Area News

Three Named All State

The Jeff Davis High School Band and Band Director Charles Westman congratulate Abby Toler, Shelby Kerns, and Shelby Kertz on their acceptance to the Georgia All-State Honor Band tto be held at the Classic Center in Athens Feb. 28-March 2. This is the first time in Jeff Davis High School Band history that three students…

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Superintendent Rentz To Retire

At Monday night’s Board of Education meeting, Jeff Davis County School Superintendent Dr. Stan Rentz announced his retirement at the end of the 2018-2019 school year. Rentz thanked the board members for the confidence they placed in him adding that he was honored to have served as School Superintendent and was thankful to the board…

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Ricky Crosby Elected Commission Chairman

The first County Commission meeting of the new year began with disagreement as Vice-Chairman Ricky Crosby was elected the new chairman on a 3-2 vote. Commissioner James Benjamin motioned to appoint Crosby chairman, new Commissioner Vann Wooten seconded and Crosby called for the vote without allowing any discussion of the motion. Commissioners Hank Hobbs and…

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Community Leadership Will Meet

The Hazlehurst-Jeff Davis Chamber and Joint Development Authority will facilitate a gathering of Hazlehurst-Jeff Davis County leaders Feb. 5 at 2 p.m. at The Big House. Valdosta State University’s Center for South Georgia Regional Impact Executive Director, Darrell Moore, will be guest presenter. Mr. Moore will share available resources for local industry, economic development, health…

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Council Backs Out of “Handshake” Agreement

By MARY ANN ANDERSON While only one item was on the agenda for last Saturday’s called meeting of the Hazlehurst City Council, the time it took to discuss it clocked in at nearly two hours. The council met to talk about last-minute lease options on the former medical office of Dr. Sidney P. Johnson, a…

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Lease Agreement Signed Without Council Approval

By TOMMY PURSER Editor-Publisher At Saturday’s called city council meeting, the agreement between the Greene County medical services provider and the Hazlehurst City Council was repeatedly referred to as a “verbal agreement” and a “handshake agreement.” And Mayor Bayne Stone said several times that there was no contract signed to lease the building. But the…

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City’s Financial Woes Among Top Stories of 2018

A city battling financial difficulties and highly successful high school sports programs were two of the many highlights of the news during 2018. Here’s a look back at some of the news that made the Ledger during the past year: January 3 Jeff Davis High School sports programs lost one of its most faithful volunteers…

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31-year-employee loses insurance, salary

By MARY ANN ANDERSON At last Monday night’s Hazlehurst City Council workshop, Blan Williams, who has worked for the city for more than 31 years, most recently as supervisor of the water and sewer department, made an impassioned plea to the council to help him get several issues resolved regarding a January, 2018, accident when…

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Council Has A Busy Week

By MARY ANN ANDERSON The Hazlehurst City Council was busy last week, passing flurries of motions in the final regularly scheduled workshop and meeting of the year. During Monday night’s work session, a controversial resolution was passed as the result of the media not being informed of a called meeting the previous Thursday. During the…

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