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The Journal
Weekly Newspaper covering Marion, Schley, Chattahoochee, Webster, and Stewart Counties.
71 Webb Lane, Buena Vista, GA 31803 • Phone & Fax: 229-649-6397 • Email: tjournal@windstream.net

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Buena Vista Senior Center in Jeopardy

Schley grad up for major college football award

Buena Vista hires new Police Chief

SCTV - Schley High hands-on learning

'ChattCo' Crowns Queen

See all stories in the current issue of The Journal

Chatt. Co. officials deal with water concerns

Burglaries reported in City of Buena Vista

Herman West wants to be your next Congressman

Toxic caterpillar sends local child to hospital

See all stories in the Sept. 12, 2018 issue of The Journal

Marion Co. deals with major water leak

Stewart Co. High Football off to historic start

Schley senior earns money and real-world experience in special SCHS work program

Fathers March planned in Cusseta

Marion wins rivalry game over Schley
and clobbers Crawford County

Stewart Co. Historical Commission
receives the Rural Star Award

See all stories in the Sept. 5, 2018 issue of The Journal

Ellaville man charged with murder

Arrest made in Marion Co. burglaries

BV Family turns hobby into promising business

Marion downs ChattCo in second rivalry game
of young high school football season

Richland and Stewart County get big grants

Magnolia Manor of Marion County
receives Excellence in Action Award

See all stories in the Aug. 29, 2018 issue of The Journal

Man killed in shooting in Schley

Chattahoochee County officials to join
lawsuit against federal government

Former Marion County Official Pleads Guilty
and is Sentenced to Jail and Probation

Schley hosts Marion County in
big season-opening rivalry game

Smooth sailing so far for ClearWater in Marion

See all stories in the Aug. 22, 2018 issue of The Journal

Trial begins for former Marion County Official

Modeling career 'clicks' for local teen

Car Seat saves Schley child in Marion wreck

Chattahoochee County Middle-High
celebrates progress on test scores

BV Council: AG Office, JC Center, and More

See all stories in the August 15, 2018 issue of The Journal

Georgia Press Association's Statewide Award
for Best Online News Project of the Year!

New BV restaurant gets rave reviews

Chatt. County dealing with a failing well

Schley Co. Grad is going 'D1'

Stewart Co. High hires new Football Coach/AD

Buena Vista loses a little of its downtown 'soul'

See all stories in the August 8, 2018 issue of The Journal

Marion County Manager Resigns

Chattahoochee BOE announces tax increase

Plans begin for Ellaville's Annual
Smoke on the Square BBQ Cook-Off

Marion Middle Schooler turns bad break into triumphant return to softball field

The Journal earns statewide awards

Stewart County gets new ambulances

Learning takes off at BV Youth Science Camp

See all stories in the August 1, 2018 issue of The Journal

Interim Police Chief says recent marijuana
arrest is part of a larger local problem

Stewart County celebrates opening
of new K-12 Educational Complex

Schley Tax Commissioner steps up collections

Former All-American and pro athlete
is excited to join team at 'ChattCo'

See all stories in the July 25, 2018 issue of The Journal

Marion native continues to 'Fight the Silence'

Chatt. County loses a legend with the
passing of retired Sheriff Glynn Cooper

Ellaville musician is set to release new single

Local official announces resignation

See all stories in the July 18, 2018 issue of The Journal

Buena Vista City Council under scrutiny
by State Attorney General's Office

Chattahoochee County's New Recreation
Director has a wealth of experience

Historic photo donated to be
displayed in Schley Co. Courthouse

Buena Vista's Hardware Man Retires after
Four Decades at Planters/Dent Hardware

Microchip Clinic for pets, farm animals
to be held soon in Marion County

See all stories in the July 9, 2018 issue of The Journal


Talent Expo held in Marion County

New Distillery shines on Opening Day in BV
with release of Southern Secret Moonshine

Ellaville earns Award for Electrical Improvements

Chattahoochee School Board votes to re-hire
retired superintendent at part-time salary

Bridge in Stewart Co. to get $2.7 million overhaul

See all stories in the July 3, 2018 issue of The Journal

Schley County High earns Bronze Award
in US News National School Rankings

Talent Expo & Fish Fry set at Eagle Field

Marion accepts $1.4 million bid for airport project

Stewart Co. gets $339,000 Literacy Grant

Schley officials discuss budget and more

Buena Vista store opens Chester's Chicken

See all stories in the June 27, 2018 issue of The Journal

Memito's Fresh Market opens in Buena Vista

Front Porch Coffee Club shines light
on depression, mental illness with benefit


More Videos and Photos from the Benefit

Frustration heats up as Cusseta's Splash Pad remains closed so far this summer

Ellaville City Council gets good reports
and welcomes new police officer

Swamp Fox Distillery barrels its first batch

See all stories in the June 20, 2018 issue of The Journal

Council looks at options after 'trashing' of Center

GBI investigating deaths in Marion County

Chattahoochee Co. looks for new superintendent

Local artist to be featured
in 1-Person Show at Top Gallery

Newly formed Bee Beautiful
Garden Club to meet in Richland

Tymes races to next level with scholarship

The Journal welcomes Swan as intern

See all stories in the June 13, 2018 issue of The Journal

Tip from witness leads to burglary arrests

Buena Vista Police Chief is Retiring

Arrest made after stolen items advertised
on social media are found in Marion County

