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Nancy M. Toung: Feb. 11, 2017

Ellaville Baptist Church is expanding
The Rev. Joel Smith shared his thoughts about the Ellaville Baptist Church with the community.
He said that the church is experiencing a problem, but a problem that is good to have. He said by His grace, God has given his church much growth. As a result, the church has decided that in order to faithfully minister to the growing body and to more effectively reach out to more people in the neighborhoods and community they must expand facilities on their campus.
They are in the beginning stages of construction of a new building to include offices, small-group bible study rooms, student ministry space, fellowship hall/multi-purpose room, kitchen, and more storage space.
The pastor said he praises his congregation for their generosity, patience, and flexibility during the process.
He invites everyone everyone to visit Ellaville Baptist Church at 10 a.m. any Sunday.

City of Ellaville purchases new police vehicle
The Ellaville City manager announced that the City has purchased a new Ford F-150 truck that was added to the Police Department’s fleet.
The new vehicle was purchased through a grant from the USDA which the City applied for last year.
Ellaville Police Chief Robby Lightner is driving the new vehicle.
The City Manager said that it would have been difficult for the City to have purchased this new car without the grant from the USDA.

Brian Justice celebrates birthday
On Jan. 8, the entire Justice family met at the home of Wilbur and Vicki Justice to celebrate Brian Justice’s birthday, which was Jan. 5.
A delicious Sunday dinner was served: beef stew, cubed steak with mushrooms and onion gravy, black-eyed peas, penne pasta with spinach, jalapeno corn bread, garlic bread, tea, coffee, and limeade followed by birthday cake and ice cream.

Community loses long-time citizen, leader
The community is saddened at the death of Joseph Eason, who at age 92, died Jan. 27. Joseph was one of Schley County’s outstanding citizens. He was known everywhere, and raised in Schley County and graduated from Schley County High School. He was a veteran of World War II and upon returning home, married Jean Battle. They had four children, Judy Eason McClellon, Smitty Eason, Cindy Eason Gill, and Al Eason
Joseph was involved in the community, having served on various boards, and his church, Hopewell Baptist. He had awarded scholarships to graduates of Schley County High School.
We will all miss him.