Area News

Final Murder Suspect Arrested

Last Thursday morning, Jeff Davis Sheriff Preston Bohannon and Chief Deputy Keith Rea apprehended Douglas Wooten, the last of four suspect’s wanted in the Jan. 4 shooting death of Marcos Ramirez. Sheriff Bohannon said the Sheriff’s Department received a tip Thursday morning that Wooten was at 221 Quick Stop on the Uvalda Highway purchasing beer.…

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Health District Distributing Vaccine

The Southeast Georgia Department of Health has announced plans to add adults aged 65 and older, law enforcement officers, firefighters and first responders to the group eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccine in Phase 1A. With much of the healthcare community having received their COVID-19 vaccine, the Southeast Health District will begin scheduling vaccine appointments for…

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Board Chooses Leadership

The Jeff Davis County Board of Education Monday night reelected Roger Ogilvie to a 2-year term as chairman and Andy Ramay to a 2-year term as vice chairman. Middle school principal Dr. Brent Coleman recognized the school’s boys cross country team and boys soccer team which won the 2020 conference championships. Members of the cross…

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Chamber Seeking Nominees

The Hazlehurst-Jeff Davis County Chamber of Commerce is asking for nominations to recognize individuals and businesses that strive to create an economically prosperous Hazlehurst-Jeff Davis County by nominating an eligible small business, industry, citizen, farmer or entrepreneur. The Lifetime Achievement Award is also presented. The Small Business of the Year award is reserved for a…

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Suspect sought in Monday shooting death

The Jeff Davis County Sheriff’s Department Tuesday was still trying to sort out the Monday night events on Mark Hall Drive that left one man dead from a gunshot. Sheriff Preston Bohannon said three people have been apprehended and questioned about the shooting but a fourth suspect who is still at large may be able…

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A review of 2020

What a bad year 2020 was. While we would probably be better served to put the year out of mind, here’s a look back at the top stories that appeared in the Jeff Davis Ledger over the past 12 months: January 1 Longtime Jeff Davis County State Farm Agent John W. Dawson Jr. died Dec.…

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Second family member dies on Hatton Still Road

Trence Leon “Terry” “Dirt” Jackson, 56, died Dec. 28 when the bicycle he was riding was struck by a vehicle on Hatton Still Road. In a cruel coincidence, the accident occurred only a matter of feet from where Jackson’s nephew, Ricky L. Jackson, 46, was killed by a hit and run driver in 2016. That…

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Campaign will keep money in Hazlehurst

At the Hazlehurst-Jeff Davis Chamber of Commerce, we’re always looking for innovative ways to grow our members’ businesses and build community. To that end, we’re excited to introduce the Shop JD Community Gift Card! Consumers can purchase the Card as gifts or for self-use, and companies can use it for employee rewards, anniversary gifts, customer…

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The Vaccine Has Arrived

Lumber City Nursing and Rehab held a COVID vaccine clinic Tuesday, hosted by CVS pharmacy. CVS provided the Pfizer product and will return in three weeks for the second injection.  Shown above is Dr. David Turfler getting his COVID vaccine application.

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Former Jacket Coach Phil Jones Dies

One of Jeff Davis High School’s most beloved football coaches, Phil Jones, has died at the age of 74. Jones began his long head coaching career in Hazlehurst in 1972 at the age of 24. He took over a Jeff Davis High football program that had suffered a 1-9 season in 1971, quickly turning around…

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