Area News

Pellet Plant Announces $40 Million Upgrade

When Hazlehurst Wood Pellets started in 2012, Fram Renewable Fuels contracted with Astec Industries to design, engineer, install and finance the construction of the Hazlehurst pellet plant. Fram began to experience engineering issues soon after they began the processing of pellets in 2013 at the Hazlehurst plant. Fram recently concluded its agreement with Astec and…

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Officials Prepping For Dorian

Local Emergency Management Agency officials and workers have been keeping a close eye on reports concerning Hurricane Dorian. But at a 2:30 p.m. Tuesday briefing, it appeared the storm will have minimal effect on Jeff Davis County. Jeff Davis EMA Director Charles Wasdin said Tuesday he expects some winds and rain, but nothing like what…

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JD Forward Class Graduates

The first class of the JD Forward Leadership Academy graduated last week with 10 participants from several area businesses and organizations. Participants were Daniel Alejo (Arising Industries), Doug Alexander (Jeff Davis School System), Rory Chaney (Hazlehurst Main Street), Mike Coleman (SunOne Logistics), Noemi Garcia (student at Valdosta State University), Kayla Herndon (Altamaha Bank & Trust),…

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Workforce Training Held

Jeff Davis County Workforce Development Board Members Keith Carter, Ashley McPherson Googe, Ramona Thurman, and Dr. Hank Hobbs, attended the Heart of Georgia Altamaha Workforce Development Board Training Retreat, Aug. 9-11 on St. Simons Island. The event is held annually to allow the Workforce Development Board members to identify key issues, develop detailed work plans,…

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City Qualifying Closes

The candidates are set for the Nov. 5 City of Hazlehurst election. And all three seats are opposed. Qualifying last week to run for mayor were incumbent Bayne Stone and Ward 3 Commissioner Eric Griffin. Qualifying for Griffin’s spot on the council, were Diane Leggett and Johnny Miles. And qualifying for the Ward 4 position…

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Show Your Jacket Pride Homecoming Week

Hazlehurst Rotary Club encourages local merchants to show their Jacket Pride during Homecoming Week. Submit the photo of your decorated business to hazjdcoc1/bellsouth.net by Sept. 16 at noon, make sure you include employees in their Jacket attire! Participation fee is $50 per entry. All proceeds go toward purchasing coats for Jeff Davis County students in…

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Council Holds Off On Beasley Decision

By TOMMY PURSER Editor-Publisher At a called meeting Monday night, the Hazlehurst City Council put on hold a decision on whether or not to proceed with the project to run water lines to the Beasley Forest Company site on the Uvalda Highway. But it wasn’t easy. Mayor Bayne Stone heatedly expressed his frustration that, verbally,…

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Council Has A Busy Week

By MARY ANN ANDERSON During last week’s workshop and regular session of the Hazlehurst City Council, the mayor and council unanimously passed a flurry of motions resulting from busy albeit rare two-page agendas for each meeting. Among the highlights of last Monday’s work session, Fire Chief Charles Wasdin presided over a pinning ceremony in which…

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Commission Hears About Insurance

The Jeff Davis County Commission last week heard an update on the newly hired company to handle the county’s health insurance. Timerie Powell went over the procedures used to find the best health care insurer, how the employees had been educated on the benefits package, that an open access website had been created and an…

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