Front Porch Coffee Club to host Benefit
for 'To Write Love On Her Arms'

Ellaville's Brandon Wheeler to
headline Sumter EMC Annual Meeting

See all stories in the June 6, 2018 issue of The Journal

Tidwell: Marion County High is No. 1
academically in Chattahoochee-Flint RESA

Schley County Golf Team is State Runner-Up

Buena Vista gives big welcome to participants
of 10th and final Run/Ride Across Georgia

See all stories in the May 30, 2018 issue of The Journal

Break-Ins raise concern in Buena Vista

Ellaville officials discuss wide
range of topics of local concern

First BB3 Award Presented at 'ChattCo'

Marion Co. High Class of 2018 Graduation

Schley Co. High Class of 2018 Graduation

Election Results (Click Here & See Page 3)

See all stories in the May 23, 2018 issue of The Journal

2 Locals Arrested for Animal Cruelty

Local musician's new album, Providence Canyon, pays tribute to his Southwest Georgia roots

Whitley wins third straight State Title

Marion Schools get $500,000 Grant

Tazewell VFD gets Grant from Firehouse Subs

See all stories in the May 16, 2018 issue of The Journal


Chattahoochee Co. Chamber Candidates Forum
Post 3Post 4Post 5State House

Southwest Georgia Loses a Legend

Arrests Made in Local Burglary

Wills tapped to lead big state group

No. 1 ranked Schley High advances
in Class A State Baseball Playoffs

Stewart County High Class of 2018
honored at Superintendent's Luncheon

See all stories in the May 9, 2018 issue of The Journal

Pea Ridge Arts Fest draws talented artists, craftsmen, performers, and many visitors to BV

Marion Commission looks to help local
economy take off with big Airport Project

FINAL FOUR! MCHS Tennis Team is 1 win
away from playing for State Championship

Ellaville Welcomes Schley Seafood

See all stories in the May 2, 2018 issue of The Journal

Chattahoochee County BOE draws attention by
forming its own School Police Department

Woman sentenced in elder abuse case

Schley wins 3rd straight Region Baseball Title

Record crowd enjoys Taste of Richland

Devin Steen: No One Fights Alone!

MCHS' Myers Signs Basketball Scholarship

Trade Tariff Hits Home for Local Business

Pea Ridge Arts Fest is Sat., April 28 in BV!

See all stories in the April 25, 2018 issue of The Journal


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the Marion Co. FBLA Team in National Competition!
Marion FBLA competes at State
and advances to National Competition
 

Large Crowd helps Celebrate Expansion,
Renovation of Magnolia Manor of Marion County

Springtime Ellaville was a Big Hit

Developer makes proposal in Cusseta

DA's Office Confirms Federal Investigation

Schley Co. High has 2 College Signing Ceremonies
Austin Anthony-CSUJames Baker-Shasta College

SCHS Wins Region Track Title - x 2

See all stories in the April 18, 2018 issue of The Journal

BV City Council: Grass Cutting Bids,
Requests for New Liquor Licenses, and more

State officials check out Chatt. Co. High

Taste of Richland to offer 'Culinary Journey'

Holy Smoke! raises big $ for Children's Homes

Volunteers Clean Up Buena Vista City Park

5K Fun Run & Walk to kick off Arts Fest in BV

See all stories in the April 11, 2018 issue of The Journal

It's Time to Clean Up Marion County

Citizens asked to rally to help
local child who is battling cancer

Marion Wins Middle School Region Title

FSU 'Offers' Schley Co. Sophomore

See all stories in the April 4, 2018 issue of The Journal 

Dawsey convicted of exploitation of elderly

Illegal Gambling Arrest in Lumpkin

Gutierrez Family celebrates its
latest new business development

Marion Co. Rec. Dept. Opening Day - PHOTOS

See all stories in the March 28, 2018 issue of The Journal

Recent crimes cause concern in Buena Vista

 
Streeter: 'There's a Lawsuit Coming'

Chatt. Co. Senior Signs with Clemson

Marion Commission hires private company
to operate Water and Road Departments

Ellaville is ready to 'Spring'

