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Georgia’s ‘hands free law’ goes into effect in one week

For several weeks, traffic enforcement agencies across Georgia have been trying to educate the public about the state’s “Hands Free Law,” which bans the use of hand-held phones and other electronic devices by motor vehicle drivers. It is now one week until the law becomes effective. The Governor’s Office of …

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Bowman Council to discuss budget plans

The Bowman City Council will meet Monday at City Hall. Mayor Mark Berryman is scheduled to provide an update on a tentative budget for 2018, and council members will also consider a continuation of the 2017 budget. Other agenda items for the council’s consideration include gym recreational activities, a stop …

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Police Department schedules Neighborhood Watch Meetings

The Elberton Police Department will hold Neighborhood Watch Meetings in three locations next week. The South Side Neighborhood Watch Meeting will be Monday at 6 p.m. at Elberton First Presbyterian Church on South McIntosh Street. The North Side Neighborhood Watch Meeting will be Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Calvary Presbyterian …

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Lexington couple arrested for obtaining opioid pills through fraud

Two Oglethorpe County residents were arrested Tuesday for allegedly obtaining hundreds of doses of opioid medication through fraud. Carla Delores Brown, 44, and Jimmy Lewis Mattox, 55, both of Lexington, were each charged with 40 counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, Athens-Clarke County police said. According to police, …

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Northern Circuit under consideration for fourth Superior Court judgeship

By Linton Johnson linton@wsgcradio.com State officials are considering the Northern Judicial Circuit for a fourth Superior Court judgeship, according to recent correspondence between the Administrative Office of the Courts and the circuit’s Chief Judge Thomas L. Hodges III. Christopher Hansard, judicial services division director for the Administrative Office of the Courts, …

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