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The Southeast Health District has reactivated its COVID-19 vaccine appointment scheduling process. If you are part of the Phase 1A+ group, you may call 1-855-473-4374 to schedule an appointment to receive your COVID-19 vaccine.

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The ACHS Pirate basketball team captured the Region 1-AAA Championship Friday night in Tattnall County, this year’s host of the region tournament. The Pirates defeated a tough Long County team to capture the championship.

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On Friday, February 12, 2021 members of the Appling County Sheriff’s Office conducted a search at 940 Burtell Road. As a result, 59-year-old Randolph Daniel Wray and 35-year-old Anthony Benjamin Carter were arrested.

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Newly elected Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney (DA) Keith Higgins stopped by The Baxley News-Banner last week for a quick visit. His first official day as DA over the five-county district was January 4.

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Following an executive session for personel purposes, the Appling County Commission voted 4-1 to hire Julie Scarborough for an administrative position for the county at a meeting held February 2. Commissioners Sarah Boatright, Daryl Edwards, Charlie Leggett and Doug Harris voted in favor of …

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The Appling County Board of Education has approved the hiring of Jordan Mullis as the new Head Football Coach and Athletic Director of Appling County High School. Coach Mullis came to Appling after a decade long stint at Wayne County High School where he coached football and baseball as well…

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According to a press conference held outside the Appling County Courthouse on Tuesday, January 26, one of Baxley’s very own announced candidacy for the Republican Governor seat held by Brian Kemp. Governor Kemp is serving his first term as Governor. Dr. Kandiss Taylor is a Baxley native and …

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According to Police Chief Jeffery Taylor, on January 18, Investigator Tonya Carter of the Baxley Police received a 911 call in reference to shots being fired in the area of Simmons Street. When Investigator Carter arrived in the area, she heard numerous shots. Carter then observed a vehicle …

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Congratulation to the ACMS wrestling team on winning the 2021 South East Georgia Wrestling Conference Championship, which was hosted by Brantley County High School on January 15 and 16.

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The Appling County High School Pirate basketball team remains undefeated so far in the 2021 season. The team is now 5-0 overall and 2-0 in Region 2-AAA competition. Head Coach Rufus McDuffie has the Pirates firing on all cylinders so far this season.

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On Monday the Appling County Branch of NAACP celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a parade and brief program. The parade featured entries by businesses, inidivduals, civic groups and organizations. The theme for this year’s parade was “A time to learn and remember.” Dr. Casandra H…

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During this year’s Appling County budgeting process, this newspaper questioned the county commission multiple times if the county would receive tax revenues from the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia (MEAG). MEAG owns 15 percent of Plant Hatch Nuclear Power Plant.

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On Monday, January 4, Appling County High School Head Football Coach and Athletic Director Rick Tomberlin submitted his letter of resignation to Superintendent Dr. Scarlett Copeland and ACHS Principal Dr. Gene Starr. The letter states:

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Since January 2, Appling County has 28 new cases of COVID-19, a rise of about seven percent since last week. The death totals are still sitting at 43.

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There was a lot of swearing in the Appling County Courthouse on December 30. Swearing in that is. State Court Solicitor and Appling County Commission Attorney Terry Turner swore in a total of 10 public servants that are shown above. They are l-r, Appling County Commissioner Theodore Wilkerso…

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David Barber is currently serving as interim pastor of Ten Mile Creek Baptist Church, where Eddie Miles is a member. The vision for KnowN came from Eddie, but David and many others are working on it as well.

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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 evening, January 4, at the new AG Center at 2761 Blackshear Hwy. (formerly Crossties Building) at 7:00 p.m. It will be led by Sheriff Ma…

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During the month of January, special services will be held on South Main Street for KnowN. The pro life event will be held daily at 6:30 p.m. on the vacant lot across the street from Rentz & Rentz Insurance Agency. The organizers of the event invite the community to join them every night…

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Oglethorpe Power Corp. recently made its 2020 ad valorem tax payment of $5,106,713.69 to the Appling County Tax Commissioner’s office. The payment is for OPC’s 30 percent interest in the Edwin I. Hatch nuclear plant and other facilities in Appling County.

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The Appling County Commissioners held a called meeting on Thursday, December 17, at 4:00 p.m. At the beginning of the meeting, Chairman Mike Shumans announced that the meeting was a called meeting and that no public input would be allowed.

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The Baxley News-Banner will be closed for Christmas on Thursday, Decmber 24 and Friday, Dec. 25 for Christmas. The office will reopen Monday, Dec. 28 at 8:30 a.m. The deadline for the January 1 issue will be Monday, Dec. 28 at 10:00 a.m.

