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  • Montgomery County Sheriff's Office Makes Arrests

    Sheriff Maybin Reports:  On July 22, 2021, The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and the Oconee Drug Task Force recovered a large amount of methamphetamine and cocaine from a traffic stop in Mount Vernon. Those arrested in connection with the traffic stop are Brian Andrell Miller (Soperton),

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    Newsbreak | Jeff Raiford | 26 July 2021 | 16:37
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  • Help Available for Senior Citizens

    If you are age 60 or disabled, there may be resources at your disposal that you aren’t aware exists for your benefit.

    The Heart of Georgia Altamaha Regional Commission serves a 17 county-area and has Toombs County representation on their board by Vidalia Mayor Protem John Raymond Turner and Toombs

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    Newsbreak | Kathy Hilt | 26 July 2021 | 09:08
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  • Area Police Blotter

    Vidalia Police Department reports the following arrests.

    Kelly, Dennis - B/M - 57 YOA - 901 Fifth Ave Vidalia Ga Warrant Served (Vidalia)

    Kelley, Eugene P - B/M - 35 YOA - 713 Stuart St Vidalia, Ga Theft of Lost or Mislaid Property / Criminal Trespassing

    Pineda, Mary Ann - W/F - 47 YOA - 930

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    Newsbreak | Jeff Raiford | 23 July 2021 | 08:32
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  • VHA Marching Eagles Take to the Gridiron

    VHA Band

    For the first time in the history of the school, Vidalia Heritage Academy will be fielding a band this coming football season.

    Chester Proctor was recently hired as the Dean of Student Affairs and Band Director and late Thursday afternoon, the percussionists were practicing a cadence on the field.

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    Newsbreak | Kathy Hilt | 23 July 2021 | 00:00
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  • Vidalia City Schools Earn State Recognition

    The Georgia Department of Education has awarded the Vidalia City School System with the title of 2020-21 Reward Schools – (the Title I schools making the most progress in improving student performance.)

     J.D. Dickerson Primary School was listed as one of only 157 schools in 77 school districts

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    Newsbreak | Kathy Hilt | 22 July 2021 | 12:35
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  • Area Residents Indicted in Major Drug Trafficking Operation

    Eight area individuals have been charged in a Laurens County methamphetamine-trafficking indictment that was unsealed last week by the United States Department of Justice, Southern District of Georgia. The eight were among a total of 30 defendants charged, in a 56-count indictment.

    Those charged

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    Newsbreak | Kathy Hilt | 22 July 2021 | 00:00
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  • New Hospital CEO Now on the Job

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    Memorial Health Meadows Hospital’s new CEO Matthew Hasbrouck has begun his new job and is already pathing his priorities and it’s all about people.

    “People come first for me,” Hasbrouck said. “The hospital is impressive, and I want to make sure that I take my time getting to know the staff, giving

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    Newsbreak | Kathy Hilt | 21 July 2021 | 09:13
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  • Vidalia City Schools Receives Award

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    For the 6th straight year, The Vidalia City School System has been awarded the Award of Distinction for Excellent Financial Reporting by the Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts. This award was established to recognize excellence in financial

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    Newsbreak | Kathy Hilt | 20 July 2021 | 18:07
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  • Emanuel County Woman Sentenced for Fraud

    An Emanuel County woman has been sentenced in federal court for creating a fake business and using it to receive funding from a federal COVID-19 small business relief program.

    Tracy Kirkland was sentenced last week to 33 months in prison by U.S. District Court Chief Judge J. Randal Hal. She was also

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    Newsbreak | Kathy Hilt | 20 July 2021 | 00:00
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Sportsbreak

  • Hall Headed To Truett-McConnell University

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    July 26—Last Thursday morning at Vidalia High School Myesha Hall signed a letter of intent for a scholarship to run track for the Lady Bears and attend Truett-McConnell University in Cleveland, Ga. Myesha had an outstanding career at VHS, she was a member of the 2018 AA State Championship team as a freshman,

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    Sportsbreak | Bob Roberts | 26 July 2021 | 08:56
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  • Sports and Scores This Week (7-26-21)

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

    Monday, July 26

    Baseball: Braves 2, Mets 0 (Game 1) & Mets 1, Braves 0 (Game 2) 

    Tuesday, July 27

    Baseball: Braves at Mets 7:10pm (WYUM, 1017 FM, Sweet Onion Country)

