Author Archives: MJ Kneiser

08/15/16 – “Ginger” – Beagle Puppy at Hart County Humane Society

Ginger is a tiny four month old female beagle puppy. She is spayed, micro chipped, up to date with age appropriate vaccinations and has been treated for parasites. At only ten weeks of age Ginger became very ill and was taken to a veterinarian hospital. Diagnosed with parvovirus, Gingers owner declined lifesaving treatment and surrendered her to the humane society. […]

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Craft Arrest Went Smoothly, Authorities Say

Rayfondia Craft and Kristen Odister, the two suspects charged in the murder of Lavonia business owner Samuel Harbin, remain in the Franklin County Detention Center without bond. Franklin County Magistrate Judge Cody Grizzle denied the couple’s bond last Thursday shortly after their arrest. Harbin was found dead in his home on Gilmer St. Monday after he failed to show up […]

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No Bond for Hart County Couple Charged in Death of Lavonia Business Owner

A Hart County couple remain in the Franklin County Detention Center without bond; charged in the  murder of a Lavonia business owner earlier the week. Franklin County Magistrate Judge Cody Grizzle announced Friday bond was denied for Rayfondia Craft, 45 of Hartwell and Kristen Odister, 30 of Bowersville after their arrest Thursday. Samuel Verner Harbin, 82, was found dead in […]

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Lavonia Homicide Investigation

The body of what authorities are saying is a homicide victim in Lavonia is now at the GBI Crime Lab for autopsy and positivie identification. Monday afteroon, Lavonia Police Chief Bruce Carlisle said his office received a call just after lunch for a welfare check at a residence on Gilmer St. “The caller said the individual was down on the […]

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Lake Levels Continue to Drop

Despite the storms we’ve had over the past week, Lakes Hartwell and Thurmond remain in Drought Trigger Level One. The U.S. Corps of Engineers Savannah District office says the lake levels at both lakes remain well below full pool. As of Monday, Lake Hartwell’s lake level stood at 656.21 feet mean sea level. That’s four feet below full pool. Lake […]

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BREAKING NEWS: Body Discovered in Lavonia Home

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The body of what authorities are saying is a homicide victim in Lavonia is now at the GBI Crime Lab for autopsy and positivie identification. Monday afteroon, Lavonia Police Chief Bruce Carlisle said his office received a call just after lunch for a welfare check at a residence on Gilmer St. “The caller said the individual was down on the […]

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