Waycross Evening Herald
Waycross, Georgia
August 5, 1905

Today the fate of Atkinson County will be decided by the committee. If Atkinson County is created, Ware loses 95 lots of land in the best part of the county. Nearly ninety-five square miles.

In speaking of the proposed new counties in this section, the Herald neglected to state that Pearson, on the B. & W. would be the county seat of Brantley County if that county is made.

The Bainbridge Post-Search Light
Bainbridge, Georgia
July 7, 1921

Negro Sentenced To Hang
To Pay Penalty For Poisoning Employer, Seburn Lastinger

Waycross, June 30
Convicted of the murder of Seburn Lastinger, Julius King, negro, of Atkinson County, was yesterday sentenced by Judge R. G. Dickerson to hang. The evidence showed that early last February King poisoned his employer, the negro claiming that he only intended to make Lastinger sick so that he might run away.

King was arrested by Atkinson county officials shortly after the crime was committed and was brought to Ware County for safe keeping. The negro made a confession to Sheriff H. P Sweat, of Ware County, and Atkinson county officials, while in jail here, these officials being used as chief witnesses for the prosecution.

The jury returned a verdict of guilty of murder in the first degree, and the negro was sentenced to hang on July 19. This will be the first man to pay the death penalty in Atkinson County.

Daily Times-Enterprise
Thomasville, Georgia
October 25, 1921

Prohi Officers Make Big Raid In Atkinson County
Tifton, Ga., Oct. 25
They may drink cafeine in their coffee, but the people of Atkinson County take their liquor straight from the corn, or sugar cane, and many novel devices are resorted to in order to evade the revenue officers. A few days since, officers raided a still near Pearson that had been built on a platform in the middle of a pond concealed by trees. Saturday, prohibition enforcement officers, G. W. Saye and J. H. Touchstone, of Albany, County Policeman Stewart and Cobb of Colquitt and Constable Burke of Tifton, captured a still in Atkinson, eight miles southwest of Pearson, that was one of the best equipped they have found. It was a 60-gallon copper still built for distilling turpentine. With the still, six barrels of buck was destroyed. The officers brought the cap and 21 feet of the still worm as evidence. Northeast of Pearson a gasoline drum still and 15 barrels of buck was destroyed.

Tifton officers arrested two negroes Saturday after locating a lard-can still near the home of one of them. One of the negroes had a barrel of Buck buried under his kitchen floor. Fred Davis, a white man was arrested Sunday, charged with violating the prohibition law.

Daily Times-Enterprise
Thomasville, Georgia
September 22, 1922

Atkinson County Man Wants Speakers Job
(By Associated Press)
Waycross, Ga., Sept. 22
Charles Stewart, representative-elect from Atkinson County, will be a candidate for speaker of the House of Representatives, it was announced here.

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