2007-12-26 / Front Page

A look back at the year 2007

As the year 2008 begins, the news of 2007 is now history. To recap last year, here is summary of the articles found in the Miller County Liberal.

This final glimpse of 2007 will appear in four installments, covering three months in each segment.


When you mention party, these twins are always ready. If you tell them that there is going to be a bingo party, with prizes, they will finda way to get there.a

Uva and Una Mason did enjoy a birthday luncheon/ bingo party at the home of Betty Jo and Terry Toole on Thursday, December 28, 2006.

Hosting the gala event with Betty Jo were Uva's other daughter, Mealie Webb of Morrow, and Una's daughter, Sara Long of Bainbridge.

After enjoying the birthday cake the group played Bingo for over two hours, and would have still been playing but the caller was losing her voice and the final game was called.

The twins said that the bingo players would be talking about their birthday party until next year on their 94th.

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Congratulations to Rachel Grimsley for winning the title of Miss Georgia Jr. Teen America Sunday, night January 7th in Macon. The pageant was held at the beautiful Grand Opera House in the history city of Macon. The preliminary was Saturday, January 6th and the final was held on Sunday.

Rachel is the daughter of Felix and Tammy Grimsley of Colquitt and the granddaughter of Thelma Richardson of Iron City and

the late Jacob Reese and Joanne Grimsley of Colquitt and the late Don Grimsley.

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The date of anticipation has arrived! The new wing to Miller County Hospital is now open.

Construction CGM started ground preparation in January 2006 and promised completion by January 2007. Staying on schedule Construction CGM allowed Miller County Hospital on January 9, 2007, to proudly open the new wing.

Mrs. Una Mason and Mr. Wallace Reagan were the first and second patients to be admitted into the new wing.

Wallace Reagan and his wife, Theo, enjoy the new room and equipment in the hospital.

Miller County Hospital now offers to the community 15 new private rooms.

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It's not unusual for people from other countries to visit Colquitt. Kathy Dugan and her parents, Jack and Runell, kicked off the New Year with New Zealand guests. In 2003, Kathy and her friend, Jean Brock, visited New Zealand where they spent several days with Elspeth Campbell, Tim Datson and their children Beau, Jonty and Kennedy in their home in Wellington, New Zealand.

It was Elspeth that helped Jean and Kathy arrange a tour of the country. This family from New Zealand is taking the trip of a lifetime. They are taking eight months to tour the US and Europe. After seven months of touring, the family arrived in Colquitt on New Year's Day and enjoyed visiting and catching up.

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It has always been an honor to have outstanding athletes here in little old Colquitt, Georgia, and recently, Miller County High School Basketball Head Coach Robert Melton was honored at his hometown school, Randolph Southern in Shellman for all of his athletic ability he gave during his high school years. His jersey #44 was officially retired during the ceremony.

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Birth Announcements: Tyler Glynn Griffin, William Benjamin Byrd II, Gavin Christopher Wright.

Deat hs:N Smith Carter, Mildred Mittie Houston, Ralph "Sonny Man" Phillips, Pat Burke, Venita Lee Smith, Newton Edwin "Jabo" King, Jimmie Leon Toole, Rosa Mae Henry Trawick, Jean Smith Carter, Mildred Mittie Houston, Betty Donalson Kelley, Jerry Hunter Hall, Sandra Camille Bush Treadway, Carol Lorine Spray, Flora Bundrick, Helen H. O'Neal, Aaron Wesley "Bubba" Varnadoe, Sarah Agnes Michael, Rev. Ben Hill Phillips, Jimmie Bruce Easom, Marlene W. Fox, Henry Jack Holland, Roger Daniel Grimes, Cherry Pitt Watkins, Lou Edward Miller, Calvin Holmes Jr. (Buddy), Benjamin Allen Brodgen.


Michael Lee "Mickey" Kennedy In several impressive ceremonies held October 20 and 21, 2006, in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Michael Lee Kennedy Jr. was inducted into the Green Berets, an elite group of soldiers of the United States Army.

Mickey" is the son of Terry and Pam Williams of Colquitt and Michael and Kim Kennedy of Calhoun, Tennessee. His grandfather is Edward A. Miller of Colquitt. He has one son, Noah, of Columbus.

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Kayla Calhoun, a senior, has been named 2007 PAGE STAR Student for Miller County High School. The announcement was made by Tracy Pickle, representing Ameris Bank in Colquitt, local sponsor of the Miller County STAR program. Kayla, the daughter of Kevin and Sherry Calhoun of Colquitt, selected Bill Spooner, agriculture teacher at Miller County High School, as her STAR Teacher.

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William "Billy" Bundy retired after more than 33 years as a law officer in two counties.

Lt. William "Billy" Bundy was honored by the Miller County Sheriff's Department with a BBQ luncheon at the Miller County Jail. The jovial officer was joined by many of his fellow Glass for allowing him to serve officers from the Sheriff and thanked his many friends for Department, the Colquitt Police their support and backing and Department and other friends most of all his wife, Patsy and and family. son, Will for helping him serve Lt. Bundy thanked Sheriff these years in law enforcement.

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Birth Announcements: Madelyn Reece Lane, Konnor Hayes Kelley, Cailyn Grace, Harrison James East

Deaths: Maggie Leigh Smith, Rhoda Ann Coddington, Leroy Roseborough Sr., Gene Faircloth, Vickie Ward Davis, Pattie Parker Bullock, Choice William Houston, Lu-Ann Hobby Swofford, Lou Ellen Wade Walton, James Parker, Leonard Varnum, Shirley Lavette Douglas, Wilma Flathmann Cash, Nelle H. Swofford, Jody Lee Gordon, Rubye Irene Black, Patricia Ann Denson


When big Charles Grant does it, he does it right. He held his fourth "Kids Day Out" at his home on Fourth Street in Colquitt.

It was another good day in Colquitt with games, fun and food, thanks to Charles Grant, former Miller County football star, University of Georgia star and now professional football player for the New Orleans Saints.

Thanks, Charles, for being a good citizen and sharing with our young people.

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Friday morning, March 9, before a large crowd of seniors, CEO Harley Smith gave Joe Martin a certificate of appreciation for his 40 years of continuous service to Miller County Hospital.

CEO Harley Smith said, "Joe's dedication to the hospital and his vast knowledge and expertise of the mechanical workings of this hospital has made him a very valuable employee. We really do thank him and appreciate his devotion to his work and the people he serves."

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A large crowd of friends, family, politicians, and business people gathered Friday morning, March 16, 2007, for the grand opening and ribbon cutting of Emerald Lake RV Park.

The park, owned and operated by Don and Charlene Mathis and Edwin and Margaret Lavender, is located at 698 Enterprise Rd. and GA 91 South.

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Birth Announcements: David Kolter Busby, Gracie Marie Pepper, Bowen Thomas Smith, John Morgan Peters, Jordan Laine Cleveland, Samantha Michele Nix

Deaths: Winston E. (Wink) Lane, Margaret Smith Williams, Benjamin F. Kyles, Choice William Houston, Lucille Marion Lawrence Hardwick, Judy Sue Spence Burch, Jily Max "J.M." Cross, Lester Weaver, Idus James Cross Sr., Johnny Quinton Dukes, Yonnie Meeks, Willie A. Williams Sr. "Buddy", Zebie Lee Bush, Benton Carl Davis Sr., Mary Jane Herring, April Yvette Burns, Devon Lee Mixon, Merle Reed Shingler

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