Area News

Higgins Sworn In As New D.A.

With family, supporters, and local leaders in attendance, Keith Higgins was sworn in as District Attorney for the Brunswick Judicial Circuit Dec. 21. Superior Court Judge Stephen Kelley administered the oath at Glynn County’s Selden Park gymnasium with masked spectators in socially distanced seating. Higgins will take over as District Attorney Jan. 4. After thanking…

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Indictments Returned

The following indictments were filed by 2020 September Term Jeff Davis Grand Jury Dec. 21: The State of Georgia v. Gerald Jermain Wright; Count 1: Malice Murder; Count 2: Felony Murder; Count 3: Felony Murder; Count 4: Aggravated Assault; Count 5: Aggravated Assault; Count 6: Aggravated Assault. The State of Georgia v. Donald Alvin Brown,…

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Council Discusses Bonuses, Roundabouts, Delinquencies

By MARY ANN ANDERSON Santa Claus paid an early visit to Hazlehurst’s city employees, as the Hazlehurst City Council agreed in last week’s December work session to pay annual Christmas and safety bonuses. The council also approved several other motions during the busy Monday night work session and Thursday night regular session, including having the…

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Large Crowd Enjoys Christmas Program

The recreation department on the Baxley Highway was home to the first drive-in Christmas program Sunday. David and Gail Miller of Because He Lives have hosted a Christmas program for children in the area for the past 13 years. This year, the Millers were faced with the challenge brought on by the Coronavirus and had…

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Solar Powered Clinic Progressing

The shipping container conversion to a solar powered medical clinic is progressing at Hazlehurst First United Methodist Church. The $15,000 mission project is being spearheaded by the church youth and coordinated by the Rev. Bobby Gale’s Unto the Least of His ministry and when completed will be shipped to Ghana, Africa. Many folks are stopping…

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School Board Meets

At the December meeting of the Jeff Davis County Board of Education, Jeff Davis Pre-K Director Chris Campbell recognized the following students for having the most academic growth since August. ● Kate Mullis, Miquel Miranda – Mrs. Medders’ Class ● David Olvera, Fallyn Carter, Zaleigh Wooten – Mrs. Daughtry’s Class ● Isabel Zarraga, Samuel Lopez-Ramirez…

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Jeff Davis Hospital Ready For Vaccine

Jeff Davis Hospital CEO Barry Bloom said this week he expects the hospital will receive its first shipment of the COVID-19 vaccine in the next week or so as, currently, the larger hospitals in the state are of first priority. While Bloom said he probably knows about as much as the general public about the…

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Postmaster Winton Lacey Jr. Retiring

Hazlehurst Postmaster Winton Lacey Jr. has announced his retirement from the U.S. Postal Service effective Dec. 18. PM Lacey began his career with the Postal Service as a part-time flexible clerk in Vidalia in 1996. Four years later, he transferred to the Hazlehurst office. In 2010, he was promoted to Supervisor of Customer Services in…

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JD Forward Applicants Needed

The Hazlehurst-Jeff Davis Chamber of Commerce will kick off the JD Forward Leadership Academy 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 the community. JD Forward Leadership Academy is designed…

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Early Voting Is Brisk

Early voting was brisk at the Jeff Davis Courthouse this week as advanced voting for the Jan. 5, 2021, runoff election opened. Elections Supervisor Christy Riner said 207 voters cast early ballots Monday and, by 2 p.m. Tuesday, another 144 people had voted. Riner said social distancing is being enforced at the courthouse and officials…

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