Tattnall Chamber of Commerce elected a new Chamber president recently … Bradley B. Anderson. Anderson has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Chamber for over ten years. Serving as vice presidents are Kris Brinker, Zuber Malek and Mercedes Saenz.

Obituaries this week:
Gail Purcell Barnard, 60
Mr. E. O. Brazel, 87
Terry L. Dasher, 59
Mrs. Estelle S. Durrence, 94
Hugh D. Oliver, 85

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February 21, 2013 {The Tattnall Journal}

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Collins Full Gospel Tabernacle Church burned on February 17, 2013.  The church building and all of the contents were lost in the early morning fire.

Tattnall County High School Senior Jazmin Serrano-Arce is the 2013 Tattnall County STAR Student and she chose Stan Parker as her STAR Teacher.

A Dublin man, Ashley Wade Barron, was arrested in Collins with marijuana, meth and $1100 in cash.

The Department of Agriculture issued a stop order for a Collins animal shelter/kennel owned by Abigail and Liz Groover of Collins. They were issued multiple violations.

Tattnall County C.A.R.E.S. will be holding their annual Gospel Sing on Saturday, February 23 at Tattnall County High School. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at The Tattnall Journal and other outlets, as well as purchased at the door the night of the show!  T-shirts are also on sale to commemorate the event at $15 each.

Obituaries this week:
John Franklin Bacon, 69
Florence (Babe) Baggs Browder, 93
Okie Hendrix Colson, 85
Elizandro (Alex) Esquivel, Sr., 54
Pansy Tootle Griner, 71
Rufus Sammy Hendrix, 82
Twindle Sands Iddins, 89
Mrs. Annie Will Mobley Joyce, 77
Janie Collins Davis Lynn, 86
Wallace Billy Lynn, 77
Willie Alton “Shorty” Swain, 63
Parker W. Thompson, 93
Carole Whiddon, 71
Mr. Dealous Williams, 84

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February 14, 2013 {The Tattnall Journal}

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Tattnall County’s Stevie Durrence was honored as the Tattnall County Conservationist of the Year at a banquet held February 7 in Rincon. Farmers from six different counties were recognized at the 62nd Annual Awards Banquet.

A mobile home owned by Ruth Ann Ulmer was completely destroyed in a huge fire in Reidsville on February 4.

Recent incidents at local prisons resulted in one death at Smith State Prison.

The Tattnall County Shrine Club was named the 2012 Alee Shrine Club of the Year!

And … Happy Valentine’s Day!  Three local couples are featured in the paper this week, each to share their own “love” stories.

Obituaries this week:
Minnie “Coty” Rogers Poole, 92
Willie Edward Ruff, 87

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February 7, 2013 {The Tattnall Journal}

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Six-year-old Micah Smiley, a student at Reidsville Elementary School, and the son of Jamie and Angie Smiley, has been diagnosed with Lymphoma, a type of cancer. Micah has been admitted to the Scottish Rite Hospital in Atlanta. Several fundraising efforts have begun locally to help assist Micah and his family during this difficult time. A Facebook page has also been set up to keep the community updated during Micah’s treatments. You can view and join that page by visiting HERE.

In other front page news, Rotary Corp. recently celebrated another accident-free year. Employees took part in the celebration and many were awarded prizes and other goodies for their hard work.

Tattnall County High School para-pro and assistant coach Kenneth Murphy Sr. was arrested on charges of theft January 29, 2013. The charges were misdemeanors and Murphy resigned from the school system. The case is still under investigation.

Glennville cattleman Jessie Driggers has been elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the American Simmental Association headquartered in Bozeman, MT.

Tattnall County High School recently announced the nominees for the 2013 Governor’s Honors Program. Those students nominated include Tyra Raines, Ashlyn Bargeron, Bethany Durrence, Chad Hall and Leeanne Dubois.

On the inside, we have a full feature story on Stephen DeLoach, a TCHS alumni, who is making a name for himself in the music industry!

