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Tax commissioner seeks re-election

Currently serving her fourth term as Jenkins County Tax Commissioner, Brenda Mathern says she still finds the job both rewarding and challenging and will seek re-election in the July General Primary Non/Partisan election. Ms. Mathern has witnessed quite a bit of change in the manner in which the Tax Commissioner’s office operates during her tenure and says that she will […]

18 qualify for July election

The office of the Jenkins County Probate Judge was busy last week with 18 local citizens qualifying as candidates in the July 31 General Primary/Non-Partisan election. Two incumbents holding county-wide seats have opposition to their re-election bids. Jenkins County Sheriff Robert Oglesby is opposed by Howard Young and Jenkins County Tax Commissioner Brenda Blackburn Mathern is facing opposition from Sherril […]

City moves forward with TE-grant project

Millen City Council recently moved forward with its Transportation Enhancement (TE) grant project, Phase III, by selecting an engineering firm for the project. W. R. Toole Engineers, Inc. of Augusta was the low bidder with a bid of $59,700.12. The $1 million grant was awarded to the city by the Georgia Department of Transportation in June 2011. The funds will […]

County ranks No. 1 in unemployment

Jenkins County continues to rank at the top of the state’s unemployment ratings. For the month of March, the county captured the #1 spot with 17.6 percent of its 2,426 workforce unemployed. Initial claims for the month were listed at 89, down from 98 listed in February. The county’s February unemployment rate was 17.3 percent with the workforce listed at […]

Dailey chosen for PAGE Principal Leadership Network

Jenkins County Middle School Principal Randy Dailey has been selected by a committee of statewide educators to participate in the 2012 PAGE Principal Leadership Network. The Network is composed of a talented group of 40 principals from across Georgia who has been identified as “future-oriented” Georgia principals with a desire to make a lasting difference for public education in Georgia. […]

School food service honored

The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) is honoring Jenkins County School Food Service for reaching a high level of student participation in the School Nutrition Program. During the 2010-2011 school year 75.1 percent of students in attendance in Georgia schools ate lunch each day and 34.9 percent ate breakfast. This participation is among the highest in the nation. Schools that […]

Simpkins graduates from training

Army National Guard Pfc. La’Deshia S. Simpkins has graduated from One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at Fort Leonard Wood, Waynesville, Mo., which included basic military training and advanced individual training (AIT). During basic military training, the trainee received instruction in drill and ceremony, weapons qualification, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army doctrine, history, […]

Sheriff’s Report

The Jenkins County Sheriff’s Office reported the following incidents for the time period of May 10-May 17. Theft by Taking May 11 – Grapevine Road May 12 – Highway 17 North May 15 – East Old Savannah Road Drag Racing May 10 – Sandy Ridge Road Motor Vehicle Accident With Injuries May 10 – Elam Road May 12 – Highway […]

JCHS avoids School Improvement Lists

U.S. Department of Education recently granted Georgia a waiver to the controversial No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). Dr. John Barge, Georgia State School Superintendent said. “No longer will we be bound by the narrow definitions of success found in NCLB. We will now be able to hold schools accountable and reward them for the work they do in all […]