Area News

Community Celebrates Veterans Day

The weather was perfect for Monday’s annual Veterans Day ceremony sponsored by the Jeff Davis County Veterans Association and held at Veterans Park on Tallahassee Street. This year’s event focused on women veterans and Debra O’Neal, a U.S. Navy veteran who is an officer with the Georgia Department of Veteran Services office in Lyons, was…

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Board Hears Nutrition Updates

Much of Monday’s Board of Education meeting was spent hearing an update on the School Nutrition Program by Director Janice Conley. Conley used a Power Point presentation to explain the school system’s breakfast and lunch programs, including the participation rates. She detailed the number of students who eat free at the schools, pointing out that…

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Hudgins, Hayes Named To Leadership Georgia

Two people with Hazlehurst connections have been chosen for the 2020 Class of Leadership Georgia. Greg Hudgins of Vidalia is a Georgia Power Local Manager whose area includes Hazlehurst and Jeff Davis County. Hudgins is active in the Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Hazlehurst Rotary Club. Danita Burkett Hayes of Baxley…

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Community Enjoys Boo Bash

Rains fell heavily for a few minutes last Thursday during the Boo Bash in downtown Hazlehurst. But it didn’t stop the children from collecting candy and enjoying the festivities. And it certainly didn’t dampen the spirits of those that enjoyed the evening of family fun.

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Stone, Leggett, Bloodworth win elections

In a light voter turnout Tuesday, Bayne Stone was reelected Mayor of Hazlehurst over challenger Eric Griffin by a 305-208 vote. In the Ward 3 Commissioner race, Diane Leggett outpolled Johnny Miles 69-51 and in the Ward 4 Commissioner race, incumbent John Bloodworth defeated challenger Rickey Phillips 100-51. Only 517 of the registered voters in…

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Veterans Day Ceremony Is Monday

The Jeff Davis County Veterans Association will again honor veterans at the annual Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. at Veterans Square Park on Tallahassee Street. The public is encouraged to attend the ceremony, which in part celebrates women in the military. Veterans Day began as Armistice Day to commemorate the end of…

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Hospital has new mammography equipment

Employees at Jeff Davis Hospital pride themselves on providing high quality care to patients, including a welcoming environment, knowledgeable staff and the best technology on the market. The hospital has implemented a new state-of-the-art mammography system to provide more accurate and more comfortable screenings. The Hologic 3 Dimensions mammography system transforms the patient experience several…

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Audit Reveals City’s Financial Problems

At the City of Hazlehurst’s October meeting, not much was said about the annual audit prepared by Henderson and Godbee, LLP, Certified Public Accountants of Valdosta. Because the council had to find a new accounting firm to conduct the audit after learning at the last minute that the previous accounting firm was no longer conducting…

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Serial Murderer, now 88, Still In Prison

By TOMMY PURSER The gray-headed, balding man stares at the camera, eyebrows arched high as if to hold up the sagging bags under his slightly squinting eyes — squinting, it appears, to better see the camera with his failing eyesight. His posture is a bit stoop shouldered, listing slightly to his right, pulling his unbuttoned…

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Bus Security Improves

Security for the Jeff Davis County School System’s fleet of buses continues to improve and at last week’s meeting of the Board of Education, Transportation Director Alvin Merritt showed board members how 13 new cameras recently installed have improved the department’s ability to monitor activity in and around the buses. Merritt said the cameras, purchased…

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