Hospital sold – will remain open!



Optim Medical Center-Jenkins has been sold to GA Medical Holdings, Corp. and will remain open! Optim Health System announced in April that its Jenkins medical center would close, merging services with the Optim Medical Center-Screven in Sylvania. The merger was to take effect June 24th. On May 26th, it was announced to hospital staff that there was a Letter of […]

Acting Up – Mary Ann La Cue



Mary Ann La Cue, aka La Q, an actress, educator and writer, has landed a supporting role on the big screen in the movie “La Vie Magnifique de Charlie”, meaning the Magnificent Life of Charlie. The film is directed by Bobby Huntley and it is a Bobby Huntley Films Production in Association with Divadom Entertainment. Ms. La Cue is the […]

Millen man involved in Burke County accident



A Millen man was among those involved in a 2-vehicle accident that occurred in Burke County on June 15th on Highway 25 North near Winter Road at 12:15 p.m. A 2015 Mack truck, driven by David Edward Jenkins of Millen, was traveling on Hwy. 25 North when it topped a hill and collided with the rear of a slow moving […]

Jenkins County’s Patriotic Celebration scheduled for July 1st



Jenkins County’s traditional Patriotic Celebration will be on Saturday, July 1st, at the Jenkins County Recreation Department. The program begins at 8 p.m. and includes a minute patriotic tribute, patriotic music performed by local talent, and the usual spectacular fireworks show. Concessions will be available. Admission is free. The Patriotic Celebration is sponsored by Main Street Millen with support from […]

Remember When –

This Date in 1935

The big fish hatchery at Magnolia Springs State Park will soon be completed with about 20 acres under water. The entire 50 acres will be enclosed with fence wire. A number of deer have already been procured and other wildlife will be continually added. The bathing pool has been enlarged at the park and the area directly around the spring […]

Jenkins County School System – building leadership capacity



Sustaining organizational change is a challenge that is not for the faint of heart. Even effective managerial leaders have met their match when assigned the responsibility to change the mission, culture, or operations of an ongoing organization. With the current state of public education at the state and national levels, making the most of what is already available is the […]

Library News



Summer Reading is in full swing, and we’re having a lot of fun. We have plenty of great programs and crafts lined up and ready to amuse, amaze and entertain you. This year’s theme is “Build a Better World”, and everyone from toddlers to senior citizens can participate. Every Wednesday at 1 p.m. this summer we have our terrific “Teen […]

When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!




Summer begins on June 21 and, according to the National Weather Service (NWS), increases in lightning strikes begin this season. While the warm weather invites many outside activities, if you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you. Take a moment during National Lighting Safety Awareness Week (June 18-24) to learn how to stay safe in a thunderstorm with […]

The Chatter Box



We have completed our move at The Millen News and I am still trying to find everything again. I think I put things that I use everyday where I can find them easily, and then I end up having to look for them! Lately, that seems to be the case at home as well, and no moving has been involved […]

Mike Reese

“I was just thinking”

(Editor’s note) Due to technical problems, Mike’s column was printed with a paragraph “out of order” as he submitted it. We are, therefore, running the column in the correct format this week.) Have you been thinking lately that the end of time may be close? In my lifetime I can remember dozens of times when dates were set for “the […]