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Hazlehurst Needs A City Manager

The Mayor paid me a visit last week after I wrote my column about the coming traffic light at the intersection of Miller and Coffee streets. I ended the column by saying the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) would not pay the $150,000-plus cost of the traffic light. I was wrong. While GDOT, from 2001…

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Traffic Lights Are Not Safety Devices — By Tommy Purser

There was much hullabaloo several years back from people who wanted a traffic light installed at the intersection of Miller and Coffee streets. Concerned citizens came to a City Council meeting to lobby for the light when I was a member of the City Council. I explained to them that a traffic light is not…

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What If? — By John Reed

What If? What if the Democrats get their wish and succeed in unseating President Trump? Vice president Mike Pence would then move up. Those folks should be careful what they wish for: Pence is even more conservative than Trump. What if our local school board passed a single mill additional property tax, and applied it…

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You Get What You Pay For — By John Reed

You Get What You Pay For I spent a long weekend in Boston recently, and came away impressed. Folks who don’t hail from the Northeast tend to think of the cities up there as dirty, crime-infested hellholes. While I’m sure there are sections of town where it wouldn’t be wise to hang out alone after…

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Deer Hunting — By Tommy Purser

I haven’t been deer hunting in years. As a younger man, I was consumed by it, getting up well before daylight, tromping into the woods, climbing a stand and rarely having any luck. I remember my first two deer kills in particular: one was ugly and the other dumb as dirt. The ugly deer might…

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Which English Is Correct? — By John Reed

Which English Is Correct? Those of you of a certain age will remember the newscaster Edwin Newman. In addition to a long career in radio and television, he wrote books and columns on the proper use of the English language. During his time, there were few disagreements about what was meant by “proper English.” These…

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Thanks To Emergency Personnel — By Tommy Purser

It looks like we’ll be spared extremely bad weather from Hurricane Dorian. I stopped by the local Emergency Management Agency office Tuesday to get an update on what to expect and my friend David Miller jokingly asked me to put something good in the paper about them — meaning the emergency responders of which David…

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Looking Back — By Barnie O’Quinn

Many of my travels across the South I go through small towns. One thing i have learned to look forward to is their old (deserted) 1929 era water tanks. Those tanks are approaching 90 to 100 years old. Some cities (Folkston) have theirs on the city’s historic tour, well kept in appearance. Generally, they “tell”…

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Medical Minute — By Dr. Kirk Munsayac

I pride myself in being a “man.” Thusly, I never imagined being an owner of a dog species that ended in the word “doodle.” Yet here I sit, owner of a doodle dog. My “Hazel” is a high energy doodle dog (and a gorgeous pretty lady) that knows no stranger and because of that personality…

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No Longer A Tree City

I share the sense of outrage Barnie O’Quinn expresses this week in his column at the bottom of this page. There were a lot of people in the Ward I area who, for years, have wanted the 200-plus-year-old oak tree next to Dairy Queen trimmed back (or, as Barnie says “butchered”) so a traffic light…

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