The average temperature in Toombs County is a comfortable 68.7 degrees, with the average temperature being 49 degrees in January and 81 degrees in June. The county is situated 305 feet above sea level and receives an average rainfall of 50 inches per year.
There are four radio stations located in the county: WLYU-FM, Lyons;
WTCQ-FM, Vidalia; WBBT-AM, Lyons; and WVOP-AM, Vidalia.
The Advance-Progress newspaper, located on Hwy 280 in downtown Vidalia, is published weekly.
Toombs County has two public school systems: Vidalia City School System and
Toombs County School System and one private school system, Robert Toombs Christian Academy.
To register for school, take your child's birth certificate, immunization records and previous school records to the school your child will be attending.
Higher education is available nearby at the following locations: Southeastern Technical Institute, a public, co-educational, post-secondary institution located in Vidalia; Brewton-Parker College, a 4 year private school located just 12 miles from Vidalia in Mt. Vernon; Georgia Southern University, a 4 year school located 45 miles away in Statesboro.
There are several excellent libraries serving the county: The Vidalia-Toombs County Library, headquarters of the Ohoopee Regional Library system and its branches, the Nelle Brown Memorial Library in Lyons, and the Ladson Genealogical Library in Vidalia.
Entertainment & Lifestyles:
When it comes to recreation and leisure, Toombs County has it all. With two excellent recreational departments, seven parks, 10 tennis courts, 5 baseball/softball fields, two football/soccer stadiums, two basketball courts, three pavilions, two swimming pools,
two golf courses, one public and one private; country club, a racquet club, private health club, other workout and athletic facilities, two rivers within a 15 mile radius, a bowling center and two cinemas.
There are three incorporated cities in Toombs County: Lyons, the county seat and home of the Southeast Ga. Soapbox Derby; Vidalia, the largest city and the sweet onion capital of the world; and Santa Claus, a city which has received national attention due to its name and such street names as Noel and Rudolph Way. Each city is governed by a mayor and a city council. The county government consists of the Toombs County Commissioners and a chairman.
Toombs County is home to Meadows Regional Medical Center, 30 active physicians,
12 courtesy physicians, three orthodontists, two oral surgeons, four veterinarians, three animal hospitals, and four nursing homes: Bethany Home, Meadows Nursing Center, Precious Care, and Toombs Nursing & Intermediate Care.
Meadows Memorial Emergency Medical Services provides 24-hour basic, cardiac tech and para-medic service to Toombs and Montgomery Counties. The emergency number is 537-2900; for non-emergency information, call 537-8219.
Meadows Regional Medical Center also operates two health clinics, the Family Medical Center and the R.T. Stanley, Sr. Health Center to meet the needs for primary care in this community and the surrounding areas. They specialize in minor emergencies as well as routine care. Their hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. They see patients on a 'walk-in" basis as well as by appointment.
Support Services & Public Safety:
Two police departments, one sheriffs' department, two fire stations, and five volunteer fire departments protect Toombs County.
The E-911 System for Toombs and Montgomery Counties began service in the spring of 1994.
Ambulance Service is available 24 hours a day.
Georgia Power and Altamaha Electric Membership Corporation provide electricity to the
county. Call for deposit amount required:
Georgia Power, (912) 537-3081
Altamaha EMC, (912) 526-8181.
Georgia Natural Gas supplies natural gas. The required deposit amount is based on customer credit rating. Call (912) 537-7588 for more information.
Southern Bell Telephone Company supplies telephone service to Toombs County. For customer service call 1-800-780-2355.
Water and sewerage are supplied by the cities of Lyons and Vidalia. City of Vidalia, a deposit of $25 is required for water supply, for City of Lyons a deposit of $50 is required for water supply, and for City of Santa Claus a deposit of $35 is required for water Supply.
For more information call City of Lyons at (912) 526-8606, City of Vidalia at (912) 537-7661, or City of Santa Claus at (912) 526-6949.
Cable Televison providers:
Northland Cablevision (537-3200).
When moving to Toombs County, new residents have 30 days to apply for automo-
bile tags. Must bring proof of ownership and insurance to the Toombs County Tax Commissioner's office, located at Courthouse Square in Lyons. For more information, call (912) 526-8575.
The Toombs County Courthouse in Lyons issues driver's licenses every Wednesday
from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. (closed for lunch), and any Georgia State Patrol office in the area issues them as well. Bring current license, or, if you do not have one, call the State Patrol office in Reidsville at (912) 557-4378 to get a listing of what you'll need to obtain a license. Cost for a 4-year license is $15.00, and they do not accept checks.
Vidalia city residents should register for city, county, state, and national elec-
tions at the Vidalia City Hall, 114 Jackson Street, Vidalia. For more information call (912) 537-7661.
Lyons city residents may register for city, county, state, and national elections at the Lyons City Hall, 417 North State Street, Lyons. For more information call (912) 526-3626.
Residents living in the City of Santa Claus and in unincorporated areas of Toombs County may register for county, state, and national elections at the Probate Court office at the courthouse in Lyons, 100 Courthouse Square. For more information call (912) 526-8696.
Toombs County is nestled in the heart of Southeast Georgia and is within 100 miles of Macon, Savannah, and Augusta. Atlanta is 175 miles north of Toombs County.
Interstate 16 is 15 miles north of downtown Lyons or Vidalia, which are located halfway between the beautiful valley of the Oconee River and the picturesque, rambling stream of the Ohoopee.
The 1990 population of Toombs County was 24,072, which ranks 55th in the state. The
growth projection for the year 2000 is estimated by the State Data Center as 27,992.
City of Lyons - 4,502; City of Vidalia - 11,118; Santa Claus - 154
Points of Interest
Visit the Altama Gallery
The Ladson Library, a branch of the Ohoopee Regional Library, headquartered in downtown Vidalia, is one of the largest genealogical research libraries located in the southeastern United States. The collection includes general reference works, genealogical tools and indexes, biographical dictionaries, individual biographies, family histories, lineage society records, emigration/immigration records,
Vidalia has two 18-hole golf courses ready for your enjoyment. Rocky Creek Golf Club is a semi-private course and Vidalia Country Club is a private membership club. Rocky Creek is a new public eighteen-hole championship course with a full practice facility with a driving range, as well as a clubhouse with a small restaurant.
Workout at a Health Club
Southeast Ga. Soapbox Derby held in Lyons in June
Lyons Recreational Department Invitational Baseball/Softball Tournaments held in July
Lyons and Vidalia Christmas Parades held in December
Tour of Homes
Ohoopee Regional Council for the Arts (ORCA) - Cultural Events
Jaycees Home & Garden Show
Altamaha River - Boat Races
1 acute care hospital (87 beds).
42 MDs (26 active, 4 podiatry, 12 courtesy).
Toombs County Health Department in Lyons with a satellite office in Vidalia.
3 nursing homes (347 beds).
1 personal care home (24 beds).
3 mental health centers.
5 home health care agencies.
3 health & exercise clubs.
1 physical therapy clinic.