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Georgia Legislature passes hate crimes bill

The Georgia Legislature on Tuesday afternoon passed a hate crimes bill that will now head to the desk of Governor Brian Kemp. If signed into law, Georgia would no longer be among four states without hate crime legislation on its books.  Advocates and lawmakers renewed their push to pass the bill after the killing of…

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Public Library now offering curb side service

Seminole County Public Library,  and all libraries in the Southwest Georgia Regional Library system  began offering curb side service on Wednesday, June 24th. Because of COVID-19 precautions the library building will remain closed to the public for now; however, local residents may now request books, DVDs, and other materials and pick them up outside the…

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FPCB establishes In This Together fund for Hospital

First Port City Bank in Donalsonville has generously created the “In This Together” fund in honor of Donalsonville Hospital’s frontline healthcare workers’ continued fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. With a founding contribution of $1,000 by First Port City Bank, they will begin taking community contributions immediately to help grow the fund.    Nancy Jernigan, Executive…

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We have to speak out against hate!

Pictured above, The 2003 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award was awarded to Dan Ponder, Jr. by Caroline Kennedy   On March 16, 2000, the Georgia House of Representatives had voted 83-82 to shelve a bill enhancing penalties for hate-based crimes when Dan Ponder, Jr. a 43-year-old conservative Republican businessman from rural southwestern Georgia, defied…

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Community Prayer service – a unified statement

Citizens from all over Donalsonville and Seminole County gathered on the front lawn of the Seminole County Courthouse Saturday morning, June 6 for a Community Prayer Service to pray for peace and unity in our community and the entire country.  Organized by the Seminole County Ministerial Association, the service featured inspirational music and words of…

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SCHS in-person graduation is Friday night

Finally, and thankfully, in-person graduation time has almost arrived in Seminole County. The Seminole County Middle High School (SCMHS) in-person graduation commencement ceremony will take place this Friday, June 26th at 7:30 p.m. The event will be held at the SCMHS Jesse McLeod Gymnasium and the doors will open at 6  p.m.  This year, because…

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County’s 2020 census response rate among lowest in the state

Georgia is lagging in its count of the 2020 U.S. Census as outreach workers struggle reaching communities in isolated areas for counting amid the Coronavirus pandemic. The decennial count affects the state’s share of a huge pot of federal dollars given annually for a wide range of programs like Medicaid and Medicare, food stamps, housing…

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Seminole Manor debuts safe-for-all visiting booth

Pictured left to right, above left, are Gena Peterson-Jordan, Myrtle Smith, Raylee Jordan,Susan Peterson, Ray Peterson and Lee Jordan. Pictured at right are Erin Christenberry and Tracy Dee.   The COVID-19 pandemic, and its social distancing safety restrictions, have made life sad and almost unbearable for many. Increased stress and loneliness caused by the inability…

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