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Indictments Handed Down

Superior Court Judge Roger B. Lane received the following indictments from the March Term Jeff Davis County Grand Jury Dec. 28. The State of Georgia vs. Jeffery Dean Moore, aggravated child molestation and aggravated sexual battery. The State of Georgia vs. Jepheth J. Barnes, robbery by sudden snatching, possession of a handgun by person under…

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Wrap-Up of 2023

Jan. 4, 2023 There’s nothing like waiting until the midnight hour to complete a task, or in the case of the City of Hazlehurst and Jeff Davis County the noonday hour to come to an amicable agreement on the Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) distribution. The city and countywide until the last possible moment to…

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Stone’s Term Comes To An End

By MARY ANN ANDERSON Mayor R. Bayne Stone presided over last week’s workshop and regular monthly session of the Hazlehurst City Council for the last time as mayor. Stone, who served 12 years as mayor from 2008-12 and 2016-24 but was defeated in the last election by former Ward 2 Councilman John Ramay, offered a…

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Accolades at City Council Meeting

During last Thursday night’s last regular monthly meeting for 2023 of the Hazlehurst City Council, plenty of accolades were bestowed upon and among outgoing mayor R. Bayne Stone, Ward 3 Councilwoman Diane Leggett and Ward 4’s John Bloodworth. In their own words, here’s what they had to say. Former Ward 2 Councilman and Mayor-Elect John…

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Commission Helping Local Businesses Expand

The Jeff Davis County Commission last week approved final details to assist two local industries with multi-million dollar expansions. County Attorney Andy Ramay explained the details on bond sales that will enable Beasley Forest Products and Thompson Hardwoods to complete their planned expansions. Beasley’s expansion will cost $48 million and Thompson’s will cost $85 million.…

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A Special Letter To Santa

We’ve been taking Letters to Santa here at the Ledger for well over 50 years. Each year, a few make their mark as being outstanding, amusing, or entertaining letters. This year we received what we think is the best of those 50 years. The best of thousands of Santa Letters we received over the years.…

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Stinson’s Barbecue Namesake Dies

Stinson’s Barbecue. It’s “Love At First Bite.” For more than four decades, that name has become synonymous with good food, whether it be barbecue, hamburgers, chicken, stuffed baked potatoes or anything else on the menu at the small restaurant on the Golden Isles Highway in Lumber City. John Freeman Stinson Sr. and his wife Sherry…

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Worth chosen as Schools Chief Financial Officer

The Jeff Davis County Board of Education Monday night approved the recommendation from School Superintendent Dr. Chris Roppe to hire Hazlehurst native Joshua Worth as the new Chief Financial Officer to replace long-time CFO Betty Corbitt who retired recently after 18 years on the job. Worth, who will begin his new position in January, is…

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Precinct Relocated

The Jeff Davis County Board of Elections & Registrars (BOE) relocated The Precinct Polling Place. Beginning with the March 12, 2024 Presidential Primary, Jeff Davis County voters in District 201, 301, 401, and 501, Southside Gymnasium Precinct should now visit The Library located at 189 E. Jarman Street to cast their ballots on election day.…

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Roberts Named Most Influential Leader

Georgia Trend recently released its Georgia 500 Most Influential Leaders List. For the second year, Coastal Pines Technical College President Lonnie Roberts was named to the list. Georgia 500 is a comprehensive list of local leaders around the state driving Georgia’s economy from the areas of arts, agribusiness, finance, communications, education, economic development, government, healthcare,…

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