Seniors involved in football, softball, and the Band of Pride were honored Friday night at Champ Bailey Stadium. Pictured above is the senior run-through sign, which due to the weather, was not displayed at the game. Left, Superintendent Dr. John Lairsey was honored to direct the Band of Pri…

Charlton County senior baseball player Connor Nelson signed to play baseball for Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida. Nelson will complete his senior season with the Indians in the spring before starting his college career.  Flagler College is a NCAA Division II school that plays in th…

The postponed game between Charlton and Brooks Counties will be played Tuesday, November 17 at 6:00 p.m. at Champ Bailey Stadium in Folkston. 

The Charlton County Board of Commissioners held its regularly scheduled meeting Thursday, November 5.  Assistant Chairwoman Alphya Benefield was absent.

The Okefenokee Wildlife Refuge teamed up with Valdosta State University Art & Design student Logan Lott in creating a way-finding mural over the summer as part of the Blazer Summer Research Institute with professor Evelyn Davis-Walker. The mural was installed recently on the corner of Ma…

The infamous West Mims Fire was caused by lightning and was reported on April 6, 2017, approximately seven miles east of Fargo, Georgia, and 2.5 miles northeast of the Eddy Fire Tower in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. The Fire quickly spread across the Okefenokee Swamp National Wil…

Saturday, October 31, Main Street was filled with sweet and spooky characters. The Okefenokee Chamber of Commerce worked hard to bring the community a fun-filled (and socially distant) Halloween. Local children were treated to treats, games and lots of fun. Above, winners of the costume cont…

More than a year ago, Alabama-based company, Twin Pines Minerals, submitted an application for a 12,000-acre  mining project just outside of the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in Folkston. After pulling the original application in February of this year, the company re-applied in hopes o…

Kandiss Taylor, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, recently visited with Charlton County Republicans. Dr. Taylor is an educator from Appling County and is running against 21 other candidates in the November 3 special election. Governor Brian Kemp appointed Kelly Loeffler to serve out th…

The 2020 General Election is coming up on Tuesday, November 3. The only local race happening is the run for the At Large Folkston City Council seat formerly held by the late Stanley Golaszewski. The Herald sent questions to candidates Jim Gowen and Raymond Roberts. Below are the answers that…

The Charlton County Sheriff’s Office announced today that it has been awarded a major traffic enforcement grant in the amount of $23,454.56 from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) in Atlanta.

Dalton Burnsed, 20, formerly of Folkston, recently earned his multiengine plot’s license. This commercial license gives the ability to fly any plane with two or more engines – while getting paid. A multiengine plane also flies faster and higher with a lot more safety redundancy features. 

The 49th annual Okefenokee festival was held Saturday, October 10. While the the event was forced to be different than previous years, it was still a success. Visitors had a blast throwing axes, checking out local products and stopping at the car show. Food booths were scattered through the …

From the time we are born until we die, we must deal with rules.  First our parents provide the rules.  Very early in life those rules consist of things like don’t put that in your mouth and don’t pull the cat’s tail. Dirt is not for eating; give me that spoon.  Later the rules change a bit.…

A regularly scheduled meeting for the Board of Education was held September 15. The board approved the financial report from June through September. The council received 103 percent of the anticipated revenue. The schools did save money during the shutdown, but the new year will make up the …

Charlton County was abuzz last weeks as Homecoming drew near. Throughout the week, students dressed up in themed attire each day, bringing excitment leading to the homecoming game. Taylor Murray, daughter of Lynn and Shannon Murray, was named the 2020-2021 Homecoming Queen. She was crowned b…

Many Charlton County residents were shocked when they learned that J. S. Haddock, Jr. had died peacefully in his sleep Wednesday night, September 16, 2020. He was 93. Haddock is remembered for his 36 years of service to this county, first as Clerk of Court of Ordinary, and then as Probate Ju…

The Charlton County FFA Chapter received the 2019-2020 Outstanding Chapter Award for the South Region Area VI. This is the second year in a row that Charlton FFA has received this award. “It is a testament to the high levels of active participation and success in FFA activities and competiti…

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…

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