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Work on County’s FY16 Budget Continues

May 18, 2015

The Elbert County Government is working diligently to try and overcome a substantial deficit in the fiscal year 2016 budget. Elbert County Administrator Bob Thomas said he hopes to have an updated budget ready to present to the Elbert County Board of Commissioners at their next work session on June 4th. He says work has…

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EC School Board Gathers for Regular Meeting this Evening

May 18, 2015

A fairly quick regular meeting should be in store for members of the Elbert County Board of Education this evening. Last week’s work session featured two big areas of discussion from school uniforms to some potential changes to school start times within the district. On the front of uniforms, Associate Superintendent Angela Moton, said a…

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BBB Encourages Parents Sending Kids to Summer Camp to Use Caution

May 18, 2015

As the school year begins to wind down it is time for some parents to think of summer camp for their children, and experts are cautioning parents to choose any potential summer camp wisely. Better Business Bureau officials say parents trying to pick a summer camp out for their kids need to treat the process…

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Bowman Council Holds Work Session this Evening

May 18, 2015

This evening the Bowman City Council gathers for a work session. At tonight’s work session, the council is expected to discuss in detail items on the agenda for next week’s regular meeting. Next week’s scheduled meeting will be delayed a day due to Memorial Day falling on the council’s usual meeting date. The Bowman City…

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EC School System Considering Staggered Start Times to Lessen Bus Ride Times

May 15, 2015

Rumblings on social media have some Elbert County residents concerned about a possible change in school start times heading into the next school year. Recently, the Elbert County School System had an audit conducted on its transportation department for informational purposes. Elbert County School Superintendent Chuck Bell, referencing the audit, highlighted the fact that 49%…

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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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