Legal Organs
Appling Baxley The Baxley News-Banner
Atkinson Pearson The Atkinson County Citizen
Bacon Alma The Alma Times
Baker Camilla The Camilla Enterprise
Baldwin Milledgeville The Union Recorder
Banks Homer Banks County News
Barrow Winder Barrow County News
Bartow Cartersville The Daily Tribune News
Ben Hill Fitzgerald The Herald Leader
Berrien Nashville The Berrien Press
Bibb Macon The Macon Telegraph
Bleckly Cochran Cochran Journal
Brantley Nahunta The Brantley County Express
Brooks Quitman Quitman Free Press
Bryan Richmond Bryan County News
Bulloch Statesboro The Statesboro Herald
Burke Waynesboro The True Citizen
Butts Jackson Jackson Progress Argus
Calhoun Albany Albany Herald
Camden St. Marys Tribune and Georgian
Candler Metter The Metter Advertiser
Carroll Carrollton Times-Georgian
Catoosa Ringgold Catoosa County News
Charlton Folkston The Charlton County Herald
Chatham Savannah Savannah Morning News
Chattahoochee Richland The Stewart-Webster Journal
Chattooga Summerville The Summerville News
Cherokee Canton Cherokee Tribune
Clarke Athens Athens Daily News
Clay Cuthbert Cuthbert Southern Tribune
Clayton Jonesboro Clayton News Daily
Clinch Homerville The Clinch County News
Cobb Marietta Marietta Daily Journal
Coffee Douglas The Douglas Enterprise
Colquitt Moultrie The Moultrie Observer
Columbia Martinez The Columbia News-Times
Cook Adel Adel News Tribune
Coweta Newnan The Times-Herald
Crawford Roberta The Georgia Post
Crisp Cordele The Cordele Dispatch
Dade Trenton The Dade County Sentinel
Dawson Dawsonville Dawson News & Advertiser
Decatur Bainbridge The Post Searchlight
DeKalb Decatur The Champion
Dodge Eastman The Dodge County News
Dooly Vienna The News Observer, Vienna
Dougherty Albany Albany Herald
Douglas Douglasville Douglas County Sentinel
Early Blakely Early County News
Echols Valdosta The Valdosta Daily Times
Effingham Rincon The Effingham Herald
Elbert Elberton The Elberton Star
Emanuel Swainsboro The Forest Blade
Evans Claxton The Claxton Enterprise
Fannin Blue Ridge The News Observer, Blue Ridge
Fayette Fayetteville The Fayette County News
Floyd Rome Rome News Tribune
Forsyth Cumming Forsyth County News
Franklin Lavonia The Franklin County Citizen
Fulton Atlanta Daily Report
Gilmer Ellijay The Times Courier
Glascock Jefferson The News & Farmer
Glynn Brunswick The Brunswick News
Gordon Calhoun Calhoun Times
Grady Cairo The Cairo Messenger
Greene Greensboro Herald Journal
Gwinnett Lawrenceville Gwinnett Daily Post
Habersham Cornelia The Northeast Georgian
Hall Gainesville The Times
Hancock Sparta Sparta Ishmaelite
Haralson Breman Haralson Gateway Beacon
Harris Pine Mountain The Harris County Journal
Hart Hartwell The Hartwell Sun
Heard Franklin The News & Banner
Henry McDonough Henry Daily Herald
Houston Perry The Houston Home Journal
Irwin Ocilla The Ocilla Star
Jackson Jefferson The Jackson Herald
Jasper Monticello The Monticello News
Jeff Davis Hazlehurst Jeff Davis Ledger
Jefferson Louisville The News & Farmer
Jenkins Millen The Millen News
Johnson Wrightsville The Johnson Journal
Jones Gray The Jones County News
Lamar Barnesville The Herald Gazette
Lanier Lakeland Lanier County News
Laurens Dublin The Courier Herald
Lee Leesburg The Lee County Ledger
Liberty Hinesville The Coastal Courier
Lincoln Lincolnton The Lincoln Journal
Long Hinesville The Coastal Courier
Lowndes Valdosta The Valdosta Daily Times
Lumpkin Dahlonega The Dahlonega Nugget
Macon Montezuma Citizen & Georgian
Madison Danielsville The Madison County Journal
Marion Buena Vista The Journal
McDuffie Thomson The McDuffie Progress
McIntosh Darien The Darien News
Meriwether Greenville Meriwether Vindicator
Miller Colquitt The Miller County Liberal
Mitchell Camilla The Camilla Enterprise
Monroe Forsyth Monroe County Reporter
Montgomery Ailey The Montgomery Monitor
Morgan Madison Morgan County Citizen
Murray Chatsworth The Chatsworth Times
Muscogee Columbus Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Newton Covington The Covington News
Oconee Watkinsville The Oconee Enterprise
Oglethrope Lexington The Oglethorpe Echo
Paulding Dallas The Dallas New Era
Peach Ft Valley The Leader Tribune
Pickens Jasper Pickens County Progress
Pierce Blackshear The Blackshear Times
Pike Zebulon Pike County Journal & Reporter
Polk Cedartown Polk County Standard Journal
Pulaski Hawkinsville Hawkinsville Dispatch&News
Putnum Eatonton The Eatonton Messenger
Quitman Eufaula, AL Eufaula Tribune
Rabun Clayton The Clayton Tribune
Randolph Cuthbert The Citizen
Richmond Augusta The Augusta Chronicle
Rockdale Conyers Rockdale Citizen
Schley Richland Stewart Webster Journal
Screven Sylvania Sylvania Telephone
Seminole Donalsonville Donalsonville News
Spalding Griffin Griffin Daily News
Stephens Toccoa The Toccoa Record
Stewart Richland The Stewart-Webster Journal
Sumter Americus Americus Times-Recorder
Talbot Talbotton Talbotton New Era
Taliaferro Crawfordville Advocate Democrat
Tattnall Reidsville The Glennville Sentinel
Taylor Butler The Taylor County News
Telfair McRae The Telfair Enterprise
Terrell Dawson The Dawson News
Thomas Thomasville The Thomasville Times-Enterprise
Tift Tifton The Tifton Gazette
Toombs Vidalia The Advance-Progress
Towns Hiawassee Towns County Herald
Treutlen Soperton The Soperton News
Troup LaGrange LaGrange Daily News
Turner Ashburn The Wiregrass Farmer
Twiggs Jeffersonville The Twiggs Times New Era
Union Blairsville North Georgia News
Upson Thomaston Upson Beacon
Walker LaFayette Walker County Messenger
Walton Monroe The Walton Tribune
Ware Waycross Waycross Journal Herald
Warren Warrenton Warrenton Clipper
Washington Sandersville The Sandersville Progress
Wayne Jesup The Press Sentinel
Webster Richland The Stewart-Webster Journal
Wheeler Alamo Wheeler County Eagle
White Cleveland The White County News
Whitfield Dalton The Daily Citizen
Wilcox Cordele Cordele Dispatch
Wilkes Washington The News Reporter
Wilkinson Irwinton Wilkinson County Post
Worth Sylvester Sylvester Local News
About the Legal Organs
Georgia Legal Organ Newspapers Defined:

