Wednesday, November 29, 2017

It was a normal day in Villa Rica on Dec. 5, 1957, with residents going about their daily business and looking forward to Christmas. But at 11 o'clock that morning, the city was rocked by what is considered the worst man-made disaster in Carroll County's history.'

Monday, November 27, 2017
Sunday, November 26, 2017
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Kai Hartman, a member of the Douglas County Boys and Girls Club (B&GC) for 10 years, has taken the organization’s highest honor in metro Atlanta as 2017 Youth of the Year. The teen was honored for demonstrating leadership in her club, school and community.

Small Business Saturday continues to grow in response to Black Friday, with local businesses offering specials yesterday as part of the big day for hometown shops in Douglas County. As an added bonus for shoppers who patronize local small businesses during the holidays, the Douglas County Chamber, Development Authority of Douglas County, Main Street Douglasville and Main Street Villa Rica have teamed up with Bank of the Ozarks for a contest called "Buy Local -- Win Big." From Nov. 25-Dec. 13, anyone who turns in their receipt, accompanied with an entry form, from shopping at a small business in Douglas County, downtown Douglasville, or downtown Villa Rica will be entered for a chance to win $1,000. Entry forms can be found at participating merchants and dropoff locations like the Main Street Douglasville and Main Street Villa Rica offices, Douglasville City Hall, and the Douglas County Courthouse. Entry forms can also be downloaded on the Chamber website at douglascountygeorgia.com. The drawing will be done at 4 p.m. on Dec. 14 and will be streamed live on the Douglas County Chamber Facebook page. The winning business receives $500 from the contest as well. "I think this is a great way to get everyone involved and earn a little extra holiday cash," Chamber Communications Coordinator Whitney Constien said. Small Business Saturday, a registered trademark of American Express, was first observed in 2010, as a counterpoint to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, events which spotlight big box retailers and online merchants. The Saturday event encourages shoppers to visit small brick and mortar hometown stores. For every $100 spent at locally owned businesses, $68 stays in the community, according to Main Street Douglasville Manager April McKown. "[If you] shop small, you know your money's going to stay in the community," said Rick Acree with 4th Time Around Antiques. "We're small business owners. We live from paycheck-to-paycheck just like a majority of the world and our money's not going back overseas, it's not going back to pay some corporate person in New York. Our employees are from here and the money that pays them comes from here and that comes from people shopping here with us." 4th Time Around Antiques had 30 percent off on all accessories and 15 percent off of all furniture during Small Business Saturday. The store is located at 6643 Church St. Acree is a Douglasville native and his family's antique store has been in Douglasville for three years after moving the business from Austell. For newer businesses downtown, the holiday season offers a chance for their products to be introduced to the community. "We've been here for just over just a year and a few months," Twelve Chic Boutique Guest Service Associate Tamara McCool-Wooten said. "So we're still branching out to our new customer base. We have a lot of new customers coming in who say they like what we're bringing to the table and they love it." The first 10 customers at Twelve Chic Boutique received gift bags filled with beads and other various items on Small Business Saturday. The store also had a host of sales yesterday. Twelve Chic Boutique specializes in women's clothing and is located at 6706 E. Broad St. Other deals yesterday included 15 percent off of all products at Infused Bath & Body to accompany the store's free rock painting class and the Irish Bred Pub and Restaurant had happy hours to accompany live music. Infused Bath & Body is located at 6786 Broad St. and the Irish Bred Pub and Restaurant is at 6682 W. Broad Street.

Rashad Milligan/Douglas County Sentinel This sign was outside the Douglas County Chamber office on Church Street Friday to remind people to #SHOPSMALL at locally owned businesses yesterday on Small Business Saturday.

Small Business Saturday continues to grow in response to Black Friday, with local businesses offering specials yesterday as part of the big day for hometown shops in Douglas County. As an added bonus for shoppers who patronize local small businesses during the holidays, the Douglas County Chamber, Development Authority of Douglas County, Main Street Douglasville and Main Street Villa Rica have teamed up with Bank of the Ozarks for a contest called "Buy Local -- Win Big." From Nov. 25-Dec. 13, anyone who turns in their receipt, accompanied with an entry form, from shopping at a small business in Douglas County, downtown Douglasville, or downtown Villa Rica will be entered for a chance to win $1,000. Entry forms can be found at participating merchants and dropoff locations like the Main Street Douglasville and Main Street Villa Rica offices, Douglasville City Hall, and the Douglas County Courthouse. Entry forms can also be downloaded on the Chamber website at douglascountygeorgia.com. The drawing will be done at 4 p.m. on Dec. 14 and will be streamed live on the Douglas County Chamber Facebook page. The winning business receives $500 from the contest as well. "I think this is a great way to get everyone involved and earn a little extra holiday cash," Chamber Communications Coordinator Whitney Constien said. Small Business Saturday, a registered trademark of American Express, was first observed in 2010, as a counterpoint to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, events which spotlight big box retailers and online merchants. The Saturday event encourages shoppers to visit small brick and mortar hometown stores. For every $100 spent at locally owned businesses, $68 stays in the community, according to Main Street Douglasville Manager April McKown. "[If you] shop small, you know your money's going to stay in the community," said Rick Acree with 4th Time Around Antiques. "We're small business owners. We live from paycheck-to-paycheck just like a majority of the world and our money's not going back overseas, it's not going back to pay some corporate person in New York. Our employees are from here and the money that pays them comes from here and that comes from people shopping here with us." 4th Time Around Antiques had 30 percent off on all accessories and 15 percent off of all furniture during Small Business Saturday. The store is located at 6643 Church St. Acree is a Douglasville native and his family's antique store has been in Douglasville for three years after moving the business from Austell. For newer businesses downtown, the holiday season offers a chance for their products to be introduced to the community. "We've been here for just over just a year and a few months," Twelve Chic Boutique Guest Service Associate Tamara McCool-Wooten said. "So we're still branching out to our new customer base. We have a lot of new customers coming in who say they like what we're bringing to the table and they love it." The first 10 customers at Twelve Chic Boutique received gift bags filled with beads and other various items on Small Business Saturday. The store also had a host of sales yesterday. Twelve Chic Boutique specializes in women's clothing and is located at 6706 E. Broad St. Other deals yesterday included 15 percent off of all products at Infused Bath & Body to accompany the store's free rock painting class and the Irish Bred Pub and Restaurant had happy hours to accompany live music. Infused Bath & Body is located at 6786 Broad St. and the Irish Bred Pub and Restaurant is at 6682 W. Broad Street.

