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Friday, May 26, 2023

ECCHS Seniors take one final walk as studentts tonight in the Granite Bowl

By Mark Berryman

A 12-year journey culminates for Elbert County seniors tonight in the Granite Bowl as commencement exercises mark the end of one stage of their lives and at the same time begins another.

Some will continue their education while others will move directly into the work force. Some will choose to serve their country, many of those having participated in the school's JROTC program. For each one of them, it will be a night they will remember for the rest of their lives.

Graduation ceremonies will take place tonight, May 26, 2023 at the Granite Bowl. Each graduating senior has been issued 12 tickets to distribute to family and friends to attend and no one will be permitted to enter without a ticket.

Gates will open for visitors at approximately 6:30 p.m. No one will have permission to reserve seats prior to 6:30 p.m.

There are a limited number of handicapped parking spaces at the Granite Bowl. The home side of the Granite Bowl offers easy seating for handicapped individuals.

After the Graduation Ceremony, parents, guardians, and family members will be allowed to take pictures on the Granite Bowl field until 9:30 p.m. 

105.3 WSGC radio will broadcast the graduation ceremony live for those who are unable to attend. 

Athens Technical College waives application fee for graduating seniors - Athens Technical College is waiving its $25 application fee through the end of June for all graduating high school seniors.

Applicants can use the code “GRAD2023” in the online application at or visit the admissions department in person.

The college’s fall semester begins on August 21, 2023, and registration opens on June 13.

“We want to continue to be a first-choice institution for many graduating high school seniors and help them obtain job skills quickly,” said Lenzy Reid, vice president for student affairs.

The College offers over 190 certificate, diploma and associate degree options. With online and on-campus classes, and multiple locations, students find Athens Technical College a convenient choice for a career-oriented education at an affordable price. For individuals who have not completed their high school diploma or equivalency, staff will also be on hand to discuss different options for earning these credentials.

“There is a strong demand for our graduates, shown by our 100% placement rate last year,” said President Andrea Daniel. “We are very proud that employers in our region continue to have a high demand for our graduates.”

Tuition-free programs are offered in high-demand career areas through the HOPE Career Grant, which now includes courses in criminal justice. In addition to numerous Financial Aid options, dozens of scholarships are offered through the Athens Tech Foundation.

In addition to the high school fee waiver, the college will continue to hold information sessions during its regularly scheduled Tech on Tuesday admissions sessions at all campuses, where applicants can also have the application fee waived.

For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at 706-355-5000 or

Athens Technical Collegehas served citizens since 1958 by providing quality educational programs in an 11-county service area. The college offers over 130 program specializations in business, health, technical, and manufacturing-related areas. Students attend on four campuses (Athens-Clarke, Elbert, Greene, Walton) and online plus career academies, adult learning centers, and continuing education opportunities. To learn more visit


BLUE DEVILS ROUNDUP: Devils have strong finish in state tournament

By Mark Berryman

The Elbert County Blue Devil and Lady Devil golf teams used their home course to their advantage this week as the Lady Devils earned a state runner-up title and the boys finished in fifth place.

The Lady Devils finished with a two-day team score of 338. Senior Abby Bryant finished third in the state with a 164 and Ava Dye's 174 put her right behiind Bryant in fourth place.

The Blue Devils finished fifth overall. Brady Starrett was the top finisher for Elbert County as the state individual runner-up. Starrett carded a 142 in the state tournament.

Today's Community Calendar

Friday, May 26

  • Guardians of the Galaxy 3 movie, 7 p.m., Elbert Theatre, $7.50
  • ECCHS graduation, 8 p.m., Granite Bowl

Saturday, May 27

  • PaddleFest, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Blue Hole Rec Area, Calhoun Falls, S.C.
  • Guardians of the Galaxy 3 movie, 7 p.m., Elbert Theatre, $7.50

Sunday, May 28

  • Guardians of the Galaxy 3 movie, 2 p.m., Elbert Theatre, $7.50

Wednesday, May 31

  • Family Fun TIme, 10 a.m., 1171 Old Middleton Road, $10 per child

Friday, June 2

  • Guardians of the Galaxy 3 movie, 7 p.m., Elbert Theatre, $7.50

Saturday, June 3

  • Local Farmer's Market, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., EC Farm Bureau parking lot
  • EC Rotary/KECB trash pickup, 8 a.m., Mollertech
  • Small Business Expo/Summit, noon- 4 p.m., ECMS auditorium
  • Guardians of the Galaxy 3 movie, 7 p.m., Elbert Theatre, $7.50

Sunday, June 4

  • Guardians of the Galaxy 3 movie, 2 p.m., Elbert Theatre, $7.50

Send Community Calendar event notices to or call 706-283-1400

Today's Obituaries

Cheyenne Makayla Carter, 19, of Elberton died Monday, May 22, 2023. Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 26, 2023 in the Memorial Chapel of Berry Funeral Home. Intombment will follow in Elmhurst Cemetery. Full obituary

Ernestine Smith Alexander, 78, of Atlanta and formally of Elberton died Friday, May 19, 2023. Service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 27, 2023 at New Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta. Full obituary

Carolyn Hill, 57, of Elberton died Monday, May 22, 2023. Arrangements will be announced by Mack's Funeral Home-Elberton Chapel. Full obituary

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