Area News

School Nutrition Program Wins Slew Of Awards

When Jeff Davis County School Nutrition Program (SNP) Director Alisa Jones took over the job from retiring SNP Director Janice Conley, she discovered quickly that she had a lot to learn. With over a decade crunching the numbers for the SNP, she understood well the financial side of the program. But running the program that…

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EMS Battles Back From Fire

It’s been rough going in 2021 for the Jeff Davis County Emergency Medical Service following a January fire that devastated the county’s EMS, Sheriff’s Department and Emergency Management Agency. The EMS was perhaps the hardest hit by the fire as it wiped out its entire fleet of ambulances, except one ambulance that was on the…

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Two Indicted For May Homicide

The following indictments were filed by the 2021 March Term Jeff Davis Grand Jury June 7: The State of Georgia v. Steven Christopher Johnson and Dedra Chere Robinson. Count 1: Felony Murder; Count 2: Aggravated Assault; Count 3: Possession of Firearm During Commission of a Felony. The murder indictment is in connection with the May,…

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JD Biggest Loser Contest Winners

On March 1, the Hazlehurst-Jeff Davis County Chamber of Commerce Wellness Committee along with Jeff Davis Hospital, Bank of Hazlehurst, and Cotton Partners of Jeff Davis, hosted a JD Biggest Loser Contest. The Wellness Committee was formed as a result of the Community Economic Development Retreat in 2020. The 68 contestants that signed up had…

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Hazlehurst’s New Mural

Hazlehurst’s mural on the west side of the Fales Furniture building between Hinson and Railroad streets has certainly brightened up the downtown area. The site was chosen because events like the Halloween Boo Bash and Christmas Hometown are held in that area – and the heartbeat for our next big event, the South Georgia Food…

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Marathon Meeting Addresses Budget

By MARY ANN ANDERSON After nearly two hours, several intermissions and often confusing dialogue, the Hazlehurst City Council passed its 2021-22 budget in a called meeting last Wednesday morning. According to a draft copy of the total budget handed out prior to the meeting, the $5,739,579 in expenses outweighed the $5,433,888 in revenue by $305,691.…

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Hearing On Downtown Set

Working with Rory Chaney of Hazlehurst Main Street, the Heart of Georgia Altamaha Regional Commission has scheduled a meeting to serve as a public hearing for the Hazlehurst Downtown Development Plan. The plan will be crafted in pursuit of the upcoming Rural Zone Application, which is to be submitted on behalf of the City of…

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Pandemic Leads To Overdue Water Bills

By MARY ANN ANDERSON Last week, the Hazlehurst City Council discussed at length the budget for the Water and Sewer Department, noting that the new one is $2,018,445 over last year’s $1,552,000. Deputy Clerk Lorrie Williams and Stone explained that part of the budget issue is overdue water bills stemming from the pandemic, which caused…

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City Struggles With Golf Course

By MARY ANN ANDERSON More than a dozen motions unanimously flew through last week’s workshop and regular session of the Hazlehurst City Council, but some not without controversy, especially in discussing the 2021-22 budget. The preliminary $3.94 million budget was crafted with a $298,348 combined shortfall in the general fund and Hazlehurst Municipal Golf Course,…

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Spadoni speaks at Memorial Day ceremony

The Jeff Davis County Veterans Association will hold its annual Memorial Day ceremony May 31 at 10 a.m., at Veterans Square Park on South Tallahassee Street to honor those veterans who lost their lives in defense of America’s freedoms. The keynote speaker is Kendra LaBarge Spadoni, a veteran of the U.S. Army and an active…

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