JD Forward Begins In February

The Hazlehurst-Jeff Davis Chamber of Commerce will again kick off the JD Forward Leadership Academy this year in February. The Chamber is seeking nominations for the class. The JD Forward Leadership Academy is an eight-month program offering an intensive and up-close look at the most challenging issues and opportunities facing our community. JD Forward Leadership…

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Resolutions I Can Keep — By Tommy Purser

John Reed and Dr. Kirk this week write about New Year’s Resolutions and it reminded me that I solved that problem years ago. I don’t remember the particulars of the column I wrote some 20 years ago but I can well remember the gist of it: my choices of resolutions were so easily attainable that…

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Callahan’s is Small Business of the Quarter

Congratulations to Renasant Bank Small Business of the Quarter Callahan’s Nursery. Callahan’s Nursery has been open in Hazlehurst-Jeff Davis County for 43 years. Oscar Callahan learned about plants from his father, Bud Callahan, and has passed on his love of plants and landscaping to his son Mark, who now runs the business. The family-owned business…

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Happy New Year — By John Reed

Happy New Year! I won’t be making the usual resolutions this year. Losing weight, walking more, spending less…I haven’t had much luck keeping those, so I’m going to try something else: positivity. Fifty years ago, Spiro Agnew spoke words written by William Safire that struck a nerve then and are even more relevant now. Speaking…

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Solomon’s book published

Around mid-June, 2019, a longtime Jeff Davis County resident, Glen Solomon, who was a well-known sportsman and author of short stories, gave Bill Prince a manuscript for a book he was writing. Bill is also a Jeff Davis County resident, Executive Minister at Biblical Principles, Inc., a Hazlehurst based non-profit organization. Glen wanted Bill to…

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Chamber will have membership luncheon Jan. 23

The Hazlehurst-Jeff Davis Chamber of Commerce will host its first membership luncheon in 2020 Jan. 23 at noon at Twisted Pine Golf Course. Chamber members and non-members are invited for an update on what’s happening in Hazlehurst-Jeff Davis County and to hear more about the state of healthcare. Jeff Davis Hospital CEO Barry Bloom will…

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City Blows Its Budget — Again

By MARY ANN ANDERSON At its first meeting of the new year, the Hazlehurst City Council welcomed Ward 3’s Diane Bass Leggett, its newest member, in an early morning swearing-in ceremony. Almost immediately afterward, the council gathered in a called meeting to discuss the 2019-20 budget before going into closed session to discuss personnel. Even…

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Leaders to attend Okefenokee Occasion

Local leaders will make their annual trip to Atlanta during the first week of the 2020 legislative session. If you would like to attend, there are five spots available with local leaders. The visit includes a legislative dinner the evening Jan. 14 and the Okefenokee Occasion the evening of Jan. 15. The annual event provides…

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Mrs. Kathleen DeLoach Davis, 91

Mrs. Kathleen DeLoach Davis, 91, of Hazlehurst died Dec. 30 at her residence. Mrs. Deloach was born July 31, 1928, in Glennville to the late Nathan Leslie “Bud” Deloach and the late Ella Baker DeLoach. She was a retired secretary with Salvation Army while in Rockville, Md., later becoming a homemaker and a member of…

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Mrs. Weta Janette Mathews Fales, 87

Mrs. Weta Janette Mathews Fales, 87, of Hazlehurst, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away New Year’s Day 2020 in the comfort of her home surrounded by three generations of family. Weta was the youngest of nine children, born Aug. 18, 1932, in Atkinson County to the late Charlie Eugene Mathews and the late…

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