Area News

Bridge work continues

The SR 135 (Uvalda Highway) Bridge over the Altamaha River is underway in Jeff Davis County. So far, contractors have completed the pile, footers, and columns on all the bents within the river bank. Traffic should transition to the new bridge in Spring 2021 with the new boat ramp coming later that summer.

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It’s Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Last week, Hazlehurst Mayor Bayne Stone and Jeff Davis County Commission Vice-Chair Vann Wooten signed a proclamation declaring September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Mayor Stone and Vice-Chair Wooten were joined by Drew Hughes of Hazlehurst whose daughter Braylynn Hughes suffered from childhood cancer. Gold bows are being placed at businesses around town to help…

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Higgins will be on ballot

After nine months of campaigning, Keith Higgins has officially been added to the ballot as a candidate for District Attorney in the Brunswick Judicial Circuit. “Thanks to the hard work and efforts of everyone who circulated and signed petitions, we’re on the ballot,” Higgins said. “The voters of the Brunswick Judicial Circuit now have a…

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Gov. Kemp announces Regional Academy

On Wednesday, August 26, 2020, Governor Brian Kemp and First Lady Marty Kemp attended the announcement of the Regional College and Career Academy (RCCA) Wednesday at the Coastal Pines Technical College (CPTC) Baxley campus, where the Academy will be built. Governor Kemp announced that $3 million has been appropriated for the construction through the Technical…

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City Toughens Parks Restrictions

By MARY ANN ANDERSON With the stroke of a pen, the City of Hazlehurst signed into effect an emergency ordinance to help end the sort of violence that occurred just over two weeks ago at Mary Frazier McLean Community Park on Young Street. The ordinance, which comes in the aftermath of what was termed by…

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Trying Time For Coaches

“I think this is the most trying time in the history of coaching high school football.” That’s what Jeff Davis High Head Coach Lance Helton said of the preparation for the start of the 2020 football season, scheduled for Sept. 4 as the Yellow Jackets travel to Lincolnton to face the Lincoln County Red Devils.…

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WWII Veteran Buford West Dies

Buford West, one of two surviving Jeff Davis County veterans of World War II, died Aug. 17 at his home. That leaves former longtime Hazlehurst Mayor Wyatt “Buddy” Spann as the last World War II veteran still alive in Jeff Davis County. Buford West was 98 years old. He served with the U.S. Army Air…

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Dr. Lou hospitalized in Charleston

Long time area physician Dr. Lumawig Munsayac, better known as Dr. Lou, has been hospitalized in a Charleston, S.C., hospital with a severe case of Covid-19. Dr. Lou, who has had offices in Hazlehurst, Lumber City and Glennville, and works in many area hospitals, is the father of well-known Hazlehurst physician Dr. Kirk Munsayac, better…

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Teen survives horrific accident

Nineteen-year-old Jordan Ray Breedlove of Hazlehurst miraculously survived a horrific accident Friday afternoon when the 2015 Toyota Tacoma Double pickup ran into the back of a  log truck loaded with logs. The logs penetrated the windshield of the Toyota and went completely through the cab of the truck. According to a Georgia State Patrol report,…

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All parks closed dusk to dawn

In the aftermath of an early Sunday morning melee at Mary Frazier McLean Community Park on Young Street that resulted in a shooting, Mayor Bayne Stone has announced that the Hazlehurst Police Department will strictly enforce ordinances for all city parks. Specifically, said Stone, all parks will be closed from dusk until dawn. Those include…

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