New Garden Club forms in Stewart County

See all stories in the March 21, 2018 issue of The Journal

Buena Vista City Council votes to kick Family Connection out of Josh Gibson Center

28 candidates qualify to seek
offices in upcoming local elections

Marion County Basketball Team
finishes as State Runner-Up

Schley Community Foundation celebrates
opening of New Playground

See all stories in the March 14, 2018 issue of The Journal

Marion defeats Terrell in Final Four
to advance to State Championship Game

ChattCo senior's hard work pays off

From Dream to Reality in Ellaville;
Volunteers Construct Playground

SCHLEY COUNTY STRONG
Schley County High Wildcats place 2nd
in State Weight Lifting Championship

See all stories in the March 14, 2018 issue of The Journal

FINAL FOUR! Marion County High advances to
Semi-Final of State Championship Tournament

Richland fires Police Chief, adopts water rates

 

Webster Co. High names STAR Student & Teacher

Schley breaks ground for Playground

Chatt. Co. Crowns Cook-Off Champions

Marion Chamber gets grant
for 'Outsider Odyssey Loop'

See all stories in the February 28, 2018 issue of The Journal

Marion Commission hears another
proposal for outsourcing services

Ellaville company disputes EPD order

Phoebe purchases land for new
medical clinic in Buena Vista

ChattCo High names STAR Student and Teacher

See all stories in the Feb. 21, 2018 issue of The Journal

New businesses bring life to historic station
On the Square in downtown Buena Vista

Lady Eagles win Region 4A Championship

Schley Co. High names STARs

See all stories in the Feb. 14, 2018 issue of The Journal

New business offers 'Best of Stewart Co.'

Marion Co. High names STARs

Local man arrested for child porn

Chattahoochee Chamber hosts Annual Dinner

New water rates proposed in Marion

See all stories in the Feb. 7, 2018 of The Journal

Top Dawg visits Schley Co. Cats

Man accused in theft of $12,000+ worth of items

Clothes Closet to open in Cusseta
in memory of beloved Latavia Moore

Webster Co. native's artwork featured at CSU

Free Tax Help available in Buena Vista

A Sign that Political Correctness is Upon Us

See all stories in the Jan. 31, 2018 issue of The Journal

Snow Days in South Georgia

Marion officials pave way for new Dollar General, approve budget, and much more

EPD hits Ellaville business with enforcement order

See all stories in the Jan. 24, 2018 issue of The Journal

Council grants variance for downtown distillery

Spirited MLK Commemorative held in BV

New daycare center to open in Buena Vista

See all stories in the January 17, 2018 issue of The Journal

Fugitives wanted for child sex crimes
also arrested on local drug charges

Longtime fishing captain drops anchor in
red clay to form Buccaneer Seafood

Tribute to a True Lady
Schley Co. Community mourns loss of Gooding

SCHS has Georgia Player & Coach of Year

See all stories in the January 10, 2017 issue of The Journal

Marion County officials reviewing
proposed $5.03 million budget


2017: The Year In Photos

Embrace 'The Suck' (Hard Times)
and learn from them this New Year

See all stories in the January 3, 2018 issue of The Journal

Popular local family loses
home to fire on Christmas Eve

Sheriff recovering after incident
with a crazed suspect

Buena Vista's Living Legend is
honored at 100th Birthday Bash

See all stories in the 12-27-17 issue of The Journal

Welch Family celebrates bringing 'Baby Eli' home

Marion County community mourns loss of
longtime grocer who was a friend to many

Marion Co. Performance Academy Christmas Show
See Photos or Watch Video Clips

Schley Co. Courthouse to House More Offices

Big Toy Drive in Cusseta

See all stories in the Dec. 20, 2017 issue of The Journal

Swamp Fox Distilling Co. forms in Buena Vista

Man asks City Council for $100,000
to avoid potential injury lawsuit

Buena Vista City Council denies request for appeal from former director of Josh Gibson Center

Ellaville thanks outgoing mayor

Buena Vista names new Recreation Director

See all stories in the Dec. 13, 2017 issue of The Journal

BV Council has another emotional meeting

Cusseta hosts Annual Christmas Parade

Marion Co. may get another Dollar General

Whitley Twins make All State Softball Team

See all stories in the December 6, 2017 issue of The Journal

Marion County Commission seeks
to honor Vietnam War Hero

Richland native, ChattCo grad
works to launch her acting career

Buena Vista Council looks at water rates,
unpaid invoice, and much more

Mayor clarifies info on former job

See all stories in the Nov. 29, 2017 issue of The Journal

BV Mayor shoots down rumors as fellow official seeks to keep brother out of J.G. Center

