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 »