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The Appling County Pirates have now moved to 5-0 on the season after Friday night’s victory over the Benedictine Military School Cadets, of Savannah, 28-21. In non-region contests this year the Pirates, who play in AAA classification, have now defeated two AAAAAA, one AAAAA, and two AAAA sch…

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The Pirate Brigade traveled to Forsyth County on Saturday, October 11, to perform at the Wolverine Classic. The Brigade scored all Superior ratings and won first place in all categories for their division. The band will travel to Waycross on Saturday, October 17, to compete in the Sound of G…

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What a game! The Appling County Pirate football team battled from behind in the closing minutes of Friday night’s game against the Wayne County Yellow Jackets to steal the homecoming game away from the Jackets at Jaycee Stadium in Jesup. The final score of the game was 23-20, and it was a ba…

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Several citizens stepped up to the microphone on Tuesday, October 6, to express concerns to the Appling County Board of Commissioners on several topics during the board’s monthly meeting.

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The Appling County Pirates made the short trip to Jesup this past Friday night to play the Yellow Jackets of Wayne County. It was a battle from beginning to end, but in the closing seconds of the game Appling County scored a touchdown to defeat Wayne by a score of 23-20. The bottom photo sho…

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Less than one month away from the national election, Appling County is preparing to vote. Shonda Carter, Registrar, and her staff are busy every minute, especially after their recent move. They are now located behind the library in the building vacated by the 4-H Office. Look for the sign at…

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The Appling County Middle School Lady Rams softball team, for the second year in a row, is the Conference Champions. The Lady Rams defeated the Bacon County Middle School Lady Raiders 2-1 in dramatic fashion. Down by one run, the Lady Rams loaded the bases in the final inning of play and Ell…

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An Appling County man with multiple prior convictions for selling narcotics has been sentenced to nearly two decades in federal prison.

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The Appling County Lady Pirates varsity softball team won two games and lost one game last week. The team is now 8-8 overall and 4-4 in region play. They defeated Long on Tuesday, September 22, by a score of 5-3 at home. The team lost to Tattnall on September 24, 5-4. On Saturday, September …

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The Appling County Pirates played their first home game of the season this past Friday evening at Jimmy Swain Stadium against Westside High of Macon. Appling defeated Westside in convincing fashion, 45-7. The Pirates will travel to Statesboro this upcoming Friday night. Kickoff is slated for…

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While various other companies that could provide affordable broadband internet in underserved rural areas fight over costs and using each other’s property, SpaceX is steadily building its Starlink internet network in low Earth orbit. The company plans to finance its space program by offering…

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The following are arrests made in Appling County from September 18 through 24.

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The Appling County Commissioners held a called meeting on September 15 at the courthouse annex building. The agenda had two items listed. The first was the approval of the 2020 millage rate for the Appling County Board of Education, which requires approval from the board of commissioners sin…

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Across the nation census officials are scurrying to finish the 2020 Census, but Georgia is lagging behind at 60 percent complete; Appling County is lagging even farther behind at a low 47 percent complete as of last week. Other states are outdoing Georgia by bounds. For example, West Virgini…

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Republican U.S. Senate hopeful and current U.S. Congressman Doug Collins stopped by The News-Banner last week for a visit before attending a local meet-and-greet at the old Youmans Service Station parking lot. He is shown above with Pat Tippett. Collins reported that he has been making his r…

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COVID-19 fears forced Appling County High School administration and coaches to sideline the opening football game last week between Appling County and Clinch County. The Pirates should return to normal practice beginning Tuesday and will travel to South Effingham on Friday night to face off …

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The Baxley City Council held its meeting August 26 at 8:30 a.m. Mayor Tim Varnadore called the meeting to order and Reverend Rick Brown gave the invocation. Councilwoman Betty Livingston was excused due to her being in the hospital recovering from hip injuries.

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Harrison Hickox and Rett Thomas, ACES 5th grade students, attended the AAU Junior Olympics the week of August 5 - 8, in Satellite Beach, FL.  Over 2,000 athletes from 44 states attended.  Both Rhett and Harrison are national champions.  Rhett won the gold medal in running long jump and the 8…

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On August 12, in the regular meeting of the City Council, City Manager Reid Lovett recommended hiring Jeffery Taylor to the position of Chief James Godfrey, who is retiring on August 31.   A motion to accept the manager’s recommendation and offer the job of Baxley’s Police Chief to Taylor wa…

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The Appling County School system is set to reopen on August 17. Parents or guardians of students will be given two options. Send your child back to school for face-to-face learning, or enroll your child in distance/online learning with parental oversight.

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The Baxley City Council met Wednesday, July 8 at 8:30 a.m. During the meeting City Manager Reid Lovett opened up the floor to Baxley Police Chief James Godfrey. Chief Godfrey stated that he was honored to be at the council meeting and to be able to speak to the council. He commented on the c…