Area News

Vets Present Scholarships

Pictured from left are Veterans Association Vice President Tracy Page, Charles Marchant, Wanda Marchant, Burch Wilcox, Teresa Wilcox, Sheila Marchant, Zack Marchant, Colby Marchant, Committee Chairman Carroll Walker, Secretary-Treasurer Brian Newell, veteran Bill Prince, and President Roy Anderson. Pictured from left are Veterans Association Vice President Tracy Page, President Roy Anderson, Diane Crosby, Chloe Crosby,…

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JDA Looking To Expand Property

The Jeff Davis County Commission is considering turning over the environmental building off the Douglas Highway, formerly used for statewide community health training, to the Joint Development Authority of Jeff Davis County, Hazlehurst and Denton (JDA). JDA Executive Director Andrea Taylor went to last week’s commission meeting to inquire about the matter, saying she has…

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Annual Fireworks Show Cancelled

Lonnie and Joann Waters wish to inform Friends and Families of Hazlehurst that the Fourth of July picnic and fireworks celebration out at their farm will be cancelled this year because of the Covid-19 virus. This celebration has been something they have enjoyed doing for the community for the last 16 years. Hundreds of families…

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$2 Million Airport Project

Work is to begin in mid-July on a $2 million project for improvements to the City of Hazlehurst Airport. According to Airport Director Cody White, the project will include three phases to overlay the runway, expand the existing taxiway and rehab the existing apron. Mayor Bayne Stone said he and his team are constantly looking…

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Silicon Ranch Expanding Again

Mortenson, a leading solar engineering, procurement, and construction firm this week announced it has begun building an 86 megawatt (MWAC) solar facility for Silicon Ranch in the Denton/Snipesville area. Once the project is completed, Silicon Ranch will provide the renewable power it generates at cost-competitive rates to Green Power EMC, the renewable energy supplier for…

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Memorial Day Ceremony Cancelled

Because of Governor Brian Kemp’s order to shelter in place until June 12, the Jeff Davis County Veterans Association’s annual Memorial Day program at Veterans Square Park has been canceled. The governor’s latest order is for those 65 and older or have underlying medical problems to continue staying at home, and most members of the…

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Jeff Davis Loses One Of Its Finest

One of Jeff Davis County’s finest citizens died Sunday at Navicent Health in Macon. Longtime educator B.H. Clayton died after suffering a stroke last week in Hazlehurst and being transferred to Macon by Lifeflight helicopter. He was 93. Mr. Claxton was born Nov. 15, 1926, in Jeff Davis County to the late Elzie Hubert Claxton…

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County Commission Meets

Following is information from the minutes of the April 21 meeting of the Jeff Davis County Commission: Due to the COVID-19 restrictions set in place by Governor Kemp, the Board of Commissioners could not allow more than 10 people in the meeting room. Therefore, the Board physically closed the meeting to the public and live-streamed…

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Jeff Davis Gets First COVID-19 Death

Jeff Davis County has had its first COVID-19 related death. As of April 28, Jeff Davis County had 14 individuals who tested positive for COVID-19, double the number from the previous week. Neighboring Appling County had a surge in reported cases over the past week as, according to an article from The Baxley News-Banner, the…

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Miller Running For School Board

David Miller has announced his candidacy for an At Large seat on the Jeff Davis County School Board. Miller, the son of the late Robert (Buster) and Muriel Miller, was born and raised in Jeff Davis County. A graduate of Jeff Davis High School, he served three years in the U.S. Army with tours in…

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