Obituaries this week:
Debbie Sapp Alvarez Beach, 54
Madelyn Betty Beecher, 73
Mary Sue Driggers Gibson, 69
Judy Arnold Thrift, 57
Ludelia Norward Trimn, 86

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January 31, 2013 {The Tattnall Journal}

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This week’s front page leads off with awards presented by the Glennville Chamber of Commerce. Top awards were Citizen of the Year, who was Dr. Jim Strickland, and the Business/Entrepreneur of the Year awarded to Greg Woolard of Clyde’s Market and Rusty Pig!
Also on the front was an update to the story of Former Tattnall County Sheriff’s Deputy Ramsey Arnold. Arnold was sentenced to nine years to serve and five years probation in federal court on January 29.

JeMarcus McDaniel, a student at Tattnall County High School, received the HOBY Youth Leadership award.

Phillip Andre Beal was arrested in connection with an armed robbery at the Reidsville Country Store on January 7.

Members of the TCHS Junior Beta Club received awards recently at their conference and were recognized at the Tattnall County Board of Education meeting.

And a Sunday evening fire destroyed the home of Carolyn and Leon Tillman on Brazell Street in Reidsville.

Obituaries this week:
Bennie Brown, 91
Helen Brown, 93
Byron “Taft” Oliver, 73
Mrs. Christine Green Rich, 92
Grace Sophia Salvadore, infant

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January 24, 2013 {The Tattnall Journal}

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This week’s front page leads off with two big weekend events … the annual musical, Tattnall Productions, was held Friday and Saturday to sold-out crowds in Glennville and the 23rd annual Martin Luther King Jr. parade and celebration was held on Saturday in Glennville. Lots to do in Tattnall County over the weekend!

Also on the front page, Tattnall County Extension Agents Cliff Riner and Chris Tyson recently received awards at the 2012 Georgia Association for County Agriculture Agents conference.

And, two fires in Reidsville over the last week caused significant property damage and the near loss of a home.

Obituaries this week:
Mattie Moore Moses, 93
Mrs. Doreen H. Register, 86
Mrs. Christine Green Rich, 92
Mr. Arthur L. Rowland, 72
Leonor Huggins White, 81

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January 17, 2013 {The Tattnall Journal}

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The City of Glennville shared their appreciation for Bobby Brannen who has served the City for 36 years as Fire Chief.  Brannen recently announced his retirement as Fire Chief effective January 1, 2013. Replacing Brannen will be Rod Kirkland who was officially appointed at the Glennville City Council meeting on January 10.

The Georgia State Patrol Aviation Division was recently honored with the Excellence in police Aviation Award. Reidsville native Billy Smith serves as Director of the Unit.

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. parade and celebration will be held Saturday, January 19 in Glennville. The parade begins at 10 a.m. and the program and celebration will be held afterwards on the grounds of St. James AME Church.

The US Postal Service recently announced a one-cent increase in regular postage stamps to 46 cents. Postcard stamps will also increase to 33 cents. The increase is effective January 27.

In other front page news, don’t forget Tattnall Productions is coming up January 18-19 in Glennville.

Obituaries this week:
Stevie Wilkes Bragg
Mrs. Margaret Middleton Jenks
Mr. J. Lewis Lynn, 79
Vietta Stanfield Medlock

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January 10, 2013 {The Tattnall Journal}

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A $2,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a man who robbed the Reidsville Country Store in Reidsville. According to the police report, shots were fired and the store clerk received minor injuries.

Tattnall County Manager Faye Hussey has formally announced her plans to retire in July 2014. Hussey began working in the Courthouse in 1969 when she was only 15 years old.

Members of the Tattnall County Board of Education were sworn into office on January 3. Board members are: Richard Bland, Chairman; Marilyn Lanier, 1st District; Brandon Johnson, 2nd District; Marilyn Dasher Carter, 3rd District; Mary Ruth Oliver Ray, 4th District; and Donna K. Tootle, 5th District.

In other front page news, don’t forget Tattnall Productions is coming up January 18-19 in Glennville. Tickets are still available. And, the Journal ladies had surprise flowers dropped off at the office on Tuesday, courtesy of Pine Grove Baptist Church in Collins.

