• Packed room voices opinion on Union’s property reevaluation

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    BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – A raucous crowd turned out in force to discuss taxes and property reevaluation after notices hit residents’ mailboxes at the start of the month. The meeting was moved to the jury assembly room and some still had to stand for the 2-plus hour-long meeting focused on property values and taxes. Assistant Police […]

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  • 2020 audit reveals revenue up, expenses down in Union

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    BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – Union County received a clean/unmodified opinion concerning its 2020 audit from Rushton and Company, a CPA firm. Clay Pilgrim, CPA, CPE, CCF, delivered the information during the July County Commission meeting. “I do have great news, this is real riveting information this audit, so I’m glad you joined us,” Pilgrim told the […]

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  • Fannin County Courthouse paid off


    BLUE RIDGE, Ga – Fannin County government paid off the remaining debt on the courthouse slightly ahead of schedule. “I think myself and Commissioner Scearce are just happy to be hard on the tail end of that, the payoff. Due to the hard work of every administration before us, we were able to pay that […]

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  • Ralston calls for GBI investigation into Fulton County elections

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    ATLANTA, Ga – Elected officials are taking aim and Fulton County and its elections director Richard Barron, following new details regarding the 2020 election. Speaker of the House David Ralston (R – Blue Ridge) released the letter he sent to Fulton Elections Director Richard Barron. In the letter, Ralston requests Barron ask the GBI to […]

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  • Blairsville becomes a Purple Heart City

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    BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – Blairsville City Council officially proclaimed the city a Purple Heart City at the July 2021 meeting. “City of Blairsville has a highly decorated veteran population including Purple Heart recipients, and Blairsville appreciates the sacrifice of the Purple Heart recipients made in defending our freedoms and believe it is important and we acknowledge […]

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  • Building and planning ordinance amendment unanimously approved

    HIAWASSEE, Ga – The second reading of the amended building and planning ordinance and later unanimously approved by Hiawassee City Council. “In an effort to maintain proper density within the city the following shall apply, parcels of land shall be limited to six living spaces with no more than four structures per acre. No parcel […]

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  • Blairsville City Council approves agreement with county to receive TSPLOST funds


    BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – Blairsville City Council approved the intergovernmental agreement with Union County for the Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (TSPLOST) referendum during the July 2021 meeting. The approval is one in a series of steps necessary for TSPLOST to appear on a special election ballot in November 2021. The intergovernmental agreement allows […]

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  • Mayor Whitener offers response to zoning ordinance veto

    Blue Ridge, Georgia, Parking, Fannin County, City Council, Post 1, Harold Herdon, Post 2, Rhonda Haight, Post 3, Mike Panter, Post 4, Robbie Cornelius, Post 5, Nathan Fitts, Mayor, Donna Whitener, Attorney, James Balli, Executive Parking Systems, Shelli WoJohn, Bid, Process, Contract, veto

    BLUE RIDGE, Ga – Blue Ridge Mayor Donna Whitener releases a response concerning her recommendation to veto of ordinance amendment BR2021-06. The ordinance would lower building height requirements in the central business district to 35 feet. Whitener’s letter stated that the zoning ordinance has been amended 10 times in 23 years. She added that during […]

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  • Special alcohol permit moratorium repealed, new requirements in place

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    BLUE RIDGE, Ga – The existing Fannin County alcohol ordinance doesn’t address special events, and the county’s in the process of rewriting it. In the meantime, the board of commissioners enacted special requirements for those seeking a special event alcohol beverage permit. At an earlier meeting, a special event alcohol permit moratorium was put into […]

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  • Union County’s Youth Sports Complex progressing

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    BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – The SPLOST funded Youth Sports Complex will be located behind the farmers market and Sole Commissioner Lamar Paris hopes to have it completed by next season. The Youth Sports Complex will feature four ballfields catering toward the younger age ranges from T-ball to coaches’ pitch, and eight and under leagues. Paris explained […]

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  • Deputy Director Darrell Payne retires after 38 years

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    BLUE RIDGE, Ga – Deputy Director Darrell Payne stated it’s been an honor to serve the people of Fannin as part of emergency services. Payne’s seen EMS goes through several changes over the years and commended EMS employees and volunteers for their efforts. He added that Fannin has one of the best EMS departments in […]

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  • Largest meth bust in Towns County history

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    TOWNS COUNTY, Ga – Towns County Deputies executed the largest methamphetamine bust in the county with the arrest of suspect Alex Robinson of Monroe, Ga. Following a four-month investigation and the three-day round-the-clock operation, a team consisting of the Towns County drug agents, deputies, and Sheriff Ken Henderson converged on a heavily-armed Robinson and arrested […]

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  • Suspect drowns in Tallulah River

    RABUN COUNTY, Ga – A suspect who ran from law enforcement was confirmed deceased after Rabun County Search and Rescue located the body. On June 7, Rabun County Sheriff’s Office was requested to assist in a traffic stop in Tallulah Falls by the Georgia State Patrol. While en route, one of the suspects fled and […]

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  • Georgia State Patrol investigating pedestrian fatality at Sand Bar

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    HIAWASSEE, Ga – A pedestrian was killed in front of the Sand Bar and Grille on US Hwy 76 overnight on Saturday, June 12. Georgia State Patrol and Towns County Sheriff’s Office are in the midst of an active investigation. FYN has put a request into the GSP for more information about the tragic incident. […]

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  • North Carolina woman arrested on trafficking methamphetamine charges


    The Towns County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia State Patrol makes a vital bust confiscating about a pound of methamphetamine. Sunday, June 6, 2021, the Georgia State Patrol initiated a traffics stop resulting in the arrest of Jennifer Lynn Williams 31 of Crumpler, NC. The Towns County Sheriff’s Office Drug Unit in conjunction with the […]

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