Author: Robert Preston

Coffee Trojans senior RHP/catcher Payton Bryant is the Region 1-5A Player of the Year while 10 other Trojans made the various All Region teams. The All Region selections were announced earlier this week. On the mound, Bryant threw 27 innings in 12 games, five of which he started. He posted a 6-3 record with a 2.85 ERA, one save, 31 strikeouts, and 12 walks. Offensively, Bryant hit .416 (.488 OBP) with eight home runs and 40 RBI. He scored 20 runs and walked 18 times to 11 strikeouts. Behind the plate, Bryant posted a .990 fielding percentage with just two…

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This week, DouglasNow has been asked a number of times by citizens one question regarding a race on the 2024 primary election ballot. Next Tuesday, voters will got to the polls to decide who will sit on the State Court bench for the next four years. The question that has been asked relates to that election and is as follows: What happens if the State Court Judge is married to the sheriff? Though that may sound odd, that very scenario could happen in Coffee County. Current State Court Judge Katy Paulk is married to sheriff’s candidate Daniel Paulk — if…

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Obedience. Despite its length at nine letters (the average word in English is five letters), it’s relatively easy to spell and even easier to understand. According to the Oxford Languages Dictionary, its definition is “compliance with an order, request, or law or submission to another’s authority.” Even if we couldn’t say it exactly like that, we all know what obedience means. And yet despite its simplicity, being obedient isn’t always easy. It’s even more difficult when displaying obedience becomes a nuisance. More times than not, obedience requires inconvenience and a whole lot more. I would wager that the “submission” aspect…

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The Atkinson County Rebels didn’t know what to expect when the 2024 baseball season began. Sure, they had an energetic new coach who knows how to get the most out of his players and a core group of players who wanted to win. At the same time, they had over a decade of lackluster success, no recent playoff appearances, and little experience from which to draw upon. There was, however, a sense of urgency that permeated the program. It wasn’t going to be easy but the Rebels desperately wanted to change their fortunes. Honestly, it couldn’t get much worse. ATCO…

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At Monday morning’s regular county commission meeting, Clerk of Court Lisa Gillis announced that London O’Steen, a senior at Citizens Christian Academy, was one of four recipients of the Constitutional Officers Association of Georgia Scholarship. The scholarship is a statewide award presented to four deserving high school seniors throughout the state. “Seniors from all 159 counties vie for this scholarship. It’s not something that we just pick out of a hat. They have to work for it. They have to come interview a constitutional officer and learn about what we do and how the counties are run. They have to…

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And just like that, it’s over. The CCA Patriots’ baseball season ended Friday afternoon against the Southwest Georgia Academy Warriors in Damascus. The Patriots lost game one in heartbreaking fashion, giving up four runs in the bottom of the seventh to fall 9-8. Game two wasn’t even close. The Warriors, fueled by two six-run innings (the fifth and the seventh) won easily 12-2. CCA scored a run in the first then plated five in the fourth to take a 6-5 lead. The Patriots scored two more in the sixth to build what appeared to be a comfortable 8-5 lead. The…

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The Coffee Trojans saw their season end Monday afternoon in Peachtree City at the hands of the McIntosh High School Chiefs. The Chiefs swept the Trojans, winning game one 3-0 then taking game two 4-1. In game one, the Trojans managed just three hits: one each by Cannon Jones, Payton Bryant, and Carter McMillan. Michael Strickland started for Coffee and had a solid outing. He gave up six hits, three runs (two earned), walked four, and struck out five. Strickland threw 106 pitches. The Chiefs scored two in the first and one in the fifth to keep the Trojans at…

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The Coffee County Board of Commissioners has released a statement describing “unusual cyber-activity.” The statement reads as follows: “On April 15, 2024, the United States Department of Homeland Security and the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency contacted Coffee County, GA, to inform the county of the detection of unusual cyber-activity, necessitating a deeper and wider examination of Coffee County’s IT infrastructure/environment. “A cyber incident was declared immediately by Coffee County and Coffee County’s contracted Information Technology Provider (Coffee IT). Coffee IT and DHS/CISA examined artifacts of the unauthorized access in the cyber systems/activity logs, network logs, and monitoring systems. “Upon…

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When the Coffee Trojans baseball team played the Greenbrier Wolfpack earlier in the season, they didn’t exactly follow the same example the football set back in the fall. They did, however, keep the winning tradition alive against the Chamblee Bulldogs Tuesday afternoon in Chamblee. The Trojans defeated the Bulldogs in a double header 15-0 (four innings) and 9-2 in the first round of the state playoffs, setting up a second-round series against McIntosh High School next week in Peachtree City. The Trojans scored in each of the four innings of game one: one in the first, four in the second,…

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The Coffee Trojans added a little salt to an already open wound and delivered a final, decisive blow to the Jenkins Warriors Thursday afternoon at Charles Wilson Field in Douglas, defeating the Warriors 15-0 in four innings. Tuesday, the Trojans swept a double header at Jenkins 15-1 and 18-2. The win Thursday capped a 10-game winning streak going back to March 29 against Ware. Over these last 10 games, the Trojans have outscored their opponents 144-26. Coffee scored eight runs in the second inning, four in the third, and three in the fourth to complete the season sweep against Jenkins.…

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