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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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MCMHS moves to virtual classes due to COVID-19

Cusseta officials look to gain local
control of EMS/Ambulance Zone

Turkeys were tossed in Ellaville

'Notorious RVG Bus' stops in Buena Vista

MCHS wins Sportsmanship Award

Big Christmas Event set at Coffee Club in BV

See all stories in the current issue of The Journal

Marion officials face tough budget decisions

Cusseta Hometown Heroes Honored

Ellaville Church Honors 12 Women

Webster BOE deals with COVID-19

Stewart High celebrates high grad rate

Chattco Panthers roll to 8-0

See all stories in the Nov. 18, 2020 issue of The Journal

Marion Elderly Exploitation Conviction Overturned

LK Moss Elementary School moves back
to distance learning due to COVID-19

Chatt. Co. Coffee Shop featured
by Rural Schools Collaborative


CCEC announces Teacher of the Year

Chattco beats Schley to improve to 7-0

See all stories in the 11-11-20 issue

ELECTION RESULTS

CCMH Names Teacher of the Year

Region 5A Cross Country Championship


State Superintendent Visits Local Schools

Swamp Fox Distilling Company's
King's Town Rye earns Gold Medal


See all stories in the 11-4-20 issue of The Journal

Local Voters are Setting Turnout Records

Schley County High Lady Cats
score big wins in State Playoffs

Young MCHS team makes it to 'Sweet 16'

Marion officials discuss status of road projects

Buena Vista's Josh Gibson featured on special double bobblehead with Satchel Paige

See all stories in the Oct. 28, 2020 issue of The Journal

Marion's Wells Family launches
Georgia Native Cattle Company

Ellaville Council gives OK for new liquor store

Webster BOE looks to continue
to improve remote instruction

Chattahoochee County Commission
discusses various road projects

Pandemic creates stinky
situation for trash company

Schley County High junior
named to State Advisory Board

See all stories in the Oct. 21, 2020 issue of The Journal

New Board wants BV Council to address blighted areas, vacant buildings, and to pause new permits

Area COVID-19 Update

Chatt. Co. wins 6-0 'Slobber Knocker'
over rival Marion
County High School

Schley Co. gets grant, welcomes deputy clerk

See all stories in the Oct. 14, 2020 issue of The Journal

Fires Destroy Home and
Damage Building in Marion

Butterfly Cosmetics Glam House Opens in BV

Event held in downtown Buena Vista in
spite of City Council vote for it to be moved


Bobby Miller Memorial Fishing Rodeo
for Kids is held in Schley County

Marion slips by Schley in overtime victory

See all stories in the Oct. 7, 2020 issue of The Journal

Buena Vista City Council looks to overcome personal conflicts, etc. in order to move ahead

Cautious Optimism: Area's
COVID-19 numbers on decline

Phase II of Marion Co. Airport Project Takes Off

Eleven teams compete in four races at
5th Annual Marion Co. XC Invitational

Lies, Gaffes, and 'Hmmm'?

See all stories in the Sept. 30, 2020 issue of The Journal

Accident knocks out power, etc. in Buena Vista

'Most Wanted' Fugitive arrested in Webster

Armed Robbery in Buena Vista

Ellaville native honored after TV career in Buffalo

Wildcats Knock Off No. 2 Wilcox

Marijuana 'Farm' Busted in Schley Co.

See all stories in the Sept. 23, 2020 issue of The Journal

Buena Vista Mayor Ignores City Council Vote

ChattCo Football Team Slams
Class 4A Shaw High to improve to 2-0

Fire Destroys House in Buena Vista

Man arrested for sexual crimes in Sumter County may face charges in Marion County

Area counties at risk of losing out due to low Census response rate; Here's How To Count