    Wednesday, July 28

    Baseball: Braves at Mets 7:10pm (WYUM, 1017

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    Sportsbreak | Bob Roberts | 25 July 2021 | 20:07
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  • Lady Indians Softball Team Working Hard This Summer

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    July 21—The VHS Lady Indians Softball team is busy preparing for the upcoming season playing summer games all around the state. Over the last two weeks the Lady Indians went undefeated against Islands High School of Savannah, Wheeler County, Veterans of Warner Robins, Long County, Strong Rock and

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    Sportsbreak | Bob Roberts | 21 July 2021 | 13:42
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  • Bass Fishing Program Ranked 17th in ACA Preseason Poll

    The Brewton-Parker College bass fishing program was tabbed as the No. 17-ranked program in the nation according to the latest Association of Collegiate Anglers Preseason Poll, the ACA announced on Tuesday.

    The poll is comprised of votes from top coaches, schools, media personnel, and fishing

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    Sportsbreak | Jeff Raiford | 21 July 2021 | 08:29
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  • Vidalia Swim Team Competes at State

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    7 20 21 VRD Swim

    The Vidalia Recreation Department Swim Team had a great showing at the GRPA B State Swim Meet in Fort Oglethorpe on July 16 and 17.  Fourteen swimmers competed in the meet with numerous swimmers making it to the finals and bringing home awards.  This year, the team also had several state champions.  Lake

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    Sportsbreak | Bob Roberts | 20 July 2021 | 09:06
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  • 16th Annual Paul Anderson Youth Home Bike Ride to be Held in Paul Anderson’s Hometown

    Paul Anderson Youth Home, a fully accredited and licensed home offering a second chance to young men in crisis, begins its 60th-anniversary celebration this year with its 16th annual Bike Ride. Over the course of five days, July 19–23, five residents of the home will travel a total of more than
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    Sportsbreak | Bob Roberts | 19 July 2021 | 08:12
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  • Sports and Scores This Week (7-19-21)

    July 19---Here are the latest sports schedules and scores for the week.

    Monday, July 19

    Baseball: Padres at Braves 7:20pm (Postponed Until Wednesday)

    Tuesday, July 20

    Baseball: Braves 2, Padres 1 

    Wednesday, July 21

    Baseball: Padres 3, Braves 2 (Game 1) & Padres 5, Braves 4 Susp/5 (Game 2)

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    Sportsbreak | Bob Roberts | 18 July 2021 | 21:10
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  • BPC Softball Continues Partnership with Canada Futures Softball Tour

    MOUNT VERNON — Brewton-Parker head softball coach Madison Herrin has announced that the softball program will continue to partner with Canada Futures Softball Tour for the 2021-22 season.

    Brewton-Parker is excited to welcome the Futures back to Mount Vernon in October.

    The Canada Futures is an

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    Sportsbreak | Bob Roberts | 16 July 2021 | 15:02
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  • MOCO Eagles Wrestling

    July 15--The Montgomery County Eagles are ranked 15th in the preseason wrestling rankings in Class A.

    Eagle Wrestlers that are ranked preseason in their weight class:.
    120- Dreshun Patterson 13th
    138- Brandon Denmark 4th
    145- Rome Thornton 6th
    182- Jacob Carpenter 3rd
    195- Ethan Price 13th
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    Sportsbreak | Bob Roberts | 15 July 2021 | 08:38
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Community Calendar

  • Community Lunch Event

    Vidalia Baptist Temple, 407 Slayton Street in Vidalia, will be serving free lunches this Saturday, July 31, beginning at 12:00 noon. The event is for the entire community and everyone is invited to drive through and pick up a meal at no charge.

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    Community Event | Kathy Hilt | 26 July 2021 | 11:02
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  • Wrapping Up the Summer at the Public Library

    The Vidalia Library will hold its End of Summer Reading Party on Saturday, July 31 from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  Come to the library for free snow cones, popcorn and games, and participate in a safety demonstration with Vidalia Karate.  The event is free and open to the public.

