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Weekly Newspaper covering Marion, Schley, Chattahoochee, Webster, and Stewart Counties.
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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

See all of the stories in the Aug. 24, 2016 issue of The Journal


Local man rides 7,305 miles to
raise funds for cancer patients

Marion County Commission passes
two new alcohol related local laws
Officials also discuss major water and road projects

New Marion County business
rises to fill need for industry

Carol Eason Dancing School returns to BV

TAKE THE POLL!
Who will win the 2016 Region 4A Football Championship?
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Marion Co. High Football Team Spotlight


Marion Co. High Softball Team Spotlight


ChattCo High Football Team Spotlight


Schley County High Football Spotlight

See all the stories in the 8-17-16 issue of The Journal

Sis D's BBQ opens in Cusseta

New Event Center to open in Buena Vista

BV Police to fingerprint more when investigating
Public Works Supervisor resigns; Unauthorized event cancelled

City of Ellaville to get $150,000 grant

Marion Co. High hosts Friday Night Lights 5K

Photo Galleries: Friday Night Lights | BV Back to School Party | Sis D's BBQ

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

New Marion Co. Monument celebrates
Class of 1971's role in Civil Rights

Story | Video Clips | Photos

McCorkle re-hired as Marion Superintendent

Schley Historical Society plans big meeting

'Small Town Informant' is launched in Cusseta

Recipe from Sherry McAllister - Blueberry Scones

Click here for all of the stories in the Aug. 3, 2016 issue of The Journal.

RUNOFF ELECTION RESULTS in Marion County, Chattahoochee County, Stewart County

Schley County School Board breaks ground
for expansion of Elementary School

Marion Commission restructures debt;
County to get more road funds; and more

Stewart County Schools treat
students to 'Summer Explosion'

Youngsters 'do science' at camp in Buena Vista

See all the stories in the July 27, 2016 issue of The Journal 


Buena Vista man wins Trap National Title

Buena Vista City Council applies for grant,
and continues to clean up old landfill

Ellaville gets in on latest virtual craze with
plans to host Pokémon In the Park

Stewart BOE proposes nearly no change in tax rate

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

Pasaquan Restoration Nears Completion

Marion Co. Tax Dispute Settled

Chattahoochee County Middle/High waives
tuition for new out-of-county students

Home Depot volunteers spruce up
widow's home in Buena Vista

Stewart County School System
added to state's REACH

Back to School Bash set in Schley County

See all the stories in the July 13, 2016 issue of The Journal  

Area Property Tax Comparison - Cities
Richland, Lumpkin, Buena Vista
have region's highest tax rates
City of Ellaville has one of lowest rates around; Cusseta and
Preston among few towns with no extra tax rate inside city limits

Buena Vista's Roosevelt Jackson is
honored by the Milwaukee Brewers

Phoebe to offer healthy classes in
Marion, Schley, Stewart, Webster

See all the stories in the July 6, 2016 issue of The Journal

2nd Solar Farm built in Buena Vista

Chattahoochee County officials look to take
over private roads and make them public

New Ellaville business has 'Gotcha Covered'

Stewart County Brewery invites
public to 'Celebrate America'

See all the stories in the June 29, 2016 issue of The Journal

'Magic Mayhem' takes over the
Marion County Public Library

Shooting In Cusseta

Marion Co. hires new Recreation Director

Marion official trying to reel in
$158,000 in unpaid property taxes

Ellaville City Council Meeting

College Classes offered in Cusseta

See all stories in the current issue of The Journal

City of Buena Vista revenue is 'drying up'

Service dog believed to be stolen

Area Tax Rate Comparison Part II
Board of Education Millage Rates

Mural turns old Cusseta Post
Office into a work of art

Schley Commission honors McClendon

See all of the stories in the July 15, 2016 issue of The Journal

Pea Ridge & Co. opens in Buena Vista

Cusseta resident gets Lifetime Achievement Award

Schley leaders graduate from Georgia
Academy for Economic Development

The Journal receives 6 statewide awards
from the Georgia Press Association

Stewart/Lumpkin leader graduates from AED

Click here to see all the stories in the June 8, 2016 issue of The Journal.

