Perhaps You Didn’t Know — By Tommy Purser

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the late A.D. “Arley” Finley Sr. When I moved here in 1973, Mr. Finley was still alive and retired after decades of serving the county he loved as the local Postmaster. One of his sons, Art Finley, sent me a note recently, saying in part, “If Mother and…

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Freedom From The Majority — By John Reed

Freedom From The Majority This past week, my wife’s family dealt with the passing of one of the last members of the “Greatest Generation.” Born in the depth of the Great Depression, Rick Jones was a prime example of his time. Strong-willed and fiercely independent, he quit school before high school to go to work.…

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Underwood Feted In Macon

Jeff Davis County 4-H member Chanleigh Underwood was honored during the Georgia Farm Bureau Evening of Champions March 29 in Macon. Underwood was recognized for winning the Grand Champion Market Gilt Award at the 2019 Georgia Junior National Livestock Show Feb. 23 in Perry. Underwood, a sophomore at Jeff Davis High School, was one of…

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LaRiccia Confronts Activist

State Rep. Dominic LaRiccia of Douglas, who represents a portion of Jeff Davis County in the Georgia House of Representatives, made Fox Cable News Network last week for his confrontation with Women’s Rights Activist and actress Alyssa Milano in the State Capitol last week. Ms. Milano was delivering to Governor Brian Kemp’s office a letter,…

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Pantry Dedicated To Rodney Harleston

Housed on the first floor of Daniel McLaughlin Therrell High School, Harleston’s Heart is more than a pantry. It is a continuation of the legacy of beloved social worker Rodney Harleston, who lost his battle to cancer on Nov. 9, 2018. “The closet’s inception was Principal Powell and Mr. Harleston’s idea for providing a means…

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Mr. Jimmy Brown, 82

Mr. Jimmy Brown, 82, of Hazlehurst, died April 2 at Memorial Hospital in Savannah. Mr. Brown was born Sept. 18, 1936, in Jeff Davis County to the late Eugene Brown and the late Eudell Beecher Brown. He was previously employed with Worth Monument and a member of Satilla Free Will Baptist Church. He is preceded…

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Mrs. Jeanette Shuman Bush, 88

Mrs. Jeanette Shuman Bush, 88, of Hazlehurst, died April 2 at Hazlehurst Court Care. Mrs. Bush was born Jan. 31, 1931, in Brantley County to the late William Archie Shuman Sr. and the late Mary Ella Altman Shuman. She was retired from Bank of Hazlehurst with 46 years of service and was a member of…

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Ms. JoAnna Dotson, 72

Services for Ms. JoAnna Dotson, who died April 2, were held April 7 at St. James AME Church with Pastor Joyce Batten delivering the eulogy. Other ministers service with Evangelist Dorothy Dotson, Pastor Willie Thomas and Brother Willie Eady. A selection was delivered by Sister Cynthia Burney and the family. Ms. Dotson was born Feb.…

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Mrs. Wilma Clements Ogilvie, 85

Mrs. Wilma Clements Ogilvie, 78, of Hazlehurst, died April 3 at Lumber City Nursing Home. Mrs. Ogilvie was born Oct. 17, 1940, in Winter Haven, Fla., to the late William (Bill) Clements and the late Irene Douglas Clements. She was a homemaker and a member of Philadelphia United Methodist Church. She is preceded in death…

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Miss Marvie Lee Rentz, 85

Miss Marvie Lee Rentz, 85, of Hazlehurst, died April 5 at Navicent Hospital in Macon. Miss Rentz was born July 19, 1933, in Appling County to the late Joe Marvin Rentz and the late Pauline McNeal Rentz. She was retired financial clerk with Lucent Tech and a member of Heritage Baptist Church. She is preceded…

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