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Three Little Words — By John Reed

Three Little Words Duty. Honor. Country. Listening to the press coverage around the death of Queen Elizabeth II, those three little words—4, 5, and 6 letters—loom large as media pundits try to sum up a nearly century-long life. No one does pomp and ceremony like the British. Royal marriages and jubilees have graced our television…

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A Tradition of Dedication — By Dale Myers

A tradition of Dedication My first trip to Hazlehurst was a few days before Christmas, 1976. I checked into the Village Inn. It was the beginning of a chapter in my life that would last 14 years. I later moved to Hazlehurst with a new wife and started a family and calling this friendly community…

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Merritt is a blessed man

Jeff Davis Schools Transportation Director Alvin Merritt was a picture of a blessed man at Monday’s Board of Education meeting as he gave an update to the board on the transportation department. Merritt felt particularly blessed that eight new buses will be delivered to the school system in April, 2023, bringing the department to the…

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Wasdin makes unusual request to commission

Hazlehurst/Jeff Davis County Fire Chief Charles Wasdin made an unusual request of the County Commissioners at the body’s September meeting last Tuesday — he asked for money from the budget to purchase a new rescue truck for the fire department. What made the request so unusual is the fact that, for years, Wasdin has not…

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National FFA to honor Claxton

Todd Claxton of Hazlehurst was selected to receive the Honorary American FFA Degree given to those who advance agricultural education and FFA through outstanding personal commitment. The National FFA Organization works to enhance the lives of youth through agricultural education. Without the efforts of highly dedicated individuals, thousands of young people would not be able…

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Old Geezer Day is Sept. 24

Ole Geezer Day will be Sept. 24 at the Snipesville Community Center. There will be folklore and tales from the past told. The speaker will be retired Brigadier Gen. Darrell Lockaby. Menu will consist of barbecue pork and fried fish. Free admission, but donations are accepted.

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Mr. Robert ‘Doug’ Anderson Jr., 54

Mr. Robert “Doug” Anderson Jr., 54, of Hazlehurst, died Sept. 6 at East Georgia Regional Medical Center in Statesboro. Mr. Anderson was born Nov. 12, 1967, in Jeff Davis County. He is preceded in death by his father, Robert Douglas Anderson Sr., and was employed with Southeastern Freight Line. Doug was one of a kind,…

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Mr. James ‘Kelly’ Beach, 53

Mr. James “Kelly” Beach, 53, was born in Baxley and passed away Sep. 10 in Lawrenceville. Kelly will forever be cherished for his warmth, courage, enduring strength, quick laugh, love of life and especially his heart that held so much love for his family and friends. He particularly enjoyed rocking out with his guitar, fishing,…

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Mr. Kenny Courson, 64

Mr. Kenny Courson, 64, of Hazlehurst, died Sept. 6 at his residence. Mr. Courson was born Jan. 7, 1958, in Appling County. He is preceded in death by his daughter, Kathy Rebecca Courson, father, Tracy Courson, and brother, Glen Courson. He was retired from the City of Hazlehurst as maintenance supervisor and was a member…

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Mr. Simon Eugene Dawson, 65

Mr. Simon Eugene Dawson, 65, of Hazlehurst, died Sept. 1 at Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla. Simon Eugene Dawson was the youngest son of the late Will and Mae Dawson. He was a dedicated and faithful member of Oakland Baptist Church. He dearly loved his children. His greatest joy in life was being a “Pa”…

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