Early morning fire leaves family homeless



An early morning mobile home fire over the weekend has left a family homeless. Dispatch received the call early Sunday morning at approximately 6:30 a.m. to 4707 James Street in the southern part of the county. South Jenkins Volunteer Fire Department and the City of Millen Fire Departments were dispatched to the location. Upon arrival approximately 25 minutes later, the […]

Stalking suspect behind bars



Officers with the Millen Police Department took Xzabianne R. Osgood, 37, into custody last Wednesday. Osgood, of Waynesboro, has been arrested three times since May 2021 for violating protection orders set in place by the court. Authorities in Burke County arrested Osgood on outstanding warrants for aggravated stalking and influencing a witness, both felonies under Georgia law and transported to […]

Two recognized at chamber banquet



After a Covid hiatus last year, the annual Jenkins County Chamber of Commerce Banquet returned bigger and better. This year’s theme was Swine and Dine with a western motif. During opening comments Chamber Director Mandy Underwood said, “Covid has made us stronger during the last two years. The Holiday Road Trip was an added event due to Covid as well […]

One liquor license granted



And just like that, only one liquor license was granted at a specially called meeting of the City Council last Tuesday night. In a tie vote along racial lines, one applicant, Good Spirits owned by Kyle and Heather Gay, was granted a distilled spirits license out of the four applying. Ms. Bessie Collins was not granted a license. State law […]

Court Clerk warns of jury scam



Tracey Herrington, Clerk of Superior Court, warns Jenkins County citizens to beware of reported scams about missing jury duty. “Other counties are reporting their citizens are receiving text messages stating they have failed to appear for Jury duty and that they must pay a fine or go to jail. This is a scam.” Clerk Herrington explains that no court official […]

Great GA Realty receives recognition



Great GA Realty has been honored by their peers. The Statesboro Board of Realtors recently held an awards banquet and bestowed the Distinguished Sales Society Award to first-time winners Jared Lott, Mandie Colon, Vondesa Lee, and Sherri Chance. Courtney Stephens received the award for the third year in a row and Debbie Hagan and broker Jessica Herrmann received the Continuing […]

Election year promises to be less interesting than previous years



The end of qualifying has revealed that this election year in local politics will not be as interesting as elections in the past. All six incumbents will face no opposition. Duff B. AyersState Court JudgeSamuel J. Derocco, IV Solicitor GeneralPam DwightCounty Commissioner District 2Horace Weathersby, IIICounty Commissioner District 5Mike ReeseSchool Board Member District 2Marty OrvinSchool Board Member District 5 Duff […]

Words of Encouragement

“All-Time Assists Leader”


Our church is currently in the middle of our Upward basketball season. Every year it is a joy to watch players and teams improve over the course of the season. The improvement that our volunteers love to see most is the change in orientation from “self” to “team”. I recently spoke to two of our middle school aged teams about […]

Gardening with Talmadge

Perennials that love the sun

Planning now for the spring and summer with perennials will save time and expense in the future. When selecting perennials for your garden, always remember how the sun and shade affect your yard and garden. This week, we will explore and few more perennials that love the sun and will do good in your garden. Maximillian Sunflower is a fun […]

What is a Labyrinth?



Labyrinths look like mazes, but unlike a maze there are no dead ends or false pathways. A Labyrinth has a single entrance and a single pathway. These ancient designs have been found in cave art and date back thousands of years. Though the original purpose or symbolism for the labyrinth is not known, it has been adopted and adapted by […]