Schley County's Wheeler is named
Ga. Country Music Male Artist of Year

Harris is youngest to finish
the 2017 Soldier Marathon

Area residents serve as Captains
and Angels in Soldier Half Marathon

See all stories in the November 21, 2017 issue of The Journal

Schley High 'slays Goliath' to win
One Act Play State Championship

Schley County has best
'Elementary School District' in Georgia

Marion County High School scores
highest in 15-county RESA Area

Marion wins thriller over Telfair in
1st round of State Football Playoffs

Schley knocks off No. 6 Taylor County
in first round of State Football Playoffs

See all stories in the Nov. 15, 2017 issue of The Journal

Marion officials considering proposal to build
a new Sheriff's Office and County Jail

Chattahoochee County Commission may
make big change to Parks & Recreation

Schley places 8th in State Championship Race

Marion County girls return to State XC
Championship race for the fifth year in a row

See all stories in the Nov. 8, 2017 issue of The Journal

EPD sends Buena Vista Letter of Noncompliance

BV Mayor concerned by Council
taking action without his input

MCHS Softball Team raises the bar
with Region Title and Elite 8 Status

Webster Co. Hosts Annual Fair

See all stories in the Nov. 1, 2017 issue of The Journal

Buena Vista City Council eliminates
Josh Gibson Center Director Position

Marion Co. High advances to 'Elite Eight'

Chattahoochee Co. names Teacher of the Year

4th Annual Cancer Walk in Ellaville

Stewart County REACH Scholarships

Publix and United Way donate school supplies
for needy Marion County students

See all stories in the Oct. 25, 2017 issue of The Journal

Buena Vista celebrates Rural America

Original Opera performed at Pasaquan

Ellaville festival is 'Smoking' Success

Scholarship endowed in memory of Webster native

Man dies in local jail

See all stories in the Oct. 18, 2017 issue of The Journal

Marion and Chattahoochee Co. Schools
'REACH' to help students with scholarships
Marion County HighChatt. County High

Schley celebrates 'unbelievable' successes
in local school system at FC Meeting

Marion scores 58-28 blowout win over Brookstone

See all stories in the Oct. 11, 2017 issue of The Journal

Front Porch Rockers kick off Fox Hall Concert Series
Click here for photos and more information.

Schley prepares to borrow money
while waiting on tax revenue to come in

Buena Vista has BIG plans for Oct. 14th

Marion takes off with design for airport

MCHS wins Region 4A Softball Championship

Stewart Co. residents asked for ideas

Marion Co. High Homecoming Court

See all stories in the Oct. 4, 2017 issue of The Journal

Marion presses forward with road project;
Engineer still looking for solution to well woes

Webster athlete is showcased at Elite 100 Camp

Stewart paves way for road project and
prepares to crack down on dumpster misuse

Schley Co. High Homecoming Court

Harris performing in Dreamgirls at The Springer

See all stories in the Sept. 27, 2017 issue of The Journal

Marion Commission looking at possibility
of outsourcing major departments

Chattahoochee Co. leader receives honor

Big Auction planned in Ellaville

Irma kept Middle Flint E911 dispatchers very busy

Eagles set school record in big 45-20
win over Class AA Lamar County

See all stories in the Sept. 20, 2017 issue of The Journal

Irma downs trees and knocks out power

Buena Vista Mayor recovering from stroke

Ellaville Baptist gets Potter's House update

Guest speaker 'raps' with locals with
positive, but also divisive words

Big Property Auction set in Buena Vista

See all stories in the Sept. 13, 2017 issue of The Journal

'Living with Lyme'
Buena Vista woman hopes others can
learn from her decade long struggle

ChattCo High blanks Baconton

Ellaville couple establishes therapeutic horse farm

'Truth Be Told' event planned in Buena Vista

See all stories in Sept. 6, 2017 issue of The Journal

Two Drug Busts made in Marion County

Effort to 'Save Our Youth'
picks up steam in Buena Vista

Marion beats ChattCo by 1 point in nail-biter

Schley Clobbers Calhoun, 28-6

Chatt. Co. officials looking at
forming a new local court

See all stories in the August 30, 2017 issue of The Journal

Murder Investigation in Buena Vista

Locals express their concern over
'Dark Cloud' of Drugs in Marion

Town Square Coffee opens in Buena Vista

Marion wins high school football
season opener over rival Schley, 25-7

BV celebrates 'return of community banking'
with The Peoples Bank of Georgia

See all stories in the August 23, 2017 issue of The Journal

Marion tries to lower iron in water
to get new well back on-line

Mike's Coast to Coast Crusade raises
$33,000 for Stewart Webster Cancer Fund

Brent Cobb featured in Ram series
'Long Live the Songwriters'

Shots fired in Richland put business
owner at odds with city officials

Schley Co. grad to make major college debut after leading Jr College team to National Championship

