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Despite horrible weather conditions and a canceled season opener, the Appling County School System was able to unveil the new turf field at Jimmy Swain Stadium last Friday evening before the weather arrived. Superintendent Dr. Scarlett Copeland, Appling County Board of Education members, and…

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In the picture above, Commander Jimmy Lawton, Commanding Officer of the USS Detroit, which is a Littoral Combat Ship out of Mayport, Florida, is awarding an end-of-tour award to Cory Dyal for his time as the Independent Duty Corpsman aboard the USS Detroit. The occasion is Dyal’s separation …

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In January of this year, Sarah Stevens (67) started noticing that she was having trouble talking. Her speech was blurred. The struggle to communicate plainly was just too much for her. Other than that, she felt fine with the usual amount of energy. She continued her activities which included…

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The annual fireworks display is scheduled for Saturday, July 2, at the Appling County Young Farmer’s Tractor Pull area. The fireworks display is scheduled to start between 9:15 - 9:30 p.m. Parking is available at the Appling County Recreation Complex or the field beside the tractor pull trac…

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On Monday, June 27, the Appling County Barracudas hosted a District Swim Meet. Hundreds of people surrounded Max Deen Pool for the district event. Above, a swimmer leaps from the starting platform on Monday. As of press time, The Baxley News-Banner has not received the results of the meet. P…

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On June 8, the Appling County Commissioners met at the Courthouse Annex at 5:30 p.m. After the pledge and the invocation, Chairman Mike Shumans introduced the new clerk, Robyn Evans, and then asked the board to approve the minutes for the May 3 and May 10 meetings, which they did unanimously.

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Arriving at the American Legion building, I saw teenagers and adults working a big saw and cutting boards. Everyone nodded and smiled and when I asked who was in charge, they said Mickey. Just Mickey, no last name. I moved through the crowd of people and was finally pointed to the back door …

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Darris Smith will soon be headed to Athens to play for the University of Georgia. But the accolades continue to come for the 4-star signee. Last week Smith was awarded the ITG Next Male Athlete of the Year Award for all of Georgia. During his high school career, Smith participated in footbal…

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Spring is the season when fresh vegetables start to come in and human palates turn to those delightful flavors. Some local stores carry fresh local produce; some do not. That found at the local farmers’ market though is about as fresh as it comes. Lots of it slept in the garden or field the …

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On Tuesday, May 17, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation arrested and charged Ronnie “RJ” May, 29, of Sandersville, with felony murder, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and tampering with evidence. On Friday, May 6, the Baxley Police Department ask…

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On Friday night, May 27, at 7:30 p.m., Appling County High School will hold the Class of 2022’s Commencement Ceremony. Two hundred and twenty-nine seniors will graduate from ACHS.

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Early voting began in Appling County on May 2. May 24 is Election Day. Don’t miss your chance to make your voice heard.

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Pirates win big at AAA State Track and Field

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The 2021 ACHS Lady Pirate State Champion Fastpitch Softball Team received their championship rings on Friday night between games of the state baseball playoffs. This team is Appling County’s first ever fastpitch state champions. Congratulations to all players and coaches.

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The ACHS Pirate Baseball Team will travel to Gainesville this week to face off against the North Hall Trojans. The first two games of the series will be played on Wednesday with game one beginning at 4:30 p.m. The Pirates cruised by Windsor Forest last week to advance to the next round. Beau…

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Nearing the end of her freshman year at the University of Georgia, Aizhia Poblete heard that it was time to audition for drum major for the Georgia Red Coat Band. Filling that position in that band had long been a dream of hers. Just getting into the Redcoat Band was hard enough since there …

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On Saturday last, quite a few Baxley folks gathered at Water Works Park on Tippins Street to spruce up the city a bit on the day after Earth Day. Ages of workers ranged from the very young supervisors in strollers to the very mature. All the people there knew of course not to throw trash on …

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The News-Banner received a call last week about an incident that occurred at the new indoor pool construction at Max Deen Recreation Park. Upon arrival, it was obvious something was terribly wrong with the metal rafters on the new building. According to new Interim County Manager Mike Deal, …

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If you did not find an event to attend this weekend, you must have been hiding under a rock. Baxley was “hopping” Saturday as events could be found throughout the community. YESS Home Center hosted an Easter Festival at the Ag Center, the Downtown Development Authority and the City of Baxley…

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On April 17, Doug Harris, Vice chair of the Appling County Commissioners brought the called meeting to order and opened with the pledge and invocation. He announced that it has been 14 days since the commission started the process of hiring Mike Deal as interim county manager to serve until …

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Mike Deal lives with his wife Suzanne Whittaker Deal in Jesup. They grew up in Appling County, he in K’ville. He graduated from Appling County High School in 1967. His graduation from Georgia Southern occurred in 1971, at which time he took a job in Jesup as Police Community Relations Office…

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Sheriff Mark Melton announced that the Appling County Sheriff’s Office has completed an undercover operation dubbed King Kong, named after the vaping devices that are most often purchased by underage individuals. The Appling County School System and many citizens had complained of the number…

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On Friday, April 8, students, teachers and supporters arrived early in the morning at Appling County High School for what would be a great day at the track beside Jimmy Swain Stadium. It was time for the annual Appling County Special Olympics. Tents and balloons lined the area as well as gam…

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The first ever “Chance to Dance” was held on Sunday, March 27, at the Barn at Melan Farm in Baxley. This night was not only amazing in every aspect but was for some of our amazing students in Appling County. “Chance to Dance” is  a night to remember for all “exceptional” Middle and High Scho…

