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  • GBI Investigating McRae-Helena Shooting Death

    **PRESS RELEASE FROM THE GEORGIA BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION**

    McRae-Helena, GA (April 11, 2024)– At the request of the McRae-Helena Police Department, GBI agents are investigating the death of Montez Edronz McMillian, age 33, of McRae-Helena, GA.  

    The preliminary investigation indicates at about 1:20 a.m.,

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  • Emanuel County Woman Convicted of 2022 Twin City Murder

    An Emanual County jury returned a guilty plea Wednesday against a woman charged with the 2022 felony murder in Twin City.

    Middle Judicial Circuit District Attorney Tripp Fitzner said Peggy Milton was convicted of Nichols Hall. Hall died from a single gunshot wound.

    Judge Bobby Reeves sentenced

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  • Missing Mother Facing Extradition

    The Lyons mother who took her seven-year-old daughter to Puerto Rico without authorization may soon be heading back to Toombs County to face her charges.

    Lyons Chief of Police Wesley Walker said Wendy Salter, who was taken into custody in by Puerto Rican authorities last Saturday and is scheduled

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  • VPD Continues to Grow and Serve

    Cops

    (L to R): Sgt. SanAntonio Wilcher; Terri Graffagnino, Communications Unit; Police Chief James Jermon; Ofc. Dre Mayweather, Ofc. Barbara Deen; and Ofc. Robert Wickstrom

    The Vidalia Chief of Police introduced three newly sworn patrol officers to the public Monday night at the April meeting of the

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  • Area Police Blotter

    Vidalia Police Department reports the following arrests:

    Knowles, Antonio – Vidalia – Battery.

    Akins, Devon – Lyons – Giving False Information.

    Escalante, Jiimel – Vidalia – Simple Obstruction; Possession of Marijuana; Warrant Served (Toombs County).

    Corouthers, Shandrika – Vidalia – Possession of

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  • Festival Attire Ready!

    Festival Shirts

    The Vidalia Onion Festival Committee presented Vidalia City County members with their official Onion Festival T-shirts Monday night. The presentation has become a much-anticipated event each year in anticipation of the approaching Vidalia Onion Festival. (L to R): Jake Cleghorn, Chair of the

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  • Spring Scrap Tire Amnesty Week

    The Scrap Tire Amnesty Day is to prevent illegal dumping of scrap tires on residential and commercial properties, city right-of-ways and county right-of-ways.

    The Scrap Tire Amnesty Day for Toombs County will take place beginning Monday, April 15, 2024 to Friday, April 19, 2024. This event allows

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    Newsbreak | Kathy Hilt | 09 April 2024 | 10:41
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  • Former Laurens County Jailer Arrested

    An investigation of contraband being brought into the Laurens County Detention Center in Dublin has resulted in the arrest of a man  who had been charged with the authority to oversee inmates and detainees.

    According to a press release from the Laurens County Sheriff's Office, Joseph Phillips Poss, age

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  • From the House: Week 12

    by Rep. Leesa Hagan

    The Georgia General Assembly gathered at the State Capitol for the last week of the 2024 legislative session on Monday, March 25. That Monday and Wednesday we held intensive committee sessions to finalize bills. Legislative days 39 and 40 were held on Tuesday and Thursday with

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Sportsbreak

  • RTCA Track & Field Competes at Bulloch Academy

    4 12 24 David Hill

    RTCA's Track and Field competed at Bulloch Academy April 10th. They competed against Bulloch Academy, Pinewood Christian Academy, Bryan County, Trinity Christian (Dublin), First Presbyterian Christian Academy, Vidalia Heritage Academy, Here are our top finishers:

    Girls Triple Jump:
    Kylie Acosta 1st

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    Sportsbreak | Bob Roberts | 12 April 2024 | 09:11
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  • RTCA Tennis Competes at Region

    4 10 24 RTCA Tennis

    On April 9 RTCA traveled to Macon to compete in the Region Tournament. 

    Results:

    2nd place boys doubles: Hayden Kight and Drew Vaughn
    4th place boys singles: James Varnes
    3rd place girls doubles: Haylie Kight and Ella Newton
    4th place girls singles: Caroline Thompson

    The girls team placed second

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  • Bulldogs Drop Game One of Crucial Region Series Against Vidalia 5-1.

