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First Road Paving Phase Completed in Bowman

November 26, 2014

During the Bowman City Council’s meeting on Monday, Bowman City Mayor Pete Gibbons informed those in attendance that Stratton and Sons Paving, Inc. had completed the city’s first phase of road improvements. The work had been delayed for quite some time said Gibbons, but the company had contractual obligations to fulfill before completing the city’s…

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Lane Closures Lifted by the Georgia Department of Transportation

November 26, 2014

Georgia DOT is doing its part to make the Thanksgiving travel period and shopping frenzy as construction related lane closures have been lifted. The Department of Transportation suspended construction-related lane closures on Interstates and major state routes at 5:00am this morning. As to make travel a bit less stressful and safer, those lane closures will…

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Bowman City Council to Try and Purchase Other Half of MedLink Building

November 25, 2014

The issue of the MedLink building in Bowman may soon reach its crescendo. The Bowman City Council, after coming out of executive session at their regular meeting on Monday night, decided to empower City Attorney Douglas Kidd to start negotiations with Ty Cobb Healthcare to take over the half of the building that they own.…

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Some Holiday Travel Advice from the Director of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety

November 25, 2014

The Thanksgiving Day travel period is upon us and the Director of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is offering advice on how to travel safely. Director Harris Blackwood says his office has one big point of emphasis for this year. “That they need to be reaching down and buckling up that seatbelt”, said Blackwood.…

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Candlelight Shopping Takes Place this Evening on Downtown Square

November 25, 2014

The day has arrived for Main Street Elberton’s big holiday event. That event is the yearly edition of Candlelight Shopping on Elberton’s Downtown Square. Main Street Manger Tiffany Mercer says this evening; merchants will be open past their normal operating hours for shoppers to take advantage of great local deals. “Course all of the downtown…

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Monthly Winners Announced by Community Pride Committee

November 25, 2014

November’s Community Pride Committee award winners have been released by the Elbert County Chamber of Commerce. Each month, the committee names a respective Business, Industry, or Entrepreneur of the Month winner. For November, the committee selected a Business and Industry as the winners. Business of the Month recipient for November was Swift Fire Protection, Inc.…

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UGA Receives $18.8 Million to Continue Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Research.

November 25, 2014

A group of scientists led by the University of Georgia’s Samantha Joye has received a new grant to continue its studies of natural oil seeps and to track the impacts of the BP/Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem. The project, known as ECOGIG-2 or “Ecosystem Impacts of Oil and Gas Inputs…

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Elbert Commissioners Receive Input on How to Approach Bobby Brown State Park

November 24, 2014

The Elbert County Board of Commissioners has a good idea where the public stands now on Bobby Brown State Park. At a public hearing regarding the park on Thursday, the Commission saw a turnout of about 50 people, and over half of those in attendance offered input. County Administrator Bob Thomas says there was an…

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State Unemployment Rate Declines in October

November 24, 2014

The unemployment rate in Georgia has declined again, down two-tenths of a percentage point from September to October. The Georgia Department of Labor announced the rate drop from 7.9 percent in September to 7.7 percent in October. October saw an increase of nearly 34,000 jobs says State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler. “Which, by the way,…

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UGA Graduation Rates at All Time High Levels

November 24, 2014

From start to finish, University of Georgia students are setting records for how quickly they are completing their bachelor’s degrees or entering professional programs. The six-year graduation rate has reached a record 84.6 percent, up from 83.2 percent a year ago. The five-year and four-year rates also reached record levels in 2014. Graduation rates are…

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