See all stories in the Sept. 16, 2020 issue of The Journal

Farm 41 Home Decor & More opens in BV

Indoor Flea Market Opens in Oakland

BV Council gets help helping Senior Center

Stewart School Police Chief graduates
from Chief Executive Training

Marion child to be featured in
'Bright Lights of Broadway' in NYC

See all stories in the Sept. 9, 2020 issue of The Journal

Marion Co. Grounds Airport Agreement

Sign of the Times in Preston

Fishing 'Rodeo' held in Marion County

See all stories in the Sept. 2, 2020 issue of The Journal

Buena Vista's 'Dr. Dan' leaving local practice

Chatt. Co. has 1st National AP Scholar

Webster County volunteers help
get kids ready to go back to school

MCHS 2014 Eagles football team
deemed 2nd best Team of the Decade

Many local families are eligible
for federal Panemic Relief Payment

See all stories in the August 26, 2020 issue of The Journal

Marion Co. Schools announce phased in plan
to return students for in-person instruction

Ellaville's Hammack releases debut album

Webster Schools gear up to offer in-person
and remote learning, Sept. 8th

Lady Eagles swing into 5-game winning steak

See all stories in the August 19, 2020 issue of The Journal

Schley Schools suffer first COVID-19 setback

Coffee Club Re-Opens in Buena Vista

Cusseta looks to get more money from hotel tax

BV Senior Center dealing with serious issues

Schley Co. High School senior is a top football prospect according to Sports Illustrated

Theiss painting donated to preserve local history

See all stories in the August 12, 2020 issue of The Journal

Marion School Start is Delayed
and Moved to All Online/Virtual

Schley School Year starts with 78% in person
and 22% of students opting for online

Chatt. Co. Schools to implement unique
'Hybrid Model' with online only option, too

Marion Co. native pens children's book

BV Mayor holds Virtual Town Hall

See all stories in the Aug. 5, 2020 issue of The Journal

Proposed residential development in Cusseta
is back on drawing board with a new name

Ellaville's Hudson makes Miraculous Recovery

Former BV business owner publishes memoir

'Hidden Canyon' is likely to
remain so in Marion Subdivison

Chatt. Co. looking at exciting potential projects

See all stories in the July 29, 2020 issue of The Journal

Marion Renews Water/Roads Contract,
Denies Alcohol License, Hears Complaints

Ellaville awards contract for well,
keeps pause on for start of youth sports

Webster County Schools announce Safety Plan

Area Counties Participate
in Bible Reading Marathon

Marion Co. Schools consider various safety factors

See all stories in the July 22, 2020 issue of The Journal

BV Police Officers to get Body Cameras

Chatt. Co. names new Head Girls Basketball Coach

New Schley Manager lays out management plan

Marion residents participate in Fair Count meeting

Local vocalist is in Joy FM Contest

See all stories in the July 15, 2020 issue of The Journal

Marion Contract: Clear Sailing or End of the Road?

Public asked to help solve Arson
and Break-In Cases in Marion County

Stewart County Sees Virus Cases Spike

Chatt. Co. Schools Release Re-Opening Plan

The Journal earns 9 awards
from the Georgia Press Association

See all stories in the July 8, 2020 issue of The Journal

Marion native to retire after impressive Army career

Chatt. Co. High hires Webster's
Battle as Head Boys Basketball Coach

Young man under suspicion of drug dealing

Marion Co. Schools to offer online option

WCHS Basketball Star Signs Scholarship

See all stories in the July 1, 2020 issue of The Journal

Chatt. Co. High Hires New Head Football Coach

Marion Commission moves to save $591,000

Schley Co. Names New County Manager

Marion to crack down on illegal dumping

See all stories in the June 24, 2020 issue of The Journal

DFCS Offices in Marion and Schley
Counties may be forced to close

Man is lucky to be alive after dramatic wreck

Rural America Festival Canceled

Marion gives conditional okay on rezoning

See all stories in the June 17, 2020 issue of The Journal

ELECTION RESULTS

Protesters in Buena Vista hope to help
transcend racism and promote equality

Chatt. officials vote to change charter to
allow manager to live out of county

Rep. Greene to introduce legislation
to repeal Citizen's Arrest Law


So Long, Yosemite Sam

See all stories in the June 10, 2020 issue of The Journal

Chase leads to arrest of alleged drug dealer

Ellaville business ordered to remove unit

Buena Vista Nursing Home
reports nine COVID-19 cases

Area Coronavirus Update

Marion County High Athletes
earn college track scholarships

See all stories in the June 3, 2020 issue of The Journal

Marion County man to help with plan
to restart Georgia's public schools

Schley Looking for New County Manager

Webster Co. BOE plans big budget cut

Marion County High Class of 2020
enjoys unique Graduation Ceremony

Schley High Graduation Ceremony
includes special 'Pandemic Parade'


