2017-12-27 / Front Page

A review of 2017

By Deborah Bennett
Millen News editor

As the year 2017 ends, we look back and review some of the major highlights.

The Millen/Jenkins County airport gets Automated Weather Observing System with the revenue for purchasing it coming from unused Federal and State funds.

Elizabeth Landing begins 6th term as Clerk of Court.

Martin Luther King Jr. annual parade and celebrations are held.

Newly elected Judge Michael Muldrew presides over Jenkins County Superior Court for the first time.

Law Enforcement Appreciation Day is held at Jenkins County Senior Citizen Center.

Widening of Hwy. 67 through City of Millen is completed.

Emily Lloyd auditions for ‘America’s Got Talent’ television program.

Evidence of the homeless is discovered within just a few feet of The Millen News building on Cotton Avenue. Items of clothing, empty food packages and numerous trash bags are discovered in wooded area.

Jacob Nelson is named JCHS Star Student and chooses Anna Allen as his Star Teacher.

Annual Benning to Gordon Relay is held to benefit the Fort Gordon Fisher House. The event raises $5,300 to benefit the Fisher House.

East Georgia Healthcare Center begins construction of Federally qualified health center here in former Dr. Abreu building.

Jenkins County K-911 receives $5,000 Dog and Cat Sterilization Grant from the Georgia Department of Agriculture.

Elaine Williams is named Jenkins County Family Enrichment Center Director.

Johnny Neal, Neal Hardware Company, is named “Business of the Year” during Chamber of Commerce annual banquet. Evelyn Young receives “Citizen of the Year” award and Pamelia Dwight receives the Chamber’s “Spirit Award.”

Jenkins County Agriculture Center is to be renamed and dedicated to former Jenkins County Commissioner J.C. Douglas.

Warmer than usual weather damages crops at Ogeeche Peaches.

Tenth annual Keep Jenkins Beautiful campaign is held.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation investigates homicide at the Sunset Inn on Hwy. 25 North.

JCHS baseball teams play in State Play-off in Millen.

Optim Health System announces that it will close the local hospital.

Vic Mincey represents JCHS in the Georgia High School Association state golf tournament held in Warner Robins.

Josh Dong is named Valedictorian of the JCHS Class of 2017 and Jacob Nelson is named Salutatorian.

ScotBilt Mobile Homes breaks ground for new plant in Millen.

Millen Baptist Church welcomes Rev. Brad Asbury as new pastor.

Solicitor Troy Gay is charged with domestic violence. The Jenkins County Grand Jury dismisses the case.

Millen native Kesha Deneen Thomas receives Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Florida’s College of Medicine.

Local hospital is sold to GA Medical Holdings Corp. and remains open.

Rotarian Hubert Reeves III is named Millen Rotary Club’s “Rotarian of the Year.”

Lt. Col. Slade Burke, formerly of Millen, takes command of the 8th Logistics Readiness Squadron.

Earl S. Whiteley is named Interim Administrator at Jenkins County Medical Center.

Optim Medical Center’s therapy department relocates to Front Street Fitness gym.

Durden Banking Company announces plans to open branch office in Millen.

Jenkins County School System Teachers of the Year are announced: Jamese Oliver, Jenkins County Elementary School; Wayne Burke, Jenkins County Middle School; and Laura Tyler, Jenkins County High School. Ms. Tyler is named system-wide Teacher of Year.

AT&T announces plans to bring Internet to rural areas in the county.

Jenkins County Forestry Unit sends two men to fight Oregon fire – Jason Wilson and Caleb Butler.

Jenkins Countians enjoy Solar Eclipse 2017, a total eclipse of the sun.

Joyce Hodges-Hite, widow of Jim Hite, publishes book commemorating her husband’s life and legacy.

Art Johnson announces intentions to retire as Main Street Millen Director.

Hurricane Irma downs trees and power lines throughout the city and county.

Jenkins County Development Authority receives $500,000 OneGA Equity Grant to provide water/sewer and an entrance into Millen Industrial Park II for ScotBilt Homes mobile home plant under construction.

Millen Dialysis Center closes Oct. 31st. Approximately 30 patients seek treatment at out-of-town clinics.

The Millen Industrial Park on Magnolia Street is renamed the “Robert G. (Bobby) Dwelle” Industrial Park. Mr. Dwelle was a former chairman of the Jenkins County Development Authority.

Former Jenkins County resident Scott Phillips is named S.C. State Forester.

Ashanti Whitehead of JCHS is awarded Wendy’s High School Heisman award.

JCHS Eagles are host to state football play-offs. The Eagles win the first round of the competition against Miller County, but are defeated in the second round by E.C.I.

Fourth annual Miracle Walk to benefit University Hospital’s Breast Healthcare Foundation is held.

Project for Better Health announces it has a trained kidney educator, Ryan Burke.

Bryce Joyner of JCHS is named as a Border Bowl football game participant.

James Henry announces that he will step down as Chairman of the Jenkins County Commissioners. Hiller Spann is appointed as his replacement to begin in 2018.

Christmas in Millen is a success with ice skating added as a new event.

Wade Parker is honored by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Parker received the D.W. Brooks award for Excellence in Public Service Extension.

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