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Kemp Names New Coronavirus Task Force Committee

Atlanta – Today Governor Brian P. Kemp announced the members of the Governor's Coronavirus Task Force Community Outreach Committee.

"To continue to serve the needs of all Georgians during this challenging time, we have...

For Sale Jeep Torched; Reward Being Offered

Habersham Co. - Investigators with the Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner’s Office have determined that a vehicle fire in Habersham County was intentionally set.

The fire occurred shortly after 7:00 a.m. on Thursday,...

Updated County Closings

Habersham Co. - With the recent press conference given by Governor Brian Kemp, Habersham County and county organizations are taking another look at their COVID-19 guidelines.

Below are the most recent updates.

Habersham County Approves Emergency Order

Habersham Co. - In the 7 p.m. daily report by the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), Habersham County was removed from the list of confirmed cases for unknown reasons.  This did not stop the Habersham Board of County Commissioners from...

NGTC Extends Online Instruction to End of Semester

Clarkesville - North Georgia Technical College announces that exclusive online instruction will be extended until the end of Spring Semester 2020, in accordance to the Executive Order announced by Governor Brian Kemp yesterday.

The...

Local Meetings Amid COVID-19

Habersham - With Habersham County having its first confirmed COVID-19 case, the county and its cities are taking preventative measures when it comes to their monthly meetings.

NGTC Extends Online Instruction; Graduation Postponed

Clarkesville - PRESS RELEASE - North Georgia Technical College announces that exclusive online instruction will be extended until April 13 and that the college’s originally scheduled graduation will be postponed to a later date to be determined.

All...

How to Volunteer for COVID-19 Response

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is receiving offers from medical professionals and other individuals looking for ways to help with the COVID-19 response.

An effective response relies on volunteers who are pre-credentialed...

COVID-19 Message From City of Clarkesville

Clarkesville - The City will not be doing cutoffs of water this month, but we are reminding individuals they must keep their accounts up-to-date to keep water service from being interrupted in the future.

City Hall is closed...

Updated County Closings

Administration Building: The Elections and Voter Registration office is open for voter registration; all other departments have limited public access to lobby areas only (unless there is an appointment) with...

Stephens County Has 1st Confirmed Case

Stephens County has first confirmed COVID-19 case according to the Georgia Department of Public Health. Georgia has 1026 confirmed cases and 32 deaths.

So far, 5,484 people throughout the state have now been tested for the...

Baldwin Municipal Court Cancels April Sessions

Baldwin - All court sessions for April in the Baldwin Municipal Court has been canceled due to the state and national public health emergency declarations. 

Anyone with citations in April court will be reset to the May...

COVID-19 Numbers Now Updating Twice Daily

Atlanta - The number of test results being reported to the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is increasing as more labs are able to test for Covid-19.

Additionally, test results are coming in at various times throughout...

Walmart Scaling Back Hours Once Again

Walmart is once again scaling back its operational hours to help ensure associates can clean and stock products.

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Walmart U.S. Dacona Smith made the announcement online. 

“Our...

NGTC Signs Articulation Agreement with Emmanuel College

Clarkesville - North Georgia Technical College (NGTC) recently signed an articulation agreement with Emmanuel College to allow additional courses to transfer beginning fall 2020 semester.

NGTC President Dr. Mark Ivester and Emmanuel President...

Updated Parks and Recreation Hours

UPDATED MARCH 18 - Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Habersham County Parks and Recreation will be suspending current programs beginning March 14th.

Please see the list below for more information regarding each program tentative...

New GDOL Information for Filing for Unemployment

In response to the recent development of COVID-19, the Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) is temporarily suspending in-person requirements for services provided by the agency. In accordance with Governor Kemp’s recommendation, the GDOL is providing...

Investigation Continues For Armed Robbery

Mt. Airy - Authorities are asking the public for help in tracking down a suspect who is believed to be involved in a recent armed robbery.

On Tuesday, March 17, at approximately 10:58 p.m., the Mount Airy Police Department...

NGTC Foundation Raises $10,000 for Culinary Program

Clarkesville - North Georgia Technical College recently hosted a community fundraiser “Green, Jeans & Irish Cuisine” and raised more than $10,000 for the North Georgia Technical College Foundation, benefiting the college’s culinary arts...

NGTC Student Named 2020 EAGLE Winner

Clarkesville - North Georgia Technical College (NGTC) recently named Vincent Sandlin of Cleveland, Ga., the 2020 Exceptional Adult Education in Literacy Education (EAGLE) winner. The EAGLE award is designed to create greater awareness of educational...

Gun Licensing Temporarily Suspended

Habersham Co. - Probate Courts across Georgia will temporarily suspend acceptance of applications for Weapons Carry Licenses and Renewal Weapons Carry Licenses in response of the Judicial Emergency.

“This does not affect...

Habersham County Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

Habersham Co. - PRESS RELEASE - Habersham County Government is continuing to take steps to respond to the unprecedented coronavirus (COVID-19) situation to help stop the spread of the virus while ensuring essential government functions.

As...

March 24 Presidential Primary Postponed

PRESS RELEASE - In light of the public health emergency posed by COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, in-person voting presents increased risk to voters and poll workers.

Governor Kemp has declared a public health...

NGTC Moves to Online Classes Week of March 23

Clarkesville - North Georgia Technical College will move all instruction online for all three campuses beginning March 23 due to COVID-19 precautions. All face-to-face classes continue to be suspended and activities for students and guests are postponed.

Students...

