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  • Boil Water Notice Issued from City of Vidalia

    The City of Vidaia issued the following press release Friday afternoon:

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    Due to the recent water main repair in the Green Street area, water pressure in parts of the water system has dropped to dangerously low levels. When this occurs a potential health

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    Newsbreak | Kathy Hilt | 12 July 2024 | 15:17
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  • GBI Announces Promotion of McRae Native

     

    Robert Jordan The Georgia Bureau of Investigation announces the promotion of Robert Jordan to Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the GBI West Georgia Gang Task Force. 

    “ASAC Jordan will make a great addition to the West GA Gang Task Force leadership team,” said GBI Director Chris Hosey. “Since he's been at the

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    Newsbreak | Kathy Hilt | 12 July 2024 | 15:15
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  • Potential New Evidence Delays Telfair County Murder Trial

    The trial of Jay Towns who was charged with the murder in Telfair County nine years ago has been delayed again. This time, because of new evidence that was recently discovered.

    Towns allegedly lured Bud and June Runion from Cobb County to Telfair County in January 2015 to potentially purchase a

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    Newsbreak | Kathy Hilt | 12 July 2024 | 15:12
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  • Rural Zone Tax Credits Mean Serious Savings to Downtown Vidalia Business and Property Owners

    If you’ve ever wanted to open a business in downtown Vidalia or if you already have one and are thinking about renovating the building, now is the time to give it serious consideration.

    Tonya Parker, Executive Director of the Downtown Vidalia Association, said there are major tax credits being offered

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    Newsbreak | Kathy Hilt | 11 July 2024 | 15:37
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  • OSHA Cites Sawmill For Willful Safety Violations After 2023 Employee Death

    A Hazlehurst sawmill could be fine well over a quarter of a million dollars after an investigation determined that the December 18, 2023, death of a worker could have been prevented.

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, commonly referred to as OSHA, Region 4 determined that Thompson

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    Newsbreak | Kathy Hilt | 11 July 2024 | 15:24
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  • Board of Election Meeting

    Carey Alligood, Election Supervisor for Toombs County, has announced that there will be a called meeting of the Toombs County Board of Elections on Thursday, July 16, 2024, at 4:00 p.m. in the Election's Office in the Toombs County Government Center in Lyons.

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    Newsbreak | Kathy Hilt | 11 July 2024 | 13:18
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  • STC Emergency Services Honoring One of Their Own

    EMS Honoring Laurie Holland STC Emergency Services Students Pictured (Back Row L-R): STC Director of Emergency Services Education Mike Young, Nik Stevens, Morgan Dyal, Ashley Akridge (Front Row L-R): Nick Lassiter, Destiny Elton, Alyssa Mosley, Tony Villegas (Not pictured: Karina Salazer)

    Laurie Holland, a paramedic, served years

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    Newsbreak | Jeff Raiford | 11 July 2024 | 07:41
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  • ALTAMAHA EMC OFFERS STUDENTS LESSONS IN LEADERSHIP AND CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY

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    “Leadership is not about titles, positions or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another.” ― John C. Maxwell

    Outstanding students from across Georgia, including Joy Jackson from Swainsboro High School, Slade Holland from Toombs County High School, and Noah Varn from Vidalia High School,

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    Newsbreak | Jeff Raiford | 10 July 2024 | 10:35
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  • Holt Places 3rd at FCCLA National Conference

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    Toombs County High School is announces that Grace Holt placed 3rd in the nation in the FCCLA STAR Event RED Talks on Education at the 2024 National FCCLA Conference in Seattle, WA.  

    As Grace prepares to start her degree in Elementary Education at Georgia Southern University this fall, she will take

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    Newsbreak | Kathy Hilt | 10 July 2024 | 10:03
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Sportsbreak

  • VST to Swim at State

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    The Vidalia Swim Team will travel to Moultrie this Thursday, in preparation for the GRPA State Swim Meet to be held at Memorial Pool of the Moultrie-Colquitt Recreation Department.  Preliminaries will be held on Friday, July 12th.  The top 8 from each event will compete again on Saturday for

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    Sportsbreak | Bob Roberts | 12 July 2024 | 09:02
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  • Brewton-Parker Athletics: Women’s Soccer Releases 2024 Schedule

    7 11 24 Womens Soccer Schedule

    MOUNT VERNON, Ga. – The Brewton-Parker Women’s Soccer program has announced the 2024 schedule ahead of the upcoming campaign for the Lady Barons. Head Coach, Phillip Borde enters his third season at the helm of the BPC women’s squad and remains excited about the future of the program.

