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Indictments Returned

The following indictments were filed by 2021 September Term Jeff Davis Grand Jury on Jan. 25 to Judge Roger B. Lane. The State of Georgia v. Kevin Mitchell Bell, two counts of failure to register as a sex offender. The State of Georgia v. Eric Lamar Gordan, fleeing or attempting to elude officer and driving…

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Wright Found Guilty In Double Murder

District Attorney Keith Higgins announces that Gerald Jermain Wright, 43, of Waycross, was convicted Jan. 26 of party to the crime of malice murder and party to the crime of felony murder (two counts), following a three-day jury trial. The charges stem from the May 15, 2014, deaths of Javonnie Mondrea Chambers, 35, and his…

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More Sentences In ‘Operation Sandy Bottom’

A series of sentencings and the guilty plea of a key defendant brings to 36 the number of defendants admitting guilt in Operation Sandy Bottom, the investigation and prosecution of violent criminal street gang members distributing methamphetamine and other drugs in the Coffee County area. Of the 48 defendants indicted in the operation in U.S.A.…

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Sheriff’s Department Makes Arrests

Last Thursday at approximately 11:15 a.m. the Jeff Davis County Sheriff’s Office in coordination with the Jeff Davis County Drug Unit initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle operated by Allen Demond Bennett of Lumber City for a traffic violation. During the stop, it was discovered the driver was in possession of drugs and two…

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Floyd Asks City To Keep Golf Course Open

By MARY ANN ANDERSON All ears were on Jack Floyd as he spoke to the Hazlehurst City Council about the city-owned Twisted Pine Golf Course at last Thursday night’s monthly meeting. With Ward 4 Councilman attending the meeting by telephone but the rest of the council intact, Floyd, a longtime local businessman and now-retired president…

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Council Changes Meeting Dates

By MARY ANN ANDERSON The new year for the Hazlehurst City Council has already proved to be challenging with a fruit-basket turnover of changing meeting dates. The regular monthly meeting, normally scheduled for the third Thursday of each month with the workshop held on the Monday immediately preceding it, was moved up by a week…

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Commission Elects New Leadership

Things have been working well for the Jeff Davis County Commission lately. But the group still has problems when it comes to choosing its leadership. At last Tuesday’s first meeting of 2022, three members of the commission appeared to have predetermined they needed to oust their leaders — Chairman Brad Crews and Vice-Chair Hank Hobbs…

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Legendary Coach Cecil Morris Passes Away

Former Jeff Davis High School football coach and Jeff Davis High graduate Royce Cecil Morris died Jan. 5 at the age of 84. Coach Morris was a native of Jeff Davis County and grew up in Hazlehurst where he was a standout football player for Jeff Davis High in the late 1950s, earning a football…

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More Solar Panels Coming

  Green Power EMC and Silicon Ranch have announced an agreement to build additional solar power projects in three counties in southeast Georgia, including Jeff Davis County. Silicon Ranch plans to build them in stages over the next three years. Green Power EMC will purchase the energy generated on behalf of its member cooperatives. The…

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