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Georgia Gas Prices Continue to Increase, Elbert County Remains Fairly Stable

May 14, 2015

Gas prices continue to trend upwards across Georgia. AAA Spokesman Mark Jenkins with the Auto Club Group. “Unfortunately we are seeing the highest gas prices since December 9th. Average price in Georgia is $2.55”, said Jenkins. “Gas prices are going up primarily because oil prices have been going up. They reached $60/per barrel last week…

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County Re-Ups with Whitworth for Prison Work Detail Agreement

May 14, 2015

The all female prison work details have been working out great in Elbert County. So great in fact, that the Elbert County Board of Commissioners renewed a contract heading into Fiscal Year 2016 with the Whitworth Women’s Facility. Back when Whitworth made the switch to an all female prison population, there was some skepticism about…

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City of Royston Not Wanting to Shut Down Four Railroad Crossings

May 14, 2015

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia   Hartwell Railroad is not responding to offers from the City of Royston to work out alternative plans to closing four railroad crossings. That’s according to Royston City Manager Ed Andrews and Royston City Mayor David Jordan. Royston’s City Council meeting room was packed Tuesday night with citizens who…

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Granite City Life Skills Set to Hold Community Meeting this Evening

May 14, 2015

A special community meeting is scheduled for this evening. The Granite City Life Skills Foundation and the University of Georgia’s Center for Community Design and Preservation College of Environment and Design program will sponsor a community meeting to discuss the design and plans for the Blackwell Memorial buildings, property, and surrounding neighborhood. The community’s participation…

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Elbert Co. Sheriff’s Office Seizes More than a Pound of Pot

May 13, 2015

A traffic stop turned foot chase lands an Elberton man in cuffs on felony drug charges. Elbert County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Lt. Terry Reese says deputies attempted a traffic stop on Thursday, May 7th on a vehicle driven by 31-year-old Roderick Maurice Hester of Elberton at Woodall Trailer Park. Reese said that Hester refused to…

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Granite Bowl Scoreboard Will Not be Ready by 2015 Graduation Ceremony

May 13, 2015

With the purchase of a new scoreboard for the Granite Bowl back in March was the hope that it would be ready by graduation, unfortunately that does not appear to be the case. At the Elbert County Board of Education’s work session Monday evening, School Board Chairman Ben Baker asked School Superintendent Chuck Bell if…

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Elbert County EMS to Solicit Bids for New Ambulance

May 13, 2015

The Elbert County Emergency Services Department has been given the go-ahead to seek bids for some new vehicles. Monday evening, the Elbert County Board of Commissioners gave the green light to Elbert County EMS Director Chuck Almond to solicit bids for the purchase of a new ambulance to replace an older one, and for the…

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Elbert School System Close to a Balanced Fiscal Year 2016 Budget

May 13, 2015

Work continues to balance the Elbert County School System’s fiscal year 2016 budget. School System CFO Ben Childs presented a summary of the budget to the Board of Education at their work session Monday evening. He says the budget work being done right now is based on estimates and projections based on previous years financial…

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Virgina Man Arrested in Hart County on Abduction Charges

May 13, 2015

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia   A Virginia man is behind bars in Hart County awaiting extradition after he was arrested on charges he abducted a woman. Virginia authorities alerted the Georgia State Patrol late last week that a 21-year old woman had been taken from her home in Fairfax sometime Thursday. According to…

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Middle School Students Will Receive Free Breakfast and Lunch Next School Year

May 12, 2015

All Elbert County Schools, say for one, will now offer students free breakfast and lunch. School Nutrition Director Bridgette Matthews revealed Monday evening that efforts to expand the system’s Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), which is a program designed for schools in low income areas, to other schools in Elbert County were successful. “We spent a…

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