Students, parents rally for baseball coach

By Dwayne Culpepper, Staff Writer   A large group of Lanier County High baseball players, parents and students went to a called Lanier County Board of Education meeting Monday night in an effort to keep the head baseball coach. It appears they succeeded. The called meeting was held to consider coaching assignments for the next…

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Area COVID cases at an all-time high

  The South Health District is currently experiencing the most significant increase in COVID-19 cases that the district has seen since the pandemic began. The positivity rate across the district has increased to 15-27% in the last two weeks. An increase of up to 10 percent from earlier this month and double or more the positivity…

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Behind The News podcast – July 10, 2020

IN THIS WEEK’S BEHIND THE NEWS PODCAST:  In this week’s episode, Len Robbins and Blake Pittman discuss the following topics: Atkinson County announces plans for the reopening of school (1:50); COVID-19 cases on the rise in South Georgia, prompting potential for mask mandates (5:50); auto accident takes life of Lanier County teen (10:41); New broadband map…

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Behind The News podcast – June 19, 2020

IN THIS WEEK’S BEHIND THE NEWS PODCAST:  In this week’s episode, Len Robbins and Blake Pittman break down the latest COVID-19 news locally, including substantial outbreaks in Lanier and Echols counties (2:00);  Dispelling the rumor that Atkinson County Schools are changing Rebel nickname (6:15); Primary election results and analysis (8:07); Lanier County Schools receive literary grant (13:15); Drowning…

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Behind The News podcast – June 5, 2020

IN THIS WEEK’S BEHIND THE NEWS PODCAST:  Behind The News is back after a short hiatus. In this episode, Len Robbins and Blake Pittman break down the latest COVID-19 news locally, including an outbreak in Echols County (2:55);  Graduation dates and news for Clinch, Echols, Lanier and Atkinson counties (7:26); Everything you need to know about the June…

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Behind The News podcast – April 17, 2020

HEAR A BREAKDOWN OF ALL THE LATEST LOCAL CORONAVIRUS INFO:  In this week’s podcast, Len Robbins and Blake Pittman break down all you need to know about COVID-19 in South Georgia, including:  The latest COVID-19 information from Clinch, Lanier, Echols and Atkinson counties (2:43);Social distancing grades for area counties (8:30); SE Health District issues warning about funeral…

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Behind The News podcast – April 10, 2020

HEAR THE LATEST LOCAL CORONAVIRUS NEWS:  In this week’s podcast, Len Robbins and Blake Pittman break down all you need to know about COVID-19 in South Georgia, including:  Breaking news about more COVID-19 cases in Clinch County (1:45); Primary election postponed due to pandemic (13:19); Meals being provided in Atkinson and Clinch counties (18:30); Special online subscription offer/newspapers…

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SGMC Lakeland Villa resident tests positive for COVID-19

A resident of SGMC Lakeland Villa has tested positive for COVID-19.  According to information from South Georgia Medical Center (SGMC), the patient is currently hospitalized at SGMC in Valdosta. Below is information concerning the matter from SGMC: • With the assistance of the Department of Public Health and in accordance with CDC guidelines, we continue…

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What does ‘Shelter-in-Place’ mean?

By Dave Williams, Bureau Chief, Capitol Beat News Service   Gov. Brian Kemp has issued a statewide shelter-in-place order to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. Here are some frequently asked questions surrounding the order and answers supplied by the governor’s office:  How long does the executive order last? The shelter-in-place order took effect at 6 p.m.…

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