Light Up Georgia With Kindness – By Tommy Purser

Do yourself a favor and visit www.LightUpGeorgiaWithKindness.com It’s a heartwarming initiative that is being launched this December “to strengthen and bring together communities with a new annual tradition.” According to an article by Cindi Pickett in GwinnettForum.com, every individual, family, local neighborhood, business and organization is being encouraged to be more intentional in performing acts…

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Surviving Mother Nature By John Reed

Surviving Mother Nature Mother Nature happens. Last weekend’s five inches of rain is only the most recent reminder. Notably, the power stayed on and the school buses ran, a testament to the preparedness of our road and electric crews. The key words here are “preparedness” and “adaptability”. We’ve learned from previous storms to trim trees…

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Chaneys Have Dreams For Downtown Hazlehurst

By MARY ANN ANDERSON Solving the mystery of how to draw people and businesses to downtown Hazlehurst after its heyday, one that seems to have peaked in the 1990s, has proven elusive. Until now, that is. That quandary may well be answered by a new generation of local visionaries who are seeking to preserve the…

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Evelyn Simmons Named Parade Grand Marshall

Evelyn Simmons of Hazlehurst, known as the woman who started Peaches to Beaches while she served on the Jeff Davis County Board of Tourism, has been chosen as the 2018 Christmas Parade Grand Marshal by the Hazlehurst-Jeff Davis Chamber of Commerce. The parade will be held Dec. 8 at 6:30 p.m. Evelyn was inspired in…

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Despite Rains, School Buses Ran Monday

Jeff Davis County schools were in session Monday. Normally, that’s not news. But after 7-8 inches of rain fell in the three rivers area Saturday and Sunday, schools were closed in most if not all surrounding counties Monday morning because buses couldn’t take their normal routes because of flooded and muddy roads. County Administrator Keith…

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JDHS Is High Performing School

It should come as no surprise that Jeff Davis High School is performing well compared to schools in the area and across the state. It is also the highest performing school of the system’s four K-12 schools. According to the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement’s latest School Grades Reports, Jeff Davis High School’s overall performance…

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Miss Jessica Jasmin Andrade, 15

Miss Jessica Jasmin Andrade, 15, died Nov. 25 in Dublin. Ms. Andrade was born July 4, 2003, in Jeff Davis County. She was a student of Jeff Davis High School where she was very involved in her school activities and attended Southside Baptist Church. Survivors include her mother, Jessica Jasmin Calderon; father, Jesus Andrade; sister,…

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Mrs. Patricia Ann Davis, 64

Mrs. Patricia Ann Davis, 64, of Hazlehurst, died Nov. 25 at Jeff Davis Hospital. Mrs. Davis was born Aug. 9, 1954, in Trion to the late Jessie James Wilson and the late Mamie Lee Taylor. She was retired from KFC. Survivors include daughters, Patsy Friedel of Hazlehurst and Paula Davis of Vidalia; son, Tohnny Davis…

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Mrs. Fleta Quinn Farris, 83

Mrs. Fleta Quinn Farris, 83, passed away Nov. 30 in Alexandria, Va. Fleta was born June 7, 1935, the youngest child of the late Guerry and Nettie Mae (Hall) Quinn of Hazlehurst. After high school, she lived in Jackson, Miss.; New Orleans, La.; Barbados; and Virginia. She married the late Stanley Farris in 1955. She…

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Mr. Mitchell Benjamin Gillis, 55

Mr. Mitchell Benjamin Gillis, 55, of Wheatland, Wyoming, passed away at his home after a life long battle with diabetes. Mr. Gillis, the son of the late Lester and Betty Jean Gillis, was a native of Jeff Davis County, and resided in Wheatland, Wyoming. Mitchell was preceded in death by brother, Lee Malcolm Gillis Sr.;…

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