County pays off long-term debt



For the first time since 1999, Jenkins County is “out of debt.” The action approving the payoff the county’s remaining debt of $83,320.60 came during the Tuesday, Sept. 6, meeting of the Jenkins County Commissioners. Last month the group approved payment of approximately $238,000 from its Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax III fund for repayment of its long-term debt. […]

Surviving the storm



Ed Federer of New Orleans, La. sits with his laptop computer at the dining room table in a house in Jenkins County and surfs the Internet, searching for information and a glimmer of hope that he and his family may be able to return to the home they evacuated and the life they left behind before Hurricane Katrina roared ashore […]

Millen construction worker hauls away $50,000 lottery



When it comes to playing the lottery, Robert Wright Jr. says, “When new tickets come out, I like to play them.” Wright continued this tradition and won $50,000 playing Extreme Green, one of the Georgia Lottery’s newest instant games. The Millen resident took his ticket to a Georgia Lottery retailer to confirm that it was a winner. “They were as […]

Air Force to hold public hearing October 5 at Jenkins Ag Center



The Department of the Air Force will hold a public hearing 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, at the Jenkins County Agriculture Center for the purpose of discussing its Airspace Training Initiative Draft Environmental Impact Statement. The Air Force announced last October 2004 that it was seeking to expand the size and operational altitudes currently used by pilots […]

1st Lt. Thomas receives commendation

Submitted by Sgt. Tracee L. Jackson

When a Marine cleans up after a chaotic combat tour and returns stateside, the American public stands in awe at the heroic things he accomplished. However, the Marine sees it as another day on the job. This is the case with 1st Lt. Andrew P. Thomas, who served as platoon commander, 4th platoon, small craft company, 1st Marine Division, who […]

Qualifying for city election underway



Qualifying for candidates in the Tuesday, Nov. 8, Nonpartisan General Election for the City of Millen began Monday, Sept. 12, and will continue through 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, in the office of the Jenkins County Probate Judge at the Jenkins County Courthouse. The positions up for election on city council are Ward No. 1, to succeed Walter Thomas; Ward […]

Eagles fall to Panthers 49-6



The Jenkins County High School Eagles football team met the highly ranked Portal Panthers this past Friday night. Portal came in undefeated and is picked to go to the state playoffs by the polls. A spectacular hometown crowd came out to see the first varsity game played in the new stadium. At the 7:30 p.m. kickoff, the weather was a […]

C-team football



The Eagles C-team played last Thursday at home against Toombs County in front of a large hometown crowd. The young Eagles came away with a 6-0 win. Toombs County threatened to score with time running out, but the Eagle defense shut the door with an interception in the end zone. Coach Jason Boynton is shown talking to his offense during […]

City receives $499,052 grant



Millen City Council received word during its Tuesday, Sept. 6, meeting that the City of Millen is the recipient of a $499,052 Community Development Block Grant from the Department of Community Affairs. Al Knight, city administrator, said that the grant is to be used for sewer line enhancement in the northeast section of Millen. City officials will travel to Savannah […]

Police Blotter



State Troopers from the Sylvania Post of the Georgia State Patrol investigated four traffic crashes during the month of August in Jenkins County. The traffic crashes resulted in three injuries. Troopers also issued 91 traffic citations in the county during the month. The total includes three arrests for driving under the influence, 40 citations for speeding, nine seat belt violations […]