I am always happy to get back home after being away for a few days.  I suppose Cheryl and I are primarily home bodies, even though we do enjoy an occasional trip.  We were in Bartow last Friday, in Ocala on Saturday and Sunday, and finally home again last night (Sunday night).

The Woolard and Knowles families held their fifth annual Bake Sale to raise money for school supplies. Every year, these students have raised money, made a trip to purchase list items, and take the supplies to DFCS. This year, the group raised over $700 and were able to donate 48 backpacks, …

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is one of over 560 National Wildlife Refuges across the country managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. With 55 million annual visits nationally, the National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS) is committed to maintaining and understanding customer…

The annual “Soap Game” scrimmage this Thursday night will allow fans of both the Charlton County and Bethune Middle School football teams to get a preview of what to expect in the upcoming season. The intra-squad game will begin at 5:30 and will have the Bethune Braves starting off the night…

After years and years of playing football, former Charlton County standout, Roland “Champ” Bailey received the ultimate honor Saturday night when he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

Two Charlton County men were recently charged in the death of Sonny Lewis, 31, of Lenox. Lewis was knocked out of a small Jon boat following a collision with an on-coming vessel during a fishing tournament on June 22, 2019. 

The Charlton County Board of Education held a regularly scheduled meeting, Tuesday, July 16. During the meeting, the board recognized Patsy Allen for receiving the Award of Distinction for Excellent Financial Reporting. The award was presented by Michael Haire, from the Georgia Department of…

The Folkston City Council held its regularly scheduled meeting Monday, July 15. 

Twin Pines Minerals, LLC, a private company based out of Alabama, filed a 565-page application with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers July 12, 2019. The public notice states the company is requesting permission to mine on 12,000 acres of land just outside of the Okefenokee National Wildlife R…

Badcock Home Furniture was struck by a bolt of lightning during a storm on Sunday, July 21, causing the structure to catch on fire. Charlton Fire/Rescue responded to the call and was able to keep the fire contained. Responders worked well into  Monday making sure the flames were completely d…

First Baptist Church of St. George held its annual Independence Day celebration, Thursday, July 4 in their Family Life Building. Local residents were treated to hot dogs, hamburgers, desserts, and a message from James Conner, pastor of New Life Baptist Church. Door prizes were given to lucky…

A benefit yard sale is planned to be held at Folkston Park Nursing Home located on Okefenokee Drive on Friday, June 28 from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon. All proceeds will benefit the activities department of the nursing home.

On June 6, at approximately 6:35 p.m., Deputy Doug Popp was patrolling Dixie Lake Road when he observed a grey in-color Hyundai with an improper tag. Deputy Popp conducted a traffic stop to investigate the tag. The driver was identified as Cheryl Cobb. Deputy Popp conducted a free-air sniff …

Hanna Moss, of Folkston, is the recipient of Valdosta State University’s 2019 American Association of University Women Award.

Folkston Group of Alcoholics Anonymous, 51 Shady Lane, meets Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday evenings at 8:00 p.m. For more information call 912-390- 1629. 

 The Library will be closed the week of July 1, through July 4, for Fourth of July Holiday/Staff Vacation. The Library will reopen at 10:00 a.m. Monday, July 8, and resume normal operations. 

The Third Annual ADOP, A Day Of Play, Community Carnival presented by Chris Milton will be held Saturday, June 15 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the old track field behind Indian Field. 

Former Charlton County High School and University of Georgia standout, L.J. Talley saw one of his lifelong dreams come into being last Tuesday when the Toronto Blue Jays selected him in the seventh round of the Major League Baseball Draft. Talley becomes the first Charlton County baseball pl…

With only sporadic rain across the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, the refuge has determined the need to close portions of the overnight water trail system due to low water and inaccessibility. Additionally, the refuge will only be booking overnight permits two-weeks in advance, instead…

Merry Harris, art teacher at Charlton County High School (CCHS), painted a piece of artwork, pictured above, that is to be put on the flooring of the trembling earth exhibit located at the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refugem (ONWR) in Folkston. Harris painted the artwork and used the piece …

As of Monday, May 27, the Compartment #1 Fire is 100 percent contained. Containment means that fire personnel have confidence that the fire progression has ceased, there will not be additional fire growth, and there is not active fire behavior. The area around the Compartment #1 Fire will co…

On May 13, Deputy Doug Popp was patrolling Third Street when he noticed a white Chevrolet car weaving across the centerline. Deputy Popp conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle. Upon making contact with the driver, David Reynolds, Deputy Popp detected an odor of marijuana coming from the veh…

The Charlton County 4-H Club has announced the exciting summer programs that will begin in the next few weeks. These are listed below:

Come and have a “Swamp-Venture” at Okefenokee’s end of summer program series. The Okefenokee “Swamp-Venture” Summer Programs are for youth ages six to ten and will be held on three Mondays in July from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 

Okefenokee Chamber of Commerece Executive Director Ashley Gowen recently graduated from the Georgia Academy for Economic Development. Pictured, left to right, Jenny Robbins, Georgia EMC, Ashley Gowen, Scott Purvis, Georgia Power and Saralyn Stafford, Georgia Academy Board Member.

The first ever Friends of Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge (formerly OWL) Youth Fishing Derby will be held June 8, from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Fun out door recreation for parents and youth is the goal of the derby. The derby will be held at Folkston Elementary School Lake in the fenced i…

American Legion Post 130 of Folkston will hold its annual Memorial Day Ceremony to honor those veterans that are no longer with us at the American Legion Hall on the corner of Little Phoebe Church Rd. and Hwy. 121. 

As of this afternoon, the Compartment #1 Fire is 98% contained. Fire personnel will continue to patrol and monitor the fire each day, as there will continue to be areas of smoke within the fire perimeter until the area receives sufficient rain. With no rain in the forecast and a hot and dry …

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