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.
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.
At the Baxley City Council meeting held on December 28 City Manager Jeff Baxley told council members that the city has received the funding electronically from the USDA in the amount of $95,000 for the Farmer’s Market grant. Mayor Steve Rigdon questioned Baxley about rules governing the Farmer’s Market and its usage. Baxley responded that while there were some guidelines in place this was being discussed by the tourism board, chamber of commerce and city, and that the group should have something put together soon.
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There was a lot of swearing last week in Appling County...swearing-in that is. Many elected officials were sworn in so they will be ready to take office on January 1. Appling County Judge of Probate Court Diane Hallman was first to be sworn in on Tuesday by Superior Court Judge E.M. Wilkes III. Then Judge Hallman switched gears and issued the oath of office to a number of other elected officials on Wednesday.
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The staff of The Baxley News-Banner wish you a Happy New Year. The newspaper will close Thursday, December 29 at 12:00 p.m., and Friday, January 30, for the holiday. We will reopen on Monday, January 2, at 8:30 a.m. for normal business. The deadline for the January 4 issue will be Monday, Jan. 2, at 10:00 a.m. Feel free to use our after hours services. Our email is firstname.lastname@example.org and our fax is 912-367-0277.
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On Wednesday, December 21 the Progressive Resource Center sponsored its first annual White Christmas Box program. In the past, the PRC would host a Christmas meal at the Parker-Harrell Building but due to Christmas being on a Sunday, the organization decided to give food boxes to those in the community.
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