August 2021

Former Milledgeville City Manager Barry Jarrett Passes Away

Aug 26, 2021
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Milledgeville’s longest serving city manager has died.

According to the Union-Recorder, former Milledgeville City Manager Barry Jarrett passed away on Sunday at his home on Lake Sinclair.

He was 78.

Jarrett served as Milledgeville’s chief administrator for almost a decade between 2009 and his retirement in 2019.

Ballot Set for 2021 City Elections

Aug 25, 2021
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The ballot is set for this year’s Milledgeville municipal elections.

 

Three of the six incumbents on Milledgeville’s City Council picked up challengers. The other three, and Milledgeville Mayor Mary Parham Copelan, will run unopposed.

 

Baldwin Commissioners Propose Tax Increase

Aug 20, 2021
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Baldwin County Commissioners say they need to raise taxes to cover the rising cost of services.

 

Commissioners propose a new millage rate of 10.5 mils, up almost seven percent from the current rate of 9.83 mils.

 

If adopted, the proposed hike results in a roughly $35 tax increase on a property valued at $100,000.

 

County officials say they’re experiencing increased cost of fuel, energy and employee’s wages and unfunded mandates related to changes in Georgia’s election laws.

 

Cathy Cox Will Be The 12th President of Georgia College

Aug 20, 2021
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The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia announced Cathy Cox will be the next president of Georgia’s designated public liberal arts university.

 

Lake Country Legislator Declares Candidacy for Statewide Office

Aug 18, 2021
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A member of Baldwin County’s legislative delegation will seek higher office in 2022.

State Senator Burt Jones, a republican from Jackson, filed paperwork last week to run for Lieutenant Governor of Georgia.

Voters in Georgia’s 25th state senatorial district first elected Jones to the Georgia General Assembly in 2012.

Baldwin County Schools Stop Encouraging, Start Mandating Masks

Aug 12, 2021
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With Baldwin County re-entering a state of substantial spread of the coronavirus, K-12 students will be required to mask up in the classroom.

 

The Baldwin County School District will require students, staff and visitors to wear masks inside all district buildings and on school buses beginning Wednesday, August 10. The mask mandate will be in effect regardless of vaccinations status.

 

Last week, School administrators started the new year strongly encouraging masks indoors and requiring them on buses.

 

Cracking the Fahey Code: Guitarist John Fahey’s Writing Offers Insight into Musical Iconoclast

Aug 11, 2021
Image from the book cover of the book “Blind Joe Death’s America: John Fahey, the Blues, and Writing White Discontent.” Shows line drawing of a man's head and shoulders. The man is wearing sunglasses and smoking a cigarette.

Having coined the term American Primitive Guitar, John Fahey’s iconic steel string acoustic music evoked aural images of the Mississippi Delta, Appalachia and American faith traditions during the folk revival of the ‘50s and ‘60s. In later years, a new generation of musicians rediscovered Fahey, whose career had veered toward the avant-garde

But Fahey fans may be unfamiliar with the musician’s written work.