    The Lady

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    Sportsbreak | Bob Roberts | 11 July 2024 | 07:33
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  • Vidalia Swim Team host Annual invitational Meet

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    On Saturday, June 29th, the Vidalia Swim Team hosted their annual VST Invitational at the Vidalia Aquatics Center. The team performed very well, earning 3rd place as a team, as well as having a number of high points winners.  In the Boys 9-10 age division, Easton Moore earned 1st Place and

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    Sportsbreak | Bob Roberts | 10 July 2024 | 09:51
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  • 19th Annual Paul Anderson Youth Home Bike Ride

    The 19th Annual Paul Anderson Youth Home Bike Ride is July 13-19, and several young men are ready to bike more than 550 miles starting and ending at the PAYH in Vidalia, Ga.

    “The training has been hard, but they take good care of us. This has been the first time that I have ridden on a real road

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    Sportsbreak | Bob Roberts | 10 July 2024 | 09:43
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  • Brewton-Parker Athletics: Steve Edwards Recognized as The Leadership Playbook’s Head Coach of the Year

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    MOUNT VERNON, Ga. – Brewton-Parker Women’s Basketball Head Coach, Steve Edwards, has been announced as The Leadership Playbook 2023-24 Head Coach of the Year. This honor is one that recognizes coaches who maximize success, value growth, and make a positive impact on those they are called to lead.

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    Sportsbreak | Bob Roberts | 10 July 2024 | 06:16
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  • Sports & Scores This Week (7-8-24)

    July 8-- Here are the latest sports schedules and scores for the week. 

    Monday, July 8

    Baseball: Braves 5, Diamondbacks 4 F/11 

    Tuesday, July 9

    Baseball: Braves 6, Diamondbacks 2

    Wednesday, July 10

    Baseball: Diamondbacks 7, Braves 5

    Thursday, July 11

    Baseball: Diamondbacks 1, Braves 0

    Friday, July

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    Sportsbreak | Bob Roberts | 08 July 2024 | 06:42
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  • VRD Youth Baseball Teams Win State Championships

    7 2 24 VRD 8U Boys State

    Top (L-R): Sam Poole, Kievy Hill, Mason Johnson, Nash Moore, Jeremiah Pittman, Landyn Wallace.Bottom (L-R): Brantley Dowd, Durham Roper, Nash Welsh, Orlando Dasher, Chase Phillips, Will Shiver, Tripp Moon. Coaches: Billy Shiver, Doug Roper, and Buck Moon.

     7 2 24 VRD 12U Boys State

    Kneeling (L-R): Asher Hamilton, Logan

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    Sportsbreak | Bob Roberts | 03 July 2024 | 07:09
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  • Red Bullet Invitational Golf Tournament Recap

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    1st Place Team (left to right): Michael Gary, Pat Craft, Brian Fitzgerald, & Jeremy Moore with Buddy Martin (Head TCHS Football Coach & Athletic Director)

    The Toombs County Football Team recently hosted the Red Bullet Invitational Golf Tournament to raise funds for the Toombs County Football

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    Sportsbreak | Bob Roberts | 01 July 2024 | 09:00
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  • Sports & Scores This Week (7-1-24)

    July 1-- Here are the latest sports schedules and scores for the week. 

    Monday, July 1

    Tuesday, July 2

    Baseball: Giants 5, Braves 3 

    Wednesday, July 3

    Baseball: Braves 3, Giants 1

    Thursday, July 4

    Baseball: Giants 4, Braves 2

    Friday, July 5

    Baseball: Phillies 8, Braves 6

    Saturday, July 6

    Baseball:

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    Sportsbreak | Bob Roberts | 01 July 2024 | 06:42
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Community Calendar

The City of Vidaia issued the following press release Friday afternoon:

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Due to the recent water main repair in the Green Street area, water pressure in parts of the water system has dropped to dangerously low levels. When this occurs a potential health hazard may exist in these areas of zero pressure from backflow and/or back-siphonage of water of unknown quality into the water distribution system.

