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One Last Look



Two-time NHRA Division 2 Champion Jeff Adkinson is certainly no stranger to success on the quarter mile. The longtime Stock and Super Stock competitor has amassed event victories and championships on the national, divisional, and local level for more than two decades. And his 2015 season is off to a fantastic start. Adkinson already has three final round appearances in the opening months of the season. While he has been intrigued by that early success, Adkinson himself is quick to point out that all three final rounds ended in defeat; and regardless of how many competitors would love to find themselves in his shoes, for the Damascus based farmer second place simply is not acceptable.

On March 31, Colquitt Police Chief Scott Worsley, assisted by Colquitt Police Investigator Ken Kirkland, Colquitt Police officers Natalie Moulton, and Tyrone Burns, Miller County Sheriff Shane Rathel, Miller County Sheriff Chief Deputy Robert Grier, Miller County Sheriff Captain Brad Cox, and Miller County Sheriff’s Deputy Kenny Knowles, executed a search warrant at 849 Martin Luther King, Jr. Street in Colquitt.

During the execution of the search warrant, evidence of the selling of prescription drugs and marijuana was seized, and Nathaniel Thompson, Jr. was arrested.

The grand marshal of the 2015 Mayhaw Festival is Miss Georgia, Maggie Bridges. Maggie will also be singing the National Anthem for the crowd and be visiting with guests for autographs and photos with this beautiful lady for a little while at the festival! __________________

One of Colquitt’s most beautiful and charming ladies celebrated a very special birthday last week. She has enjoyed a good life, and still does.

Mrs. Polly Carter Lofton celebrated 100 years of life at a birthday reception held in her honor on April 18 at the Miller County Senior Center. She is the oldest child of Guyte and Maggie Carter’s seven children. Miss Polly grew up in Colquitt and attended Miller County schools and Alabama Business College.

In a called meeting last Tuesday, April 21, 2015, the Miller County Board of Education voted to hire Brent Miller as PE teacher at 49% and Head Football Coach.

Chairman Buddy Johnson called the meeting to order and Vice-Chairman Rick Little led in the Pledge of Allegiance.

OBITUARIES: Ruby Griffin Davis, 86; Alene Moulton, 83; George Daniel, 88; Marvin Kelley, 81; Roland Amlaw, 95; Stanley Houston, 65; Danny Minton, 53; Kimberly Waller, 46; Emmitte Henley, 80; Sterling Long, 74; Dixie Baker, 95; William Kimbrel, 87; Joyce Conner, 75; Jeffery Reed, 48; Minnie Lee Roberts, 85; Susan Williams, 64; Everett Shreve Jr., 51; Pamela Moore, 44; Sam Griffin, 79.


Judge Ronnie Joe Lane, the director of the state judicial watchdog agency, has resigned following revelations that he was being paid full-time wages of $120,000 a year for what he reported was part-time work to avoid having to defer his retirement benefits.

The chairman of the state Judicial Qualifications Commission (JQC), Lester Tate, said director Ronnie Joe Lane resigned Monday, April 24, when the details of Lane’s billing arrangement with the commission were published by The Daily Report, the official legal organ of Fulton County, that covers the latest in Georgia law, trial coverage and law firms.

“He (Judge Lane) has decided he wants to step down,” Tate said Monday afternoon.

The call came in around 9:00 a.m., Thursday, April 30, 2015, that there were two bike riders getting ready to leave the Tarrer Inn. Colquitt seems to have an abundance of bike riders travelling through this little town.

Daniella Estrella, 26, and Andy Estrella, 25, of Key Biscayne, FL, a suburb of Miami, had just spent their first night in Colquitt, and only night the couple will stay in Georgia, as they travelled on to their destination heading to Seattle, Washington.

The brother-sister team, left their home on Sunday morning, April 19, on their bikes slowly making their way from the 305 to the 206. For all of you who are not familiar with area codes, that’s Miami to Seattle.

