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Blakely looks to revitalize downtown

The murals in Blakely have become an important asset to downtown. (Source: WALB) The murals in Blakely have become an important asset to downtown. (Source: WALB)
Kyle Kornegay is the CEO and President of the Chamber of Commerce. (Source: WALB) Kyle Kornegay is the CEO and President of the Chamber of Commerce. (Source: WALB)
This mural can be seen driving around the main rotary. (Source: WALB) This mural can be seen driving around the main rotary. (Source: WALB)
Mayor Anthony Howard is looking forward to the city hopefully adding more murals. (Source: WALB) Mayor Anthony Howard is looking forward to the city hopefully adding more murals. (Source: WALB)
Mayor Howard can see this mural outside his window. (Source: WALB) Mayor Howard can see this mural outside his window. (Source: WALB)
BLAKELY, GA (WALB) -

Mayor Anthony Howard looks out his office window everyday at the Coheelee Creek bridge painted on Tom's Barber Shop wall.

It reminds him of one of Blakely's unique attractions.

"It's the oldest covered bridge east of the Mississippi," said Howard. "I was down there a couple of weeks ago and it's just a very pristine place to visit." 

The mural is one of five in the city. The oldest can be found inside the post office.

"It tells a story about your community from certain time periods," said Howard.

"It's also an attraction, and one of the biggest things we try to do is bring people into down," said CEO and President of the Chamber of Commerce Kyle Kornegay.

He said it is tough to pick a favorite one. 

Kornegay knows how special the murals are especially for folks like him whose family has history in the city.

"It's very special to me. It kind of connects me with my past as well as everyone else here in Blakely," said Kornegay.

Blakely Hometown is looking to add more murals to the city.

They are in the process of looking at artists to come in.

It's all part of the plan to make in the streets a little busier.

First Thursdays will also be welcomed back this September.

"That's a great opportunity for people who don't live in Blakely to experience the comradely of this small town," said Kornegay. 

Vendors will be set up downtown and all shops and restaurants will be open late.

The idea is to bring the community together and help businesses.

"It's not just about the people out of the area, we want to do it for the people of Blakely," said Kornegay.

Because the stronger a community the better the city becomes.

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