Author Archives: MJ Kneiser

Franklin County BOE Passes FY2017 Budget

Franklin County’s Board of Education has passed their Fiscal 2017 budget with not as much to spare as in previous years. The School Board’s fiscal year begins July 1. The estimated revenue projection for fiscal 2017 is just over $32.5 million with expected expenditures at just over $33.5 million. School System Finance Director Tom Porter told the Board at their […]

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Traffic Expected to be Heavy for Hartwell Pre-Fourth Festivities

As Hartwell gears up for tonight’s kick off of this weekend’s Pre-fourth activities, Hartwell Police and the Hart County Sheriff’s office are also planning for heavy traffic throughout the weekend. Activities begin tonight with the “Dancin’ on Depot” on Depot Street in downtown Hartwell. Hart County Sheriff Mike Cleveland says traffic will be heavy in the downtown area tonight. “Folks […]

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Northeast Georgia in Moderate Drought, Says State Climatologist

Northeast Georgia is in a moderate drought… That’s according to Georgia State Climatologist Bill Murphey. Summer started, officially, Monday night, but even before that, our area was experiencing higher-than-normal temperatures and lower-than-normal rainfall. Murphey says at least for the start of summer, hot and dry conditions are going to continue with no real rainfall relief in sight. Murphey says Franklin […]

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Judge Phelps Receives Distinguished Service Award

Northern Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge R. Chris Phelps is the recipient of the State Bar of Georgia’s 2016 Distinguished Service Award. The award was presented by the State Bar of Georgia during its Annual Meeting on June 18. Phelps was honored for his extensive service to the legal profession, the justice system and the public during his four-decade career […]

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Hart County BOC Signs Letter of Support for Franklin County IBA

Hart County is backing Franklin County’s Industrial Building Authority with a letter of support. At their regular meeting last week, the Board approved the letter. Interim County Administrator said the letter is in support of the Franklin County IBA’s efforts to build a new industrial park in Carnesville. Commissioner Joey Dorsey said the letter not only benefits Franklin County’s IBA […]

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Lavonia Main Street Program Receives 2016 Accreditation

Lavonia’s Main Street Program just received its annual 2016 National Accreditation. The designation comes from the National Main Street Center after meeting about a dozen rigorous performance standards. Downtown Development Authority Executive Director Marie Morse says her office works hard to keep Lavonia’s Main Street Program accredited every year. “The Lavonia Main Street Program strives to be an accredited Main […]

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Police News

In Police news… Lavonia Police made five arrests on unrelated cases so far this week. Jeffrey Dewayne Calhoun age 31 of Alpine Alabama was charged with DUI, Driving on a suspended license and red light violation after a traffic stop on Jones St. Cirilo Matinez Soto age 41 of Lavonia was charged with driving without a license. After a traffic […]

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