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No Comment — By Tommy Purser

We ran a letter to the editor last week received via email from a Taylor Fernandes. The writer made some accusations that I, quite simply, did not believe were true. But I gave her her say and then added some of my personal knowledge of the local adults, school administrators, school officials, etc., who the…

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After Almost 5 Decades, Googes Calling It Quits

By TOMMY PURSER Sometime in 1972, Olen Googe stopped at Rentz Grocery on Jarman Street in Hazlehurst to get gas for his vehicle. Fresh off a 20-year career in the Air Force, the father of three young boys wanted to return to his hometown of Hazlehurst along with his wife, the former Mary Altman who…

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City Meeting Is Smooth, Quick

By MARY ANN ANDERSON Last Thursday’s regular monthly meeting of the Hazlehurst City Council moved along smoothly and quickly, with a host of motions passing unanimously, including funding half of an upgraded dispatch system for Hazlehurst-Jeff Davis County Fire-Rescue. “For some time, we’ve been having issues with our paging system as far as paging our…

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Local Traditions — By John Reed

Local Traditions Last Sunday I attended the homecoming service held at a local church. The day marked 147 years that church has been in existence, and the tombstones in the adjacent cemetery bore witness to the passing decades. There was certainly 147 years’ cooking experience on display at the dinner offered after the service. No…

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Sheriff’s Department Recognized For Work

  The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Coastal Georgia Violent Gang Task Force met with several agencies last week to recognized them for their assistance in one of the largest and most successful gang cases in the Southern District of Georgia and the United States in recent years. Dubbed “Operation Sandy Bottom,” the case indicted 48…

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Mrs. Chrystal East Beecher, 45

Mrs. Chrystal East Beecher, 45, of Hazlehurst, died Oct. 24 at Appling Health Care System in Baxley. Mrs. Beecher was born Dec. 3, 1975, in LaGrange. She is preceded in death by her mother, Mrs. Regina East, and brother, Rusty East. She was a homemaker, loved her family, loved gardening, she was a great care…

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Mr. Ryan Kent Harper, 56

Mr. Ryan Kent Harper, 56, of Hazlehurst, died of natural causes at his residence Oct. 19. Mr. Harper was born March 27, 1965, in Jeff Davis County. He is preceded in death by his father, Elzie Harper, sister, Gayla Harper and brother, Keith Harper. He was a perfectionist and lived his life to the fullest.…

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Mr. Ralph Lamar Walters, 73

Mr. Ralph Lamar Walters, 73, of Hazlehurst died Oct. 21 at his residence. Mr. Walters was born March 1, 1948, in Duval County, Fla. He was preceded in death by his father, Marcellus Colson Walters. He was the owner/operator of Barbara’s Blueberries. He was a former Deputy with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Department, owner and…

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Swainsboro Upends Jeff Davis 15-14

Swainsboro High’s football team came to Hazlehurst last Friday night, taking a 15-14 victory to end Jeff Davis High’s 8-game unbeaten streak and all but dash the Jackets’ hopes for a region championship. The Tigers are now 3-0 in Region 2-AA with a game on the road against Toombs County and a home contest against…

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Softball Team In Elite Eight

Jeff Davis High’s softball team made it to the final eight and a trip to Columbus this week for the Class AA State Tournament. The Lady Jackets earned the trip to the Elite Eight with a 2-0, 8-0 sweep of Banks County last week in Homer, and they now have four shutouts in four playoff…

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