• Strickland joins 9th Congressional race, addresses Towns GOP

    Maria Strickland - Congressional candidate

    HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Maria Strickland, a contender in the 9th Congressional District race, spoke with the Towns County Republican Party, Feb. 27, introducing herself as a candidate. Strickland, a retired law enforcement officer of 26 years, resides in Fannin County. “I am a conservative Republican and I am a pro-Trump supporter,” Strickland said. “I am […]

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  • Don’t want a knock at your door? Complete the 2020 Census

    2020 Census

    HIAWASSEE, Ga. – The 2020 U.S. Census is right around the corner, and enumerators will follow close behind, visiting those who fail to complete the mandatory population count. For the first time in history, the decennial U.S. Census will be available online, making the process simpler for many residents. In addition to the internet option, residents […]

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  • Suicide intervention class offered to Towns, Union groups

    Towns County Suicide Prevention

    YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – The media often avoids reporting general suicide, but it is an issue that tragically affects every region in America. According to a 2017 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Leading Causes of Death Reports, suicide was the tenth leading cause of death overall in the United States, claiming the lives of […]

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  • Citizens to decide water fluoridation on May ballot

    Towns County fluoride

    HIAWASSEE, Ga.- Towns County residents will be given an option on the General Primary ballot, May 19, regarding the addition of fluoride to the City of Hiawassee water supply. A petition opposing the addition of fluoride was circulated in the community in 2019, garnering enough signatures to place the decision on the ballot for both […]

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  • City of Hiawassee approves moratorium on sewer service

    HIawassee Mayor LIi Ordiales

    HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Hiawassee City Council unanimously approved a moratorium on sewer services, Feb. 24, during a special-called meeting due to unpaid customer bills. The City of Hiawassee is expected to enter into mediation with Towns County Water and Sewage Authority next week. Hiawassee Councilwoman Patsy Owens motioned the moratorium, Councilwoman Anne Mitchell seconded, with the […]

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  • Hiawassee Police Department to offer free car seats, installment class

    Hiawassee Police Department

    HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Hiawassee Police Department plans to host a community class to increase the safety of Towns County’s youngest residents. Hiawassee Police Chief Paul Smith was recently contacted by the Department of Public Health, receiving a ‘mini-grant” to conduct a car seat installment class for the public and distribute safety seats, free of charge. […]

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  • Plunkett appointed to Towns County Board of Elections

    David Plunkett

    HIAWASSEE, Ga. – David Plunkett was appointed to the Towns County Board of Elections and Registration last week by Commissioner Cliff Bradshaw, replacing former board member Jim Powell. “I want to thank Jim Powell for serving,” Bradshaw said. “He has done a great job. He is a very nice man…” Powell’s term expired on Dec. 31, […]

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  • Courthouse renovation plans begin to form

    Towns County Courthouse

    HIAWASSEE, Ga. – As previously reported, the Towns County Courthouse, constructed in 1964, could be getting a much-needed facelift should the SPLOST referendum pass on the May 19 ballot. Towns County Sole Commissioner Cliff Bradshaw is consulting with the architectural firm  Clark Patterson Lee who was hired to sketch the blueprints for the modernized design. […]

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  • Information for voters and qualifying Towns County candidates

    Towns County GA elections

    HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Towns County Board of Elections Chair Janet Olivia released the following information for candidates intending to seek office in the 2020 election: In accordance with O.C.G.A. § 21-2-153(c)(2), notice is hereby given that the Towns County Board of Elections and Registration will be conducting qualifying of candidates for public office in the 2020 elections […]

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  • Towns County Fire & Rescue Activity Report

    Towns County fire department

    Towns County Fire & Rescue Weekly Report 2/12/20 – 2/18/20   2/12/20 3 Medical Calls   2/13/20 4 Medical Calls 1 Cancelled En Route 1 False Alarm   2/14/20 6 Medical Calls 2 Landing Zones   2/15/20 5 Medical Call 3 Cancelled En Route     2/16/20 2 Medical Call 2 Landing Zones   2/17/20 […]

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  • Sheriff, coroner candidates to speak at Republican meeting

    2020 candidates Towns County

    HIAWASSEE, Ga.- As qualifying quickly approaches, five Towns County sheriff candidates and two coroner candidates are scheduled to briefly address the Towns County Republican Party on Thursday, Feb. 27. The monthly GOP meeting, which typically meets on the third Thursday of each month, was rescheduled due to winter weather conditions. House Representative and the U.S. […]

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  • 911 director updates community on call center upgrades

    Marty Roberts - Towns 911

    HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Towns County 911 Director Marty Roberts brought the community up-to-date on the progress of the upgraded equipment and renovations to the Emergency Operations Center during the February commissioner’s meeting. “We’re excited at 911. There’s a lot of things happening down there that are just wonderful,” Roberts said. “Everything looks great. The dispatchers […]

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  • Mountain Regional Library System appoints new director

    Mountain Regional Library

    HIAWASSEE, Ga. – On Feb. 18, Towns County Public Library Chair Barbara Hale announced that a new director of the Mountain Regional Library Board would be formally appointed the following day at a meeting in Fannin County. “The Mountain Regional Library Board will be having a meeting to officially select, or appoint, the new director,” […]

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  • UPDATED: Towns County offices close, black ice expected to develop

    Towns County weather

    HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Towns Commissioner Cliff Bradshaw notified FYN of county-wide government office closures this morning, Thursday, Feb. 20, due to worsening weather conditions. FYN additionally received an alert from GEMA, warning of the potential of black ice forming on area roadways as the temperature continues to drop. UPDATE: Towns County government offices will operate […]

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  • Towns County Closings and Delays: Friday, Feb. 21

    snow closings delays

    Towns County, GA Towns County government offices, including the courthouse, will operate on a two-hour delay Friday morning due to winter weather conditions. Towns County Schools will implement an online learning day to ensure student safety. Follow this link for additional Towns County closings and delays as information becomes available.  

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  • Sen. Paul endorses Rep. Gurtler in U.S. Congressional race

    Rand Paul

    HIAWASSEE, Ga. – State House Representative Matt Gurtler, 8th District, formally announced Feb. 18 that he received a campaign endorsement from U.S. Senator Rand Paul.  “I am proud to receive Senator Rand Paul’s endorsement for Congress,” Gurtler said. “Rand Paul is one of the few men in Washington D.C. willing to stand up for the Constitution […]

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