• Georgia House passes legislation to cut taxes and create jobs

    cut taxes Georgia capitol election hearing

    ATLANTA – Today, the Georgia House of Representatives passed four pieces of legislation to cut taxes on Georgia families and businesses, as well as create jobs and expand economic opportunity across the state. These measures include the Tax Relief Act of 2021, the Georgia Economic Recovery Act of 2021, the Georgia Economic Renewal Act of […]

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  • Towns County becomes a Second Amendment Sanctuary

    HIAWASSEE, Ga – Towns County Sole Commissioner Cliff Bradshaw and Sheriff Kenneth Henderson presented and signed a pro-Second Amendment (2A) resolution during the February commission meeting. The Second Amendment Sanctuary movement patterned itself after the Sanctuary Cities for refugees. The first credited use of a gun sanctuary was in Effingham County, Illinois. The measures commonly […]

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  • Sports betting bill back in committee for unclear reasons

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    ATLANTA – Georgia Lottery Mobile Sports Wagering Integrity Act (HB 86) was sent back to committee without explanation for the second time today. The move sets back the legalization of online sports betting just a few days ahead of Atlanta hosting the NBA All-Star game. HB 86 includes a provision for professional sports teams to […]

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  • Perdue opts out of 2022 Senate race

    David Perdue 2022 Senate

    ATLANTA, Ga – After taking the first step and filing paperwork with the Federal Election Commission, former Senator David Perdue (R – Ga) announced this morning that he would not seek a Senate seat in 2022. Perdue would have faced off against Senator Raphael Warnock (D – Ga), who beat Kelly Loeffler in the January […]

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  • Paris Business Center’s grants take center stage

    Downtown Hiawassee

    HIAWASSEE, Ga – Restoring the Paris Business Center and associated grant costs became the main subject of discussion during the February city council meeting. Hiawassee City Council and downtown development authority (DDA) entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for management of the Paris Business Center. In other words, the DDA operates the Paris Business […]

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  • Doug Collins still evaluating his 2022 options

    Doug Collins 2022

    ELLIJAY, Ga – Former Congressman Doug Collins didn’t rule out a potential governor or U.S. Senate run in 2022. He confirmed he’s weighing his options and would make a decision in the future. “I’m concerned about conservatism right now,” Collins expressed. “If that means I need to be on the ballot, I’ll be on the […]

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  • Towns County Schools close for Tuesday, February 16

    Update: With deteriorating road conditions and temperatures continuing to drop Towns County Schools will operate virtually today. 12-month employees should report at 10 or when safe to do so. TOWNS COUNTY, Ga – Towns County Schools issued a statement concerning classes on Tuesday, February 16, ahead of potentially icy conditions. “Towns County Schools will operate […]

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  • David Perdue takes steps to run against Warnock in 2022

    David Perdue 2022 Senate

    ATLANTA, Ga – The 2022 U.S. Senate race starts heating up with former U.S. Senator David Perdue (R – Ga) filing paperwork to potentially run against Senator Raphael Warnock (D – Ga). The former senator, who lost his runoff against Jon Ossoff on January 5, established the “Perdue for Senate” campaign on Monday with the […]

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  • Update: Shooter suspect extradited back to Georgia


    UPDATE: February 2, 2021 Charles Jason Matheson age 41, has been extradited back to Georgia from Clay County, NC this morning to face charges of Felony Criminal Attempt (to Commit Murder), Felony Aggravated Stalking, and Felony Aggravated Assault. I would personally like to thank all who have assisted in the apprehension of this suspect. – […]

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  • Health Departments move COVID-19 vaccinations to offsite clinics

    COVID-19 clinics District 2 hours of operation testing guidelines vaccinations

    GAINESVILLE – To maximize efficiency for vaccine delivery, District 2 Public Health Departments have coordinated with our community partners to locate COVID-19 vaccine clinics to larger spaces. “This move will allow our staff to provide both first and second doses at one location,” said Zachary Taylor, M.D., District Health Director. “Having a larger space than […]

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  • Where to receive COVID-19 shots in Towns County

    Vaccine District 2

    HIAWASSEE, Ga – Residents of Towns County who are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine can sign up at one of three places in the local community. Only those in Phase 1A+ can receive the vaccine, so Healthcare workers (physicians, nurses, laboratory technicians, EMS personnel, environmental services, etc.), Residents and staff of long-term care facilities, Adults […]

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  • New variant of COVID-19 requires diligence in mitigation actions

    COVID-19 mitigation

    GAINESVILLE – Georgia Department of Public Health announced 19 cases of the Covid-19 variant B.1.1.7 present in Georgia. While no cases have been confirmed in District 2 counties yet, at least 30 other states have reported cases of the variant. The same measures used to prevent the spread of Covid-19 are recommended for this variant. […]

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  • Hiawassee earns good opinion for 2020 audit

    Hiawassee coronavirus

    HIAWASSEE, Ga – Rushton and Associates gave the city of Hiawassee a clean or unmodified opinion for their 2020 audit. It’s the second year in a row that Hiawassee received this rating. The 2020 audit showcased how city revenues dropped and expenditures increased for the year too. Revenues were down $55,012 (5.4 percent). Expenditures were […]

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  • Winter Storm Warning in effect for North Georgia

    Winter Storm Warning

    BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – High elevations (1,500 and above) might experience up to three inches of snow overnight. Lower elevations can expect up to an inch of snow. The Winter Storm Warning lasts throughout the weekend until 12 p.m. on Sunday, February 6 for Union, Towns, Lumpkin, Rabun, and White Counties. According to the National Weather […]

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  • Hiawassee City Council meeting moved to February 9

    HIAWASSEE, Ga – Mayor Liz Ordiales and the council opted to move their regularly scheduled city council meeting from Tuesday, February 2 at 6 p.m. to Tuesday, February 9 at 6 p.m. because of COVID-19 concerns. The meeting will be broadcast on Facebook Live.

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