Rashad Milligan/Douglas County Sentinel Twelve Chic Boutique on Broad Street in downtown Douglasville specializes in women's clothing. The first 10 customers at the store received gift bags filled with beads and other various items on Small Business Saturday yesterday.

Saturday, November 25, 2017
Friday, November 24, 2017

Charges for a murder in Lithia Springs, a bank robbery in Douglasville and teenagers with firearms at a local high school football game were among the 50 indictments the Douglas County Grand Jury returned on Nov. 17.

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Today is Black Friday, which marks the beginning of two annual rituals: the start of the Christmas shopping season and roads in Douglasville that are more jammed with cars than usual.

Thursday, November 23, 2017
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The Douglasville City Council voted Monday to approve a escape room from Escape Woods. The escape room is coming to 8440 E. Courthouse Square.

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Some pint-sized Pilgrims joined the ranks of first through fifth grade students for a school-made, home-style traditional Thankgiving lunch of turkey, dressing, fruit and green beans at Mirror Lake Elementary School on Nov. 9.

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Avid holiday shoppers from in and around Douglas County will be up and out early Friday morning as they scurry to the mall and other retailers in the county on what might be the biggest shopping day of the year.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017
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ALEXANDER CITY, ALABAMA — A man who escaped for the second time in less than a month from the Coosa County (Ala.) Jail kept law enforcement officials in multiple jurisdictions on the run and residents on edge. It is now known that he has crossed state lines and is believed to be in Georgia.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Douglasville Chief Assistant City Attorney Suzan Littlefield announced at Thursday night's city council meeting that rock quarry developer Bart Boyd and property owner Johnny Blankenship voluntarily dismissed their case against the city of Douglasville.

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Two organizations -- one growing from infancy and one with 60 years of service under its belt -- have come together in partnership with the goal of helping bringing Christmas cheer to Douglas County's children in need.

There was tension between Councilman Mike Miller and Police Chief Gary Sparks during a committee meeting Thursday when the Douglasville City Council met for its regular work session.

While many folks will be headed to the grocery store over the next few days to pick up a turkey and fixings for a Thanksgiving feast, at least two groups will be serving up meals to seniors and others who wouldn't otherwise have a meal Thursday.

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Behold the turkey. In the wild, this large bird struts, cackles and gobbles its way through woods and fields; in the supermarket it is trussed and wrapped in plastic. In the wild, turkeys can nimbly fly; Thanksgiving turkeys, as the staff of "WKRP in Cincinnati" learned, are too fat to fly.

Friday, November 17, 2017
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The fifth annual Festival of Trees is on display at the Douglas County Courthouse through Dec. 8.

Villa Rica officials have chartered a course toward "financial health by 2020" with a new budget that aims at solving many complex problems in a short amount of time.

Douglas County Sheriff Tim Pounds and Douglasville Police Chief Gary Sparks are visiting U Got Next Barbershop, located at 2127 Fairburn Rd. Suite F, for a Chat With The Chief/Sheriff today from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The Douglas County annual Veterans Day Lighted Parade kicked off Saturday, Nov. 11 with hundreds of citizens lining the streets to honor the men and women who have served and fought for the freedom of Americans around the country and in Douglas County. Weather forecasters predicted 50 percen…

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The competition cheer team at Chapel Hill High School took top honors at competition in Columbus last weekend. The team competed Nov. 10 at the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) competition in sectionals and advanced to the finals on Nov. 11. The team came home as the 2017 GHSA 4A State…

Douglasville police arrested and charged a man Friday with a rape that allegedly occurred last month.

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Three Turner Middle School students were spared harm Friday afternoon due to the quick thinking of their school bus driver, Shuronda Richardson, when she said a truck ran a red light, causing another vehicle to be pushed under the school bus and starting a fire.