MI announces lay-offs

Plant Manager: Temporary lay-offs due to slow business

Jenkins County’s workforce suffered another blow last week with the lay-off of 22 employees at the local MI Metals extrusion plant. Plant Manager Lonnie Beal said that the lay-off was temporary, due to a decline in business. “It’s not just us. Business is slow everywhere,” he commented. MI Windows and Doors began operations in Millen in 1990 with the purchase […]

City needs access to meters



A fence and a locked gate will no longer deter City of Millen employees from cutting off services to customers who do not pay their utility bills. Millen City Council approved the adoption of an ordinance to deal with the matter during its Tuesday, Feb. 5, meeting. City residents whose meters are located in fenced-in areas with a locked gate […]

A Wish Come True

A local child's dream will become a reality thanks to Make-A-Wish Foundation

K odi James Lovett loves race cars and is a big fan of Dale Earnhardt Jr. Thanks to the Make-AWish Foundation, the 3- year-old son of James Lovett and Rose McCoy of Jenkins County will get to meet his idol in May when the family flies to Delaware for “Wish Day.” Kodi suffers from DiGeorge Syndrome and a rare heart […]

Truancy improves in area schools



Confronting truancy, the unexcused absence of a student from school by either the parent/ guardian or the school, is a continuous effort, according to Becky Thomas, truancy services coordinator for Jenkins County. However, progress has been made. “I anticipate the number of referrals to be less this school term than last year,” Thomas said, noting that currently there are 13 […]

Development authority elects chairman



Mabel C. Jenkins, life-long resident of Jenkins County, was recently elected as chairman of the Jenkins County Development Authority. She is presently serving on the Board of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, a position to which she was appointed by Governor Perdue in 2006. In this position, she is chairman of the State Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites Committee. […]

Salon opens



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Spelling bee held



Jenkins County Elementary School held its annual school spelling bee in the school media center Wednesday, Jan. 23. Each fourth and fifth grade homeroom had their own spelling bee and found a class champion and runner up. These 22 students were chosen to represent their classes in the school bee. All of the students did a very good job, as […]

Jump roper performs, students recognized at assembly



Students, faculty and staff of Jenkins County Elementary School (JCES) recently enjoyed the second nine weeks assembly program presented by Mark Rothstein’s World of Rope Jumping. Rothstein jumped rope using different sizes and weights of ropes. He did fast and slow jumping, and super sonic jumping. Students and faculty volunteered to show off their talents at rope jumping, as well. […]

Senior anatomy class visits burn center, Shepeard Community Blood Center



Jenkins County High School was well represented by a group of students who participated in a field trip to the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctor’s Hospital and Shepeard Community Blood Center in Augusta. Marsha Madray’s senior anatomy class listened and participated with an educational coordinator as she presented information concerning the issues involved in treating burn victims. Founded […]

Miss Jenkins County Schools pageant to be held March 8



The Miss Jenkins County Schools Pageant will be held Saturday, March 8, in the new Jenkins County High School gym. There will be three competition categories: elementary school grades 3-5, middle school grades 6-8 and high school grades 9-12. Elementary school and middle school participants will compete wearing formal wear. High school contestants will compete in formal wear and on […]