Area News

Chamber Awards Annual Honors

By MARY ANN ANDERSON The Hazlehurst-Jeff Davis County Chamber of Commerce celebrated its growth, welcomed new members, and handed out a host of awards at its annual dinner at Twisted Pine Golf Course last Tuesday. A crowd of about 200 attended the event, including elected officials, business and community leaders, local residents, and chamber volunteers.…

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Efstathiou is new JDHS Band Director

The Jeff Davis County Board of Education last week hired a new band director from Florida with a strong connection to Jeff Davis County. Nicholas Efstathiou, whose wife is the former Kelly Seebeck of Hazlehurst, was offered the job as JDHS band director at a Feb. 28 called meeting of the board. He has accepted…

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Grand Jury Returns Indictments

The September Term, 2018, Jeff Davis County Grand Jury returned four indictments last week. Nicholas Jamal McCall was indicted on a charge of sale of methamphetamine on March 21, 2018. Christopher Trai McCall was charged with violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act, trafficking methamphetamine and possession of marijuana, less than an ounce. The first…

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Sentences Handed Down In Court

District Attorney Jackie Johnson announced that from the Feb. 25 criminal trial calendar in Jeff Davis County, 31 cases were resolved by guilty plea or pre-trial diversion agreement. Superior Court Judge Roger B. Lane sentenced the following to serve time in prison at the recommendation of the State: Brian Jimenez Chavez, 31, was convicted of…

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City Wants County To Help With Water Project

By MARY ANN ANDERSON During last Friday’s rare joint meeting of the Hazlehurst City Council and Jeff Davis County Commissioners, Mayor Bayne Stone, as lead spokesman for the group, spurred all of the officials to begin the process of developing a collaborative and coordinated plan to add to and refurbish the city’s outdated and antiquated…

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Wall Cloud Mistaken For Tornado

Images circulated on social media over the pass few days were said to be photos of a tornado in Jeff Davis County. But Jeff Davis County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Charles Wasdin said the phenomenon was not a tornado but, rather, a wall cloud. Wikipedia defines a wall cloud as “a large, localized, persistent, and…

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Chanleigh Underwood earns 3rd Master 4-H Status

“Glitz and Glam, Let’s Show Some Ham” was the title for a Cloverleaf DPA speech for 5th grade 4-H member, Chanleigh Underwood in 2014. She presented the project in Pork Production where she placed 1st. Chanleigh was new to the presentation side of 4-H, but she was no stranger to opportunities 4-H had to offer…

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City Again Didn’t Uphold Agreement

By MARY ANN ANDERSON During last Monday night’s work session of the Hazlehurst City Council, Mayor Bayne Stone and Stanley Sellers, who owns Yellow Jacket Car Wash at the intersection of North Williams Street and Highway 341, fell into a sometimes heated exchange over issues related to a 2016 drainage agreement signed by both the…

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Deputy Lacey Injured In Accident

Jeff Davis County was hit with a rash of traffic accidents last week, including one accident seriously injuring Jeff Davis County Sheriff’s Deputy David Lacey. The accident injuring Lacey occurred last Friday morning on the Douglas Highway. Lacey was driving a Jeff Davis County Sheriff’s Department vehicle. Details are sketchy as the Georgia State Patrol…

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School Children Helping Downtown

Jeff Davis Elementary School Counselor Roxie Crosby brought four students to last week’s Board of Education meeting to explain the school’s 7 Mindsets project to brighten up the Hazlehurst downtown area as part of the Be The Light Mindset. Rory Chaney preceded the presentation by explaining to the board the Hazlehurst Mainstream plans to improve…

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