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Candler County is one of six Georgia counties selected to take part in the Communities in Schools of Georgia’s $15 million Department of Education grant. 

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Members of the 2022 Metter High varsity Tiger football team were recognized for their outstanding accomplishments last season during a banquet held at the school on Thursday evening. The Tigers finished the season with their fourth straight region title. 

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Danny Lamar Lanier was sentenced to 20 years confinement on charges of child molestation (2 counts), enticing a child for indecent purposes and cruelty to children in the first degree. Lanier is also ordered to serve 30 years probation following confinement, to register as a sex offender and…

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Metter resident Wallace Wright has received the 23rd Annual Justice Robert Benham Award for Community Service for the Judicial District 8 due to his work with under-served youth and the elderly around Candler County alongside his therapy dog and companion, Tyler the Goldendoodle, as well as …

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Candler County Commissioners agreed on Tuesday, Jan. 17, to move forward with plans to construct a jail and support building on Hiawatha Street. The construction, which has been loosely estimated at $12 million, will be located between the current Candler County Sheriff’s Office/jail and Can…

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Candler County Commissioners held their first meeting of the year on Tuesday, Jan. 3, with all commissioners present. The lengthy board meeting included a closed session in which board members deliberated on annual appoints.

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Two Metter High Tigers were included among Georgia High School Football Daily’s 2022 All-State Players.  Linebacker Ethan Oglesby (l), a 5’8”, 180-pound senior, was named to the All State Defense Team, while quarterback/defensive back Trey Hall (r), also a senior, received Honorable Mention.…

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Is it time to put a new Band Aid on Candler County Jail? Or is it time to start from scratch and build a new detention facility, one that will not be plagued with the issues the current jail faces?

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Metter Advertiser received a special nomination for Community Heroes from a pleased reader: “The folks from the City who did the decorating before Christmas are now taking down those decorations. Last year (2021), people were complaining on Facebook about the tree in the park in front of Ace…

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In a called meeting on Friday afternoon, Candler County Board of Education voted unanimously to hire Coach Lee Shaw to be the head football coach for Metter High School for the 2023-24 school year. Coach Shaw will begin working at MHS within the next few weeks.

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The Metter High boys’ varsity basketball team played three games over the Christmas break. The Tigers struggled in each game and were unable to claim a victory. Metter hosted Jenkins County on Dec. 20 and then traveled to Vidalia to compete in the Paul Thigpen Christmas Classic on Dec. 28-29.

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 The Candler County NAACP branch and Candler County Cultural Center Committee will host their annual Martin Luther King Day events this year, beginning on January 1, 2023.

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Probate Court Judge Tony Thompson (l) swears in District 4 Commissioner Blake Hendrix (c) and District 2 Commissioner Brad Jones (r) for new terms of office on the Candler County Board of Commission during a ceremony held on Friday morning. Both Hendrix and Jones ran unopposed for re-electio…

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Every year, Metter Advertiser carefully reviews the needs and accomplishments of our community to compile a Wish List. In reviewing our 2022 Wish List, we realized that our community has accomplished quite a bit. Some items have been addressed and are either fully completed or are still in p…

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David Emanuel Academy held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Dec. 14 to commence the first phase of a three-phase expansion project. Pictured at the ceremony are (l-r) Bonnie Gowen, board member and alumnus; Ken Tomlinson, board member; Dean McNure, chairman of the board; Haylee Free, Head of Sch…

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It's time for Metter Advertiser’s Kids Section 2023. This is a favorite tradition of our readers and typically includes an estimated 300 pictures of favorite kids, grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

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We may not have gotten the White Christmas we’ve all been dreaming of, but we sure did get a cold one! Temperatures plummeted into the teens and the air felt like it was in single digits throughout the Christmas weekend. But that did not stop the holiday spirit. Social media was alive with p…

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DEA’s varsity basketball teams split games with Habersham on Dec. 13. The girls lost 23-50, while the boys won a close 65-63 decision.

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Georgia Dugout Club’s Class 1A Coach of the Year Zach Rackett (r) and Player of the Year Rustan Rigdon (l) received their plaques during the Georgia Dugout Club’s Coaches’ Clinic held earlier this month in Atlanta. Rigdon and Rackett were members of Metter High School’s 2022 GHSA State Champ…

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Randan Rigdon will finish out spring season with the South Georgia State College Hawks before heading to Hickory, NC, in the fall of 2023 to play for the Lenoir-Rhyne University Bears. Rigdon, a 2021 graduate of Metter High School, was a member of the school’s first-ever GHSA state champions…

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The Metter Tiger Boys’ Basketball team hosted the Bryan County Redskins on Friday, Dec. 9. The Redskins came into the game with a veteran team and returned all players from the previous year.  

