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June 29th Commissioners Meeting Notes

The Elbert County Board of Commissioners held a called meeting Thursday at 12 Noon at the County Government Complex. The Commissioners discussed and approved a State Contract bid for two vehicles for the Sheriffs Office, with one change. Sheriff Melvin Andrews along with Investigator Darren Scarborough asked the commissioners to purchase a 2018 Dodge …

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Log Truck Accident Wednesday

A portion of Highway 17 in Wilkes County was down to one lane Wednesday morning after a head-on collision between a logging truck and a tractor trailer. According to Georgia State Patrol, the crash happened at around 7:08 a.m. just north of McDuffie County. A tractor trailer driven by twenty-eight-year-old …

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Commissioners To Meet Thursday

The Elbert County Board of Commissioners will hold a called meeting today (Thursday) at 12 Noon at the County Government Complex. The Commissioners are scheduled to Discuss and approve a State Contract bid for two vehicles for the Sheriff’s Office. The contract price is $25,498 each; and includes lights and …

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Royston PD Crack Shoplifting Case

Observant employees at the Royston Bi-Lo lead officers to a large scale shoplifting operation. Officers Johnson and Adams of the Royston Police Department are credited with making a stop of two shoplifters and while investigating the case, a large scale operation of stolen merchandise was discovered. According to Royston Police …

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Madison County Manure Facility could still be on

Jeff Smith and his brother, Stephen, want to operate a manure/litter drying facility in a 150’ by 150’ building at 8315 Hwy. 172. They were recently informed in a letter by county commission chairman John Scarborough that the property needs to be zoned for industrial use, not for agriculture. But …

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Felon Fished From River In Athens

Athens-Clarke County police officers on Monday fished a man from the North Oconee River and decided he was a keeper. Brandon Lee Bowers, who was holding onto a tree branch while yelling for help, was rescued by officers who brought him to shore and then to the jail upon learning …

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Death Penalty Sought For Inmates

District Attorney Stephen Bradley, of the eight-county Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit, made the announcement at a Putnam County court appearance for Ricky Dubose and Donnie Russell Rowe that he will seek the death penalty against a pair of inmates accused of killing two correctional officers while escaping from a prison transport …

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Dog Flu Hits Georgia

Georgia State Veterinarian Dr. Robert Cobb confirmed last week that there has been an increase in the prevalence of canine respiratory disease found in dogs associated with exhibitions and assemblies. As a result, dogs from multiple states, including Georgia, have been diagnosed with Canine Influenza Virus or CIV infections. The …

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Suspect Sought In Bank Robbery

Banks County officials are seeking the Public’s help locating a bank robbery suspect. “We have received a report of an armed robbery that just occurred at Northeast Georgia Bank Monday Morning involving a white female who is approximately 5-foot-4, petite build with blonde hair, possibly in her early to mid-30s …

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Dubose and Rowe Back In Georgia

The inmates accused of killing two corrections officers and sparking a massive manhunt will be in a Georgia courtroom Today. Ricky Dubose and Donnie Rowe are scheduled to appear at the Putnam County Courthouse at 8:30 a.m. Today. The two are accused of killing corrections officers Christopher Monica and Curtis …

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