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Jeff Davis Sheriff Preston Bohannon has announced that as a result of several drug investigations, intense drug suppression efforts, by investigators and deputies, several suspects have been arrested in Jeff Davis County on the following charges: Skylar Dakota Dykes of Hazlehurst was charged with sale of Methamphetamine. Taquanita Evette Hornsby of Hazlehurst was charged with…

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Frustrations Aired At Council Meeting

By MARY ANN ANDERSON Last week’s called meeting of the Hazlehurst City Council may have begun as what Ward One Councilman Dywane Johnson termed a “fireside chat” to discuss finances, but it evolved into one not quite of contentiousness but more of frustration about the city’s overall fiscal health. Johnson specifically pointed out, among other…

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County Commission Hears Updates

At last week’s meeting of the County Commission, heads of various departments gave the commissioners updates on the work they have been involved in. After a moment of silence to remember those who died on the 17th anniversary of the Twin Towers terrorist attack, Joint Development Authority Executive Director Andrea Taylor kicked off the presentations.…

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Grand Jury Returns Indictments

  The Jeff Davis County Grand Jury last week indicted 17 people last week for a wide range of offenses. Scarlett Loraine Zanders was indicted on two counts of obstruction of an officer, interference with government property, and possession of less than an ounce of marijuana. The obstruction charges come from Zanders allegedly hitting an…

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Student Demographics changing in Jeff Davis County

The student demographics in the Jeff Davis County School System have been changing substantially over the past 11 years, particularly through the increase in Hispanic population in the county. That’s what School Superintendent Dr. Stan Rentz told the Board of Education at Monday’s September Board meeting as he shared a bar graph of the student…

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Badly Needed Bye Week

It’s bye week for the Jeff Davis High football team and an extra week of rest is something badly needed by the Yellow Jackets. Injuries are at a staggering number as 21 players have been sidelined or seeing diminished playing time as their wounds heel. Coach Lance Helton enumerated the injuries this week. The team…

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‘Happy Spending’ Has City In Trouble

By MARY ANN ANDERSON “We are spending too much, and we have to live within our means.” That’s the directive that City of Hazlehurst accountant Tammy Metts Dyal issued to the Hazlehurst City Council during a called meeting on Tuesday morning. During the hour-long meeting, cool heads prevailed although the focus was on the hot…

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Meeting Slated To Address Downtown Area

A meeting is planned to discuss development in downtown Hazlehurst Sept. 13 at 11:30 a.m. Those interested in future planning for downtown Hazlehurst are invited, especially business owners, property owners and investors located in downtown. JoAnne Lewis, who started the Main Street program in Douglas, and currently serves on the Douglas Downtown Development Authority, will…

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“Done Deal” Isn’t So Done

Members of the Hazlehurst City Council attended last Tuesday’s meeting of the Jeff Davis County Commission where Mayor Bayne Stone gave a presentation on his plans to build a facility to house this area’s Georgia State Patrol station. While Stone asked the commissioners to authorize him and Commission Chairman Jerry Wooten to open a $500,000…

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School Board Honors Lewis

Jeff Davis County Roads Department Supervisor Robert Lewis is earning a reputation as a team player who does everything he can for the betterment of Jeff Davis County. And at the Jeff Davis County Board of Education’s August meeting, School System Transportation Director Alvin Merritt publicly expressed his appreciation for Lewis’ work by honoring him…

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