Appling County is constructing a new Concerted Services Senior Center/Head Start facility on Junior High Drive, across the road from Ernest J. Parker Recreation Park. The new construction is impressive to say the least and moving at a rapid pace. This $2.5 million project was funded in part by a Community Development Block Grant, Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax and local funding. The project is expected to be completed by summer.
There is no other way to say it other than, “Brrr...”. Saturday, Sunday and part of the day on Monday it was cold in Baxley. Temps dropped to the mid 20s at night and early morning hours during the period. Above is a fountain that turned to ice Monday at Reddy Daycare, located on City Circle Road. Temps started rising Monday and are looking much warmer for the remainder of the work week and into the weekend.
Along about last May I had begun to wish the year was already over. This was around the time when most of the media had given Hillary the keys to the kingdom, calling her a sure thing for the White House. Meanwhile, the entrenched Republican elites were making fun of the newcomer, Donald Trump, who was anything but a politician. The professional politicians of the GOP said Trump didn’t “have a snowballs chance in a prairie fire of becoming the nominee of ‘our party’.” So much for their thinking.
If you’ve spent any time in front of the television, on the internet, or virtually anywhere in public over the past week it has been extremely difficult to not be exposed, take part in, or overhear reports and opinions about an incident that transpired in Chicago, IL. In this situation there were three African American eighteen year-olds, two male and one female, as well as a twenty-four year-old African American female who tortured and tormented a mentally challenged Caucasian man, also eighteen.
Bear with me for a brief quarter hour as we turn our heads backwards to last week’s news instead of forward to next week’s. If you were alive and cognizant of the outside world, then you know the basic stories I’m presenting to you already; however, I’d like us to consider them again and from several angles.
The Progressive Resource Center located at The Parker-Harrell Building on Junior High Drive will sponsor its Third Annual New Year Revival. The revival will begin on Monday, January 9 and will conclude on Friday, January 13. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. and the services will begin at 7:00 p.m.
Churches and Christians from all denominations are invited to attend a special Community-Wide Prayer “Head of the Year” Service that will be held on Monday, January 9, at the Appling County Courthouse Annex Building at 7:00 p.m. The meeting is being moved to the second Monday night due to the holiday on January 2. It will be held in the Commissioners Room and led by newly elected Sheriff Mark Melton and other county officials. [Full Story »]
The young ladies of Gents and Glam gathered together on December 30 for an evening of uplifting and encouraging fellowship. Santina Fryer welcomed everyone and Selina Copeland explained the purpose of the night’s occasion was a “chance to get together and celebrate the end of the year and close things on a positive note.” After Fadelle Wilkerson said grace a dinner was served and the girls were encouraged to spend time together socializing. Ms. Cassandra Carter, daughter of Dr. Esco Hall, reminded the young women the first relationship they needed to cultivate was with themselves. [Full Story »]
On New Year’s Eve, a quiet ceremony with family, friends and staff was held at the Appling County Sheriff’s Office. The gathering was for a changing of the guard so to speak. Newly elected Sheriff Mark Melton (above left) was given the keys to the Appling County Sheriff’s Office and the Appling Detention Center by retiring Sheriff Benny Deloach (right). Melton officially assumed the position of Sheriff of Appling County at midnight, January 1. Deloach has served in the position for the past 16 years. Both men expressed gratitude to each other and to others in attendance.