• Councilwoman proposes citywide plastic bag ban, five-cent fee

    City of Hiawassee

    HIAWASSEE, Ga. –  With progressive, environmentally conscious Starbucks vowing to eliminate plastic straws from their 28,000 chains by 2020, a local leader strives to make progress of her own. Hiawassee City Council convened for their monthly work session on Monday, July 30, and an item listed on the agenda contained a council member’s concern for […]

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  • Hiawassee package store petition fails to pass inspection

    Hiawassee package store

    HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Local petitioners submitted a total of 304 signatures to the Towns County Board of Elections on Wednesday, Aug. 1, hoping to gain a referendum on the November ballot, allowing voters to decide whether a liquor store should set up shop within the city limits. FYN met with the election board on the […]

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  • Hiawassee Police Chief Paul Smith marks first year as city’s top cop

    Hiawassee Police Paul Smith

    HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Today, August 1, marks the one-year anniversary of the appointment of Hiawassee Police Chief Paul Smith, and FYN sat down with the law enforcement official to discuss his year-long journey. Chief Smith began his law enforcement career in Cobb County, Georgia, serving as an officer for three years prior to transferring to […]

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  • Board of Education proposes annual millage rate

    Towns county Board of Education

    HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Towns County Board of Education proposed a rollback millage rate of 7.671 percent during a special-called meeting on the morning of Tuesday, July 31. An additional meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 23, for Board’s final approval. The session will take place at 7:30 a.m. at the Board of Education office at […]

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  • March for Jesus event planned for August

    March for Jesus

    HIAWASSEE, Ga. – March for Jesus, a 2.7 mile spirited trek from the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds to Cedar Cliff Road, is planned for Aug. 25. The event is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. at Anderson Music Hall, with music and fellowship following the 10 a.m. march. Organizer Terry Rathmann says that the event was […]

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  • DOT approves traffic turn signal at Main Street and Bell Creek

    Bell Creek RD Hiawassee

    HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Towns County Commissioner Cliff Bradshaw received notification from the Georgia Department of Transportation (DOT) confirming that the state agency plans to install a turn signal at the intersection of Highway 76 and Highway 75 North. The three-way intersection is situated adjacent to McDonalds in Hiawassee. Traffic traveling east on Main Street, attempting […]

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