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Three Elbert County Residents Arrested after Search Turns up Crystal Meth

February 13, 2013
Three Elbert County Residents Arrested after Search Turns up Crystal Meth

Elbert County Investigators were called to a Washington Highway residence by State Parole Officers, who were carrying out a warrant on an Elbert County man. According to Elbert County Sheriff Melvin Andrews, a search on February 7th led to three arrests. “A quantity of crystal meth, scales, and prescription pills were located”, said Sheriff Andrews.…

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Two Tourism Expenditures Approved by EC Commissioners.

February 13, 2013

In what was a busy night for the Elbert County Commission, the board also approved two monetary requests to Main Street Elberton, and to the Jim Ree Museum. Jimmy White, President of the Jim Ree Museum, went before the board to request $2,500 to help finance the museum’s upcoming spring festival celebration. While before the…

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Elbert County Sheriff’s Office Set to Purchase Three Used Cruisers

February 13, 2013

The Elbert County Sheriff’s Office has been approved to purchase three used police cruisers. The vehicles are being provided by the Georgia State Patrol. The sheriff’s office is purchasing a 2006 Ford Crown Victoria, 2007 Dodge Charger, and a 2008 Dodge Charger. Colors of the cruisers are silver and black, so the sheriff’s office does…

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Lavonia Police Department Receives $10K Grant

February 13, 2013

The Lavonia Police Department is receiving a $10,000 grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. Police Chief Bruce Carlisle was informed of the award last this week. “We received that grant because of all of our participation in the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety initiatives,” Carlisle said. This is the third time the Lavonia…

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Gas Prices Still Expected to Peak in April

February 13, 2013

Snow storms in the Northeast and better than expected growth in China have kept upward pressure on fuel prices. In addition, the ongoing switch to the summer blend fuel and refinery maintenance pushed oil and gas prices higher in the past few weeks. As a result, gas prices are expected to increase into April. AAA’s…

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Georgia DOT Defers Bids on Three Projects in Northeast Georgia

February 13, 2013

Three Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) bid awards were deferred a few days ago on projects in northeast Georgia. One of those is a resurfacing project of 10.2 miles on Georgia 368 in Elbert County beginning east of Georgia Highway 77 and extending to the South Carolina line. It was due for completion by the…

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Solid Waste Fee Increases Approved Unanimously

February 12, 2013

A price hike in solid waste services has been approved by the Elbert County Board of Commissioners, in hope of having the solid waste department break even. The county’s blue trash bags will increase to an even two dollars, up fifty cents, while the yellow bags will be raised to one dollar, up twenty-five cents.…

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1/214 Artillery Division Honored with Banquet Last Night

February 12, 2013
1/214 Artillery Division Honored with Banquet Last Night

It’s been a busy week for the 1/214th Field Artillery Battalion. The unit was honored last night at a banquet presented by the Woodmen of the World Elberton lodge. Paul Rowe, who is with the branch, said it was the lodge’s way of saying thank you to the troops. “We wanted to say thank you…

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Elbert County’s Litter Problem Discussed More During Regular Meeting

February 12, 2013
Elbert County’s Litter Problem Discussed More During Regular Meeting

Trash talk remained the focus during last night’s Elbert County Board of Commissioners meeting, as discussion about the county’s litter problem continued. Elbert County Administrator Bob Thomas expressed interest in the commissioners going back over the county’s property maintenance codes to find better ways to help keep the county clean. On the topic, Commissioner Horace…

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State Rep. Tom McCall Talks About Upcoming Legislation

February 12, 2013

A new bill is on the way out of the state’s agriculture committee. State Representative Tom McCall said the bill addresses an issue that has come up at local fundraisers across the state. “Concerns occurred with a fundraiser that they were doing for Sydney Vickery with the health department. A friend of mine on the…

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