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BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Ben Granitz State Farm - a family tradition in Forsyth

Ben Granitz opened his State Farm Insurance office in Macon on Jan. 1, 2017, exactly 40 years after his father-in-law, John Baker, opened his State Farm office in Forsyth on Jan. 1, 1977. Granitz is proud to represent State Farm because he knows it is a company his clients can count on to be there


A run on nativity puzzles at Santa's Forsyth workshop

But the 81-year-old Hoenes (pronounced as Ha-nus) said he's never had a run on his work like the one he's had in Forsyth in recent weeks. One of Hoenes' wood creations is a nativity puzzle that he's sold for $20 for decades. It includes hand-carved and hand-painted wooden pieces depicting Mary, Jose


Chamber honors 2017 Christmas parade winners

The Forsyth-Monroe County Chamber of Commerce honored those who entered winning floats into Saturday's 2017 Hometown Holidays parade on Tuesday. The winners are, starting in photo at left, from left, Steve Goen and Bryan Steele of All Seasons Tree Service-Best Use of Lights (honorable mention); phot


Dilapidated Old Booker School has become a nuisance

The old Booker School complex off Forsyth Street in Barnesville has become the frequent target of vandals and arsonists and is described by city officials as a nuisance. Portions of the complex date by to the 1930s. Booker High School was home to black students before integration. It later became

HERALD-GAZETTE - 2017-12-15 16:52:07

'This has been a great blessing'

Four-year-old Larry Hyde picks up toy after toy, examining each colorful package, inspecting the merits of every action figure. Hugging a plush dog with realistic barking sounds and light up collar, he beams, swiveling to drop the canine in the shopping cart. "This one?" asks mom, Angela Hyde. Larry

FORSYTH COUNTY NEWS - 2017-12-15 09:00:00

Civil War hero from Monroe County memorialized

A resident of what is now the High Falls area was posthumously honored on Sunday, Dec. 3 for incredible acts of courage and valor as a young 19-year-old soldier. Little has survived about James F. Fambrough's personal life (Research could not even discover why he died at the age of 21), but official


City buying $7,000 worth of trees for Johnston St. upgrades

Forsyth was asked to spend $879 for each of 28 crepe myrtles incorporated into the Streetscape III plan along East Johnston Street. City manager Janice Hall told council that the Streetscape contractor John Boudreau cannot find the variety of crepe myrtle, priced at $457 per tree, that he planned t


Reynolds Cable to be sold

Longtime South Monroe County cable provider Reynolds Cable announced Tuesday, Dec. 5 that the company is being sold to a Pennsylvania-based cable company. Monroe County Commissioners approved by a 3-0 vote on Tuesday, Dec. 5 a request by Reynolds Cable TV, Inc. to transfer the company's cable franch


Americus girl donates toys to kids in hospital for Christmas

An Americus girl made Christmas a little brighter for kids being treated at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. Jamariah Wilson, 9, brought a box full of coloring books, singing ornaments, and candy canes to donate Friday. Nine years ago, Wilson was born at Phoebe Putney and spent four weeks in the NIC

WALB 10 - 2017-12-15 22:22:55

ON THE JOB: Life made a U-turn for Darrel Finnicum

Darrel Finnicum holds a plaque recognizing his business's first car sale on Sept. 7, 2000. Thousands more have followed. (Staff Photo: Carlton Fletcher) Finnicum Motor Co. in Lee County is the flagship location for the company's three dealerships, including one in Americus and one just west of the L

ALBANY HERALD - 2017-12-16 21:01:00

Coastal Plains hosts inaugural commencement

VALDOSTA - Coastal Plains Education Charter High School hosted its first commencement Tuesday. The Class of 2017 consisted of Jumonta Huggie, Devin Young, Calvin Jenkins, Aaliyah March and Tyrell Ned. The graduation began with a processional before leading into the pledge of allegiance led by Huggi

VALDOSTA DAILY TIMES - 2017-12-15 16:00:00

'Jay-Z,' cat missing for 3 months after Irma, found

Friday brought a touching reunion after a pet, lost during Hurricane Irma evacuations, returned home to Florida. Taylen Hartshorn, 8, from Fort Myers, evacuated through southwest Georgia the weekend before Hurricane Irma struck in September. On September 9, she and her family stopped at a gas statio

WALB 10 - 2017-12-15 21:23:48

3 sentenced for 2015 triple homicide in Savannah

Two men and a woman convicted in a triple homicide case in Savannah faced sentencing on Friday. James Hampton and Dwayne Abney are charged in the 2015 murders of Kiana Marshall, Alexis Kitchens, and Corey Martin that happened at a home on Lynah Street. The jury found both men guilty on almost all 40

WTVM - 2017-12-15 11:28:57

Karla's Kolumn: Changes are coming

December 16, 2017 As an editor I love an active editorial page. I want our readers to engage and share their opinions. Usually that's a struggle in smaller papers but in Worland we have active letter writers. I hope that continues, but going forward, starting Jan. 3 (as that is the first edition fo

WYODAILY.COM - 2017-12-16 08:00:00

An expensive test: Large fine for shoplifting pregnancy test

December 16, 2017 WORLAND - A Worland man was handed more than $200 in fines and fees on Tuesday, after pleading guilty to stealing a $15 pregnancy test. The case stems from March 18, when Kershawn James of Worland was charged with shoplifting a pregnancy test from Blair's Market in Worland. Confron

WYODAILY.COM - 2017-12-16 08:00:00

Hayduke's final fist in the wilderness

December 16, 2017 COURTESY/Doug Peacock Doug Peacock in Montana on a bear tracking trip in 2002. EMIGRANT, MONT. - "You know, this used to be fun," observed Doug Peacock from his home overlooking the Yellowstone River in Montana. "We had lots of chuckles around the campfire, imagining just how bad i

WYODAILY.COM - 2017-12-16 08:00:00

Health care companies, banks drive lower close for US stocks

December 15, 2017 Health care companies and banks drove U.S. stocks lower Thursday, pulling major indexes below their recent highs. The afternoon slide, which erased gains from earlier in the day, came on news that some Republican senators' support for the GOP's proposed tax overhaul bill was falter

WYODAILY.COM - 2017-12-15 08:00:00

Police release identity of deceased man found in yard

December 15, 2017 Help sough to find next of kin BASIN - The Basin Police Department released the name of the deceased man found Monday afternoon in a yard in Basin. According to a release from Chief of Police Chris Kampbell, the deceased individual has been identified as 59-year-old Kevin D. Payne

WYODAILY.COM - 2017-12-15 08:00:00

WPLI tests consensus structure during meeting

Washakie County WPLI Advisory Committee members Dru Bower, Justin Smith and C.J. Grimes discuss multi-use options for the Honeycombs Wilderness Study Area. WORLAND - Washakie County's Wyoming Public Lands Initiative (WPLI) working group met on Wednesday and hosted representatives from Hot Springs an

WYODAILY.COM - 2017-12-15 08:00:00

UW professor recruits high school students to UW through science lessons

December 14, 2017 Years ago, Danny Dale used to visit Laramie's Beitel and Spring Creek elementary schools -- where his daughters attended school -- and taught mini-science lessons to the young students there. Now, years later, the University of Wyoming professor of physics and astronomy is doing so