Fireworks lit up the night sky over Blackshear in celebration of Independence Day Sunday evening for the first time in recent memory. A display was planned for last year, but had to be postponed to Labor Day due to inclement weather. The weather was hot, muggy and humid as the brilliant colors of the display illuminated the night sky and Emmanuel Baptist Church. Emmanuel Baptist Church sponsored the display. Pictured bottom left, Young K.T. Thorne experienced his first fireworks display with his father, Kenneth. The Thornes are from Blackshear.  Pictured above and bottom right are views of the fireworks.

-Photos by Matthew Gardner, Jason Deal and Rachel Sauls Arnold.