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  • Vidalia City Schools Honor Retirees

    VCC Retireees

    (seated, L to R): Phyllis James, Sandy Seidling, Jan Barfield; (standing, L to R): Lori Harn, Gene Fountain, Tracey Lovelace, Chris Carroll, Wanda Nanney, Harriett Smiley and Sarah Montford. (Not pictured: Lexs Wright)

    Eleven employees of the Vidalia City School System are retiring at the end of

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    Newsbreak | Kathy Hilt | 13 May 2021 | 00:00
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  • Don't Stockpile Gasoline

    ATLANTA – Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John F. King today urged Georgians to not stockpile gasoline and to practice safe gasoline filling and storing measures.

    “In response to the recent cyber attack against the Colonial Pipeline, there have been numerous reports of Georgians stockpiling

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    Newsbreak | Jeff Raiford | 12 May 2021 | 15:24
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  • Barfield Accepts ARC Volunteer Leadership

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    Everyone is familiar with the Red Cross Blood Drives and that donations saves lives, but did you know there’s another area of the Red Cross that also needs your help? Leitha Barfield is the new Community Volunteer Leader and as a volunteer herself, reminds the community that the Red Cross is also

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    Newsbreak | Kathy Hilt | 12 May 2021 | 00:00
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  • Kemp Temporarily Suspends Georgia's Fuel Tax

    On Tuesday, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed an executive order to temporarily suspend the gas tax in Georgia in light of the Colonial Pipe Line cyber attack. The Governor also announced that Georgia is increasing the weight limits for truck transporting fuel, providing more supply for stations

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    Newsbreak | Kathy Hilt | 11 May 2021 | 11:53
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  • Johnson Presented Sweet Onion Award for May

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    Wilson Johnson (3rd from right) with his wife Lorrance, Vidalia Mayor Doug Rope, Mayor Pro Tem John Raymond Turner and Johnson' Church Family

    A man who devotes himself to the community and church with a heartfelt focus on the youth was recognized by Vidalia Mayor Doug Roper Monday night as this

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    Newsbreak | Kathy Hilt | 11 May 2021 | 09:10
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  • Area Police Blotter

    Vidalia Police Department reports the following arrests.

    Ramirez, Juan Carlos L - W/M - 36 YOA - 400 Green St Vidalia Ga Seatbelt Violation / No Drivers License

    Lord, Jordan A - W/M - 19 YOA - 233 Ga Hwy 298 Soperton Ga No Tag / Possession of Marijuana / No Insurance

    Rapp, Tyler Lewis - W/M - 33 YOA

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    Newsbreak | Jeff Raiford | 11 May 2021 | 08:50
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  • RTCA Crowns Pageant Winners

    RTCA PageantL-R: Front Row: Parks Glenn(Little Mister), Hadley Hobbs(Tiny Miss), Kennedy McIntyre(Little Miss) Back Row: Maecon Boatright(Teen Miss), Carleigh DeFee(Miss RTCA), Trent Smith(Mr. RTCA), Sailor Monroe(Junior Miss)

    Robert Toombs Christian Academy held its annual Mr. and Miss RTCA pageant Thursday, May 6th

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    Newsbreak | Jeff Raiford | 10 May 2021 | 08:13
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  • Vidalia Nutrition Department Named "Vision Program"

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    (L to R): Tina Wheeler (VHS), Sue Sullivan (JDD), Denise Parson (District Director), Juanita Monroe (JRT) and Teresa Pittman (SDM)

    The Vidalia City School System’s School Nutrition Department was recently commended by the Georgia Department of Agriculture for “excelling in meeting the 2020 Vision for

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    Newsbreak | Kathy Hilt | 07 May 2021 | 11:12
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  • Arrest Made in Johnson County Homicide Investigation

    (Johnson County, GA – May 7, 2021) - On Wednesday, May 5, 2021, the GBI secured arrest warrants for Daniel Payton Brinson, age 22, of Harrison, Washington County, Georgia for two counts of malice murder. The charges stem from the murders of Destiney Hope Kight and Charlie Jaylon Garrett. The

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    Newsbreak | Jeff Raiford | 07 May 2021 | 10:30
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Sportsbreak

  • VHS Weight Room Athletes of the Week

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    May 12--Emma Vinson is the VHS Chick- Fil- A Iron Indian of the Week & Antrevion Williams is the VHS Handy Andy Stud of the Week! They both showed effort, attitude, and leadership in the weight room!