Superior patient care leads family
to donate $20,000 to Marion EMS

See all stories in the Aug. 23, 2017 issue of The Journal

Longtime City of BV staff members accept
positions with Stewart Co. Schools
Search for Fire Chief continues as fire department struggles
to have enough volunteers to respond to fires

Phoebe Sumter celebrates opening of
new, expanded Ellaville Health Clinic

Chatt. Co. officials make plans for Streetscape;
look to use loan to attract business

See all stories in the Aug. 9, 2017 issue of The Journal

Buena Vista man is fighting rare skin disease

Stewart County BOE nears completion of
massive construction and renovation project

Stewart Elementary makes big academic gains

Chattahoochee County Family Connection
hosts big Back to School Bash

Jackson, 99, attends Negro Leagues Reunion

Mike's Coast to Coast Cancer Crusade
to kick-off at Richland City Hall

See all stories in the Augus 2, 2017 issue of The Journal

Family Gathering Spot or Illegal Club?
Chattahoochee Co. officials clash
with local family over zoning issue

'The ROC' gets new location in BV

Schley County Commission moves forward
with proposed dilapidated property law

Dixon hosts special 5K to 'Fight the Silence' surrounding sexual abuse and victims

Chattahoochee Co. Commission approves
$1.3 million in road improvement projects

Schley Family Connection helps
kids at Back to School Bash

See all stories in the July 26, 2017 issue of The Journal

 Keith Austin rocks his roots
in sold out show at Fox Hall

Big Rig = Big Public Hearing
by Marion County Commission

Schley Community Foundation
gets big grant for playground

Ice Cream Social raises funds forHistoric Preservation in Chattahoochee Co.

Marion approves $459,000
worth of roadwork projects
Officials are still looking for funding for troublesome J.P. Hudson Rd

Front Porch Inn and Coffee Club has big
Grand Opening Weekend in Buena Vista

City of Buena Vista officials looking
for ways to improve water system

See all stories in the July 19, 2017 issue of The Journal

Ellaville City Council: Grants,
Lighting, Personnel, and Much More

Local student places 4th in the nation

Local Nursing Home wins National Quality Award

Buena Vista to get high-scale coffee shop

See all stories in the July 12, 2017 issue of The Journal

Momentum in Marion
Chamber of Commerce is having an exciting year
as tourists visit and businesses open

Webster County Honors 1st Responders

New Health Clinic to open in Ellaville

'Cool' event set in Cusseta to
raise funds to preserve local history

Lockhart completes cross-country trek on bike

The Journal wins 2-of-3 statewide awards
for Best Online News Project


My One-of-a-kind Uncle Phil

See all stories in the July 5, 2017 issue of The Journal

Fight the Silence
Marion Co. High graduate looks to raise
awareness and help kids in need

Comedy Show fills BV with plenty of chuckles

Local man is biking across the country

Family Fun Day is planned in Preston

See all stories in the June 26, 2017 issue of The Journal

Fugitive caught after fleeing
Marion and hiding in Sumter County

Fatal Car Crash in Richland

Schley officials look at new law
dealing with dilapidated buildings

Marion EMS celebrates new ambulance

See all stories in the June 21, 2017 issue of The Journal

26 area residents implicated in
huge insurance fraud ring

Ellaville gets Dollar General PLUS

Cusseta-Chattahoochee County may
get its own, separate Municipal Court

Schley Co. High Baseball Team has
Player & Coach of Year, All-State Players

Marion man arrested for felony
burglary and child cruelty

BV VITA helps local taxpayers bring back $384,564

See all stories in the June 14, 2017 issue of The Journal

Longtime Cusseta business to close

Marion economy appears to be on upswing

Shooting in Lumpkin

Schley Public Library helps youngsters
show off artistic and patriotic sides

ChattCo Class of 2017 is hopeful
heading into 'journey of unknown'

See all stories in the June 7, 2017 issue of The Journal


Schley County High Wins
State Baseball Championship

Marion honors outgoing superintendent

Man shot in Buena Vista home

Buena Vista rolls out red carpet
for Run (and Bike) Across Georgia

See all stories in the May 31, 2017 issue of The Journal

$3.5 million project set for BV nursing home

Officials look to expand Sunday sales
of alcohol to outside the city limits
$10,500 earmarked to come up with plan for
possible construction of new Marion County Jail

Schley County High advances to
State Baseball Championship Series

Huge crowd turns out to watch Schley County
High Class of 2017 start down own path

Marion Co. High graduates are ready
to show their 'special brand of brilliance'

See all stories in the May 24, 2017 issue of The Journal

One 'ATM Bandit' arrested, another is on the run

Bear hit by vehicle in Marion County

Marion County's Whitley wins 2nd
State Track & Field State Title in Discus

Fire destroys home in Buena Vista

Schley County High advances to
'Final Four' of State Baseball Playoffs

See all stories in the May 17, 2017 issue of The Journal

ATMs stolen in Ellaville and Buena Vista

No. 1 ranked Schley Wildcats advance to
'Elite Eight' of State Baseball Playoffs

Local undercover cocaine bust

Chatt. Co. Commission looks to improve park

Schley County Sheriff arrests suspect in
burglary of Josh Gibson Center in Buena Vist

Magnolia Manor of Marion County
hosts big Spring Fling Festival
For more photos click here!

