• Local Lore: Legend of the Moon-Eyed People

    moon eyed people

    HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Folklore abounds in the mountains of Southern Appalachia, a land where magic and mystery continues to thrive through tales of antiquity, passed along to modern-day generations.One such tale is that of the Moon-Eyed People.According to legend, the Moon-Eyed People were a subterranean race of small inhabitants of a wooded area, dwelling near […]

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  • In Memory of Soup Beans

    Memory of soup beans

    There are few rituals that I enjoy more on a cold, dreary day than the slow-living process of preparing a savory batch of soup beans. Not to be confused with bean soup, soup beans are a time-treasured staple in the history of Appalachian cuisine, capable of transporting a heart to a simpler era when life […]

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  • Local nursing home requests letters from children

    Brasstown Manor

    HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Many of Towns County’s most vulnerable residents, its senior citizens, are facing an added burden from the COVID-19 outbreak; loneliness. Brasstown Manor Retirement Community in Hiawassee closed its doors to visitors March 16, and the facility is requesting mail from the community to brighten its residents’ days during this difficult time. With students […]

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  • Artist captures the heartbreaking history of Lake Chatuge

    HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Marty Hayden relocated to Towns County from Pennsylvania a decade ago, and the gifted artist discovered a way to honor the history of a community that he has grown to love. Hiawassee is coined a “lake and mountain paradise” but the construction of Lake Chatuge – a manmade reservoir commissioned by the […]

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  • Local philanthropists honored for generous contributions

    Betty Phillips -Historical Society

    HIAWASSEE, Ga. – The Towns County Historical Society honored Betty Phillips and her late husband, Dr. Richard Allen Schmidtke, at its March meeting for their generous financial contributions toward the preservation of local history. “This is a resolution in honor of Betty Phillips and in memory of Dr. Richard Allen Schmidtke by the Towns County […]

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