Area News

Trio Indicted For 2014 Double Homicide

The Jeff Davis County Grand Jury last week returned murder indictments against three men charged in the 2014 shooting deaths of a Hazlehurst man and his mother, and returned a second degree murder charge in connection with the 2020 death of a 3-month-old infant. Indicted for the shooting death of Javonnie Mondrae Chambers, 41, and…

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Board Hires New Staff Members

At a called meeting last Friday, the Jeff Davis County Board of Education approved recommendations to hire 18 staff members and other personnel. The board voted to not renew the school system’s custodial contract with ABM Advance Cleaning Services and agreed to open a position for a school social worker. The retirement of Patsy Crumpton…

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Eagle population growing

The number of bald eagles in the lower 48 U.S. states — a population once on the brink of extinction — has quadrupled in the last dozen years to more than 316,000, federal wildlife officials say, despite steep declines in other American bird populations. Mark Bush of Hazlehurst wouldn’t find that fact unusual as he…

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Drive-In Clinic Held

The Southeast Georgia Health District and the Jeff Davis County Health Department held a drive-in vaccination clinic in Hazlehurst Tuesday as people wanting to get a shot of the COVID vaccine could schedule appointments and drive to the health department and get their shots without having to leave their vehicles.

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No One Injured In School Bus Fire

A potential catastrophe was avoided last Friday afternoon when a Jeff Davis County Schools bus caught on fire with students still on board. The bus driver, Portia Cappers, got all the children off the bus with the help of volunteers in the area who saw what was happening. School Superintendent Dr. Chris Roppe said Cappers…

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Vaccination clinic available

The Southeast Health District and the Jeff Davis County Health Department will host a drive-through COVID-19 vaccination clinic open to all Georgians aged 18 and older. The clinic will provide the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, a single dose vaccine. The clinic will be April 6 at the Jeff Davis County Health Department, at 30…

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Leaders work on comprehensive plan

Local leaders met Tuesday morning at the Hazlehurst Civic Center with representatives of the Altamaha Georgia Southern Regional Commission to begin the months-long process of developing a new five-year comprehensive plan for Jeff Davis County, Hazlehurst and Denton. The previous plan, completed in 2016, expires this year and the new plan will be used as…

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City gets some good news

By MARY ANN ANDERSON Plenty of good news for Hazlehurst came out of last Monday’s workshop and Thursday night’s regular meeting of the City Council. Monday night, Mayor Bayne Stone announced that he, the council members and others have put the wheels into motion for the Georgia Department of Driver Services to locate a Customer…

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Solar facilities among statewide initiative

[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following article appeared on the Jackson Electric Membership Corporation’s web site.] Three solar facilities that provide renewable energy to Jackson EMC have been completed, according to Green Power EMC, the renewable energy provider for 38 electric cooperatives in Georgia. With the completion of the facilities, 200-megawatts of solar energy can entirely serve…

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It’s School Board Week

The Jeff Davis County School District is joining in a statewide celebration this week to salute the efforts of local school board members. The week of March 15-19, 2021, has been proclaimed School Board Appreciation Week in Georgia. The weeklong observance calls attention to the contributions of local boards of education. “Citizens elect board members…

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