Area News

Work Continues on GSP Station

Work is proceeding slowly but steadily on the City of Hazlehurst’s project to build a new station for the area’s Georgia State Patrol Post. The new site is located on the Baxley Highway.

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Cemetery Needs Upkeep

A call from a citizen with loved ones buried at the City of Hazlehurst’s cemeter on the Lumber City Highway this week spurred us to take a trip to the cemetery to see for ourselves. The cemetery needs work …. lots of it. See Tommy Purser’s column in ‘Opinions’ for some ideas on how to approve…

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Construction Causes Traffic Congestion

The overpass construction on Larry Contos Blvd., aka The Bypass, is still in the early stages but its affecting traffic all over Hazlehurst. With the bypass closed to through traffic, vehicles have been rerouted to Cromartie and Tallahassee streets for north-south traffic. And Jefferson and Jarman street traffic has increased significantly also as motorists follow…

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Hazlehurst Spared Dangers In Other Cities

When summer comes and school is out, unsupervised teens can sometimes cause problems. Most of those problems are minor and mostly seen as the difficulties of growing up and maturing. But in some small Georgia cities, the problems have lately been escalating to the level of violence …. lethal violence. In Emanuel County, the City…

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Saunders Family Raising Self-Described Nerd

By MARY ANN ANDERSON At just 10 years old, academically-acclaimed Jeff Davis Elementary School student Nate Saunders finds science intriguing and fascinating. Nate, who will be in 5th grade in the fall, made a dramatic if not phenomenal showing at the Junior Beta Convention in Oklahoma City, Okla., in June. In fact, he won the…

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Council Insists Mayor Stick To Agenda

By MARY ANN ANDERSON Last Thursday night’s called meeting of the Hazlehurst City Council began with disappointment for Mayor Bayne Stone. Stone wanted to discuss the recent audit of the city finances, but his efforts were quashed when both Ward Two Councilman John Ramay and Ward Three’s Eric Griffin pointed out to the mayor that…

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Tilley named to UGA ’40 under 40′

Sen. Blake Tillery (R – Vidalia) was recently named to the University of Georgia’s “40 Under 40” Class of 2019 by the UGA Alumni Association. This program celebrates the personal, professional and philanthropic achievements of successful UGA graduates under the age of 40. “I am honored to be among the distinguished graduates of UGA being…

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Kersey Will Keep Funds For Collecting City Taxes

Georgia law makes it possible for county tax commissioners to enter into contractual agreements to collect taxes for municipalities in their counties. And receive personal payments for the service. Last year, like in most Georgia counties, the Jeff Davis County Tax Commissioner has collected the City of Hazlehurst’s taxes and the payments for the service…

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Hazlehurst Polling Place Could Reopen

The ACLU of Georgia attended the recent Jeff Davis County Board of Elections meeting to support a vote to reopen a closed, predominantly black polling location. According to a news release from the Georgia ACLU, in 2017, the board voted to close the Hazlehurst location, which had the highest number of registered voters as well…

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Twisted Pine Improving; Advisory Committee Resigns En Masse

During last Monday night’s workshop of the Hazlehurst City Council, the white elephant in the room that won’t go away raised its trunk once again. The city-owned Twisted Pine Golf Course has been on the agenda myriad times since the city took over the course from the county several years ago, primarily because it continually…

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