Fly High, Super Dog

See all stories in the May 27, 2020 issue of The Journal

Performance Academy to close permanently

Stevens Street Inn Opens in Ellaville

Chattahoochee Co. High Class of 2020
celebrates graduation with unique ceremony

400+ Marion Co. kids sign up for free meals

See all stories in the May 20, 2020 issue of The Journal

Perry Bros. to buy Coleman Grocery

Webster Co. High hosts Drive-Thru Graduation

 

Transcending Enterprises of Ellaville
helps employees help themselves

Two Lady Eagles will continue
athletics at the collegiate level


Dear Teacher, You Lied

See all stories in the May 13, 2020 issue of The Journal

Omaha Brewing steps up to join
businesses in battle against pandemic

Man killed when truck rams tractor

 

Area High Schools begin to move
forward with graduation plans

Area residents asked to 'Adopt A Graduate'

See all stories in the May 6, 2020 issue of The Journal

Local Murder Suspect Captured in Arizona

Kirksey resigns as MCHS Head Football Coach

Longtime assistant is new MCHS Head Coach

 

Area COVID-19 Update

Marion Co. School System teams up with
USDA and Baylor to offer 'Meals-to-You'

Here's how area high schools came out
in ranking from US News & World Report

See all stories in the April 29, 2020 issue of The Journal

Area appears to still be climbing
toward peak of Coronavirus Pandemic

Local woman shares story of fighting COVID-19

Schley Community shows support
for family of first local COVID-19 fatality

Minter's dream of playing in
NFL may soon become a reality

Richland business adds masks, button
headbanks to inventory to help fight pandemic

Ready or Not, Here We Go

See all stories in the April 22, 2020 issue of The Journal

Map shows Southwest Georgia
becoming COVID-19 Hot Spot

Armageddon Gear shifts to make facemasks;
Swamp Fox ramps up sanitizer production

Chatt. Co. Family Connection Director Resigns

Marion Comm. agrees to be fiscal agent for school grant, hires new EMS Director, and more

Statements from Local Candidates

Election Day is Pushed Back

See all stories in the April 15, 2020 issue of The Journal

Schley has area's first death linked to COVID-19; WCHD announces local testing in area towns

High School Seniors share experience of missing opportunities, milestones due to Pandemic

Prayer Drive held in Marion County

Most Local Small Businesses may qualify
for Paycheck Protection Program

Local Census Response Rates are Low

See all stories in the April 8, 2020 issue of The Journal

Yes, COVID-19 Is Here

Ellaville-Schley impose restrictions
to help contain spread of virus

Should Marion County become
a 2nd Amendment Sanctuary County?

Stewart Co. passes Emergency Health Ordinance

Chatt. Co. declares Local State of Emergency

Webster Co. issues Declaration of Emergency

BV-Marion Co. Emergency Order is Expanded

Find the Beauty

See all stories in the April 1, 2020 issue of The Journal

Swamp Fox shifts from Whiskey to Hand Sanitizer

BV and Marion Governments issue Joint Executive Order that includes Curfew for Buena Vista

Ellaville-Schley Joint Executive Order
includes Curfew for Most Residents

ChattCo: Buildings Closed, but School is Open

Heart to Heart steps in to serve Marion students

It's Starting to Get Real

See all stories in the March 25, 2020 issue of The Journal

Marion residents speak out on road conditions

Stewart County Mural Dedication marks new era

Local doctor gives advice and hopes
residents will help reduce virus impact

See the front page and page 3 for tons of info
on the Coronavirus and the Local Impact so far

