Response to the 2020 census has been less than overwhelming with only 45.4 percent of Charlton County responding. The total average for the state of Georgia is only 61.1 percent. The census is used to collect important information for lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others to …

Deputy Colby Thompson, Deputy Doug Popp, Deputy Dustin Morrison and Deputy Kevin Allday of the Charlton County Sheriff’s Office recently completed a course in Advanced Traffic Law conducted by the Georgia Police Academy Division of the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth. This c…

It was recently announced the pending closure of a portion of D. Ray James Federal Prison has been postponed until the end of the year. While there is not a set date as of press time, the contract with the Federal Bureau of Prisons will officially dissolve by the beginning of 2021.

While there seems to be no end in sight to the COVID-19 Pandemic, you may find yourself wondering how local teenagers have been handling high school during these trying times. It seems all is well at Charlton County High School, and overall, everyone is adjusting fine. 

In the trying times 2020 has brought, a group of local men have been working together to help make Charlton a better place. Local pastor Antwon Nixon, with the help of friends, neighbors, and fellow pastors, has started a Youth Empowerment group.

The Folkston City Council met Monday, August 17 for its regularly scheduled meeting. Councilman Marion “Pardner” Davis was absent. 

The Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge had an important visitor Friday, August 21, when Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks, Robert Wallace, came to Folkston. ONWR Director Michael Lusk showed the layout of the refuge and gave a brief presentation of its history and the Okef…

The Charlton County Board of Commissioners held a joint public hearing with the cities of Folkston and Homeland. This was the second of two required public hearings for the Comprehensive Plan Update with the Southern Georgia Regional Commission and Georgia Department of Community Affairs. Co…

You longtime loyalists (and you know who you are) will remember the exploits of Sheila the Family Wonderdog in this space. You will also recall that Shelia went to Doggie Heaven a few years back where she now enjoys swapping yarns with her pals Lassie, Rin Tin Tin and Old Yeller and chasing …

The brain is an amazing organ.  It might not let me remember your name when I meet you downtown, but it frequently presents a parade of memories for no logical reason.   Some are entertaining; others, not so much. I never know what will spur any given memory. 

On Tuesday, August 18 a scheduled meeting was held for the Charlton County Board of Education. 

Madison Mullis, 22, formerly of Folkston, has recently made big a move to Memphis, Tennessee where she will attend the University of Memphis.She is working towards her Master’s degree in Integrated Strategic Media. While there, she will be working as a graduate assistant for the Department o…

Concerned local mothers Anna King, Amber King, and Shelby Farmer organized a Save the Children rally Saturday at the corner of U.S. Hwy. 1 and Main Street. The group set out to bring awareness to human trafficking. Anna said, “Standing there watching the kids holding their signs made me real…

Erika Woolard, of Folkston, and her family held their sixth annual bake sale August 7 to raise money to buy school supplies for the children of Charlton County. Woolard says, “The reason we do this every year is that we are able to. This also teaches our children that when they have an oppor…

Wade Rodeffer, a junior at Charlton County High School, is the son of W.D. and Carla Rodeffer, of Folkston. You likely know his name from Indian baseball. Rodeffer plays as an outfielder and sometimes takes the pitcher’s mound as well. Wade is also ambidextrous and a switch hitter.

Everyone knows South Georgia just has a different kind of heat. Southerners are raised hearing “the humidity will kill you.” Sometimes, that can be the case. The temperature in the high 90’s is the norm here, and while many people do have the blessing of working in the air conditioning, we c…

Charlton County has seen quite a spike in positive COVID-19 cases recently. According to the Department of Public Health website, Charlton currently shows 425 cases for the area (as of press time). There have been approximately 155 confirmed cases in Charlton alone in the last two weeks.

Charlton County went back to school Monday morning, following new social distancing guidelines. Students rushed in to find their classrooms and to get the school year started. The staff of the Herald wishes all Charlton County students a safe and fantastic school year. Above, Drew, Kassidy, …

Deputies have recently responded to several calls of theft at hunting clubs in the Winokur vicinity. Both Deep Woods Hunting Club and Volusia Hunting Club on Crews Community Road reported thefts. Deputies investigated and collected evidence and reports. Cameras, blinds, and other camp and hu…

Thanks to Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation and the hard work of Lead Nurse/Folkston Elementary School Nurse Nancy Brooks, the Charlton County school system is now better equipped to keep students safe. The Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation awarded the Charlton County School Dist…

The Charlton County Board of Education held its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday, July 21, during which, the board voted unanimously to approve the budget for Fiscal Year 21 with a general fund. Board members held a special called meeting Tuesday, July 16 for the first review with no publ…

Many schools are lucky to have an administrator who is willing to go above and beyond for her students, but the Charlton County school system was blessed to have one who also did the same for her teachers. Dr. Barbara Hannaford was most known for simply wanting the best for everyone she came…

Dr. John Lairsey has announced his intention to retire as superintendent for the Charlton County School System effective January 1, 2021.  He made the announcement at the conclusion of the Board of Education meeting held Tuesday, July 21.  Dr. Lairsey has served as the superintendent since 2…

July 18 at 12:20 a.m., Folkston Police officer Kurtis Ford responded to a call in reference to a stabbing, which occurred in the area of Bowery Lane and GA Hwy. 4. Upon arrival, Officer Ford met the victims, both having obvious deep cuts to their necks and covered in blood. EMS then arrived …

Senate candidate Sheila McNeill held a meet and greet at Whistlin’ Dixie Tuesday, July 14. She introduced herself and explained what she hopes to accomplish should she be elected. Representative John Corbett was also in attendance and announced his endorsement for McNeil. 

Charlton County Maidens softball player Jalees Murphy received the chance to extend her playing career after signing to play college softball at Wesleyan College in Macon. Murphy will join former Maiden teammates Lauran Allbritton and Savannah Pollock who both finished up their freshman seas…

The Charlton County High School class of 2020 held its traditional graduation ceremony Friday, July 17 at Champ Bailey Field. The class released a virtual graduation on the original graduation date in May.

Summer has arrived in full swing, bringing with it out door fun, mosquitoes and lots of heavy rain – reminding citizens hurricane season is well underway. If the year so far has been a sign for what is to come, now is the time to be ready. 

The Charlton County Herald will be closed  Friday, July 3, in celebration of Independence Day and will reopen Monday, July 6 at 8:30 a.m. The Charlton County Herald would like to encourage anyone intending on drinking alcohol during the holiday weekend to do so responsibly. Please don’t drin…

On Sunday, June 28, 2020, at approximately 1:50 a.m., the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Region 14 Kingsland Office was requested by the Charlton County Sheriff’s Office to conduct an investigation into the death of Alexander Gerald Ham, 30, of Folkston. As a result of this investigation, …

Seniors Samantha Baxter and Grayson Carter were recently chosen for the Leadership Awards in the Charlton County High School athletic program and for the Leadership Award in the Charlton Fellowship of Christian Athletes Huddle at the local high school. These students were selected by the CCH…

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