We’ll Be OK — By John Reed

We’ll Be OK Regular readers know I’m an optimist. Even as current events seek to turn our eyes downward, I remain convinced things will be ok in the long term. I believe the virus-related efforts at cleanliness and antiseptic procedures will help with other infectious diseases too. Maybe the flu and the common cold will…

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Final Murder Suspect Arrested

Last Thursday morning, Jeff Davis Sheriff Preston Bohannon and Chief Deputy Keith Rea apprehended Douglas Wooten, the last of four suspect’s wanted in the Jan. 4 shooting death of Marcos Ramirez. Sheriff Bohannon said the Sheriff’s Department received a tip Thursday morning that Wooten was at 221 Quick Stop on the Uvalda Highway purchasing beer.…

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Health District Distributing Vaccine

The Southeast Georgia Department of Health has announced plans to add adults aged 65 and older, law enforcement officers, firefighters and first responders to the group eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccine in Phase 1A. With much of the healthcare community having received their COVID-19 vaccine, the Southeast Health District will begin scheduling vaccine appointments for…

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Board Chooses Leadership

The Jeff Davis County Board of Education Monday night reelected Roger Ogilvie to a 2-year term as chairman and Andy Ramay to a 2-year term as vice chairman. Middle school principal Dr. Brent Coleman recognized the school’s boys cross country team and boys soccer team which won the 2020 conference championships. Members of the cross…

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Chamber Seeking Nominees

The Hazlehurst-Jeff Davis County Chamber of Commerce is asking for nominations to recognize individuals and businesses that strive to create an economically prosperous Hazlehurst-Jeff Davis County by nominating an eligible small business, industry, citizen, farmer or entrepreneur. The Lifetime Achievement Award is also presented. The Small Business of the Year award is reserved for a…

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Dr. Theodore Pierce Dickens, 60

Dr. Theodore Pierce Dickens, DMA, 60, died Jan. 9 at East Georgia Regional Medical Center. Pierce grew up in Hazlehurst, attended Jeff Davis High School and graduated in 1978. He attended Brewton-Parker College and graduated with a BA in Music Education. He obtained a Masters of Music in Piano Performance in 1984 from Georgia State…

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Mr. Marcos Suarez Ramirez, 54

Mr. Marcos Suárez Ramirez, 54, passed away Jan. 4. Mr. Ramirez was born Oct. 7, 1966, in Jalpan de Serra Querétar, Mexico but has made his home in Hazlehurst for the past 30 years. He was a member of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and was employed by Telfair Forest Products as a…

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Mrs. Sue Taylor Welch, 80

Mrs. Sue Taylor Lowery Welch, 80 of Georgia Highway 184, Toccoa, passed away Jan. 10 at Stephens County Hospital. A daughter of the late Clinton and Grace Taylor, she was born May 15, 1940, in Bacon County having lived most of her life in Hazlehurst and the last 13 years in Toccoa. She was employed…

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Mr. Kenneth Harold Wilson Jr., 60

Mr. Kenneth Harold Wilson Jr., 60, passed away Dec. 15 in Hazlehurst. Mr. Wilson was born June 11, 1960, in Macon. He was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth Harold Wilson Sr., wife, Cynthia “Chubby” Wilson, son, Mann Joseph Wilson. He is survived by mother, Bunny Fritzler of Spanaway, Wash.; son, Carlton James Wilson…

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2020: A Tragic Year — By Tommy Purser

The year 2020 will be looked back on for decades to come as perhaps the worst year in the history of the country …. and in Jeff Davis County. The COVID-19 pandemic fundamentally changed the way we lived our lives as it raged and spread with millions of Americans facilitating the spread, as they viewed…

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