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County by County Health Rankings Released

April 2, 2014

The numbers are in regarding the annual county-by-county health rankings across the nation. Conducted by the Robert Wood Foundation and University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, the 5th Annual County Health Rankings and Roadmaps report gives a breakdown of each county in each state regarding health rankings. Mel Garber is the Director of the Archway…

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District 3 Board of Education Seat Hearing Tomorrow

April 2, 2014

Tomorrow is the day that the race for the Elbert County Board of Education’s District Three seat could potentially be decided. As of now, running in that election is incumbent PJO Phelps and challenger Donald Wayne Ward, both of which are running as republicans. However, Ward’s candidacy is being challenged on two different fronts; the…

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Elberton Native Clay Page Among Runner Ups for ‘Herschel’s Raw Talent’

April 2, 2014

The winners are in for last month’s “Herschel’s Raw Talent” competition in Toccoa. Former NFL Star and Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker brought his talent competition to the Schaefer Center back on March 1. The winner is Shauna Fortson of Toccoa.  She will receive $1000. Second place and $500 went to Caleb Phillips of Royston,…

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Gas Prices Continue to Tick Upwards as Spring Gets into Full Swing

April 2, 2014

The national average for gasoline inched up 2 cents in the past week. Typical spring factors like refinery maintenance, increasing demand and the switch to summer-blend fuel remain part of the story. Also, multiple factors continue putting upward pressure on oil prices, which influence about two-thirds the price of gasoline across the country. Consumer spending…

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Elbert Man Facing Several Counts of Sexual Exploitation of Children

April 1, 2014
Elbert Man Facing Several Counts of Sexual Exploitation of Children

Additional charges could still be forthcoming for an Elbert County man in custody on several counts of Sexual Exploitation of Children. According to Sherry Lang, Director of Public Affairs for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the GBI received a tip from the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children that 43-year-old Christopher Wayne Harrison had…

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Elbert County Holds on to Drought Free Status Just Barely

April 1, 2014

Elbert County is still hanging in there when it comes to maintaining drought free conditions. As spring is getting into full swing, our county is seeing less precipitation than experienced in the winter months. Across the state of Georgia there are some areas that have been given “abnormally dry” conditions, which include areas in Northeast,…

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Great Debut for First Ever Granite Capital Classic Disc Golf Tournament

April 1, 2014

Despite some rainy weather, the inaugural Granite Capital Classic disc golf tournament was a huge success. According to Assistant Tournament Director Jim Corder, a full field of nearly ninety players participating in the tournament which was held at the course at Richard B. Russell State Park and here in Elberton at the course located at…

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Lots of Taxpayer Money from 2010 Being Left on the Table

April 1, 2014

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia   Refunds totaling almost $760 million may be waiting for an estimated 918-thousand taxpayers nationwide, who did not file a federal income tax return for 2010. In Georgia, over $28 million in unclaimed refunds awaits nearly 23,000 individuals. However, to collect the money, a return for 2010 must be…

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Audition Dates for Elbert Theatre’s Next Show in 2014

April 1, 2014
Audition Dates for Elbert Theatre’s Next Show in 2014

Encore Productions has announced audition dates for its next production of the 2014 Elbert Theatre season. Monday, April 21st and Tuesday April 22nd are the audition days for the next Encore Productions show Who’s On First?, which is directed by David Bennett. Not to be confused with the famous Abbott and Costello skit, this show…

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Tough Decisions Coming Up for Elbert Memorial Hospital

March 31, 2014

It’s no secret that Elbert Memorial Hospital is struggling financially, and some tough decisions are on the horizon for the hospital. That was the sentiment from Hospital Authority Chairman Jim Lloyd at the authority board’s meeting last week. In attendance at that meeting was Elbert County Commission Chair Tommy Lyon, who was asked by Lloyd…

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