2020-01-08 E-Edition

A Picture of the Past

This is a little history about something that is gone. I won’t get it all right, but here is some of it. When this photo was taken, the Hilton Jones Motor Co. was something else. The roadway was two lanes and now is a five lane highway. Things change, and as of the end of December 2019, things really did […]

One Last Look


APRIL Four years ago, Kraig and Brittany Vickers of Leary welcomed their first child, a son they named Evan. In the weeks and months leading up to his birth, the Vickers prepared for their baby to be born with multiple congenital heart defects that would need surgery. They decided to deliver in Atlanta to be near a specialized children’s hospital […]

One arrested for burglary

On December 24, 2019, Deputy Isabella Lawson responded to 2339 GA Highway 91 South in reference to a theft that had already occurred. Upon arrival, Deputy Lawson made contact with the complainant, Steve Houston. Houston advised that he had a 3600 watt Champion generator and a Dewalt air compressor stolen out of his barn. Houston advised Deputy Lawson that the […]

New Laws in effect as of January 1

The “heartbeat” antiabortion bill Gov. Brian Kemp pushed through the General Assembly this year will not take effect Jan. 1 as intended, blocked by a federal judge. But more than a dozen less controversial measures Georgia lawmakers enacted during the 2019 legislative session will become law with the coming of the new year. The state’s new business court will become […]

Remembering Our Ancestors

It has been said, “You can tell a lot about a community by how they care for their ancestors.” As a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, I have been searching for the burial sites of Confederate veterans, requiring much research and scouting work. As of now, we have located at least 166 graves found in 26 cemeteries where […]

Alpha Omicron Recognizes New Teachers

The Alpha Omicron Chapter of The Georgia State Organization of The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International recognizes the following new women educators: Decatur County Schools – Dakota Baade, Victoria Cay, Rebecca Faircloth, Bailee Harrell, Julia Hernandez, and Bethany Williams; Early County Schools – Michelle Summers; Miller County Schools – Dana Newsome; Seminole County Schools – Erica Boyette; Southwest Georgia Academy […]

Rules to teach your son

1. Never shake a man’s hand sitting down. 2. Don’t enter a pool by the stairs. 3. The man at the BBQ grill is the closest thing to a king. 4. In a negotiation, never make the first offer. 5. Request the late check-out. 6. When entrusted with a secret, keep it. 7. Hold your heroes to a higher standard. […]

Warm it Cheaper

Happy New Year, which for many of us, is ending much like last year did: in a deep freeze. Making matters worse are surges in heating prices in various regions. Case in point: Natural gas prices have reached levels in the U.S. Northeast not seen since the Polar Vortex. These expenses are hitting everybody hard, especially households living near the […]


The Miller County – James W. Merritt, Jr. Memorial Library is a member of the Southwest Georgia Regional Library System, which serves Decatur, Miller, and Seminole Counties. The library had another busy year in 2019, which saw the introduction of new programs and materials. Community members of all ages and interests enjoyed the library’s collections and services throughout the year. […]