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Santa Claus lives in Baxley now; he moved down here with Mrs. Carrie Claus in 2016 from their northern home. They find the weather much more agreeable and easier to deal with. His favorite time of the year is Christmas of course, but it was a sad Santa who spoke with me this week. His favori…

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The Appling County High School Pirate football season came to an end Friday night in Norcross against the Spartans of Greater Atlanta Christian (GAC). The Pirates battled hard but came up a little short, 31-13. The Pirates made it all the way to the top eight teams in Class AAA and had an ov…

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Last week a letter arrived at The News-Banner office with a question about some discrepancy between the numbers reported by Appling County’s Election Board on November 3 after the election and the numbers reported by the state after the first recount. The date was November 16. The state numb…

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The Appling County High School Pirate football team continues to steam roll through the state playoffs. This past Friday night, in the second round of the GHSA AAA Playoffs, Appling crushed Upson-Lee High School, of Thomaston, by a score of 61-7. The Pirates will now travel to Norcross this …

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On Thursday morning, November 26, Thanksgiving 2020, a steady stream of cars and trucks arrived at the social hall of First Baptist Church, the big church right in the middle of town by the red light. People poured out, delivered casseroles - broccoli and squash and sweet potato, big foil pa…

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The Appling County Pirates sent the Bulldogs of Morgan County packing after a convincing 42-13 opening state playoff victory Friday night at Jimmy Swain Stadium. The Pirates now advance to the second round and will host the game here. Kickoff will be at 7:30 at Jimmy Swain. Appling will play…

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According to Sheriff Mark Melton on Thursday, November 19, members of the Appling County Sheriff’s Office executed at search warrant at a local motel. As a result of this search, two bags of methamphetamine weighing almost 18 ounces was recovered with a street value of $13,000.00.

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On Friday, November 20, Elizabeth Branch signed a scholarship with Abraham Baldwin Agriculture College to play softball. Elizabeth has been a four-year starter for the Appling County Lady Pirates and has played with Angels Gold for the past five years. Pictured below are, standing, l-r, Coac…

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The Appling County High School Pirate Brigade Band honored veterans as part of its halftime performance at Friday’s football game. All veterans present at the game were honored on the field including World War II Veteran Grady Deen. Grady is shown with his son David and great-grandson Camero…

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On November 9, the Appling County Board of Education met with all members (Stewart Reeves, Justin Orvin, Dr. Lynn Overstreet, Sabrina Turner) present, Dr. Areatha Virgil via Zoo. After the invocation and the pledge, they adopted the agenda with two changes: Valentine’s deliveries to the scho…

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On Wednesday, November 11, at 11:00 a.m., Aaron Carter of the American Legion led a program on the courthouse lawn to honor all veterans of Appling County, and there are many of them. The Rev. Rick Brown opened the ceremony with prayer, followed by comments from LTC(R) Vickery, director of t…

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The Appling County Choral Program held its annual Appling Junction show this past Friday and Saturday nights at the Appling Fine Arts Center. Due to COVID restrictions, the number of live performance tickets was reduced this year. Nevertheless, fans still enjoyed the amazing talent of the st…

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Supervisor of Elections Shonda Carter was working in her office doing election updates at 5:45 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31, preparing for Tuesday’s upcoming election. She left for a while for dinner, and everything was fine when she left.

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The Appling County High School football team crushed Tattnall County 70-0 Friday night at Jimmy Swain Stadium. The Pirates are now 7-0 on the season and 2-0 in Region 1-AAA games. Shown above, Pirate quaterback Jeremiah Holmes (4) prepares to throw a touchdown pass to Bryson Benton (31). Hol…

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Last Wednesday the Appling County High School Pirate and Lady Pirate cross country teams traveled to Jeff Davis Middle School to compete in the Region 1-AAA Championships.  When it was all said and done, the gentlemen ran away with their third consecutive Region Championship.  The squad scor…

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All of God’s People are encouraged to join on Saturday, October 31, at 9:00 a.m. on the lawn of the Appling County Courthouse to pray for the upcoming elections. All 159 counties in our state of Georgia have been asked to gather on this day and time to pray.

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First District RESA Board of Control Executive Director Richard Smith presented The Georgia School Superintendents’ Association (GSSA) President’s Award to Superintendent Dr. Scarlett Miles Copeland at the Monday, October 19, Appling County Board of Education meeting. Each year, each of the …

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Elizabeth Branch was crowned the 2020 Appling County High School Homecoming Queen during halftime at Friday night’s annual Homecoming football game. This year’s court is shown above, l-r, Mattelyn Coleman, Raven Adams, Lexi McLain, Amelia Fordham, Homecoming Queen Elizabeth Branch, Maggie Ca…

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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…