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    Sportsbreak | Bob Roberts | 12 May 2021 | 09:10
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  • Indians Fall In Quarterfinals

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    May 12--The Lovett Lions beat the Vidalia Indians 8-7 in the rubber game of their three game series in the GHSA AA State Quarterfinals. Lovett will now move on to the Final Four.  The game was a nail biter with the Indians leaving the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning.  Both teams

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    Sportsbreak | Bob Roberts | 12 May 2021 | 09:01
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  • Indians Split With Lions & Host Game 3

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    May 11--The Vidalia Indians split a pair of games with the Lovett Lions in the third round of the state baseball playoffs on Monday at Greg James Field.  Vidalia won the first game 4-2 but dropped the night cap 1-0.  In game one Landry Mead picked up his 13th win of the season scattering 7 hits over

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    Sportsbreak | Bob Roberts | 11 May 2021 | 09:05
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  • VHA Eagles To Play For State Championship

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    The Vidalia Heritage Academy Varsity Baseball team is headed to the State Championship!!! The Eagles swept the Horizon Warriors Friday 3-2 and 12-0 in game two. This makes the Eagles 17-5 on the year! The Eagles will host the State Championship game next Friday. The Eagles will take on The

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    Sportsbreak | Bob Roberts | 10 May 2021 | 21:28
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  • Sports and Scores This Week (5-10-21)

    May 10---Here are the latest sports schedules and scores for the week.

    Monday, May 10

    Baseball: Vidalia 4, Lovett 2 Game 1

    Lovett 1, Vidalia 0 Game 2 (GHSA AA State Playoffs-Quarterfinals) 

    Tuesday, May 11

    Baseball: Blue Jays 5, Braves 3

    Lovett 8, Vidalia 7 Game 3 (GHSA AA State Playofffs

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    Sportsbreak | Bob Roberts | 10 May 2021 | 08:02
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  • Foskey Signs With Emmanuel College

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    May 7—Thursday at Treutlen High School Treutlen Viking senior Ben Foskey signed his letter of intent for a scholarship to wrestle for the Lions at Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, Ga.

    “I feel like I made the right choice to attend Emmanuel College, they have a beautiful campus and the coach

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    Sportsbreak | Bob Roberts | 07 May 2021 | 10:29
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  • BPC Bass Fishing Team Currently Ranked First in the State

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    The Brewton-Parker College (BPC) Baron’s Bass Fishing team (coed) continues to climb the ranks to one of the highest-ranked teams in the country. The BPC Bass Fishing team is currently ranked twelfth in the nation and number one in the state of Georgia. 

    Bass Fishing does not have divisions, so the

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    Sportsbreak | Jeff Raiford | 07 May 2021 | 08:30
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  • Indians Sweep Rebels Advance To Third Round

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    May 5--The Vidalia Indians baseball team beat Berrien County twice on Tuesday night to move on to the third round in the AA state playoffs. They will play the winner of the Elbert County and Lovett series.The site for Vidalia’s next series will be determined by the winner of that series.If Elbert

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    Sportsbreak | Bob Roberts | 05 May 2021 | 09:15
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  • RTCA Advances in State Playoffs

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    Robert Toombs Christian Academy hosted Windsor Academy for the first round of the GISA-AA State Playoffs on May 4, 2021. The Crusaders won game one with a shutout victory. Senior Rob Moore pitched six innings of one hit baseball while striking out nine batters to give the Crusaders the shutout

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    Sportsbreak | Bob Roberts | 05 May 2021 | 08:00
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Community Calendar

  • Showcasing Greater Vidalia Auction & Social

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    Community Event | Jeff Raiford | 12 May 2021 | 15:11
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  • Local High Schools Prepare for Graduation

    Below is a list of the area high schools and their scheduled graduation exercises.

     

    Toombs County High School – Saturday, May 15, 8:30 am at Booster Stadium

    Montgomery County High School– Friday, May 21, 8:00 pm at High School Gym

    Robert Toombs Christian Academy – Saturday, May 22, 8:00 am at

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    Community Event | Jeff Raiford | 10 May 2021 | 10:36
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  • Kindergarten Registration for JD Dickerson

    Kindergarten Registration 3

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    Community Event | Jeff Raiford | 05 May 2021 | 09:36
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  • VHS CTAE Officer Induction Ceremony

    Officer Induction Ceremony

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    Community Event | Jeff Raiford | 04 May 2021 | 15:20
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  • Anchor of Hope Golf Tournament

    Anchor of Hope Golf

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    Community Event | Jeff Raiford | 26 April 2021 | 08:39
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  • Area Blood Drives

    Below is a list of American Red Cross Blood drives around the area.  Please plan to give the gift of life if you can.  For more info and to register, go to www.redcrossblood.org.