Obituaries this week:
Bonaceva “Bonnie” Baker Akins, 93
Donette L. Bargeron, 85
Sister Ceola Butler
John Paul Howard, 66
Welton Eric Jenkins, 58
Sis. Thelma Mincey Johnson, 92
Mr. Lewis R. “L.R.” McCumber, 73
Daniel Marvin Strickland

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January 3, 2013 {The Tattnall Journal}

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This week’s paper features a feature story on two downtown Reidsville buildings that have been torn down … hopefully in preparation for a new McDonald’s!  There’s also construction going on in Cobbtown as Westside Foods prepares to re-open its doors after a fire destroyed the previous building.

Look on this week’s front page also for several hopes and wishes for 2013 from area citizens.  We hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Year’s holiday!!

Obituaries this week:
Helen Sikes Collins, 92
Willie E. Collins, 80
David A. Eckhart 65
Ellen Christine Harris, 90
Glenn Vernon Holland, 85
Mary Lee Bradley Tootle, 84

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December 27, 2012 {The Tattnall Journal}

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Of course, the big news this past week was Christmas, and all the fun that entails! We hope everyone had a good holiday surrounded by loved ones and lots of food! :)

Santa Claus arrived in Reidsville a few days early on Tuesday, December 18 to visit with children at the Reidsville Dairy Queen. Lots of kids lined up to share their last-minute “wants” with Santa at the DQ.

In other front page news, Charles C. Chandler was honored by the Tattnall County Board of Education with the naming of the newly paved road to the bus barn in his honor. A ceremony was held December 20 at the Bus Barn in his honor.

A fire destroyed a mobile home in Reidsville last week. Fortunately, no one was living there at the time.

The 23rd annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade is coming up on January 19th in Glennville. This year’s Grand Marshal is Al Berry, a Glennville native, and now Commanding General of the 88th Regional Support Command headquartered at Fort McCoy, WI.

Also be sure to check the inside of this week’s paper for the 2012 Year in Review!

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December 20, 2012 {The Tattnall Journal}

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This week’s paper is a two-section special! Be sure to check out the second section, which features dozens and dozens of Letters to Santa from the county’s school children. Also, there are lots of Christmas greetings from area businesses and individuals.  Remember, The Tattnall Journal will be closed December 24-25 in observance for Christmas. Next week’s paper will still be printed and distributed on Wednesday, December 26.

The front page of this week’s paper features an article on the retirement of long-time banker Jeanette DeLoach. She was presented a resolution in her honor by the City of Reidsville.

Starting out on the front page is a feature story on Kevin Fletcher, who has undergone a liver transplant.  He and his family live in Collins.

A wreath-laying ceremony was held at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Glennville on December 15.

And, Valdosta State University won the National Championship! Tattnall’s Kenny Murphy is a part of the Blazers’ football team and took part in the game and celebration, as a freshman.

Obituaries this week:
Ms. Lula Mae Adams
Dorothy Groover, 85
Mrs. Gertrude A. James, 82
Laverne Hughes Spell, 60
Mr. Willie Lee Tyler, 62

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December 13, 2012 {The Tattnall Journal}

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The December 13 paper leads off with an article on Kenny Murphy, a TCHS 2012 graduate who is now a freshman at Valdosta State University. Murphy is part of VSU’s football team and will be playing in the National Championship game December 15 in Alabama.

Mason Smith of Collins, the 9-year-old runner, has broken yet another racing record. This time it was in the “Run in the ‘Boro” on December 7th.

The Reidsville IGA is opening Monday, December 17 and Tom Jones, the new owner, was at the Reidsville City Council meeting to discuss the new store.  Finally, the T-SPLOST begins in January. This is a new one percent sales tax that will be used for regional transportation projects. Yes, in January it’ll be 8 percent sales tax at the stores in Tattnall County (and throughout all of Region 12, which includes 17 counties).

Obituaries this week:
Tommie F. Clark, 72
Mother Mary L. Collins Jackson, 91
Mary Cowart Mobley, 87
Denta Fay Purcell Purvis

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December 6, 2012 {The Tattnall Journal}

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The Reidsville Fire Department held their annual dinner on December 1 and presented awards to several for their service. This year’s honorees included Fireman of the Year – John Sapp; Officer of the Year – Captain Ashley Durrence; and Chief’s Fireman of the Year – Sydney Clifton.

