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Remembering Buddy — By Tommy Purser

By TOMMY PURSER I’ve had Buddy Bennett on my mind a lot lately. The former Jeff Davis High head football coach landed in Hazlehurst in 1978, taking the reins of a program that had just completed what, at that time, was the most successful year of football in the history of the school. I liked…

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Pity Party — By Tommy Purser

Bear with me as I engage in a pity party in this space. I am happy to put 2022 in my rear view mirror. It was not the best 12 months of my 75 years, both personally and as the owner of this small town newspaper. I lost a lot of friends in 2022. People…

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Losing LOST Would Be Devastating For The City — By Tommy Purser

When I sat down to write this column, I hesitated to bring up the Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) negotiations for the third straight week. But the impending elimination of the LOST is a serious matter. And there are only two days left to reach an agreement before the Dec. 30 deadline arrives. The 60-40…

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The LOST Mess — By Tommy Purser

The Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) provides to city governments across the state a publication entitled “Renegotiating Local Option Sales Tax (LOST).” It is full of useful information about the negotiation process and how to properly approach the matter. One of the points made in the document is that the negotiating parties should, at the outset…

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Be The One — By John Reed

Be The One In warmer months, my flowerbeds grace me with blooms every color of the rainbow. Among the showiest are the irises. Their vibrant yellows and purples always delight. All except one. For some reason, one iris blooms in late fall, around Thanksgiving time, long after most of the color has left the landscape.…

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Is A Disaster For Taxpayers Coming? — By Tommy Purser

It was a simple question, really: “Do the people realize what’s happening here?” I did a quick mental review of past articles we had published in the paper concerning the Local Option Sales Tax (LOST)negotiations going on between the City of Hazlehurst and the Jeff Davis County Commission. My memory was a bit fuzzy on…

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Don’t Blame Me — By John Reed

Don’t Blame Me I voted. Unlike 3 million other registered Georgia voters, I exercised my constitutional right to pick our leaders. I’m sure there are plenty on both sides who are disappointed with the outcome… They have only themselves to blame. And there is absolutely no room for complaints or suspicion or conspiracy theories. I…

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Aging — By Tommy Purser

I’ve lived long enough to see a lot of friends and relatives get old. I’ve watched so many deteriorate with age, struggle with doing things that once were easy to do. Some resign themselves to endure the inevitable loss of quality in their lives. Others fight —- fiercely. I’ve decided to designate myself as a…

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Better Than They Could Be — By Tommy Purser

The good wife didn’t make it to a Jeff Davis High School softball game this year. I urged her to go. “They are really, really good,” I told her. “You don’t know what your’re missing.” Well, it’s too late now. She will never know what she missed. The girls won the state championship over the…

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Person Or Policy? — By John Reed

Person Or Policy? The concept of civil discourse has sadly been missing this campaign season. The incessant barrage of negative advertising has seen both sides attack their opponent’s character and person. It seems everyone running is either a wife beater or a baby killer. Unfortunately, the voters have become the big losers. Lost in all…

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