• Northern Georgia, Western Carolina continues to battle opioid crisis

    HAYESVILLE, NC. – Deaths from opioid overdoses have increased more than tenfold in Georgia over the past eight years, and on average, four residents of North Carolina die each day as a result of the epidemic. Nationwide statistics show that deaths from opioids have more than quadrupled since 1999. With many physicians dispensing pain medications, […]

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  • Oaks Lakeside Kitchen featured in “Georgia Eats” as a plate locals love

    Oaks restaurant Hiawassee

    YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Oaks Lakeside Kitchen is receiving recognition from the Georgia Department of Economic Development Tourism Division (GDEcD) list of “100 Plates Locals Love,” which will be featured in Georgia Eats culinary guide. The magazine is distributed to Visitor information Centers statewide. The publication is in it’s fourth year, and provides restaurant recommendations […]

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  • Mayor overrides ethics ordinance, board member equates GOP with Nazi Party

    Hiawassee City Council

    HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Hiawassee formally received recognition as a “City of Ethics” at a Georgia Municiple Association (GMA) conference in late June, attended by Hiawassee Mayor Liz Ordiales and Hiawassee City Clerk Bonnie Kendrick. Shortly thereafter, FetchYourNews (FYN) reported on the city’s award, which stemmed from a 2016 ethics ordinance, and later adopted by current […]

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  • Planning Commission works toward sign ordinance revision

    Towns County Planning Commission

    HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Towns County Planning Commission met on Tuesday, July 31, to discuss revisions to the existing sign ordinance. A 90-day moratorium, which temporarily suspended the permit process, took effect on July 17, due to a recent upsurge of applications for off-site advertising signs and billboards. “Our worry is that we don’t want to […]

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  • Annual deadline to add to Veterans’ Memorial Wall approaches

    HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Towns County Veterans Monument Committee is currently accepting the names of local veterans who have passed on, to engrave onto the monument panel at Veterans Park in Hiawassee. The deadline for review is Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018. To determine eligibility, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 7807 requests an honorable discharge certificate, […]

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  • Climate Change Resolution set to appear before Hiawassee Council

    HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Local environmentalist Vernon Dixon propositioned Hiawassee City Council with a presentation intended to apply pressure on Congress to enact a carbon emission tax on producers – at the well, mine, or port – and potentially provide a dividend return for Hiawassee. The resolution is scheduled for Council approval at the Aug. 7 […]

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