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Hummingbirds in Greenville

There is something magical about spotting a hummingbird hovering over newly sprouted flowers. The tiny birds dart to and fro with lightning speed, seemingly weightless. Greenville native Charlie Kennedy has been a birding enthusiast since the 1970s. “I saw a Hummer at my camp house around March 10,” Kennedy said....
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Character in action award

McKenzie School fifth grader, Kasthea Bullard, was awarded this year’s Character in Action award Monday, presented by Nickie McFerrin, judge of the Juvenile Court for this district. Children can be nominated for this award by their teachers, the principal, a bus driver or any of the school employees who...
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Registration for Georgiana Summer Youth Basketball Camp going on now

Georgiana High School Youth Basketball Camp 2022 is scheduled for Wednesday, June 1- Friday, June 3. The camp is for boys and girls ages 7-14 and will be held at Georgiana High School. The camp fee is $25 and must be paid by the deadline of May 20 (guarantees participant t-shirt on final day). There will be a late registration on Wednesday, June 1 before camp starts.

GRPD unveils new playground

The Greenville Parks and Recreation Department held a ribbon cutting ceremony for a new playground at the Beeland Recreation Center. The event was well attended by members of the community, city personnel and officials, first responders, and Eagle Learning Academy students and staff. Greenville Mayor Dexter McLendon cut the ribbon and thanked everyone for attending. (Bruce Branum | The Standard)
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Miss Susan’s School of Dance to hold 50th dance recital at The Ritz

In 2020, Susan Berry Andrews of Greenville, reached an impressive milestone-50 years of teaching dance. COVID struck in the midst of planning the golden celebration and her 50th dance recital had to be put on hold. However, the show must go on and Miss Susan’s School of Dance will present its 50th dance recital at The Ritz theater Saturday, May 14 at 2 p.m.

Trial date set in sheriff’s death

The trial date for the man arrested and accused of killing “Big John” Williams, late sheriff of Lowndes County, in 2019 has been set by the judge. William Chase Johnson will stand trial starting on October 11, 2022. Lowndes County Circuit Judge Bert W. Rice said he made the decision when he became aware that the county would only have one criminal jury term for the remainder of the year. The next jury term would not begin until April of 2023.

GHS Class of 1961 holds reunion

The Greenville High School Class of 1961 recently held a class reunion to celebrate their 61st anniversary. Picture are, front row l-r: Jeanette Reid Hester, Jean Cheatham Russell, Ann Hornsby Killough, Phyllis Norsworthy Armstrong, Betty Till Wilson, Jean Newton Tutchtone, Charlotte Smith Andress, Jean Williford Haygood, and Janice Spann Pyle; second row: Don Boutwell, Roland Porterfield, Jamie Rainer, Alice Newton Mullins, Anne Gates Rainer, Kathleen Blackwell Noogin, Judy Spann Bruce, Mary Sue Rainey Mims, Sharon Waite Chester, Sandra Boutwell Owens, Marian Daniel Williams,

Feagin signs with Shelton State

Georgiana senior Panther Amari Feagin signed a full scholarship to play basketball for Shelton State Community College Tuesday morning, May 3. Feagin helped lead the Panthers to two region tournament Sweet 16’s as well two area championships. He averaged 14.5 ppg and 11.2 rpg as a senior and was named MVP of the 2021 Dothan Turkey Classic. He is the 16th Georgiana basketball college signee in the past 15 years. Pictured seated (l-r) are: Janice Feagin, Amari Feagan, and Earl Feagin; Standing: Shelton State coach Tim Law and Georgiana head coach Kirk Norris. (Bruce Branum | The Standard)

Fort Dale Athletic Club golf tourney winners

Ten teams and a total of 40 golfers enjoyed a beautiful morning at Cambrian Ridge in the annual Fort Dale Academy Athletic Club’s golf tournament. The first place team had both the best gross score (55) and net score (50.6). They are pictured left to right: Alan Bloodworth, Stephen Till, Dustin Till, and Zach Little. Coming in second with a net score of 52.2 were the team of Chris Waller and three of Fort Dale’s coaches, Marshall Watts, Eric Folmar, and Micah Henderson. In third with a net of 52.4 were Michael Cauthen, Rick Bourne, Jefferey Hardy, and Brian VanBavel. The hole marked for the longest drive competition was #3 Canyon Course. Hardy took home this prize. Jackson Scott, a sophomore member of the FDA golf team, won the closest to the pin contest which was on Sherling Course #4. The FDAC appreciates all those who supported this event and have begun planning their next fundraiser, the annual 30-for-30 gun raffle. (Kathy Pickens | The Standard)

