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  • RTCA Students Rebuild Steps on Campus

    RTCA Steps StudentsPictured L-R: Front Row: Gale Smith, Riley Hinson Back Row: Violeta Paez, Julie Smith, Kinsley Kennedy, Jarrett Reaves

    Robert Toombs Christian Academy's seventh grade Life Skills class performed a construction and repair project with the purpose of expanding experiences in carpentry, practical

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    Newsbreak | Jeff Raiford | 02 December 2022 | 12:58
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  • Murder Suspect Has First Appearance in Court; Facing Additional Charges

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    The man charged with the murder of John Tomason in the Normantown area of Toombs County Thursday morning had his first appearance in court Friday morning before Superior Court Judge Robert Reeves.

    Handcuffed and shackled, 20-year-old Aaron Coleman was led into the courtroom with a heavy

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  • No Jurors Needed for December 6

    Toombs County Clerk of Courts Nancy Pittman has announced that no traverse jurors will be needed for December 6th. Potential jurors sent notices to appear need not go to court.

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    Newsbreak | Kathy Hilt | 02 December 2022 | 09:59
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  • Area Police Blotter

    Vidalia Police Department reports the following arrests.

    Murphy, Jarvis Rashad - Glennville - Possession of marijuana/simple obstruction/warrant served (Tattnall Co.)

    Nunn-Dent, Letoi Anqueiha – Vidalia – Cruelty to children

    Truhillo, Jesse J. – Lyons – Theft by shoplifting/criminal trespass/bench

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  • Vidalia Fire Department Receives Donation

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    COUNTRY Financial Representative and J Dustin Booth Agency is pleased to support Vidalia Fire Department with a $750 donation as part of the Operation Helping Heroes program.  The funds will be used for a Christmas toy drive. 

    “I am pleased to support my local community and fire department.  I hope

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    Newsbreak | Jeff Raiford | 01 December 2022 | 17:28
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  • TCSO, GBI Investigating Thursday Morning Homicide

    ***UPDATE***

    The Toombs County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia Bureau of Investigation Region 12, and the Vidalia Police Department arrested Aaron Coleman, age 20, of Lyons, and charged him with felony murder Thursday night.

    Coleman is in custody of the Toombs County Detention Center and has his first

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  • These Girls CAN!

    “This Girl Can” is a workshop series for middle school girls of Toombs County that aims to increase awareness of and interest in non-traditional career
    pathways for women. The second annual This Girl Can took place in the month of November and graduation was held Tuesday, November 29th at
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    Newsbreak | Kathy Hilt | 01 December 2022 | 14:12
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  • Humphrey Named Toombs County Teacher of the Year

    TC Teachers of the Year

    (L to R): Barry Waller, Superintendentt; Dana Manning (Toombs County High School); Joanna Humphrey (Toombs Central Elementary School and District Teacher of the Year); Amanda Hudson (Lyons Upper Elementary School); Angela Crocker (Lyons Primary School: and Jodi Foster (Toombs County Middle

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  • Vidalia City Schools Announces Teacher of the Year

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    The Vidalia City School System proudly announces that their Teacher of the Year is Elissa Blount. Blount, an 8-year veteran teacher, has been with the Vidalia City School System for 5 years and is currently a Biology and Environmental Science teacher at Vidalia High School.

    Blount was selected from

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  • Barons Outlasted by No. 7-Ranked Eagles Despite Late Game Surge; BPC Falls 93-88 In Montgomery

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – With a tough challenge ahead of them, the Brewton-Parker men’s basketball team traveled to Montgomery, Alabama to take on No, 7-ranked Faulkner (Ala.) to restart SSAC action on Thursday night. 

    The Barons (3-3, 2-1 SSAC) brought a battle to the highly talented Eagles (9-0, 3-0

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  • Toombs County Boys Basketball Moves to 2 and 0 with 54-28 Win over Montgomery County

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    The Toombs County Boys Basketball team came off of a brief break and picked up where they left off going into Thanksgiving. The Hoop Dawgs took the brief bus ride over to Montgomery County and picked up a good road victory Tuesday night.

    The two teams traded baskets early on highlighted by a

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  • Garvin to Lead Indians! 

