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  • Boston Sworn into STC Board of Directors

    Boston Sworn

    Brandon Boston was sworn in at the Southeastern Technical College (STC) Board of Director's September meeting on Thursday in Swainsboro by Emanuel County Probate Judge Don Wilkes (former chair of the board).

    Boston joins the board to represent Toombs County. He currently serves as J.D. Dickerson

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    Newsbreak | Jeff Raiford | 26 September 2022 | 18:37
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  • Area Police Blotter

    Vidalia Police Department reports the following arrests.

    Lane, Bradley – Vidalia – Possession of marijuana/possession of controlled substance/aggravated battery/criminal trespass

    Johnson, Randolph Jr. – Lyons – Warrant served forgery 2 counts

    Toombs County Sheriff’s Office reports the following

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  • Johnson Honored With Retirement Celebration

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    (L to R): Middle Judicial Circuit District Attorney Tripp Fitzner; Wilson Johnson; and former Middle Judicial Circuit District Attorney Hayward Altmah

    Wilson Johnson truly wants to make a difference in the lives of young people, and Thursday night, his efforts were honored at a retirement

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    Newsbreak | Kathy Hilt | 26 September 2022 | 15:19
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  • Nobles Earns Lyons Citizen of the Year Recognition

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    Lyons Mayor Willis NeSmith presented Lucretia Nobles, 2022 Lyons Citizen of the Year, with a Key to the City.

    Lucretia Nobles may be retired from the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service, but she is far from being retired from service to her community and Thursday night, her

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    Newsbreak | Kathy Hilt | 23 September 2022 | 14:59
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  • Sample Ballots Now Ready

    If you are a registered voter in the State of Georgia, you can view the upcoming election ballot for your county on the Georgia Secretary of State’s website.

    Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger issued a press release Thursday afternoon announcing the voters in all 159 Georgia counties can see a sample

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    Newsbreak | Kathy Hilt | 23 September 2022 | 11:46
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  • RTCA Students of the Month

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    RTCA’S Lower School Student of the Month for August is kindergartner Paisley Coursey. She has a younger sister, Nettaley who is in K4 at RTCA, and a younger brother, Austin. Paisley was selected by faculty because she is always cheerful and encourages others to play with her group. She is helpful in

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    Newsbreak | Jeff Raiford | 23 September 2022 | 08:53
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  • Altamaha Bank and Trust donates to Local Organizations for National Recovery Month

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    Altamaha Bank has made an overall donation of $20,000 to The Dream Center and Forge Recovery of Vidalia, The Hope House of Uvalda, and Outback Serenity Center of Hazlehurst in recognition of National Recovery Month. Altamaha Bank and Trust President and CEO, Brent Sammons, states, "So many of our

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    Newsbreak | Jeff Raiford | 22 September 2022 | 16:47
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  • One Dead and Three Others Shot in Swainsboro

    The Swainsboro Police Department and Emanuel County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the death of one man and the wounding of three others because of gunshots. Officers responded to the call of shots fired at approximately 6:00 Monday night. Upon arrival, they found 19-year-old Eric Foreman of

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    Newsbreak | Kathy Hilt | 21 September 2022 | 14:39
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  • VPD, GBI Investigating Tuesday Shooting

    Vidalia Police and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are working a case involving a shooting of a man Tuesday afternoon. Chief James Jermon reports that officers responded to 211 West Pine Street around 2:30 where they found Eric Turner so injured that an ambulance took him directly to Air Evac

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    Newsbreak | Kathy Hilt | 21 September 2022 | 14:38
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Sportsbreak

  • Women’s Wrestling Adds Lauren Louive to Coaching Staff

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    MOUNT VERNON, Ga. – Director of Wrestling and Head Women’s Wrestling Coach, Devane Dodgens has announced the addition of Lauren Louive to the Lady Barons’ Coach Staff for the 2022-23 season.

