Area News

New Theme Announced For Home School Curriculum at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center: Registration Ends Sept. 15

GEORGIA – Attention Homeschool Students: The Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center in Mansfield, Ga. is offering home school programming this year.  But hurry to register, the deadline to sign up is Sept. 15! This year, the theme is “Wildlife in Entertainment,” with each month focusing on a topic relating to wildlife found in the media, and examining the…

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LCS 6th and 9th Grade Traditional Open Houses Unexpectantly

By Carol A. Gasser Moore LAKELAND, Georgia – The Lanier County Schools (LCS) “All Call” Phone Notification System unexpectedly called all students and thier parents that the planned Traditional Open House planned for Thursday, August 20th has been cancelled.  The call came on Tuesday evening, August 18th. No other information was provided by Superintendent Anita…

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Lanier County COVID-19 Cases Rise 6%: Local Football Scrimmages Cancelled

  By Carol A. Gasser Moore LAKELAND, Georgia – As Emory University infectious disease experts raise strong concerns about fall sports being played in areas, such as Georgia, particularly where there are high levels of COVID-19 cases the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) has cancelled all preseason football scrimmages across the state.   When the GHSA…

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TWO LANIER COUNTY MEN CHARGED WITH ARSON, INSURANCE FRAUD

ATLANTA, Georgia  – On July 23, Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John F. King’s Fire Investigations Unit took out warrants on Nilesh Patel, 41, and Bhavinkumar Joshi, 34, both of Lakeland, for Arson in the 1st Degree and Insurance Fraud. Patel and Joshi were later arrested by the Lanier County Sheriff’s Office on July 31.…

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Recalling Ashley Badillo, Well Known Citizen About Town  

  2012 LCHS Graduate’s Life Cut Short By Carol A. Gasser Moore   LAKELAND, Georgia – Anyone who knew Ashley Badillo can vouch to his honesty.  He tended towards a slightly reserved nature, until he got to know you.  Badillo could be cautious, honorable and strong-willed.  Ashley’s qualities were evident just as much in his…

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Desperate Shootout on Unity Church Road Hospitalizes Home Invader

By Carol A. Gasser Moore LANIER COUNTY, Georgia – Wednesday, July 22nd was a typical hot Lanier County summer day, until a lone gunman, traveling north through Lanier County, decided to enter two homes near Unity Church Rd. just after 12:00 p.m., noon.  An unknown armed white male, who some have described as ‘crazed’, entered…

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Community Remembers LCHS 2020 Senior: Her Family Needs Support

By Carol A. Gasser Moore   LAKELAND, Georgia – In her short life, Ashley Diane Dahlgren touched the lives of countless people.  She was a girl who was lively, social, friendly, appreciated and she would “light up a room when she walked in.”  Classmates have described her as happy and boisterous with a ready smile. …

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