'Fair Count' Comes to Ellaville

Don't Just Be Young, Foolish, Happy

See all stories in the March 18, 2020 issue of The Journal

Two Arrested for Murder in Marion County

84 Candidates Qualify for Local Elections

Chattahoochee Co. Commission honors
Local Complete Count Committee

F&S Boutique Opens in Ellaville

Marion's McPherson is Coach of the Year

See all stories in the March 11, 2020 issue of The Journal

Webster Co. location raided in federal operation

Meth Arrest made in Buena Vista

Ralwins Art Gallery to showcase
work of late Ellaville artist, Lois Theiss

Stewart Co. High announces STARs

Chatt. Co. voters to cast ballots on SPLOST

See all stories in the March 4, 2020 issue of The Journal

Ellaville native, TCHS grad receives Caldecott Medal

Stewart County Historical Commission
invites public to Mural Dedication

Marion Co. High students get
hands-on, work-based learning

 Marion County High Eagles sweep
pair of double-headers to improve to 6-0

See all stories in the Feb. 26, 2020 issue of The Journal

Chattahoochee County Sheriff's Office announces arrests from burglary to theft of services

Marion Commission approves new roof,
tweaks pay for EMS Department, and more

Dedicated animal lovers pull
off 'Puppy Rescue' in Ellaville

Chattahoochee Co. High School names STARs

Tymes receives Al Parker Jr Player of Year Award

ChattCo Schools name Teacher of the Year

See all stories in the Feb. 19, 2020 issue of The Journal

Buena Vista City Council votes to
bring Police Department into digital era

Historic Hogg House is getting
new life with Phillips in Ellaville

State Inspector releases info on BV Fire

See all stories in the Feb. 12, 2020 issue of The Journal

City of Buena Vista faces $4.67 million mandate

Webster BOE discusses Distinguished Application

Marion approves $1.29 million to pave road

HISTORY UP IN SMOKE

Businesses Deal Aftermath of Fire

BV Fire Chief Gives Update, Thanks Responders

Keep On Smiling

See all stories in the Feb. 5, 2020 issue of The Journal

 Fire Destroys Historic Buena Vista Buildings

Chatt. Co. BOE has new chair, hires new
high school principal and football coach

Webster Co. High names STARs

Pappa's Kitchen opens in Buena Vista

Chattahoochee-Marion Forestry Unit
is the North Zone Unit of the Year

See all stories in the Jan. 29, 2020 issue of The Journal

Chattahoochee County Chamber of Commerce celebrates progress at Annual Dinner

Marion Settles Jail Suicide Lawsuit

Webster Senior Joins 2,000 Point Club

Ellaville Hosts MLK, Jr. Celebration

Schley High names STAR Student and Teacher

Marion Co. High names 2 sets of STARs

The Check Engine Light Is On

See all stories in the Jan. 22, 2019 issue of The Journal

Buena Vista Mayor baton is passed
from big brother to little brother

Schley County High Wildcats named
Class A Baseball Team of the Decade

LK Moss is Title I Reward School

Golden Hearts opens in Buena Vista

See all stories in the Jan. 15, 2020 issue of The Journal

Ranger Burger Returns to Cusseta

Marion approves $1.2 million contract
for Phase II of Airport Improvement Project

See all stories in the January 8, 2020 issue of The Journal

Public asked to be on look out for murder suspect

New Festival is Coming to Buena Vista

Wow! 1st full-scale production from local Performance Academy thrills sell-out crowds

See all stories in the Dec. 31, 209 issue of The Journal

Magnolia Manor of Marion receives big honor

See all stories in the Dec. 24, 2019 issue of The Journal

Resilient Eagles Soar to Earn
State Football Runner-Up Trophy

Richland Distilling Company
wins Georgia GLOBE Award

Cusseta Hosts Annual Christmas Parade

A Scarf and the Trophy Nobody Wanted

See all stories in the Dec. 18 issue of the Journal

Marion County High to play
for Class A State Championship

Eagles battle back from 20-25 deficit to
score 42-25 blowout over Pelham in Semi-Final

