Area News

Indictments Handed Down

Violence against law enforcement officers were features of two indictments handed down by the September Term Jeff Davis County Grand Jury. Carlos Refugio Diaz was indicted on a count of obstruction of an officer. He is alleged to have kicked and struggled with a sheriff’s Deputy on Dec. 17, 2018, causing the officer to fall…

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County Has Short Meeting

It took less than 15 minutes for the Jeff Davis County Commission to conduct its business last week as the group quickly ran through its agenda. The commissioners tabled action on a suggestion by Blackburn Commissioner Hank Hobbs that the group adopt a code of conduct for the commissioners and visitors during commission meetings. When…

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JD Forward Leadership Academy Begins

The Hazlehurst-Jeff Davis Chamber of Commerce kicked off the JD Forward Leadership Academy last month with a team building and leadership retreat facilitated by Georgia EMC. The JD Forward Class of 2019 participants are Daniel Alejo (Arising Industries), Doug Alexander (Jeff Davis Middle School), Rory Chaney (Hazlehurst Main Street), Mike Coleman (SunOne Logistics), Noemi Garcia…

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Search Begins For New Superintendent

The search for the next Superintendent of the Jeff Davis County School System is underway. Feb. 7, the Board held its first planning session with representatives of King-Cooper and Associates, a Georgia firm that will assist the Board with the search. The Board approved a tentative timeline that includes a deadline of March 8 as…

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Students Earn VSU Scholarships

Thirty-eight high school juniors and seniors were recently welcomed into the Valdosta State University Sullivan Scholar Program, which recruits and educate high-quality teachers for rural schools in Georgia by offering college scholarships to future educators. The new Sullivan Scholars — representing 17 school districts throughout the state — will begin attending VSU in Fall 2019…

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Earns Standing Ovation

While attending the SEUS Honor Band Clinic at Troy University this past weekend, Shelby Kerns placed first in a solo competition. She was a finalist among three other students who had submitted a recording several weeks prior to this event. Because of her magnificent performance, Shelby was able to perform a solo with Troy piano…

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It’s Baseball Time Again

The 2019 Jeff Davis High School baseball season opens Feb. 7 at 6 p.m. with a home scrimmage against Pierce County. And next Tuesday the regular season begins with a home encounter against Bleckley County, also at 6 p.m. It will be a busy week for the Jackets, who have only one senior on the…

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Three Arrested In 2014 Double Murder

The Hazlehurst Police Department and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation have charged three men with felony murder in connection with the 2014 deaths of Javonnie Mondrae Chambers and his mother, Mary L. Chambers. Gerald Jermaine Wright, 41, was served with his warrant at Baker Correctional Institution in Sanderson, Fla. Robert Benjamin Brown, 35, was served…

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Teachers of the Year

School officials held a banquet Feb. 22 at First Baptist Church in honor of the system’s Teachers of the Year. Pictured from left are Cindy Corbitt, representing Jeff Davis High School; Shannon Evans, representing Jeff Davis Primary School; Angela Carter, representing Jeff Davis Pre-K; Tina King, representing Jeff Davis Middle School; and 2019 System-wide Teacher…

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Volunteer Firefighters Needed

In an effort to improve public safety and lower homeowners’ fire insurance rates, the Jeff Davis County Commission last year had three new rural fire stations built. But that improved safety and lowered fire insurance rates may not be realized if Fire Chief Charles Wasdin can’t overcome the problem he has been having signing up…

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