The top story on this week’s paper was a vehicle accident where six people were ejected after impact. Fortunately there haven’t been any fatalities from the incident as of presstime. Several members are still undergoing treatment at Memorial Medical Center in Savannah.

A couple of holiday items included the 27th annual Christmas … Cobbtown Style parade and festival held over the weekend. The large parade always draws a big crowd and this year was no exception. Also on Sunday, the traditional Love Lite tree was dedicated on the front lawn of Optim Medical Center in Reidsville. Love Lite Tree remembrances will be accepted through Friday, December 21, 2012, and the names are printed in the newspaper.

The Greater Tattnall Chamber of Commerce is looking ahead to their annual awards banquet scheduled for Thursday, March 14. They are currently seeking nominations for the various award categories.

Finally, after months of negotiations, the county and city representatives have reached an agreement on the distribution of L.O.S.T. (Local Option Sales Tax) funds.

One item to remember is the upcoming Reidsville Community Blood Drive set for Monday, December 17, 2012 from 2 to 7 p.m. at the Reidsville United Methodist Church social hall. The blood drive is sponsored this time by HeritageBank of the South. Please give the gift of life during this important holiday season!

Obituaries this week:
Ray Winston Aiken, 60
Roy Hubert Daughtry, 86
Mrs. Alma Tucker Myers, 62

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November 29, 2012 {The Tattnall Journal}

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A sad story leads off this week’s paper. On November 21, the day before Thanksgiving, 13-year-old Pinewood Christian Academy student, Peyton Randall, died. She had battled Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis for the past year and five days before her death, she developed flu-like symptoms, which became worse over the following days.

On a brighter note, two Collins’ brothers, Jaxon and Mason Smith, won first place in recent races. Mason actually broke a 13 year record by nearly seven minutes!!

Carlene Fravel, a Glennville Elementary School teacher, was honored as the Tattnall County Teacher of the Year. She and the other local teachers of the year were recognized at the Board of Education meeting.

Ruth Powell was named the Collins Citizen of the Year and she was honored during the city’s annual Tree Lighting Ceremony held November 24.

Bill Smith was named the Grand Marshal for the Cobbtown Christmas Style parade. The parade will be this Saturday, December 1, so be sure to make plans to attend!  Also in this week’s paper, check out the photos and info from the Reidsville Christmas Parade held last Saturday.

Obituaries this week:
Daniel Phillip Martin, 91
Steven Mark Owens, 43
Peyton Ramona Randall, 13
Mrs. Ruth Kennedy Rogers, 96
June Collins Strange, 82

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November 22, 2012 {The Tattnall Journal}

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For the Thanksgiving week paper, we featured a story about cancer survivor Ben Helms and his family. Helms is the TCHS Band Director and recently went through chemo on his journey to be cancer free.

Also on the front, Bruce Oliver was announced as the Grand Marshal of the 2012 Reidsville Christmas Parade. Bruce was a 1966 graduate of Reidsville High School and a three-tour Vietnam veteran in the Marine Corps.

Other items of interest on the front page was an article on Farm City Week, sponsored by Georgia Farm Bureau, and a note about the Tattnall Heritage Book. The book is a long-awaited one and unfortunately will not be ready in time for Christmas this year.

Obituaries this week:
James “Jim” Patrick Huhn, III
Mrs. Peggy Evans Kennedy, 91
Nina Mae McLeod, 97

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November 15, 2012 {The Tattnall Journal}

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This week’s front page has two big stories at the top. Last week, the news circulated that a 14-year-old girl was kidnapped from Glennville. Later she was found in Norcross, GA, after she called home. Apparently she had met the 24-year-old in an online site and the two had been talking. He is facing charges of interference with custody and statutory rape.

The Veterans’ Memorial Park was officially dedicated last Saturday, November 10 and Senator Jack Hill was the guest speaker. The park is located behind the old Alexander Hotel in Reidsville and offers a paved walking path with memorial markers along the way to remember those lost from Tattnall County to the different wars and conflicts.

