Towns County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report 10/4 – 10/10

Arrest Reports, Police & Government

Arrest report with photos provided by the Towns County Sheriff’s Office.  The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 50-18-70) allows for FetchYourNews.com to obtain and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Towns County. Those arrests are posted on FetchYourNews.com for viewing pleasure. Please remember that all individuals listed have been arrested and charged, however, they are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.

Towns County Civic Association hosting public forum on drug use

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HIAWASSEE, Ga – On October 11, Towns County Civic Association will be holding a public forum on drug abuse.

The forum is open for students to address the issue. Michael Courey spoke about the necessity of children and teenagers understanding the effects of drugs and hearing their perspectives.

“We’ve addressed this in the past, we’ve addressed this with driving under the influence of alcohol, with tobacco, with other drugs, but it doesn’t seem to have stopped the desire of the youth to use it,” Courey said at the City of Hiawassee Council Work Session.

He addressed how times have changed since he was younger, and cigarettes and alcohol were the big deal.

The public forum will take place at the Towns County Recreation Center at Foster Park on October 11 at 6 p.m.

Several speakers are lined up to discuss the effect of drugs on the human mind and body.

Towns County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report 9/27 – 10/3

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Arrest report with photos provided by the Towns County Sheriff’s Office.  The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 50-18-70) allows for FetchYourNews.com to obtain and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Towns County. Those arrests are posted on FetchYourNews.com for viewing pleasure. Please remember that all individuals listed have been arrested and charged, however, they are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.

Towns County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report 9/20 – 9/26

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Arrest report with photos provided by the Towns County Sheriff’s Office.  The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 50-18-70) allows for FetchYourNews.com to obtain and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Towns County. Those arrests are posted on FetchYourNews.com for viewing pleasure. Please remember that all individuals listed have been arrested and charged, however, they are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.

Towns County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report 9/13 – 9/19

Arrest Reports, Police & Government

Arrest report with photos provided by the Towns County Sheriff’s Office.  The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 50-18-70) allows for FetchYourNews.com to obtain and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Towns County. Those arrests are posted on FetchYourNews.com for viewing pleasure. Please remember that all individuals listed have been arrested and charged, however, they are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.

Towns County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report 9/6 – 9/12

Arrest Reports, Police & Government

Arrest report with photos provided by the Towns County Sheriff’s Office.  The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 50-18-70) allows for FetchYourNews.com to obtain and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Towns County. Those arrests are posted on FetchYourNews.com for viewing pleasure. Please remember that all individuals listed have been arrested and charged, however, they are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.

Hiawassee accepts rollback on 2021 millage rate in 3 to 2 vote

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2021 millage rate

HIAWASSEE, Ga – Hiawassee City Council moved to accept the rollback on the 2021 millage rate at 1.977 mills in a three to two vote.

Councilmembers Anne Mitchell and Patsy Owens opposed the lowering of the millage rate.

“We’re gonna get to the point where we don’t have any money coming into the city,” Owens stated. “Then what are we going to do? Have a cakewalk?”

Mayor Liz Ordiales added she thought Hiawassee lost its chance to bring more money into the city in 2017 when Hiawassee picked up $5 million in unaccounted-for funds. It set the city back financially.

Maintaining the current millage rate only adds $8,000 to the property tax collections. The current rate is 2.067 mills. It’s continued to steadily decline since 2017, dropping from 2.258 mills over time. The gross digest climbs year over year, however.

Mitchell agreed with that assessment but stated that they’re “no reason” for Hiawassee’s taxes to be that low.

LOST collections account for a large portion of funds for Hiawassee. Without visitors in the community contributing to LOST, the millage rate would be significantly higher. Last year, $250,689 came from LOST.

Hiawassee collected more in LOST and alcohol tax than in property taxes last year.

The public hearing for the 2021 millage rate will be on September 27, prior to the work session. The second reading and acceptance will be on October 5.

Hiawassee collects its property taxes, not the tax commissioner. The city decided to move the collections in-house to save money.

Towns County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report 8/30 – 9/5

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Arrest report with photos provided by the Towns County Sheriff’s Office.  The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 50-18-70) allows for FetchYourNews.com to obtain and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Towns County. Those arrests are posted on FetchYourNews.com for viewing pleasure. Please remember that all individuals listed have been arrested and charged, however, they are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.

