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Lake Levels continue to Fall


Despite the storms we’ve had over the past week, Lakes Hartwell and Thurmond remain in Drought Trigger Level One. The U.S. Corps of Engineers Savannah District office says the lake levels at both lakes remain well below full pool. As of Monday, Lake Hartwell’s lake level stood at 656.21 feet …

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Dot get funds to improve Bridges


Three northeast bridges will be getting much-needed repairs beginning this fall thanks to a new program from the Georgia Department of Transportation.  Late last week, G-DOT announced the program, called Bridge Bundles and listed the specific bridges in our area that will be repaired. They include, the Bridge on Carpenter …

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Wages up in Q2


If your pay check is slightly bigger these days, you’re not the only one. The wages and benefits paid to U.S. civilian workers rose at a steady pace in the second quarter compared to the first three months of the year, as income signs of slight acceleration. The labor department …

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July Almost Driest Month on Record


from Online Athens Elberton, Athens amd Northeast Georgia narrowly missed setting a record for having the driest July on record as drought deepened across the Southeast — but only because of a chance thunderstorm. On July 31, the last day of the month, an isolated storm dumped more than inch …

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Schools open Wednesday

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Elbert County’s school system will be back in session Aug. 3. All schools in the system will open Monday, Aug. 1 from 4 until 7 p.m. and classes will begin on Wednesday, Aug. 3. All schools (Blackwell Early Learning Center, Elbert County Primary School, Elbert County Elementary School, Elbert County …

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Northeast Georgia in Extreme Drought


Georgia’s ongoing drought – combined with above-average heat – is taking a toll on some crops in the state, authorities said. Crops feeling the effects of the brutal weather include peanuts, corn and hay. “It’s kind of a do-or-die situation right now for the (regions) that have not had rain,” …

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