    4 10 24 Toombs Co BB

    In a season region marked by fierce region competition, the Toombs County Bulldogs are vying for a crucial spot in the GHSA AA playoffs. Following a challenging 5-1 loss in the first game of a critical series against crosstown rival, Vidalia, the DAWGS look to bounce back in games two and three on

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  • Indians Down Bulldogs 5-1

    4 10 24 Patel

    Vidalia would score five runs in the first three inning and that’s would be all they needed behind strong pitching from Veer Patel in a 5-1 win Monday night in Toombs Co.

    Brayden McCaw singled to score a run in the first inning.  A single by Ty Beck extended the Indians lead to 2-0 in the top of

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    Sportsbreak | Bob Roberts | 10 April 2024 | 14:44
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  • Bulldogs Fall to Brantley County in Game Three Despite Strong Effort from Upshaw

    4 9 24 Toombs Co 2

    Brantley Upshaw struck out 10 batters, but the Toombs County Bulldogs fell to the Brantley County Herons 5-2 on Friday. Upshaw allowed three hits and four runs over five innings while walking four.

    The Bulldogs got on the board in the third inning after an Upshaw home run squeezed past the right

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  • Crusaders Win Region Opener

    4 9 24 Tabor

    In a game set to be an excellent pitching match up The Robert Toombs Crusaders behind Britton Tabor's complete game 17 strikeout performance won against defending state champion FPCA 3-1 to move their record to 5-3 on the season and 1-0 in region play.

    Rayce Sharpe led the Crusader offense going

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    Sportsbreak | Bob Roberts | 09 April 2024 | 09:06
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  • Sports & Scores This Week (4-8-24)

    April 8-- Here are the latest sports schedules and scores for the week. 

    Monday, April 8

    Basketball: UConn 75, Purdue 60 (NCAA Men's Basketball National Championship)

    Baseball: RTCA 3, FPCA 1

    VHA 12, East Laurens 2

    ECI 16, Montgomery County 0

    Metter at Savannah Christian 5:55pm

    Swainsboro 11,

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  • Indians Blank Pierce County

    4 9 24 VHS BB Seniors

    On Senior night The Vidalia Indians shutout Pierce County in Game 3 of the region series 6-0 and avoided the sweep thanks in part to six runs in the second inning.  Lawson Lowe tripled, scoring one run, an error scored one run, Brayden McCaw drew a walk, scoring one run, and Tucker McDonald

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  • Bulldogs Edge Out Brantley County in Tight 1-0 Pitching Duel to Win Game Two of Region Series.

    4 9 24 Toombs Co BB

    The Toombs County Bulldogs (14-7 overall, 8-3 region) edged out the Brantley County Herons in a 1-0 pitcher’s duel on Thursday.

    TJ Stanley was dominant on the mound for Toombs County, tossing a masterful six and two-thirds innings. He struck out a whopping 12 batters while surrendering only two hits

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    Sportsbreak | Bob Roberts | 06 April 2024 | 09:19
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Community Calendar

**PRESS RELEASE FROM THE GEORGIA BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION**

McRae-Helena, GA (April 11, 2024) – At the request of the McRae-Helena Police Department, GBI agents are investigating the death of Montez Edronz McMillian, age 33, of McRae-Helena, GA.  

The preliminary investigation indicates at about 1:20 a.m., the McRae-Helena Police Department was dispatched to the area of E Magnolia Street, McRae-Helena, Telfair County, Georgia, for a shots fired call.  When officers arrived, they found McMillian dead in an SUV in the Oak Grove Cemetery.   

The shooting occurred near E Magnolia Street and Daughtry Avenue. After McMillian was shot, he went through a fence in his SUV at Oak Grove Cemetery where his SUV stopped.   

No arrests have been made at this time.   

This investigation is active and ongoing.  Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact the GBI Regional Investigative Office in Eastman at 478-374-6988 or the McRae-Helena Police Department at 229-868-2093. Anonymous tips can also be submitted by calling 1-800-597-TIPS (8477), online at https://gbi.georgia.gov/submit-tips-online, or by downloading the See Something, Send Something mobile app. 