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    Community Event | Kathy Hilt | 23 July 2021 | 10:18
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  • RTCA Back To School Orientation

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    Community Event | Jeff Raiford | 22 July 2021 | 14:51
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  • Remembering 9-11

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    Community Event | Jeff Raiford | 19 July 2021 | 12:59
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  • Coffee Before Hours

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    Community Event | Jeff Raiford | 19 July 2021 | 12:58
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  • Treutlen County Back To School Giveaway

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    Community Event | Jeff Raiford | 16 July 2021 | 15:25
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  • Wheeler County Back To School Giveaway

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    Community Event | Jeff Raiford | 16 July 2021 | 15:25
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  • Toombs County Back To School Bash

    Backpack Bash

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    Community Event | Jeff Raiford | 12 July 2021 | 13:24
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  • Vidalia Indians Softball Camp

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    Community Event | Jeff Raiford | 08 July 2021 | 09:38
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Sheriff Maybin Reports:  On July 22, 2021, The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and the Oconee Drug Task Force recovered a large amount of methamphetamine and cocaine from a traffic stop in Mount Vernon. Those arrested in connection with the traffic stop are Brian Andrell Miller (Soperton), Jessica Ann Tighe (Ailey), and Wallace Nikita Hill (Mount Vernon).  All were arrested and charged with Trafficking Methamphetamine and Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute. Miller faces additional charges for Escape, Interference with Government Property and Felony Obstruction of Officer. He was recaptured shortly after fleeing.

A Search Warrant was conducted at the home of Jessica Tighe where additional evidence consistence with the distribution of drugs was recovered. The investigation is still ongoing, and more arrest are pending.

On Saturday, July 24, 2021, Deputies responded to a home invasion at Wildwood Trailor Park Lot D-11. Upon arrival Deputies found that a male victim had been shot. He was treated for a minor injury. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is currently assisting in the investigation. Anyone with any information is asked to call Chief Bivins at 912 583 2521 or the Eastman GBI Office at 478 374 6988.

This press release issued by the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office.

If you are age 60 or disabled, there may be resources at your disposal that you aren’t aware exists for your benefit.

The Heart of Georgia Altamaha Regional Commission serves a 17 county-area and has Toombs County representation on their board by Vidalia Mayor Protem John Raymond Turner and Toombs County Commissioner Darrel Nobles. Nobles explains one of the many facets of the Heart of Georgia Commission, serving the elderly.

“This Board is here to help when someone may need a ride to the doctor, receive a free meal, need legal services or have questions about their Medicare or other senior citizen services,” Nobles explained.

The services are free to those who fit the criteria. To find out more, you can contact Nobles through the Toombs County Board of Commissioners at 526-3311. If you leave your contact information, he will get back in touch with you.

VHA Band

For the first time in the history of the school, Vidalia Heritage Academy will be fielding a band this coming football season.

Chester Proctor was recently hired as the Dean of Student Affairs and Band Director and late Thursday afternoon, the percussionists were practicing a cadence on the field.

“This year we’re only doing a drum line,” Proctor said. “That’s because some of the students in the band program are just learning their instruments. But we have about 30 students who have signed up for the program and it won’t be long before we’re fielding a full marching band.”

Jeff McCormick, Headmaster of VHA, said he is excited about the future of the music program.

“Just to see these students use their talents for the Glory of God is phenomenal,” he said. “And starting a band program at VHA is just another way that we can continue our fine arts program that is so important. I just can’t wait to see how far this program can go.”

Vidalia Police Department reports the following arrests.

Kelly, Dennis - B/M - 57 YOA - 901 Fifth Ave Vidalia Ga Warrant Served (Vidalia)

Kelley, Eugene P - B/M - 35 YOA - 713 Stuart St Vidalia, Ga Theft of Lost or Mislaid Property / Criminal Trespassing

Pineda, Mary Ann - W/F - 47 YOA - 930 Dillard Rd Atlantic Beach Fl No Insurance / No Drivers License / Possession of Marijuana

Powell, Servontae Q - B/M - 27 YOA - 502 Grand St Vidalia Ga Warrant Served (Toombs County)

Brooker, Orlando M - B/M - 31 YOA - 706 Loopd Rd Apt 506 Vidalia Ga No Insurance / No Drivers License

Vann, Devonte L - B/M - 21 YOA - 136 E Willow Creek Rd McRae Ga Theft by Shoplifting / Warrant Served (Dodge County)

Wright, Brittany Mercedes - B/F - 26 YOA - Homless Vidalia Ga Simple Battery

Weeks, Rodney S - W/M - 43 YOA - 1306 Robinson Rd Vidalia Ga Simple Battery

Brannon, Britt Michael - W/M - 29 YOA - 1809 N Maple Dr Vidalia Ga Theft By Taking / Criminal Damage to Property

