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Sheriff announces five meth possession arrests

Elbert County Sheriff Melvin Andrews has announced the arrests of five individuals on drug possession charges over the weekend. Billy Thomas Studdard of a Whiteside Drive, Elberton, address was charged Saturday with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, felony tampering with evidence, felony probation violation, possession and use of …

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Police investigating burglaries, thefts

Elberton Police are investigating a burglary and theft of $3,250 worth of electronics and $300 worth of consumable goods from a residence on Oak Street. According to the police report, the home was reportedly burglarized between noon and 2 p.m. Friday. Police are also investigating a burglary and theft of …

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Commissioners approve new solar regulations

By Linton Johnsonlinton@wsgcradio.com The Elbert County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Monday to approve an amendment to the county’s zoning ordinance to add regulations on large solar farms as well as solar connections to residential units. During a public hearing prior to the commissioners’ regular meeting, County Administrator Bob Thomas …

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Husband, wife arrested on felony drug charges

Elberton Police arrested two Brookhaven Circle residents Wednesday on felony charges after officers raided a suspected marijuana growing operation at their home. Charles Alexander Riley, age 67, and his wife, Terri Poole Riley, age 53, are both charged with purchase, possession, manufacture, distribution or sale of marijuana and possession of …

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Man charged with solicitation of sodomy against a minor

A 67-year-old Elbert County man was arrested last week by Elberton Police on a felony charge of solicitation of sodomy against a minor. Bobby Melvin Pollock of a Bowman Highway address was booked into the Elbert County Detention Center at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, according to jail records. He was additionally …

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School board eyes millage rate rollback for FY 2019

By Linton Johnsonlinton@wsgcradio.com The Elbert County School District’s lowest tax millage rate in at least five years is now under consideration by the Board of Education, following the release of the new tax digest for fiscal year 2019. During a called meeting Tuesday, board members were in agreement with a …

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Court of Appeals affirms dismissal of 2015 landfill suit

The Court of Appeals of Georgia affirmed its previous dismissal of a 2015 lawsuit filed by Sweet City Landfill LLC against the Elbert County government in an opinion issued Tuesday. In a statement released Wednesday, Elbert County Attorney Bill Daughtry explained that in 2015 the Board of Commissioners amended the …

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Police investigate explosive found in back yard of home

What appears to be an old military artillery shell was discovered in the back yard of a Lake Forest Drive residence on Sunday afternoon. After receiving a call from the homeowner, Elberton Police officers arrived on the scene and confirmed the shell, which had “Scovill Model 1807 M” etched on …

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Pair charged with heroin possession

Sheriff Melvin Andrews announced the arrests of two Elbert County residents on charges of heroin possession Tuesday when deputies attempted to serve an outstanding warrant on Hoot Owl Road. The subject of the warrant, 26-year-old Garrett Maxwell Scoggins of Dewy Rose, was charged with possession of heroin, possession and use …

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