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


Special Sections: Salute to the Class of 2020
Marion Co. and Schley Co. High Schools

In this week's issue

See all stories in the current 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

Schley County groups awarded $63,500
in grants from Flint Energies Foundation

Marion Co. High wins 2nd Consecutive
Region 4A Football Championship

Fire Destroys Home in Stewart County

Missing Man found in Marion County

Battle is Fashionetta Runner-Up

See all stories in the Nov. 13, 2019 issue of The Journal

ELECTION RESULTS
City of Buena Vista and City of Ellaville

Schley Wildcats are State XC Runner-Up

Local High Schools CCRPI Scores

MCHS Football Program is first Class A
Team to reach 100 wins this decade

See all stories in the Nov. 6, 2019 issue of the newspaper

Webster County Fair Photos

Chatt. Co. Schools awarded $465,000 Safety Grant

State may restablish Marion Family Connection

Marion's incredible season ends in Elite 8

UGA's Top Dawg at SCHS Wildcats Game

Buena Vista residents to vote in
system abandoned by most other cities

Ellaville hosts Smoke on the Square

See all stories in the Oct. 30, 2019 issue of The Journal

Buena Vista residents to elect
new Mayor for first time in 20 years

Inmate Escapes from Local Jail

Schley Co. High Wildcats Win Area XC Title

Marion County's Starr wins Individual Title;
Schley team places 4th to advance to State

Background: Marion Co. Family Connection
A recent story in The Journal referred to the state's elimination of the local Family Connection in 2018, but did not include comments from the former local director. Readers who missed the original story, which included many comments, may read it at the link below. It also includes a link to the termination letter from the Dept. of Human Services, as well as the Action Plan that the Dept. of Human Services gave to the local Family Connection prior to the termination.
State Terminates Marion Co. Family Connection
(Originally published in the 11-7-18 newspaper)

Performance Academy Crowns 'Royalty'

Marion wins Sweet 16 Series
to advance to Softball Elite Eight

See all stories in the Oct. 23, 2019 issue of The Journal

Local dog breeder lands on the
Humane Society's Horrible Hundred List

Local family narrowly escapes house fire

Rural America Festival draws many to BV

Schley Family Connection Coordinator
speaks out against proposed cuts

See all stories in the Oct. 16, 2019 issue of The Journal

Chatt. Co. Sheriff's Office announces 7 arrests

Stewart native 1 of Top 4 of '40 Under 40' Leaders

MCHS wins 3rd straight Region Championship

Ellaville supports 'Run for the Fallen'

Florida man arrested for stolen vehicle in Marion

See all stories in the Oct. 9, 2019 issue of The Journal

MCHS Marching Eagle Band
wins big at Phenix City Invitational

Marion moves to improve Census Count

Chattahoochee County Sheriff
raises concerns about communication

1st Schley County Schools Resource Office
speaks at Family Connection meeting

See all stories in the Oct. 2, 2019 issue of The Journal

 Chamber hosts Ribbon Cutting for
Sign of the Dove B&B and Kane's Restaurant

Chattahoochee officials hope to get more
money to offset loss of land to US Army

Preston's Bryant Wins Statewide Award

Marion County officials look for
funding to build a new jail

Ellaville to Welcome Run for the Fallen

See all stories in the Sept. 25, 2019 issue of The Journal

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Photo Galleries and Videos

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

Marion vs Kendrick High School Baseball

2020 Baseball Slideshows

Marion vs Talbotton High School Baseball

Girls Basketball High School State Tournament, Marion vs Telfair

Marion vs ChattCo High School Baseball

Performance Academy Spring
Scholarships Ceremony

Schley vs Marion High School Basketball
Girls Game | Boys Game

High School Wrestling City-Wide Championship (includes Chatt. County)

Pappa's Kitchen in Buena Vista

Webster vs Stewart Girls Basketball

Webster vs Stewart Boys Basketball

Marion vs Chattahoochee Girls Basketball

Marion vs Chattahoochee Boys Basketball

Marion vs Brookstone Girls Basketball

2019 Class A State Football Championship
Photos by: Richard Harris |
Malinda Bair | Ben Dodds

Marching Eagles at State Title Game

Cusseta Christmas Parade

Marion vs Pelham Semi-Final
Gallery 1 | Gallery 2

Marion vs Schley in Football Playoffs

MCHS Marching Eagles

SCHS Marching Band

Marion Co. vs Macon Co.
Region Football Championship

Boys High School Cross Country
State Championship Race

Girls High School Cross Country
State Championship Race

Marion vs Taylor High School Football
Gallery 1 | Gallery 2

MCHS Fall Senior Athletes Night

MCHS Marching Eagles Halftime Performance - Taylor Game

Taylor County High Marching Band

Ellaville Downtown Trick-or-Treat

Youth Football: BV vs Talbotton (7-8)

Webster County Olde Tyme Fair

Marion vs Georgia Military
Elite 8 Softball Playoffs

Area XC Championship

Marion vs Talbotton Football

Rural America Festival
Gallery 1 | Gallery 2

ChattCo vs R.C. High School Football

Marion vs Brookstone High School Football

Marion vs Greenville High Football

MCHS Homecoming Court

BV vs Cusseta Youth Football
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Interview with Roosevelt Jackson
of Buena Vista, the oldest known
living former Negro Baseball Leagues
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Georgia Press Association's
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This photo, titled "Cat Pile", was taken after
Schley County High School won the
2015 State Baseball Championship.
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