Vidalia, GA

Hazlehurst graduate named Donaldson Award recipient at ABAC

Rebecca Mims Butler, a nursing major from Hazlehurst, received the George P. Donaldson award at Thursday's fall commencement ceremony at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. The award honors the top associate degree graduate participating in the ceremony. The recipient receives a plaque and a check for $500 from the ABAC Alumni...
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Rad Tech Program Graduates Nine in STC Class of 2021

Nine students graduated from the Radiologic Technology program on Thursday, December 2, at Southeastern Technical College’s (STC) pinning ceremony in Vidalia. Ansley Brannen and Grace Reed of Statesboro, Deyra Colmenares of Vidalia, Cesar Marquez and Jennifer Sabillon of Hazlehurst, Maegan McCumbers of Oak Park, Stormy Messex of Swainsboro, Corissa Vaughn of Baxley, and Katrina Walker of Uvalda graduated from STC with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Radiologic Technology, completing a program that took two years on- and off-campus.
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James "Brett" Franklin

James “Brett” Franklin, 60, of Metter and son of William James “Jimmy” Franklin and Sandra Tindol Franklin, passed away Sunday, December 5, 2021, at his residence.  Brett was born in Metter and lived in Metter most of his life. He was a member of the Metter United Methodist Church and was a graduate of Metter High School. Brett attended the University of Georgia where he was a Sigma Chi Brother and later graduated from Georgia Southern College with a degree in business. He was an avid Georgia Bulldog Fan. He worked at UPS for nine years and later joined his family at Jimmy Franklin Chevrolet in Metter as a Salesperson.
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Metter’s 8U boys win state

It was a fight to the finish, but the Metter-Candler 8U All-Star team emerged victorious, claiming the GRPA Class C State Title with a 6-0 win over Jeff Davis in overtime on Sunday. Coach Ryan Hadden explained the exciting match-up by saying, “This was a defensive battle from both teams.”

Santa plans visit to Nights of Lights

Guido Gardens in Metter is hosting the Nights Of Lights this year from Dec. 10-26 from 6 to 9 p.m. each evening. However, they are happy to announce that Santa himself will be appearing from Dec. 17-22! Bring the family to meet Santa and take photos with him! There is no admission charge and there is plenty of free parking every night. Call 912-685-2222 for more information!

Tiger season ends at Final Four

The Metter Tigers saw their incredible 2021 season come to an end this past Friday night when they suffered their first loss of the season. The Brooks County Trojans eliminated Metter from the playoffs with a 49-7 victory in The Jungle. The Tigers end the season with a 13-1 record...

Christmas comes to town!

From the arrival of the first parade entry to the final farewell to Santa Claus, the Christmas spirit was alive in the downtown area during Thursday’s Lighting of Metter ceremony. After enjoying the parade, the crowd turned to the park, where the lights were officially turned to the “On” position. The Metter High Band and dancers from Studio South Dance Academy entertained the audience, and attendees had a chance to visit the downtown merchants and to browse the vendor booths set up in the park.

Wrestlers go 7-2 in Yellow Jacket Duals

Traveling to Hazlehurst last Friday and Saturday, the SCHS Gamecock wrestlers of Griffen Greene put together a 7-2 record to claim a fifth place finish from among the 24 teams participating in the 15th annual Jeff Davis High School Yellow Jacket Duals Tournament. The Red and White improved to 16-6 in duals matches.

Frances Annette Warren Bazemore

Frances Annette Warren Bazemore, 87, of Metter, passed away early Monday morning, December 6, 2021 at Azalea Health and Rehabilitation.  She was a lifelong resident of Metter and was a daughter of Mondell and Cora Wren Warren. Mrs. Bazemore worked in the dietary department of Candler County Hospital for many years. She was a member of Cedar Street Baptist Church and was an avid reader and loved to crochet. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Bazemore was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Bazemore; a brother, Wayne Warren.

Shirley "Ann" Burris

Shirley “Ann” Burris, 74 of Sylvania, formally of Metter died on December 4, 2021.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Geoffery and Helen Kitchens Blackburn.  She worked as an Emergency Medical Tech as well as an LPN, having worked in the emergency room at Candler County Hospital for over twenty years and at Pleasant View Health Care.

William George Mitchell

William George Mitchell, 39, passed away on December 5, 2021 in Metter. He was born in Bulloch County on December 5, 1982. He attended Candler County Schools and David Emanuel Academy. William graduated college from Brewton Parker College. He was a member of the Metter First Baptist Church.  He is...

Dec. 7 - Paul Anderson Youth Home hosts Christmas Family Extravaganza

December 7, 2021 - Paul Anderson Youth Home (PAYH), a fully accredited and licensed residential program and on-campus school offering a second chance to young men in crisis, held their annual Christmas concert event and party on Dec. 2, at the First Baptist Church of Vidalia. "During this Christmas season,...

EGSC Fall Commencement set for December 11

East Georgia State College will hold its Fall Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, December 11 at 10 a.m. The ceremony will be held in the Gymnasium in Swainsboro. Friends and family of the graduates are welcome to attend the event. The speaker for the ceremony is Dr. Mary Waalkes, a professor of history at EGSC-Augusta. Ben Beverly, a Correll Scholar at EGSC, will perform “God Bless America.”

BPC Track & Field Teams Open Season with First Place Finishes at Barons Indoor/Outdoor Invite

MOUNT VERNON, Ga. -- The Brewton-Parker Men’s Track & Field program hosted the Barons Indoor/Outdoor Invitational on Saturday in Mount Vernon, Ga. Brewton-Parker hosted its first home meet in program history at the Montgomery County Track & Field Complex across from BPC’s campus with Edward Waters (Fla.) and Thomas (Ga.) competing as well. The Barons gathered 57 team points, earning first place amongst the three-team field. Edward Waters notched 36 points with Thomas gathering 33.

Mr. Walter H. "Sonny" Scott, Vidalia

Mr. Walter H. "Sonny" Scott, age 75, of Vidalia, died Saturday, December 4, 2021, at Memorial Health Meadows Hospital in Vidalia after a sudden illness. He was a native of Toombs County, living in Miami, Florida for several years, and in Vidalia most of his life. He worked at Federal Pacific, Somers Concrete & Pipe Plant, and with the Georgia Department of Transportation and the City of Vidalia as a heavy equipment operator. He was a member of Smith Street Baptist Church and the Alby Gay Sunday School Class. He enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, old westerns, tinkering on automobiles, and Sunday drives. He is preceded in death by his parents, Ruby Dell Maddox Mosley and Cuyler Pierce Mosley.

BOE gets $3.1M grant for MCCA

Candler County Board of Education has been awarded $3.1 million from the State Board of the Technical College System of Georgia. Funds will be used to construct a new Metter College & Career Academy facility on the campus of Metter High School. Southeastern Technical College will partner with Candler County School Systems to establish the MCCA.