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Hazlehurst, GA

Docs grill

Friendly Advice, you are correct when you state that a person's IP adress is traceable. However, you are wrong in stating that a person can be sued for posting anything online. On-line posts to a public forum are protected under the Free Speech section of the Constitution. Although you may not agree to what that person has posted, since he or she did not specifically post the person's name about whom they were talking, it is not considered slander. The Supreme Court has ruled that posting remarks on-line cannot be construed as slanderous or libelous unless the person posting the remark uses the name of the person spoken of in the remark, and, by doing so, causes that person harm or damage. I agree that many people who post here talk trash about a lot of other people, but, unfortunately, nothing can be done. It is no different than if they were speaking their mind on the street corner. Most people who talk trash on here about someone are, to put it simply, COWARDS. They choose to hide behind their shield of a computer screen, rather than face the person they are talking trash about. Probably keeps many of them out of the emergency room. While they are talking trash to make themselves feel better, they are also exposing themselves to be the gutless wastes of human flesh that they are.  (Mar 26, 2014 | post #27)

Hazlehurst, GA

Hazlehurst native & registered sex offender, Jason Stanko...

This topic was dead since May of last year. Why would you re-open it, if you find it so offensive? AND YOU CALL US IGNORANT!!!!!!  (Mar 12, 2014 | post #29)

Hazlehurst, GA

Does anyone know the maryj situation in telfair or hazleh...

Are you seriously trying to tell us that the Bible condones the use of marijuana? That is, in itself, absurd to the point of being ludicrous. The Bible I read teaches us that our bodies are a temple, and we should refrain from spoiling them with such things as drink and drugs. If you are trying to justify the use of a mind-altering drug by quoting Bible verses, then you are as deranged as those fools who kill, and say that God told them to do it. By your reasoning, we should interpret the Bible in such a way as to justify any act we care to do. Like those who say that homosexuality is ok, and that same-sex marriages should be condoned by the church. Yet my Bible teaches that behavior like that is an abomination in the eyes of God. My goodness, if your reasoning is as sound as you profess, then there would be millions of people suffering from self-inflicted blindness, because the Bible says, and I'm paraphrasing here, "If thine eye offend thee, pluck it out." And your opinion of the farmer who wants to grow medical marijuana for profit shows how little you think before inflicting your stupidity on the general public. Where do you think medical marijuana comes from? Do you believe that the pot fairy appears and *POOF*medical marijuana just magically sprouts from her hand? Don't knock that farmer because he wants to make a profit from doing something that most people nowadays won't do. That is, make a living from the sweat of his brow, and the callouses on his hands. Farming feeds the world, and, I'm sorry to say, they most often are underpaid, and underappreciated, especially by people like you. I am a 16 year stomach and colon cancer survivor. I also lost my wife in 2004 to lung cancer. Neither of us was prescribed medical marijuana. If we had, we probably wouldn't have used it. There are merits, and there are drawbacks for it's use. But NOWHERE in my Bible does it say to use it.  (Mar 8, 2014 | post #12)

Hazlehurst, GA

Downward spin in America and Jeff Davis Co.

Have you been waiting all these months to find a post from me about the fair? WOW, I feel honored that anyone would sit by, waiting for me to post, just so they could get a chance to pounce. You guys make me sick. The thread here was about jobs coming to Hazlehurst. Then it turned into a personal attack, when someone went against the grain. It then became a name-calling session, and then evolved into a comparison of who's right and who's wrong. And now it's turned into something of a joke, because small-minded people can't stand it when someone says something they feel is not aligned with their way of thinking. SHEESH!!! GET A LIFE!!! If you don't agree with someone's ideas, that's fine. That is the purpose of this site. But it isn't a place to show your ignorance by ridiculing those who believe something you don't. My grandmother, God rest her soul, said that it is better to keep your mouth shut and make the world wonder if you are a fool, that to open your mouth and remove all doubt. There's a lot of folks on here who could use a bit of quiet time. That, or some duct tape. By the way, Ex-tobacco buyer, I may have misspoke when I said "progressive ". I meant no harm to real progressives. I was trying to be facetious. And I enjoy your posts. They are factual, concise, and direct. Keep up the good work educating these people about economics. They need all the help they can get.  (Nov 12, 2013 | post #62)

Hazlehurst, GA

Downward spin in America and Jeff Davis Co.

