• Traditional or virtual school is the choice for Towns students

    Traditional

    HIAWASSEE, Ga – Towns County students and parents must choose between returning to in-person education or participating in online classes. They can decide in favor of traditional or online education for their children by July 27, so Towns County Schools can accommodate for online learning tools. Here’s a link to the form. Those enrolled in online […]

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  • Anti-American sentiments graffitied along U.S. Hwy 76

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    HIAWASSEE, Ga – Towns County, Ga all fell victim to the country-wide vandalism over the July Fourth weekend. Unidentified individuals scrawled anti-American and anti-law enforcement graffiti down a section of US Hwy. 76. The graffiti appeared along the side of a building, road signs, power poles, and a retaining wall from Sunnyside Road to Times […]

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  • Mayor Liz Ordiales elected President of GMA District 2

    LIz Ordiales

    ATLANTA – Hiawassee Mayor Liz Ordiales was elected President of the Georgia Municipal Association’s (GMA) District 2 during the association’s virtual annual meeting on July 2. In this role, Ordiales will serve as a liaison between GMA and municipal officials in GMA’s District 2.  She will also attend GMA-sponsored events, including the association’s annual convention; promote engagement […]

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  • Celebrate a groovy Fourth of July in Hiawassee

    Fourth of July

    HIAWASSEE, Ga – Fireworks and live entertainment are in store for anyone attending Fourth of July celebrations at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds. The Vintage Vixens will be playing a live, outdoor show in front of the fairgrounds’ office. Admission is free and fireworks start at 9:45 p.m. Admission for both events is free with the […]

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  • BRMEMC’s General Manager Jeremy Nelms to resign in September

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    YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. — Blue Ridge Mountain EMC’s General Manager Jeremy Nelms announced on June 25 that he will resign his position as General Manager in September 2020. Nelms accepted the CEO position at Flint Energies in Reynolds, Georgia.  BRMEMC was sad to see him leave, but understand this is a great opportunity for him […]

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  • COVID-19 testing site changes effective June 28

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    GAINESVILLE, GA – District 2 Public Health announces updates to specimen collection site (testing site) schedules effective June 28. Due to the much warmer summer temperatures, all sites will now close by 1:00 pm. For convenience, an appointment is recommended at each of the Specimen Point of Collection sites. Please call your local health department […]

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  • Towns County Courthouse renovations on the way

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    HIAWASSEE, Ga – Now that the new SPLOST tax passed, Towns County’s courthouse renovation can officially begin. Sole Commissioner Cliff Bradshaw took a moment to speak about the new project at the June county meeting. “I want to thank the Towns County Citizens for passing the SPLOST and Freeport Tax,” said Bradshaw. Taxes didn’t increase […]

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  • Runoff details emerge; Anderson qualified for tax commissioner

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    TOWNS COUNTY, Ga – Board of Elections announced that the August 11 runoff elections will take place in the same polling location as the General Primary. After speaking with the Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s office, Board of Elections Chairman Janet Olivia and Office Supervisor Rachel Edwards stated that the runoff election must “be consistent” […]

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  • See who’s in the August 11 runoff elections

    General Primary runoff

    NORTH GEORGIA – Now that the General Primary is over, several candidates are facing runoff elections across North Georgia. The runoff is scheduled for Tuesday, August 11 and only those who voted in the General Primary may vote in it. Early in-person voting will begin on July 20, 2019. For a breakdown of the runoff […]

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  • Traffic stop leads to multiple drug-related arrests

    drug arrests traffic stop

    Press Release – On Sunday, May 31, 2020, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Towns County Sheriff’s Office with a traffic stop on Highway 175 near the NC/GA state line. During this traffic stop information was obtained to the possibility of illegal controlled substances may be located at Chatuge Mountain Inn in Hayesville. Deputies […]

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  • Towns County General Primary 2020 Election Returns

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    TOWNS COUNTY, Ga – The polls have closed for the June 9 General Primary. To review the unofficial election returns for your local races, see below. Please remember all the results are unofficial until certified by the Secretary of State. COUNTY Sole Commissioner  Republican Presumptive Winner: Cliff Bradshaw (Incumbent) Tax Commissioner  Democrat Presumptive Winner: Bruce […]

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  • FYN sends our condolences to the family of Bill Kokaly

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    FYN’s saddened to report the passing of dear friend and longtime Field Representative for Congressman Doug Collins, Bill Kokaly. He moved on to a better world on Friday morning of June 12 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Kokaly loyally served Collins since the congressman’s first campaign and was instrumental in managing the military academy […]

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  • Union General Hospital Receives ACC Advanced Heart Failure Accreditation

    ACC

    The American College of Cardiology (ACC) has recognized Union General Hospital for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients with heart failure. Union General Hospital was awarded Advanced Heart Failure Accreditation in April based on rigorous onsite review of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients with heart failure through pre-hospital care, […]

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  • Main Street sight of BLM rally and counter protest

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    HIAWASSEE, Ga – Black Lives Matter activists and counter-protesters squared off on opposite sides of Main Street. Each side attempting to get their points across to members of the community. From 4 to 6 p.m., the Black Lives Matter protesters gathered in the town square and waved signs on the sidewalk. As many as 50 […]

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  • Operation changes to COVID-19 specimen collection sites

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    GAINESVILLE, GA – Nine specimen collection sites operated jointly by the Georgia National Guard and Augusta University ended operations effective May 30. As of June 1, several sites changed their operating hours. Those interested in receiving a COVID-19 test are strongly encouraged to call and make an appointment. The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) […]

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  • Early voting adjusts to social distancing guidelines

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    HIAWASSEE, Ga – Towns County voters started casting their ballots on May 18 when early voting opened and noticed all the precautions in place to keep them safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sole Commissioner Cliff Bradshaw stressed the importance of early voting, “I want to brag on our elections board. They’ve done a great job […]

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