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Cook High School honors outstanding students and staff

Cook High School recognized students and staff members who have excelled. CHS Principal Dr. Joi Williams joined Superintendent of Schools Dr. Tim Dixon and Board of Education Chairman Jeff Taylor in presenting the awards during the Monday, Jan. 23, 2023, regular session of the Cook County Board of Education. The awards included: Top Two Highest…

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Super neighbors pitch in to help after tornado

Churches, individuals and groups such as the Hornet baseball team, and local government agencies joined forces last week to help with relief and cleanup efforts after an EF-2 tornado smashed through Adel on late Sunday afternoon, Jan. 22, 2023. Thankfully, no one was injured, although the twister damaged about two dozen homes in the Kent…

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School board approves applying for $50,000 safety grant

School Safety Director Richard Herrin presented the Rural School Safety Grant during the Monday, Jan. 23, 2023, work session of the Cook County Board of Education. The $50,000 Rural School Safety Grant will be funded by The Office of Rural Education and Innovation. No local match is required. The grant funds will be used to…

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Congratulations to 2022 Community Award Honorees!

 On Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023, the Adel-Cook County Chamber of Commerce announced the 2022 Community Award Honorees.  The honorees are:  • Sharon Harnage, Woman of the Year. She is owner of Quick Consulting & Business Services and TSR Boutique LLC. She has been instrumental in many community activities; for example, helping coordinate the community response…

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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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Community mourns passing of World War II veteran and business owner

On Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, the community lost Samuel Vernon Guthrie, one of the last local World War II veterans and Cook County’s oldest business owner. Mr. Guthrie passed away at the age of 102. Mr. Guthrie was born January 31, 1920, to Jimmy and Theriba Ford Guthrie on a farm located in the Poplar Springs…

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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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