Toombs County, Georgia

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Toombs County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. It was created on August 18, 1905. As of 2000, the population was 26,067. The 2007 Census Estimate showed a population of 27,820.[1] The county seat is Lyons.[2]

Toombs County is part of the Vidalia Micropolitan Statistical Area.

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History

The County is named for Robert Toombs, United States representative and senator. During the Civil War, Toombs also served in the Confederate Provisional Congress, as Secretary of State of the Confederate States, and a brigadier general in the Confederate Army. Toombs County was founded in 1905.

Toombs County is most famously known for its Vidalia onions.

Toombs County is also famous for being the boyhood home of Paul Anderson.It also is the home of 1996 Mr.Georgia bodybuilder Jason McBride. It's also the home of the former NFL football player Fred Stokes. Jason and Fred played football together at Vidalia Highschool.

It was founded as the 142nd county in Georgia by the State Legislature on August 18, 1905 and organized in October 9 of that year. The county was formed from portions of Emanuel, Tattnall and Montgomery counties.

In 2010, the local high school (Toombs County High) continued its winning streak in high school football with a 52-13 score against Vidalia City Schools. Toombs County High's winning streak has lasted the past 7 years.

Government

Toombs County is governed by a 5-member Board of Commissioners, headed by Buddy West, the Chairman. It is also governed by Alvie Kight, Jr., who has been Sheriff for 9 years now.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 369 square miles (955 km²), of which 367 square miles (950 km²) is land and 2 square miles (5 km²) (0.54%) is water.

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