So now I'm a socialist? Everyone doesn't learn at the same level. Those that just don't have the opportunity to attend college may not be able to do so because there are mitigating factors. I didn't attend college until I was 26. Not because I was stupid, but because I had to work to help support my family. When the opportunity came, I took correspondence courses from the University of North Carolina. I have worked hard for the little I have, and watch much of it get taken away by the progressive government which seems to think it's ok to punish those who work hard. Socialist? Not hardly. But it's clear to me that when anyone says anything against the status quo, some people take it personally. For example, when I questioned why the county fair was no longer being held, some people thought I was attacking B.H.Claxton, and the folks on the fair committee. Nothing could be further from the truth. Yet, when I was finally able to get a carnival to come here ( by making four out of town trips, by making at least a hundred phone calls, and by calling in favors from my contacts in the outdoor entertainment industry) I was told to mind my own business. The fair committee could have done the same work I did, but they seem to think that a fair just won't bring in the money they think it should. So, instead, the fairgrounds is seldom used, the 1890's Homestead is being wasted, and the folks in Jeff Davis county don't get to enjoy the fair like they were used to for over eighty years. Why not? Now I'm sure someone will say I'm back to beating a dead horse, but it is what it is. Those that control the money, and the county fair, are denying those of us who want a fair. There is a possibility that the fair could bring in much needed tourist dollars. Folks from neighboring communities would spend money here, and that is always a good thing. Now if that kind of thinking makes me a socialist, then I guess I am.  (Nov 11, 2013 | post #58)

Hazlehurst, GA

Downward spin in America and Jeff Davis Co.

Ex-tobacco buyer, this guy "local" is so far up the "ladder of success" that the lack of oxygen up there has affected his brain. He's convinced that those folks who don't have as much as he does just haven't tried hard enough. Let him live out his fantasies about his utopian world. I won't direct any more comments or replies on this subject to him, because, to do so would just be a waste of time. Remember, there is none so blind as he who just won't see.  (Nov 10, 2013 | post #53)

Hazlehurst, GA

Downward spin in America and Jeff Davis Co.

You won't silence me because you can't. You seem to think that people can choose to better themselves by simply wanting to, and that is, simply put, BULLSHIT!!! You can hide your head in the sand all you want, but the facts are the facts. The majority of apartment complexes in Hazlehurst ARE roach infested. You probably don't believe that because you were "upper class", and didn't have to rent one. I suggest before you point fingers, you remember that there are lots of folks in Hazlehurst that are just as tired of hearing all the promises, and seeing none of the benefits. People don't CHOOSE to be poor. Many times they are unable to attend college because they have to work to help feed their family. That was true in my family. It must be nice to have everything given to you. I wouldn't know, because I have had to earn every dime I ever made. No one ever gave me anything, and I feel richer for it. You can deny it all you want, but the lions share of those jobs that are coming will pay as little as they can. Why? Because they will be watching their bottom line. Why would a company that could go anywhere they wanted decide to locate in a small, rural town? CHEAP LABOR!!! They know if they were to build closer to a metropolitan area, they would be forced to pay higher wages. Stop trying to blow smoke up our asses, and tell the truth. I congratulate you on being able to re-start your life, especially after you were forced to associate with us lower-class citizens. Personally, to borrow a phrase, I'd rather drink beer from a red Solo cup, than sip champagne from a crystal glass. If that's being negative, so be it.  (Nov 8, 2013 | post #47)

Hazlehurst, GA

Downward spin in America and Jeff Davis Co.

Hold on here, slick. I'm not trying to be negative here. I am asking simple questions. Is there sufficient housing for all these workers? Is the infrastructure in place to support these new industries? What will the wages be at these new jobs? You seem to think that if someone asks a question that they are being negative. You talk about how you were in the "upper class", then you and your wife lost your jobs. Well, welcome to the lower and middle class. Now you know, firsthand, how we've been struggling to feed our families, keep clothes on their backs, and a roof over their heads. How hard it is to stretch our minimum wages to cover our expenses. I don't know how old you are, but I'm 59. Do you think any of those new jobs that are coming will be jobs that will be suited for people in my age group? Most employers are looking for younger people. I have worked since I was 12, starting off in tobacco fields, working 12 to 14 hour days for $4.00 per day. You may have done the same. I don't think my questions are negative. I'm trying to look at the bright side of things, but I am a realist. I take things as they are, not how I wish or hope they would be. But I have also lived here most of my life, and I have seen how things are done here. Hardees was here before. It closed. Hazlehurst Mills used to have three shifts, working at full capacity. It ended up cutting back jobs until it almost closed. Look at Alco Controls. My wife worked there for five years. When they started laying off workers, she was one of those that became unemployed. Not from anything she had done, but from situations beyond her control. Hazlehurst Lingerie was another large employer of hundreds of people in Hazlehurst. It closed the local facility, and took the jobs to Mexico. Again, I'm not trying to be negative, but we've seen these big-time changes before. You also spoke of the out-of-towners that will be spending money here. REALLY? The majority of their money will be spent in THEIR home town, not here. They'll be paying property taxex in THEIR county or city, not here. They'll be buying their groceries in THEIR city, not here. They will buy their clothes in THEIR hometown, not here. Sure, they'll spend a little here, but the MAJORITY of what they spend will be spent elsewhere, because it's more convenient for them to do so. That's not being negative- that's being a realist. Paint the picture as rosy as you wish, but don't criticize those of us who are asking hard questions. I love this town, and have ALWAYS tried to do what I can to promote it. If that's being negative, then so be it. You will not stop me from asking questions, and you can call that whatever you wish.  (Nov 8, 2013 | post #42)

