Trio Indicted For 2014 Double Homicide

The Jeff Davis County Grand Jury last week returned murder indictments against three men charged in the 2014 shooting deaths of a Hazlehurst man and his mother, and returned a second degree murder charge in connection with the 2020 death of a 3-month-old infant. Indicted for the shooting death of Javonnie Mondrae Chambers, 41, and…

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Board Hires New Staff Members

At a called meeting last Friday, the Jeff Davis County Board of Education approved recommendations to hire 18 staff members and other personnel. The board voted to not renew the school system’s custodial contract with ABM Advance Cleaning Services and agreed to open a position for a school social worker. The retirement of Patsy Crumpton…

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Eagle population growing

The number of bald eagles in the lower 48 U.S. states — a population once on the brink of extinction — has quadrupled in the last dozen years to more than 316,000, federal wildlife officials say, despite steep declines in other American bird populations. Mark Bush of Hazlehurst wouldn’t find that fact unusual as he…

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Drive-In Clinic Held

The Southeast Georgia Health District and the Jeff Davis County Health Department held a drive-in vaccination clinic in Hazlehurst Tuesday as people wanting to get a shot of the COVID vaccine could schedule appointments and drive to the health department and get their shots without having to leave their vehicles.

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Jackets win series against Bacon

Jeff Davis High dropped a 3-2, 8-inning game to Bacon County in the opening game of a 3-game series last Tuesday in Alma, but bounced back to nip the Raiders 7-6 Thursday in Hazlehurst in another 8-inning game and then closed out the series Friday with a 12-0, 5-inning win Friday in Alma. The games…

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Soccer Jackets are playoff bound

The Jackets and Woodville game started at a slow pace and Woodville surprised the Jackets with a quick transition that ended in a save from keeper Audiel Plascencia. The Jackets finally had a few shots that were wide or not close. The game took a turn for the worse for the Jackets when the Wolverines…

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Squirrel War II — By Tommy Purser

Squirrel War II is underway. Regular readers of this column may recall that, about a year ago, I wrote a column about the fact that our backyard squirrels’ nest-building activities relied on stuffing from the good wife’s outdoor furnishing cushions. They’d sneak onto the back porch, rip open a seat cushion, remove great quantities of…

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Where Was The Leadership? — By Tommy Purser

“We were elected to do what the people want.” That was what a county commissioner told me many years ago. It appears he slept through his American government class in high school. Our government is not a democracy, it is a republic. In a democracy, a majority of the people make all the decisions. In…

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As For Me And My House — By John Reed

As For Me And My House This wonderful scripture in Joshua chapter 24 comes in the middle of a longer passage about choices. Well worth a read, even in modern editions…the King James Version, translation errors aside, is still my preference. I thought of this phrase after getting into a flame war online. I’m embarrassed…

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No One Injured In School Bus Fire

A potential catastrophe was avoided last Friday afternoon when a Jeff Davis County Schools bus caught on fire with students still on board. The bus driver, Portia Cappers, got all the children off the bus with the help of volunteers in the area who saw what was happening. School Superintendent Dr. Chris Roppe said Cappers…

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