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Low Local Turnout Expected in Today’s Statewide Primary Run-off

July 22, 2014
Low Local Turnout Expected in Today’s Statewide Primary Run-off

A low turnout is expected in Franklin and Hart counties today as Georgians go back to the polls to decide on a number of State run-off races. Early voting in the July Primary Run-offs ended on Friday.  Franklin County Elections Superintendent Gina Chappelear said few people bothered to cast a ballot during the two weeks…

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Royston City Council to Narrow Down City Manager Applicants

July 22, 2014

The Royston City Council and Mayor David Jordan are taking the next step in their search for a new city manager. Royston has been without a city manager since March when former manager Greg Scott resigned to take a position with the U.S. Air National Guard in Florida. On Monday, Royston mayor David Jordan said…

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FBI Warns of Fake Refrigerant Substitutes for Air Conditioners

July 22, 2014

The FBI is warning people to be on alert for refrigerant substitutes that have not been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency. According to their Web site, some contain propane, which is flammable and can explode or catch fire if, for example, a technician servicing an air conditioner gets too close to the coolant while…

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GDOT Plans Routine Maintenance on State Routes This Week

July 22, 2014

The Georgia Department of Transportation announces routine maintenance activities planned this week in Banks, Elbert, Franklin, Hart, Madison and Stephens Counties. Franklin – A crew will mow the shoulders and slopes alongside SR 174 and SR 51. The shoulders will be closed as this work occurs. Hart –A crew will clean and restore ditches alongside…

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Stephens BOC to Vote on Millage Increase Today

July 22, 2014

By Charlie Bauder, WNEG Radio, Toccoa Stephens County Commissioners are expected to vote on officially setting the millage rate at their meeting later today following a third and final public hearing on a proposed millage rate increase. Stephens County is proposing a 2.34 mill increase in the county’s tax rate to fund the Fiscal Year…

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Correction to Hart County Probate Judge Story

July 21, 2014

In the body of the story it was erroneously stated that Judge Bob Smith told investigators he often “kissed and fondled female employees at the Hart County courthouse.” However, the filing actually states, “Smith also admitted he commonly hugs and kisses various women at the courthouse, including his employees and that they ‘never complain.’”   …

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State Committee Calls for Investigation into Hart County Probate Judge

July 21, 2014
State Committee Calls for Investigation into Hart County Probate Judge

The Georgia Judicial Qualifications Commission has filed a Motion for Emergency Interim Relief with the Georgia Supreme Court to remove Hart County Probate Judge Bob Smith from office pending the outcome of formal proceedings. According to their Web site, the Judicial Qualifications Commission was created by Constitutional Amendment in 1972 to conduct investigations and hearings…

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Franklin BOC Approves Millage Rates, Including Hike in School Millage

July 21, 2014

After passing their FY2015 budget, the Franklin County Board of Commission has adopted and approved its millage rates and also approved the millage rates for the Franklin County Industrial Building Authority and the Board of Education. On Friday, the Commission met in a brief called meeting to pass the millage in four separate line items.…

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Northeast Georgia Animal Shelter Offering Cats, Kittens for $9 Adoption Fee

July 21, 2014
Northeast Georgia Animal Shelter Offering Cats, Kittens for $9 Adoption Fee

Cats and kittens are filling the Northeast Georgia Animal Shelter to overflowingand now the shelter is offering a special adoption deal to help those kitties find new homes. This time of year is commonly referred to as “Kitten Season,” the time when mama cats are having their litters and despite efforts to educate people on…

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Tax Phone Scam Returns to Franklin County, Authorities Say

July 21, 2014

A tax scam we told you about earlier in the year is again hitting the Northeast Georgia area. According to the Franklin County Sheriff’s office, persons posing as IRS agents are calling citizens informing them that they or a family member owes back taxes or are involved in tax fraud. Sheriff’s investigators say the caller…

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