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    Former Vidalia High School Defensive Coordinator and current Metter High School Head Coach Rodney Garvin has been chosen to lead the Vidalia Indians as the school's 22nd Head Football Coach. Garvin will become only the 9th Head Coach since 1970, after serving Metter in the same capacity since

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  • Brent Key Named Georgia Tech Football’s 21st Head Coach

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    Brent Key, a Georgia Tech alumnus and football letterwinner, has been officially named the 21st head coach in Tech football history, Institute President Dr. Ángel Cabrera and director of athletics J Batt announced on Tuesday.

    Key takes the reins of the program after leading the Yellow Jackets to a

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  • Toombs County Wrestling Recap from 11/29/22

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    (Tank Morris, Toombs County High School Senior Wrestler)

    The Toombs County High School MatDawgs hit the mats last night for the first home varsity event of the 2022-23 season as they hosted 6A #11 ranked Glynn Academy and 4A #3 ranked West Laurens.

    The MatDawgs beat Glynn Academy in their first

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  • Sports & Scores This Week (11-28-22)

    November 28--- Here are the latest sports schedules and scores for the week.

    Monday, November 28

    Tuesday, November 29

    Basketball: Montgomery County 57, Toombs County 27 Girls

    Toombs County 54, Montgomery County 28 Boys

    Treutlen 58, ECI 33 Girls

    Treutlen 93, ECI 31 Boys

    Wrestling: Vidalia at New

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  • Women’s Basketball Defeats Coastal Georgia 75-64 on Tuesday Afternoon

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    MOUNT VERNON, Ga. – Brewton-Parker women’s basketball hosted Coastal Georgia for a non-conference matchup in Gillis Gymnasium on Tuesday afternoon. 

    The Lady Barons (7-2) defeated the Mariners (1-7) by surging in the second and third quarters to win, 75-64. 

    "Coastal Georgia is a rivalry game for us

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  • Vidalia Sweeps East Laurens to Open Season!

    The 2022/2023 Vidalia High School Varsity Basketball season got off to a good start Saturday for both the Lady Indians and Indians as they swept East Laurens in the Annual STC Tipoff Classic. The Lady Indians outscored East Laurens 38-14 in the second half to pull away for a 64-49 win, while the

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  • Men’s Basketball Battles in 64-59 Win Over Blue Mountain

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    MOUNT VERNON, Ga. – Brewton-Parker men’s basketball hosted Blue Mountain (Miss.) on Saturday afternoon in Gillis Gymnasium, resuming SSAC action.  

    The Barons (3-1, 2-0 SSAC) jump out to a 2-0 start in conference play after battling against the Toppers (4-2, 0-2 SSAC) in a 64-59 victory.

    How It

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Community Calendar

  • Local Toy Drive

    Toy Drive

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  • God's Storehouse Christmas Toy Drive

    God’s Storehouse in Vidalia is having its annual Christmas toy drive! They provide new toys to parents of nine-year-old children and younger that are in their food assistance program. Please share the Christmas joy by either purchasing new toys for the children yourself and dropping them off at

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  • Christmas Market

    Christmas Market

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    Community Event | Kathy Hilt | 28 November 2022 | 15:09
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  • Greater Vidalia Chamber Ribbon Cutting

    Ribbon Cutting Vintage Barbers

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    Community Event | Jeff Raiford | 18 November 2022 | 10:43
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  • Secret Santa

    Secret Santa

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    Community Event | Jeff Raiford | 18 November 2022 | 08:42
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  • Christmas In Dixie

    Christmas in Dixie

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    Community Event | Jeff Raiford | 17 October 2022 | 16:33
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  • Sexual Assault Support Group Every Thursday

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  • Smoke Alarms Saves Lives

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12 2 22 120222 MBB Recap at Faulkner 5 Zailan Blue3123

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – With a tough challenge ahead of them, the Brewton-Parker men’s basketball team traveled to Montgomery, Alabama to take on No, 7-ranked Faulkner (Ala.) to restart SSAC action on Thursday night. 

The Barons (3-3, 2-1 SSAC) brought a battle to the highly talented Eagles (9-0, 3-0 SSAC) in Tine W. Davis Gymnasium, coming alive in the second half to surge from a 16-point deficit at the break. Faulkner outlasted Brewton-Parker in the final moments to win, 93-88. 

How It Happened | 1st Half 

Damarcus Johnson Jr. opened the scoring for the Barons at the 18:55 mark connecting on a put-back effort to level the score early. 