Tuesday afternoon, November 13, a report came through that an air conditioner unit had been stolen from the former Stewarts IGA in Reidsville. PCA’s JV football team is undefeated for the season and are the SPAL Champions too. Tattnall County High School, as well as the other schools in the county, held a program to salute the county’s veterans for Veterans Day on Monday, November 12.

Obituaries this week:
Randy LeRoy Colson, 54
Captain Mark Emerson, 64
Henry “Billy” Gilliard
Carolyn Helmly Love, 70
Infant Boy Angelito Resendiz
Mrs. Leona Eason Sanders, 60
Byron J. Smith, 79
Gussie R. Stanley, 82
Marjorie Anderson Thompson, 90

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November 8, 2012 {The Tattnall Journal}

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The Election is over! It was a nail-biter as people tuned in to election results coming in on Tuesday night, either on the television or the computer. And although it was a close presidential race throughout the last several months, President Barack Obama retained his seat in the White House. Locally, however, voters in Tattnall and throughout the state of Georgia opted for Romney.  In Tattnall County, voters also selected incumbents to return to office …  County Commission Chairman Frank Murphy and Commissioner Mourice Collins. Statewide, John Barrow will also return to office as District 12 Representative.

Another hot story over the last week was the hunt for Chad Dasher who was wanted for burglary, theft, eluding officers, etc. He was finally apprehended October 31 near Cocoa, FL, by the US Marshals Service. He is now being held in the Tattnall County Jail.

The Veterans’ Memorial Park in Reidsville will be officially dedicated in a ceremony on Saturday, November 10 at 11 a.m.  Everyone is invited to come out for this historic celebration.

Several Tattnall Countians took part in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in Savannah, Georgia. Their photos and finishing times are also featured on this week’s front page.

Remember Sunday, November 11 is Veterans Day! Thank a veteran or current soldier for their service!

Obituaries this week:
Willie Eugene Marsh, 60
M. Pauline Paul, 89
Carl Preslar,  92

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November 1, 2012 {The Tattnall Journal}

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Leading off this week’s front page was the victorious North Tattnall middle school football team who recently won the Championship game 34-12 over Metter.

Another article of good news was $2,000 being raised for Tattnall County C.A.R.E.S. by the Tattnall Chamber of Commerce’s Junior Board of Directors. The students were at the red lights in Glennville and Reidsville collecting money last Saturday.

Trick-or-Treat was held Tuesday evening, October 30, in Tattnall County, so we managed to slip in a few photos of local trick-or-treaters. We’ll print more in next week’s paper so if you have one you want to share, send it on in to us! mail@tattnalljournal.com

Also, advanced voting continues through this Friday, November 2. The General Election is coming up so if you don’t get a chance to vote early, you can still vote on election day, Tuesday, November 6. There’s also a sample ballot printed in this week’s paper on page 18 if you’re not sure yet who’s gonna be on the ballot! :)

Obituaries this week:
Myrtle Todd Caison
Karen Gionet, 63
Mrs. Melba Keeton, 73
Jimps Beryle Kennedy, 76
Vincent J. Kenney, 71
Mr. James C. McMillian, 73
Charles A. Simmons, 62
Henry Edward Stanfield, 86

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October 25, 2012 {The Tattnall Journal}

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Leading off this week’s front page is the continuing manhunt for Chad Dasher of Glennville, who has eluded authorities repeatedly over the last week. Currently, there is a $500 reward being offered for information leading to his arrest. He is wanted for burglaries, auto theft and eluding officers, among other things.

The Reidsville Airport held a Fly-In on October 20 and had picture-perfect weather for the event.

Tattnall County Extension Agent Cliff Riner helped to host a delegation from the country of Kazahkstan who came over to learn more about the Vidalia Onion industry.

Obituaries this week:
Ora Bell Lynn Blocker, 88
Betty Jean Collins, 78
Ralph Gouldsmith, 65
Mary Elizabeth Kicklighter Harden, 81
Larry Edgar Jones Sr., 71
Lois McKenzie, 69
Patricia “Trisha” McCullough Sirmans, 49
Madie (May) Pauline Wrenn Templeton, 86

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October 18, 2012 {The Tattnall Journal}

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On the front page this week, Reidsville is welcoming Tom Jones and his family to town! They are opening “IGA Market” also known as the Reidsville IGA in the same location formerly occupied by Stewart’s IGA. The family is from Macon and they plan to open the store in December.