    Louive comes to Mount Vernon from Colorado Springs, Colorado as an elite senior-level wrestler. She is

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    Sportsbreak | Bob Roberts | 27 September 2022 | 08:31
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  • Men’s Wrestling Adds Brandon Warren to Coaching Staff

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    MOUNT VERNON, Ga. – Director of Wrestling Devane Dodgens has announced the addition of Brandon Warren to the Barons’ Coach Staff for the 2022-23 season.

    Warren comes to Brewton-Parker after previously serving as an Assistant Coach at Mount Zion High School in Jonesboro, Georgia.

    “I am extremely

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    Sportsbreak | Bob Roberts | 27 September 2022 | 08:28
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  • GEORGIA TECH ANNOUNCES LEADERSHIP CHANGES IN ATHLETICS

    (Atlanta, Georgia, September 26, 2022) Today, Georgia Tech announced leadership changes within Athletics. Todd Stansbury, athletics director, and Geoff Collins, head football coach, will both leave their roles effective immediately. 

    Collins, a metro Atlanta native, was named the 20th head coach in

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    Sportsbreak | Jeff Raiford | 26 September 2022 | 14:58
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  • Indians Drub Knights!

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    Antonio Barron rushed for two touchdowns and caught a touchdown pass from Jackson Berry as the Vidalia Indians rolled over the Windsor Forest Knights 36-14 Friday night at Buck Cravey Field, in the Region opener for both teams. The win moved the Indians to 5-0 on the year and 1-0 in Region 3AA

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    Sportsbreak | Bob Roberts | 26 September 2022 | 14:50
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  • Indians Gain Ground in Jones County

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    (Freshman Cash Driggers)

    The Indians and Lady Indians returned to competition Saturday in Jones County with cooler temperatures and numerous personal best performances.  Coming off the Bulldog Invitational with 98 degree temperatures, we were a little uncertain as to how the athletes would run, but

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    Sportsbreak | Bob Roberts | 26 September 2022 | 10:07
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  • Bulldog Competition Cheer Team Takes First Place at First Competition of the Year

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    Lyons, GA. – September 25, 2022 | Coach Tilly Christian

    The Toombs County Competition Cheer Team competed in their first competition of the 2022 season at the Blueberry Cheer Classic at Bacon County High School on Saturday and the Co-Ed team took first place!

    Next up is the Sweet Onion Classic at

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    Sportsbreak | Bob Roberts | 26 September 2022 | 10:01
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  • Sports & Scores This Week (9-26-22)

    September 26-- Here are the latest sports schedules and scores for the week.

    Monday, September 26

    Baseball: Braves 8, Nationals 0

    Volleyball: Liberty County at Vidalia 5:00pm & South Effingham at Vidalia 6:00pm & New Hampstead at Vidalia 7:00pm 

    Tuesday, September 27

    Softball: Vidalia at Pierce

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    Sportsbreak | Bob Roberts | 26 September 2022 | 08:23
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  • VHS Cross Country Runs Well at Bulldog Invitational

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    (L-R): Georgia Meredith, Anna Dopson, A'miracle Jinks, J'Miya Hunt and Aleah Ajohda

    9 26 22 VHS CC Boys 1

    (L-R): Andrew Hodges, Seth MacGregor, Jude Owen and Cash Driggers

    The Indians brought home two champions at the Bulldog Invitational Thursday, in Lyons.  With extreme heat, Georgia Meredith and Seth MacGregor both

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    Sportsbreak | Bob Roberts | 25 September 2022 | 09:47
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  • Bulldogs Hang On In Region Opener and Defeat Tattnall County 31-29 on Homecoming

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    Lyons, GA – September 24, 2022 | Matt Lynn

    FOR PICTURES FROM THE ACTION, CLICK HERE

    On Friday night, Toombs County hosted the Battle Creek Warriors of Tattnall County at Jacky Jones Field at Booster Stadium. This homecoming game went from a defensive battle in the first half to a shootout in the

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    Sportsbreak | Bob Roberts | 25 September 2022 | 09:36
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Community Calendar

Boston Sworn

Brandon Boston was sworn in at the Southeastern Technical College (STC) Board of Director's September meeting on Thursday in Swainsboro by Emanuel County Probate Judge Don Wilkes (former chair of the board).

