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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…

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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…