(May 24, 2017) Officials arrested 30-year-old Jarvius Jemaine Woods Monday (May 22) as a result of the recent homicide investigation into the death of McRae-Helena woman, Patrice Ellis. Woods is charged with murder and remains in police custody in Dodge County.
“I would like to thank all McRae-Helena Police Department (MHPD) officers, especially Investigator (Robert) Johnson, and the GBI Region 12 Office for their hard work and dedication during the course of this investigation,” says McRae-Helena Police Chief Glenn Giles.
“We hate that this incident occurred but we are pleased to have made an arrest as quickly as we did.”
The following is taken from the GBI’s press release regarding Woods’ arrest: An arrest has been made in the death of a McRae woman. Jarvius Jemaine Woods, 30, was charged with murder today in the killing Patrice Ellis. Ellis’ body was found by her roommate on May 15, inside their residence. An autopsy found that Ellis, 30, died of a sharp force injury. Woods, also a resident of McRae, was an acquaintance of Ellis. Woods is being held in the Dodge County Jail, where he is facing unrelated charges.
The investigation was conducted by the MHPD, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), and the Department of Community Supervision (DCS).
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to call the GBI at 478-374-6988 or the McRae Helena Police Department at 229-868-2093.


The latest report from the Telfair County Sheriff’s office details three recent drug related cases that ended in felony arrests. A wanted fugitive from Telfair is caught in Monroe County. A traffic stop turns into a drug arrest and an alleged drug transaction in Jacksonville is interrupted by Telfair County Sheriff’s Office deputies. Read all about it in this week’s Telfair Enterprise.


Telfair seniors ask for ‘respectful’ crowd on Graduation Night Friday

The Telfair County High School Class of 2017 is all set for graduation and commencement ceremonies this Friday night, May 26 at 8 p.m. on Trojan Field. (In the case of bad weather the ceremony will be moved to the TCHS gym.) In honor of the auspicious, once-in-a-lifetime occasion the seniors have issued a letter requesting respectful behavior from all who attend the night’s festivities. This year’s graduates will only get to do this once and it is their wish that the ceremony will be a respectful one. The following is their letter to those planning on attending graduation this Friday.

Dear Parents, Guardians, Visitors and Guests,

We are excited to welcome you all to Telfair County High School’s graduation. Our school’s graduation is a time-honored tradition, and we are very proud of the ceremony that our school holds. We, the Telfair County High School Seniors, would like to ask the community-including parents, visitors, and any special guests to please allow each graduate the opportunity to receive his or her diploma in a dignified manner.
We respectfully request that there be no cat calls, outbursts, or yells from the crowd. A loud outburst for one graduate detracts from the next graduate. Also, we ask that all guests turn their cell phones off and remain seated and quiet until the commencement exercises are complete. Movement detracts from our graduates and their recognitions.
The seniors also request that our guests respect the formality of our special occasion and dress appropriately and accordingly. The seniors agree that anyone who violates these requests be asked to leave the stadium. We enlist your cooperation and support so that we will not have to ask you to leave the stadium. On behalf of the senior class and student council officers, we appreciate your help with these requests and are glad you have joined us in the Class of 2017’s time of honor.

Senior Class President, Sarah Ott
Senior Class Vice-President, Kelly Royce Spires
Senior Class Secretary, Grace Cook
Senior Class Treasurer, Katie Beth McGhee