Boston joins the board to represent Toombs County. He currently serves as J.D. Dickerson Primary School Principal for Vidalia City School System. He brings experience from both Northwest Laurens Elementary School as a fourth-grade teacher and Toombs County School System as Lyons Primary School Assistant Principal.

Boston has a B.A. in Early Childhood Education from Georgia Southern University, a M.Ed. in School Psychology from Georgia Southern University, and an Ed.S. in Educational Leadership from Georgia Southern University. He and his family live in Lyons.

Board members may serve up to three three-year terms.

Vidalia Police Department reports the following arrests.

Lane, Bradley – Vidalia – Possession of marijuana/possession of controlled substance/aggravated battery/criminal trespass

Johnson, Randolph Jr. – Lyons – Warrant served forgery 2 counts

Toombs County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests.

None to report

Lyons Police Department reports the following arrests.

Harden, Joseph – Lyons – Provation violation-felony 2

Heckel, Duane – Uvalda – Terroristic threats/intimidation/acts

Hunt, James III – Lyons – Possession of marijuana less than ounce, possession of firearms by conv felons and FOProbationers

Spillers, Hunter – Uvalda – Cruelty to children-3rd degree, simple battery FVA, exploitation and intimidation of disabled adults, elder persons, and residents; obstruction of investigation

Willis, Charles, Jr. – Vidalia – No insurance, registration and license of motor vehicles; exceptions, driving while unlicensed, failure to appear

Montgomery County Sheriff ‘s Office reports the following arrests.

09/16-Kacey Phillip Emerson, Glenwood, Possession of Methamphetamine

09/16-Jaci Emerson, Mount Vernon, Possession of Methamphetamine

09/19-Jarvis Otto Taylor, Jr., Mount Vernon, Cruelty to Animals

09/20-Willie James Rogers, Jacksonville, FL, Murder, Possession of Firearm During Commission of Crime, Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felon

09/20-Michael Dillan Lowther, Mount Vernon, Misdemeanor Probation Violation

09/21-Patrick Cornelius Hunt, Jr., Mount Vernon, Armed Robbery

09/22-Chad Edward Coleman, Jr., Mount Vernon, Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute

09/23-James Vincent Beecher, Uvalda, Criminal Trespass, Felony Probation Violation

09/23-Casie King, Glenwood, Simple Battery, Contributing to the Unruliness of a Minor

Lucretia and Willis

Lyons Mayor Willis NeSmith presented Lucretia Nobles, 2022 Lyons Citizen of the Year, with a Key to the City.

Lucretia Nobles may be retired from the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service, but she is far from being retired from service to her community and Thursday night, her volunteerism with the Lyons Blood Drives, her work with the Lyons Lions Club and so many more endeavors rightfully earned her recognition as the 2022 Lyons Citizen of the Year.

Tommy Rollins, the 2021 Lyons Citizen of the Year, made the introduction.

“The is one of those who contributions over the years have enhanced the lives of their fellow citizens and made the Lyons community a better place to live,” Rollins said. “To say our honoree is involved in the Lyons community would be an understatement. It is hard to think of our community without her presence. She has a passion for Blood Drives and has coordinated eighty-three drives in 14 years as a co-chair. Her passion for the community begins with her family and her faith.”

Lucretia Nobles and her husband Darriel are only the second husband and wife team to have both earned recognition as a Citizen of the Year in Lyons. The other couple were the late Dess Gray in 1973, and his Wife the late Amelia Gray in 1975.

Nobles graciously and humbly accepted the honor, saying, “I want to thank the City of Lyons and whomever nominated me because I have no idea who that was. When I came to Lyons, I was young; I had dark hair, and I was slim, and I was not married. But the people of Lyons took me in and made me who I am today.”

