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On Saturday, September 11, Appling Countians gathered at the courthouse to remember the tragic events of 9/11 and commemorate the lives lost in the terrorist attack twenty years ago. The Rev. Lamar Lee opened the service with prayer and then Appling County’s first responders paraded in with …

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After the invocation, the pledge, and roll call, Chairman Cindy Tomberlin turned the meeting of the Baxley-Appling County Hospital Authority over to Ray Leadbetter, recently hired as a financial consultant, for the financial report. He reported that there are things that concern him about th…

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ATLANTA - A Glynn County grand jury indicted former Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney Jackie Johnson Thursday for misconduct in the investigation of the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery last year. (The circuit consists of Glynn, Camden, Wayne, Appling and Jeff Davis counties.)

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The Appling County High School Pirate football team was able to tame the Mustangs of South Effingham Friday night at Jimmy Swain Stadium by a score of 41-10. This moves the Pirates to 3-0 on the season. The local squad will travel to Tifton on Friday, September 10, to play the Blue Devils of…

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At 8:45 a.m. at the Appling County Courthouse, the City of Baxley will hold a special 9/11 Memorial Service commemorating 20 years since the attacks on September 11. The public is invited and encouraged to attend this special service.

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The ACHS Pirate football team steamed past the Panthers of Clinch County, 33-6, Friday night at Jimmy Swain Stadium. Complete highlights and more photos can be viewed starting on page 5b. The top photo shows Pirate Cheerleaders Lexi Steedly, Emma England and Reagan Miles leading Mini Cheerle…

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With all board members present and the pledge of allegiance and invocation done, Chairman Stewart Reeves called the Appling County Board of Education to order on August 23, and the members adopted the agenda after adding Action Item E, which was shelter bids.

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Chairman Mike Shumans called the meeting of the Appling County Commissioners to order at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 19, and called for the pledge and invocation. Afterwards, he turned the meeting over to Hayden Rozier, County Manager, who stated that in September, the group would vote for…

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U.S. Congressman Rick Allen stopped by The News-Banner office last Thursday to update the newspaper on current happenings in Washington and what he has been doing while representing the citizens of Appling County and U.S. House District 12.

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The Appling County Pirates had a convincing season opener against Monroe High School Golden Tornadoes of Albany, winning 42-6 Friday night. For complete coverage of this past week’s game and more photos, turn to page 1B. Shown above are the Pirates taking the field and on the right is Willia…

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The Appling County High School Pirate football team traveled to Alma this past Friday evening to face off against the Bacon High Red Raiders. It was all Appling from start to finish. The Pirates, under the direction of new Head Coach Jordan Mullis, were firing on all cylinders on both sides …

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After the invocation and the pledge of allegiance to the flag, Chairman Stewart Reeves called for the adoption of the agenda last Monday morning for the Appling County Board of Education meeting. All board members were present except Justin Orvin who came in later. There being no changes nee…

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Out beside Community Bank of Georgia, on West Parker Street in the edge of Baxley, sits an Appling County School bus with a large sign on its side that reads: Drivers needed: Positions Available!! Training Provided. More information on applying for the jobs follows. Counties across the state…

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As a result of routine weekly COVID-19 testing, the Appling Nursing and Rehabilitation Pavilion reports three new cases of coronavirus among residents and no results are pending. As a precautionary measure, the nursing home also tested residents who reside on the same hall. These test result…

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Appling Healthcare has suspended hospital visits due to an increase in positive COVID-19 cases in Appling and surrounding counties.

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On Friday, July 30, the Appling County Sheriff’s Office completed an investigation which resulted in search warrants being executed simultaneously at 168 Dolphus Lane; 1325 Zoar Road; 1280 Ben Carter Road; and 1309 Zoar Road.

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Effective immediately, Appling Healthcare has suspended indoor visits for the Appling Nursing and Rehabilitation Pavilion unless the visit is related to end-of-life care or a medical emergency. This decision is based on Appling Healthcare’s focus on the safety and well-being of its most vuln…

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Since 2019, Appling County’s 4-H members have picked up trash on Holmesville Road as a part of the organization’s Adopt-a-Highway Program. The program encourages volunteers to keep a section of a highway or road litter-free. In past years, the 4-H’ers worked out on Highway 144, but due to la…

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People use Lake Mayers frequently for boating, swimming, skiing, fishing, and other water activities. Lake Tara, however, is rarely used because of its lack of amenities. No tables sit waiting for picnics. No boat ramp waits to help launch a boat. No covered areas exist. The county had plann…

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Appling County is preparing for a Festival to take place in the fall on November 12 and 13, a Friday and Saturday, after the weather cools down a bit. The record label has approved the announcement it will happen at the Ag Center. Niko Moon will do a concert free with park admission around 5…

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The Appling County Commissioners met for a regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, July 13. During the meeting the commissioners secured or will utilize grant funding and federal American Rescue Plan funds to purchase a number of patrol cars and ambulances.

