• Qualifying for Hiawassee City Council election begins August 16

    Hiawassee City Hall planning development ordinance qualifying

    HIAWASSEE, Ga – City of Hiawassee qualifying for the upcoming election begins on Monday, August 16, and runs through Friday, August 20 at City Hall. The offices up for election in November are Mayor, Councilmember Post 1 and Councilmember Post 2. The cost associated to qualify and be placed on the ballot for those offices […]

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  • Safety road check leads to two drug-related arrests

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    HIAWASSEE, Ga – Towns County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested two suspects on drug-related charges after receiving information at the Gumlog Road/ Hwy. 66 road safety check. The two suspects were located in Young Harris, Ga. Candi Sue Merritt, 47 of Hayesville, NC was charged with possession and use of drug-related objects, possession of methamphetamine, Purchase, possession, […]

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  • August 12 Public Hearing Scheduled for Joint Comprehensive Plan

    Hiawassee City Hall planning development ordinance qualifying

    HIAWASSEE, Ga  – A public hearing concerning the comprehensive plan is scheduled for August 12 at City Hall, starting at 7 p.m. The joint comprehensive plan outlines goals for the future of Hiawassee, Young Harris, and Towns County as a whole. It’s updated every five years. Public input helps city and county officials determine the […]

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  • Towns County becomes a Purple Heart County

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    HIAWASSEE, Ga – Sole Commissioner Cliff Bradshaw signed the Purple Heart County Proclamation during the July commission meeting. “We support our veterans very strongly. The county supports them in every way we can,” Bradshaw stated. Veteran and Purple Heart recipient Ryan McPherson attended to accept the proclamation and say a few words. “It’s important that […]

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  • Full-time county employees receive $2,000 in ARP funds

    transfer station ARP

    HIAWASSEE, Ga – Towns County employees received a lump sum payment from American Rescue Act (ARP) funds as part of their steadfast service throughout the pandemic. The county received $1,169,023 million in ARP Act funds. “As soon as I knew the money was in the bank, I called our county attorney because reading how you […]

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  • Towns new courthouse designs near final stage

    Towns County courthouse COVID-19 summer

    Hiawassee, Ga – The courthouse plans are almost complete and going through the final stages. Sole Commissioner Cliff Bradshaw has included Chief Superior Court Judge Raymond George, Probate Judge David Rogers District Attorney Jeff Langley, and Clerk of Court Cecil Dye in the planning process. “Any day now they are going to have the plans […]

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  • Towns County asking citizens’ input in comprehensive plan

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    HIAWASSEE, GA – Towns County, City of Hiawassee, and City of Young Harris want citizens’ input in the joint comprehensive plan for the next five years. The public survey can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/W7MHXXN?fbclid=IwAR0Pc7lMiYqfPwuKAY1gggoUSsqnxmhNxtN03u53oHu8uT7h5v8Spu9AvPQ The goal is to hear from those living in the area and gain a better understanding of how they would like […]

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  • Ralston calls for GBI investigation into Fulton County elections

    Richard Barron election investigation

    ATLANTA, Ga – Elected officials are taking aim and Fulton County and its elections director Richard Barron, following new details regarding the 2020 election. Today, Speaker of the House David Ralston (R – Blue Ridge) released the letter he sent to Fulton Elections Director Richard Barron. In the letter, Ralston requests Barron ask the GBI […]

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  • Building and planning ordinance amendment unanimously approved

    HIAWASSEE, Ga – The second reading of the amended building and planning ordinance and later unanimously approved by Hiawassee City Council. “In an effort to maintain proper density within the city the following shall apply, parcels of land shall be limited to six living spaces with no more than four structures per acre. No parcel […]

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  • Celebrate the Fourth in the Mountains

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    HIAWASSEE, Ga – Independence Day is right around the corner, and Towns County has several events planned to keep everyone entertained. The Hiawassee Night Market will be held on Friday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on the square. It takes place every first Friday from April to November. For those looking for a more […]

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  • Largest meth bust in Towns County history

    meth bust

    TOWNS COUNTY, Ga – Towns County Deputies executed the largest methamphetamine bust in the county with the arrest of suspect Alex Robinson of Monroe, Ga. Following a four-month investigation and the three-day round-the-clock operation, a team consisting of the Towns County drug agents, deputies, and Sheriff Ken Henderson converged on a heavily-armed Robinson and arrested […]

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  • Towns still deciding how to properly use American Rescue Plan funds

    testing site American Rescue Plan

    HIAWASSEE, Ga – In a short and sweet June Towns Commission meeting, Sole Commissioner Cliff Bradshaw gave an update on local business and the American Rescue Plan funds. Towns County received just over $1 million in American Rescue Plan funds last month and Bradshaw’s still deciphering how exactly the money can be used. On Wednesday, […]

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  • Georgia State Patrol investigating pedestrian fatality at Sand Bar

    Sand Bar

    HIAWASSEE, Ga – A pedestrian was killed in front of the Sand Bar and Grille on US Hwy 76 overnight on Saturday, June 12. Georgia State Patrol and Towns County Sheriff’s Office are in the midst of an active investigation. FYN has put a request into the GSP for more information about the tragic incident. […]

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  • North Carolina woman arrested on trafficking methamphetamine charges


    The Towns County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia State Patrol makes a vital bust confiscating about a pound of methamphetamine. Sunday, June 6, 2021, the Georgia State Patrol initiated a traffics stop resulting in the arrest of Jennifer Lynn Williams 31 of Crumpler, NC. The Towns County Sheriff’s Office Drug Unit in conjunction with the […]

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  • Towns County Schools 2021-2022 calendar

    HIAWASSEE, Ga – Towns County Schools’ 2021-2022 calendar has 180 student days and 190 teacher days. Students will go back on August 5, 2021, and teacher pre-planning begins on August 2. Open house will be on August 3. Graduation will be on May 21, 2022.

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