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Reviving My Dashed Dream — By Tommy Purser

I received in the mail last week a magazine from Toccoa entitled “Living on Main Street  — A Visitor’s Guide To Main Street Toccoa.” One of the first things you see is a group of some 100 people behind a banner for Main Street Toccoa. Inside there are photographs of pretty, neat, colorful street scenes…

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Nandina — By Jennifer Miller

Nandina How many of you had a secret hiding place as a kid? I had several. But then, I grew up on a farm of over 300 acres so there were lots of places to choose from. My mama had several plantings of nandina or as some call it heavenly bamboo. There was a large…

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Taking Risks — By John Reed

Taking Risks Regular readers will know I’ve harped on how children today are cocooned and never given the opportunity to fail. This is true in many homes just as it is in school. In their efforts to protect their kids from physical and emotional damage, teachers and parents are often doing the next generation a…

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Black History

A Heroic Heritage (courtesy of President Glen Harris Sr. and Hazlehurst Community League) Of all the peoples who have journeyed to America from foreign lands, African Americans have the saddest, yet the most inspiring, story. Unlike immigrants of every other nationality and race, the Africans arrived on these shores in North America and the Caribbean…

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Black History Month — By Margie Hill

Black History Month is a time to acquire new knowledge, review old knowledge, and share knowledge with those who simply don’t know. To study the history of African Americans is to study the history of the world, the history of all peoples, and the history of an oppressed yet overcoming people. So today, let us…

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Under The Gold Dome — By Blake Tillery

This week in the Senate, we passed two pieces of legislation and heard several more in committee. I know many of you are excited to hear legislation concerning broadband and healthcare, and I can assure you that those are coming up shortly. Senate Bill 25 clarifies ambiguous language in last year’s House Bill 978 that…

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Turkey Vulture aka The Buzzard — By Jennifer Miller

Turkey Vulture aka The Buzzard As I travel back and forth to the Jeff Davis Primary School with my daughter, I too have noticed what Mr. Purser and others see every day; the water tower and its looming cronies. In my three years here in Jeff Davis County I have seen them come and go…

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Recognition And Rewards — By John Reed

Recognition and rewards Is it possible to compliment someone without insulting another? By extension, is it possible to recognize the achievements of one group of people without sounding biased against others? These days it seems that if you single out one person or group for excellence, you are obligated to say something nice about everybody…

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Black History Month — By Margie Hill

Black History Month 2019 By MARGIE HILL A year ago, the movie “Black Panther” was released in movie theaters worldwide. Directed by an African American with a predominantly African American cast, the movie was an immediate hit, earning positive reviews and breaking box office records. It has gone on to win numerous awards and accolades.…

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Death In The Swamp — By Tommy Purser

A hundred years ago this week, The Hazlehurst News — which later became The Georgia Cracker, then The Jeff Davis County Ledger, and finally Jeff Davis Ledger — carried a story about a young farmer who drowned in the river swamp. There’s a small reference to the story in The Ledger Looks Back below this…

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