The Tattnall County Warriors had a very successful homecoming as they stomped Beach 58-6. At halftime, Jessica Joyner was crowned Homecoming Queen.

It’s nearly election time and right now Early and Absentee voting is underway. Early voting will continue through November 2. The General Election is set for Tuesday, November 6, 2012.

The Tattnall Lady Warriors softball team is continuing their winning streak this week by advancing to the Sweet 16. The team plays this week in Jackson, GA.

The Reidsville Lions Club is selling commemorative Christmas ornaments this year of the Alexander Hotel. You may remember the first in the series of ornaments was the Tattnall County Courthouse, which sold last year. The Alexander Hotel 3D ornament is limited to only 250 and each come with a numbered certificate of authenticity and history on the building. Makes a great Christmas gift!!

Obituaries this week:
Helen L. Burkhalter, 75
Lamar Hendrix, 75
Mrs. Mattie Lou Kunney, 75
Mr. W.L. Sikes, 89

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October 11, 2012 {The Tattnall Journal}

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It was another festival weekend in Tattnall County as the annual Collins Autumn Fest was held October 6. The festival enjoyed a big turnout with lots of fun activities and entertainment throughout the day.

The Tattnall County Warriors traveled to Brantley County and came home with a big win, 42-6. This week’s game is Homecoming so be sure to join in all the fun at Warrior Stadium on Friday, October 12.

The TCHS Lady Warriors hosted the first round of State tournaments this week at the high school. The Lady Warriors had finished second in the 1-AAA Region tournament the week prior.

Canoochee EMC held their 74th annual meeting on Tuesday, October 9 and honored a dozen employees on their years of service.

Obituaries this week:
Willie Mae Cox Sapp, 75

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October 4, 2012 {The Tattnall Journal}

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Reidsville celebrated the Ninth Annual Wiregrass Festival last Saturday and the afternoon was wonderful for the event, which brought the crowds and fun to downtown!

In other news, former Tattnall resident Brian Dismuke was arrested after a three-county chase, on charges of robbery. He had been considered armed and dangerous.

Pinewood Christian Academy Patriots had a tough battle on the field last Friday night but came out ahead 39-36 in the football game against Bethesda.

Finally, it’s another festival weekend in Tattnall County! This time, it’s the Autumn Fest in Collins on Saturday, October 6 so pack up the kids and come out to enjoy lots of fun, games, food, arts & crafts, and entertainment!

Obituaries this week:
Clinton “Clint” W. Harper, 46
Mrs. Sarah Coleman Wilcox, 51

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September 27, 2012 {The Tattnall Journal}

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Gordonia-Alatamaha State Park held the official ground breaking ceremony for the new family/group shelter at the park in Reidsville.

Jackie Trim and Johnny King have been announced as the Grand Marshals for the TCHS Homecoming Parade to be held October 11 at 4 p.m. in Reidsville.  Entries are still being accepted for the parade and the deadline is October 9.

The Tattnall Warriors hosted Savannah High for the first time and earned a big win, 35-6.

Remember the Wiregrass Festival is this weekend! Page 16 had all of the vendors and entertainment schedule. Bring the kids out and enjoy this kickoff into the fall and holiday season! The parade starts at 10 a.m. this Saturday in Reidsville! :)

Obituaries this week:
F.M. “Sonny” Durden, 87
Mrs. Brenda Carter Harrison, 57
Claudine Thompson Kicklighter, 83
Mrs. Fannie Mae Hendrix Murphy, 86
Helen Rooks Taylor, 87

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September 20, 2012 {The Tattnall Journal}

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A sad story leads off this week’s front page … Westside Foods in Cobbtown burned to the ground late Thursday night, September 13. The store was first built as a grocer in the mid 1940s.

First Citizens Bank will soon be known by a new name. First opening in 1943, the bank is now changing it’s name to “S Bank”.