Once the investigation is complete, the case file will be given to the Oconee Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office for review and potential prosecution. 

An Emanual County jury returned a guilty plea Wednesday against a woman charged with the 2022 felony murder in Twin City.

Middle Judicial Circuit District Attorney Tripp Fitzner said Peggy Milton was convicted of Nichols Hall. Hall died from a single gunshot wound.

Judge Bobby Reeves sentenced Milton to life with parole.

D.A. Fitzner said following the verdict, “I’d like to thank sheriff Brewer and the Emanuel County sheriff’s Office for all of their work in the investigation of this case. Thank you to Assistant district Attorney Aaron Palmer for his hard work in both preparing for and trying this case. While nothing our court system can do will bring Nick back, we hope this brings closure to his family.”

Cops

(L to R): Sgt. SanAntonio Wilcher; Terri Graffagnino, Communications Unit; Police Chief James Jermon; Ofc. Dre Mayweather, Ofc. Barbara Deen; and Ofc. Robert Wickstrom

The Vidalia Chief of Police introduced three newly sworn patrol officers to the public Monday night at the April meeting of the Vidalia City Council and welcomed them to the force. Those officers include Ofc. Barbara Deen, Ofc. Dre Mayweather, and Ofc. Robert Wickstrom.

“I promised I was going to build the department from the Academy,” Chief James Jermon said. “I’m proud of these officers and the City of Vidalia should be, too. Each one has their own story and I commend them because who really wants to be a police officer in this day and time? I’m proud of these three officers and to have them with the Vidalia Police Department. They’re young and they will probably be here long after I retire.”

Chief Jermon said there was more good news coming by the year’s end for the citizens of the Sweet Onion City.

“Here’s three new hires,” he said. “There are four more in the Academy right now. Two more have been hired and two more will soon be so what does all that mean? By the grace of God by December, the Vidalia Police Department will be fully staffed.”

In addition to the three new patrol officers, Chief Jermon introduced Terri Graffagnino who was recently hired for the Communications Unit. Graffagnino has experience in law enforcement communications having worked for many years with the Georgia State Patrol.

Chief Jermon rounded out the good news for his department by announcing the promotion of San Antonio Wilcher to the rank of Sergeant.

The Lyons mother who took her seven-year-old daughter to Puerto Rico without authorization may soon be heading back to Toombs County to face her charges.

Lyons Chief of Police Wesley Walker said Wendy Salter, who was taken into custody in by Puerto Rican authorities last Saturday and is scheduled for an extradition hearing there on the 18th of April. Following that hearing, local authorities will know they can go to pick her up to bring her back to Toombs County.

Salter, who is the noncustodial parent of Stella Salter, is charged with Interstate Interference with Child Custody. The mother and daughter had been reported as missing for almost a week before law enforcement was able to track their location. The little girl was returned to her father’s care immediately upon being found and her mother arrested.

Vidalia Police Department reports the following arrests:

Knowles, Antonio – Vidalia – Battery.

Akins, Devon – Lyons – Giving False Information.

Escalante, Jiimel – Vidalia – Simple Obstruction; Possession of Marijuana; Warrant Served (Toombs County).

Corouthers, Shandrika – Vidalia – Possession of controlled Substance; Suspended License; Headlight requirement.

Wagner, Khalil – Vidalia – Obstruction.

Alston, Kayla – Vidalia – Obstruction; Possession of Marijuana; Possession with Intent to Distribute; Possession of Controlled Substance; Possession of A Firearm.

Parker, Dylan - Cumming, GA - Possession of Alcohol by Underage Person; Theft by Shoplifting.

Toombs County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:

No arrests reported.

Lyons Police Department reports the following arrest:

Brewton, Ronald Tyvon – Glennville – Theft By Receiving Stolen Property; Possession of Marijuana (Less Than Ounce); Possession of Knife During Commission of/Attempt to Commit Crime.

Mosley, Stacy Lee – Lyons – Driving While License Suspended or Revoked.

Mitchell, Mikayla Jordan – Vidalia – Expired Tag; No Insurance; Mutilation of Tag; Driving While License Suspended or Revoked.

