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FCC approves Franklin County’s request for Atlanta TV channels

The Federal Communications Commission has acted upon Franklin County’s petition to be moved from the Greenville-Spartanburg-Asheville television market to the Atlanta market – The FCC granted cable and satellite operators the option to allow residents in Franklin County to receive the Atlanta channels, an action that would appear to be …

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Florence damage minimal in Elbert County

While the Carolinas took the brunt of Hurricane Florence, local damage from the storm was minimal over the weekend. Approximately 700 Hart EMC customers in Elbert County did lose electricity for a period of time Sunday.Meanwhile, fewer than 10 City of Elberton electric customers lost power during the rainy and …

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Elberton man faces drug possession charges

Elberton Police arrested a 61-year-old Heard Street resident on drug possession charges early Sunday morning. Donald John O’Hare was charged with felony possession of a Schedule III controlled substance, drugs not kept in their original container, possession of an open alcohol container, felony driving on a suspended license, a headlight …

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The Remnants of Hurricane Florence Expected to Hit Elberton Area Sunday

The Elbert County Emergency Management Services held an emergency preparedness meeting on what will be the remains of hurricane Florence on Thursday morning at the Elbert County Emergency Management Center. Elbert County Director of Emergency Management Services director Chuck Almond addressed the group of various departments of government, industries and …

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Bulldogs change Game Time ahead of Florence

Saturday’s UGA football game against Middle Tennessee State, which was originally slated for a 7:15 p.m. kickoff at Sanford Stadium, has been moved to noon, according to an announcement from the UGA Athletic Association. The game will be televised on ESPNews and the ESPN app. The move comes in response to threats …

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Sheriff announces five meth possession arrests

Elbert County Sheriff Melvin Andrews has announced the arrests of five individuals on drug possession charges over the weekend. Billy Thomas Studdard of a Whiteside Drive, Elberton, address was charged Saturday with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, felony tampering with evidence, felony probation violation, possession and use of …

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Police investigating burglaries, thefts

Elberton Police are investigating a burglary and theft of $3,250 worth of electronics and $300 worth of consumable goods from a residence on Oak Street. According to the police report, the home was reportedly burglarized between noon and 2 p.m. Friday. Police are also investigating a burglary and theft of …

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Commissioners approve new solar regulations

By Linton Johnsonlinton@wsgcradio.com The Elbert County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Monday to approve an amendment to the county’s zoning ordinance to add regulations on large solar farms as well as solar connections to residential units. During a public hearing prior to the commissioners’ regular meeting, County Administrator Bob Thomas …

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Husband, wife arrested on felony drug charges

Elberton Police arrested two Brookhaven Circle residents Wednesday on felony charges after officers raided a suspected marijuana growing operation at their home. Charles Alexander Riley, age 67, and his wife, Terri Poole Riley, age 53, are both charged with purchase, possession, manufacture, distribution or sale of marijuana and possession of …

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Man charged with solicitation of sodomy against a minor

A 67-year-old Elbert County man was arrested last week by Elberton Police on a felony charge of solicitation of sodomy against a minor. Bobby Melvin Pollock of a Bowman Highway address was booked into the Elbert County Detention Center at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, according to jail records. He was additionally …

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