Clinch 2021 football schedule is ‘brutal’

The Clinch County Panthers will be facing a murderers’ row for its 2021 football schedule. On the slate for the upcoming season are two defending state champions, seven teams that made the playoffs in 2020, and a non-region group that went a combined 36-7 last season. “It’s probably as tough a schedule as we’ve ever…

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State, county lagging behind in vaccination percentages

Georgia has the lowest percentage of COVID-19 vaccinations in the United States, and Clinch County is below the state average for vaccinations.  According to data provided by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) and Georgia Department of Public Health, Georgia has around 19 percent of its population that have received at least one dose of…

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CCMS 7th-grader returns home after heart transplant

Last Tuesday, the faculty, staff, and students of Clinch County Elementary and Middle School welcomed Jonah Pittman back home after being in the hospital for over four months. Pittman, a CCMS seventh-grader, was sent to Wolfson’s Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville on Thanksgiving night, and was later flown to Egelston’s Children’s Hospital in Atlanta for heart-related…

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County vows action on $166,000 in late trash bills

By Len Robbins Editor/Publisher     The Clinch County Board of Commissioners promised to take action to collect over $166,000 in delinquent trash bills at Monday’s regular monthly meeting. “We’ve got to do something about this,” said Commissioner Henry Moylan, after estimating that 20 percent of the county’s trash customers have delinquent accounts. Moylan suggested…

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Brackets for Class A basketball tournament (boys & girls)

The Clinch County girls (18-1) will start the tournament by hosting Jenkins County (13-10) in the first round Tuesday. Time for tipoff will be 6 p.m. at the CCHS gymnasium. The Clinch County boys (8-12) will start the tournament by visiting Region 3-A champ Portal (19-6) Wednesday. Tipoff time will be 6:30 p.m. at Portal…

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City applying for ‘Rural Zone’ program to spur downtown revitalization

By Tanya O’Berry Contributing Writer   The Homerville City Council is pursuing a Georgia Department of Community Affairs program which will spur downtown revitalization. If the city is approved for the Rural Zone program, it could mean more job creation, commercial investment and business activity through a series of state tax credits.  Councilman Len Robbins…

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Daylight Donuts to open soon in Homerville

Downtown Homerville will soon have a new restaurant. Daylight Donuts will be moving into the old Shorty’s Tacos space (formerly Hoagies) soon, with plans to open in early March, according to Homerville Main Street Manager Laura Nipper. Daylight Donuts owner Ben Broomberg confirmed that the franchise will be opening a location in Homerville Monday. Broomberg…

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‘Dangerous’ COVID outbreak exhausting resources at CMH

By Len Robbins – Editor & Publisher   Clinch County is in the midst of a “dangerous, severe” outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, pushing its community hospital to its limits. Across Georgia and the southern United States, a COVID surge has put hospitals in dire situations – including Homerville’s Clinch Memorial Hospital.  “It’s a scary…

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COVID outbreak in area ‘stunning’ – Officials urge caution

A recent surge in COVID-19 cases has local health and governmental officials very concerned. According to the latest state Department of Public Health statistics, 44 people in Clinch County have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past two weeks. And according to Homerville physician Dr. Sam Cobarrubias, those figures are probably low. “The Covid-19 virus is…

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