Monday, Jan. 15, the congregation of Corinth CME Church in McRae-Helena led the way in the Fourth Annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. March and Celebration. The cooler temps and brisk winds didn’t stop the crowd of Telfair County supporters from making the walk from Corinth Church to the Telfair County Courthouse. Smiles were on every face and songs filled the air as the faithful made their way down Oak Street in the annual coming-together to honor an American hero.
“I’d like to offer a very special and warm thanks to everyone who showed up and marched,” says Sonya Renee Crawford, an organizer for the event.
“I want to say thanks to them because it was very cold and they didn’t have to do it but they were there to support us for this great cause. The march is very important. This is something that the late Mrs. Annie Crisp looked forward to doing every year, bringing the community — the city and the county as a whole — together.”
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In the early morning hours of Jan. 9, officers with the McRae-Helena Police Department (MHPD) were called to Core Civic (previously CCA of McRae) to investigate the possibility of a drone fly-over at the prison facility.
Responding to the area, MHPD Officer Dustin Oliver stopped a truck matching the description of a vehicle that had been spotted near the prison at the time of the report. The ensuing investigation and interviews prompted officers to arrest four subjects and led to the discovery of 20 Samsung Smartphones, additional smartphone batteries and phone chargers in a bundle intended for introduction into the prison facility, officials say. Officers searched for one of the suspects throughout the night until they found him just after day-break the following day. As a result of the incident, all four individuals were charged with criminal trespass, crossing the guard line with weapons or drugs and trading with inmates without the warden’s consent. They remain in custody at the Telfair County Jail. Get the complete story inside this week’s Telfair Enterprise!