Jenkins ranks No. 1 in unemployment

Jenkins County has the unwanted distinction of having the highest unemployment rate in the state of Georgia for the month of October. The county’s 11.4 listing rose from 9.5 in September, a ranking which tied the county with Burke County for the secondhighest rate for that month. Georgia Department of Labor statistics reveal that of the county’s 3,355 labor force, […]

Highlights of 2007

Highlights of 2007 from files of The Millen News are as follows: • Retiring Jenkins County Commissioner J.C. Douglas is recognized. • City of Millen appoints Planning and Zoning Commission. • Jenkins County Mental Health and Addictive Disease Outpatient Clinic is closed due to lack of funding. • Martin Luther King Jr. Day is observed with parade and other activities. […]

Boyd Sasser named Georgia Scholar Athlete

Jenkins County High School student Boyd Sasser has been selected as a recipient of the 2007 Hall of Fame State of Georgia Scholar Athlete Award. As a recipient of the award, he will receive a $1,000 scholarship. Boyd was selected as one of the top 40 scholar athletes for football in the state of Georgia for 2007. He will be […]

JCHS student gets perfect score

Smart, yes she is! Breonna Smart scored a perfect score on the new Georgia High School Writing Test (GHSWT). This is the first year that students have taken the new GHSWT. Students can no longer use “formula” writing and pass. Instead, students must show that they are able to develop good ideas and support them while at the same time […]

BOE adds new high school to facilities plan

After previously approving the removal of a new high school from its five-year Facilities Plan, the Jenkins County Board of Education (BOE) revisited the issue during its Monday, Dec. 17, meeting and voted to add it back. School Superintendent Joan Blackwood explained, “The school system earns entitlement funds based on what is in its five-year Facilities Plan. Entitlement is a […]

Commissioners oppose Air Force training initiative

Proposed changes by the U.S. Air Force in 2004 to training airspace for Shaw AFB 20th Fighter Wing and McEntire Air National Guard pilots could become a reality. The Jenkins County Commissioners received notification last week from the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration that the Air Force is proceeding with its plans. The possibility of a negative impact […]

Students of the Month

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High school holds career fair

The Jenkins County High School (JCHS) College/Career Fair held on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the Jenkins County Agriculture Center was a huge success this year. Approximately 40 colleges, technical colleges and military branches were represented. The CSA organization, advised by Annette Cobb, sponsored and organized the event. Summer Holloway, advisor of the FSCA Club, along with Donna Kennedy and Early […]

Local club shows appreciation

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Lady Eagles win one, lose one

The Jenkins County Lady Eagles defeated Bryan County 56-30 Dec. 14. Leading scorers were Tashe McClain, 15 points; Courtnei Earls, 14; Nicole Smith, 9; Zandra Lake, 7; ShaniQua Carter and Deondra Lewis, 3 points each; Dorothy Davis and Alvira Roberts, 2 points each; and Porsha Cooper, 1. On Dec. 15, the Lady Eagles lost to Screven County 64-50. Leading scorers […]