See all stories in the May 10, 2017 issue of The Journal

Pea Ridge Arts Fest held in Buena Vista

Arrest leads to resignation of
Marion County Elections Superintendent
Related: Story from 2000 about Dixon's untraditional 'plural parent family'

Cusseta-Chattahoochee Co. Community
mourns loss of teen who inspired many

Ribbon Cutting for Hidden Treasure Consignment

Chatt. Historic Society has tasty fundraiser

Marion Co. Boosters host 3rd Annual
Can You Cross Country? 5K & Fun Run

Ellaville-Schley Chamber says 'Thanks'

See all stories in the May 3, 2017 issue of The Journal

Springtime Ellaville was a big hit

Marion, Schley, Taylor residents
arrested for local burglary

Authorities say group is suspected in more area crimes

Visitors flock to Richland for 'Taste'

Marion BOE turns down request to take Family Connection fiscal agent duties over from City

Schley County wins Region Baseball Title

Local high school athletes fare well at
Area 1A Track & Field Championship

See all stories in the April 26, 2017 issue of The Journal

Say Goodbye to History
Historic Westville set to leave Lumpkin

Marion Co. native pens Civil War era novel

Chatt. County BOE names Academy CEO

Marion works to clear up 'dirty water';
Officials emphasize water was/is safe
County ready to 'Vroooom' online; Lumpkin wants to 'police' animals

Region 4A Track & Field Championship Meet
Schley Boys WinMarion Girls Win

See all stories in the current issue of The Journal

Revolving Loan for Schley, Sumter, Macon, Webster

Two More Local Drug Arrests

Buena Vista gears up for huge Arts Fest

Springtime Ellaville Festival organizers
invite all to have fun and 'Never Grow Up'

Chattahoochee County officials look
at budget and improving highway safety

Ellaville regroups after storm
and celebrates city's response

See all stories in the April 12, 2017 issue of The Journal

Storm smashes thru as locals prepare for forecast of 'Round Two'
Ellaville Hit the Hardest - Tornado Damage
and
Marion Co. battles storm as VFD fights fires

Alleged drug dealer arrested,
another suspect flees police

Region faces School Bus Driver Shortage

See all stories in the 4-5-17 issue of The Journal

Baxter Paint Center opens in Buena Vista

LEMitless nonprofit looks to help student-athletes

Schley Co. Family Connection has big meeting

Webster BOE approves new 'Pathway'

Local couple's son featured in story about
Bravo Troop's efforts against ISIS

See all stories in the March 29, 2017 issue of The Journal

Explosion rocks nursing home in Buena Vista
as part of mock terrorist attack

Ellaville may get residential development

Stewart Commission hires County Manager

Chattahoochee Co. High names STARs

Proposed Marion County Animal Control
contract is up in the air

See all stories in the March 22, 2017 issue of The Journal

Chattahoochee BOE picks up $3.1 million check
for future College & Career Academy in Cusseta

Chattahoochee Co. residents invited to big
meeting to give input on future of local schools

Local farmer drowns in pond


Marion, ChattCo, Stewart race into track & field season at Cougar Classic in Columbus

City of Buena Vista losing revenue
due to issue with water meters

Excitement abounds in Ellaville with
Grand Opening of downtown Art Gallery

Young Buena Vista native signs
as performer with Dollywood

Chattahoochee County Commission
approves big roads project

LOCAL TEAM SPOTLIGHTS

ChattCo High Boys Soccer Team

Schley County High School Golf Teams

Schley County High Baseball Team

Webster County High Baseball Team

ChattCo High Girls Soccer Team

See all stories in the March 15, 2017 issue of The Journal

Teen arrested for making violent threat
Many parents keep children home for the day

Car Smashes Thru Subway

Buena Vista man featured by Obama Foundation
in celebration of Black History Month

Ellaville Celebrates Opening of BBQ Joint

Marion Co. has new full-time Extension Agent

Georgia Power scraps plan for
local nuclear power plant (sort of)

Adventures in Home Renovation

Local Sports Updates

See all stories in the March 8, 2017 issue of The Journal

Ellaville's Brent Cobb has busy year planned
with touring with various country stars

Marion Commission passes 2 big new policies, Animal Control, Water Leak Insurance
Deputies, jailers get pay raise; Airport and EMS Agreement discussed

