Daryl R. Dowdell II will celebrate his birthday on Nov. 29, 2007

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SFC Tarius Johnson retires from the Army after serving 20 years.

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Mr. Jake Reese, Sr.
Sept. 2, 1930 ~ Oct. 29, 2017
“Gone But Not Forgotten”

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Jordin Sparks drops double bombshell that’s married and pregnant.

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Ben Simmons might be the best all-around rookie ever.

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November 2017

Vol. XX No. 10

History Fact:

White mob kidnaps and whips black Georgia legislator Abram Colby for promoting equal rights for African Americans in Georgia on October 29, 1869.

Kelvin Pless Defeats Shirley Green-Reese

Kelvin Pless

Kelvin Pless
Newly elected Americus District 5
City Councilman

Shirley Green-Reese

Shirley Green-Reese
Defeated incumbent

In a hard fought campaign to elect the councilperson for the 5th District, Kelvin Pless was victorious. He was able to capture 197 votes (66 %) to her 102 votes (34%). The incumbent, Shirley Reese was soundly defeated by Pless. Reese has served a very controversial term. She and the White councilpersons voted to stop citizens from addressing the City Council monthly meetings. That action led to a lawsuit filed by Reverend Matt Wright, Craig Walker, and Nathan Pool. Reverend Wright said the citizens of Americus should be able to speak to their city representatives without unlawful interference.

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Certificate of Need Approved For Lee County Medical Center

Georgia Department of Community Health approves new 60-bed hospital to expand local health care access in Southwest Georgia LEESBURG, Ga. (Nov. 15, 2017) – The Lee County Commissioners announced today that the Georgia Department of Community Health (Department) has approved the Certificate of Need (CON) application for Lee County Medical Center. Although the decision may be appealed with the Department’s approval, the County is another step closer to expanding local healthcare access for the residents of Lee County and Southwest Georgia. “This is an exciting milestone for our County,” said Billy Mathis, Lee County Commission Vice Chairman. “Our number one priority is to do what’s right for our community, and we appreciate the Department’s effort in allowing us to provide the high-quality health care our community wants and deserves.”

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Proposed site of Lee County Medical Center.

White Commissioners Lose $Millions Fighting Rev. Wright

Randy Howard
Chairman of the Sumter County Commissioners. He voted to hire a $900,000 law firm to fight Rev. Wright’s lawsuit.

Mark Waddell
County Commissioner who voted for the $900,000 law firm.

Thomas Jordan

Sumter County Commissioner who voted “NO” to hiring the Republican law firm from Atlanta.

Clay Jones
Sumter County Commissioner who voted “NO” to hiring the Republican law firm from Atlanta.

George Torbert
He voted to hire a $900,000 law firm to fight Rev. Wright’s lawsuit.

Christian Community Calendar

  • AMERICUS HOLINESS DELIVERANCE TEMPLE (Pastor Michael Fowler), Americus

    Thursday – Saturday, Nov. 16th – 18th (10 am): Pastor Appreciation Celebration
    The public is invited to attend.

  • CAMPBELL CHAPEL AME CHURCH (Rev. Dr. John F. Williams), Americus

    Saturday, Oct. 21st (7 pm): “He Reigns in the Midst of the Storm” Gospel Stage Play

    The Sutton Glory Ministries hit gospel stage play will be held at the Fine Arts Theatre of Georgia Southwestern State University. Early Bird tickets purchases are $12 through October 1st. Thereafter, it is $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Tickets may be purchased from a Campbell Chapel member or at G-Styles Beauty Salon. For more information, contact 229/869-5789 or 229/321-0332. “When the storms of life come, the wicked are whirled away, but the godly have a lasting foundation {Proverbs 10:25}.”

  • MOUNT SALEM BAPTIST CHURCH (Rev. W. R. Campbell), Americus

    Sunday, Oct. 8th (4 pm): Annual Usher’s Anniversary Program
    The guest speaker is Rev. Shirley Strawter, Pastor of St. Mark AME Church and St. John AME Church in Plains.

  • NEW BEGINNINGS OUTREACH MINISTRY (Apostle John Lundy), Americus

    Saturdays: Building on God’s Foundation

    Apostle John Keith Lundy is currently building on God’s foundation by remodeling God’s house located on 2nd Montgomery Street. Members and friends meet on Saturdays to work on the project. If you are interested in supporting the effort, contact Apostle Lundy or Prophetess Phyllis Lundy at 229-942-4120 for more information.

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