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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

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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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Corps changes policy on Lake Hartwell Water

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The Corps of Engineers reverses a ruling that would have barred the use of water from Lakes Hartwell and Lanier for irrigation purposes: the announcement comes from the office of Hall County Congressman Doug Collins, who earlier this week criticized the controversial proposal in a meeting with property owners in …

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Shots Fired on Elberton’s Downtown Square

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The Elberton Police Department is investigating a shooting that occurred at 4:43 PM on Thursday afternoon on the downtown square near Papa’s Pizza. Officers were called to the scene where a shot had been fired hitting a window in Papa’s Pizza. A witness stated that a tall thin black male …

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Unemployment Rate Drops


Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate last monthwas 5.5 percent, according to the Georgia Department of Labor. That’s down 1.1 percentage points from December 2014. “The rate dropped to its lowest level in nearly seven years as our employers continued to create jobs and hire more people,” said Mark Butler, Georgia’s …

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Madison County man was recently sentenced to 15


A Madison County man was recently sentenced to 15 years in confinement for trafficking methamphetamine. Paul Leonard Hodge, 40, Hull, was found with 28 grams of methamphetamine in January 2015. He was sentenced by Judge Thomas Hodges to a total of 15 years in confinement and 25 on probation for …

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Two Injured in Morgan County Plane Crash

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The single-engine Cessna plane crashed on a residential street at 7:45 p.m. Channel 2 Action News has learned the plane is from Florida, and the pilot radioed it was experiencing trouble. The FAA is investigating wher the plane was headed. The Madison Municipal Airport is about two miles away from …

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Coach Saban in Elberton this past Thursday

University of Alabama football head coach Nick Saban visits Shepherd Center and WSB studios in Atlanta on Tuesday, June 9, 2015. Photo by Kevin Liles/kevindliles.com

Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban made a visit to the Granite Capital on Thursday along with his new defensive Coordinator Jeremy Pruitt to recruit Elbert County’s football standout Mecole Hardman Jr. Saban fresh off his National Championship victory was on a recruiting trip and landed at the Elbert County Airport. …

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Powerball has multiple winners


Powerball tickets sold in Atlanta and in Coffee County are million dollar winners, matching 5 of the 6 numbers in last night’s drawing. People who bought tickets in California, Florida, and Tennessee will share the record $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot.

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