BUILDING A STRONG COMMUNITY
Decatur County has an abundance of recreational activities, indoors and outdoors, for all ages. We have¬†several youth programs including baseball, softball, soccer, football and more. We have golf courses, including an 18-hole facility located at the county Industrial Park, The Pines Golf Course,¬†and the¬†local Bainbridge-Decatur County YMCA maintains an automated-scoring bowling alley open to the public.
Bainbridge, Georgia Convention & Visitors Bureau (Southwest Georgia Visitors Center) or go to www.visitbainbridgega.com.
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Decatur County is governed by an elected¬†six-member Board of Commissioners which meets the second Tuesday of each month at 9 a.m. and the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m., in the boardroom at the county's Administrative Office at 203 W. Broughton St., phone (229) 248-3030.¬†A County Administrator handles the day-to-day business of the county.
The City of Bainbridge is governed by an elected¬†Mayor and an elected six-member City Council which meets at 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month in Council Chambers, second floor of City Hall on Broad St. Call (229) 248-2000 for more information. A City Manager handles the day-to-day business of the city.
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¬†Many local government meetings and events are covered by the¬†legal organ of Decatur County, The Post Searchlight, by two local radio stations, AM station WMGR¬†930 AM¬†or FM station LIVE101.9,¬†and by a local on-line news source, www.bainbridgega.com.
For those persons¬†interested in¬†low-cost transportation, SW Ga. Regional Development Center's Decatur-Seminole Rural Transit System's local provider is MIDS, Inc. Call (229) 246-6758 between 8 a.m and 5 p.m. to schedule rides. Cost if $3 for 0-10 miles; $5 for 11-30 miles; and $1 per mile for every mile traveled over 30 miles. Senior citizens 60 and older receive a 50 percent discount and persons who purchase 50 or more miles in a seven day period also receive 50 percent off. Trip requests must be made by 2 p.m. the day prior to the scheduled trip.
Privately owned taxi services include Brown's Taxi (229) 246-9208 and Union Taxicab (229) 246-9178.
For more information on¬†local governments and their¬†agencies, visit the following web sites:
The Georgia Army National Guard's 1230th Transportation Company Armory is located at 510¬†Louise St., Bainbridge, GA, 39819. Phone (229) 248-2694, Administrative contact¬† is Readiness NCO Sgt. 1st Class Susan¬† Bell.¬†Decatur County government is very proud of the service rendered by its local Army National Guard and by all of those enlisted in other branches of service. Many of the 1230th Transportation Company soldiers have already served two or more tours of duty in the current operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, as have other local men and women serving in other branches of the military.
History of Decatur County
Commodore Stephen Decatur
Commodore William Bainbridge
Decatur County was originally formed by the Georgia Legislature in 1823 and named for Commodore Stephen Decatur, a naval hero during the War of 1812. Even before that, in 1765, the present site of Bainbridge was an Indian village known as Pucknawhitla. As early as 1778, it became known as Burgess Town, when a trader named James Burgess established a trading post here. It later became a federal outpost and was named Fort Hughes. In 1824, Fort Hughes was named Bainbridge for Commodore William Bainbridge, Commander of "Old Ironsides" during the War of 1812. The City of Bainbridge was incorporated in 1829.