Letters Must Be Signed — By Tommy Purser

Got a really nice letter to the editor this week. It was well written, to the point and posited some timely thoughts that would be well worth sharing. It appeared to be in a woman’s handwriting but I couldn’t be sure because it was only signed with a letter and a surname. A surname I…

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Pain Is A Good Teacher — By John Reed

Pain Is A Good Teacher I got my first bicycle at age seven, and quickly discovered the most important part of learning how to ride was learning how to fall off. It didn’t take too many skinned knees and elbows before I figured out the right way to dismount before disaster struck. As I got…

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Glass Named To Hall Of Fame

Jeff Davis High Head Baseball Coach Paul Glass last week was named to the Georgia Dugout Club Hall of Fame, an honor Yellow Jacket baseball fans and players alike will say is well deserved. Glass has led the JDHS baseball program since 2000, a 20-year run that has produced 413 victories, two state championships, a…

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Copeland Dies In Motorcycle Accident

Illya Copeland, the executive director of the Industrial Authority of Murray County, was killed Friday in a single-vehicle motorcycle accident on Fort Mountain. Copeland, who formerly served as executive director of the Joint Development Authority of Jeff Davis County, Hazlehurst and Denton, directed industrial development activities in Chatsworth and Murray County since 2017. “He is…

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Hospital Will Do COVID-19 Testing

Jeff Davis Hospital will offer COVID-19 testing onsite Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Those wishing to be tested should park in the front parking lot at the hospital and enter through the front lobby. A physician’s order is not needed. Restrooms will be provided for those being tested but not for…

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Mr. Illya Stephen Copeland, 48

Mr. Illya Stephen Copeland, 48, of Chatsworth, formerly of Hazlehurst, passed away  July 10 at AdventHealth in Chatsworth. A private service was July 14 in the chapel of Albritton Funeral Directors with the Rev. Michael Marchant officiating. Mr. Copeland was born Feb. 9, 1972, in Savannah to Don Copeland and Nancy Murray Copeland of Tifton.…

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Mr. John W. Dykes, 93

Mr. John W. Dykes, 93, of Hazlehurst, died July 9 at his residence. Mr. Dykes was born Nov. 27, 1926, in Bleckley County to the late James Russell Dykes and the late Nora Lee Bryant. He was a veteran of the United States Army, retired from Amercord and a member of Jeff Davis Masonic Lodge…

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Mrs. Dorothy Lorene ‘Dottie’ Hall, 50

Mrs. Dorothy Lorene “Dottie” Hall, 50, of Hazlehurst, passed away July 9 following an extended illness. Mrs. Hall was born Jan. 18, 1970, in Louisville, Ky. She was preceded in death by her father, the late Calvin Coolidge Rouse. Dottie was raised by her loving and doting grandparents, James L. and Hazel Chinn, who both…

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Mrs. Mavis Ann Clance Herndon, 84

Mrs. Mavis Ann Clance Herndon, 84, of Denton, died July 7 at Hazlehurst Court Care. Mrs. Herndon was born July 1, 1936, in Jeff Davis County to the late Otis Clance and the late Mary Newham Clance. She was a homemaker and her most dedicated profession was serving as a minister’s wife for many years.…

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