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Georgia’s Governor Wants Education to be a Big Topic for GA Lawmakers in January

December 15, 2014

In his first address to the Georgia legislature, Governor Nathan Deal is targeting improvement of Georgia schools. Deal says he is seeking “reform” of the state’s public schools, including but not limited to a “reexamination” of the old Quality Basic Education formula. One of Deal’s biggest concerns, as he pointed out, was schools that are…

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2014 Health Rankings Released

December 15, 2014

The United Health Foundation has released its 2014 Health Rankings for America. The report, released earlier this week, breaks down each state’s ranking. Georgia ranks 33rd in obesity with 30.3% of the state’s population considered obese, but ranks a bit better when it comes to smoking ranking in at 23rd at 18.8% of the population…

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EC School Board Holds Final Meeting of 2014 this Evening

December 15, 2014

The Elbert County Board of Education meets this evening for its final meeting of the 2014 calendar year. It’s expected to be smooth sailing this evening, as not much is on the agenda for the school board for its December meeting. As per usual, a classified employee of the month will be presented and honored…

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Franklin County to Have New County Manager Come January

December 15, 2014

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia   Come the first of the year, Franklin County will have a new county manager. The Franklin County Board of Commission voted to hire Elizabeth Thomas as the new manager, effective January 1st. Thomas will replace current manager John Phillips, who asked in August to be allowed to step…

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Bowman City Council Holds Regular Meeting Tonight

December 15, 2014

The City of Bowman meets a bit earlier this week for its regular meeting for the month of December. The obvious reason for the move up of the meeting date is due to the Christmas holidays the week of the normal meeting time for the Bowman City Council. On the agenda this evening, the council…

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Local Bridge Closed to Thru Traffic for the Time Being

December 12, 2014

A local county bridge is now closed to thru traffic until further notice. According to Elbert County Administrator Bob Thomas, Georgia DOT personnel inspected the bridge over Dove’s Creek on Sweet City Road and recommended the immediate closure of the bridge to thru traffic for some emergency repairs. Thomas said the closure of the bridge…

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Collins Comments on Legislation Passed to Block Executive Amnesty Order

December 12, 2014

Congressman Doug Collins releases a statement relating to the passage of the Executive Amnesty Prevention Act. Earlier this month, the Congressman welcomed the passage of House Resolution 5759, also referred to as the Executive Amnesty Prevention Act. Collins stated what the main issue he had with the executive order issued by President Barack Obama was…

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Hart County Lands Major Auto Part Manufacturer

December 12, 2014

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia   Hart County officials are calling it an historic moment. On Wednesday, Governor Nathan Deal announced German auto parts manufacturer Haring plans to locate its first and only U.S. plant in Hart County, bringing some 800 new jobs to the area over the next ten years. The move also…

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Final Weekend of Drop Offs for Bus Shop’s Toy Drive

December 12, 2014

It is the final weekend for the Elbert County School Transportation Department’s toy drive. The Bus Shop, to which it is commonly referred to as, will hold the final leg of its toy drive to help out those in need during the Christmas season in Elbert County. Drop off times are scheduled for today and…

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City of Toccoa Decides to Run Golf Course

December 12, 2014

By Charlie Bauder, WNEG Radio, Toccoa   Toccoa will operate the city-owned golf course as a city department and not lease out operations once it gets the course back up and running. City Commissioners voted unanimously to continue down that path. The nine-hole, city-owned Pines Golf Course has been closed since late August when the…

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