McCoy, Conner D - W/M - 23 YOA - 100 Pine Mountain Dr Vidalia Ga Theft By Taking / Criminal Damage to Property

Johnston, Cayla D - W/F - 27 YOA - 105 E Willow Lake Dr lt5 Lyons Ga Theft By Shoplifting / Criminal Trespass / Warrant Served (Vidalia)

Burk, Lydia Laura Ann - W/F - 37 YOA - 6589 Hwy 280 E -Reidsville Ga Hit and Run

Kelly, Markell R - B/M - 32 YOA - 401 West St Vidalia Ga Possession of Marijuana / Fail to register Vehicle

Green, Vernon Keith - B/M - 32 YOA - 809 Green St Vidalia Ga Obstruction Forceful

Lyons Police Department reports the following arrests.

None reported.

Toombs County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests.

Carter, Chasity – Alma – Drug related objects, methamphetamine-purchase, possession, manf, distribution, sale, probation violation-misdemeanor, failure to appear

Cook, Pamela – Uvalda – Simple battery, obstruction, interference, or hindrance of duties, criminal trespass

Dykes, Maria – Lyons – Probation violation-felony 2 counts

Hutcheson, Jordan – Lyons – Burglary 2nd degree

Kilgore, Jordan – Vidalia – Burglary 2nd degree

Lewis, Ricky – Lyons – simple battery/FVA, possession o drug related objects, possession of firearms by conv felons and FOProbationers 2 counts, methamphetamine-purchase, possession, manf, distribution, sale

Lowery, James – Uvalda – DUI/alcohol/less safe, failure to maintain lane, probation violation-felony

McCall, Daniel – Lyons – Theft of services, theft by shoplifting, child support pick up order, probation violation-misdemeanor

Palmer, Blake – Theft by receiving stolen property

Montgomery County Sheriff ‘s Office reports the following arrests.

None reported.

The Georgia Department of Education has awarded the Vidalia City School System with the title of 2020-21 Reward Schools – (the Title I schools making the most progress in improving student performance.)

 J.D. Dickerson Primary School was listed as one of only 157 schools in 77 school districts identified as Reward Schools.

Vidalia Assistant Superintendent Ginger Morris says the honor is shared with Sally D. Meadows as this is the “first assessment of grades K-3.” Morris noted that with the makeup of Dickerson (PK-1) and Meadows (2-5) “The assessments are given in the 3rd grade, so this is really a combined effort of both schools, and hopefully shows that the programs that we have put in place for (K-5) are paying off well.” 

“While we are focused on ensuring all schools have the support and resources they need to continuously improve, it is incredibly important that we also recognize and celebrate when schools are doing well,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “I wish to congratulate the staff and students of this year’s Reward Schools – during a time of challenges, they have worked hard and they have succeeded.”

 Vidalia City School Superintendent Dr. Garrett Wilcox echoed Morris and said, “We hope that this shows a direct correlation of the efforts we have put into our literacy program.” 

According to the DOE, A Reward School is among the 5 percent of Title I schools in the state that is making the most progress in improving the performance of all students over the most recent two years on the statewide assessments. Because assessments were not administered in the 2019-20 school year, this year’s list is based on 2018-19 and 2019-20 data.

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Obituaries

  • Patsy Thompson

    Thompson Patsy obit photo McBean, GA – Patsy Thompson, 83, wife of Martin Thompson, entered into rest Thursday, July 22, 2021, at her residence. Funeral services will be held Monday, July 26, 2021, at 3:00 PM from Miracle Baptist Church, 1308 Hephzibah-McBean Road, with Reverend John Bartlett and Lexie TenHuisen...
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    Obituary | Jeff Raiford | 23 July 2021 | 18:37
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  • Donna Chere Bone

    BonePIC 002 Sixty-two years is a long time to be stranded anywhere, particularly somewhere as mindbogglingly dull as Earth. On Friday, July 16th, the roses in the window box tilted to one side, and Donna Chere Bone learned the answers to all the questions and mysteries we will ever think of. She is now...
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    Obituary | Jeff Raiford | 20 July 2021 | 13:18
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  • James Christopher “Chris” Matheson, Sylvania