Local Home is Destroyed by Fire

Marion's struggling VFDs need volunteers

Poole Memorial Bridge Dedicated in Schley County

VITA Office offers free tax prep help

First-class arts festival planned in Buena Vista

Marion County High School Lady Eagles
wrap up 'Elite' basketball season

SCHS places 4th in State in Weight Lifting

See all stories in the March 1, 2017 issue of The Journal

Marion BOE is considering two
requests to help community groups

Richland teen wins another State Title

Schley County gets third ambulance

Webster BOE approves trips and employees

Marion County native is picked for
statewide historic preservation award

The man behind A&R BBQ

See all stories in the Feb. 22, 2017 issue of The Journal

Marion BOE names sole finalist
to become next Superintendent

BV officials think car wash was
to blame for flooding of shopping plaza

Schley Foundation gets $5,000 grant

Chili & Cornbread Cookoff
Champs are crowned in Cusseta

MCHS wins Region Basketball Title

See all stories in the Feb. 15, 2017 issue of the Journal

Wild Bull Run is coming to Buena Vista

Stewart Co. High has five players sign
to play football at the next level

Chatt. Valley Academy moves forward in Cusseta

Young Schley County Students Creating
a Better World - One Good Deed at a Time

Stewart Co. High names STAR Student, Teacher

Thanks to local volunteer firefighters
(BV VFD puts out blaze at 'out building' near home)

MCHS Coach inducted into Hall of Fame

See all stories in the Feb. 8, 2017 issue of The Journal

Marion Board of Education to interview
four candidates for superintendent

Schley County loses longtime leader

ChattCo Wins Area Wrestling Title

MCHS names STAR Student and Teacher

Young Buena Vista woman dies in accident

State Representative Shot

Magnolia Manor of Marion Auxiliary
named Group Volunteer of the Year

See all stories in the February 1, 2017 issue of The Journal

One arrest made, another suspect sought
in connection with Buena Vista burglary

Officer is headed behind bars for
selling marijuana to inmates

Drainage issue forces temporary
closure of most of Eagle Plaza

Schley County High STAR Student and Teacher

Cusseta-Chattahoochee County
Chamber of Commerce hosts Annual Dinner

 
See all stories in the Jan. 25, 2017 issue of The Journal

Another local young man charged
with intention to sell marijuana

Marion Commission may offer water leak insurance

Chattahoochee County School to be
honored with 'Greatest Gains' state award

Webster BOE earns Quality Board Status

Schley Community Foundation Annual Meeting

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL SPOTLIGHTS:
Webster County High School
and
Chattahoochee County High School

Click here to see all stories in the Jan. 25, 2017 issue of The Journal

Alleged drug dealer arrested in Marion County

Superintendent Search Heats Up in Marion

Dollar General expanding with new store in Preston

Yoga Classes now offered in Ellaville

Morgan is Columbus Technical College
Adult Education Instructor of the Year

Peoples Bank of Talbotton is
now Peoples Bank of Georgia

Click here to see all stories in the Jan. 11, 2017 issue of The Journal

There's a New Sheriff in Town
Chattahoochee County has first new sheriff in 44 years

Ellaville musician pens 'Heroes in Blue'
as tribute to fallen law enforcement officers

Buena Vista Dialysis Center
recognized with 'Five Stars'

Click here to see all stories in the Jan. 4, 2017 issue of The Journal

Ellaville native 'makes it' in Nashville

Trio of alleged drug dealers arrested

State Historic Society hopes to solve
the 'Mystery of Pineville Baptist'

Stewart's County's Turner is new
member of Columbus Tech Board

Marion County Teen wins State PP&K

See all the stories in the Dec. 28, 2016 issue of The Journal

Local biker survives being struck by vehicle

Locals travel to poorest place on planet
to help others and spread the Gospel

Buena Vista's Living Legend, Roosevelt Jackson turns 99-years-old; Click here for a fascinating video interview about his life
and his years playing in the Negro Baseball Leagues

Ellaville City Council selects engineer, etc.

KINGZ MC rolls into Cusseta with
toys for needy local boys and girls

Here's the REAL Christmas Story!