To protect the public from a potential health hazard, all citizens that have experienced water outages and/or low water pressures are advised to “boil” all water prior to use for drinking, cooking, or preparing baby food. The water should be boiled for at least one minute after reaching a rolling boil. Citizens should continue to boil their water until they are notified by their drinking water utility that the water system has been restored to full operation. We recommend you boil your water over the next 24-hour period.

Areas affected by this water main break and repair are:  Green Street, Mosley, Pinecrest, Bay, East 5th, East 6th, and 8th Street.

For any questions, please contact ESG, at 912-537-4566.

 

Robert Jordan The Georgia Bureau of Investigation announces the promotion of Robert Jordan to Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the GBI West Georgia Gang Task Force. 

“ASAC Jordan will make a great addition to the West GA Gang Task Force leadership team,” said GBI Director Chris Hosey. “Since he's been at the Bureau, he has been a hard worker and excelled as an investigator. It is that effort that has led him to the position of ASAC with the West GA Gang Task Force.”

“ASAC Jordan is an agent who embodies public service, having served the state and our country, " said Investigative Division Director Cynthia Adkins. "I have every confidence that ASAC Jordan will bring that experience and professionalism to the West GA Gang Task Force. There, his leadership will have a positive impact on the task force personnel and the overall community.”

ASAC Jordan began his career with the GBI In November of 2016 and was assigned to the West Metro Regional Drug Enforcement Office. Earlier in his career, Jordan served in the Army for 17 years and completed two tours to the Middle East. He is also a General P.O.S.T. certified instructor. 

ASAC Robert Jordan graduated from Valdosta State University with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. Later, he attended Liberty University and received his Master of Arts in Executive Leadership. 

ASAC Jordan is from McRae, Telfair County, GA. 

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is comprised of four divisions: the Georgia Crime Information Center, the Crime Laboratory, the Investigative Division, and the Legal Division. The GBI has over 900 employees and a current budget of $147,482,036. 

If you’ve ever wanted to open a business in downtown Vidalia or if you already have one and are thinking about renovating the building, now is the time to give it serious consideration.

Tonya Parker, Executive Director of the Downtown Vidalia Association, said there are major tax credits being offered through the Rural Zone Tax Credits initiative on state tax filings.

“The goal is to create jobs,” Parker said. “A new business owner that creates at least two new jobs or an existing business that hires at least two new employees may qualify for the credits.”

Parker stresses that these must be W-2 employees and not contracted labor.  These two new full-tie equivalent jobs equal to $2000 per new job per year, up to five years.

And these more credits. The Investment Tax Credit is for investors who purchase a building within the designated Rural Zone and is equivalent to 25 percent of the purchase price, not to exceed $125,000 total or $25,000 per year. Again, at least two net, new full-time jobs must be created at the property location to qualify for the investment credit.

The Rehabilitation Tax Credit is associated with the rehabilitation of a property within the Rural Zone. The credit is equivalent to 30 of the cost, not to exceed $15,000 or $50,000 per year. Qualifying, again, is dependent on job creation.

“This is all about jobs,” Parker said. “This is a tax credit and NOT a tax deduction and a credit is always better than a deduction because it comes right off the top. Plus, business and property owners can stack these credits together and qualify for all three parts – and that can add up to some serious money!”

If you are interested in the Rural Zone Tax Credits, contact Parker at the Main Street Office, 128 Church Street in Vidalia, or reach out via telephone to her at 912-537-8033 or email tparker @vidaliaga.gov.

The trial of Jay Towns who was charged with the murder in Telfair County nine years ago has been delayed again. This time, because of new evidence that was recently discovered.

Towns allegedly lured Bud and June Runion from Cobb County to Telfair County in January 2015 to potentially purchase a vehicle Bud Runion had posted on Craig’s List that he was interested in buying. Towns replied to the ad stating that he had a 1966 Mustang like the couple wanted and it was located in McRae. The couple decided to travel to Telfair County to make contact with him.

The Runions were never seen alive again, and their bodies were discovered in a wooded area days after the trip in Telfair County, both having been shot in the head. Their SUV was found submerged in a creek.