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On August 26, the library will open its doors to the public after more than a year and a half. It seems like much longer to reading library patrons. We’ve been to neighboring libraries, gone online, ordered from Amazon, read on Kindles and phones, and even gone to yard sales. Readers will do…

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State Senator Blake Tillery (above center) recently honored the memory of the late Lewis Parker for his years of service to Appling County with Senate Resolution 206, which honors Parker’s years of service to this community. Shown above are members of Lewis Parker’s family accepting the reso…

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Mrs. Thel Herndon Riggs recently celebrated her 100th birthday at the home of her nephew, Jack Daniel, located on the John and Ruth Herndon estate south of Surrency. Many family and friends enjoyed a BBQ cookout with all the fixings. Attendees were also treated with a video review of her ear…

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Superior Court Judge Stephen D. Kelly indicted nine individuals in Appling County Superior Court on June 14.

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As a result of last week’s special election to replace former State Representative Greg Morris (House District 156), Wally Sapp of Appling County, and Lessa Hagan, of Toombs County, will now faceoff in a runoff election to decide the eventual winner. Neither candidate crossed the 50 percent …

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Mary Elizabeth S. Dunn has lived and voted in Appling County for nearly fifty years now. She hasn’t moved, yet when she and her husband Jimmy went to vote on May 26, Shonda Carter, the registrar, greeted her by name and told her she was not eligible to vote in that election because she was i…

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Saturday morning, vendors at the Farmers’ Market had a steady stream of browsers and shoppers examining their wares, which included squash, peaches, tomatoes (both green and red), peppers, potatoes of two varieties, canned goods, and cucumbers, among other things. This Saturday only three ve…

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Critical race theory (CRT) has the attention of school systems across the country, even here in Appling County since Dr. Scarlett Copeland announced the situation to the Board of Education at the June 7 meeting. Georgia’s Attorney General Carr has joined a multi-state coalition of twenty oth…

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Romeo Reyes, president of the Satilla Rural Electric Membership Corporation (REMC), announced on Tuesday, May 25, that they are partnering with internet service provider Conexon Connect to deliver a world-class fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network and access to Gigabit-speed broadband internet. …

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On Friday, May 21, Appling County High School cross country standout Ivan Guzman signed a scholoship to run for Central Georgia Technical College (CGTC), of Warner Robins. Shown above, seated, l-r, Anthony Labastida (nephew), Noemi Guzman (sister), Ivan Guzman, Genoveva Gonzalez (mother), An…

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APPLING COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL’S GRADUATION CEREMONY WAS HELD FRIDAY NIGHT AT JIMMY SWAIN STADIUM. THOUSANDS ATTENDED TO WITNESS THE CLASS OF 2021 RECEIVE THEIR DIPLOMAS. CONGRATULATIONS ONCE AGAIN TO THE CLASS OF 2021.

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The Appling County High School track team participated in a State AAA Track and Field Meet May 13 - May 15, at the Hugh Mills Stadium in Albany. Pirate Track Member Jaylen Green won the state championship in the high jump event. See more coverage and pictures from the ACHS State Track Meet i…

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The Baxley News-Banner is proud to present the Class of 2021 Graduation Issue. The response to this year’s issue has been overwhelming and we thank the schools, parents and community for your support. Please see sections C, D and E.

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The Appling County Lady Pirates fought hard in the Region 1-AAA Tournament held last Wednesday in Appling County. The ladies fell just a little short and finished second in the tournament. The Lady Pirates hosted the Harlem High Lady Bulldogs on Monday at home in the first round of the State…

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Appling County folks had a chance on Friday, April 16, out front of the Sheriff’s office to meet some of the many people who work hard everyday to keep the community safe. Sheriff Melton’s annual First Responder Expo provided that chance, especially for children. They can connect with office…

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In January 2019, Robert Wiggins needed about 50 people for his various restaurants. When he advertised, he had 250 applications come in. Today, April 9, 2021, he desperately needs between fifty and sixty people, but very few people are applying, even though he offered twenty-five dollars to …

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Chairman Mike Shumans opened the regular meeting of the Appling County Commissioners with the pledge and the invocation, then asked for approval of the last minutes (March 2, 9). Approval was unanimous. He invited Leslie Burch to the podium for five minutes of public input. Burch asked for t…

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A federal civil lawsuit filed against the Appling County School District could soon head to trial. Following a motion for summary judgment, Federal Southern District Court Judge Lisa Godbey Wood wrote that the motion for summary judgment was denied based on the plaintiffs’ Title IX case agai…

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Representative Greg Morris, a Vidalia native who is currently representing the 156th District in the Georgia House of Representatives, was elected as the new State Transportation Board member to represent the 12th Congressional District. The district includes counties in east central and eas…

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On Thursday, April 1, a Deep South Farm truck hauling farm chemicals to a local farmer and a Norfolk Southern train collided at the Buck Head Road railroad crossing in Pine Grove. Luckily the driver of the truck only received minor injuries as a result of the accident. It was unclear what ty…

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Sunday morning, March 28, members of the Church of God of Baxley gathered in their new sanctuary to dedicate it to God. They actually opened it on Feb. 15, but today was dedication day with music, more music and speaking. They showed a video of the whole process from the demolition of the ol…

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On Saturday, March 13, Appling Applause Show Choir traveled to Tift County High School to compete in the Peach State Invitational Show Choir Competition.  Schools from across Alabama and Georgia competed in the annual competition.  Appling Applause walked away with Best Vocals, Best Overall …

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Last Wednesday, March 10, between one and two o’clock, Larra Williams decided rather unexpectedly to take her lunch to Deen’s Landing for a picnic in the beautiful weather. She was tired of the cold and wet weather. Eighty-year-old Ray Solomon will be forever thankful that she did, because s…