Acreman and Ortega named 2022 Achievers

Fort Dale Academy senior Cahley Acreman and Georgiana School senior Santos Ortega were recipients of a $3,500 scholarship courtesy of the 2022 Achiever Award Scholarship ceremony, held at Lurleen B. Wallace Community College Wendell Mitchell Conference Center in Greenville on Thursday evening, May 5. Seventeen Butler County student-athletes were nominated...

Dance teacher with Lowndes County connections to hold 50th dance recital

Susan Berry Andrews of Greenville began taking ballet lessons in second grade. She was trained and mentored by the late Eleanor Sammith of Selma and the late Carmell Harrell of Hayneville. Harrell studied ballet at the Royal Academy of Ballet in London. In 2020, Susan Berry Andrews of Greenville, reached...

Lady Eagles season ends

The Fort Dale Academy Eagles softball came to a close this weekend in the state tournament. The Lady Eagles lost their first game to Glenwood and then beat Springwood 11-1. Lee Scott beat Fort Dale in their third game and put them out of the tournament. Pictured are Lady Eagles turning a double play on a bunt. (Kathy Pickens | The Standard)

This day in sports history

Millard “Dixie” Howell is this week’s College Football Hall of Fame member. Howell played at Alabama from 1932-34. He was a native of Hartford and graduated from Geneva County High School in 1931. Howell was born on Nov. 24, 1912 and died March 2, 1971. Howell played...

23 Year Old Killed In Lowndes County Crash

State troopers say 23 year old Jaylyn Jackson was killed on Saturday when the car she was driving collided with another vehicle. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Highway Patrol Division says at about 8:45 Saturday night, the Nissan Altima Jackson was driving hit a 2019 GMC Yukon. Jackson was pronounced...
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Benefit to establish Sierra Newman Memorial Scholarship Fund this Saturday

The Georgiana Opry House will host a benefit to help establish the Sierra Newman Memorial Scholarship Fund to Lurleen B. Wallace Community College (LBWCC) on Saturday, May 14, starting at 9 a.m. The scholarship honors 2018 Georgiana High School graduate, and LBWCC student and ensemble member at time of her death, Sierra Newman, who lost her life in a November 2019 vehicle accident while on her way to LBWCC. There will be an antique car show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., an arts and crafts fair with various vendors, a bake sale and more. There is no admission fee for t.

Trial date set for suspect in shooting death of Lowndes County sheriff

LOWNDES COUNTY, Ala. (WSFA) - A judge has set a trial date for the man accused of killing Lowndes County Sheriff John “Big John” Williams in late 2019. Lowndes County Circuit Court Judge Bert W. Rice set trial for William Chase Johnson to begin on Oct. 11. The judge made the decision after becoming aware that the county would only have one criminal jury term for the rest of 2022 and no terms in 2023 until the month of April.


Mr. Joseph “Joe” Burgans age 85 of Greenville, died on Sunday, May 8, 2022. Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, May 11, beginning at 2 p.m. at Brushy Creek Baptist Church Cemetery in Georgiana, with Brother Chris Mosley officiating and Dunklin Funeral Home directing. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude Hospital in his memory.


Mr. Charles Moses Heartsill, age 60, a resident of Fort Deposit, passed away on May 1, 2022. Mr. Heartsill was preceded in death by his parents Zollie and Kathleen Heartsill, sister, Wanda McCarty, and brother, Timothy Heartsill. He is survived by his daughter, Jenna (Justin) Jones; brothers, Ren (Leta) Heartsill...

Mercer Takes Down Furman in Semifinals

HIGH POINT, N.C. – Mercer scored early and often in their first-ever Big South tournament game on the way to a 22-8 dispatching of Furman on Friday evening at High Point University. The Bears' offense was paced by Chloe Schaeffer, who scored six and Hailey Rhatigan with five. "Way...

County Water Authority unveils building cornerstone

Community pride was on display Monday afternoon as Lowndes County Water Authority unveiled its recently erected cornerstone for their office building in Hayneville. Built in 2013, this building houses the administrative offices that ensure safe drinking water is delivered to Lowndes county residents. The new building was desperately needed for...