Area News

Marathon Meeting Addresses Budget

By MARY ANN ANDERSON After nearly two hours, several intermissions and often confusing dialogue, the Hazlehurst City Council passed its 2021-22 budget in a called meeting last Wednesday morning. According to a draft copy of the total budget handed out prior to the meeting, the $5,739,579 in expenses outweighed the $5,433,888 in revenue by $305,691.…

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Hearing On Downtown Set

Working with Rory Chaney of Hazlehurst Main Street, the Heart of Georgia Altamaha Regional Commission has scheduled a meeting to serve as a public hearing for the Hazlehurst Downtown Development Plan. The plan will be crafted in pursuit of the upcoming Rural Zone Application, which is to be submitted on behalf of the City of…

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Pandemic Leads To Overdue Water Bills

By MARY ANN ANDERSON Last week, the Hazlehurst City Council discussed at length the budget for the Water and Sewer Department, noting that the new one is $2,018,445 over last year’s $1,552,000. Deputy Clerk Lorrie Williams and Stone explained that part of the budget issue is overdue water bills stemming from the pandemic, which caused…

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City Struggles With Golf Course

By MARY ANN ANDERSON More than a dozen motions unanimously flew through last week’s workshop and regular session of the Hazlehurst City Council, but some not without controversy, especially in discussing the 2021-22 budget. The preliminary $3.94 million budget was crafted with a $298,348 combined shortfall in the general fund and Hazlehurst Municipal Golf Course,…

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Spadoni speaks at Memorial Day ceremony

The Jeff Davis County Veterans Association will hold its annual Memorial Day ceremony May 31 at 10 a.m., at Veterans Square Park on South Tallahassee Street to honor those veterans who lost their lives in defense of America’s freedoms. The keynote speaker is Kendra LaBarge Spadoni, a veteran of the U.S. Army and an active…

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Hazlehurst Native Is Chair of Ports Authority

Monday, the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) board elected new officers for the coming fiscal year and reported a 38 percent increase in container trade for the April. Hazlehurst native and Jeff Davis High School graduate Joel Wooten will serve as chairman, Kent Fountain as vice chairman, and Alec Poitevint as secretary-treasurer. “Joel Wooten’s eight-year tenure…

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Satilla REMC to provide rural broadband

More than 57,000 south Georgia rural homes and businesses will have access to reliable, affordable, high-speed fiber broadband service through a new partnership announced today by Satilla Rural Electric Membership Corporation (SREMC) and Conexon Connect. The Alma-based electric cooperative selected Conexon Connect to launch a world-class 6,000-mile fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network to 100 percent of its…

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Two Charged In Murder

Hazlehurst Police Chief Ken Williams reported this week that, last Wednesday at approximately 9:20 p.m., the Police Department responded to the intersection of Hazel and Girtman streets in reference to gun shots being fired. Officers found Kelsi Burns, 36, suffering from gun shot wounds. Burns was transported to Jeff Davis Hospital where he was pronounced…

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Drug Related Arrests Made

The Jeff Davis County Drug Unit with assistance from the Hazlehurst Police Department began concentrated patrol and other covert operations targeting dangerous drugs from January – March, 2021. As a result, more than two dozen people have been arrested and charged with felony drug possession, distribution and firearms charges. This level of enforcement will continue…

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Grant Helps Police Department

Since fire destroyed the Jeff Davis EMS and Jeff Davis E-911 Building earlier this year, mobile hand-held radio communications for the Hazlehurst Police Department have been touch and go. ‘After speaking with numerous radio communication specialists, the solution to fix the department’s radio communication problems was to purchase an in-car repeater which would be installed…

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