BPC equalized yet again off the hands of Lance Smith nearly a minute later before claiming the lead 7-6 as Zailan Blue knocked down a three at the 17:39 mark. 

Faulkner answered with a 7-0 run to lead by six points with 15:03 left in the half, but Blue hit another trey to split the difference just seconds later. 

Deep shots from Chance Hatcher at 13:29 and Jordan Johnson at 12:21 gave the Barons a 16-15 lead. 

The Eagles went on to score seven unanswered points for a 23-16 lead before the Barons were able to find a score from Ferlin Joseph with 10 minutes to play. 

Faulkner built up a 35-22 lead off a 12-4 run over the span of three minutes, leaving 6:36 on the clock. 

Brewton-Parker answered with five points as Blue connected for another three followed by a jumper from Emmanuel Green to pull the Barons under a double-digit deficit. 

The Eagles closed out the half on another 12-4 run in the final five minutes of play to lead 47-31 at the break. 

How It Happened | 2nd Half 

Blue opened the half with a three with the Eagles knocking down back-to-back jumpers in response. 

The Barons went on a 7-0 run to pull the game down to a 10-point gap with 17:25 on the clock as Blue gathered five points followed by a bucket from Joseph. 

Brewton-Parker managed to find a bit of a scoring rhythm for a couple of minutes, but Faulkner continued to provide answer after answer to remain in control of a double-digit advantage. 

Nearing the halfway point of the period, BPC went on a 6-1 run to pull the deficit under double figures to 62-54 with 12:48 remaining. 

The Eagles swiftly pulled back away to a 14-point lead with two-straight treys. 

Brewton-Parker struggled to pull within single figures for several minutes until Smith scored the first bucket of a 14-6 run for the Barons. 

The run surged BPC back into the game, pulling the deficit down to two possessions down, 64-80 with 2:52 to play. 

After the Eagles produced three points, the Barons found a pair of scores from the foul line from Blue to move the game to 87-82 with 1:59 left on the clock. 

Faulkner took a successful trip down the floor, converting a jumper for a seven-point lead with just over a minute remaining. 

Brewton-Parker found themselves in a three-point ball game as Blue knocked down a pair of monster treys to move the game to 91-88 with 30 seconds left. 

Unfortunately for the Barons, two successful shots from the charity stripe sealed the deal which left little room for BPC to find magic with only a few seconds left in the game. 

Inside The Statistics 

 The Barons shot for 50% (33-of-66) from the floor, 42.9% (12-of-28) from three, and 83.3% (10-of-12) from the foul line. 

Blue produced a career-high 33 points in his third game for the Barons which lead both teams for the night. He shot for 69.2% (9-of-13) from three-point range. 

Smith produced a double-double performance with 25 points and a season-high 12 assists, shooting for 60% (9-of-15) from the floor and a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe. 

Joseph scored 12 points and nearly picked up a double-double with nine boards. 

Faulkner outrebounded Brewton-Parker 41-30. 

Other Notables 

Smith picks up his second-best scoring effort of the season and ties his second-best field goal percentage of the year. He has scored 20+ points in four of the six countable contests and recorded his second-consecutive double-double performance. 

Blue’s performance in Montgomery was the second-highest scoring effort of the season for the Barons. His nine treys are a team-best this season while his 10 made field goals tied the season-high set by Smith earlier this week. 

Next Up 

BPC returns home for an SSAC contest against Stillman (Ala.) on Saturday at 2 p.m. ET in Gillis Gymnasium. (Courtesy of BPC)

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The Toombs County Boys Basketball team came off of a brief break and picked up where they left off going into Thanksgiving. The Hoop Dawgs took the brief bus ride over to Montgomery County and picked up a good road victory Tuesday night.

The two teams traded baskets early on highlighted by a thunderous dunk by Marion James after breaking some pressure from Montgomery. Toombs continued having success in the first quarter and put themselves ahead after the first quarter leading 14-6.

The second quarter started out strong again for the Hoop Dawgs and the lead was stretched out to a 12-point lead before the Eagles of Montgomery County closed out the quarter on a run and made it 22-16 in favor of the Dawgs at halftime.

