Charlton County, GA

Commissioners discuss Deuce Lloyd Sports Complex repairs

The Charlton County Commissioners met at the St. George Community Center on Thursday, June 16 at 6:22 p.m. where the members discussed contracts, speed bumps and the Deuce Lloyd Sports Complex. The commission approved the agenda and last month’s financial report and adopted the June 2 meeting minutes. The...
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Coach Jesse Crews awarded The Dwight Keith Award

One of Charlton County’s most recognized educators, coach and commissioner won another award for his continued dedication to the county’s children and athletic programs. Coach Jesse Crews was awarded The Dwight Keith Award in recognition of his outstanding coaching record, service to the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association, sportsmanship and dedicated loyalty to the highest and best in competitive athletics.
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Jack Gowen named First Team All American

Former Charlton County and University of Georgia standout Jack Gowen was selected as a First Team All American last week by the National College Baseball Writers Association. Gowen led the Bulldogs bullpen with a 2-0 record and 10 saves as the closer. In 25 appearances, Gowen struck out 50 batters in 37 innings while registering a 2.39 earned run average.
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District 7 Senator runs for Ag Commissioner

Georgia’s Republican State Senator for District 7 is running unopposed for Ag Commissioner. Senator Tyler Harper represented District 7 for 10 years and was assigned to committees such as Senate Appropriations, Natural Resources and Environment, Public Safety, Government Oversight and Agriculture and Consumer Affairs. To name just a few issues, Harper worked on the Right to Farm Bill, expanding rural broadband and including permanent agriculture education opportunities at the elementary levels.

Sports, local and otherwise

While the sports seasons at Charlton County High School are officially over it doesn't mean there isn't work going on to get themselves better for the upcoming school year. The baseball team has been busy playing in summer league baseball games, while the Indian and Maiden basketball teams have been off attending camps. The Indians put together a 6-1 record at the FCA Camp in Statesboro, while the Maidens had a good showing at the Bryan County Summer Jam. Last but not least, the football squad has been hitting the weight room hard, as well as, doing conditioning work.

Commission dedicates Paxton Road bridge

On Tuesday, May 31, Charlton County Board of Commissioners designated the Paxton Road bridge over Hatcher Branch to local Corbett L. Nazworth. Nazworth is a lifelong Charlton County resident who retired from the Georgia Department of Transportation and also worked for the City of Folkston as a consultant for the county’s Road Department.

Sports, local and otherwise

While the seasons of all the school teams have come to a close a couple of Indian senior baseball players got to put on the uniform one last time. Sean Russell, Wade Rodeffer and Colby Bryant all played for the Southeast Georgia team in the GACA Coaches All Star Games held in Macon at Mercer University.

Sheriff reports on discharged gun

Sheriff Robert Phillips reports on the week’s activity. On May 30, Deputy Kurtis Ford responded to Highway 252 on a report of theft. The complainant stated that someone had taken a Champion generator and a Husqvarna chain saw from his property. Information was collected on the missing items and the case was turned over to investigations.

Sheriff’s Office works on the E911 system

In March, Charlton County Board of Commissioners approved an E911 package submitted by Motorola Solutions and Mobile Communications America. The package included system upgrades like CAD and E911, three E911 consoles and equipment, replacing one tower in St. George and relocating the tower beside the Sheriff’s Office for the changeover from analog to digital radios. The Sheriff’s Department is currently working to upgrade its system, expecting it to go live January 2023 and completed June 2023.

Army Corps blocks mine near Okefenokee, cites failure to consult Muscogee Creek Nation

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Friday it has reversed its decision to allow mining near the Okefenokee. The decision came after a request from Georgia Sen. Jon Ossoff to restore federal protections of the wetlands in the country’s largest blackwater swamp due to its cultural and historical importance to the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.