Hunt, Patrick Cornelius – Lyons – Warrant Service.

Robinson, Michael Anthony, Jr. – Lyons – Driving While License Suspended or Revoked.

Mobley, Brian Leon – Lyons – Theft By Taking (Motor Vehicle)

Tyus, Corril Rodriques – Vidalia – Expired Tag; Warrant Service.

McMillan, Melitia Latrell – Lyons – Headlight Requirements; No Insurance; Driving While License Suspended or Revoked.

Williams, Sara Lynn – Lyons – Headlight Requirements; No Tag

Towns, Qwaushawn Devonte – Vidalia – Driving While License Suspended or Revoked.

Anderson, David Allen – Lyons – Possession of Drug-Related Objects; Warrant Service.

Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:

Masey, Roman Norwood – Mount Veron – Simple Battery; Theft by Taking; Obstruction of Officer; Possession of Methamphetamine.

Johnson, Quinterria Tacorisica – Mount Vernon – Felony Probation Violation.

Cummings, Henry Lee – Soperton – Speeding; Driving With Suspended License.

Morris, Nicki Lea – Ailey - Driving With Suspended License.

Gray Joshua – Randolph, GA – Possession of Prohibited Items by Inmate.

Candler County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:

 Beckum, Garett Lee – Metter – Cruelty to Animals.

Hernandez, De Leon Abimail – Savannah – Driving While Unlicensed; Obscuring License Plate in Order to Impede Surveillance Equipment; Possession of Drug-Related Objects; Possession of Open Container of Alcoholic Beverage in Passenger Area.

Lopez, Alex – Claxton - DUI/Less Safe; Possession of Methamphetamines.

Harvey, Matthew Mason – Claxton – DUI/Les Safe Refusal; Fleeing/Attempting to Elude Arrest; Hit & Run/Property Damage or Injury/Failure to Stop Leave Scene; Possession of Open Container of Alcoholic Beverage in Passenger Area; Stop Sign Violation; Use of Safety Belts in Passenger Vehicles/Front Seat Occupants.

McCollum, Terry – Statesboro; Possession of Drug-Related Objects; Possession of Methamphetamines.

Williams, Divory Marcelle – Lyons – Criminal Trespass.

Flanagan, Walter – Lithonia, GA – Burglary; Obstruct/Hinder Law Enforcement Office; Possession of Tools for the Commission of a Crime.

Holland, Justin J. – Claxton – DUI/Less Safe Refusal; Possession of Open Container of Alcoholic Beverage in Passenger Area.

Harrell, Layla Madison – Codwell, GA – Criminal Trespass.

Powell, Materrius – Thomaston, GA – Sentenced From Court.

Taylor, Crystal Meeks – Metter – Giving False Name/Address/Birthdate to Law Enforcement Officer; Obstruct/Hinder Law Enforcement Officer.

Subcategories

Obituaries

  • Mrs. Clara Lewis, Vidalia

    Obit Lewis Mrs. Clara Faye Harrison Lewis, age 83, of Vidalia, died peacefully at her residence with her family by her side on Thursday, April 11, 2024, under the care of Community Hospice.  She was a native of Toombs County and a 1959 graduate of Toombs Central School.  She worked at Brunswick Manufacturing, and then...
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  • Mr. Ian "E" McRee, Ludowici

    obit McRee Mr. Ian “E” Patrick John McRee, age 36, of Ludowici, passed away Monday, April 8, 2024, in a house fire attempting to save his animals. He was a native of Jacksonville, Florida and lived most of his life in Jacksonville. He graduated from Eagles View Academy in Jacksonville. “E” served in the United...
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  • Mr. Timothy "Timmy" Holbrook

    obit Holbrook Mr. Timothy “Timmy” Holbrook, age 34, of Montgomery County, died Monday, April 8, 2024.  He was a native of Uvalda and lived there and in Alston all his life.  He was a 2007 graduate of Montgomery County High School, and he attended East Georgia College in Swainsboro.  Timmy enjoyed music, drawing,...
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    Obituary | Kathy Hilt | 11 April 2024 | 13:50
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  • Mrs. Lucy Coleman

    obit Coleman Mrs. Lucy Sikes Coleman, age 83, of the Ponderosa Community, died Tuesday, April 9, 2024, at Memorial Health in Savannah from injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Toombs County on Sunday.  She was a native of Tattnall County, living most of her life in Toombs County and at Ponderosa since...
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    Obituary | Kathy Hilt | 11 April 2024 | 09:08
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  • Mr. Elmer “Elmo” Claude Powell, Mount Vernon

