Area News

Merritt Serving on USS Rhode Island

By Petty Officer 2nd Class Bryan Tomforde A Jeff Davis High School 2008 graduate and native of Denton is serving the U.S. Navy as part of a crew working aboard one of the world’s most advanced ballistic-missile submarines. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Hunter Merritt joined the Navy in 2009 and is a machinist’s mate…

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Council meets without proper notification

By TOMMY PURSER Editor-Publisher The Hazlehurst City Council was forced to rescind action taken last Thursday at a called meeting that was not announced as required by law. Or perhaps not. Council members met Thursday afternoon but failed to send notice of the meeting to the local newspaper as required by the Georgia Open Meetings…

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Conflict continues

Long-simmering conflicts between the Jeff Davis County Commission and the Jeff Davis County Board of Assessors continued last week at the commission’s December meeting. Issues began during the Public Comments section of the meeting when David Desousa of the Tax Assessors Board gave the commissioners copies of a contract with Georgia Mass Appraisal Solutions and…

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Board Okays Bond Sale

The Jeff Davis County Board of Education Monday night approved three bond resolutions to allow the school system to proceed with improvements approved by voters in the most recent Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (E-SPLOST) referendum. Bond Attorneys Jon Pannell and Bill Kemp discussed the bond sales with the board. Kemp explained the…

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School To Join USA High School Clay Target League

Members of the Jeff Davis County Board of Education want to arm students ….. in a safe, responsible manner through participation in the USA High School Clay Target League. At Monday night’s board meeting, the proposal of establishing a clay target team at Jeff Davis High School was suggested by Board member Andy Ramay and…

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He Came For One Year, Stayed Here 53

By MARY ANN ANDERSON When Dr. Sidney Johnson hangs up his stethoscope, takes down his shingle, and closes his office on December 18, he’ll end his medical practice that began in Hazlehurst more than five decades ago. “It’s past time to retire,” says Johnson, who is Hazlehurst’s oldest and longest practicing physician. “It’s too hard…

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Chaneys Have Dreams For Downtown Hazlehurst

By MARY ANN ANDERSON Solving the mystery of how to draw people and businesses to downtown Hazlehurst after its heyday, one that seems to have peaked in the 1990s, has proven elusive. Until now, that is. That quandary may well be answered by a new generation of local visionaries who are seeking to preserve the…

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Evelyn Simmons Named Parade Grand Marshall

Evelyn Simmons of Hazlehurst, known as the woman who started Peaches to Beaches while she served on the Jeff Davis County Board of Tourism, has been chosen as the 2018 Christmas Parade Grand Marshal by the Hazlehurst-Jeff Davis Chamber of Commerce. The parade will be held Dec. 8 at 6:30 p.m. Evelyn was inspired in…

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Despite Rains, School Buses Ran Monday

Jeff Davis County schools were in session Monday. Normally, that’s not news. But after 7-8 inches of rain fell in the three rivers area Saturday and Sunday, schools were closed in most if not all surrounding counties Monday morning because buses couldn’t take their normal routes because of flooded and muddy roads. County Administrator Keith…

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JDHS Is High Performing School

It should come as no surprise that Jeff Davis High School is performing well compared to schools in the area and across the state. It is also the highest performing school of the system’s four K-12 schools. According to the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement’s latest School Grades Reports, Jeff Davis High School’s overall performance…

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