    Hazlehurst

    5/11/2021: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Southside Baptist Church, 91 South Cromartie Street

    Glennville

    6/1/2021: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.,

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    Community Event | Jeff Raiford | 22 April 2021 | 07:17
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  • United Way Golf Tourney Set

    New Golf Flyer

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    Community Event | Kathy Hilt | 05 April 2021 | 14:16
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  • Montgomery County Kindergarten Registration

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    Community Event | Jeff Raiford | 29 March 2021 | 13:44
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  • Viking Golf Classic

    Treutlen Viking Golf Classic

     

    Saturday May 22nd – 8:30am

    Riverview Golf Course – Dublin, GA

    $200 per foursome – scramble format

    Goodie bags and door prizes

    Cash prizes for flight winners

    Lunch provided

     

    All proceeds benefit the Treutlen Viking Football Team

     

    For more information and to sign-up, contact

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    Community Event | Jeff Raiford | 17 March 2021 | 11:26
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VCC Retireees

(seated, L to R): Phyllis James, Sandy Seidling, Jan Barfield; (standing, L to R): Lori Harn, Gene Fountain, Tracey Lovelace, Chris Carroll, Wanda Nanney, Harriett Smiley and Sarah Montford. (Not pictured: Lexs Wright)

Eleven employees of the Vidalia City School System are retiring at the end of this school term, and between those educators, paraprofessional, transportation, lunchroom workers and Central Office Staff, they represent 297 years of service to the students and faculty of the local public school system.  Board of Education Chairman Tim Truxel called their leaving a “bitter-sweet moment” at Tuesday night’s Board meeting as each was recognized for their dedication.

Jan Barfield, a Spanish teacher at Vidalia High School, has been serving the most years with 46 years in the classroom. And now that she is making a transition into another phase of her life and says there’s nothing in life she’d rather to have done than teach.

“I love working with children,” she said. “Someone asked me recently knowing what I know now if there was anything I would change or do instead of teach and there isn’t it. I love what I’ve done, and I hate leaving, but it’s time. I’ve got a lot to do! I won’t be bored!”

By that she means traveling, socializing with friends and family, and other course, spending time with her grandchildren.

Also retiring from the system are J.D. Dickerson Primary School: Sarah Montford (35 years), Lori Harn (32 years), Harriett Smiley (20 years) and Lexs Wright (18 years); J.R. Trippe Middle School: Tracey Lovelace (29 years), and Wanda Nanney (12 years); Vidalia High School: Phyllis James (41 years) and Chris Carroll (31 years); Transportation: Gene Fountain (10 years); and Central Office: Sandy Seidling (23 years).

ATLANTA – Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John F. King today urged Georgians to not stockpile gasoline and to practice safe gasoline filling and storing measures.

“In response to the recent cyber attack against the Colonial Pipeline, there have been numerous reports of Georgians stockpiling gasoline and using unsafe storage methods,” said Commissioner King. “However, the current situation with the pipeline is only temporary, and these types of actions actually contribute to additional gasoline shortages and put Georgians at unnecessary risk.”

Commissioner King offered the following safety guidelines for the use and storage of gasoline:

  • It is not safe to stockpile gasoline. Storage of a large amount of flammable liquid can be dangerous, particularly in a residence with children. 
  • Use only OSHA or DOT approved containers for gasoline storage. Using makeshift storage options, such as plastic bags, is extremely dangerous.
  • Place the container on the ground while filling and keep the nozzle inside the container to avoid generating static electricity.
  • Do not use cigarettes or cell phones/other electronics while pumping gasoline.
  • Store gasoline containers in the trunk of your car or bed of your truck while transporting them and make sure they are secured so as not to tip over.

No one under 16 years old should pump gasoline.

On Tuesday, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed an executive order to temporarily suspend the gas tax in Georgia in light of the Colonial Pipe Line cyber attack. The Governor also announced that Georgia is increasing the weight limits for truck transporting fuel, providing more supply for stations as they receive deliveries. The order further prohibits price gouging by bad actors looking to exploit the situation.

