• 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


    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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  • USFS Acquires 49-Acre Tract in Fires Creek

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    Murphy, NC, June 26, 2020 – The U.S. Forest Service has acquired a 49-acre inholding at the headwaters of Laurel Creek, a tributary to Fires Creek, in a popular recreation area on the Tusquitee Ranger District. Funding for the purchase comes from the North Carolina Threatened Treasures FY 2020 Land and Water Conservation Fund Appropriations. […]

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  • Protect your family, pets and yourself against rabies


    GAINESVILLE, GA – Although the occurrence of rabies among humans has declined noticeably over the years, the disease continues among wild animals. Encounters between wild animals and domestic pets, including some that involve people, sometimes occur in our area. These incidents of exposure are common but can be prevented if residents take precautions to protect […]

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  • Union General Hospital Receives ACC Advanced Heart Failure Accreditation


    The American College of Cardiology (ACC) has recognized Union General Hospital for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients with heart failure. Union General Hospital was awarded Advanced Heart Failure Accreditation in April based on rigorous onsite review of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients with heart failure through pre-hospital care, […]

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  • Union County Farmers Market set to open June 6

    UNION COUNTY, Ga – The local Farmers Market is all ready to open to the public on Saturday, June 6 with safety measures in place. Open from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m., the market will feature agriculture-related and personal hygiene items for now. Crafts and baked goods won’t be available on opening day but might […]

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  • Blue Angels, Thunderbirds to flyover Atlanta on Saturday

    ATLANTA, Ga – The Blue Angels and Thunderbird flyover on May 2 is in support of the state’s frontline workers in the fight against COVID-19. It will begin over Marietta at 1:35 p.m. and last 25 minutes, ending at 2 p.m. The Thunderbirds and Blue Angels flight path will take them over Buckhead, Sandy Springs,  […]

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  • Colorful face masks protect healthcare professionals from coronavirus


    BLUE RIDGE, Ga – Healthcare workers serve as the frontline of defense against COVID-19, and many work without proper protection due to supply shortages. Several professional and amateur seamstresses across the nation have answered the call to create cloth face masks for healthcare workers and those in need. One such individual resides in Blue Ridge, […]

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