Marion County School Superintendent
announces his intention to retire

Runoff Elections set in 3 local counties

Chatt. Co. leaders graduate from
Economic Development Academy

South Georgia Technical College to begin
offering classes in Buena Vista

Run Across Georgia participants
get big welcome in Buena Vista

Schley Family Connection Academic Honors

Click here to see all of the stories in the June 1, 2016 issue of The Journal

Primary Election Results

Eagle Foods opens in Buena Vista
Story and Videos from Ribbon CuttingPhotos

Fallen Schley Soldier Honored

Buena Vista Downtown Design Grant

See all the stories in the May 25, 2016 issue of The Journal

Local teen is behind bars after triple shooting

Soul's Cafe Ribbon Cutting in Buena Vista

Marion Co. to review water shut-off policy

Vehicle flips on four-lane in Ellaville

Chattahoochee Co. Commission amends regulations, adds baseball to rec. programs

See all the stories in the May 18, 2016 issue of The Journal

Candidates speak at Forum in Buena Vista

Inmate escapes from Marion Jail for 2nd time

Marion County Relay for Life raises $13,500

Schley High makes 'Final 4' of Baseball Playoffs

MCHS freshman wins State Track Title

Smothers signs football scholarship

See all the stories in the May 11, 2016 issue of The Journal

Private School in Marion County hosts
prospective future students from China

Ellaville band is ready to hit 'Cruise Control'

Webster candidates for Commission Chairman
and School Board speak at Forum

Marion mourns loss of 3 after 2 wrecks

Kohler Foundation, partners honored
for work to preserve Pasaquan

Marion Co. High hires new Football Coach

See all stories in the May 4, 2016 issue of The Journal

How do your property taxes compare
with other counties in the region?
(Part 1 of a Series - County Commission Millage Rates)

Alleged drug dealer arrested in Marion

Webster County Candidates Forum
View Videos of candidates at the forum

High-speed chase ends in wreck, injuries, arrest

See all the stories in the April 27, 2016 issue of The Journal

Eagle Foods nears opening after costly delay
Company's senior partner asks officials to consider tax break

Dead woman requests ballot in Stewart County

Chattahoochee County officials get
good news on revenue and more

MCHS Lady Eagles win Region Track Title

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

Marion County High Football Coach Retiring
Mike Swaney led Eagles to 65-10 record, 6 region titles, state championship

Local resident wins $700,000

'Springtime Ellaville' draws record crowd

ChattCo PTO hosts 5K & Fun Day

See all the stories in the April 13, 2016 issue of The Journal

From Ellaville to Nashville and back 'Down Home'
Brent Cobb, on the cusp of country stardom, will headline Springtime Ellaville

ChattCo High hires new Head Football Coach

Spring Fling Festival held in Buena Vista

Schley County hires new Recreation Director

See all the stories in the April 6, 2016 issue of The Journal

Marion has rash of serious/strange crimes
Fugitive wanted by FBI and accomplice caught, shots fires at tires
of truck carrying children, neighbor accused of theft

Chatt. Co. Elementary names new principal

Marion Commission hires new County Manager

Workforce Development Meeting hosted in
Ellaville by Schley County Family Connection

Team Spotlight Pages
MCHS Tennis (See Page 6); MCHS Baseball (See Page 8)

See all the stories in the March 30, 2016 issue of The Journal

SPECIAL SECTION
Candidates Make Their Cases (See B Section)

Veliz to serve as ChattCo High Principal

Marion Co. High Teams Sweep Track Meet

Can You Cross Country? 5K & Fun Run hosted
by MCMHS Cross Country Booster Club

Click here to see all the stories in the March 23, 2016 issue of The Journal

90 Candidates Qualify for Local Elections
Marion County Candidates Chattahoochee Co. Candidates
Schley County Candidates Stewart County Candidates
Webster County Candidates

Book tells story of prominent Buena Vista family

Chattahoochee County makes big changes
in school system administration

Brent Cobb to headline Springtime Ellaville

Click here to see all of the stories in the March 23, 2016 issue of The Journal

'Round-Up' Nets Four Drug Arrests

Marion mourns loss of 'mover and shaker'
who had a huge impact on community
Mike Moon: The man who made BV 'The Small Town that Can'

Marion Co. BOE hires new principal

Group hopes to 'reclaim' City Park in Buena Vista

Schley Co. High Baseball Team Spotlight

Click here to see all the stories in the 3-9-16 issue of The Journal

Marion Co. Chamber of Commerce
hosts Heritage Map Workshop

Schley County High Wildcats
continue to shine on the diamond

Buena Vista Nursing Home residents get big gifts

Lumpkin hosts grueling 'Canyon Crash'

Click here for all the stories in the March 2, 2016 issue of The Journal

Are YOU a Cancer Survivor? The Marion Co.
Relay for Life wants to honor you!
Please CLICK HERE!