Hazlehurst, GA

Downward spin in America and Jeff Davis Co.

Ok, so 650 new jobs. Are there 650 people in Jeff Davis county that are qualified either education-wise or work-related experience-wise that will get those jobs? Probably. Will the wages be high enough to keep them off food stamps and welfare? We'll have to see. A news report last week stated that a high percentage of workers at Wal-Mart are getting food stamps because their paychecks still put them below the federal poverty level. I guess SOME money is better than NO money. We can only hope that these new jobs will raise the standard of living for most of the folks here in Hazlehurst. These new jobs WILL help. How much remains to be seen. By the way, how long will it be before these new businesses are up and running? I know the new Hardees is open, but what about the pellet mill, the shoe factory, and the new jobs at Hazlehurst Mills? Not trying to be a smartass, just wondering.  (Nov 8, 2013 | post #38)

Hazlehurst, GA

Downward spin in America and Jeff Davis Co.

And how ridiculous is YOUR statement about adding 700-800 jobs. Do you think that Hardees will hire more than twenty or so? Hibbett Sports more than twenty? The shoe factory has stated that they will hire 250. My math says that adds up to around half what you say. But regardless of the total, the local economy WILL benefit, and I am glad. I just hope we can KEEP those jobs here. In the past, when Alco Controls, Hazlehurst Lingerie, Ero Manufacturing, and Hazlehurst Mills were thriving, there was a sufficient workforce to keep them operating. Many came in from Baxley, McRae, Vidalia, Alma, and Douglas. Now, those cities have industries of their own, and many people from Hazlehurst work out of town. Will there be enough workers to staff these new businesses? Only time will tell. And regarding the housing situation, if the current landlords can't keep up with maintaining their property with the economy the way it is now, what makes you think they'll be able to when these new jobs open up? It's not a question of not having the money to do the work. It's a question of whether or not they want to SPEND the money they have currently coming in to do it. Do you really think that those who own those roach-infested hovels will change at all later? I doubt it. Greed is the motivation for them failing to maintain what they currently have. I don't see that changing any time in the near future. Yes, the economic situation will be better for most of the citizenry, but the "haves" will still own most of the businesses, and the "have-nots " will still be working to keep their heads above water. It's been that way for years in Jeff Davis county, and it won't be changing because 350 people get new jobs. The rich have the means to stay rich, and the working man will be paying through the nose to keep the rich enjoying their lifestyle. In your own words..."Alwa ys have, always will."  (Nov 7, 2013 | post #34)

Hazlehurst, GA

Larry Brantley

Wow!!! Three to four hundred a week!!! He must have a lot better job than most people around here. Let's see..... $300 per week is at least $1200 a month, and$15,600 per year. Well, he should be nominated for Man of the Year, because he's paying enough each year to keep her off food stamps and welfare. Does he pay healthcare costs too? If so, I know a few girls I could introduce him to, that would be happy to get paid that much. Right now, they only make minimum wage. LOL !!!!!  (Nov 7, 2013 | post #2)

Hazlehurst, GA

Downward spin in America and Jeff Davis Co.