The Dawgs came out strong in the third quarter and turned up the defensive pressure and found some rhythm offensively. Jesus Quintero started the third quarter strong and scored seven quick points to open the quarter. The defensive effort continued holding the Eagles to just seven points, and the Dawgs held a 37-23 lead after three quarters.

The last quarter was similar to the third with the defensive effort continuing to be strong. The Dawgs held the Eagles to just five points in the final quarter while scoring seventeen themselves. The final score ended up 54-28 in favor of the Dawgs.

The Dawgs were led by Jesus Quintero who had 20 points and 8 rebounds on the night. Dominic Eason added 12 points and 7 rebounds. As a team, the Dawgs dominated the offensive glass totaling 31 on the night, and defensively, forced 28 turnovers.

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Come out and see this team in action again on Friday as they will square off again against Montgomery County with JV starting at 4:15, Girls Varsity at 6:00, and Boys Varsity at 7:30.


Be sure to download the 2022-2023 Varsity schedule by clicking here. You can download the JV Boys schedule here.

(Courtesy of Toombs County Athletics)

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Brent Key, a Georgia Tech alumnus and football letterwinner, has been officially named the 21st head coach in Tech football history, Institute President Dr. Ángel Cabrera and director of athletics J Batt announced on Tuesday.

Key takes the reins of the program after leading the Yellow Jackets to a 4-4 record over the final eight games of the 2022 season as interim head coach. The four wins included two road victories over nationally ranked opponents – a 26-21 win at No. 24 Pitt in his first game at the helm on Oct. 1 and a 21-17 triumph at No. 11 North Carolina on Nov. 19. The Jackets overcame a plethora of injuries – including to its top two quarterbacks – to finish 5-7 overall and 4-4 in Atlantic Coast Conference play after a 1-3 (0-1 ACC) start. The overall and conference win totals were Tech’s highest since 2018, as was its fourth-place finish in the ACC Coastal Division standings (the Jackets defeated all three teams that finished ahead of them in the division standings – North Carolina, Pitt and Duke).

“I am very excited that Brent Key will be our next football coach,” Cabrera said. “As an alum, he understands and cares deeply about this place and our extraordinary student-athletes. He’s not only incredibly competitive but will do everything he can to make sure students grow as athletes, professionals and human beings. I also want to thank A.D. J Batt for his dedication to our program and all the time and care he’s invested in the past few weeks to evaluate our program, conduct a thorough national search, and make sure we found the right football head coach."

“I’m honored to officially name Brent Key the 21st head coach in Georgia Tech football history,” Batt said. “Since I arrived on campus earlier this fall, I have observed first-hand Coach Key’s leadership, passion, energy and genuine care for our student-athletes, our football program and the Institute, as well as how his players and staff responded to his leadership and the genuine care that they have for him. There was strong interest from across the country to be the next head coach at Georgia Tech, and we conducted an exhaustive national search. At the beginning and end of the search, it was clear that the best choice for Georgia Tech is Brent Key. Please join me in congratulating Coach Key, his wife, Danielle, and his daughter, Harper.”

A 2001 Georgia Tech graduate (management), Key is the fifth Tech alumnus to serve as the Yellow Jackets’ head coach, joining William Alexander (1912 graduate; head coach from 1920-44), Bill Fulcher (1956; 1972-73), Pepper Rodgers (1955; 1974-79) and Bill Curry (1965; 1980-86). Key played offensive line for the Jackets from 1997-2000.

“I am so proud and grateful to be the head coach at my alma mater, Georgia Tech,” Key said. “I can’t thank President Cabrera, J and everyone that had a hand in the search enough for the faith that they have in me to lead our program. Like I’ve said many times over the past two months, I love this team, and I couldn’t be more excited to be their head coach. We will work unbelievably hard to make our fans, alumni and former players very proud of this program. Thank you to everyone who has supported our team over the past two months, and we thank you in advance for your continued support as we begin working towards next season. Go Jackets!”

Prior to being named Georgia Tech’s interim head coach on Sept. 26 of this season, Key was in his fourth season as the Yellow Jackets’ assistant head coach, run game coordinator and offensive line coach. In his four seasons at his alma mater, Georgia Tech’s run game produced an all-American, three all-Atlantic Coast Conference honorees and finished in the top half of the ACC in rushing offense twice. Key has also mentored a pair of all-ACC offensive linemen.

