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Remembering Coach Atkinson

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Lee “Chunk” Atkinson, of Elberton, Georgia passed away Friday, February 5, 2016, at the Brookdale Memory Care Unit in Hartwell, GA. Coach Atkinson was born in Elberton, Georgia, on April 23, 1923, the middle child of the late Mr. and Mrs. Hop Atkinson. Coach Atkinson is survived by his daughter, …

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Lady Dogs Win

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Behind a 17-2 fourth-quarter run that was sparked by nine points from Tiaria Griffin, the Georgia Lady Bulldog basketball team (17-6, 5-5) pulled the upset over No. 21 Missouri (18-5, 6-4) by a 65-50 tally on Thursday night at Mizzou Arena.   Caliya Robinson registered a double-double in the contest …

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Georgia loses out to Virginia on Security Training Facility

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Georgia has officially lost out in its bid for a $416 million embassy security training facility. Fort Pickett in southern Virginia has been selected. Republicans in Georgia’s congressional delegation pushed hard for the Obama administration to expand the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glyn County to host the facility, arguing …

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Dollar General Suspect behind bars

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A suspect is now behind bars in Stephens County, charged in this week’s reported armed robbery at a Dollar General store in Mize:  22 year-old Garoshe Lewis is accused of robbing his victim in the parking lot of the store. He’s from Tampa and reportedly faces similar charges there.

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First Hearing on Medical Marijuana scheduled

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The first hearing on a bill to expand Georgia’s medical marijuana law was held Monday at the state Capitol; a follow-up session is scheduled for tomorrow, in which a state House committee will hear from critics of the proposal that would allow for the growth and cultivation of marijuana for …

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Loran Smith: Looking at the Calendar


This time of the year, the calendar is always messin’ with your mind. Think about this salient fact:  It is only two months until Masters week.   We are still building fires, bundling up when we walk and keeping an eye on the weather daily. We still have the Super Bowl …

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All Floodgates Open at Hartwell Dam

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For just the third time since the 1960s, the Corps of Engineers opened all 12 gates on Lake Hartwell: water from the rain-swollen lake that borders Georgia and South Carolina was dumped into the Savannah River to be stored downstream at Lake Russell. It was the Corps’ effort to alleviate …

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Corps changes policy on Lake Hartwell Water

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The Corps of Engineers reverses a ruling that would have barred the use of water from Lakes Hartwell and Lanier for irrigation purposes: the announcement comes from the office of Hall County Congressman Doug Collins, who earlier this week criticized the controversial proposal in a meeting with property owners in …

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Shots Fired on Elberton’s Downtown Square

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The Elberton Police Department is investigating a shooting that occurred at 4:43 PM on Thursday afternoon on the downtown square near Papa’s Pizza. Officers were called to the scene where a shot had been fired hitting a window in Papa’s Pizza. A witness stated that a tall thin black male …

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