Area News

JD Forward Begins In February

The Hazlehurst-Jeff Davis Chamber of Commerce will again kick off the JD Forward Leadership Academy this year in February. The Chamber is seeking nominations for the class. The JD Forward Leadership Academy is an eight-month program offering an intensive and up-close look at the most challenging issues and opportunities facing our community. JD Forward Leadership…

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Callahan’s is Small Business of the Quarter

Congratulations to Renasant Bank Small Business of the Quarter Callahan’s Nursery. Callahan’s Nursery has been open in Hazlehurst-Jeff Davis County for 43 years. Oscar Callahan learned about plants from his father, Bud Callahan, and has passed on his love of plants and landscaping to his son Mark, who now runs the business. The family-owned business…

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Solomon’s book published

Around mid-June, 2019, a longtime Jeff Davis County resident, Glen Solomon, who was a well-known sportsman and author of short stories, gave Bill Prince a manuscript for a book he was writing. Bill is also a Jeff Davis County resident, Executive Minister at Biblical Principles, Inc., a Hazlehurst based non-profit organization. Glen wanted Bill to…

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Chamber will have membership luncheon Jan. 23

The Hazlehurst-Jeff Davis Chamber of Commerce will host its first membership luncheon in 2020 Jan. 23 at noon at Twisted Pine Golf Course. Chamber members and non-members are invited for an update on what’s happening in Hazlehurst-Jeff Davis County and to hear more about the state of healthcare. Jeff Davis Hospital CEO Barry Bloom will…

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City Blows Its Budget — Again

By MARY ANN ANDERSON At its first meeting of the new year, the Hazlehurst City Council welcomed Ward 3’s Diane Bass Leggett, its newest member, in an early morning swearing-in ceremony. Almost immediately afterward, the council gathered in a called meeting to discuss the 2019-20 budget before going into closed session to discuss personnel. Even…

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Leaders to attend Okefenokee Occasion

Local leaders will make their annual trip to Atlanta during the first week of the 2020 legislative session. If you would like to attend, there are five spots available with local leaders. The visit includes a legislative dinner the evening Jan. 14 and the Okefenokee Occasion the evening of Jan. 15. The annual event provides…

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Mrs. Weta Fales dies at 87

Mrs. Weta Janette Mathews Fales, 87, who operated Fales Furniture Company in Hazlehurst along with her late husband Bill Fales and her grandson Cole Harrison since 1963, died New Year’s Day at her home. Mrs. Fales and her husband, the Rev. William Daniel “Bill” Fales, founded Fales Furniture Company and moved it to Hazlehurst in…

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John Dawson died at 76

Longtime Jeff Davis County State Farm Agent John W. Dawson Jr. died Dec. 27 at the age of 76. A Telfair County native and graduate of Lumber City High School, Dawson began his 46-year career with State Farm Insurance in Hazlehurst in 1973. The Army veteran was a member of Hazlehurst First Baptist Church where…

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City Government, Athletic Success Top The News In 2019

Jan. 2 In a look back at 2018, the City of Hazlehurst battling financial difficulties and highly successful high school sports programs were two of the highlights of the news during 2018. Wanda and Ken hurley were the grand marshalls at the Snipesville New Year’s Day Parade. Jan. 9 While only one item was on…

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Council says farewell to Griffin

By MARY ANN ANDERSON The Hazlehurst City Council, in last Monday’s short 15-minute workshop and last Thursday’s regular meeting, passed several motions that took care of end-of-the-year housekeeping including approving annual training and meeting schedules. But the meetings were also the last of Ward 3 Councilman Eric Griffin, who served in the elected post for…

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