2022-03-30 E-Edition

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MPD officer resigns over viral video allegations



Millen Police Officer Ben Thompson has resigned amidst sexual misconduct allegations after several viral videos surfaced showing a law enforcement officer engaging in sexual acts while on the job. Police Chief Dwayne Herrington scheduled a meeting with Thompson, but the officer resigned just prior to the meeting. As the videos made their rounds with upwards of 10 million views, local […]

A county tradition returns for Easter


A Jenkins County tradition will once again return to Big Buckhead Church. The Jenkins County Historial Society, organizers of the event, have announced the annual Sunrise Easter Service at big Buckhead Baptist Church will be held at 7 a.m. on Sunday, April 17. “The message will be brought by Rev. Jose Velasquez, pastor of Fair Haven and Habersham United Methodist […]

Suspect arrested on multiple charges including cruelty to children



Geremy Renardo Bynes, 35, of Millen has been arrested by the Millen Police Department on outstanding charges. On Sunday, March 20, officers with the MPD arrested Bynes on outstanding warrants including simple assault, criminal trespass, and cruelty to children in the third degree from a March 12 incident on Old Waynesboro Road. MPD investigators questioned Bynes about an incident from […]

Planters EMC donates books

The Georgia Foundation for Agriculture and Georgia Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) are jointly promoting agricultural literacy by donating copies of the children’s book “How to Grow a Monster” to nearly 400 libraries in the Georgia Public Library Service (GPLS). The Georgia Foundation for Agriculture (GFA) and Georgia EMC have given each county Farm Bureau in Georgia enough books for every […]

Recreation Dept to hold opening ceremonies



The Jenkins County Recreation Department is proud to announce their opening day this Saturday, April 2. The Opening Ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. and the first games of the season will commence immediately following the ceremony. “All players and coaches should be dressed in full uniform and lined up by 9:45 a.m. on field #2.” Lisa Dailey, Jenkins […]

Honor students participate in Career Day

A group of Jenkins County High School’s Senior Honor Students participated in Rotary Career Day and toured the courthouse and local businesses. During lunch the students heard from other business owners as well as guest speaker Ryan Duke from Champion Homes, known as ScotBuilt in Millen, about how to successfully enter the workforce. (photo by Randy Hill) You must be […]

Gardening with Talmadge

Perennial Picks

A few Perennial Picks that are fun and different are mentioned this week. Most perennials can be purchased as bare root or in potted form. Doing a little research, I found a few that looked interesting and were colorful and would make wonderful additions and conversation pieces in your garden. Echinacea “Red Ombre” is a hybrid that is grown from […]

Words of Encouragement

“His Workmanship”


Michelangelo was one of the greatest artists of the Renaissance. He is famous for His painting on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, but he was also an accomplished sculptor, sculpting the famous statue, David. I read that Michelangelo was once asked about the inspiration for one of his sculptures and replied, “I saw the angel in the marble, and […]

Georgia House says ‘no’ to COVID vaccine mandates


State agencies, local governments and local schools could not require Georgians to get a COVID-19 vaccination to receive government services or access government facilities under legislation that cleared the state House of Representatives Tuesday. The bill passed the Republican controlled House 99-67 along party lines. Republicans argued Georgians have a right to make their own health-care decisions without government interference. […]