Gordonia-Alatamaha State Park in Reidsville is holding a groundbreaking ceremony September 20th at 10 a.m. for a new group shelter. The new 2,100 sq. ft. building will be able to seat 80 guests, will include a catering kitchen, indoor and outdoor fireplaces, a covered patio overlooking the park’s wetlands and lake, a restroom, separate screened grill area and expanded parking.

Obituaries this week:
Emily Stone Kicklighter, 88
Susie Bacon McKenzie, 70
Mrs. Mirenda Smith Tootle

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September 13, 2012 {The Tattnall Journal}

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Although they had a loss the first week, the Tattnall County Warriors came back last Friday night with a 35-0 win over visiting team Portal. The Warriors dominated the entire game, even giving the younger players a chance on the field.  This coming Friday, Sept. 21, they will be on the road to take on Statesboro.

Also on the front page, Tattnall County Family Connections was awarded a $125,000 grant to help address the needs of Hispanic students. The grant was acquired in July of 2012 and will be available in segments over the next three years.

Members of the VFW 7764 and Woodmen of the World presented 9-11 Flags of Honor to county offices in Reidsville, which were flown on Tuesday, September 11th.

Glennville’s Dairy Queen was recognized as having the largest fundraising drive for the Children’s Miracle Network this past July. They were the top in the state of Georgia and the second highest in the nation!

Pineland State Bank has announced that it will be closing its bank branch in Cobbtown, GA, and customers will now be transferred to the bank in Metter.

Tattnall County recognized two Road Department employees on their retirements … Charlie Edwards retired with 39.5 years and Harold Pye retired with 12 years and two months. Each was presented a resolution and a plaque from the county.

Obituaries this week:
Stephanie Richardson Bacon, 46
Vivian Weitman Cowart, 95
Marie Vianna Doyle, 91
Karen Yates Gibson
Alvena Proctor Hackle, 82
Mary Frances Oliver, 81
Anna Lee Shaw Relaford Overstreet, 82
Harvey Phillips, 66
Flora Boyette Wilson, 87

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September 6, 2012 {The Tattnall Journal}

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This week’s front page highlights the beginning of the high school football seasons. Pinewood Christian Academy won their first game on August 30 as they beat Robert Toombs Christian Academy 14-7. The Tattnall County Warriors lost a tough battle, however, to neighbors, the Claxton Tigers on Friday, August 31. The score ended 47-35 in favor of Claxton.

Also on the front page, a Reidsville man, Jamie Lee Greenwood, was injured in a house fire and is being treated at the Augusta Burn Center.

And just around the corner, Sept. 29, is the Wiregrass Festival, which will be held in Reidsville. This week it was announced that Tattnall County Citizen of the Year, Lisa Cowart Trim, will head up the parade as Grand Marshal.

Obituaries this week:
Julian E.”Gene” Dutton II, 65
Herbert Edward Girard, 75
Clyde Sewell, 66

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August 30, 2012 {The Tattnall Journal}

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In this week’s paper, we have a follow-up to a story involving the house fire and the home’s resident, Annie Will Joyce. We had done a story on Glenda Durrence who helped to pull Annie Will Joyce from the house, but at the time, the identities of other folks on the scene wasn’t known. Now, this story gives accolades to Tim Morgan, Bobbie Denton and Agnes Jackson. It was a team effort to save Mrs. Joyce!

Also on the front page, Tattnall County School System was honored with the Environmental Excellence Award for the work done at the schools in regards to energy conservation.  TCHS student and softball player, Katie Collins, was selected to participate in the Georgia Dugout Club Elite 80 Showcase this past July. And, we re-printed a story originally written by Dal Cannady of WTOC-TV in Savannah regarding a militia plot involving Ft. Stewart soldiers and others.

Be sure to check out the inside of the paper this week, too! We have photos, schedules and rosters for the sports teams at Tattnall County High School and Pinewood Christian Academy as we get ready to kick off the 2012 season of football coverage this week! Pinewood plays their first game on Thursday, August 30 against Robert Toombs Christian in Lyons and Tattnall will host the Claxton Tigers at home on Friday, August 31. We’re all ready for some football!

Obituaries this week:
Annette Lynn Knowles Bryant
Tammy Donaldson, 38
Michael Johnson, 45

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