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Adel woman to serve six years in prison for cruelty to children

On Feb. 19, 2024, Superior Court Judge Richard L. Perryman III sentenced Carolyn Ann Lissimore, 44, of Adel to serve six years in state prison after she pleaded guilty to cruelty to children, first degree (two counts), according to court records. The judge sentenced Ms. Lissimore to a total of 30 years, the first six…

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Samantha Patton, first Lady Hornet to win state championship in wrestling

Congratulations to Cook High School’s Samantha “Sam” Patton, 17, for winning the State Championship in the Girls 130LB Weight Class Division at the 2024 GHSA Traditional Wrestling State Championship, held Friday, Feb. 16, and Saturday, Feb. 17, in Macon. Sam Patton, a junior, made her mark in the records book at Cook High by becoming…

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Adel woman sentenced to two life sentences without parole for child molestation

Alapaha Judicial Circuit District Attorney Chase L. Studstill has announced that on Wednesday February 14th, 2024, Amelia Spires, age 47, was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole followed by an additional 69 years in prison. Spires pled guilty to four counts charging her with, among other things, aggravated sexual battery,…

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Adel celebrates Galentine’s Day

The community celebrated a Galentine’s Day Shopping Event on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024, in downtown Adel. Galentine’s Day is a global holiday that celebrates women’s friendship. Galentine’s Day is typically marked as Feb. 13, but can be observed any day. “The Galentine’s Shopping Event packed downtown Adel on Saturday!” said Adel Main Street Director Dana…

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Earl Jackson resigns as Mayor of Sparks; pleads to misdemeanor theft

On Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2024, Superior Court Judge Richard L. Perryman III sentenced Earl Jackson, 78, to 12 months’ probation after Jackson pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft by taking as a lesser included offense, court records state. Jackson agreed as a condition of probation to immediately resign as Mayor of the City of Sparks, and,…

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Community celebrates the life and legacy of Coach Willie Batchelor

Sunrise: April 7, 1934 Sunset: Jan. 17, 2024 The community mourns the passing of Coach Willie Batchelor, 89 years old, the first African-American elected to the Cook County Board of Commissioners and the longest serving County Commissioner at the time he retired from the board. Batchelor represented the people of District 1 (Adel West/Sparks) and…

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State files civil complaint for confiscation of currency and property under racketeering act

Alapaha Judicial Circuit District Attorney Chase Studstill recently filed a civil action, 2024CV005, in Cook County Superior Court against local defendants Michelle Meadows, Rusty Meadows, Heather Danielle Edmondson, Ashlin Meadows, and James Shivers Jr. In the action, filed Jan. 12, 2024, in Superior Court, the State seeks confiscation of U.S. currency, inventory, equipment, and personal…

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Crowd celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Local residents enjoyed the beautiful weather on Monday evening, Jan. 15, 2024, while celebrating the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The annual march/caravan began at 5 p.m. Monday with an opening prayer led by Pastor David Johnson in front of the Cook County Courthouse.  The group then participated in a march/caravan…

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School board appoints Dr. Ward as CMS Interim Principal

The Cook County Board of Education voted unanimously Monday night, Jan. 8, 2024, to appoint formerly retired, long-time educator Dr. Mary Sue Ward as Cook Middle School Interim Principal. The Adel-Cook County Chamber of Commerce named Dr. Ward as 2008 Woman of the Year. During her 26 years in education, she served as a band…

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