Smash-and-Grab burglars now face charges
in Lumpkin after hitting same store twice

80-Year-Old Marion Man Pedals 13,060
miles on bicycle in a single year

Marion residents ask County Commission
to help with storm damage recovery

Webster to put Sunday alcohol sales on ballot; Sons of Confederate Soldiers request rejected

Click here to see ALL the stories in the Feb. 24, 2016 issue of The Journal

Buena Vista Burglars Captured in Ellaville

Eagle Foods developer voices frustration
about delays and lack of communication

Fallen Schley Soldier to be honored
with naming of area highway

Stewart Co. Commission takes on 'dumping'

Click here to see all the stories in the Feb. 17, 2016 issue of The Journal

Marion and Talbot Sheriff Offices
arrest 2 alleged local drug dealers

Schley County High School
hires new Head Football Coach

Click here to see all of the stories in the Feb. 10, 2016 issue of The Journal

Mother charged with felony murder
in death of 3-month-old baby

Cusseta-Chattahoochee County Chamber of Commerce hosts Annual Dinner Meeting

Ellaville-Schley County Chamber of
Commerce hosts Annual Dinner Meeting

Progress continues, slowly, at the site
of new development in Buena Vista

Click here to see all the stories in the Feb. 3, 2016 issue of The Journal

Marion County to offer adult college level classes

Schley Co. resident lost too early to be
honored with dedication of local bridge

Many area families are eligible to receive free
help with income tax returns at local office

Click here to see all the stories in the Jan. 27, 2016 issue of The Journal

Marion County Commission pledges
help with Chamber's tourism efforts

Walmart to close Ellaville store

Many attend Open House at new Private School
now open at old Tri County High School

Click here to see all the stories in the Jan. 20, 2016 issue of The Journal

CNN recommends tourists visit Pasaquan
(Buena Vista site listed as 1 of 16 Intriguing Places to Visit in America in 2016)

Trio of home burglaries reported in Marion

Marion Co. Jail escapee captured
in Columbus by US Marshals Service

Chattahoochee Co. to offer employees insurance

Former Tri County High is now open
as a unique K-12 private school

Click here to see all the stories in the Jan. 13, 2016 issue of The Journal

Cusseta girl with indomitable spirit
celebrates very special Sweet Sixteen

Ellaville company makes big donation to Playground Fund for Schley Rec. Complex

Marion man makes special mission trip

Click here to see all stories in the January 6, 2016 issue of The Journal

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Latest Photo Galleries
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Marion County Cross Country
Teams at Plains Peanut Fest 5K


MCMHS Halftime Performance
(Manchester Football Game)


Marion Co. vs Manchester
High School Football


Buena Vista vs ChattCo Youth Football
9-10 | 11-12 | 8&U


Pasaqaun Open House for Locals


MCMHS Halftime Show
(vs Lamar County)

Marion vs Lamar County
(High School Football)

Marion County Middle-High
Cross Country Invitational

Marion Co. 56, Pacelli 14

Marion Co. vs ChattCo
High School Football Game

Sass & Class Bowtique

Marion County Cross Country
at First Annual MCSD Invitational

Schley Co. vs Marion County
High School Football Game

Marion Co. Marching Eagle Band
& Schley Co. Wildcats Band

Marion Co. vs. Taylor Co.
Preseason Football Scrimmage


Sis D's BBQ Grand Opening
in Cusseta

Friday Night Lights 5K & Fun Run
at Marion Co. Middle/High School

Buena Vista Back to School
Giveaway and Party


Class of 1971 Monument Dedication
Ceremony in Buena Vista
Photos | Videos

Youth Science Camp in Buena Vista

Summer Education Explosion
in Stewart County


Pasaqaun Restoration Nears Completion

Ellaville Celebrates
Kids and Country

Cusseta Mural Celebration

Magician at the Marion
County Public Library

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The feature below was judged as
the Georgia Press Association's
Best Online News Project of the Year
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.
For a larger photo click here.
To view the entire collection of photos
and a slideshow with music
from the Championship Series click here.
Winner of 6 Awards from the Georgia Press Association this year.
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