Storm downs trees, power lines in city



A thunderstorm with winds reportedly up to 50 miles per hour moved across the City of Millen Friday evening, May 4, leaving uprooted trees, downed power lines, and startled residents in its wake. Reported rainfall amounts throughout the city varied from ½ inch to 2½ inches. Several power poles on East Winthrope Avenue were downed in front of the Jenkins […]

Rico Walker murder trial to begin



The trial of Rico Walker is set to begin next week in Jenkins County Superior Court with jury selection scheduled for Monday, May 14. Walker is accused of the April 2006 murder of Jenkins County resident Steven Harley. In addition to murder charges, he is also charged with criminal attempt and tampering with evidence. Co-defendant in the case, Tracy Harley, […]

City council upholds boot drive ban



Millen City Council stood behind its previous decision to ban “boot drives” on state highways running through the City of Millen during its Tuesday, May 1, meeting. Council’s previous decision was reconsidered upon request of the North Jenkins County Volunteer Fire Department whose members stated that their boot drives provided needed income for the organization. City attorney R. Hubert Reeves […]

Jenkins County High School Boys track team wins fifth consecutive title



The 2007 Eagle Squad had a spectacular day on Friday, April 20, as they came from behind Claxton and Bryan counties to dominate the Region 3A track meet. “This year’s squad is full of guys that are committed to doing whatever it takes to get better,” coach Charley Waters said with pride. “It showed through the whole season and especially […]

Ag awareness



Georgia FFA members recently gathered in the State Capitol to increase awareness among Georgia lawmakers about the FFA and agricultural education program in Georgia. Students were treated to breakfast at the Department of Education and given the opportunity to meet Gov. Sonny Perdue, Secretary of Agriculture Tommy Irvin and local representatives. Shown, from left, are Marah Johnson, Rep. Jon Burns […]

Byrd flies into Millen



Jenkins County Elementary/Middle schools B.L.A.S.T. students received a visit from the Life Byrd helicopter from Augusta. The helicopter flew to Millen Thursday, April 26. The pilots and nurses gave a presentation on health and safety, and students were given the opportunity to look inside. (Staff photo by Deborah Bennett) You must be a paid subscriber to access this content! Please […]

Eagles baseball team loses one, wins one



The Jenkins County High School varsity baseball team won one and lost one last week on the diamond. The Eagles lost to Bryan County 7-6. Leading hitters were Ethan Conway, 2-2, with a double and RBI; Caleb Chance, 2-3, with a RBI; Spencer Clark, 1- 1; Zac Clark, 1-2, with two walks; Aaron Comstock, 1-2; and Boyd Sasser, 1-3. Losing […]

Commissioners table decision on new ER



Whether the county will participate in the funding of a new emergency room (ER) at the Jenkins County Hospital remains to be decided. The Jenkins County Commissioners tabled any action on the matter during the group’s Tuesday, May 1, meeting. Members of the Jenkins County Hospital Authority (JCHA) had previously re- quested that the county agree to contribute $350,000 annually […]

Dawgs win 6-2



The Diamond Dawgs recently defeated the Guyton A’s 6-2 in Guyton. Avery McAlpine was the winning pitcher for the game held Sunday, April 29. McAlpine went nine innings only giving up 8 hits. He had 5 strikeouts and 2 walks. Guyton scored 2 runs with 2 outs in the bottom of the ninth. Leading hitters for the Diamond Dawgs were […]

McBride receives military award



The Department of the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps awarded the title of “Distinguished Military Student” to Cadet Justin Grey McBride during the annual Military Ball held Saturday, May 5, at Georgia Military College in Milledgeville. The award acknowledges the cadet’s outstanding qualities of leadership, high moral character, noteworthy academic achievement and exceptional aptitude for military service. Cadet McBride is […]