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Congratulations to the 22 Charlton County High School students selected into the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) District 8 Honor Band. Tanner Murray and Caleb Bryant were among the 22 selected, and the two were also accepted into the GMEA All-State Band.

The Homeland City Council met last Thursday on January 13 at 7:00 p.m. The council firstly approved the minutes from December 9, the financial report, and the schedule for this year’s workshop and meeting. Homeland will meet the second Thursday at 7:00 p.m. and if needed, workshops will be o…

The Charlton County wrestling team continues to make history after winning the state preliminary duals tournament to advance to the state tournament for the first time in school history. The Indians defeated Georgia Military College 61-9 before knocking off St. Francis 56-24 to advance. The …

The Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge changed its hours after the automatic gate on Suwannee Canal Road was destroyed. The damage was found last Sunday, January 9. The Refuge now operates from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and the Swamp Island Drive gate closes at 3:30 p.m.

Robert David Batten, Jr. and Jimmy Crews, Jr. were charged with the Violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act (methamphetamine, at least two grams, but less than four grams). Robert David Batten, Jr. was charged with Improper Equipment.

The Charlton County wrestling team traveled to Ocilla on Friday to compete in the Area 2 Duals Tournament and would return home with the title of Area Champions. They will host the State Preliminaries at the high school on Saturday. Schools competing on Saturday will be: Athens Christian, St…

The Unified Alliance of Charlton County presents this year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration: “The Urgency of Creating a Better Community.” The parade march will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 17. The lineup will be at the Department of Family and Children Services building o…

The Board of Commissioners met on January 6 at 6:00 p.m.; all members were present. The amended agenda and last month’s minutes were approved. The chairman, vice-chairwoman and attorney were approved for 2022.

Charlton Cares – literally. Each child at the Charlton County Head Start/Early Head Start Center was presented with a brand-new pair of pajamas for Christmas. In all, 33 children received these gifts from Charlton Cares. Mrs. Barbie Dinkins with Charlton Cares made the presentation at the ce…

On December 24 Deputy Scott Woodman responded to a call of a disturbance on Oak Street in Homeland. After meeting with several subjects, Deputy Woodman called for EMS to treat one of the subjects who had what appeared to be stab wounds on his thigh. After a bandage was applied, the subject s…

COVID-19 testing is currently available by appointment on Mondays from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m at the high school’s football field. The Georgia Department of Public Health partnered with LTS to administer testing to residents.

Sarah Steeley, former longtime resident and Probate Court Clerk, helps keep the spirit of Christmas alive for many. She is seen here presenting Christmas Stockings to the Macon County, North Carolina Hospice Center that the women of her church, Franklin Alliance Church, sewed for the patient…

On December 16, the PCO Club, People Concerned for Others, donated a box of goodies to Unison Behavioral Health Center in Folkston to be distributed to their clients. Pictured above are PCO members Gwendolyn Wescott, Teresa Hamilton, Rose Bailey and instructor Glenda Keene.

The Charlton County Sheriff’s Office hosted its annual “Shop with a Cop” last Tuesday where students from Folkston Elementary School, St. George Elementary and Bethune Middle School took a shopping trip to Walmart, located in St. Marys, and picked out an early Christmas present. The departme…

Community member Erika Woolard rallied Charlton County businesses to create a raffle benefitting the Ogletree family who lost Mason Ogletree on Monday, November 29.

The Folkston Police Department released the following motor vehicle crash reports for the dates of October 26 through December 4, 2021.

The Band of Pride conducted their Christmas concert last week where the jazz band, percussion ensemble and symphonic band performed Christmas jams like “Jingle Bell Rock,” “A Holly Jolly Christmas,” A Mariah Carey Christmas,” and slower tunes like “Coventry Carol” and “O Holy Night.”

Homeland Grocery Mart opened over a month ago on November 15. The store’s address is 439 Bowery Lane. Homeland residents will be familiar with the store’s location as it was where Flash Foods was once located.

The Board of Education met for its final time on Tuesday, December 14 at 7:00 p.m. All members were present except for Dr. Matthew Sands. The agenda was approved, and the members moved on to other items.

The Charlton County wrestling team competed in the Wildcat Invitational Tournament this past weekend at Valdosta High School. The Indians finished ninth as a team against much larger schools but had four wrestlers that placed in their respective weight classes.

The Charlton County Sheriff’s Office received calls Thursday regarding a viral TikTok post threatening possible nationwide school violence on Friday, December 17. According to Sheriff Robert Phillips, the department checked with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, and there were no reported…

Wade Herring, a Democratic congressional candidate, visited Folkston last Wednesday. Herring is a candidate in the Democratic primary for the U.S. House Georgia District 1 which includes Charlton County. One of his stops included the Herald where he outlined his congressional platform and so…

The Charlton County Sheriff’s Office received a toy donation from the Charlton County Republican Women’s Club and the Charlton County Republican Party (GOP) on Wednesday, December 8. The toys included stuffed animals like Coca-Cola polar bears, a German Shepherd, a lamb, Mickey Mouse, a unic…

The Recreation Department is throwing a community dance on Thursday from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. at Bethune Middle School’s old gymnasium. The gym is located at 496 Rosa Park Rd.

On December 7, 2021, fourth grade students and the parents who attended the Bethune Middle School ELA Family Night participated in a Poetry Writing Contest.  BMS is excited to announce the winner, Grace Jones, who wrote a poem titled “A Baby, Our Savior.”  We are also pleased to award an hon…

The City of Homeland met for its monthly meeting on Thursday, December 2 at 7:00 p.m. Council members Mark Williams and Lisa Nettles were absent. The council approved the minutes for the November 11 meeting and the November financial report.

As of last Tuesday, Carl and Michelle Taylor are the new owners of Folkston’s very own BrickHouse. John and Joan Dixon sold the restaurant after a delicious nine years of serving the community, and the Taylors plan to introduce some changes while still preserving the menu and buffet favorites.

Bethune Middle School honored five students on Tuesday, November 19 with the REACH Scholarship. The students honored were Josiah Allen-Sanchez, Richard Lafferty, Jessica McCaughn, Jonathan Strag and Brandon Woolard.

The Board of Commissioners met for its first December meeting last Thursday at 6:00 p.m., and all members were present. At the beginning of the meeting, the agenda was approved with the addition of Emily Floore, incoming executive director for the St. Marys Riverkeeper, and the considered ap…

Attend the St. George Parade and Bazaar this Saturday, December 11. The event will include vendors, entertainment, food booths and much more. Booths open at 10:00 a.m. and the parade begins at 11:00 a.m. Join everyone this Saturday to sneak a peak at Santa, side-by-sides, floats and even horses!

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