Nancy M. Young: Aug. 24, 2019

Published 9:48 pm Friday, August 23, 2019

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Schley County contracts with Code Red for emergency notification services

Following a thorough evaluation and review of alerting systems, Schley County has implemented Code Red, a high-speed, emergency mass notification service provided by Ormond Beach, Fla.- based Onsolve LLC.

The Code Red System will serve as the backbone of the Schley County Emergency Planning and Communication outreach to both citizens and staff.

The system sends telephone calls, text messages, e-mails, and posts to social media to inform residents to better protect themselves and their property. Code Red was selected for its reliability and accuracy, as well as the system’s widespread adoption rates across the United States.

Code Red’s robust notification system will provide Schley County and the City of Ellaville officials with reliable easy to use interface to quickly deliver critical information to citizens during emergencies.

“We are eager to use this innovative technology to enhance our Emergency Preparedness Plans,” said Douglas Jamieson, Schley County EMA director. “We anticipate using the system to notify residents of fires, floods, drinking water, emergencies, missing children notices, and any other notices that are critical.
Onsolve LLC has provided Schley County an initial data base for residential and business telephone numbers; however, all residents living within Schley County and the City of Ellaville are encouraged to visit https://public.codered and click on the Code Red logo to enroll your contact information including cell phone number, text and e-mail addresses.



No one should automatically assume they are in the emergency contact data base.

Public Safety officials across the United States have credited Code Red notifications for successfully locating missing children, apprehending wanted criminals and issuing timely evacuations.

Contact Schley County officials for more information. Sign up for you and your family’s safety.



Shema Baptist building new church building

It’s hard to miss this new church coming into Schley County. It is on the corner of U.S. Highway 19 South and Ga. Highway 228. This will be the new location for Shema Baptist Church for worshiping and training as well as youth and children events.

The church was founded five years ago by the Rev. Troy Fripp along with others who came together around a God-given vision to strengthen families and reach the next generation. The Rev. Fripp highlights how God has blessed Shema by pointing to a journey that started with a few people meeting for Bible Study at his home, then moving into the Friendship Baptist Association Office in Ellaville, until the new church was completely out of space. Next they moved into a manufacturing warehouse building south of Ellaville where the church continues to grow quickly and will remain until the new church is completed in October.

Rev. Fripp also shared that another aspect of God’s provision for Shema Baptist comes in the form of a volunteer building crew out of the Macon area, Mid-Georgia Building for Christ. There are 50 people that make up this team. They came first of August with a goal of completing most of the interior construction on the 12,000-sq. ft. steel building. They are staying at Friendship Camp, and Ellaville Baptist Church has graciously opened their new Fellowship Hall and Kitchen so that the workers can have lunch and supper without having to travel far from the job site. Shema believes that because of God’s blessing and the spontaneous and generous giving of the people. the church will not have to borrow any funds for construction.

Rev. Fripp also shared that he is often asked what the name “Shema” means. His referred to the scripture passage where the word originates in the Hebrew language: Deuteronomy 6:4-9. It literally means to “hear” or “listen.” This entire passage of the scripture became known as “The Shema” and one of the most important teachings from God’s people. Every child was to commit to this passage to remember, and it was passed down from generation to generation.

Shema Baptist Church represents a key value: that we are to help make a difference in our community by strengthening families and helping to pass on a legacy of faith
based on the truth of God.

Worship begins at 10 a.m. on Sundays, and at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in small groups. For more information call 229-331-0030.

Rainbow Garden Club Yard of the Month

The Ellaville Rainbow Garden Club announces the August Yard of the Month. Congratulations go to Angie McMickle of the Concord Community. Her lovely home and yard really make Schley County shine.

So when riding out into the county, look for the sign in the front yard and you’ll know she has been selected as having the Yard of the Month,


Ellaville-Schley Historical Society auction committee meets
The Ellaville-Schley County Historical Society auction committee is working on details for the annual fundraiser, the auction and barbecue to be held Sept. 14 at the Thomas Edwin Wall Post 191 American Legion. There will be a singing from 4:30-6:30 p.m. featuring “Lonesome Road.” The barbecue supper will be served during the singing and the auction. You may get plates to go as well as dining there.

Donations to the auction are welcome from the public. The historic society us a tax-deductible organization. Please look around and find something to donate for the auction. If you have a large item to donate please let me know; we have two men that will pick up large things for us. You don’t have to be a member to donate.

Call me for more information. 229-937-2116


Schley County 4-H starting again
The Schley County Schools are back in session and the students will be bringing home some information from the Schley County Extension/4-H Office.

Matt Murdoch is the agriculture agent and Brenda Welch is the secretary/4-H Program assistant. The office is at 14 S. Broad St.  in the old courthouse in downtown Ellaville. The phone number is 937-1180.

The mission of Georgia 4-H is to assist youth in acquiring knowledge, developing life skills, and forming attitudes that will enable the students to become self-directing, productive, and contributing members of society. This mission is accomplished through hands-on learning experiences with a focus on agriculture and environmental issues, agriculture awareness, leadership, communication skills, foods and nutrition, health, energy conservation, and citizenship.

A program from the University of Georgia College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Cooperative Extension System, 4-H is part of the nationwide Extension network. Students in grades 5-12 are welcome to participate in 4-H events. The program is in class rooms once a month to give a presentation and also information on 4-H events such as District Projects Achievement and Summer Camp.