In April of this year, a 22-caliber gun and bag containing the couple’s licenses and credit cards were found in a creek, and the FBI crime lab is evaluating the evidence before the case goes to trial. In addition, attorneys for Towns told Judge Sarah Walls of the Oconee Judicial Circuit that they wanted their own time to review the new potential evidence.

Judge Walls has said the trial for Towns will be delayed until later this year, possibly being heard in November or December.

Oconee District Attorney Tim Vaughn had hoped to bring the case to trial in August or September. He has said he plans to seek the death penalty against Towns.

A Hazlehurst sawmill could be fine well over a quarter of a million dollars after an investigation determined that the December 18, 2023, death of a worker could have been prevented.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, commonly referred to as OSHA, Region 4 determined that Thompson Hardwoods, Inc., failed to properly train employees on new equipment, and as a result, 24-year-old employee suffered fatal injuries while working with a woodchipper.

According to a report released this week by OSHA, the equipment activated while the worker was trying to clear a log jam and despite coworkers and emergency personnel attempting to save the man, he died of his injuries.

Following its investigation OSHA cited Thompson Hardwoods with one willful violation of failing to document and follow hazardous energy control procedures to prevent caught-in and struck-by hazards on machines serviced by employees.

Audrey Windham, OSHA Acting Area Director from the Savannah Office, alleges that Thompson Hardwoods added new equipment to increase production but did not mitigate potential hazards before allowing workers to service and maintain the new equipment, and categorizes the death of the worker as a preventable loss.

OSHA also cited the company with a repeat violation for failing to apply lockout/tagout devices to isolate all energy sources. OSHA previously cited the employer for this violation in a 2022 inspection while it operated under the name of Beasley Forest Products, Inc.

In addition, OSHA cited the employer for two serious violations for exposing workers to caught-in and struck-by hazards by not training or retraining employees engaged in lockout/tagout procedures on effective energy control and for failing to enclose the chain and sprocket on the chipper’s outfeed. Thompson Hardwoods was also cited for failing to maintain worker training records for lock/out/tagout procedures.

As a result of the OSHA investigation, Thompson Hardwoods, Inc, faces a total of $267,327 in penalties.

Thompson hardwoods, Inc., is a Georgia corporation wholly owned by Beasley Johnson Holdings, Inc., based in Delaware.

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Obituaries

  • Mrs. Brenda Langley, Toombs Central Community

    Brenda Thursby Mrs. Brenda Langley Thursby, age 66, of the Toombs Central Community, died Wednesday, July 10, 2024, at Memorial Health Meadows Hospital in Vidalia, after a sudden illness.  She was a native of Astor, Florida and lived there and central Florida until moving to Toombs County in 1990.  She was a...
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    Obituary | Jeff Raiford | 12 July 2024 | 07:41
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  • Mr. Jackie McCumbers, Soperton

    Mr. Jackie McCumbers, age 76, of Soperton, died Wednesday, July 10, 2024, at his home, after a sudden illness.  He was born in St. Augustine, Florida on December 25, 1947 to the late Charlie Bernice McCumbers and Lois Ruth Lawrence McCumbers.  While in high school, he was a talented athlete, ran...
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    Obituary | Jeff Raiford | 12 July 2024 | 07:40
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  • Mr. Julus "Snowflake" Bouyer, Vidalia

    obit Bouyer The Vincent R. Drummer Funeral Home announces the death and arrangements for Mr. Julius Edwards Bouyer.Julius “Snowflake” Bouyer, son of the late Richard Bouyer and Nora V. George Bouyer, was born July 28, 1959, in Vidalia, Georgia. He was a graduate of Vidalia High School. At an early age, he...
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    Obituary | Kathy Hilt | 10 July 2024 | 13:43
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  • Mr. Lyman Stacy Adams, Uvalda

    obit Adams Mr. Lyman Stacy Adams, age 87, of Uvalda, died Tuesday, July 9, 2024, at his home, after an extended illness.  He was a native Uvalda and lived there most of his life.  He served seven years in the Army National Guard and retired after thirty-five years from the Georgia Department of Corrections.  He is...
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    Obituary | Kathy Hilt | 10 July 2024 | 11:29
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  • Mrs. Madelyne Hall Meeks, Lyons