Newspaper or journal that publishes public notice advertisements in one or more of Georgia's 159 counties. Most public notices are required by state law to be published in print by the legal organ publication.The publications are made the legal organ by 3 county officials: Judge of Probate Court, Sheriff, and Clerk of Superior Court.

In Georgia, the newspapers go a step further by posting the notices online, in a free & searchable database:

Requirements to be considered Legal Organ.

(a) No journal or newspaper published in this state shall be declared, made, or maintained as the official organ of any county for the publication of sheriffs sales, citations of probate court judges, or any other advertising commonly known in terms of official or legal advertising and required by law to be published in such county official newspaper unless the newspaper shall meet and maintain the following qualifications:

(1) Newspaper as used in this Code section means a printed product of multiple pages containing not greater than 75 percent advertising content in no more than one-half of its issues during the previous 12 months, excluding separate advertising supplements inserted into but separately identifiable from any regular issue or issues of the newspaper.

(2) The newspaper shall be published within the county and continuously at least weekly for a period of two years or is the direct successor of such a newspaper. Failure to publish for not more than two weeks in any calendar year shall not disqualify a newspaper otherwise qualified.

(3) For a period of two years prior to designation and thereafter, the newspaper shall have and maintain at least 75 percent paid circulation as established by an independent audit. Paid circulation shall not include newspapers that are distributed free or in connection with a service or promotion at no additional charge to the ultimate recipient. For circulation to be considered paid, the recipient of the newspaper or such recipients employer or household must pay reasonable and adequate consideration for the newspaper.

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