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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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BOE Approves Budget

The Elbert County Board of Education met on Monday night at the Education Offices Complex on Laurel Drive. Items on their agenda included a financial report from Ben Childs and a public hearing on the 2018 Budget. Childs reported that the Board of Education had, as of the end of …

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Weekend Drowning At Lake Hartwell

Authorities have confirmed that a Lavonia man has drowned in Lake Hartwell this past Saturday afternoon. The incident occurred after the man had fallen from a float. The Hart County Sheriff’s Office along with DNR and EMS responded to the scene around 5:30 Saturday afternoon, a dive team was also …

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Board Of Education to meet Monday

The Elbert County Board of Education meets tonight at 5:30 at the Education Offices Complex on Laurel Drive. Items on the agenda include a financial report from Ben Childs and a public hearing on the 2018 Budget. Action will be taken on the 2018 Budget and Personnel Recommendations and any …

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Fugitives Caught Near Nashville

Two escaped inmates sought in the killings of two guards on a Georgia prison bus were captured Thursday after they were held at gunpoint by a rural Tennessee homeowner whose vehicle they were trying to steal, authorities said. Donnie Rowe and Ricky Dubose were apprehended in the rural community of …

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