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Dr. Shelly McBride Named Primary Principal

Dr. Shelly McBride was named the new principal at Jeff Davis Primary School at the Board of Education’s February meeting. Dr. McBride will take the place of current JDPS Principal Adam Kirby who was named Director of Facilities and Operations at the Board’s January meeting. Dr. McBride currently serves as Director of Curriculum and Professional…

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City’s Finances Are Dismal

By MARY ANN ANDERSON During last Monday night’s work session of the Hazlehurst City Council, Mayor Bayne Stone and council members voted unanimously that Ward 1 Councilman Dywane Johnson is this year’s mayor pro tem, which means essentially that he will take over the helm of city business if the mayor is absent or becomes…

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County Will Help Library

The Jeff Davis County Commission took the necessary steps to keep the Jeff Davis County Public Library open at its meeting last Tuesday. At the January meeting, the commissioners were informed that, because cuts had been made in the county’s share of operating funds to go to the library, the library did not have enough…

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Grand Jury Returns Indictments

The following indictments were filed by 2021 September Term Jeff Davis Grand Jury Feb. 18: The State of Georgia vs. Michael Benjamin Kersey, fleeing or attempting to elude officer and possession of methamphetamine. The State of Georgia vs. Newton Maurice Vann, aggravated assault and possession of knife during commission of a felony. The State of…

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Smith Will Run Again

Ocmulgee District Board of Education member Randy Smith this week announced he will seek reelection in the May 24 General Primary. In making his announcement, Smith said, “After much prayer and consideration, I am excited to announce that I am seeking reelection in the Ocmulgee District for Board of Education. As a qualified candidate seeking…

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Ogilvie Will Seek Re-Election

Roger Ogilvie is announcing his intentions to seek re-election to the Jeff Davis County Board of Education, County at Large. Roger has served on the Board of Education for 15 years and as the Chairman of the Board for the past nine years. Roger and his wife, Staci, have two children, who both graduated from…

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Schools Get Cognia Accreditation

Jeff Davis County School System has earned accreditation by Cognia™, a nonprofit organization that provides quality assurance for schools, school districts, and education service providers. Cognia, formerly AdvancED, nationally recognizes districts that meet rigorous standards that focus on productive learning environments, equitable resource allocation that meet the needs of learners, and effective leadership. Earning accreditation…

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Fight, Gunfire Mar Games

It was an eventful weekend for the Jeff Davis High School girls basketball team Friday and Saturday. Friday in Alma, the Lady Jackets defeated Bacon County 40-37 and, after a fight broke out between the Bacon cheerleaders and the Lady Jackets, the boys game was cancelled with some three minutes remaining in the first half.…

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Jeff Davis Has A New State Representative

With the newly redrawn district lines in Georgia, for the first time in many years all of Jeff Davis County is in one State House District. House District 157 includes all of Jeff Davis and Evans counties, about half of Appling County and almost all of Tattnall County. In the past, Jeff Davis County was…

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Jeff Davis Hospital Will Set Up Telfair Clinic

Jeff Davis Hospital we will be reaching across county lines to impact lives and build a healthy community in Telfair County. Jeff Davis Hospital Chief Executive Officer Barry Bloom recently attended a meeting of the Telfair County Board of Commissioners and made a presentation explaining how the hospital could provide services in Telfair County five…

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