The 2022 Citizen of the Year vowed that she would not stop her work in the community as long as God blesses her with the health to do so.

“I love the Blood Drives, I love The Mercy Medical Clinic and many, many more. I will continue to do that,” she concluded.

In addition to mementoes presented to her as the 2022 Citizen of the Year, she also symbolically received a Key to the City from Mayor Willis NeSmith.

The Lyons Lions Club hosts the Lyons Citizen of the Year.

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(L to R): Middle Judicial Circuit District Attorney Tripp Fitzner; Wilson Johnson; and former Middle Judicial Circuit District Attorney Hayward Altmah

Wilson Johnson truly wants to make a difference in the lives of young people, and Thursday night, his efforts were honored at a retirement celebration.

“I am humbled,” he said after the dinner. “It truly means a lot to me to see all these people come out. I am touched that so many people support the work I do.”

Johnson has worn many hats in the community, but perhaps the one most special to him is an organization he began to help deter youth from incarceration called Community Project Hope.

“When I lived in Miami all those years ago, there was a lady who did a similar program and I worked with her,” Johnson said. “I knew God was making it my calling. When I came back here to Vidalia, I was seeing some of the same things here that were happening there.”

Johnson approached Superior Court Judges Kathy Palmer and Bobby Reeves about his idea, and the Judges agreed to help and support him in his mission.

“I’m not a judge or a lawyer, but if anyone wants help, I will help,” he said.

Johnson doesn’t just work with the courts to keep young people out of jail. There are rules that must be followed including attending church, continuing their education, remain out of trouble and other actions to correct negative behavior.

Community Project Hope has proven successful many times, but Johnson doesn’t ask for any accolades.

“I don’t do this for any praise,” he concluded. “I just want to do the work God has called me to do.”

If you are a registered voter in the State of Georgia, you can view the upcoming election ballot for your county on the Georgia Secretary of State’s website.

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger issued a press release Thursday afternoon announcing the voters in all 159 Georgia counties can see a sample ballot specifically for their voting area.

Accessing the ballots is a simple process. Just go to sos.ga.gov, click on the “Elections” tab at the top, and then click on My Voter Page. You will then need to submit your current voting information and select the county in which you vote.  Your voting status will appear and then just click on the “View Sample Ballot” bar.

You can only access information pertinent to the county in which you reside or legally registered to vote. The sample ballots do include state and local offices, as well as any amendments to be decided by the voters.

While the sample ballots on the Secretary of State’s website are intended to prepare voters for the election and speed up the voting process at the polls, the sample ballots are NOT acceptable as official ballots for the election and should not be returned to the county election offices in lieu of voting or as absentee ballots. They for informational and preparational purposes only.

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Obituaries

  • Ricky Dean Peebles, Rackettown Community

    Ricky Dean Peebles Ricky Dean Peebles, age 61, of Rackettown Community, died Monday, September 26, 2022, at Memorial Health Meadows Hospital in Vidalia after a brief illness.  He was a lifelong resident of Rackettown Community.  He worked for Air Supply as a truck driver and also with SD Sales for twenty years.  He was...
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    Obituary | Jeff Raiford | 26 September 2022 | 18:33
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  • Mrs. Evelyn Nesbit Chance Gay, Vidalia

    Evelyn Nesbitt Gay Mrs. Evelyn Nesbit Chance Gay, age 91, of Vidalia, died Sunday, September 25, 2022, at Meadows Park Health and Rehabilitation.  Mrs. Gay was born on November 9, 1930, at her home in Perkins, Georgia near Millen.  She was a member of Dry Branch Baptist Church and a 1947 graduate of Millen High...
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    Obituary | Jeff Raiford | 26 September 2022 | 15:46
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  • Mr. Clarence Linton, Jr., Columbus

