Area News

Council Making Room For Cremains

By MARY ANN ANDERSON Ashes to ashes. Dust to dust. That could have been the title for an agenda item during last week’s April meeting of the Hazlehurst City Council. The council offered lengthy discussions during both Monday night’s work session and Thursday night’s regular session on updating the cemetery ordinance to focus more on…

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Roppe Is Sole Finalist For Superintendent

The Jeff Davis County Board of Education unanimously selected Jeff Davis High Principal Chris Roppe as the sole finalist for Superintendent of Schools to replace Dr. Stan Rentz who will retire at the end of the school year. The action was taken at Monday’s April board meeting. In bringing up the matter, Board Chairman Roger…

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Board Recognizes Coach Glass

The Jeff Davis County Board of Education Monday night recognized JDHS Baseball Coach Paul Glass for achieving his 400th victory in the Yellow Jacket baseball program. Athletic Director Roger Metts addressed the board, explaining that Glass achieved the milestone in 20 years as a head coach, all at Jeff Davis High School. He said it…

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Spend Your Tax Refund At Home

April 15 has come and gone and with it the tax season. Many have received tax refunds and are contemplating what to do with the proceeds. One opportunity can take that refund from the past year and provide great benefits for the future. Donate the refund to Jeff Davis Hospital through the Georgia Heart Rural…

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Underwood Feted In Macon

Jeff Davis County 4-H member Chanleigh Underwood was honored during the Georgia Farm Bureau Evening of Champions March 29 in Macon. Underwood was recognized for winning the Grand Champion Market Gilt Award at the 2019 Georgia Junior National Livestock Show Feb. 23 in Perry. Underwood, a sophomore at Jeff Davis High School, was one of…

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LaRiccia Confronts Activist

State Rep. Dominic LaRiccia of Douglas, who represents a portion of Jeff Davis County in the Georgia House of Representatives, made Fox Cable News Network last week for his confrontation with Women’s Rights Activist and actress Alyssa Milano in the State Capitol last week. Ms. Milano was delivering to Governor Brian Kemp’s office a letter,…

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Pantry Dedicated To Rodney Harleston

Housed on the first floor of Daniel McLaughlin Therrell High School, Harleston’s Heart is more than a pantry. It is a continuation of the legacy of beloved social worker Rodney Harleston, who lost his battle to cancer on Nov. 9, 2018. “The closet’s inception was Principal Powell and Mr. Harleston’s idea for providing a means…

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Kirby is Georgia’s Class AA Player of the Year

Jeff Davis High School junior Ja’Queze Kirby was named to the AJC Class AA All-State First Team last year as a sophomore. This year, he repeated the honor and earned even more of an accolade: He was named Class AA’s Player of the Year. Kirby, ranked as a 3-Star small forward by Rival and 247Sports,…

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18 Apply For Superintendent’s Job

The Jeff Davis County Board of Education continues to work on selecting a new superintendent. Planning for the search began in February. Dr. Stan Rentz is retiring at the end of the school year. The board engaged King-Cooper and Associates, a superintendent search firm, as consultants for the search. The position was advertised with an…

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Pedestrian Struck and Killed

A 57-year-old Hazlehurst man was struck and killed by an automobile while he was walking in the roadway on a darkened South Cromartie Street. According to a report by the Georgia State Patrol, the accident occurred March 24 as Jose Luis Guzman-Gonzalez was walking in the middle of the southbound lane. There were no street…

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