Area News

Hazlehurst Native Is Chair of Ports Authority

Monday, the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) board elected new officers for the coming fiscal year and reported a 38 percent increase in container trade for the April. Hazlehurst native and Jeff Davis High School graduate Joel Wooten will serve as chairman, Kent Fountain as vice chairman, and Alec Poitevint as secretary-treasurer. “Joel Wooten’s eight-year tenure…

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Satilla REMC to provide rural broadband

More than 57,000 south Georgia rural homes and businesses will have access to reliable, affordable, high-speed fiber broadband service through a new partnership announced today by Satilla Rural Electric Membership Corporation (SREMC) and Conexon Connect. The Alma-based electric cooperative selected Conexon Connect to launch a world-class 6,000-mile fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network to 100 percent of its…

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Two Charged In Murder

Hazlehurst Police Chief Ken Williams reported this week that, last Wednesday at approximately 9:20 p.m., the Police Department responded to the intersection of Hazel and Girtman streets in reference to gun shots being fired. Officers found Kelsi Burns, 36, suffering from gun shot wounds. Burns was transported to Jeff Davis Hospital where he was pronounced…

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Drug Related Arrests Made

The Jeff Davis County Drug Unit with assistance from the Hazlehurst Police Department began concentrated patrol and other covert operations targeting dangerous drugs from January – March, 2021. As a result, more than two dozen people have been arrested and charged with felony drug possession, distribution and firearms charges. This level of enforcement will continue…

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Grant Helps Police Department

Since fire destroyed the Jeff Davis EMS and Jeff Davis E-911 Building earlier this year, mobile hand-held radio communications for the Hazlehurst Police Department have been touch and go. ‘After speaking with numerous radio communication specialists, the solution to fix the department’s radio communication problems was to purchase an in-car repeater which would be installed…

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Gres Announces Candidacy

Wright Gres, a Democrat from Appling County, has qualified in Atlanta to run for Georgia’s District 156 State House seat to represent the people of Toombs, Montgomery, Appling, and Jeff Davis counties. A resident of Appling County for 25 years, Gres grew up in Tampa, Fla., and graduated from the University of Florida. He’s worked…

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Memorial Day Ceremony Returns

The Jeff Davis County Veterans Association will hold its annual Memorial Day program May 31 at 10 a.m. in Veterans Square Park. The public is invited to the ceremony that will include patriotic songs and guest speakers. “We weren’t able to have the ceremony last Memorial Day because of the pandemic,” says Roy Anderson, president…

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Mayor Defends Work On Private Property

City of Hazlehurst workers were spotted last week doing work on private property along an alley that connects South Tallahassee Street to Cromartie Street by Hazlehurst First United Methodist Church. Hazlehurst Mayor Bayne Stone defended the work in a telephone call Tuesday, saying Marcus Trowell of Trowell Insurance Agency was paying for pipe that will…

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City Rescinds Pay Raises

By MARY ANN ANDERSON After considerable and oftentimes contentious discussions, the Hazlehurst City Council in a called meeting narrowly voted to amend a motion previously adopted during the April 15 regular meeting that was supposed to give pay raises to Hazlehurst’s police officers. Mayor Bayne Stone had called the meeting to clarify what he termed…

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Special Election Called

State Rep. Greg Morris of Vidalia submitted a letter of resignation from his seat in the House of Representatives to the Secretary of State’s Office April 13, following his election to the State Board of Transportation. Members of the General Assembly who represent counties in Georgia’s 12th Congressional District elected Morris to represent the 12th…

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