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Hartwell Man Facing Drug Charges After Tuesday Traffic Stop

July 3, 2014

Another traffic stop has a Hart County man facing drug related charges. In a press release from the Elbert County Sheriff’s Office, it states that a traffic stop was conducted on Tuesday. The stop resulted in the arrest of 23-year-old Fredarious T. Stowers of a Heard Street address in Hartwell, GA. Stowers is facing charges…

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Georgia DOT Lifting Lane Closures at Noon Today

July 3, 2014

Tomorrow is the Fourth of July, and many people will be hitting the roads today to visit friends and family during the extended weekend. To help ease the tension of traveling, the Georgia Department of Transportation is suspending constructed related lane closures. Just because more lanes are open, Georgia DOT Spokesperson Teri Pope says the…

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Georgia DNR Law Enforcement Out in Force this Fourth of July Weekend

July 3, 2014

A weekend of celebrating America’s independence is only a day out, but Georgia DNR Law Enforcement is encouraging everyone to be safe out on the water this weekend. DNR Law Enforcement Spokesman Mark McKinnon says those taking to the water this weekend can expect to see law enforcement officers out in force. “Our division here…

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Franklin County Commissioners Pass Fiscal Year 2015 Budget

July 3, 2014

Franklin County’s Board of Commissioners has passed their fiscal 2015 budget. Early Monday morning, with only three commissioners present for the called meeting, the board passed the budget unanimously. At a work session earlier this month, County manager John Phillips outlined the proposed expenses. “For the fiscal 2015 we’re looking at total expenses of $14,224,940.10,”…

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Two Arrested on Meth and Marijuana Charges After Weekend Traffic Stop

July 2, 2014

A routine traffic stop over the weekend in the city of Elberton lands two Elbert County men behind bars on drug related charges. According to a press release from the Elbert County Sheriff’s Office, a traffic stop was conducted in the late evening hours on Saturday. A search of the vehicle that was stopped, driven…

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Georgia Leads the Nation in Lightning Related Insurance Claims

July 2, 2014

Summer time is here and along with it, the typical afternoon thundershowers. However, an electrifying trend is beginning to take shape in Georgia. Over the last two years, Georgia has led the nation in insurance claims for lightning strikes. “There were $15,000,000 for lightning claims in 2013, and in 2012 Georgia was also number one…

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US Forestry Commission and Other Agencies Promoting ‘Firewise’ Thinking

July 2, 2014

Summer is in full swing and officials with the Georgia Forestry Commission, the National Fire Prevention Association, and other agencies are asking homeowners and communities to get “Fire-Wise”. They say the goal is to get homeowners to work together to reduce the risk of damage to homes caused by wildfires. Mark Wiles with the Georgia…

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Next Closest American Red Cross Blood Drive Takes Place in Hart County Later this Month

July 2, 2014

After three consecutive months of hosting blood drives in Elbert County, the American Red Cross will not be visiting in the month of July. The Red Cross was last in Elberton on June 9th at the First Baptist Church of Elberton. American Red Cross Donor Recruitment Manager Janet Jarrett expressed gratitude to all who participated…

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AAA Says to Expect Highest Gas Prices for 4th of July Weekend Since 2008

July 2, 2014

Gasoline prices are beginning to decline as we approach the Independence Day holiday weekend. AAA forecasts the most automobile travelers in seven years, as more than 34.8 million Americans will drive 50 miles or more. However, motorists are likely to find the most expensive gasoline prices for Independence Day since 2008. The highest price for…

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Early Voting for State Runoff Elections Underway

July 1, 2014

Early voting is underway for the democratic and republican primary runoffs. Chief Registrar of Elbert County Charlotte Ward says if you voted republican during the primary, then you can only vote republican during the runoff election. The same holds true if you voted a democratic ballot the first time around. In Elbert County there are…

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