Law Enforcement Officers Honor Kirby

Dozens of law enforcement vehicles and a few hundred officers converged on Hazlehurst last Wednesday to show their respects for one of their fallen. Jeff Davis Sheriff’s Department Investigator Duane Kirby was laid to rest following long battle with cancer. As the funeral procession, led by the flashing blue lights of dozens of law enforcement…

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1996 — A United America — By Tommy Purser

With the 2020 Tokyo Olympics set to open this week after a year of COVID delay, my mind has been wandering back to 25 years ago — July 13, 1996. If I had to come up with the top 10 experiences I’ve had in my 73 years, carrying the Olympic Torch during the prelude to…

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Dozens Arrested On Drug Charges

On June 24, the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, the Jeff Davis County Sheriff’s Office, the Jeff Davis County Drug Unit, the Georgia State Patrol and the Hazlehurst Police Department set up checkpoints to inspect motor vehicle operators and make sure everyone is driving safely. During these inspections, operators were in violation of several…

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School Board Has Short Meeting

Monday night’s meeting of the Jeff Davis County Board of Education was a short one as the board members present (Andy Ramay was not at the meeting) quickly disposed of the bulk of the agenda before going into closed session to discuss personnel. There was one rarity at Monday’s meeting — a split vote. The…

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Temper Flares Again At Council Meeting

By MARY ANN ANDERSON A sometimes-heated exchange about how to best spend $772,453 in funds the City of Hazlehurst received from the American Rescue Plan set off a profanity-laced kerfuffle between Mayor Bayne Stone and members of the Hazlehurst City Council during last week’s regularly-scheduled workshop. With Stone referring to ARP stimulus check as “Santa…

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Ogilvie gets EMS update to commission

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Director Roger Ogilvie gave the Board of Commissioners an update on his department at last week’s commission meeting, detailing how the department recovered from the January, 2021, fire that destroyed the EMS building and its fleet of ambulances, the E-911 offices and the Emergency Management Agency office. At the time of…

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COVID cases spiking?

From May 26 to June 13 — an 1-day period — there were no new cases of COVID-19 infections reported in Jeff Davis County as it appeared the battle with the deadly pandemic appeared to be waning. But from June 14 to July 19 — 35 days — there have been 23 more cases reported…

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Grand Jury returns indictments

The March Term Jeff Davis Grand Jury returned the following indictments July 12: The State of Georgia v. Dylan Ray Holder, Aggravated Cruelty to Animals. The State of Georgia v. Reuben Conley and Kenderick Alexander Conley, Trafficking Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute and Possession of Firearm during Commission of a Felony. The…

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Willie Pence to headline event

American Idol runner-up Willie Spence of Douglas will headline an evening of entertainment Aug. 7. Joining Willie will be Deanna Johnson of Hazlehurst, top 10 finalist on The Voice, and the Billy Rigsby Band of Tallahassee, Fla., a rhythm and blues band. The event will be held at The Cotton Patch Extreme, 495 Towns Bluff…

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Mr. Joshua Gregory Fussell, 16

Mr. Joshua Gregory Fussell, 16, of Denton, passed away July 12. Mr. Fussell was born Aug. 27, 2004, in Troy, Ala. He is preceded in death by his mother, Rebecca Lynn Holton. He was a student of Jeff Davis High School and he loved Sponge Bob and everything about him, even loved his Sponge Bob…

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