Reviving My Dashed Dream — By Tommy Purser

I received in the mail last week a magazine from Toccoa entitled “Living on Main Street  — A Visitor’s Guide To Main Street Toccoa.” One of the first things you see is a group of some 100 people behind a banner for Main Street Toccoa. Inside there are photographs of pretty, neat, colorful street scenes…

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School Children Helping Downtown

Jeff Davis Elementary School Counselor Roxie Crosby brought four students to last week’s Board of Education meeting to explain the school’s 7 Mindsets project to brighten up the Hazlehurst downtown area as part of the Be The Light Mindset. Rory Chaney preceded the presentation by explaining to the board the Hazlehurst Mainstream plans to improve…

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Indictments Handed Down

Violence against law enforcement officers were features of two indictments handed down by the September Term Jeff Davis County Grand Jury. Carlos Refugio Diaz was indicted on a count of obstruction of an officer. He is alleged to have kicked and struggled with a sheriff’s Deputy on Dec. 17, 2018, causing the officer to fall…

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County Has Short Meeting

It took less than 15 minutes for the Jeff Davis County Commission to conduct its business last week as the group quickly ran through its agenda. The commissioners tabled action on a suggestion by Blackburn Commissioner Hank Hobbs that the group adopt a code of conduct for the commissioners and visitors during commission meetings. When…

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Nandina — By Jennifer Miller

Nandina How many of you had a secret hiding place as a kid? I had several. But then, I grew up on a farm of over 300 acres so there were lots of places to choose from. My mama had several plantings of nandina or as some call it heavenly bamboo. There was a large…

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Taking Risks — By John Reed

Taking Risks Regular readers will know I’ve harped on how children today are cocooned and never given the opportunity to fail. This is true in many homes just as it is in school. In their efforts to protect their kids from physical and emotional damage, teachers and parents are often doing the next generation a…

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Black History

A Heroic Heritage (courtesy of President Glen Harris Sr. and Hazlehurst Community League) Of all the peoples who have journeyed to America from foreign lands, African Americans have the saddest, yet the most inspiring, story. Unlike immigrants of every other nationality and race, the Africans arrived on these shores in North America and the Caribbean…

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Mr. Mickey Beecher, 48

Mr. Mickey Beecher, 48, of Hazlehurst, died Feb. 12 at Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah. Mr. Beecher was born Nov. 26, 1970, in Jeff Davis County. He was employed with Beecher’s Land Clearing and a member of Southside Baptist Church. He is preceded in death by his father, Wilton Beecher. Survivors include daughter, Amber…

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Mr. John Low Sellers, 80

Mr. John Low Sellers, 80, of Hazlehurst, died Feb. 16 at his residence. Mr. Sellers was born May 1, 1938, in Jeff Davis County to the late Willie Sellers and the late Willie May Cooner Sellers. He was retired from Jeff Davis County Road Department and was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church. He…

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Mr. Malcolm Varnadoe, 89

Mr. Malcolm Varnadoe, 89, of Lumber City, died Feb. 16 at Memorial Hospital in Savannah. Mr. Varnadoe was born July 6, 1929, in Telfair County to the late Clarence Varnadoe and the late Susie Webster Varnadoe. He was retired from the State of Georgia, a business owner, and farmer and is preceded in death by…

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