The Long History Of Water Woes – By Tommy Purser

“Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.” That quote from Edmund Burke has been on my mind a lot over the last decade or so. Because, after 45 years of chronicling the happenings in Jeff Davis County, I see the mistakes of history repeated over and over. The latest repeat is the…

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TANSTAAFL – By John Reed

TANSTAAFL There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch. This phrase gained common usage in the 1960’s when author Robert Heinlein used it in one of his most popular books. But it’s been around in one form or another for much longer. In physics, the idea is manifested in the conservation laws of energy…

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Jacket Football Kicks Off Friday Night

When Jeff Davis High’s football team opens its 2018 season this Friday in Augusta, they’ll face an extremely athletic Glenn Hills team, perhaps the most athletic team they will face all season. That’s the assessment of second year JDHS Head Coach Lance Helton, who added that the Spartans have a lot of returning starters —…

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2018 Yellow Jacket Roster

2018 Yellow Jacket Football Roster No. Name Pos. Yr. 1 Emanuel Rumph WB/DB 12 2 Aahiyus Allen WB/LB 9 3 Javarion Coleman WB/DB 10 4 Tyson Alls QB/DB 9 6 Karson Galbreath WR/DB 10 7 Layton Clance SE/DB 11 8 Trenton Clance WR/DB 9 9 Cade Walters QB/DB 10 10 Samuel Snell SE/DB 12 11…

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This Friday Night’s Expected Starters

At last week’s scrimmage against Appling County, the sidelines began filling with Yellow Jacket players nursing injuries with bags of ice rather than competing on the field. Starting running back Bradley Owens is questionable for this week’s season opener against Glenn Hill after spraining his ankle in the scrimmage. Linebacker Matthew Carelock had an ice…

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Tariff war will hurt U.S. farmers

An article in the Aug. 8 issue of the Ledger detailed how this year’s unusually heavy rainfall had adversely affected Jeff Davis County’s farmers. But the weather isn’t the only problem local farmers are facing. The trade war between the United States and China threatens to severely curtail the amount of U.S. agricultural products sold…

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Mr. Grant Floyd, 76

Mr. Grant Floyd, 76, of Hazlehurst, died Aug. 8 at Lumber City Nursing Home. Mr. Floyd was born Dec. 3, 1941, in Palatka, Fla., to the late Ruben Perry Floyd and the late Annie Dora Collins. He had lived most of his life in Hazlehurst and was preceded in death by his sister, Ruby Mason.…

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Minister Alonza Hollis

Minister Alonza Hollis answered the master’s call Aug. 9 at Jeff Davis Hospital in Hazlehurst. A celebration of life wake service will be Aug. 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Full Gospel Church of God, 46 Renwick Street, Lumber City. The body will be placed in the church at 4 p.m. for visitation. Interment…

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Mrs. Eunice Spell Johnson, 80

Mrs. Eunice Spell Johnson, 80, of Hazlehurst, died Aug. 9 at her residence. Mrs. Johnson was born May 10, 1938, in Jeff Davis County to the late Gaines Erastus Spell and the late Mattie Hand Spell. She was the owner and operator of the Rebel Drive In and member of First Baptist Church of Hazlehurst.…

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Mrs. Peggy Brown Cox Long, 90

Mrs. Peggy Brown Cox Long, 90, of Dublin, died Aug. 12 at Shamrock Nursing Home in Dublin. Services will be at 1 p.m. Aug. 16 at Southerland Funeral Chapel, with Dr. Farris Cox officiating, with interment at 3:30 p.m. at Oak View Cemetery in Hazlehurst. Mrs. Long was a native of Baxley, a former member…

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