And I don't know where YOU'VE been looking, but affordable doesn't always mean a place you'd WANT to live in. Yes, there are apartment complexes in Hazlehurst, but many are roach-infested, and are in pretty sad shape. It's not easy to find a decent apartment around Hazlehurst where you don't have to worry about the drug dealers down the block, or the bugs crawling into your bed with you at night. In addition, it takes several months to build a house from the ground up. Yes, there are plenty of qualified contractors who would be happy to begin construction, but first there should be DESTRUCTION of the many decrepit and abandoned houses before CONSTRUCTION begins. That takes time. I AM happy that the new $10 million facility is coming here. I'm just asking about how we will be able to support such a venture. Hardees, Hibbett Sports, and the other businesses that are coming are sure to help. But will they be able to stay open with the local economy the way it is? It's great when new businesses come to town, but if the majority of the jobs around here continue to pay poverty wages, the general public STILL won't have the money to spend, and, thus, those businesses will do what so many others have done... go somewhere else.  (Nov 7, 2013 | post #31)

Hazlehurst, GA

Downward spin in America and Jeff Davis Co.

I agree that we have a great school system here. But schools are not enough. We must have affordable housing, an available and qualified workforce, and the infrastructure to facilitate construction of the types of buildings that these new industries will require. Yes, we have the industrial park. But there are associated problems that have to be addressed before construction can begin. For instance, water and sewage lines, electrical supply, and highway access. Then there's the problem of where will the workers live. Construction of single family homes has been down severely in this area. The number of apartments that can be rented in Hazlehurst isn't enough to house the increase of workers. As for the question of the "old money" trying to keep it all for themselves, look at how hard they fought against WalMart coming here. Yes, many small "mom and pop" businesses closed after WalMart came. But the number of people employed by them far exceeds to number employed by those small businesses that closed. A few years back, a certain manufacturing company wanted to locate here, but couldn't come to an agreement with the local leadership concerning water rates and tax breaks. The end result was that they went elsewhere, and took the 300 plus jobs they were going to bring here with them. We can only hope that history won't repeat itself.  (Nov 6, 2013 | post #28)

Hazlehurst, GA

Downward spin in America and Jeff Davis Co.

Yes, I have read the papers, listened to the radio and TV, and have talked with many local business owners. My question remains... why aren't these businesses already here? A few years back, a manufacturing company was looking into locating their brand new facility at the Industrial park on the Baxley highway. Everything was in place to begin construction, then they backed out because they couldn't get an agreement with the county regarding tax breaks and water fees. So, guess what. They moved to South Carolina. That company now employs over 600 people. The basic new hire makes $16.00 an hour, and the average employee with two years with the company is getting $22.00 an hour, plus paid healthcare insurance. That could have been us, but it was thought that the possible loss of revenue from the tax break would been too high, and the county wouldn't be able to make money from that business. Yes, we DO have a great school system. We also have the infrastructure in place to allow new industry to begin construction at the Industrial Park. But we can't allow what happened before to happen again. If new industry needs a tax break, we should look into ways to accommodate them. After all, those local people who would be working there would be paying taxes on their wages, so the county would still get tax dollars. The workers would need to buy groceries, gas, furniture, etc., which adds dollars to the local economy. Everyone benefits. As for the "old money" question, look how long and how hard they fought to keep WalMart from coming here. Yes, we lost a lot of mom and pop stores when it opened, mainly because they couldn't compete. But now they are one of the largest employers in the county, and add to the tax dollars collected by the city and county. In addition, they also contribute to local civic organizations. I said all that to say this. We MUST do everything we can to attract new industry and business to Hazlehurst  (Nov 6, 2013 | post #27)

Hazlehurst, GA

Downward spin in America and Jeff Davis Co.

My fear is that the town will be gone before it makes this remarkable comeback that everyone is hoping for. Again, look at the surrounding towns. Douglas, McRae, Vidalia, Baxley... all have new industries and businesses opening their doors almost monthly. Yet Hazlehurst doesn't. Why not? Could it be that those other towns have found a way to attract businesses that we haven't? Are those other towns offering tax breaks or other incentives that we can't or won't? What is it about Hazlehurst that makes those businesses turn to our neighbors instead of here? Before you can fix a problem, you must first acknowledge that there IS a problem. It's obvious that we are either not making the right offers that attract those businesses, or when we do, we put demands on those potential businesses that make them look elsewhere. It makes things harder when you make an offer that begins with " We offer..." and then end it with "... but you can't ...". No wonder businesses are going elsewhere. I love this town, and would like nothing better than to see it grow and thrive. But change has to come, even if in baby steps. The old guard that ran this town for the past hundred years can't continue to strangle the local economy by trying to keep the money " in the family". We MUST be open to change. We HAVE to accept the fact that these are new times, and business is no longer done the same way it has been for the last several decades. If we are too afraid to make changes, this town will NEVER grow, and will continue to decline. We have the potential to become a hub for business in South Georgia. I only hope we have the good sense to do whatever has to be done to make that possible.  (Nov 5, 2013 | post #16)