JoJo Batten Foundation (JBF), Inc. is set to host its Fourth Annual Holiday Celebration this Saturday, Dec. 16 from noon to 3 p.m. at the McRae-Helena Telfair County Boys and Girls Center on Collins Street. Last year’s event was a true highlight in community fun and outreach for Telfair County youth with JBF Inc. partners giving gifts and feeding the attending families and community at the annual affair. Event planners promise an even bigger Holiday Celebration this year. The Enterprise had a chance to talk to the organization’s founder, JoJo Batten about this year’s upcoming even. Here are a couple of excerpts from that interview:
What would you like to say to the community about this year’s upcoming Holiday Celebration? As an organization, we are excited about the loud buzz for the upcoming Fourth Annual Holiday Celebration  Dec. 16 at 12 p.m. We would like to thank the many servant hands who help make this event possible year after year. As always, JBF Inc. will continue to educate and serve our youth. I would personally like to thank the Telfair County community for the continued support. A special thank you to my Mother Marry Ann Freeman and my family for everything they do! To Ms. Brown and the Housing Authority, Mr. Cray and the Boys and Girls Center, Mr. Hilton Graham and Oak Tree Farm, Mayor Mike Young and all the donors across the state of Georgia who share the vision of JBF Inc. — WE THANK YOU AND WE NEED YOU!
Is there anything you’d like to add? Our “Why”: JoJo Batten Baseball Foundation, Inc is a non-profit organization whose mission is to facilitate the athletic achievement of children and teens in under-served communities through education, community engagement, and global citizenship. If you would like to donate or have any questions about JBF Inc. please text “JBF, INC” to 404-671-2828 and a representative will be in contact with you. For more information about the JoJo Batten Foundation, Inc., visit them online at
• Pick up a copy of this week’s Telfair Enterprise for more of our exclusive interview with JoJo.

Jacksonville is getting a Dollar General soon

Jacksonville officials say they’re pleased to report the beginning of construction at the future location of Jacksonville’s very own Dollar General. The new Dollar General store will be located at the corner of Highway 117 and Highway 441 right in the middle of Jacksonville proper. Planners say the store will be open and ready for business in “early 2018.” Many Jacksonville consumers travel to neighboring Lumber City, McRae-Helena, Milan or Broxton to handle much of their shopping needs. The new Dollar General will be a welcome addition to the local economy, city officials say.

Telfair’s Pioneer Historical Society

unveils new Jacksonville historic marker


Saturday, Dec. 9, members of the Pioneer Historical Society (P.H.S.) unveiled a replacement historical marker at the intersection of U.S. Highway 441 and State Road 117 in Jacksonville, Ga. This marker replaced the original marker which was accidentally destroyed two years ago. The Pioneer Historical Society, along with Terry Neal, Jacksonville Mayor-Elect, worked closely with the Georgia Historical Society to have the original marker replaced. The Georgia Historical Society agreed to replace the sign under their Historical Marker Program. Mr. Neal and others from Jacksonville erected the marker.