    Elmer Powell Mr. Elmer “Elmo” Claude Powell, age 68, of Mount Vernon, died Monday, April 8, 2024, at Memorial Health Meadows Hospital in Vidalia, after a brief illness. He was a native of Wheeler County and lived most of his life in Montgomery County. He was a 1973 graduate of Wheeler County High School and...
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    Obituary | Jeff Raiford | 10 April 2024 | 15:44
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  • Mr. Raymond Mueller, Jr.

    obit Mueller Mr. Raymond Frank Mueller, Jr., age 69, of Rockledge, Florida, died Friday, April 5, 2024, at his home. He was a native of Alston and had lived in Florida and Virginia for most of his life. He was a retired entrepreneur for Diamond Supply Plumbing Wholesale in Coconut Creek, Florida and a veteran...
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    Obituary | Kathy Hilt | 10 April 2024 | 14:22
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  • Mr. Donnie Kittrell

    obit Kittrell Mr. Donnie Kittrell, age 60, former longtime resident of Tarrytown passed away on Tuesday morning, April 9, 2024 at Community Hospice in Vidalia. Born in Soperton, he was the only son and eldest of two children born to Roberta Ann Foskey Kittrell and  the late Delma Kittrell.  Donnie grew up in...
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    Obituary | Kathy Hilt | 10 April 2024 | 09:09
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  • Mrs. Faleda Brantley

    Vidalia Funeral Home announces the death of Mrs. Faleda Brantley, age 86, who was born on August 31, 1937, in Montgomery County, Georgia, to the parentage of the late Elijah Joseph Coleman and Pleasant Davis Coleman. Mrs. Brantley was educated in the public school system in Uvalda, GA, and was a...
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    Obituary | Kathy Hilt | 09 April 2024 | 11:57
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  • Mrs. Shirley Helms

    obit Helms Mrs. Shirley Maxine Tootle Helms, age 81, of the South Thompson Community, died Saturday, April 6, 2024, at The Oaks Bethany in Vidalia, following an extended illness.  She was a lifelong resident of Toombs County and retired after forty years from Oxford Industries Vidalia.  She was a member of...
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    Obituary | Kathy Hilt | 07 April 2024 | 17:00
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Church Calendar

  • May 4--The Barber Family in Vidalia

    Barber Family   May 4--Cornerstone Pentecostal Church, 377 South Thompson Road in Vidalia, would like you to join them for A Night of Worship with The Barber Family, Saturday May 4th at 6:00.
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    Church Event | Jim Perry | 09 April 2024 | 11:59
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  • April 25--April Engage Luncheon in Vidalia

    Engage April   April 25--The Woven Women’s Ministry of First Baptist Church of Vidalia invites you to their monthly Engage Luncheon, Thursday April 25th at Noon on “The Front Porch” with Mindy Morrison. Lunch is Chicken Salad with pasta and yogurt parfait for $5 or bring your own lunch. Deadline to sign up online is April 21st. fbcvidalia.org /Current Events.
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  • April 27--Pancake Breakfast for Youth Ministry during Vidalia Onion Run

     Vidalia Onion Run Pancake Breakfast   April 27--First Baptist Church of Vidalia would like you to come to their Vidalia Onion Run Free Pancake Breakfast, Saturday April 27th from 7:00 to 9:00 on “The Front Porch”. Donations accepted for the Youth Ministry
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    Church Event | Jim Perry | 09 April 2024 | 09:35
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  • April 14--Former member of Gold City coming to Cedar Crossing

    Jonathan Wilburn UD   April 14--Cedar Crossing Baptist Church invites you to see Jonathan Wilburn In Concert, Sunday April 14th at 11:00. Formally with The Wilburns & Gold City Quartet. Songs include "Midnight Cry" and "Calvary's Cross"
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