Despite battling a rash of injuries across the offensive front throughout the season, 2021 marked the second-straight season that Tech’s rushing offense ranked in the top half of the ACC under Key’s watch, with tackle Devin Cochran earning honorable-mention all-ACC recognition before going on to sign with the National Football League’s Cincinnati Bengals.

In 2020, the Jackets ranked fourth in the ACC in fewest sacks allowed (2.3 per game) and fifth in the league in rushing (190.8 yards per game), all with a true freshman (Jordan Williams) starting 9-of-10 games at right tackle.

Despite a multitude of injuries, the Jackets’ offensive line improved throughout the 2019 season, as it went through the monumental transition from an option-based scheme to a pro-style, spread attack. During a one late-season three-game stretch, Tech faced teams that ranked first (Pitt), fourth (Miami) and eighth (Virginia) nationally in sacks. Tech’s offensive front allowed just five total sacks in those three games, including none against eventual ACC Coastal Division champion Virginia. In all, the Jackets didn’t surrender a sack in two of its final four contests.

Key came back to his alma mater after three seasons as offensive line coach at Alabama (2016-18), where he helped lead the Crimson Tide to two Southeastern Conference championships, three College Football Playoff championship games and the 2017 national title.

In each of his three seasons at Alabama, Key’s offensive lines were finalists for the Joe Moore Award, which is presented annually to the nation’s top offensive front, and was the only group in the nation to receive the honor all three seasons. He also coached four All-Americans (including two unanimous picks – tackle Cam Robinson in 2016 and tackle Jonah Williams in 2018) and nine all-SEC selections (including seven first-teamers) during his time with the Tide. In addition to being unanimous All-Americans, Robinson won the 2016 Outland Trophy as the nation’s best interior lineman and Williams was a finalist for the award in ’18. They also won the Jacobs Blocking Trophy (SEC’s top offensive lineman) in ‘16 and ‘18, respectively.

Seven linemen that Key coached in his three seasons at Alabama went on to be selected in the National Football League Draft — Jedrick Wills (No. 10 overall, Cleveland Browns, 2020), Williams (No. 11 overall, Cincinnati Bengals, 2019), Alex Leatherwood (No. 17 overall, Las Vegas Raiders, 2021), Robinson (No. 34 overall, Jacksonville Jaguars, 2017), Ross Pierschbacher (fifth round, Washington Redskins, 2019), Bradley Bozeman (sixth round, Baltimore Ravens, 2018) and Deonte Brown (sixth round, Carolina Panthers, 2021).

Key was also lauded for his work on the recruiting trail at Alabama. He was tabbed as the nation’s No. 2 recruiter by 247Sports for his work in landing the Crimson Tide’s 2019 class and the No. 1 recruiter in the nation for his efforts with the 2020 class.

Prior to his three-year stint at Alabama, Key spent 11 seasons at UCF (2005-15). He started at UCF as a graduate assistant and worked his way up to assistant head coach (2012-15) and offensive coordinator (2014-15). He also coached tight ends for three seasons (2006-08), offensive line for six seasons (2009-14), running backs for one season (2015), was special teams coordinator for one season (2008) and recruiting coordinator for six seasons (2007, 2010-14) with the Knights. In 2012, 2013 and 2014, Key was nominated for the Broyles Award, given to the top assistant coach in college football.

During Key’s 11 seasons at UCF, the Knights won four conference championships (2007, 2010, 2013 and 2014), highlighted by a 12-1 campaign in 2013, which culminated with a 52-42 win over No. 6 Baylor. The Knights beat two top-10 teams in ’13 (Baylor and No. 8 Louisville) and Key’s offensive front, which did not allow a sack against Penn State, Louisville, UConn or Baylor, helped pave the way for UCF to average 441.5 yards and 34.6 points per game, both among the highest marks in program history. His offensive line also provided protection for American Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year Blake Bortles.

In his six seasons as UCF’s offensive line coach, eight different linemen earned all-conference recognition a total of 16 times and four went on to play in the NFL, including 2011 third-round draft pick Jah Reid. He also coached an NFL draft pick at tight end in Mike Merritt (2008).

During his time at UCF, Key coached under his head coach as a student-athlete at Georgia Tech, George O’Leary.

Key got his start in coaching as a graduate assistant at Georgia Tech in 2001-02 and served as tight ends and running backs coach at Western Carolina in 2004.

