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Jackets Win Opener

Most people who know me and my business know that Tuesdays are busy, busy times. That’s the day we put the weekly issue to bed for printing on Wednesday. I’ve followed the current bunch of Jeff Davis High School baseball players since they first began playing travel ball at the age of 6. This is…

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Trust But Verify — By John Reed

Trust But Verify This phrase comes from a Russian proverb “doveryay, no proveryay.” Ironically, President Reagan used it often to describe his dealings with the Soviet Union. It’s even more apt today, not just in international relations, but while dealing with things here at home. Case point: the electoral mess in Iowa following the Democratic…

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Rush Limbaugh — By Tommy Purser

Legitimate newspaper and magazine columnists across the country have offered condolences and prayers for right wing talk show host Rush Limbaugh. Even honorable left wing opiners are hoping he will successfully battle against the advanced lung cancer he was recently diagnosed with having. Cancer is a horrible disease that should never be wished on anyone’s…

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In The Belly Of The Beast — By John Reed

In The Belly Of The Beast Recently I spent a morning at the Social Security office in Vidalia. There’s no more accurate definition of governmental bureaucracy, unless maybe you count the drivers license office. But that’s a state program, while social security is federal. The office was packed with folks, all grasping their assigned paper…

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Old-Time Basketball — By Tommy Purser

I had a pleasant visit yesterday from two members of the Jeff Davis High School 1958 girls and boys state championship basketball teams. Charlotte Quarterman Taylor played for the late J.L. Padgett’s State Championship girls basketball team. Her husband, Billy Taylor, played on the late J.L. Padgett’s State Championship boys basketball team. J.L. Padgett is…

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Impeachment Thoughts — By John Reed

Impeachment Thoughts Since I seem to have acquired a reputation for having an opinion, I’m often asked what I think about the current circus in Washington. This week, a few thoughts. 1. No matter how things go, it won’t change most people’s minds. The pro-Trumpers and the anti’s separated themselves into different camps even before…

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It’s Cold Outside — By Tommy Purser

By the time most readers get this week’s Ledger, the two weather alerts we received Tuesday afternoon from the Jeff Davis County Emergency Management Agency will have expired. The first we received alerted citizens of a wind chill advisory that was in effect from midnight Tuesday to 10 a.m. Wednesday. “Very cold wind chills expected.…

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Sports Vs. Academics — By John Reed

Sports V. Academics This week let’s talk about schools. We’re fortunate to have a better school system than most rural counties in South Georgia. Our buildings are newer than most, our faculty is better trained than most, and community support is usually fairly high. In many communities, the tax base is too low to properly…

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Life 100 Years Ago — By Tommy Purser

What was life like in Jeff Davis County 100 years ago. I’ve given short snippets of news that made the pages of the Ledger’s forerunner The Hazlehurst News each week in “The Ledger Looks Back” feature on this page. The last names that appear in those old, tattered pages certainly are familiar even today. Because…

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Fighting Climate Change — By John Reed

Fighting Climate Change In keeping with my resolution to be positive, let’s begin with climate change. I’m positive the weather is changing: it’s warmer in the daytime and cooler at night. Beyond that, experts can’t agree. Many say it’s getting warmer overall, yet some don’t. It doesn’t help the doomsayers when some of their data…

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