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Three Charged In Shooting Death

The GBI has arrested and charged Kiel Smith, 25, of Lumber City, and Brad Smith, 18, of Lumber City, with aggravated assault and felony murder. Kaniya Maxwell Fletcher, 24, of Hazlehurst, was also arrested for conspiracy to commit a crime and felony murder. These crimes are related to the killing of Leceddrick Mitchell. On Jan. 1, the Hazlehurst Police Department asked the GBI to conduct…

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Land Will Run For Council

Former Hazlehurst Police Chief Steve Land this week made a formal announcement of his plan to run for the Ward 2 position on the Hazlehurst City Council in the March 12 City of Hazlehurst Special Election. In making his announcement, Land said, “I …. after much prayer and consideration, am proud to announce my candidacy…

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Teen’s Death Sends Shockwaves Thru Community

The death of popular high school senior Haley Elizabeth Ray, 17, sent shockwaves through the faculty and students at Jeff Davis High School this week. Miss Ray died last Friday from injuries she received in a vehicle accident in Telfair County. The Georgia State Patrol said details of the accident were not available as the…

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Storm Sweeps Through the County

Due to a severe weather warning for Southeast Georgia yesterday (Tuesday), the regularly scheduled meeting of the Jeff Davis County Commissioners was postponed until Thursday, Jan. 11, at 6 p.m. Jeff Davis Schools were closed Tuesday due to the impending weather and resumed today (Wednesday) as scheduled. The Monday afternoon report from the Georgia Emergency…

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Indictments Handed Down

Superior Court Judge Roger B. Lane received the following indictments from the March Term Jeff Davis County Grand Jury Dec. 28. The State of Georgia vs. Jeffery Dean Moore, aggravated child molestation and aggravated sexual battery. The State of Georgia vs. Jepheth J. Barnes, robbery by sudden snatching, possession of a handgun by person under…

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Wrap-Up of 2023

Jan. 4, 2023 There’s nothing like waiting until the midnight hour to complete a task, or in the case of the City of Hazlehurst and Jeff Davis County the noonday hour to come to an amicable agreement on the Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) distribution. The city and countywide until the last possible moment to…

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Stone’s Term Comes To An End

By MARY ANN ANDERSON Mayor R. Bayne Stone presided over last week’s workshop and regular monthly session of the Hazlehurst City Council for the last time as mayor. Stone, who served 12 years as mayor from 2008-12 and 2016-24 but was defeated in the last election by former Ward 2 Councilman John Ramay, offered a…

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Accolades at City Council Meeting

During last Thursday night’s last regular monthly meeting for 2023 of the Hazlehurst City Council, plenty of accolades were bestowed upon and among outgoing mayor R. Bayne Stone, Ward 3 Councilwoman Diane Leggett and Ward 4’s John Bloodworth. In their own words, here’s what they had to say. Former Ward 2 Councilman and Mayor-Elect John…

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Commission Helping Local Businesses Expand

The Jeff Davis County Commission last week approved final details to assist two local industries with multi-million dollar expansions. County Attorney Andy Ramay explained the details on bond sales that will enable Beasley Forest Products and Thompson Hardwoods to complete their planned expansions. Beasley’s expansion will cost $48 million and Thompson’s will cost $85 million.…

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A Special Letter To Santa

We’ve been taking Letters to Santa here at the Ledger for well over 50 years. Each year, a few make their mark as being outstanding, amusing, or entertaining letters. This year we received what we think is the best of those 50 years. The best of thousands of Santa Letters we received over the years.…

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