Key was a four-year starter in his four seasons as a student-athlete at Georgia Tech (1997-2000). While making 44-straight starts at right guard, Key was a part of a senior class that led Georgia Tech to four-straight bowl appearances for the first time since 1953-56. As a sophomore in 1998, he helped lead Tech to a 10-2 record and a share of the ACC championship. During his junior campaign in 1999, the Jackets ranked No. 1 nationally in total offense (509.0 ypg). He was voted a team captain and all-ACC as a senior in 2000. In all, he was a key cog in an offensive front that helped the Yellow Jackets lead the ACC in rushing three times.

A Clay, Ala. native, Key, 44, was an all-state performer at Hewitt-Trussville H.S. He and his wife, Danielle, have a daughter, Harper.

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ABOUT BRENT KEY

“I watched very closely this season as Brent took over and saw things move in the right direction. It was clear that the team responded to the changes he made and played hard for him. Congratulations to Brent – I know he’ll do an outstanding job. President Cabrera and J made a great decision, and I look forward to watching the success Brent will have at Georgia Tech.”

- Former Georgia Tech and UCF head coach George O’Leary

 “Brent did a great job for us at Alabama and was fantastic as the interim head coach for Georgia Tech this year. I know he is excited to lead his alma mater, and he will do an excellent job as the Yellow Jackets’ head coach. Brent is a very passionate coach who works tirelessly at his craft. His players love to play for him, and he does a great job of putting them in situations to be successful. Brent has a wonderful family, and we are so very happy for him to have this opportunity at Georgia Tech”

- Alabama head coach Nick Saban

Press release courtesy of Georgia Tech.

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Former Vidalia High School Defensive Coordinator and current Metter High School Head Coach Rodney Garvin has been chosen to lead the Vidalia Indians as the school's 22nd Head Football Coach. Garvin will become only the 9th Head Coach since 1970, after serving Metter in the same capacity since 2018. The position became available after Jason Cameron resigned earlier this month.  

During Garvin's tenure in Metter, the Tigers were 52-12, with 4 Region Championships and four straight appearances in the GHSA State Playoffs, including two straight semifinal games in 2020 & 2021. The other two were Quarterfinal appearances this year and in 2019. 

Garvin was the Defensive Coordinator for Vidalia under Lee Chomskis for 11 years before taking the Metter job. During his tenure in Vidalia, the Indian defense was known for being hardnosed and stingy in giving up points. In fact, Garvin's defense during his tenure at Vidalia gave up only 14.0 points per game over 110 regular season games. That tradition continued in Metter, where this year, the Tigers gave up only 147 points in 13 games while shutting out six (5 in a row) opponents, including Dublin, twice. 

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"Kim and I, along with Lauren, and Hayden, are absolutely fired up about coming home to Vidalia!!" said Garvin. It is an absolute honor to again be a part of the Vidalia Indian community and tradition!! I am looking forward to us developing relationships with the Vidalia kids and getting to work. I am so very thankful for the opportunity to be the Head Football coach at Vidalia High School!!" 

Vidalia Athletic Director Tommy Dalley said, "we are extremely excited to welcome home Coach Garvin. He is a tremendous leader of young men and his reputation proceeds him. He is known to be a worker, a disciplinarian, and his love for Vidalia is unquestioned. He will be a tremendous asset to our athletic department both on and off the field."  

First-year Principal and Vidalia Alum Bruce Mulkey added his welcome, "We're excited to welcome Coach Garvin and his wife, Kim, back to Vidalia. His success at Metter and his work here as a long-time assistant speak for itself. Rodney also has deep ties, and is well respected in the Vidalia community. With that, we believed he checked all the boxes in what we were looking for in a head coach."

(By John Koon) (Courtesy of Vidalia High School)

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(Tank Morris, Toombs County High School Senior Wrestler)

The Toombs County High School MatDawgs hit the mats last night for the first home varsity event of the 2022-23 season as they hosted 6A #11 ranked Glynn Academy and 4A #3 ranked West Laurens.

The MatDawgs beat Glynn Academy in their first matchup 48-35 going back and forth throughout the dual. A turning point in the dual seemed to be the 150 lb matchup where Agustin Cruz pulled out a thrilling pin to light a fire in the rest of the MatDawg lineup. Coach Allen said, “I was really excited for [Agustin] Cruz. He is one of the hardest workers in our practice room and showed a ton of fight in his match.” Other standouts during the dual were the two Senior leaders of the MatDawgs, Tank Morris and Wil Watts. Both came away in their Senior home opener with falls for the MatDawgs.

