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A Sunday Read

By Scott Smith “The Prince of Tides” by Pat Conroy If you feel the need to be taken back to the low country of South Carolina mixed with the bustling noise of New York City, a must-read is Pat Conroy’s “The Prince of Tides.” On a lazy Sunday afternoon, this …

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Sheriff Andrews urges caution this holiday weekend

Elbert County Sheriff Melvin Andrews is reminding motorists to practice safe driving habits as they travel throughout the state this Labor Day weekend. Andrews reports his officers will be on patrol in full force for the Labor Day holiday travel period this weekend, “They will focus their attention on speeders, …

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Jennings found guilty of murder in grandfather’s death

An Elbert County Superior Court jury of seven women and five men deliberated for about 90 minutes Monday before convicting Savanna Marie Jennings in the January 2018 shooting death of her 86-year-old grandfather. The verdict was announced at approximately 4:30 p.m. At the request of both defense and prosecuting attorneys, …

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Scott Smith: Remembering Nate Hirsch

A lot of people familiar with Georgia Southern University and the Georgia Southern Eagles will recognize the name, Nate Hirsch. Nate was the longtime play by play announcer for Georgia Southern sports. I was a youngster and remember fondly running the Georgia Southern football games on WSGC in the fall …

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Loran Smith: Savannah Georgia

Georgia’s oldest city has many redeeming features, from refreshing marshes and picturesque barrier islands to the mighty Atlantic and a river fabled in books, poetry, and song. The city has long had a residual relationship with the University of Georgia by being the habitat of the nation’s most famous mascot, …

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Georgia Judge found Dead at his home

A Georgia Court of Appeals judge was found dead behind his Albany home on Saturday morning, Albany authorities have stated. Judge Stephen Goss, 60, was found dead from a single gunshot wound when Albany police arrived at the home on Greenwood Drive just after 8 a.m on Saturday. His body …

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Defense rests in Jennings murder trial

Elbert County Superior Court jurors heard a full day of testimony from defense witnesses Friday in the murder trial of Savanna Marie Jennings, who is charged in the January 2018 shooting death of her 86-year-old grandfather. Jennings took the stand in her own defense during the trial on Friday. Late …

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Qualifying period closes in City of Elberton Elections

The qualifying period for the upcoming city council elections ended Friday afternoon at 4:30 for the Ward 2 and 3 seats on the Elberton City Council. As of Thursday afternoon, Terry Burton has qualified earlier this week for Ward 2 along with Everett Worley who qualified mid-day Friday as well …

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