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Schools & College

For residents with younger children, Hahira Elementary and Hahira Middle schools are high quality educational faciliites. Also, Hahira has a pre-school program, Head Start school, and Miss Mothers Kiddie Care and Pre-School.

High school students attend Lowndes High School located 11 miles to the south. Lowndes County Schools blaze new paths of educational programs and student achievement and are considered among the best in the state.  

 

Valdosta State University , Wiregrass Georgia Technical College  and Georgia Military College are also in close proximity to Hahira.

The Georgia Sheriffs Boys Ranch is located seven miles east on S.R. 122.

Public Works


HOUSEHOLD AND COMMERCIAL GARBAGE

The household garbage collection rate is $12.25 per month per container.  The commercial garbage collection rate is $16.00 per month per container.  Rollout garbage containers are provided for each account.  All garbage is collected at curbside.  Collection days are Wednesday through Friday for residential customers.  Collection days for commercial accounts vary depending on services requested.  Containers should be placed at curbside the evening prior to collection day.  Household garbage collection is mandatory.  For your specific curbside pickup date, contact City Hall at (229) 794-2330.  Please note that cans not curbside at time of pick-up will NOT be collected until the following scheduled pick-up (handicapped excluded).  

YARD WASTE AND RECYCLABLE COLLECTION SITE

The Sanitation Department collects yard debris and other non-hazardous material at curbside. Contact City Hall at (229) 794-2330 to request a special pick-up. Yard debris charges are based on the amount collected. The average charge is $25.00 per dump truck load.

Hahira offers a voluntary recycling program (adopted in 1993) and encourages recycling.  The recycling center is located just outside city limits on Union Road (southbound from exit 29).  A current City of Hahira utility bill and proper identification is required for use of the recycling center.  This service is currently available to all Hahira citizens at no cost.  Hours of the collection site are as follows:
Saturdays 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (closed from 12:00 – 1:00 PM for lunch)
Wednesdays 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Items accepted are:
Yard waste
Plastic and glass recyclables
Cardboard
Appliances
 
Items NOT accepted are:
Paint
Tires
Building material
Computers
Motor oil
Any hazardous waste

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Downloadable Document Library:
 

Click here for a map of residential garbage pick-up dates.  This schedule is tentative and is subject to change.  Contact City Hall for your specific date.

Click here for a Hahira utility services application to complete and apply for new service. 

Click here
for a water service disconnect/transfer service form to discontinue your water service.

Click here for our 2016 Hahira Water Quality Report.


 

Medical Facilities











The modern The Jesse Lyle Parrott Community Health Center  a Public Health Clinic, named in honor of Hahira's Dr. Jesse Parrott is available to serve the entire North Lowndes Community medical needs.  A locally family owned drug store, Chancy Drugs and a pharmacy in the Hahira

Harveys Supermarket provide complete pharmacy services for the community. Twelve miles to the south in Valdosta South Georgia Medical Center is an authority-governed not-for-profit, 288 bed, short-term, acute-care hospital serving the health care needs of South Georgia and North Florida. As the region's major referral center, SGMC'S primary goal is to provide the highest quality health care possible for its patients.                                                                                                                          











Smith Northview Hospital
 is located four miles south of Hahira and provides superior quality medical care for the Hahira community. Some services offered are, 24- hour emergency medical service, Surgical services, Obstetrics, Orthopedics, Endoscopy, Alcohol and Drug abuse treatment Physical Therapy, Respiratory Therapy, Laboratory, Radiology, Ultrasound, CT Scan and Mammography.  Many Hahira residents are long time employees of Smith Northview.  Services are being added daily to this rapidly growing medical facility.

 

Family Dentistry is located on Highway 122 West 3/4 mile from the center of Hahira and 1/4 mile from I-75 Exit 29.    Dr. Kit Robinson D.M.D. and his highly professional staff provide regular family dental checkups and specialize in cosmetic dentistry, teeth whitening, dentures and dental implants.  He and his caring staff take great pride in providing quality treatment for individuals of all ages and are always happy to welcome new patients who desire the highest quality dental care in a state-of-the-art office environment.
 
 

Hahira History

The name Hahira (pronounced hay-Hi-ra) it's said was created by Berry Folsom, Hahira's first postmaster. The origin of the name remains a mystery. Folklore is that Mr. Folsom took the name from the Bible. In Exodus chapter 14 verse 2, it's recorded the children of Israel camped at Pi-Hahiroth between Migdol and the Red sea, opposite Baal Zephon.  Verse 9 relates the Egyptians overtook them camping by the sea beside Pi-Hahiroth before Baal Zephon.  Others say there was an Indian named "Hira" who would stop near the railroad tracks near present day Hahira, to rest and watch the iron horse go by. When folks passed they would wave their hands and say, "Hey, Hira".  We'll let you choose the version you like best.