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On Friday, April 1, Appling County Sheriff Mark Melton and his department presented the annual Law Enforcement and First Responder Expo in the area by the Sheriff’s office. The event had more than fifty participants and demonstrations throughout the day. The event charged no admission; it wa…

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On March 29 at 4:30 p.m. the Appling County Commissioners met and went immediately into executive session for the purpose of personnel. After an hour, they returned to open session. Hayden Rozier recommended La Fonda Beatrice Solomon to fill the administrative assistant position in the admin…

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The Board of the Appling County Food Bank recently named Rev. William Jackson as its new leader. He is the pastor of Baxley Freewill Baptist Church, and his church does food packs for the food bank. A native of Toombs County, he lived in Swainsboro from 2017-21 and then moved to Baxley to hi…

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On March 23, at 6:00 p.m., Cindy Tomberlin, Hospital Authority Board Chair called the monthly meeting to order. After adopting the agenda, the group voted for a new board member to replace Jeffrey Simmons, who recently resigned. The candidates were Knicole Lee, Carlos Rooks, and Cameron Maye…

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On Monday March 21, the Appling County Commissioners called a meeting for the purpose of considering personnel. Minutes of the last meeting were approved, and Mike O’Quinn, ACCG counselor, then gave a presentation on the interim county manager hiring process. He said that the Open Records Ac…

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Appling County Board of Education (BOE) members Stewart Reeves, Dr. Arethea Virgil, Dr. Lynn Overstreet, Sabrina Turner and Justin Orvin met for a monthly BOE meeting on Monday, March 14, at 6:00 p.m. at the board’s central office located on Highway 15 South.

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For the last six years, Micah Stancil has been enrolled in the Tae Kwan Do classes with Greg, Chanda, and Dylan at Gene’s Fitness. With all his hard work and patient teachers, Micah has done well. He currently has progressed to a red belt with a black strip; his next one will be a black belt…

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(Editor’s note: The masculine pronoun he used in this article refers to both males and females. It does not imply that the new county manager must be masculine.)

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Baxley’s own Dr. Kandiss Taylor officially qualified for the office of Georgia Governor on Monday, March 7, in Atlanta. Taylor is a Republican candidate and announced her candidacy for the position in January of 2021 in Baxley. The Appling County School System currently employs her as an edu…

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The Appling County Board of Elections was busy last week as twenty people qualified for various local offices. The May 24 General Primary Election is just around the corner and many local offices will be contested.

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Georgia weather wreaked havoc on the Peaches to Beaches yard sales this year and sent many people packing up around 2:00 on Saturday. Rain had been forecast for several days, but finally arrived on Friday around noon or a little later. Most vendors had put up tents, but unfortunately, tents …

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The Appling County Commissioners met Tuesday, March 1, at 5:30 at the Court House Annex with a large crowd in attendance. They first approved the minutes for the emergency called meeting of February 1 and the regular meeting on February 1. Commissioner Theodore Wilkerson asked that the name …

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The 54th Annual Miss Pirate Pageant was held February 19, at 6:30 in the ACHS Fine Arts Center.  There were 15 beautiful girls who competed for the title of Miss Pirate 2022.  We also had 6 young men who competed for the title of Mr. Pirate 2022.  The pageant was sponsored by the ACHS yearbo…

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Following a presentation by COO Brent McBride and Appling County High School Athletic Director Jordan Mullis, the Appling County Board of Education (BOE) unanimously agreed to install artificial turf on the field at Jimmy Swain Stadium this summer. This decision was made at the BOE’s Februar…

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About a year ago, Reid Lovett, Baxley’s City Manager, had a vision for training employees. He wanted a program in which every employee could be successful, and taxpayers would be well paid for their tax dollars. He hired Clint Hendrix, who has 21 years in law enforcement experience, and they…

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Jonathan Jordan sat in a wheelchair with his legs elevated when I walked in the door of Jordan’s Bargain Barn and introduced myself. This was our first time meeting in person. He’s excited to be back at work even though he can’t stand or walk.

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A cold, gusty wind blew coats and scarves about on Saturday as various members of the Gents and Glam group met at the Baxley Airport on the runway for a short flight and for some instruction. For most of the passengers, it was their first one and excitement filled the air. Parents and suppor…

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In the Superior Court of Appling County, Judge Anthony Harrison opened eight indictments on February 14. The following individuals were indicted.

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On Wednesday, February 16, The Baxley News-Banner appeared in mailboxes. It had been put in the newsstands Tuesday evening. Inside the newspaper was the story of the two lost class rings - one from 1966 and one from 1974. It pays to read The News-Banner because by 8:30 Thursday morning, we h…

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Appling County High School (ACHS) Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Jordan Mullis gave a presentation to the Appling County Board of Education at a meeting held February 7 regarding artificial turf replacement on the field at Jimmy Swain Stadium. During the presentation Mullis explai…

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Republican candidate for Georgia Governor Kandiss Taylor, of Baxley, will kick off a statewide Paint Georgia Taylor Red Bus Tour Thursday, February 17, in her hometown. Taylor will start the tour at 8:00 a.m. in the parking lot in front of Huddle House on East Parker Street.

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According to a news release issued on February 8, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) is conducting an aggravated assault investigation in Appling County.  On Wednesday, February 2, the Appling County Sheriff’s Office asked the GBI to investigate allegations of an assault on an inmate …

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According to Sheriff Mark Melton, the Appling County Sheriff’s Office is in possession of nine (9) guns, both handguns and long guns which have been turned in to our Lost and Found Department. If you have lost a gun and can prove ownership and identify your firearm, you can recover your property.