Deputies nab Florida fugitive

A man wanted in Orange County Florida on charges of trafficking cocaine and by federal marshals for federal parole violations was arrested in Jenkins County last week. Sonny Lee Thornton, a.k.a. Spoon Thornton, 34, of Orlando, Fla. was arrested between Williams and Newton Ag roads by deputies of the Jenkins County Sheriff’s Department on Friday, Jan. 25. Acting on information […]

Grand opening for new gym slated for Feb. 3

A transformation has taken place on North Avenue as the final touches are put in place on one of the Jenkins County Board of Education’s most ambitious construction projects, the new Jenkins County High School gymnatorium. The gymnatorium has been issued a certificate of occupancy and plans are underway for its official opening. The $5 million project was started July […]

Voters to cast ballots in primary Tuesday

Local residents will join voters across the state at the polls Tuesday, Feb. 5, to cast their ballots in the Presidential Preference Primary and a local Special Election to determine whether or not the present one-cent Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) should be continued for an additional six years. Voters must declare a party preference, Democrat, Republican or […]

Local program serves more than 330 children

Coordinators of the local “Toys for Tots” campaign are pleased with the success of the 2007 program and are crediting the local community for helping to make Christmas a holiday to remember for many children. “Over 330 children in 119 families in Jenkins County were served by the program,” said Becky Thomas of the Jenkins County Family Enrichment Center (JCFEC), […]

Quick Stop robber faces charges in Statesboro

An Atlanta man convicted of the March 6, 2006 armed robbery of the Quick Stop convenience store on Winthrope Avenue will go to trial in Statesboro Thursday for the March 7, 2006 armed robbery of Mighty Mike’s Hot Stop, West Main Street. Vandy Mack Daniels, 316 Peters Street, Atlanta, is charged with two counts of armed robbery, kidnapping, aggravated assault, […]

Commission discusses goals

County's economic future is top concern for 2008

The Jenkins County Commissioners chose economic development and job creation as their highest priority goal for 2008 during the group’s Tuesday, Jan. 22, meeting. Chairman James Henry presented a list of proposed goals for the year for discussion, revision and input. Other major goals listed were: seek grants for courthouse renovations, jail construction and a new county fire truck; purchase […]

Fall Athletic Banquet

The Jenkins County Athletic Boosters club honored school athletes during the annual Fall Athletic Banquet held Jan. 17 at the Jenkins County High School. You must be a paid subscriber to access this content! Please login or Subscribe now!

JROTC wins two events in first competition

The Jenkins County Army JROTC Drill Team and Color Guard made history this past Saturday at the Jenkins County High School (JCHS) football complex. First the War Eagle’s fielded their first JROTC Drill Team; second, they hosted their first ever Precision and Exhibition Drill Meet for a brand new Georgia Drill Region, Region 9; and third and most important, they […]

Head Start takes applications

CSRA EOA, Inc. Head Start is currently accepting applications for children who will be 3 years old by Monday, Sept. 1, and 4 years old by Wednesday, Dec. 31. Head Start is a comprehensive child development program that provides quality services for the whole family. The program offers medical and dental services, mental health services, transportation, transition practices, nutrition experiences, […]


An obituary for Charles W. Lanier Sr. appearing in the Jan. 16 edition of The Millen News reported that Mr. Lanier served as a member of the Jenkins County Board of Commissioners 1979- 1982. Additional information furnished the newspaper indicates that Mr. Lanier served as a county commissioner for eight years, 1979-1986. You must be a paid subscriber to access […]