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Georgia DOT Launches New Awareness Campaign in Light of Increased Traffic Fatalities

May 15, 2015

An alarming increase in the number fatalities on Georgia roads in the first quarter of 2015 has prompted the Georgia Department of Transportation to launch a new awareness campaign. “This number of fatalities that we have seen in the first quarter that has risen much faster and outpaced fatalities last year”, said Georgia DOT Commissioner…

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Next Week’s Eastside Neighborhood Watch Meeting Features Special Guest Speakers

May 15, 2015

Next week, the Eastside Neighborhood Watch will meet for their monthly gathering. Partnering up with the watch will be the Elberton Police Department, who will host the meeting at the Blackwell Memorial Culture Center. Special guest speakers will be in attendance at the meeting, which will include Chief of Police for the City of Hartwell…

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Ty Cobb Regional Future Plans Laid Out

May 15, 2015

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia   The future is looking good for Ty Cobb Regional Medical Center in Lavonia. That is if the State Attorney General’s office approves the sale of the hospital to St. Mary’s Healthcare of Athens. At a public hearing last week, St. Mary’s Healthcare President and CEO Don McKenna said…

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EMH Foundation Raises Over $5,000 with Inaugural Fundraiser

May 15, 2015
EMH Foundation Raises Over $5,000 with Inaugural Fundraiser

It was a successful inaugural fundraising event for the Elbert Memorial Hospital Foundation. On Saturday, May 2nd, the EMH Foundation hosted the first ever Picnic in the Park and Duck Derby at the Granite City Walking Trail. Over 500 ducks were sold in the weeks leading up to the annual duck derby at a cost…

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New Waste Removal Contract in Place, Plans to Try and Cut Expenses in Solid Waste

May 14, 2015

Elbert County has exercised a one-year renewal on a contract for transport and disposal of solid waste at the Elbert County Transfer Station. Monday evening, the Commission unanimously approved a one-year extension with Republic Services of Georgia. Republic Services will charge $35.65/per ton to remove and transport the solid waste from the transfer station, which…

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Georgia Gas Prices Continue to Increase, Elbert County Remains Fairly Stable

May 14, 2015

Gas prices continue to trend upwards across Georgia. AAA Spokesman Mark Jenkins with the Auto Club Group. “Unfortunately we are seeing the highest gas prices since December 9th. Average price in Georgia is $2.55”, said Jenkins. “Gas prices are going up primarily because oil prices have been going up. They reached $60/per barrel last week…

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County Re-Ups with Whitworth for Prison Work Detail Agreement

May 14, 2015

The all female prison work details have been working out great in Elbert County. So great in fact, that the Elbert County Board of Commissioners renewed a contract heading into Fiscal Year 2016 with the Whitworth Women’s Facility. Back when Whitworth made the switch to an all female prison population, there was some skepticism about…

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City of Royston Not Wanting to Shut Down Four Railroad Crossings

May 14, 2015

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia   Hartwell Railroad is not responding to offers from the City of Royston to work out alternative plans to closing four railroad crossings. That’s according to Royston City Manager Ed Andrews and Royston City Mayor David Jordan. Royston’s City Council meeting room was packed Tuesday night with citizens who…

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Granite City Life Skills Set to Hold Community Meeting this Evening

May 14, 2015

A special community meeting is scheduled for this evening. The Granite City Life Skills Foundation and the University of Georgia’s Center for Community Design and Preservation College of Environment and Design program will sponsor a community meeting to discuss the design and plans for the Blackwell Memorial buildings, property, and surrounding neighborhood. The community’s participation…

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Elbert Co. Sheriff’s Office Seizes More than a Pound of Pot

May 13, 2015

A traffic stop turned foot chase lands an Elberton man in cuffs on felony drug charges. Elbert County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Lt. Terry Reese says deputies attempted a traffic stop on Thursday, May 7th on a vehicle driven by 31-year-old Roderick Maurice Hester of Elberton at Woodall Trailer Park. Reese said that Hester refused to…

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