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Metter-Candler Chamber of Commerce recently rolled out a new program to help local businesses: E-Candler Cash. And already, the program is a hit, according to Chamber Director Victoria Gaitten.

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“For I, the LORD your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, ‘Fear not, I am the one who helps you.’” (Isaiah 41:13, ESV) 

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As of noon on Tuesday, the Georgia Department of Public Health has reported four confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Candler County. 

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State Senator Jack Hill of Reidsville died on Monday at his office. He was 75.

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As we face the worst public health crisis of our time, we want you to know that the Metter Advertiser is here for you­ — and with you. Whatever happens, whenever it happens, your newspaper will be there for you. We’ll be here to let you know how our community is managing through this crisis …

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Candler County is being inundated by wildlife -- bears, frogs, rabbits and even unicorns and dragons! Only these wildlife critters aren’t causing any harm. In fact, they are helping pass the time when families are having to ‘social distance.’ The Teddy Bear Hunt began as a campaign of Metter…

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While dining-in is not an option during the COVID-19 social distancing, that does not mean Metter’s restaurants are not open for business. Metter-Candler Chamber of Commerce recently sponsored a campaign to provide “Restaurant Open for Curbside Service” signs for the restaurants where local …

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Secretary of State Raffensperger has taken unprecedented steps to protect the public health of Georgia voters while also upholding the integrity of the vote. These temporary steps are being made because of the COVID-19 pandemic threatening public health in Georgia and around the world.

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Governor Brian Kemp announced last week that statewide school closures will continue through April 24. For Candler County School Superintendent Bubba Longgrear, that means it is time to make plans for the local school system to return to classes on April 27.

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Usually, the goal is to “unmask” the hero, so everyone can see the face behind the heroism. Today, more than ever, community heroes need to be “masked” instead. That’s where Sandra Parker comes in. Parker and her assistants have sewn almost 200 face masks that have been shipped both across t…

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In a called meeting on Monday morning, Commissioners voted 5-0 to terminate the employment of Candler County EMS Director Mel Kelly. Commissioners then voted unanimously to appoint Joe Reynolds as interim director while the position is advertised.

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   With school out of session due to the worldwide pandemic of COVID-19, citizens might be a little confused to see the big yellow buses of the Candler County School District on the roads in the middle of the day. Instead of carrying students, the buses are filled with meals to provide adequ…

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Attorney General Chris Carr is encouraging Georgians to remain vigilant and only rely on trusted sources when it comes to information concerning COVID-19.  

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As of Tuesday morning, Michael Purvis, Chief Executive Officer of Candler County Hospital, confirmed, “At this time, we have no suspected or confirmed (COVIC-19)patients in Metter or Candler County, with the closest county reporting a confirmed case being Tattnall County, Georgia, which is 3…

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In a called City Council meeting on Tuesday, Council rescinded an Executive Order and State of Emergency Declaration approved on Monday night and issued a new Order that goes into effect at midnight tonight (Tuesday).

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William Gay attended the 2nd Annual Shamrock Showdown in Clearwater, South Carolina, March 14. He set two new personal records 156.0DB sealed at 35Hz and 157.4DB kick at 43Hz for an average of 156.7DB to achieve second place in the No Wall 3001-Up Class. He is pictured with his father Larry …

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A month after no action was taken on a “flea market” ordinance for the city, Metter City Council voted on March 9 to set the process in motion to provide for flea markets.

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At Candler County Hospital we strive to be the critical access hospital of choice for our patients and our community. In order to provide a safe, disinfected environment during the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak we are monitoring federal, state and local news of potential community spread.  

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Due to the current recommendations published by the Center for Disease Control regarding the Covid-19 virus, the 2020 Great American Cleanup has been postponed until further notice.

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 Funeral services were held on Friday, March 13, for retired Metter businessman and former City Councilman Ronald Cardell.

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“Pineland Telephone and its subsidiaries consider the safety and well-being of our employees, members, customers, and visitors their highest priorities,” said General Manager Dustin Durden. “While we are aware of no confirmed cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) within our service territory, it i…

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Meals for school-age children

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The 2020 installment of Another Bloomin’ Festival has been canceled. 

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As the CDC releases new guidelines to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the entire community is feeling the impact. Businesses, civic groups/activities and churches are adjusting their schedules to accommodate CDC recommendations.

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Metter Advertiser is committed to keeping our community informed! Each day, at 10 a.m. and again at 3 p.m., we will share updates from our business, church and civic community here on this extensive forum. Email news@metteradvertiser.com to have your business/group included.

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Georgia State Senator Jack Hill has announced he is seeking re-election to a 16th term as Senator from the Fourth Senatorial District. Hill, a Republican from Reidsville, is chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and serves on the Rules Committee as a vice chair, Natural Resources, …

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Tripp Fitzner, Chief Assistant District Attorney of the Middle Judicial Circuit of Georgia, has formally qualified to run as the next District Attorney of the Middle Judicial Circuit of Georgia.  Current District Attorney Hayward Altman has announced he will retire at the end of his term this year.

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Virgil Meridy has qualified on the Democratic ticket as a candidate for the District 1 seat of Candler County Board of Commissioners. Meridy previously served on the Board of Commission from September to December of 2016, when he was sworn in to fill the unexpired term of his father, long-ti…

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Jason Douglas has qualified for the District 5 seat of Candler County Board of Education. He is running unopposed in the non-partisan race, as incumbent Board member Rhonda Hendrix did not qualify for re-election.

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Bobby Odom has qualified as a Republican candidate for chairman of Candler County Board of Commission. He will face incumbent Glyn Thrift in May’s Primary.