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City Continues Deficit Spending

In the Hazlehurst City Council’s August meeting, Mayor Bayne Stone gave the council a brief update on the audit for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2020 — completed almost a year after the end of the fiscal year. While it was announced that there were no findings in the audit, in fact there was…

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Four Injured In Explosion

Four people were injured, two seriously, in an explosion last Thursday at Hazlehurst Wood Pellets’ plant here. The two with serious injuries were transported by helicopters to a burn center and the other two were treated and released. According to Hazlehurst/Jeff Davis County Fire Chief Charles Wasdin, apparently some pellets in a cooling system became…

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Grand Jury Indicts Johnson

Attorney General Chris Carr announced the indictment of former District Attorney Jackie Johnson on charges of Violation of Oath of Public Officer and Obstruction of a Police Officer. As alleged in the indictment, the charges are related to the investigation surrounding the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery. “Our office is committed to ensuring those who…

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City App0lies For Grant

In a called meeting last Thursday, the Hazlehurst City Council completed paperwork to apply for a $50,000 grant to be used to purchase a new vehicle for the Hazlehurst Police Department. Plans had been formulated to purchase three vehicles using $150,000 from CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act funds and use the grant…

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Kemp declares Sept. 3 a state holiday

In an effort to promote COVID-19 vaccinations for state employees, Governor Brian Kemp has announced that Sept. 3 will be a state holiday. It is his hope that this will incentivize those current state employees who are unvaccinated to take the time to go get their COVID-19 vaccinations. All health department sites in the Southeast…

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City Concerned About Covid

By MARY ANN ANDERSON Not only is COVID rampant again across Georgia and the U.S., talk of it also dominated a major portion of last Monday night’s August workshop of the Hazlehurst City Council. Mayor Bayne Stone began that part of the meeting by pointing out that of the two dozen or so council members,…

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Johnson, Ramay Unopposed

Hazlehurst Ward 1 City Council member Dyane Johnson and Ward 2 Council member John Ramay were the only candidates to qualify to run in the 2021 city election. In Denton, incumbent Mayor Matt McCall drew opposition from Roman Coley Davis, and incumbent council members Hugh Don Smith, Sheila Wilcox and James Thompson were all unopposed.

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Hazlehurst Welcomes Home Greer

A small army of Jeff Davis Countians welcomed home one of their most beloved last Friday as Jeff Davis High School Principal Greer Smith returned to Hazlehurst after almost a month of hospital care battling a deadly COVID-19 virus infection. Smith’s battle was literally a brush with death. His journey began with a visit to…

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Hospital Out of Beds Due to COVID

With the surge of COVID-19 cases across the country, especially in the South — and in Georgia, especially in the southeast portion of the state — hospitals throughout the region are being strained. Jeff Davis Hospital in Hazlehurst is no exception. According to Jeff Davis Hospital CEO Barry Bloom, as of Tuesday morning all 25…

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COVID forces change to school operation

Because of the rise in COVID cases in the school system and the community, and based on the students and staff in quarantine, Jeff Davis County Schools have made changes in how the schools will operated. The schools will operate as normal through Aug. 19. All schools will be closed for students only Friday. Staff…

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