In their second matchup against West Laurens, the MatDawgs lost a nail-biter, 39-35. “We had some very good matches and some matches I thought we had a chance to win and didn’t”, said Coach Allen. “The nice thing is, it is November 29th and we have seen a lot of areas we can and will improve on.”

The MatDawgs have an action-packed week ahead of them as they have a crew of younger guys heading to Camden Co. for matches on Thursday and Varsity and JV will compete at the Yellow Jacket Duals and Stinger Slam at Jeff Davis High School this weekend. This is all gearing up for a highly anticipated 2nd Annual RIVALRY DUAL against Vidalia High School on December 8th at home.

Glynn Academy Dual Results:
106 – Glynn Academy def. Jahir Lopez (Fall)
113 – Glynn Academy def. Benjamin Parra (Fall)
120 – Cameron “Peanut” Spivey def. Glynn Academy (Forfeit)
126 – Glynn Academy def. Terrell Rogers (Fall)
132 – Keon Robinson def. Glynn Academy (Fall)
138 – Robert Bruce Agzigian def. Glynn Academy (Fall)
144 – Dabvn Wadley def. Glynn Academy (Fall)
150 – Agustin Cruz def. Glynn Academy (Fall)
157 – Glynn Academy def. Mike Jones (Fall)
165 – Hayden Roy def. Glynn Academy (Fall)
175 – Glynn Academy def. Gailan Wilds (Technical Fall)
190 – Tank Morris def. Glynn Academy (Fall)
215 – Wil Watts def. Glynn Academy (Fall)
285 – Brock Nobles def. Glynn Academy (Fall)

West Laurens Dual Results:
106 – Jahir Lopez def. West Laurens (Forfeit)
113 – West Laurens def. Benjamin Parra (Fall)
120 – Cameron “Peanut” Spivey def. West Laurens (Fall)
126 – West Laurens def. Terrell Rogers (Fall)
132 – Keon Robinson def. West Laurens (Decision)
138 – Robert Bruce Agzigian def. West Laurens (Decision)
144 – West Laurens def. Dabvn Wadley (Fall)
150 – West Laurens def. Agustin Cruz (Decision)
157 – West Laurens def. Mike Jones (Fall)
165 – West Laurens def. Hayden Roy (Fall)
175 – West Laurens def. Gailan Wilds (Fall)
190 – Tank Morris def. West Laurens (Tech Fall)
215 – Wil Watts def. West Laurens (Fall)                                                                                                                                                                                        285 - Brock Nobles def. West Laurens (Fall)

(Courtesy of Toombs County Athletics)

Obituaries

  • Mrs. Wanda Faye Glisson

    Wanda Glisson Mrs. Wanda Faye Glisson, age 62, died Wednesday, November 30, 2022, at Memorial Health Meadows Hospital in Vidalia after a sudden illness.  She was a native and grew up in Jeff Davis County, briefly lived in Toombs County, and lived in Montgomery County most of her life.  She worked for Ero...
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  • Mr. Jim Trednick, Vidalia

    Jim Trednick Mr. Jim Tredinick age 72, of Vidalia, died Tuesday, November 29, 2022, at the Community Hospice House in Vidalia after a brief illness. He is survived by his partner of thirty-seven years, Linda Gibson of Vidalia. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Sweet Onion Animal...
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  • Mr. Glenn Lewis Portwood, Lyons

    Glenn Portwood Mr. Glenn Lewis Portwood, age 67, of Lyons, died Tuesday, November 29, 2022, at Community Hospice House in Vidalia after an extended illness.  He was a native of Swainsboro, a 1973 graduate of Swainsboro High School, and had lived in Lyons since 1978.  He worked with Vidalia Police Department for twenty...
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    Obituary | Jeff Raiford | 30 November 2022 | 16:00
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  • Mr. Lamar Ford, Vidalia

    Lamar Ford Mr. Lamar Ford, age 77, of Vidalia, died Saturday, November 26, 2022, at Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida after a brief illness.  He was a native of Toombs County, briefly living in Baxley, and then living in Vidalia most of his life.  He worked with Lark Builders for more than thirty...
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    Obituary | Jeff Raiford | 30 November 2022 | 15:59
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  • Mr. David C. McLane, Kibbee

