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Elks’ Lodge Shag Contest and BBQ Dinner

  Saturday, March 12, Elberton Elks’ Lodge #1100 is having a Pat Patterson Beach Music and BBQ Buffet. There will be a Shag contest with cash prizes and all three placements receive a granite trophy like the one displayed above! 1st Place receives $100 and 2nd Place receives $50! BBQ …

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Controversy in Royston

There is controversy in Royston over Franklin County School Board plans for Royston Elementary School: a proposal for county school sales tax dollars calls for the demolition of the current school building, with the 2021 construction of a replacement that could be outside the Royston city limits.

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Lady Dogs Win

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

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

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

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

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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