Miller County Hospital/ Nursing Home Employee Dining Room was the scene for a retirement party this past Wednesday, May 6th, given in honor of Mrs. Rita Glass.

Mrs. Jill Brown, CFO, made many kind remarks regarding Rita’s employment at Miller County Hospital.

Mrs.Glass, inturn, thanked everyone and stated that she had enjoyed her years at Miller County Hospital and felt good that the lab would be left in the very capable and qualified hands of the new manager, Lindsey Chambless, and her staff.

Vance Bailey, a senior at Miller County High School, has qualified for the Class A State Golf Tournament for the fourth year in a row.

This year the MCHS Boys’ Golf Team finished third in their area tournament, which was held at Southern Hills Golf Course in Hawkinsville on April 21. This earned them the opportunity to compete at sectionals.

The sectional tournament was held at Brasstown Valley Resort in Young Harris on May 4. Though the team did not qualify for the state tournament, Vance qualified as an individual. He shot an 82 which was the second best score of the day. The state tournament will be held at Double Oaks Golf Course in Commerce on May 18.


A call came into Miller/ Baker Emergency Management Center that a man had been electrocuted in an accident just off of Cooktown Road.

The call came in at 10: 04 a. m. Monday morning, May 18. The EMS ambulance and Miller County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the scene at 10:08 a.m.

Chief Deputy Robert Grier stated that Jason Nixon, 37, of Colquitt, was working on an irrigation tower at Kim Henley’s farm when he was struck by high voltage from the top of the tower. He fell from the tower and struck his head on the concrete that held the tower. Mr. Nixon fell head first on the concrete slab.


Mr. Charlie Boyd was given a retirement reception by the Miller County Sheriff’s Department.

Sheriff Shane Rathel presented the 10 1/2 year veteran of the department with a plaque of appreciation for his service to the sheriff’s department, the people of Miller County and Colquitt, and especially to the Colquitt Food Bank.

Mr. Charlie thanked Sheriff Rathel for all the kind words, and to all those who he worked with for these years. He thanked his blood family who was present, and all his working family who he has become a part of over the past 10 1/2 year with the department and the county.

Obituaries: M.J. Conyers, 92; Marilyn Sowell, 71; Mary Ellen Alday, 78; Daniel Scott Glass, 50; Diane Floyd, 59; James Earl Newberry, 78; Raymond Heard, 85; Ralph McDonald, 74; Clarence Oswall Thayme, 86; Irene West, 87; Sheila Lane, 59; Don Worsley, 62; Tim Warren, 63; Mildred McCorkle, 83.


There have been all kinds of critters seen, shot at, and a few eaten in the woods around these parts for the past several hundred years, but in Miller County, there haven’t been too many black bears sighted in the past few years.

A call came in that there had been a black bear sighting Sunday morning, May 31, at 541 Twilight Church Road at the home of Lindsey Grant. Officer Kenny Knowles went to check the call, and the officer saw a 300-400 pound black bear in the back yard of the mobile home.

At least two folks from around these parts got to see a great one on June 6, 2015. The last Triple Crown winner was Affirmed in 1978. In fact this elusive crown was last won over 37 years ago. Some horses, owners, jockeys and trainers have come close, but no winners until this horse named American Pharaoh came along.

The Triple Crown of horse racing consists of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes. The series starts on the first Saturday in May with the Kentucky Derby, then follows two weeks later with the Preakness and the Belmont three weeks later.

Obituaries: Jason Nixon, 37; Roger Kelley, 68; Evedlyn White, 89; Jessie Ann Shepard, 90; Martha Burch, 85; Gene Cowart, 56; Sidney Harlow, 76; Raymond Inlow, 84; Marjorie Spooner, 87; Dr. Edward Mobley, 82; Brandon Rachel, 37; Alice Morton, 80; Billie Gene Rathel, 85; John McDaniel, 81.

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