Cusseta may get Big Economic Development

Buena Vista Christmas Event Cancelled

Forestry continues to be big in Schley County

See all stories in the Dec. 11, 2019 issue of The Journal

Iconic BV Business Has New Owners

Schley's 'Z' commits to Auburn University

Marion Defeats Lincoln in Quarterfinal;
Eagles will host Pelham in Semi-Final

Brent Cobb visits local source of inspiration

Minter breaks records in final college game

See all stories in the Dec. 4, 2019 issue of The Journal

Marion County edges Schley County
in High School State Football Playoffs


Marion to Host Lincoln in 'Elite Eight'

The Crenshaw School in Marion to Close

Annual Turkey Shoot held in Cusseta

Area Elementary School CCRPI Scores

See all stories in the 11-27-19 issue of The Journal

Split vote moves $1.35 million
project forward in Marion County

Marion County Clerk Resigns

Chattahoochee County Commission
proposes new noise ordinance, etc.

Schley Clobbers Claxton in 1st round of
High School State Football Playoffs

Marion to host Schley in Sweet 16 Round
of High School State Football Playoffs

Area Middle School CCRPI Scores

ChattCo Panthers Shock Washington-Wilkes

See all stories in the current Nov. 20, 2019 issue of The Journal

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Photo Galleries and Videos

Chattco vs Macon Co. High School Football

Marion vs Taylor High School Football


Marion County High Homecoming Court


Chattco vs Schley County
High School Football

Chattco Homecoming Court

CCEC Homecoming Week

MCHS Senior Night

Schley Elementary-State Superintendent

LK Moss-State Superintendent

Region 5A XC Championship

Schley Co. vs Georgia Military
High School Softball Playoffs


Marion vs Manchester High School Football

Cross Country Middle School State Championship

Chattahoochee vs Marion County
High School Football

Schley County vs Brookstone
High School Softball

Marion Co. vs Schley Co.
High School Football
Gallery 1 | Gallery 2

Marion County vs Taylor County
High School Softball


Chattahoochee Co. vs Manchester
High School Football

Marion Co. vs. Macon Co.
High School Football
Gallery 1 | Gallery 2

5th Annual Marion County
Cross Country Invitational

Schley Co. vs Taylor Co.
High School Football


Marion County vs Greenville
High School Football

Schley County vs Wilcox County
High School Football

Chattahoochee County vs Marion County High School Softball

Chattahoochee County vs Shaw
High School Football

Marion vs Schley High School Softball

Oakland Flea Market

Grand Opening of Farm 41 Home
Decor & More in Buena Vista

Furlow Fast Feet XC Invitational

Marion Co. Fishing Rodeo

Marion County vs Baconton-Charter
High School Softball

Marion County High Softball
vs Houston County

Coffee Club Grand Re-Opening

Bible Reading Marathon Across GA

Buena Vista Protest

Marion County High School
Class of 2020 Graduation Ceremony

Schley County High School
Class of 2020 Graduation Ceremony

Chattahoochee County High School
Class of 2020 Graduation Ceremony

Webster County High School
Class of 2020 Graduation Ceremony

Around the Yard; Find the Beauty

Schley vs Marion High School Baseball


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The feature below was judged as
the Georgia Press Association's
Best Online News Project of the Year
in 2015 for all weekly newspapers!


Judges' comments included: "Wow! Speechless
comes to mind. What a piece of living history
and especially in the form of a video. ...
Wonderfully done."

Interview with Roosevelt Jackson
of Buena Vista, the oldest known
living former Negro Baseball Leagues
player, manager, and scout


Georgia Press Association's
Sports Feature Photo of the Year
for Weekly Division G Newspapers!



This photo, titled "Cat Pile", was taken after
Schley County High School won the
2015 State Baseball Championship.
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Marion Co. Monument Dedication


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