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South Georgia Food and Wine Festival will have something for all ages

The Oct. 22-23 South Georgia Food and Wine Festival in downtown Hazlehurst will have something for all ages to enjoy. Live music, a tasting event, food, family fun and craft vendors will be available during the festival which will be centered on Hinson Street downtown. Events kick off Friday with the annual Boo Bash from…

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EMS Director Ogilvie To Retire

Jeff Davis County Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Director Roger Ogilvie announced his retirement effective Nov. 2. In a letter written last week announcing his retirement, Ogilvie said he had served 39 years working for Jeff Davis County, 25 of those years were with the EMS, the last two as EMS Director. “This decision did not…

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Get Your Flu Shot

As we are coming into the fall months, seasonal illness will become more apparent. The seasonal flu (influenza) typically occurs in the fall and winter. However, most flu activity peaks between December and February. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends receiving a flu vaccine yearly as the first and most important step…

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Indictments Handed Down

The following indictments were filed by 2021 March Term Jeff Davis Grand Jury Oct. 4: The State of Georgia v. Cody Nelson Ewing: Count 1: Sexual Contact by Employee or Agent in the First Degree; Count 2: Furnishing Prohibited Items to Inmates; Count 3: Violation of Oath by Public Officer. The State of Georgia v.…

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Wasdin Completes 3-Year Presidency

When Charles Wasdin, chief of Hazlehurst-Jeff Davis County Fire-Rescue, was first elected into the role as president of the Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs, he expected the term would be two years. Instead, he served three, from 2018 to last month. “That’s thanks to COVID,” he explained. “I was supposed to be out in 2020,…

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Hobbs named Nathan Deal Scholar

Megan Hobbs (Class of 2025) was recently selected as a Mercer University School of Medicine (MUSM) Nathan Deal Scholar, announced MUSM Dean Jean Sumner, M.D. Nathan Deal Scholars are selected based on their strong ties to rural Georgia, character, leadership qualities, community involvement and their likelihood of serving in rural, underserved Georgia after their scholarship…

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District Attorney’s Office Creates Victim Advocacy Rooms

Kelly Spell knows a thing or two about comforting people in crisis. After retiring from a 30-year career with the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), Spell joined the District Attorney’s Office for the Brunswick Judicial Circuit, serving in its Appling and Jeff Davis counties’ office in Baxley as a victim advocate. “When I got…

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Gillis Bridge served south Georgia almost 70 years

With last Friday’s opening of the new Altamaha River Bridge at Towns Bluff, destruction is slated to begin on the span it replaces — the Neal Lee Gillis Bridge, known locally as the Uvalda Bridge, constructed in 1952. Neal Lee Gillis was the father of long-time State Highway Board Commissioner Jim Lee Gillis of Soperton.…

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Zoie Marchant Is 2021 Homecoming Queen

Zoie Marchant, center, was crowned the 2021 Jeff Davis High Homecoming Queen last Friday night. She is flanked by runnerups Dalathia Black (left) and Giselle Rubio (right). Below is the entire Homecoming Court with their escorts. Court members are, from left, 10th grade representative Jaci Underwood, senior candidates Morgan Yearty, Christina Herndon, Dalathia Black, Zoie…

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Praying For Closure For The Colemans

About 50 people gathered Saturday afternoon beside Jacket Stop & Shop to pray for closure for the family of Rhonda Coleman, who was murdered 31 years ago. No one has been charged with the murder. The Rev. Robert Wigley apoke as the crowd held hands in solidarity. Rhonda’s parents, Gail and Milton Coleman, were on…

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