Area News

Audit Reveals City’s Financial Problems

At the City of Hazlehurst’s October meeting, not much was said about the annual audit prepared by Henderson and Godbee, LLP, Certified Public Accountants of Valdosta. Because the council had to find a new accounting firm to conduct the audit after learning at the last minute that the previous accounting firm was no longer conducting…

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Serial Murderer, now 88, Still In Prison

By TOMMY PURSER The gray-headed, balding man stares at the camera, eyebrows arched high as if to hold up the sagging bags under his slightly squinting eyes — squinting, it appears, to better see the camera with his failing eyesight. His posture is a bit stoop shouldered, listing slightly to his right, pulling his unbuttoned…

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Bus Security Improves

Security for the Jeff Davis County School System’s fleet of buses continues to improve and at last week’s meeting of the Board of Education, Transportation Director Alvin Merritt showed board members how 13 new cameras recently installed have improved the department’s ability to monitor activity in and around the buses. Merritt said the cameras, purchased…

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City Hall Dramas Continue

By MARY ANN ANDERSON The continuing drama of the City’s project to build a new waterline to Beasley Forest Products took yet another odd twist at last week’s regular monthly meeting of the Hazlehurst City Council. Since February of this year, when the waterline was first publicly discussed in a joint meeting of the City…

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Board of Health Gets $1 Million Grant

The Jeff Davis Board of Health has been awarded a one million dollar grant to be dispersed over the next three years. The goal of the grant is to kickstart a strategic plan for prevention, recovery and treatment of those affected by substance use/opioid use disorder (SUD/OUD). The Jeff Davis Substance Abuse Coalition (JDSAC) was…

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County wants Chamber, Tourism to work together

At their monthly meeting last Tuesday, the Jeff Davis County Commission made two major decisions toward unifying the efforts of the Hazlehurst-Jeff Davis County Chamber of Commerce and the Jeff Davis County Board of Tourism. Andrea Taylor, representing the Chamber and the Joint Industrial Development Authority, and Terry Stone, who serves on the boards of…

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Grand Jury returns five indictments

The Jeff Davis County Grand Jury last week returned five indictments last week. Joshua David McNeal was indicted on three counts of burglary in the first degree. He is accused of entering a home on Bridgeford Church Road, a home on Yawn Road, and another home on Yawn Road between April 20 and May 9.…

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Election Board looking at reopening Ocmulgee polling place

The Jeff Davis County Board of Elections is proposing to reopen the former polling site for the Ocmulgee II Precinct, located at the Jeff Davis County Fire Station on Kirkland Still Road. The Elections Board will hold two hearings on the proposal, on Oct. 24 at 11 a.m. and Oct. 31 at 5:15 p.m. Both…

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County making road improvements

At the recent Jeff Davis County Commission workshop, Chad Hofstadter of Hofstadter and Associates engineering fund in Macon detailed the road improvement work that has been done in the county over the past five years, and presented multiple options on how the commissioners can continue to improve the roads in the coming years. The total…

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2019 Homecoming Queen

Taylor Walsh, center, was crowned the 2019 JDHS Homecoming Queen Friday night at the homecoming game. Cheri Simmons, left, was first runnerup for the honor and Maci Kight, right, was second runnerup.

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