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Construction grant awarded for Val Del Rd.

VALDOSTA, Georgia — In May 2022, the Georgia Department of Transportation (Georgia DOT) awarded 23 new contracts for construction projects across the state. Three are for TIA-funded projects in the Southern Georgia region. They are: • Coffee County: this project would resurface and rehabilitate the shoulders on 10.998 miles of Youngie Fussell Road starting at…

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Huge fire devastates landmark business

  The biggest fire at a local business in many years burned up eight acres of product and equipment last week at Guthrie Lumber Company on Union Street in Cecil. The blaze broke out at about 3:45 p.m. on Wednesday, June 22, 2022, at the company’s saw mill and spread rapidly through the lumber yard.…

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Debbie Murray, 71

Debbie Murray, 71 of Adel passed away Sunday, June 26, 2022 at Tift Regional Medical Center. Debbie was born May 7, 1951 to the late Ernest James & Emmu Lou Ellis Hairred. She was a member of New Life Baptist Church. She enjoyed crocheting, and going to the mountains. Debbie loved her cats, and loved…

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Luther Dukes, 54

Luther Dukes, 54 of Leesburg passed away Sunday, June 19, 2022 at his residence. Luther was born in Hahira to the late Franklin Redding, Sr & Mary Lewis Redding. He loved his family and was a hard worker. He enjoyed riding motorcycles, and working with Miles Towing. Survivors include his wife, Rhonda Dukes of Leesburg;…

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Hilda Whitehurst Allen, 73

Hilda Whitehurst Allen, 73, of Adel passed away Friday, June 24, 2022. She was born on August 17, 1948, to the late Burris Whitehurst and Mildred Fletcher Whitehurst. She lived most of her life in Cook County and was a very devoted member of Antioch Church. Hilda’s outgoing and vibrant personality served her well throughout…

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Cook County Schools honor 2022 Exemplary ESOL Teacher

During the Monday, June 13, 2022, regular session, the Cook County Board of Education honored Margaret Smith as 2022 Cook County Schools Exemplary ESOL Teacher. Dr. Becky Ratts, Assistant Superintendent/Federal Programs Director, presented the special recognition to Mrs. Smith. A Japanese proverb states, “Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with…

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Sonny Franklin Powers, 69

Mr. Sonny Franklin Powers, 69, of Greensboro, Alabama, entered peacefully into eternal rest on June 5, 2022 at his home with loved ones present. The elder son of the late Columbus Franklin Powers and the late Donnie Marie (Williams) Powers of Deland, Florida, Sonny left school early to serve in the Army in 1970, but…

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Sylvia Ann Cowan, 72

Sylvia Ann Cowan, 72 of Adel passed away Tuesday, June 14, 2022 at her residence. Sylvia was born in Atlanta on August 16, 1949 to the late Walter & Ann Hart Long. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Adel and retired from Cook County Board of Education as a teacher/coach. Sylvia attended…

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Calvin L. Smith, 64

Calvin L. Smith, 64, of Valdosta, passed away peacefully at home, Friday, June 17, 2022.  Born on September 20, 1957, he was a lifelong resident of South Georgia.  He worked at Vicco Company for 15 years. Calvin enjoyed his time by fishing and hunting. He was one of nine children born to the late Morris…

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