Area News

Jeff Davis Wall of Faces Now Complete

Efforts by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund resulted in photographs being obtained of all five Jeff Davis County soldiers who died in the Vietnam War. Last November, only two of the five photos had been found — SSgt. Jesse H. Hughes and Sgt. Jimmy H. Mercer. Shortly after a Nov. 14, 2018, news story in…

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Officer Assists Baby’s Birth

[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following story by Harley Strickland was taken from the WTOC-Savannah web site] A Hazlehurst Police Officer responded to an unusual call early Thursday morning: to deliver a baby. Amber Wood and her fiancé Efrain put their two children to bed Wednesday night. It wasn’t long after they went to bed, not knowing…

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Money Not There For Sidewalk

By MARY ANN ANDERSON For those residents who travel by foot or wheelchair from Hammock Homes just off the Douglas Highway to Jeff Davis Hospital, cheers went up when the City of Hazlehurst announced its new sidewalk projects that would link the two. At the same time, the city also said it planned to build…

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Drug Arrests Made

Jeff Davis Sheriff Preston Bohannon has announced that several drug-related arrests have been made in Jeff Davis County as a result of several drug investigations, intense drug suppression efforts by investigators and deputies. The suspects face the following charges: Isaiah Reuben Israel of Hazlehurst was charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute…

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Bloodworth to Run Again

John Bloodworth this week announced his intention to see re-election to the Hazlehurst City Council’s Ward 4 commission seat. In making his announcement, Bloodworth said: “I am an advocate for the interests of the people. I have fought for the people’s interests and will continue that fight for the people. “My voting record speaks for…

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Stone to Seek Reelection

Hazlehurst Mayor R. Bayne Stone, saying he wants to continue working to better Hazlehurst, has announced his intention for reelection. Stone served his first term as mayor from 2008 to 2012 and is now serving his second term since 2016. Candidate filing for the November election doesn’t begin until August, but Stone is excited about…

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Griffin will run for mayor

Eric Griffin this week announced his candidacy for Mayor of Hazlehurst in the Nov. 5, 2019, city election. Griffin has served the last 7 1/2 years as Ward 3 City Commissioner. A native and lifelong resident of Hazlehurst, he is a 1981 graduate of Jeff Davis High School and served in the U.S. Marines. He…

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Roppe Is New Superintendent

At an April 30 called meeting, the Jeff Davis County Board of Education made it official, unanimously approving Chris Roppe as the new School Superintendent to replace retiring Superintendent Dr. Stan Rentz. Two weeks earlier, the board had announced that Roppe was the lone finalist for the job and then waited the legally required 14…

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Commissioners Hear Updates

In their April regular meeting, the Jeff Davis County Commissioners heard updates from Roads Superintendent Robert Lewis and Tourism Director Jim Sewell. Lewis gave the Board an update on road projects throughout the county and said there is an ongoing project at the fairgrounds. Trash sites are running smoothly. The change in consultants on landfill…

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Silicon Ranch to begin $75 million expansion

The Joint Development Authority of Jeff Davis County, Hazlehurst, and Denton announced a significant capital investment in the community by Silicon Ranch Corporation, the U.S. solar platform for Shell and one of America’s largest independent solar power producers. The financial commitment exceeds $75 million and will fund two new solar plants in Hazlehurst and Snipesville,…

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