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The August 2022 term of the Candler County Grand Jury reconvened on Tuesday, Dec. 6. The District Attorney’s Office presented five bills of indictment to the Grand Jury, with the Grand Jury returning five true bills and zero no bills.

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The 2022 State Champion Metter High Tigers got a little bling for their holiday season. The two-time state champions received their GHSA State Championship Rings during a ceremony on Friday afternoon. Recent graduates Kyzer Anthony, Eric Bragg, John Luke Glanton and Reese Hadden joined the t…

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The home of Dale and Jincy Fordham, 770 Patterson Drive, was judged Best Overall Decorated Home and Yard by Metter Garden Club as part of the club’s Annual Christmas Decorations Contest. The driveway to their home was considered part of their yard. 

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Five Metter Middle School students took part in a Signing Ceremony at the November 17 Board of Education meeting. The students are part of the REACH  (Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen) program.

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When Penny Lott joined the Y-Club at Metter Middle School as a seventh grader, she wasn’t expecting her membership to lead to an award from the President of the United States. What she did expect was to be involved in one of the most popular extra-curricular activities at the time in the Can…

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Six-year-old Bowen Hendrix is quite happy to visit with Santa during Thursday’s Lighting of Metter event. Younger sister Brin, 2? Not so much! She was so excited to see Santa ... until she actually saw him, according to her family. Bowen and Brin are the children of Jessica and Rand Hendrix.

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Tiger senior Jimmy Smart (#56) and junior Jamarreon Morgan (#8) work together to bring down a Wolverine runningback. The teamwork these two demonstrate has been the hallmark of the Metter Tigers under the direction of Head Coach Rodney Garvin. The Tiger seniors, who played their last varsity…

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Both the 8U and 12U All Star football teams from Metter-Candler Recreation Department finished the season as district runners-up after district tournaments held this past week. The 10U boys ended the season tied for third out of a pool of 11 teams.

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The Metter Tigers defeated the Dublin Fighting Irish by a score of 18-0 this past Friday night and will be moving on to the quarter final round of the state playoffs. 

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Middle Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Robert S. Reeves is under investigation by the Judicial Qualifications Commission of Georgia. The JQC, which is responsible for oversight and discipline of judges across Georgia, filed a 58-count charging document on Wednesday, Nov. 16, against Reeves.

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Executive Director Jessica Rhodes and Metter-Candler Chamber of Commerce parted ways on November 2, 2022. Rhodes was hired by the Chamber in May of this year.

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The Eagles of David Emanuel Academy left it all on the field at Strong Rock Academy in Locust Grove on Saturday -- and brought home a first-ever state championship!

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Metter-Candler Recreation Department is hosting two district football championships this week - the 10U and 12U. The 10U tournament is an 11-team tourmanent, while the 12U tournament is fielding three teams.

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The undefeated Eagles of David Emanuel Academy will be playing against Windsor Academy of Macon for the GIAA State Championship this Saturday in Locust Grove.

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During Friday’s Veterans Day ceremony, Theresa Gay, representing the Metter High Class of 1966, paid tribute to deceased class member Mickey Lanier through a special dedication.

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While Republican contender Herschel Walker easily carried Candler County over Democratic incumbent Raphael Warnock, the Senate race is far from over. Neither candidate failed to garner the 50 percent plus 1 that is required to win an election in Georgia.

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The Metter Tigers are moving on to round two of the state playoffs after defeating the Temple Tigers by a score of 42-6 this past Friday night. For the fifth straight game, the Metter offense posted season-high numbers. The Tigers in orange and black rushed for 411 yards, which is a new seas…

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On Saturday evening, an audience of supporters of the Candler County History Museum and the Candler County Historical Society met nine of Candler County’s prominent residents from the Union Community northeast of Metter. The last time any of these nine were seen was at least 15 years ago. 

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As part of Friday’s Veterans Day ceremony, Probate Court Judge Tony Thompson announced the dedication of a new flag drop box, located inside Candler County Courthouse. The drop box is dedicated in memory of VFW members Mickey Lanier and M.L. Brantley. 

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Tickets can be purchased in advance for Friday's game at gofan.co or purchase tickets at the Metter High School Office on Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 each and can also be purchased at the gate before the game.

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The wind and rain were present ... but so were more than 125 locals who came to pay tribute to those who have served during the Veterans Day 2022 program. The ceremony was held on Friday at Anchor Worship Center’s Family Life Center. 

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