“My office has been in close contact with company and industry officials since we first learned of the Colonial cyber attack over the weekend,” said Governor Kemp. “Unfortunately, extensive media coverage has caused people to panic which has resulted in higher gas prices. We are taking action to relieve some of the cost burden from Georgians as Colonial recovers by suspending fuel taxes, increasing the weight limit for supply trucks, and prohibiting price gouging.

“We expect these measures to be temporary as Colonial plans to be fully up and running later this week,” he continued. “There is no need to rush to the gas station to fill up every tank you have and hoard gas. With the measures we have taken today, I am hopeful we can get more supply to stations and get through to this weekend when we hope Colonial will return to normal.”

Leitha

Everyone is familiar with the Red Cross Blood Drives and that donations saves lives, but did you know there’s another area of the Red Cross that also needs your help? Leitha Barfield is the new Community Volunteer Leader and as a volunteer herself, reminds the community that the Red Cross is also there in times of emergencies, disasters, coordinating with the Armed Forces and more. But to do that, more volunteers are needed.

“I work together with a Supervisor to meeting the needs of the community in cases of disaster such as fires, hurricanes and other natural disasters,” Barfield said. “I also work with the local governments to get them involved in the Red Cross.”

Other initiatives she’s involved in through the organization is finding compatible blood donors for transfusions for patients diagnosed with Sickle Cell Anemia. “There’s just not that many genetically-compatible donors,” she added.

She is also coordinating with high schools and the technical college to recruit volunteers from their student bodies, noting, “That would surely good great on future resumes!”

If you need help from the Red Cross or would like to volunteer contact Leitha by searching her name, Leitha Barfield, on the American Red Cross website (www.redcross.org).

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Wilson Johnson (3rd from right) with his wife Lorrance, Vidalia Mayor Doug Rope, Mayor Pro Tem John Raymond Turner and Johnson' Church Family

A man who devotes himself to the community and church with a heartfelt focus on the youth was recognized by Vidalia Mayor Doug Roper Monday night as this month’s recipient of the Sweet Onion Award.

Wilson Johnson is the founder of Community Project Hope which is a program that reaches out to young men who have had minor brushes with the law and attempts to turn them around. This is just one example of what this community-minded man does each day.

Mayor Roper said there was “a long laundry list” of reasons why Johnson was selected for the monthly award and noted that the community is appreciative of his service.

In receiving the award, Johnson said he wanted to thank God, his church family, as well as his longtime friend and now Mayor Pro Tem John Raymond Turner. He concluded to expressly show appreciation to his wife of 36 years, Lorrance.

“We support each other in everything we do,” Lorrance said. Wilson quickly interjected, “I thank God for giving me a wife who lets me do what God has called me to do. I am a blessed man!”

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Obituaries

  • Mr. Alton Russell Tanner, Oglethorpe Community

    TannerRussellPIC Mr. Alton Russell Tanner, better known as “Russell” age 82, of the Oglethorpe Community of Soperton, GA, passed away on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at the Treutlen County Health and Rehabilitation Center in Soperton. He was a native and lifelong resident of Emanuel County, Georgia.  He was preceded in...
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    Obituary | Jeff Raiford | 12 May 2021 | 15:07
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  • Mr. Tommy Gordon, Alston

    Mr. Tommy Gordon, age 75, of Alston, died Monday, May 10, 2021, at the Community Hospice House in Vidalia after a brief illness.  He was a native of Uvalda, living in Alston most of his life, and was a 1963 graduate of Montgomery County High School.  He retired from Georgia Power after thirty-two...
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    Obituary | Jeff Raiford | 11 May 2021 | 06:43
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  • Mrs. Violet Williams Escoe, Vidalia

    Violet Escoe1 Mrs. Violet Williams Escoe, age 63 of Vidalia, passed away on Saturday, May 8, 2021 at The Oaks, Vidalia. Mrs. Escoe was born on December 19, 1957 in Bradenton, Florida to Thomas and Catherine Williams. She was a homemaker for most of her life and had lived most of her life in Lyons, GA. She was preceded...
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    Obituary | Jeff Raiford | 10 May 2021 | 13:26
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  • Mary Ann Green Kavakos

    Kavakos Mary Though born in Andalusia, Alabama, Mary Ann was raised in Vidalia, Georgia. She graduated from Vidalia High School in 1943 and was one of the last two living members of her class. On October 7, 1945, she married Ted R. Kavakos and, after a year in New Jersey where Teddy served in the Navy, the...
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    Obituary | Jeff Raiford | 05 May 2021 | 15:31
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  • Mr. Glendel Ray Cheek, Glenwood

