• Fannin elementary children go hunting for Easter Eggs

    Easter Egg Hunt

    BLUE RIDGE, Ga – Elementary students across Fannin County enjoyed an Easter Egg Hunt courtesy of Fannin High School’s Key Club members hard work. It’s the first year the Key Club hosted the event for elementary students. Key Club Vice President Mackenzie Chastain assisted to organize the event and hopes to continue it next year. […]

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  • Navy Seabees celebrate 79th birthday on March 5

    Seabees

    BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – “The only trouble with your Seabees is that I do not have enough of them,” General Douglas MacArthur reportedly told, father of the Seabees, Admiral Ben Moreell. If history’s been any indication, America and the U.S. military have certainly benefitted from their continuous hard work. Union County Sole Commissioner Lamar Paris honored […]

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  • More Georgians to Become Eligible to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine

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    Atlanta – Governor Brian Kemp and Commissioner Kathleen Toomey, M.D., M.P.H.,  announced plans to add adults aged 65 and older, law enforcement officers, firefighters, and first responders to the current group of individuals eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Healthcare workers and staff and residents of long-term care facilities are already in this highest priority group. […]

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  • Christmas Eve Snow blankets Union County

    Christmas Snow

    BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – Beginning on Christmas Eve, the snow continued on-and-off throughout the night leaving a magical, still Christmas morning for north Georgia. Estimates are between one and two inches of snow in Union County. According to the National Weather Service, there’s a 20 percent chance of snow showers on Christmas Day after 2 p.m. […]

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  • Towns County Library celebrates Branch Manager Debbie Phillips

    HIAWASSEE, Ga – Sole Commissioner Cliff Bradshaw acknowledged Towns County Library Branch Manager Debbie Phillips’s service to the community during the December meeting. Phillips retired from the library after serving 30 years in the Mountain Regional Library System. During her time with the library, she served on statewide PINES committees, the Board of Trustees advisory […]

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  • North Carolina rural educators get support for remote learning

    North Carolina Rural Educators

    RALEIGH: More than 1,300 educators from rural North Carolina participated in a virtual conference focused on remote learning to help them be better prepared to teach throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Governor Cooper opened the REAL(Remote Education and Leadership) Conference and gave the welcoming remarks via a video message. “When we had to close schools for in […]

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  • L4GA grant brings literacy to all local children

    BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) awarded Union County School System (UCS) $3.2 million over five years to advance literacy efforts. As a recipient of the Literacy for Learning, Living, and Leading in Georgia (L4GA) grant, UCS will focus on creating plans for children from birth to 12th grade. Additionally, the school […]

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  • UCS awarded $3 million grant for college and career academy

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    BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – Union County Schools (UCS) was one of three districts in the state to receive the College and Career Academy (CCA) grant for $3 million. The school will establish the first multi-state CCA in Georgia. UCS has several similar program initiatives with its Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE) efforts, but the grant […]

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  • Pickens Virtual Academy registration extended

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    PICKENS COUNTY, Ga – Pickens Virtual Academy registration has been re-opened until midnight Monday, July 20th due to internet issues across the county. The contract deadline has been extended until Wednesday, July 22nd at 5:00 pm.  If a contract is not received on time, the student will attend traditional school. Link to Google form:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdgUlPmPCZkQgCkP_Ud6W9ci4Nxsb3RRpRi4n0E4Ox6fsOzIQ/viewform?usp=sf_link […]

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  • National Forests in North Carolina launch digital passes

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    Asheville, NC – July 14, 2020 –Visitors to Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests will have a convenient new way to pay day use fees at several recreation sites starting this summer with mobile passes. A new online platform allows visitors to pay day use fees using their personal computer or mobile device through Recreation.gov. There […]

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  • Deputies recognized for their lifesaving efforts

    MARYVILLE, TENNESSEE – Several sheriff’s deputies were recognized for their lifesaving efforts and other deputies as employees of the month recently. Deputy Rex Ogle received the honor of March Employee of the Month for intervening in a plot in March involving an unreported armed robbery that led to a group of individuals planning to do […]

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  • NCDHHS announces $26M to assist families facing economic hardships

    RALEIGH — The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) announced that the state’s Community Action Agencies (CAAs) have begun to receive flexible funds that can be used to help low-income individuals and families meet a variety of needs caused by the economic disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic. These funds are part of […]

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  • Sheriff says goodbye to three retiring deputies

    MARYVILLE, TENNESSEE – Blount County Sheriff James Lee Berrong and the deputies of the Blount County Sheriff’s Office are saying goodbye to three long-time deputies who are retiring or scheduled for retirement in the next few weeks. The Sheriff’s Office honored and thanked Deputies John Douglas, P.K. Gregory, and Kim “Boo Boo” Roach at a […]

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  • Health Department offering back to school vaccinations

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    GAINESVILLE, GA – District 2 Public Health reminds all parents that now is a good time to get those required school vaccinations. With the challenges and uncertainty that we face with Covid-19, it can be easy to forget about school and necessary vaccines for your child (or children). Kids need pencils, paper, and other supplies […]

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  • Union County Canning Plant to open July 7

    Canning

    BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – The Union County Canning Plant will open on July 7 by appointment only. Also, the cannery will be limited to 11 groups per time slot. The cannery will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and no walkups will be accepted. Those interested in canning must call (706) 439-6043 in advance.  Appointments will […]

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