• Sheriff candidate responds to agency’s virus response

    Towns County Sheriff Election

    HIAWASSEE, Ga. – In response to a report on a Tuesday meeting at the Towns County Courthouse called to bring together local leaders at the helm of the growing COVID-19 pandemic, sheriff candidate Daren “Bear” Osborn took aim at the Towns County Sheriff’s Office for not attending the relevant conference. “Imagine that, a National and […]

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  • Financial relief for Towns County businesses in the works

    Towns County financial relief

    HIAWASSEE, Ga. – As more consumers heed official advice to avoid crowds and practice social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19, area businesses are experiencing a sharp decline in revenue. In response, Towns County Emergency Management Agency (TCEMA) Director Brandon Walls announced Tuesday that funding relief may become available to lessen the burden on […]

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  • Towns County prepares as COVID-19 spreads in Georgia

    Towns County COVID-19

    HIAWASSEE, Ga. –  Elected and appointed officials from all Towns County, Hiawassee, and Young Harris government and emergency agencies, with the exception of Towns County Sheriff’s Office, gathered for a press briefing at the Towns County Courthouse, Tuesday, March 17, to assure citizens of the swift response to COVID-19. “Information has been a key point […]

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  • Towns County teacher tests negative for COVID-19

    Towns County COVID-19

    HIAWASSEE, Ga- Towns County Schools announced Tuesday, March 17, that an elementary school teacher who was thought to have possibly contracted COVID-19 received a negative test result. The Towns County resident was transferred from Chatuge Regional Hospital in Hiawassee to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville overnight on Monday, March 16, with severe symptoms resembling […]

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  • Towns County family quarantined for coronavirus speaks out

    Hiawasseee quarantine

    HIAWASSEE, Ga. – A wife and mother quarantined with her family to monitor for COVID-19 in Towns County reached out to FYN on Sunday afternoon, March 15, to share her story, stressing the importance of transparency with the public in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak.  Shannon Baldwin-Nguyen — the spouse of Thanh Nguyen, a […]

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  • Energy assistance available for elderly and medically homebound

    Energy Assistance

    HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Brenda Dalin, Program Director, Ninth District Opportunity, Inc. recently announced “Cooling Help for the Elderly and Medically Homebound” energy assistance for Banks, Barrow, Clarke, Dawson, Elbert, Forsyth, Franklin, Habersham, Hall, Hart, Jackson, Lumpkin, Madison, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union, and White counties. “As of right now, anyone 65 and older or […]

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  • VIDEO: 2020 Towns County Sheriff Candidates’ Forum

    Towns county Sheriff Candidates Forum 2020

    HIAWASSEE, Ga. – The COVID-19 scare did not prevent a crowd of constituents from attending the 2020 Towns County Sheriff Candidates’ Forum held Saturday, March 14. Each of the five contenders were asked a series of questions in a staggered order, ranging from their plans for the sheriff’s office to how they intend on handling the […]

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  • UPDATED: Government and Business Closings – COVID-19

    Towns County closed corona virus

    HIAWASSEE, Ga. – On the day of President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency, Towns County Commissioner Cliff Bradshaw notified FYN of multiple closings throughout the county due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. “The health and safety of Towns County citizens and our employees is my top concern,” Commissioner Bradshaw told FYN. “I’m working very […]

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  • Local businesses, elderly population fear affects of coronavirus

    coronavirus Towns County

    HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Although the infamous coronavirus has not made a known appearance in Towns County, local businesses are reporting a drop in sales as they fear potential closure due to the contagious disease, and elderly residents question how COVID-19 could alter their well-being beyond health concerns. Misty and Shannon Garrison, owners of Main Street Grill […]

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  • UPDATED: Towns County teacher suspected of coronavirus

    Hiawassee sewer

    HIAWASSEE, Ga. – FYN learned from Towns County EMA on Monday morning, March 16, that a patient suspected of contracting COVID-19 was transferred overnight from Chatuge Regional Hospital in Hiawassee to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville, GA. The patient was described as a female in her 50s. UPDATED: Towns County Board of Education announced Tuesday […]

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  • Nine arrested in Towns County drug raid

    Towns County drug raid

    HIAWASSEE, Ga, – On Monday, March 9, Towns County Sheriff’s Office investigators and deputies obtained and executed a search warrant at a residence located on State Highway 288 near Dollar General in Hiawassee. Investigators and deputies arrested the following suspects: James Michael Peterson, age 60, of Hiawassee, Georgia 1 Count Possession of Methamphetamine David Lee Chastain […]

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  • Hiawassee mayor knew to include county in fluoride vote

    City of Hiawassee - fluoride

    HIAWASSEE, Ga. – In recent weeks, FYN investigated and reported details leading to the exclusion of Towns County voters’ ability to weigh-in on the upcoming City of Hiawassee fluoride referendum on the May 19 ballot. Towns County citizens, who expected to have a say as to whether fluoride would be added to the local water […]

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  • Towns County officials ‘closely monitoring’ coronavirus developments

    HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Towns County officials and health providers gathered in recent days, focused on disseminating information related to COVID-19, commonly known as the coronavirus. Rhonda Calwell, a registered nurse trained in Infection Control and Prevention with Union General Hospital, held a seminar for the public on March 10, at the Towns County Recreation and […]

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  • Local philanthropists honored for generous contributions

    Betty Phillips -Historical Society

    HIAWASSEE, Ga. – The Towns County Historical Society honored Betty Phillips and her late husband, Dr. Richard Allen Schmidtke, at its March meeting for their generous financial contributions toward the preservation of local history. “This is a resolution in honor of Betty Phillips and in memory of Dr. Richard Allen Schmidtke by the Towns County […]

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  • Tombstones stolen from historic cemetery

    Old Smyrna Cemetery

    HIAWASSEE, Ga.- Headstones from the historic Old Smyrna Cemetery were discovered missing last week, reported by Steve Eller, a caretaker of the gravesites and the offspring of ancestors who were laid to rest at the remote location between Upper Hightower and Charlie’s Creek over a century ago. The gravestones are thought to have been stolen […]

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  • Head-on crash closes U.S. Route 76 in Young Harris

    Young Harris accident

    YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – A two-vehicle accident occurred shortly after 1 pm. Monday, March 9, on U.S. Route 76 in the vicinity of Brasstown Valley Resort near Equani Spa. According to Towns County Fire Chief Harold Copeland, two victims from the head-on collision were airlifted to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville; one victim from […]

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