Unemployment: county ranks 2nd in state

The closing of the local Jockey International plant has earned Jenkins County the unwanted distinction of having the second highest unemployment rate in the state, 8.4 percent, for the month of April 2007. Only Taliaferro County ranks higher with a rate of 9.7 percent. According to statistics released by the Georgia Depart- ment of Labor, 329 residents were unemployed during […]


A rare infestation of water fern turned this pond on property of Sonny Oglesby, West Old Savannah Road, into a carpet of red grass over a period of two weeks. The water fern is carried by birds, reproduces fast and must be killed slowly, said Wade Parker, Jenkins County Extension Service coordinator. You must be a paid subscriber to access […]

City to apply for third TE grant

The City of Millen recently signed an agreement with the C.S.R.A. Regional Development Center authorizing the agency to begin preparation of a third Transportation Enhancement (TE) grant application. The Georgia Department of Transportation awarded the city a $500,000 TE grant in 2004 for the purpose of renovating and promoting economic development in downtown Millen. An additional $350,000 TE grant was […]

Train viewing platform under construction

Visitors to Jenkins County and Millen will soon be able to view passing Norfolk Southern trains from a platform presently under construction adjacent to the Jenkins County Chamber of Commerce on Cotton Avenue. The project, over three years in the making, is an effort of the City of Millen, Millen Better Hometown and Jenkins County Chamber of Commerce. Funding for […]

Patriotic festivities planned for July 7

Millen Better Hometown and the Jenkins County Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the sixth annual “Patriotic Celebration,” Saturday, July 7, at the Millen/Jenkins County Recreation Department complex. Activities will include fireworks, musical entertainment and activities for children. The program will begin at 7:30 p.m. with music and rides for children. At 8 p.m. there will be a Patriotic Kiddie Parade. […]

Millen man involved in bizarre fatal accident

Charles Yancy of Millen was involved in a fatal accident in Tattnall County Tuesday, June 12, that claimed the life of the passenger in his vehicle, Charles Griffin Dowdy Jr., 50, of Rhine. Yancy and Dowdy were traveling eastbound on Hwy. 292 in Yancy’s 2002 Chevrolet truck when they met a log truck driven by Aldum Glisson of Uvalda traveling […]

Future cheerleaders

Jenkins County High School cheerleaders held Kiddie Cheer Camp last week. There were 136 girls that participated this year. Pictured are, from left, first row: Crisalyn Walker, Annie Harbin, Gracie Jenkins, Haley James, Marley Knight, Kayla Boyton, Beth Dasher, Rylee Cook, Morgan McMillian, Brandi McKinney, Abbigail Adams, Adalee Conway, J. Shingleton, Makayla Frawley and Courtney Bassett; second row: Paige Perryman, […]

Students of the Month

The Student of the Month program at Jenkins County Elementary School recognizes one student per homeroom each month. Each student must maintain good behavior in all school activities, make an excellent effort to complete all schoolwork and maintain a good attendance record. These students, selected by their homeroom teachers, receive an Eagle ribbon imprinted with “Student of the Month,” which […]

Honor’s Night held at JCES

Jenkins County Elementary School (JCES) held its annual Honor’s Night on Tuesday, May 22. Several awards were presented by Dr. Judy Holton, principal, assistant principals Cynthia McNeely and Debbie Fountain and faculty members. Awards were presented to students who achieved academically, physically, and socially. Awards were presented for citizenship, art, music, physical education, computer lab, scholarship, Principal’s award, Braves Straight […]

Coach Cooper gets pied

Jenkins County Elementary School (JCES) physical education coach Randy Cooper took a cream pie in the face as a reward to JCES students for meeting their fourth nine weeks Accelerated Reader goal. The students had come up short of points for the second and third nine weeks, but they got the points they needed during the fourth nine weeks in […]