See all the stories in the Dec. 20, 2016 issue of The Journal

Region Rocked by Murder of Officers

Greater Love Hath No Man, Tribute to Fallen Officers

Schley Youth Football Team
wins State Championship

Phoebe Sumter breaks ground in Ellaville

Marion County High graduate is kicking
his way to a prestigious college degree

See all stories in the Dec. 14, 2016 issue of The Journal

Vehicle burns outside of local business

BVPD, GBI, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms investigating burglary of local business

Chattahoochee Co. gets $3.1 million
to establish College & Career Academy

Schley grad leads junior college
football team to National Title

Cusseta's Annual Christmas Parade
and Christmas in the Park!
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See ALL STORIES in the Dec. 7, 2016 issue of The Journal

Emergency Bridge Closing in Marion County

Furniture Store opens in Buena Vista

New Business Opens in Ellaville

Click here to see all stories in the 11-30-16 issue of The Journal

Stewart County holds Groundbreaking for
massive renovation and expansion project

Marion approves ambulance purchase,
talks about road improvements, more

Webster County names Teacher of Year

Ellaville Council has info-packed meeting

See all stories in the Nov. 22, 2016 issue of The Journal

Marion passes mixed drinks license fee,
hears requests to ease up on regulations

Marion's McPherson signs with UGA

Spirits Soar at Pig Fest in Richland

Schley's Minter to play for Jr. College National Title

See all stories in the Nov. 16, 2016 issue of The Journal

LOCAL ELECTION RESULTS

Area High School Graduation Rates

Fitness Center in Buena Vista has Ribbon Cutting

Marion teams place 7th and 11th at
Cross Country State Championship

See all stories in the Nov. 9, 2106 issue of The Journal

Chattahoochee County officials discuss
several potential big projects

Marion is wrapping up two big
infrastructure improvement projects

Top Hat Club gets Cease & Desist directive
from Department of Alcohol & Tobacco

Ellaville manufacturing plant
roars back into business

Marion Cross Country Teams
to race for State Championship

See all stories in the 9-2-16 issue of The Journal

Fox Hall celebrates opening with sellout
wine tasting and blues concert

Thousands visit Pasaquan
2,200 visitors from 34 states, 14 countries
converge at BV's 'Psychedlic Wonderland'
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Candidates Speak at Forum in Buena Vista

Chatt. Co. residents have big vote on BOE

Webster Co. hosts Annual Fair

See all stories in the Oct. 26, 2016 issue of The Journal

Party Time at Pasaquan
Grand Re-Opening, Free Festival in Buena Vista

Schley Co. grad leads college football
team to No. 1 national ranking

Fox Hall Event Center to open in
historic downtown Buena Vista building

Ellaville hosts Smoke On the Square

Marion County High blanks Atkinson
in first round of State Softball Playoffs

See all stories in the Oct. 19, 2016 issue of The Journal

Routine traffic stop leads to arrest
of 3 alleged area drug dealers

Ellaville native shines on solo album

Buena Vista Celebrates Rural America

Hidden Treasure opens in Buena Vista

See all stories in the current issue of The Journal

 Man with Gun at School causes concern in Cusseta

Schley Co. High clinches Softball Region Title

Marion voters invited to Candidates Forum

ChattCo High Crowns Homecoming Queen

Rural America Festival returning
to downtown Buena Vista

Click here to see all stories in the Oct. 5, 2016 issue of The Journal

Football Field House Damage
Marion School officials call for
cool heads, good sportsmanship

Schley's Wall recognized in 'The Ride Home'

Stewart County names Teacher of the Year

Adams paints historic mural in Plains

Rivals to square off in big game this week
Marion Co. High Softball Team has more
wins than any other Class A team in state;
Schley County High Softball Team
is 16-5 and undefeated in Region 4A

Marion County hires new EMS Director

See all stories in the 9-28-16 issue of The Journal

Locals get sneak peak at restored Pasaquan

Schley mourns loss of teen killed in wreck

Buena Vista City Council to hold
public hearings on proposed tax increase

American Legion honors 1st Responders

See all the stories in the Sept. 21, 2016 issue of The Journal

Little Lumpkin residents show BIG Hearts

Phoenix Fitness opens in Buena Vista

5 Top 10 ranked teams among competitors
at 1st MCMHS Cross Country Invitational

Marion wins Boys Varsity Race; Schley takes Girls Varsity Trophy

See all the stories in the 9-14-16 issue of The Journal.

Marion County officials are taking report
of gun on school bus very seriously

Special Ceremony held
for Non-Traditional Graduates
Local legend Roosevelt Jackson, 98, awarded Honorary Diploma

Buena Vista development appears
to be heating up the local economy
Commission gets loan to help pay for investment in infrastructure

See all stories in the Sept. 7, 2016 issue of The Journal

Sass & Class Bowtique
Buena Vista gets another new business

Chattahoochee County Deals with Water Woes

Marion rides early lead to victory over ChattCo

Schley Co. Wildcats clobber Calhoun County

See all of the stories in the Aug. 31, 2016 issue.

Volunteers back off of plan to
'reclaim' Buena Vista City Park

Southern Harvest Insurance owner
'disgusted' by fraud allegations, investigation

Peoples Bank of Talbotton opens
Loan Center in Buena Vista

Chattahoochee Co. Back to School Bash

Marion rolls to 42-0 win over
Schley in football season opener

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