    David McLane Mr. David C. McLane, age 72, of Kibbee Community, died Saturday, November 26, 2022, at Memorial Health Medical Center in Savannah after an extended illness.  He was a native of Hartwell, Georgia, living there most of his life before moving to Montgomery County in 2012.  He was a 1968 graduate of Hart...
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    Obituary | Jeff Raiford | 28 November 2022 | 14:47
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  • Mr. Robert Hiram “Bobby” Mobley, Jr., Ailey

    Bobby Mobley Mr. Robert Hiram “Bobby” Mobley, Jr., age 80, of Ailey, died Saturday, November 26, 2022, at Community Hospice Inpatient Center after an extended illness. Mr. Mobley was a Montgomery County native and graduated from Montgomery County High School class of 1960. He was a nuclear technician that worked...
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    Obituary | Jeff Raiford | 28 November 2022 | 10:24
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  • Mr. Barry Frazier

    Vincent R.  Drummer Funeral Home announces the death of Mr.  Barry Frazier.   Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, November 29, 2022 at 3:00 PM from the Sanctuary of White Grove Baptist Church 900 Kelly Street in Adrain, GA. Body will lie in state from 2 PM until 3 PM at the Church.  Interment will...
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    Obituary | Jeff Raiford | 28 November 2022 | 08:33
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  • Mrs. Mary L. Powell Glasper

    Resized Screenshot 20221125 184553 Gallery Vincent R. Drummer Funeral Home announces the death of Mrs. Mary L. Powell Glasper who entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, November 22, 2022. Mary was born on Wednesday, November 21, 1923 in Montgomery County, Georgia to the late Frank Powell and Estella Throne Powell.  Mary attended Montgomery...
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    Obituary | Jeff Raiford | 28 November 2022 | 08:32
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  • Mr. Scotty Smith, Lyons

    Scotty Smith Mr. Scotty Smith, age 41, of Lyons, died Wednesday, November 23, 2022, at Memorial Health Meadows Hospital in Vidalia after a sudden illness. He was born in Augusta, and as a child moved to Alamo.  He was a 1999 graduate of Wheeler County High School and had lived in Lyons most of his life.  He was...
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Church Calendar

  • December 21--Candlelight Services in Vidalia

    Candlelight Services   December 21--Cornerstone Pentecostal Church, 377 South Thompson Road in Vidalia, invites you to Christmas Candlelight Services, Wednesday December 21st at 7:30. "O Come Let Us Adore Him!!"
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  • December 24--Candlelight Christmas Eve Service in Vidalia

    December 24--Grace Church, 1200 Aimwell Road in Vidalia, would like you to come to their Candlelight Christmas Eve Service, Saturday December 24th at 5:00.
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  • December 18--Live Nativity in Vidalia

    Live Nativity 2022 December 18--Grace Church, 1200 Aimwell Road in Vidalia, invites you to their Live Nativity which has been a part of the community for over 50 years, Sunday December 18th at 6:00. Free admission, hot chocolate & door prizes.  This is an outdoor event so bring lawn chairs or blankets. Will be moved indoors if it rains.
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    Church Event | Jim Perry | 29 November 2022 | 12:20
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  • December 3-4--Christmas Cantata in Vidalia

    Christmas Cantata December 3-4--Vidalia Cornerstone Church, 209 Church Street in Vidalia, invites you to "Shout Out for Joy! The Lord is Born!" an evening of worship with choir, handbells and orchestra, Saturday December 3rd and Sunday December 4th at 6:00 each evening.
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    Church Event | Jim Perry | 17 November 2022 | 12:00
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  • Pass it along with...CHURCH NEWS!

    LET US GET YOUR MESSAGE TO THE PUBLIC WITH CHURCH NEWS!    Your Church Speaks   Thank you for using Church News on News-Talk WVOP 970 AM and 105.3 FM, and southeastgeorgiatoday.com. Submit your church events to us at least 2 weeks ahead of time for the greatest coverage and best results. Include the name of the church, the church address, name of the event, date & time of the event, location of the event if other than the church, and any special speakers involved. Send it to JIM PERRY! Email jperry @ radiojones.comFax 537-4477
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