    Madelyne Meeks Mrs. Madelyne Hall Meeks, 56, of Lyons passed away Sunday, July 7, 2024, at Memorial Hospital following an extended illness.  She was born February 2, 1968, in Swainsboro to the late Carlos Hall and Natalie Doye Hall.  Madelyne was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Carlos Lyn Hall; sister,...
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    Obituary | Jeff Raiford | 09 July 2024 | 07:13
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  • Mrs. Nelda Beckum Garrett, Lyons

    Nelda Garrett Mrs. Nelda Beckum Garrett, age 81, of Lyons, died Sunday, July 7, 2024, at Community Hospice House in Vidalia after a sudden illness.  She was born in Tennille, Georgia, moved to Toombs County as a child, and was a 1960 graduate of Vidalia High School.  Nelda was a legal secretary for fifty years...
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    Obituary | Jeff Raiford | 09 July 2024 | 07:07
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  • Mr. Danny Lee McCarty, Cedar Crossing

    obit McCarty Mr. Danny Lee McCarty, age 63, of Cedar Crossing, died Sunday, July 7, 2024, at the Community Hospice House in Vidalia, following an extended illness.  He was a native of Toombs County, living in Cedar Crossing all of his life, and he attended Toombs Central School.  He was a self-employed carpenter and...
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    Obituary | Kathy Hilt | 08 July 2024 | 14:18
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  • Ms. Lucille H. Seidel, Vidalia

    obit Seidel Ms. Lucille H. Seidel, age 89, of Vidalia, died Friday, July 5, 2024, at The Oaks Bethany Home in Vidalia, after an extended illness. A native of Vidalia and living most of her life in Toombs County, she graduated from Lyons High School in 1953. She was the first cheerleader to attend all four...
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    Obituary | Kathy Hilt | 08 July 2024 | 13:31
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  • Mrs. Robena Durden Colson, Blue Ridge Community

    Robena Colson Mrs. Robena Durden Colson, age 90, of the Blue Ridge Community, died Saturday, July 6, 2024, at Meadows Park Health & Rehab in Vidalia, following an extended illness.  She was a native of Bulloch County and moved to Dublin at a young age. She moved to Warner Robins in 1953 and has lived in Toombs...
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    Obituary | Jeff Raiford | 07 July 2024 | 15:48
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Church Calendar

  • July 21--Family & Friends Day in Vidalia

    July 21--Poplar Spring Missionary Baptist Church, 422 Cedar Crossing Vidalia Road, invites all members, former members, families, and friends to their Annual Family & Friends Day, Sunday July 21st with Sunday School at 9:45. Worship Service at 11:00. Dinner after.
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    Church Event | Jim Perry | 11 July 2024 | 12:27
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  • July 21, 22-24--Revival in Uvalda

    Revival July 21, 22-24--Cedar Crossing Baptist Church, 2926 Cedar Crossing Road in Uvalda, invites you to their Revival, Sunday July 21st at 11:00 & 6:00. And Monday July 22nd through Wednesday July 24th at 7:00 with guest speaker Dr. Randy Reese of New Rocky Creek Baptist Church in Mansfield. Pastor Reece Mincey
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    Church Event | Jim Perry | 11 July 2024 | 12:14
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  • July 25-26, 28--Church Anniversary in Vidalia

    July 25-26,28--East Park Church of God in Christ, 711 Fourth & Washington Street in Vidalia, would like you to come to their Church Anniversary, Thursday July 25th with supt JL Hall, Friday July 26th with Bishop Ben Hagan at 7:30. Sunday July 28th at 3:00 with Elder Vincent Holland.
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    Church Event | Jim Perry | 10 July 2024 | 11:47
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  • August 4--Church Anniversary in Mt. Vernon

    8th Church Anniversary   August 4--Better Together Christian Community Church, 202 Church Street in Mt. Vernon, needs you to come help Celebrate their 8th Church Anniversary, August 4th at 2:00 with guest speaker Rev. Willie Edwards Jr of New Vision Missionary Baptist Church in Vidalia. Pastor & First Lady Snead
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    Church Event | Jim Perry | 01 July 2024 | 12:09
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    Church Event | Jim Perry | 03 November 2021 | 12:30
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