 

Hahira Georgia
1891 - 1991
 "Beginnings"

The town of Hahira received its Charter, incorporating the community, on October 2, 1891. The first Mayor, Henry Briggs Lawson, was elected in November, 1891, and served until 1907.

By 1891, there were a few stores which had been started when people began moving into the area in the mid 1880's.  A bank was opened in 1904 and a newspaper in 1906.  Until 1904, there had been only one doctor who practiced in the 1890's.

Being a rural area, most people grew their own vegetables, had hogs for meat and always had a milk cow.  There was very little money among the people, except for a very few large farmers. The main crop was cotton and remained so until around 1920 when the Boll Weevil ruined their main cash crop.  The farmers then turned to tobacco as their main source of income.  Tobacco had long been grown only in Virginia and North Carolina. Another chief product was timber and its by-products.  The woodlands were full of giant virgin yellow pine or heart pine.

The late 1920's and early 1930's brought boxing to this area with Hahira out in front by local fight promotions.  At this time, it also brought the Bee Industry.  When settlers first arrived in the South Georgia area, there were no Honeybees to pollinate their crops.  W. L. Morgan introduced beekeeping to the area at Troupville.  The black bee was brought from Germany or Holland and the yellow bee from Italy.  J. E. Williams developed an Apiary in the part of Lowndes County that is now Cook County, near Sparks.  Mr. Williams was the first commercial beekeeper recorded in Lowndes County. Now, in these days, when the bee industry is mentioned in this area, the name of Garnett Puett Sr. and The Puett Co. is remembered as one of the pioneers of the bee industry.

All in all, throughout the years, basically not too much has changed as the larger industries have moved to other areas around it. Hahira is still a farming community with tobacco as one of its main crops.   
Condensed  from notes by local Historian Mr. H.A. Miley on the history of Hahira prepared for Hahira's Centennial Celebration in 1991.

 

Hahira And Cigarette Manufacturing

In the late 1920's a group of Hahira tobacco businessmen decided they could save money if instead of shipping their product north, they manufactured their own brand of cigarettes in Hahira.  A factory was built in 1926 and a contest was held to select a name for the cigarettes and "Oteen"  the name of a North Carolina town won.  The packs featured an Indian on the front and a wigwam on the back.  
By the Depression, the businessmen sold their interest in the company to Julep Cigarette Company, making Hahira the manufacturing site for the nationally distributed "Happy Days" cigarettes for several years.  The cigarette factory was located along side the Norfolk Southern Railroad on Coleman Road and the building was in use until 1998.  It was demolished in 2002 and thousands of the fine old  bricks and much of the heart pine lumber foundation beams and flooring was salvage for re-use.

 

A Unique Town Where People Make The Difference 

Though the unique characteristics of small town life has been preserved in Hahira, it is by no means behind the times. Hahira is today a city nearing 2,500 citizens located in South Georgia along I-75.  The city is the northern entrance into Lowndes County, being 4 miles inside the county line along I-75 and US highway 41. It lies 11 miles south of Adel, Ga., 11 miles north of Valdosta, Ga., 15 miles west of Moody Air Force Ga. 39 miles east of Thomasville, Ga. and 29 miles north of the Ga.- Fl. state line.
Hahira's citizens are its most valuable benefit. Everyone in Hahira is a neighbor and is willing to lend a helping hand when needed. The people of Hahira have a positive attitude about the town. Volunteers for projects that take place, whether it be public or private, can be found. Hahiran's take great community pride in the history of the town and what it has achieved. The hard-working, congenial, and warm hearted citizens make it a joy to visit or live in the community. Hahira's employees, elected officials and community leaders are truly public servants. They are people directly from the community.  Hahira's leadership works together to build consensus to move the city forward and in the right direction.  Working together with the Chamber of Commerce and local business owners with the goal to promote Hahira.  Civic organizations are always offering assistance in any way needed.  The word "team" can be used to sum up the leadership in Hahira.

Community Links

Included here are some helpful links to various community organizations, people, places or things of interest.

Creekside West Communities
Chancy Drugs
City of Valdosta 
Easter Seals of Southern Georgia
Find a Doctor
Find-Our-Community

Georgia Department of Labor 
Georgia Military College
Georgia Municipal Association 
Georgia on my mind
Hahira Honey Bee Festival
Hahira Insurance Agency
Happy Tailz Grooming Salon 
Information about our flag
Jacobs' Ladder Therapeutic Riding Center
Lake Park Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitor's Center 
Lowndes County 
Lowndes County Historical Society
Moody Air Force Base
Retire in Georgia

Sew Blessed
Smith Northview Hospital
South Georgia Connections
South Georgia Medical Center
South Georgia On Line (Valdosta Daily Times)
South Georgia Real Estate Services 
Southern Georgia Regional Commission
The Tin Bucket
Valdosta Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce
Valdosta - Lowndes County Conference Center & Tourism Authority 
Valdosta - Lowndes County Industrial Authority 
Valdosta State University
Wiregrass Georgia Technical College