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Remembering Buddy — By Tommy Purser

By TOMMY PURSER I’ve had Buddy Bennett on my mind a lot lately. The former Jeff Davis High head football coach landed in Hazlehurst in 1978, taking the reins of a program that had just completed what, at that time, was the most successful year of football in the history of the school. I liked…

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Altamaha Bank ATM Machine Robbed

The City of Hazlehurst Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are investigating the theft of $139,000 from an Altamaha Bank ATM in Hazlehurst. According to Police Chief Ken Williams, on Jan. 6 at 12:23 a.m. at least three individuals wearing masks or face coverings, hoods, sweatshirts and gloves, stole a pickup truck from…

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Qualifying Fees and Dates

City of Hazlehurst Supervisor of Elections Christy Riner this week announced qualifying fees and important dates for the 2023 City of Hazlehurst elections set for Nov. 7. On the ballot will be the Mayor’s race and elections of council members from Wards 3 and 4. Qualifying fee for Mayor is $360 and the qualify fee…

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Mrs. Eula Mae Drawdy, 85

Mrs. Eula Mae Drawdy, 85, of Hazlehurst passed away Jan. 6 at Lumber City Nursing Home. Ms. Drawdy was born Aug. 21, 1937, in Baxley to the late William Horace Yarbrough and the late Minnie Lee Hall Yarbrough. She was a retired secretary for the engineering department of Amoco Fabrics. She was a member of…

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Mr. Charles Michael Dunn, 38

Mr. Charles Michael Dunn, 38, of Snipesville passed away Jan. 5 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Mr. Dunn was born on June 25, 1984, in Augusta. He had a passion for music and loved to sing and play the guitar. He was also an avid bass fisherman. His biggest pleasure in life came…

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Mr. John Michel Stewart, 66

Mr. John Michael Stewart, 66, of Hazlehurst, died Jan. 7 at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. Mr. Stewart was born Jan. 1, 1957, in Jeff Davis County. He is preceded in death by his father, John Daniel Stewart, mother, Lon Dae Norman Stewart, and stepdaughter, Chanda Rena Sears. While attending Jeff Davis High School, he…

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Pity Party — By Tommy Purser

Bear with me as I engage in a pity party in this space. I am happy to put 2022 in my rear view mirror. It was not the best 12 months of my 75 years, both personally and as the owner of this small town newspaper. I lost a lot of friends in 2022. People…

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Notable Deaths In 2022

Ms. Geraldine James Cue died Dec. 31, 2021, at the age of 75. Ms. Cue was the funeral director and co-owner of Thornton’s Funeral Home. Former Jeff Davis High School football coach and Jeff Davis High graduate Royce Cecil Morris died Jan. 5 at the age of 84. Hazlehurst native, Dr. Joseph Dewayne Handsome (affectionately…

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Finally! City, County Reach Agreement

By MARY ANN ANDERSON There’s nothing like waiting until the midnight hour to complete a task, or in the case of the City of Hazlehurst and Jeff Davis County the noonday hour to come to an amicable agreement on the Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) distribution. During last Friday’s called meeting of the Hazlehurst City…

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Roundup of 2022 Ledger News

Jan. 5 Local and national weather services were caught by surprise when a surprise tornado ripped across southern and eastern Jeff Davis County, doing extensive damage in some areas. Chandler Davenport and Garrison Miles represented Georgia Southern University in the 2021 National College Cornhole Championship in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Offensive lineman Nate Lewis and linebacker…

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