Chris Lewis, Author at Cordele Dispatch

News

Fentanyl Awareness PSA

    CRISP COUNTY- May 18, 2022 Fentanyl is here in Crisp County, and it is killing citizens. Crisp County Sheriff’s Office is working to ... Read more

by Chris Lewis, Wednesday, May 18, 2022 2:52 pm

Education

Charittie Walker awarded SGTC Smallwood-Sondron Law Enforcement Academy scholarship

    Charittie Walker of Arabi, GA, was awarded the Smallwood-Sondron Law Enforcement Academy Scholarship at the conclusion of the South Georgia Technical College Law Enforcement ... Read more

by Chris Lewis, Tuesday, May 17, 2022 12:23 pm

Obituaries

Kenneth Burton Cook, Jr.

Kenneth Burton Cook, Jr., age 79 of Cordele, formerly of Albany, passed away Monday, May 16, 2022 at Cordele Health and Rehab. Funeral services will ... Read more

by Chris Lewis, Tuesday, May 17, 2022 12:20 pm

Obituaries

Roy Vernon Noble, Jr.

  VIENNA: Roy Vernon Noble, Jr., age 83, of Dooly County met his Savior on Saturday, May 14, 2022. Funeral services will be held at ... Read more

by Chris Lewis, Monday, May 16, 2022 11:27 am

Letters to the Editor

Sons of Confederate Veterans to hold meeting

Today as never before there is an all-out attack on history. To be honest, I simply do not understand it. People want to rewrite or ... Read more

by Chris Lewis, Friday, May 13, 2022 11:22 am

Obituaries

Quentin Douglas Martin

Quentin Douglas Martin, 53,  of Cordele passed away Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at his residence. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, ... Read more

by Chris Lewis, Friday, May 13, 2022 11:17 am

News

Crisp Regional breaks ground on 16th Avenue facility

    By Neil B. McGahee Managing Editor More than 75 Cordele and Crisp County officials along with representatives of the medical community and well-wishers ... Read more

by Chris Lewis, Wednesday, May 11, 2022 1:42 pm

News

Beal-Shephard tries to weather the storm over City HallBy Neil B. McGahee Managing Editor Cordele City Commissioner Vesta Beal-Shephard was elected in 2001 to represent the people of Ward One. By all accounts, she has done a very good job of relating to the citizens living in her ward. Recently, however, a dark cloud has settled over City Hall. From the first day of his term, newly-elected commission chairman Joshua Antwan Deriso began taking verbal snipes on social media at some of the other commissioners. Shephard says she just ignored it at first but on April 9, Deriso posted on Facebook “…It was much anticipated for Comm. Rainey to be against change. Comission (sp) Shephard fights against me the hardest…does not know much about government at all…She needs to be voted out next year 2023.” A few days later, he posted live saying …“I am totally over the games, the political stuff…a lot of people want to make what I said about Commissioner Shephard something about disagreement with Commissioner Shephard. It was her ignorance and short-sightedness…not able to understand what we can do as a government. “When there were people in charge that didn’t look like us…white people… she didn’t question anything. Since I became chairman, she has blocked everything…you don’t know what you are doing; you don’t know what you are talking about.” Shephard winces as she listens to Deriso. “I don’t do drama and I don’t do pettiness,” she said. “I refute everything he has said about me. I’m not angry with Josh; I am somewhat disturbed that he has targeted me, a citizen of Cordele; a black female…he accused me of loving white folks. Well I do love white folks, and brown folks and black folks — Haitian, Jamaican, Indian, Cuban, Mexican — I have no discrimination to anyone. My job is to facilitate for people in this ward and when I vote, I vote my conviction.” Shephard said she doesn’t know why Deriso has such hard feelings against her. “It’s so sad, I have to say that I never saw it coming,” she said. ”But I have to voice my opinion.” But one sad thing has evolved from this. “This is the first time I have been discriminated against by a fellow commissioner,” she said. “I used to invite people to my home if they had a problem. But I had to stop that. If you want to meet with me, we will have to go to a public area or to my office at city hall. I am going to keep my distance for the simple reason that I don’t want to endanger myself.

    By Neil B. McGahee Managing Editor Cordele City Commissioner Vesta Beal-Shephard was elected in 2001 to represent the people of Ward One. By ... Read more

by Chris Lewis, Wednesday, May 11, 2022 9:07 am

Obituaries

Lee Harris Lucas

Lee Harris Lucas, 70 of Cordele, entered his rest on May 5, 2022 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany, Georgia. Graveside funeral services will ... Read more

by Chris Lewis, Monday, May 9, 2022 8:48 am

News

Let’s talk about all that bass!

Vermont Terry of Cordele was all smiles as he landed a 7 pound 15 ounce largemouth bass Sunday at Lake Blackshear north of Hwy. 280. ... Read more

by Chris Lewis, Friday, May 6, 2022 9:06 am

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