    Cheek Glendel Mr. Glendel Ray Cheek, age 80 of Glenwood, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, May 3, 2021 at Memorial Health in Savannah. Mr. Cheek was born on August 22, 1940 in Smithville, Mississippi to the late Glen and Mamie Towery Cheek. He was a retired correctional officer and was a U. S. Army...
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    Obituary | Jeff Raiford | 05 May 2021 | 14:52
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  • Mr. William Randall Nobles Sr., Soperton

    Mr. William Randall Nobles Sr. age 68 of Soperton, passed away on Tuesday evening, May 4, 2021 at Memorial Hospital in Savannah. Born in Savannah, he was the eldest of three children born to the late William Leonard and Annie Pearl Williamson Nobles.  Randall grew up in Savannah and Vidalia; from where...
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    Obituary | Jeff Raiford | 05 May 2021 | 14:43
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  • Mrs. Sherry M. Beasley, Claxton

    Mrs. Sherry M. Beasley, age 65 of Claxton, passed away on Tuesday, April 28, 2021 at Memorial Health – Savannah. She was born on July 5, 1955 in Swainsboro, GA to the late Bell Courson and Joe Brady. She was a homemaker and spent her time taking care of the family through many generations as well...
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    Obituary | Jeff Raiford | 30 April 2021 | 09:12
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  • Mr. Jose Arturo Nunez Arzola, Vidalia

    Mr. Jose Arturo Nunez Arzola, age 58 of Vidalia, passed away on Sunday, April 25, 2021 at Savannah Memorial Hospital. He was born on May 5, 1962 in La Tinaja Allende Guanajuato, Mexico to the late Pablo Nunez Trejo and Natalia Arzola Mendoza. He was the owner of Nunez Pine Straw. He was preceded...
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    Obituary | Jeff Raiford | 30 April 2021 | 09:11
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  • Mr. Edwin “Fido” Keith Farrow, Lake City, Florida

    Mr. Edwin “Fido” Keith Farrow, age 43 of Lake City, Florida, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, April 15, 2021 at his residence. He was born on June 9, 1977 in Bartow, Florida to Eddie Farrow and Betty Johnson. He was a truck driver by trade. Mr. Farrow is survived by his girlfriend, Penny...
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    Obituary | Jeff Raiford | 30 April 2021 | 09:10
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Church Calendar

  • 2021 05-23 Church Anniversary in Vidalia

    May 23--First African Missionary Baptist Church, 206 Martin Luther King Jr Avenue in Vidalia, would like you to help Celebrate their 130th Church Anniversary, May 23rd at 10:00 with the speaker Pastor Dr. Carl Wardlaw Jr. Dinner after. Masks and social distancing required. Temperature taken.
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    Church Event | Jim Perry | 13 May 2021 | 13:01
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  • 2021 05-17 Spring Revival at Better Together

    2021 0510 church event ed May 17-19--Better Together Christian Community Church, 202 West Church Street in Mt. Vernon, invites you to "A Spiritual Reawakening" Spring Revival, May 17th at 7:30 each night with guest speaker Rev. Arthur Gordon. Pastor Craig B. Snead.
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    Church Event | Jim Perry | 10 May 2021 | 08:10
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  • 2021 06-12 Fun Day in Vidalia

    Word and Worship   June 12--Becoming One Outreach Ministries invites you to a Community Outpouring Fun Day, Saturday June 12st from 11:00 and 1:00 at J.D. Dickerson Primary School Parking Lot on Highway 292. Free games, lunch & music! Plus 2 bikes and gift cards to be given away! Pastors Troy & Carmela Williams.
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    Church Event | Jim Perry | 07 May 2021 | 06:15
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  • 2021-05-30 The Hoppers at East Gordon Street

    The Hoppers!   May 30--East Gordon Street Baptist Church would like you to come enjoy "The Hoppers" in Concert, May 30th at 5:00. Doors open at 4:00. A love offering will be taken. THEHOPPERS.COM
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    Church Event | Jim Perry | 14 April 2021 | 12:22
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  • CHURCH NEWS IN 2021

    LET US GET YOUR MESSAGE TO THE PUBLIC WITH CHURCH NEWS!    Your Church Speaks   Thank you for using Church News on WVOP 970 AM and 105.3 FM, and southeastgeorgiatoday.com. Submit your church events to us at least 2 weeks ahead of time for 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.   Email jperry @ vidaliacommunications.comFax 537-4477
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    Church Event | Jim Perry | 09 December 2020 | 12:30
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