Towns County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report 8/23 – 8/29

Arrest Reports, Police & Government

Arrest report with photos provided by the Towns County Sheriff’s Office.  The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 50-18-70) allows for FetchYourNews.com to obtain and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Towns County. Those arrests are posted on FetchYourNews.com for viewing pleasure. Please remember that all individuals listed have been arrested and charged, however, they are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.

Towns County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report 8/16 – 8/22

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Arrest report with photos provided by the Towns County Sheriff’s Office.  The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 50-18-70) allows for FetchYourNews.com to obtain and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Towns County. Those arrests are posted on FetchYourNews.com for viewing pleasure. Please remember that all individuals listed have been arrested and charged, however, they are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.

Towns County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report 8/9 – 8/15

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Arrest report with photos provided by the Towns County Sheriff’s Office.  The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 50-18-70) allows for FetchYourNews.com to obtain and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Towns County. Those arrests are posted on FetchYourNews.com for viewing pleasure. Please remember that all individuals listed have been arrested and charged, however, they are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.

Towns County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report 8/2 – 8/8

Arrest Reports, Police & Government

Arrest report with photos provided by the Towns County Sheriff’s Office.  The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 50-18-70) allows for FetchYourNews.com to obtain and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Towns County. Those arrests are posted on FetchYourNews.com for viewing pleasure. Please remember that all individuals listed have been arrested and charged, however, they are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.

City Council declares Hiawassee a Purple Heart Community

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HIAWASSEE, Ga – The City of Hiawassee became a Purple Heart City following Towns County’s move to do so last month.

Veteran and Purple Heart Recipient Ryan McPherson continued his quest to add Northeast Georgia communities to the Purple Heart Trail and spoke about the importance of recognizing veterans at the work session.

“Here in Northeast Georgia, we’ve been underrepresented as far as places. Despite the fact that we’re a big veteran population, we seem to go above and beyond for all of our veteran community. The combat-wounded soldier appears to go underrecognized,” McPherson stated.

McPherson received his badge after being injured during a tour of duty in 2008 in Iraq. He’s semi-retired and moved to Union County from Marietta, Georgia.

“it’s great to have this officially, the proclamation. We’ll take this letter, up to the national chapter of the military order of the Purple Heart and it will go up on the map,” McPherson explained.

Mayor Liz Ordiales added that they have quite a few Purple Heart Recipients in Towns County and that the Military Order of the Purple Heart will be in attendance at the 9/11 tribute this year.

George Washington created the Purple Heart as a badge of military merit in 1782. He pinned it on three people. It was also the first American Service Award made available to the common soldier.

Ryan McPherson at the July Towns County Commission meeting.

In recent wars, thousands of soldiers received Purple Hearts:

  • 320,000 in World War I
  • Over 1,000,000 in World War II
  • 118,000 in the Korean War
  • 351,000 in Vietnam
  • 600 in the Persian Gulf
  • 12,000 in Afghanistan
  • 35,000 in Iraq

Towns County can now be recognized as a stop on the Purple Heart Trail which symbolically honors recipients across the nation.

“[It’s] a visual reminder to those who use our roadways that others have paid a high price for freedom for them to travel along those roads and to live in a free society,” McPherson added.

Military Order of the Purple Heart was established in 1992. It begins in Mt. Vernon, Virginia, and has designated sections in 45 states and Guam.

Towns County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report 7/26 – 8/1

Arrest Reports, Police & Government

Arrest report with photos provided by the Towns County Sheriff’s Office.  The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 50-18-70) allows for FetchYourNews.com to obtain and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Towns County. Those arrests are posted on FetchYourNews.com for viewing pleasure. Please remember that all individuals listed have been arrested and charged, however, they are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.

August 12 Public Hearing Scheduled for Joint Comprehensive Plan

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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 path Towns County will take for the next five to ten years.

Often by clearly stating certain goals within the document, it becomes easier for counties and cities to be considered for certain grant funding.

Citizens are also encouraged to complete a quick survey to help inform the direction of the comprehensive plan: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/W7MHXXN?fbclid=IwAR0jUmN8qKUQ15Fv2dowkFXpfqYr2xq7aUsFAIfpafto_UdjTyElZmPgV0U

Towns County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report 7/19 – 7/25

Arrest Reports, Police & Government

Arrest report with photos provided by the Towns County Sheriff’s Office.  The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 50-18-70) allows for FetchYourNews.com to obtain and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Towns County. Those arrests are posted on FetchYourNews.com for viewing pleasure. Please remember that all individuals listed have been arrested and charged, however, they are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.

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