    Matheson Sylvania – James Christopher “Chris” Matheson, age 73, passed away Monday, July 19, 2021, at his home with his family at his side. He was born in Lyons, GA to the late Julius Daniel & Maxine Elizabeth Tucker Matheson. He graduated from Lyons High School in 1965, attended and graduated from the...
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    Obituary | Jeff Raiford | 19 July 2021 | 14:34
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  • Angla Michelle Simons McCullars, Tarrytown

    McCullarsMichelle 002 Angla Michelle Simons McCullars, age 56 of Tarrytown passed away at her home on Saturday afternoon, July 10, 2021. Born in Dublin, she was the only daughter of two children born to the late William Larkin Simons Sr. and Grady Mae Walker Simons.  She grew up in Laurens County and was a graduate of Dublin...
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    Obituary | Jeff Raiford | 11 July 2021 | 16:10
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  • Mrs. Lottie Faye Cameron Cantrell, East Dublin

    CantrellLotttiePic 002 Mrs. Lottie Faye Cameron Cantrell, age 83 of East Dublin, passed away in Thursday evening, July 8, 2021 at Shamrock Assisted Living Center. Born in Laurens County she was one of eleven children born to the late Ottis and Mozzell Johnson Townsend.  She grew up in Dublin and attended Wilkes High...
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    Obituary | Jeff Raiford | 10 July 2021 | 11:38
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  • Mrs. Joan Lord Jackson Hall, Vidalia

    HallPic 002 Mrs. Joan Lord Jackson Hall, age 75 of Vidalia passed away on Tuesday morning, July 6, 2021 at Meadows Regional Hospital in Vidalia. Born in Jenkins County, she was one of four children born to the late William Robert “W.R.”, “Dick” Lord and Robbie Lee Rigdon Lord.  She grew up in Treutlen County...
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    Obituary | Jeff Raiford | 07 July 2021 | 15:00
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  • Mrs. Alice Jeannette Moore Coleman

    Mrs. Alice Jeannette Moore Coleman, 80, went to the arms of Jesus early Sunday, July 4, 2021 at Grand Strand Medical Center in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Mrs. Coleman was born in Toombs County on May 24, 1941 to Mr. John Wilmer and Mrs. Evelyn McGahee Moore, graduating from Vidalia High in the...
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    Obituary | Jeff Raiford | 06 July 2021 | 13:14
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  • Mr. Edison Thigpen, Orianna Community of Soperton

    Mr. Edison Thigpen, age 87, of the Orianna Community of Soperton passed away on Sunday morning, July 4, 2021 at Fairview Park Hospital in Dublin. Born in Treutlen County, he was one of six children born to the late Bernie R. and Vera McLendon Thigpen.  Mr. Thigpen grew up in Orianna and in 1952...
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    Obituary | Jeff Raiford | 06 July 2021 | 09:13
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  • Mr. Logan Lucky Kicklighter, Soperton

    KicklighterLoganPIC 2 Mr. Logan Lucky Kicklighter, age 21 of Soperton passed away on Tuesday, June 29, 2021. Born in Vidalia, he was the husband of Taylor E. Millspaugh Kicklighter and the son of Lucky and Shelby Kicklighter of Soperton. Logan was a graduate of Toombs County High School, Class of 2017 and had studied...
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    Obituary | Jeff Raiford | 30 June 2021 | 08:18
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Church Calendar

  • 2021 07-29-31 VBS in Mt. Vernon

    Truth Odyssey   July 29-31--Mt. Vernon Pentecostal Church, 1802 North Railroad Avenue, invites you to Vacation Bible School "Truth Odyssey", Thursday July 29th and Friday July 30th at 7:00 each night. Also, Saturday July31st 10:00 AM.
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    Church Event | Jim Perry | 23 July 2021 | 12:37
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  • August 1--Brian Free & Assurance in Vidalia!

    August 1--East Gordon Street Baptist Church in Lyons presents Brian Free & Assurance In Concert, Sunday August 1st at 5:00 with doors opening at 4:00. A love offering will be taken. For more information call 245-5335.
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    Church Event | Jim Perry | 06 July 2021 | 11:28
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  • Back to School Bash

    Smith Street Baptjpeg
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    Church Event | Kathy Hilt | 15 June 2021 | 11:26
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Meet The Staff

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    Jim Perry, WYUM

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    Connie Clifton, Traffic Manager

    Connie Clifton

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