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SI'ELTOI~ WA 985~t4-2263 h#iul"lla"lalvJhh,,d,,llFl,lrdPrlhhh,Ph,i 2017 feedback is needed By Len Robbins Editor/Publisher A reward for information that leads to finding Jacob "Jake" De- witt Conner has been increased to $15,000. The Clinch County Sheriffs Department and the Georgia Bu- reau of Investigation continue to investigate Conner's disappear- ance, which occurred on Feb- ruary 1. Conner was last seen around Score Bridge Road and Plumb Bush Road near Fargo, Georgia. Public safety personnel and civilians have conducted multi- ple searches of the area on land, by air, and in water, according to a report from the Georgia Bu- reau of Investigation, which is leading the probe into Conner's disappearance. Anyone with information con- cerning Conner's whereabouts is asked to call the Clinch County Sheriffs office at 912/487-5316, 912/487-3250, or the GBI Doug- las office at 912/389-4103. Jake Conner was last seen on Feb- ruarj 1 at his work site near Colon. Information may also be sub- mitted on-line at https://gbi. georgia, gov/webform/submit- tips-onlir e. e o By Len Robbins Editor/Publisher Clinch County High's finest athletes were recognized Tuesday at the annual CCHS Athletic Awards Banquet. Seniors Jerrod Jones and Reilly Robbins took home the top honors of the night - the Dr. A.I. Robbins Memorial Awards for the best all-around male and female athletes. The award is based on a points system, with points awarded for sports played and honors earned. Jones was an All-State football and basketball player during his career at CCHS. Robbins participated in four sports - girls basketball, softball, tennis and cheerleading. She is the great- granddaughter of Dr. Robbins, whom the award was named in memory of 50 years ago. The banquet was held in the CCHS commons area. Awards presented (with sponsors) included: Softball: Coach's Award CaUie Chauncey; Most Improved (sponsored by Flowers by Carylene) - Kaitlin Oliver; Sportsmanship (Burkhalters Cleaners) - Katie James; Batting Award (Lutz, Brown, Peagler & Manley Insurance) - Lily James; The winners of the Dr. A.I: Rebbins Memorial Awards for Best All-Around AUdete were, front, from left, billy Robbinsand Jerrod Jones. Back, from left, coaches JorriLynn Spivey, Don Tmon, MitcbRamsey, Jim Dickerson, Tanya O'Berry, Terrence George, and Renee Harris. Defensive Award (Mr. and Mrs. Richard Keene) - Kaliah Holliman; Pitching Award (Linwood & Melanie Rowan) - Garland Lutz; Most Valuable - Lily James. Cheerleading- Football: Coach's Award - Mary Mikelyn Bruorton; Most Improved (Farmers & Merchants Bank) Logan Brown; Most Spirited (Heritage Builders)- Reilly Robbins; Most Valuable (Bway Corp.) - Corben Stovall; Leadership Award (Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Landrum) - Parker Brown; Panther Pride Award (Jennifer McMillan Cooper Memorial Award) - Desirae Delk. Cheerleading - Basketball: Coach's Award - Alora Gall Deloach; Most Improved (Farmers & Merchants Bank) - Abbie Windham; Most Spirited (Heritage Builders) - Daylynn Spivey; Most Valuable (Bway Corp.) Renasia Bryant; Leadership Award (Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Landrum) - Julia Smith. Football: Coach's Awards (Continued on Page 5) Members of the Lions Club pose with award winners Mahjabin Palrawala and Bryce Ballance. From left are Sterling Newton, Phil Martin, John Hughes, Pabrawala, Broat James, Ballance, Stanley Thrift, Dan Underwood, Adam Tolle, Jeff Helms, and James Davis. Lions Club honors valedictorian, top semor student-athletes By Len Robbins Editor/Publisher Clinch County High's top graduating student and student-athletes were honored by the Clinch County Lions Club Monday. At a Lions Club Ladies' Night banquet, held at the Homerville Women's Club building, Bryce Ballance and Mahjabin Patrawala were presented the Dr. A.I. Robbins Awards. The Robbins awards go to the school's senior male and female athletes with the highest grade-point averages. The Lions also recognized Patrawala as the CCHS Class of 2017's valedictorian. Ballance played football for the Panthers, while Patrawala .was a member of the tennis team. Ballance's coach, Jim Dickerson, presented the award to Ballance, and CCHS girls' tennis coach Renee Harris presented Patrawala her award. Brown: presented the Valedictorian Award to Patrawala. "He was a guy everybody on the team looked up to and respected," (Continued on Page 3) Homerville Police make methamphetamine arrests By Len Robbins Editor/Publisher Homerville Police made two methamphetamine arrests afLer a traffic stop Tuesday evening. At around 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 9, a HomerviIle police officer pulled over a Chevrolet Malibu on West Dame Avenue in Homerville for an improper tag. The driver, Alan Michael Palmer, 19, of a Homerville address, was then cited with driving while license Suspended or revoked. A search of the vehicle found methamphetamine, according to Homerville Police Chief Lonnie Webb. In addition to those charges for Palmer, Webb said Palmer and his passenger, Summer Adams, 20, of a Homerville address, were both charged with possession of methamphetamine. Charlt evacuations lifted Rains over the weekend "provided a brief respite for the nearly 900 personnel fighting the West Mires Fire in and around the Okefenokee Swamp. Evacuations for the St. Georgia and Moniac areas of Charlton County have been rescinded, and roads previously closed have been reopened. The fire, which started inside the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge on April 6, has now consumed 152,147 acres as of Monday, and is 17 percent contained. Here is the latest report from the incident management team: Firefighting resources: Include 11 helicopters, 3 fixed-wing air tankers, /100 wildland fire engines, 68 bulldozers, 6 20-person hand crews, and 895 total personnel' Fire Situation and Planned Actions: Sunday fire activity was minimal as a result of Saturday's rain event, giving firefighters an opportunity to hold the fire within the existing perimeter. They took advantage of the respite and made good progress mopping up along constructed firelines, especially on the south and east sides near St. George. Dozer operators continued to prep contingency firelines on the northwest and northeast sides of the fire. Around the fire perimeter, crews and heavy-equipment operators monitored containment lines and rehabilitated roads to improve access. No new fire starts were detected Sunday despite numerous lightning strikes on Saturday, However, fire managers reminded firefighters at this moming;s briefing to remain vigilant and alert today as new fire starts are likely to be detected. Dozer operators are focusing their efforts on the northwest side of the fire, preparing contingency lines in anticipation of today's easterly winds. Last night's infrared flight detected abundant scattered heat sources in the southeast comer near St. George, so that area will continue to be staffed with crews and equipment. (Continued on Page 3) 0 0 0