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Large crowds turned out for the Okefenokee Chamber of Commerce’s Railwatch on Saturday, April 10, in downtown Folkston. The annual event featured a car show, vendors and activities, and of course train watchers and photographers. Many in attendance simply enjoyed good food and fellowship wit…

Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John F. King announced today that three male juveniles have been arrested and charged with Arson and Burglary. A warrant has been issued for a fourth suspect, Dedrick Carter, 19, but he is currently evading arrest.

Okefenokee Regional Educational Services Agency (OKRESA) supports local school systems in building capacity for effective school improvement initiatives that lead to increased student achievement and college and career ready graduates. It serves nine school districts in South Georgia and spo…

Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, FEMA will provide financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020. FEMA will begin to implement COVID-19 funeral assistance i…

Chance Evans, 7,  recently took part in two major AAU Wrestling events, placing first in the K-1st grade (Heavyweight 90lbs to 125lbs) in the Georgia AAU State tournament that was held in Valdosta March 6, and he has since  placed in top three (rated number one) in the state tournament. He w…

After unprecedented events shook the turnout of the Folkston City Council election in November 2020, the race for the at-large city council seat concluded on March 16, 2021. Jim Gowen overtook Natasha Donley in the outcome of the Folkston City Council race and will fill the vacancy left by t…

Senior Maiden softball player, Andrea Canaday, signed to play college softball last Friday for Dallas Christian College in Farmer’s Branch, Texas, a suburb of Dallas. Canaday is part of the initial signing class for Dallas Christian as they will begin their first season of play beginning nex…

Norris Howard, Jr., 38, of St. George was reported missing Tuesday, March 16 around 10:00 a.m. According to Charlton County Sheriff Robert Phillips, Howard was located on the St. Marys River Friday, March 19 at at approximately 12:00 p.m. by volunteer searchers. He was found safe and was tak…

Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John F. King announced today that a residential fire in Charlton County was intentionally set and has been ruled an act of arson. The fire occurred at 14 Presidents Road in Folkston on Monday, March 8. The 8,700 sq. ft. house was vacant, secured, and no…

 Charlton County Indian Craig Carlisle competed in the Georgia Athletic Coaches’ Association State Weightlifting Championships on Saturday at Jefferson County High School in Louisville and came home with a state title. Carlisle competed in the 180 pound weight division in Class A and with hi…

The Okefenokee Chamber of Commerce will hold a Farmers’ Market Saturday, March 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Depot Street. Shoppers will enjoy checking out fresh grown fruits and vegetables while listening to First Baptist Church of Boulougne’s blue grass band. The market will then be he…

As of Wednesday, March 17, more COVID-19 mass vaccine sites will be open – this time a little closer to home. Qualifying citizens, which now include teachers and school staff, can log on to myvaccinegeorgia.com to pre-register for an appointment. Those who do not yet qualify can be notified …

The Charlton County Maidens basketball team ended their season after making it into the first round of playoffs.  The Maidens fell to Emmanuel County Institute, 71-57. The team worked hard all season – making the community proud.  For more details of the game, see page 6.

Last Saturday the Charlton County wrestling team traveled to Ocilla for the Area 2 Traditional Wrestling Meet. The Indians had nine wrestlers to compete and all nine qualified to advance to the State Tournament that begins this week in Macon starting on Tuesday. In order to qualify, a wrestl…

Long-time coach and athletic director Jesse Crews was recently honored for his time serving Charlton County Education and Athletics. Crews began his career in St. George during the 1975/76 school year and was made Athletic Director during the 1989/90 school year. After 46 years, Crews will r…

The Charlton County One-Act cast and crew recently placed second for their show “Microwave! In the Cafeteria” by Bradley Walton, produced by special arrangement with Eldrige Publishing Company at region competition in Irwin County. Haley Taylor was named Region Best Supporting Actress and Ch…

For the first time, the North Florida/Southern Georgia McDonald’s Owner/Operators have awarded $15,000 in Golden Grants to four outstanding schools and community organizations. The local franchisees throughout the region created the program to celebrate educators and programs dedicated to en…

The Charlton County Local Swine Show will be held Saturday, February 6 at 3:00 p.m. behind in the new Livestock Barn behind Charlton County High School. Everyone is invited to come out and support the local FFA and 4-H students as they show their swine and cattle projects. “We hope to see yo…

Sheriff Robert Phillips held a meet and greet breakfast Wednesday morning, January 27. During the event, Sheriff Phillips discussed his plans for the future and answered any questions attendees had. Chamber Director Dana O’Quinn welcomed everyone and Pastor Ted Kelley blessed the breakfast. …

Monday, January 18, the Unified Alliance held its annual Martin Luther King program. Following the parade, attendees gathered at the courthouse and moved to Chatman-Mobley Park, where honorees were recognized. Above, the program began with the Pledge of Allegiance lead by members of the Good…

Antwon “Cheez” Nixon, Sowing Seeds Outside the Walls and Good Folks will host a Feed the Community Fun Day Saturday, January 30 and Church Outside the Walls Sunday, January 31 both at 12:00 p.m. and located at 119 Maynor Drive. The mission of the Sow the Seeds is to inspire, encourage and en…

On December 30, 2020 at approximately 6:15 am, the Charlton County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at 300 Wheeler Street in St. George resided by Allen Larry. Upon arrival and gaining entry into the residence, deputies made contact with Mr. Larry, Gracie Larry and Brandon Strickla…

Saturday evening, January 16, Georgia State Patrol investigated an incident involving a train. Witnesses stated a North Carolina man, age 67, laid down his crutches and proceeded to lay on the tracks in front of an oncoming locomotive and was killed instantly. The gentleman’s name has been w…

Indian football player Caleal Burroughs was recently recognized by Recruit Georgia and was named to the Class A Public All State team (pictured above). Burroughs was selected as a First Team Offensive Lineman. Teammate Tony Cobb (pictured below) was an honorable mention selection as a runnin…

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