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County seeks naming of ‘Major Terry Arnold Memorial Highway’

On Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023, County Commissioner Jeff Lane made a motion, seconded by County Commissioner Lindsey Parrish, to approve a “Resolution Declaring Major Terry Arnold Memorial Highway of Cook County, Georgia.” All voted in favor. The resolution states: “WHEREAS, Cook County, Georgia is governed by the Cook County Board of Commissioners; and “WHEREAS, Major…

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Chamber announces 2023 STAR Student and Teacher

During the Monday, Jan. 23, 2023, regular session of the Cook County Board of Education, the Adel-Cook County Chamber of Commerce recognized the 2023 STAR Student and Teacher. This year, the winners are Cook High School senior Jay Patel – STAR Student and Hope Weaver – STAR Teacher. Heather Green, Chamber of Commerce president, and…

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Eight minutes of havoc: Tornado strikes Adel

A confirmed EF-2 tornado roared through Adel a half hour before sunset on Jan. 22, 2023, the sixth anniversary of the worst natural disaster in Cook County’s history. The twister snapped trees like twigs and sent them smashing into several homes, but God spared the community from any reported injuries or fatalities this time around.…

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Cecil Councilwoman indicted for murder

On Monday, Jan. 9, 2023, the Cook County Grand Jury returned a “true bill” or indictment for felony murder and exploitation and intimidation of a disabled adult, elder person, or resident against Cecil Councilwoman Constance Dianna Davis, 69, according to Superior Court records. On April 6, 2022, the Grand Jury initially indicted Ms. Davis for…

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Concerned Citizens of Cook County, SELC secure settlement agreement with Spectrum Energy

Concerned Citizens of Cook County (4C), represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center, reached a settlement agreement with Spectrum Energy Georgia, LLC in the operation of a proposed wood pellet plant in Adel, according to a news release. Effective Dec. 24, 2022, the agreement includes more protections for public health than the permit authorized by state regulators,…

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County officials sworn in during investiture ceremony

The investiture (swearing-in) ceremony for county officials – re-elected, newly elected, and appointed – was held on Wednesday morning, Dec. 28, 2022, in the main courtroom at the Cook County Courthouse. Cook County Probate Judge Chase Daughtrey gave the welcome. Chief Superior Court Judge Clayton Tomlinson delivered the opening invocation and remarks. Judge Daughtrey then…

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Adel Council votes 3-2 to name sole finalist for City Manager

During a called meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2022, the Adel City Council voted 3-2 to name Mark Barber, who currently serves as Valdosta City Manager, as the sole finalist for the position of Adel City Manager. Voting in favor were Council Members Walter Cowart, Jody Greene, and Terry McClain. Voting in opposition were Council…

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Arson suspected in two fires

On Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022, Chaserville, Central Cook, and Southeast Cook Fire Stations were paged out to a structure fire at an unknown address on VanBrackle Road, Adel. While en route, crews were informed that it was an abandoned structure that was on fire.   Units arrived on the scene, initiated attack, and extinguished the…

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Adel Council approves land swap for Ala. Road

Adel Mayor Buddy Duke called to order the Monday, Dec. 19, 2022, meeting of the Adel City Council.   Members present were Mayor Duke and Council Members Terry McClain, Greg Paige, Walter Cowart, Celestine Hayes, and Jody Greene. Others present were City Clerk Rhonda Rowe and City Attorney Tim Tanner. Councilman McClain gave the opening…

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County Commission turns down idea for out-of-county garbage

Colquitt County Administrator Chas Cannon and Colquitt County Solid Waste Manager Stacy Griffin approached the Cook County Board of Commissioners at their most recent meeting about Colquitt County possibly contracting to send that county’s garbage to the Cook County Landfill. Cannon said Colquitt County currently takes tons of garbage from a transfer station on Shade…

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