    Clarence Linton Mr. Clarence Linton, Jr., age 93, of Columbus, Georgia, died Monday, September 5, 2022, in Cartersville Nursing and Rehabilitation after an extended illness.  He was a native of Savannah, and in his early life joined the Merchant Marines where he served from 1945 to 1952.  Soon after, he joined the...
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    Obituary | Jeff Raiford | 26 September 2022 | 13:05
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  • Mrs. Shirley Nell Robitzsch Wilson, Adrian

    WilsonShirleyPIC Mrs. Shirley Nell Robitzsch Wilson, age 80, beloved wife of Grayson Wilson of Adrian passed away, as the sun began to set, early Friday evening, September 23, 2022 at their home. Born in Allenhurst, Georgia, she was one of four children born to the late Ovid Henderson Robitzsch and Juanita Nell...
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    Obituary | Jeff Raiford | 26 September 2022 | 13:04
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  • Joyce Hart Tyson, Vidalia

    Joyce Tyson Joyce Hart Tyson, age 75, of Vidalia, died Wednesday, September 21, 2022, at Community Hospice House in Vidalia after an extended illness.  She was a native of the Johnson Corner Community and a 1965 graduate of Toombs Central School.  She moved to Montgomery County in 1972 and was owner/operator of The Sandwich...
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    Obituary | Jeff Raiford | 22 September 2022 | 15:08
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  • Mr. Norman Stone Williamson, Lyons

    Norman Williamson Mr. Norman Stone Williamson, age 68, of Lyons, died Sunday, September 18, 2022, at Community Hospice House in Vidalia after a brief illness.  He was a native of Lyons, having lived there most of his adult life. He served twenty-four years in the United States Army and was a mechanic at Chicken of the...
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    Obituary | Jeff Raiford | 21 September 2022 | 06:50
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  • Gloria Faye Mize, Lyons

    Gloria Mize Gloria Faye Mize, 57, died on the morning of Saturday, September 17, 2022, at her home in Lyons, Georgia, surrounded by her family. Gloria was a long-time resident of Lyons and active in the community and her profession.  She was born in Vidalia, Georgia, grew up in Lyons, Georgia, and graduated from...
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    Obituary | Jeff Raiford | 20 September 2022 | 15:35
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  • Mr. Jerry Rustin, Vidalia

    Mr. Jerry Rustin, age 64, of Vidalia, died Monday, September 19, 2022, at his home after a brief illness.  He was a native of Vidalia and worked in the commercial refrigeration industry for over twenty years.  He served in the United States Army for three years.  He enjoyed fishing and NASCAR.  He is...
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    Obituary | Jeff Raiford | 20 September 2022 | 14:23
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  • Mrs. Helen Dixon, Vidalia

    Helen Dixon Mrs. Helen Dixon, age 78, of Vidalia, died Monday, September 19, 2022, at Community Hospice House in Vidalia after a brief illness.  She was a native of Blackshear and was a 1962 graduate of Blackshear High School.  She lived in Baxley for several years before moving to Toombs County in 1986.  She...
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    Obituary | Jeff Raiford | 20 September 2022 | 08:42
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Church Calendar

  • October 8--Indoor Church Yard Sale

    Church Yard Sale October 8--Lyons Holiness Church, Skyline Blvd, invites you to come browse their Indoor Yard Sale at the church, October 8th from 7:00 to 12:00.
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    Church Event | Jim Perry | 26 September 2022 | 12:12
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  • September 25-29--Revival in Vidalia

    September 26-29--South Thompson Baptist Church, 225 South Thompson Road in Vidalia, invites you to Revival led by Brian Fowler, Monday September 26th through Thursday September 29th at 7:00.
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    Church Event | Jim Perry | 01 September 2022 | 18:19
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  • October 8-10--VHS Class of 1975 Reunion in Vidalia

    October 8-10--First African Baptist Church in Vidalia announces the Vidalia High School Class of 1975 Reunion, October 8th through October 10th at 6:00 at Hawk's Golf Club, 1801 Loop Road in Vidalia.
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    Church Event | Jim Perry | 06 April 2022 | 09:44
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    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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    Church Event | Jim Perry | 03 November 2021 | 12:30
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