Category Archives: Local Business

Community Banks Merge

BAINBRIDGE AND CAIRO, Georgia (Oct 14th, 2016) – First National Bank and Citizens Bank Cairo completed their merger today and will now operate as First National Bank. “On behalf of the directors of both banks I am pleased to announce this strategic combination of similar banking organizations”, said Brad Barber, CEO of First National. “We are excited to… Read More »

Barbers Establish Scholarship to Honor Parents

Photo:  The Barber siblings, Ronald, Rosalyn and Donald, like their parents before them, are supportive of hard work and education. The children of Harold Barber and Hildred Rich Barber have continued the legacy of Decatur County’s Barber Fertilizer—and just how fertilizer assists crops, the family is assisting area students with a newly established scholarship at Bainbridge State College.… Read More »




Whigham Man Honored with Prestigious UGA Alumni 40 Under 40 award

Whigham businessman Eric Cohen has been nominated to the prestigious UGA Alumni 40 under 40 list for 2016. Mr. Cohen, a lifelong southwest Georgia resident, is a local businessman with national interests in the Pecan industry.  He and his brother, Rob, own and operate several businesses in southwest Georgia, including Pecan Ridge Plantation, which specifically markets Pecan Oil and Pecan… Read More »

Bainbridge Manufacturing – What’s the Deal Part 2 (photos)

A little over a year ago (March 23, 2015), Sowegalive was treated to a tour of the Bainbridge Manufacturing facility and listened as CEO Abraham Levy laid out the plan to open the plant and put Decatur County folks to work.  From last year’s article: “More machinery will be arriving over the next three months, and the last piece… Read More »

NEWS: Drug Trafficking, Basketball State Champs, Home Pot Operation Busted

Here’s your southwest Georgia area news for Friday, March 4, 2016: ALBANY (ALBANY HERALD) – Woman charged with drug trafficking COLUMBUS (WALB) – Murder trial in Columbus intensifies DAWSON (WALB) – Terrell County can’t quite win the state title AMERICUS (WALB) – Americus-Sumter state champs! ALBANY (ALBANY HERALD) – Grand jury delivers indictment LAKE PARK (VALDOSTA DAILY TIMES)… Read More »




First National Bank Receives Award

January 2016: It is with great pleasure that BauerFinancial Inc., Coral Gables, Florida announces that First National Bank of Decatur County, Bainbridge, Georgia has earned its coveted 5-Star Superior rating. “A 5-Star rating indicates that First National Bank of Decatur County is one of the strongest banks in the nation, excelling in such areas as capital, loan quality,… Read More »

SW Georgia company, Meredian Holdings Group, to be honored at Georgia Bio Awards

ATLANTA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Georgia Bio, in conjunction with the Metro Atlanta Chamber, today announced Meredian Holdings Group (MHG) as the 2016 Phoenix Award recipient for its decision to broaden sponsored research support of the University of Georgia engineering faculty and expand MHG’s laboratory footprint in Athens. The organization will be honored at the Georgia Bio Annual Awards Dinner on January 28,… Read More »




Red’s Roofing celebrates opening with ribbon cutting

Red’s Roofing recently celebrated their new membership in the Bainbridge-Decatur County Chamber of Commerce with a ribbon cutting and barbeque lunch for those in attendance. There was even a live band to keep people in high spirits as they learned more about Red’s Roofing, which is owned and operated by Jessie Barefield at 611 Faceville Road in Bainbridge.… Read More »

Bank of the Ozarks expands Georgia presence

Bank of the Ozarks, Inc. and Community & Southern Holdings, Inc. announced the signing of a definitive agreement and plan of merger whereby Bank of the Ozarks, Inc. will acquire Community & Southern Holdings, Inc. and its wholly-owned bank subsidiary, Community & Southern Bank, in an all-stock transaction valued at approximately $799.6 million. Community & Southern Holdings, Inc.,… Read More »







Decatur County just received a power upgrade

Drivers going between Bainbridge and Climax on U.S. Highway 84 may have recently noticed the installation of some new utility lines near what is known as Curry Hill. Georgia Transmission Corporation, which is not affiliated with Georgia Power, recently constructed a set of new transmission lines that cross over U.S. Highway 84 and run for several miles along… Read More »




Bainbridge vs. Cairo – Coach Littleton breaks down the football matchup

The Bainbridge High School Bearcats and the Cairo High School Syrupmakers will play their annual rivalry football game on Friday night at Cairo’s West Thomas Stadium. Bainbridge High School head football coach Jeff Littleton was a guest on the Jesus and Jammin’ morning radio show on Thursday morning to talk about the Bearcats’ big 42-13 win over Early… Read More »

Bainbridge mayor discusses taxes, hospital, recreation and more on Jesus and Jammin’ radio show

In related news, Bainbridge Mayor Edward Reynolds wwas a guest on the Jesus and Jammin’ morning show on Wednesday, Sept. 2. Mayor Reynolds talked with J & J co-host Kevin Dowdy about Decatur County commissioners’ proposed millage rate increase, as well as funding of the Memorial Hospital Authority and the new Recreation Authority that will begin operating in… Read More »