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Elbert County School System’s Classified Employee of the Month Honored

May 23, 2014
Elbert County School System’s Classified Employee of the Month Honored

The Elbert County Board of Education is recognizing its Classified Employee of the Month for May. Elbert County School Superintendent Chuck Bell says employees that receive this honor are ones that go above and beyond the call of service. “We take the time each month to recognize the kind of people that go above and…

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BREAKING: 15-Year-Old Dead After Apparent Accidental Shooting

May 22, 2014

Details are limited at this point, but a 15-year-old juvenile is dead after suffering a fatal gunshot wound. According to Madison County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Jimmy Patton, the incident occurred on the Madison County side of the Broad River near the Elbert and Madison County line  just off of State Route 72. Patton would not…

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Bowman Resident Killed in One Vehicle Crash on Bowman Highway

May 22, 2014

It has been a week full of tragedy in Elbert County, as another person is dead after a fatal motor vehicle accident. Elbert County EMS Director Chuck Almond says Elbert County 9-1-1 received a call on Wednesday, May 21st of a vehicle accident on the Bowman Highway near Faith Baptist Church. Upon arriving on scene,…

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More Details on Fatal Drowning at Richard B. Russell Lake

May 22, 2014

A drowning accident at Lake Richard B. Russell results in the death of an Elbert County teen. According to Elbert County Medical Services Director Chuck Almond, Elbert County 9-1-1 received a call from the Richard B. Russell area at 7:11 pm Tuesday evening about a possible drowning. The call stated that a person had jumped…

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Franklin County Deputy Killed in Vehicle Chase

May 22, 2014

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia   Officers with the Georgia State Patrol are assisting Franklin County 911 dispatchers after a wreck on I-85 took the life of Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputy Cruz Thomas. It happened about 9:00 pm on I-85 northbound near mile marker 163. Troopers say witnesses reported deputy Thomas was traveling northbound…

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Big Drug Arrest Made after Weekend Traffic Stop in Sweet City Area

May 22, 2014

A weekend traffic stop in Elbert County has three people facing felony drug charges. Elbert County Sheriff Melvin Andrews says the traffic stop was conducted off of Sweet City Road. “The office observed a vehicle failing to maintain lane, and upon contacting central dispatch and running the tag information, it was discovered that the registration…

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Congressman Collins Honors Efforts of Gainesville Organization

May 22, 2014
Congressman Collins Honors Efforts of Gainesville Organization

Yesterday Congressman Doug Collins honored the work of Rahab’s Rope, an organization based in Gainesville that fights the worldwide problem of human trafficking. In a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives, Congressman Collins urged continued support for the efforts to fight human trafficking; saying simply providing awareness on the issue is not…

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EC Voters Strike Down 3/4 Mill Increase for Economic Development

May 22, 2014

Another look back at Tuesday’s primary election results for Elbert County. All local candidates running in the primaries faced no opposition, and will now begin to prepare for November’s election date. There was only one contested issue on a local level of any significance on the primary ballot, and that was a special referendum about…

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Hart County Election Results from Tuesday Primary

May 22, 2014

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia   In Hart County, both the District 2 and District 4 County commission races were contested. In the District 2 race, incumbent Frankie Teasley won easily over challengers Garry Hamilton and James Faulkner. It was a surprise upset in the District 4 county commission race. Incumbent Bill Myers lost…

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Elbert Voters Strike Down Millage Increase, Stage Set for Local Races in Fall

May 21, 2014

The stage is set for the November 2014 election, at least on a local level. In Elbert County, no local candidates faced opposition in their respective democrat or republican primaries. The contested races coming up in November include Elbert County Board of Commissioner District 2 between republican Bobby Lee Vaughn, Jr. and democrat Perry D.…

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