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Royston Officially Hires Andrews as City Manager

August 19, 2014

Royston’s City Council officially hires their new city manager. The city council voted to hire Martin resident Edward Andrews for the job in  called meeting Tuesday evening. In late July, Andrews was announced as the sole finalist for the job out of a pool of some 19 candidates.   After the vote Tuesday, Andrews said he…

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GDOT to Hold Two Open Houses on Proposed STIP Projects

August 19, 2014
GDOT to Hold Two Open Houses on Proposed STIP Projects

The Georgia Department of Transportation is making available the Draft FY 2015 – 2018 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) plans in Northeast Georgia for public review and comment. Two public open houses will be held in the coming weeks to give taxpayers and citizens a chance to come and review the projects, meet with the…

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Corps Water Management Web Page Still Down

August 19, 2014
Corps Water Management Web Page Still Down

Lake people and anglers who like to regularly check on lake levels in the Upper Savannah River District have been without their daily resource for almost a month. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District Web site’s Water Managers Page is still down but should be back up in the next few days. Two…

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Two Arrested in Elbert County Drug Bust

August 19, 2014

In Elbert County, a Friday evening traffic stop lands two Elbert County residents in jail on possession of meth with intent charges. Elbert County Sheriff Melvin Andrews says the stop occurred on Rock Branch Road when deputies clocked a vehicle going 70 mph in a 45 mph zone. After the vehicle was stopped, Sheriff Andrews…

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Royston City Council Meets Tonight to Vote on Proposed City Manager Finalist

August 18, 2014

The Royston City Council will meet in a called session this evening to formally vote to hire their new city manager. Late last month, mayor David Jordan said the council had selected Lavonia business owner Edward Andrews of Martin as the sole finalist. Before retiring in 2013, Andrews had a careers with the Georgia Army…

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Grand Jury to Consider This Week Charges Against Former Hart County Probate Judge

August 18, 2014

A Hart County grand jury is expected to decide this week whether there is enough evidence to indict Hart County Probate Judge Bob Smith on misdemeanor simple battery and misdemeanor intent to commit sexual battery charges. The grand jury is expected to begin meeting today in Hartwell and Smith’s case is one of a number…

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State Denies Economic Oppty Zone Status to Hayestone-Brady

August 18, 2014

By Charlie Bauder, WNEG Radio, Toccoa In Stephens County, State officials will not grant the Hayestone-Brady Business Park in a designation that would make it eligible for additional state tax credits. The Stephens County Development Authority received word recently that the Georgia Department Of Community Affairs denied their application to designate Hayestone-Brady Business Park an…

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GDOT Crews Out on Local County Roads This Week

August 18, 2014

G-DOT crews will once again be out doing routine road maintenance this week in addition to work major work on SR17 in Stephens County and SR51/Reed Creek Highway in Hart County. Franklin – The slopes alongside SR 145 will be mowed, closing the shoulder as this occurs. Hart – A crew will reset the grade…

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Elbert BOC Says No to Sheriff’s Department Raises

August 18, 2014

By David Stephens, WSGC Radio, Elberton The Elbert County Board of Commissioners will not be considering a change to the budget of the Elbert County Sheriff’s Office. Elbert County Sheriff Melvin Andrews and Attorney Keith Whitaker had asked the commissioners to reconsider the budget for the Sheriff’s Office and Detention Center to allow for a…

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Better Marketing Needed for Royston, Notes City Councilman Turman

August 15, 2014

Royston City Councilman Keith Turman says more needs to be done to market the town’s new Economic Opportunity Zone status. Last year, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs designated most of downtown Royston as an economic opportunity zone.  That designation allows Royston to offer businesses who locate within that zone special tax incentives and other…

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Calendar

  • August 1, 201434th annual Hartwell Lake Cleanup Campaign
  • August 20, 2014 5:00 pmLighthouse Feeding Program
  • August 21, 2014United Way 2014 Campaign Kick Off
  • August 26, 2014 7:00 pmMoose Lodge Auction
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