Saturday, June 19, Folkston saw its first-ever Juneteenth celebration. The occasion marked the day when Union Soilders arrived in Galveston, Texas to alert slaves of their freedom in 1865. June 19 offically became a federal holiday as it was signed into law by President Joe Biden on Thursday…

The Charlton County Office of the Sheriff held its annual Junior Sheriff’s Academy. During the week, students learned what it takes to be on a police force, received a visit from  the Waycross S.W.A.T. team, learned how to instruct and lift fingerprints, were visited by military and law enfo…

The Charlton County High School Indians Baseball team held its annual Camp with Coach Marchman Tuesday, June 8 through Thursday, June 10. Coach Marchman, with the help of volunteer players, taught the kids the ins and outs of the game. For more photos, see this week’s Herald. – Photo by Trac…

According to Charlton County Sheriff Robert Phillips, at approximately 11:45 a.m. Thursday, June 10, deputies responded to a crash on GA Hwy. 40 involving a local EMS Unit. The EMTs and the driver/passenger of the other vehicle were fortunate to sustain nothing more than non-life threatening…

According to Charlton County Sheriff Robert Phillips, Jonathan Wayne Longmire, of Monroe, GA, an employee of Cooper, Barnett and Page, a subcontractor working at Chesser Island Landfill, allegedly stole an earthmover tractor Saturday, May 15 and began to make his way to Folkston. The landfil…

The Charlton County High School class of 2021 will march 89 students across Champ Bailey Stadium Friday, May 21. “Pomp and circumstance” will begin at 7:30 p.m. 

Citizens of Charlton County gathered for the National Day of Prayer at the courthouse Thursday, May 6. At noon, Laura Finley, with the National Day of Prayer organization (and First Baptist Church of St. George) lead the first gathering offering prayers for the community, Hollywood, Educator…

On Tuesday, May 4, Georgia Future Educators Signing Day was held at Charlton County High School to recognize students who have been accepted into college and are planning to pursue a career in education. The three students  recognized this year were Katelyn Murray and Emma Harris, who will b…

The Folkston City Council met Monday, April 12, for a work session meeting. Prior to the start of the meeting newly elected Council Member Jim Gowen was sworn in by Attorney Patrick Brooks (see separate picture and cutline).

At last Monday’s Folkston City Council meeting, Attorney Patrick Brooks swore in new City Councilman Jim Gowen. The new council member was recently elected in a special election to fill the position held by the late Raymond Roberts.

According to Charlton County Sheriff Robert Phillips, the man that led Georgia State Patrol and Charlton County Deputies on a high-speed chase last week has been captured. Michael James Nettles, 22, from Millwood, was captured last week in Atkinson County.

Charlton County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Hodges made a presentation to the Charlton County Commission at a work session meeting on Thursday, April 15. Hodges told the commissioners there are currently three voting locations, the American Legion, Folkston Fire Department and Folkston Ci…

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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 …

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