UPDATE: Cause of Barn Fire Still Unknown

Batesville - Habersham County 911 received a call around 8:13 p.m., Monday, March 16, after a passerby noticed what appeared to be a barn on fire. 

Habersham County Emergency Services, along with White and Rabun...

Emergency Personnel Respond To Barn Fire

Habersham Co. - Habersham County Emergency Services, along with White and Rabun Counties, responded to a commercial fire on Hwy 255 and Sunburst Ln. near Batesville. 

Habersham County 911 received a call around 8:13 p.m. where passerby noticed...

HEMC to Close Office Lobbies to Walk-in Traffic

PRESS RELEASE - Habersham Co. - Habersham EMC continues to monitor developments regarding the COVID-19 virus and CDC guidelines. Currently, the CDC is recommending that all events of 50 or more people be cancelled for the next 8 weeks.

As...

Local Closings Update

Habersham Co. - Below is the latest update on local closings. If you know of any closings not mentioned, email them to our news department at office@wchmradio.com.

Local educational institutions...

Northeast Georgia Has 3 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

GAINESVILLE - PRESS RELEASE – The Georgia Department of Public Health has confirmed two positive cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in District 2. District Public Health epidemiology is working to identify and notify any close contacts...

UPDATE: NGMC Confirms 2 COVID-19 Cases

UPDATE - Northeast Georgia has its first confirmed case of COVID-19. Northeast Georgia Medical Center’s Braselton location confirmed their first case early Sunday. Now they are two confirmed cases.

No further information...

Voting Amid Coronavirus Threat

(ATLANTA) PRESS RELEASE – Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger reminds Georgians that early voting and absentee ballots are ways to avoid crowds and minimize possible exposure to the coronavirus responsible for COVID-19.

“Georgia...

GA General Assembly Suspended Indefinitely

The Georgia General Assembly announced yesterday, March 12, that the legislative session will be suspended indefinitely after today, March 13.

The suspension is out of an abundance of caution and in the interest of the health...

UPDATE: Coronavirus Local Closings

UPDATED 3/13/2020 - 3 P.M. - Habersham Co. - Numerous local schools are closing their doors for a week or two after Governor Brian Kemp’s “call to action” amid Coronavirus talk.

During a press conference Wednesday night,...

Kemp, DPH: First Death from COVID-19 in Georgia

PRESS RELEASE - Governor Kemp and the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) are confirming the first death from COVID-19 in Georgia. The individual, a sixty-seven year old male, was hospitalized at WellStar Kennestone since testing positive for...

Job Fair March 12

Habersham Co. - The Georgia Department of Labor is partnering with Habersham County, Habersham Chamber of Commerce, Habersham Partnership in Growth, and North Georgia Technical College to host a job fair today, March 12, from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m....

Investigation Continues For Saturday House Fire

Alto - The investigation continues for an early morning house fire that left one dead and one arrested over the weekend.

Emergency personnel were dispatched to the 600 block of Yonah Post Rd. in Alto Saturday, March 7, around 6:45 a.m.,...

Kemp, Carr: Watch Out for Coronavirus Scams

PRESS RELEASE - Atlanta, GA – Governor Brian P. Kemp and Attorney General Chris Carr are warning Georgia residents to watch out for scams related to the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). These include websites selling bogus products, as well as fake...

Man Arrested After Tuesday 'Crime Spree'

Habersham Co. - One man was arrested after Baldwin Police responded to two separate incidents off 441 Bypass earlier this week.

On Tuesday, March 3, police responded to one incident which involved a vehicle fire and a...

Piedmont responds to Coronavirus

PRESS RELEASE - Piedmont College has canceled study away trips to Italy, Spain, Ireland, Germany, and the Czech Republic that were scheduled for May due to concerns about the Coronavirus.

The decision impacts approximately...

Collins Honored at CPAC for Conservative Record

PRESS RELEASE - NATIONAL HARBOR, MD — Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) was one of only five (out of 535) members of Congress honored with the 2020 Award for Lifetime Achievement by the American Conservative Union (ACU). Rep. Collins was presented with...

Trent Davis Joins District 4 County Commissioner Race

Habersham Co. - Trent Davis is joining the District 4 County Commissioner race against Natalie Crawford and Bruce Harkness.

In his announcement, Davis says “I would like to publicly announce my candidacy for Habersham County Commissioner...

Benny Pate Running For District 1 County Commission Seat

Habersham Co. - When the spot of District 1 County Commissioner became available, members of the community flocked to Benny Pate to plant the seed that he should run. With qualifying coming up, that’s exactly what he is intending on doing.

“I...

DPH Preparations for Potential Spread of COVID-19

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is working closely with the CDC, and state partners to prepare for a potential outbreak of COVID-19 in the U.S., including Georgia. The goal is to quickly identify cases of COVID-19 and take...

Suspect Crawls Out Window To Avoid Arrest

Baldwin - The City of Baldwin posted on its social media page about a recent arrest surrounding thefts in the area.

According to the post, the thefts occurred inside the city last week and over the weekend. Nicholas Lance...

Chad Keener Promoted To Assistant Fire Chief

Baldwin - The City of Baldwin has a new Assistant Fire Chief and his name is Chad Keener.

During Monday’s City of Baldwin meeting, Fire Chief Joe Roy made the official announcement, promoting Keener as his right-hand man.

Roy...

TFS Bans International Travel Due To Coronavirus

Tallulah Falls - Tallulah Falls School is on their Winter Break until March 1 but some students will not be going home for the break.

According to the school’s President Larry Peevy, TFS has over 100 international students from 20...

Deadline to Register to Vote

Habersham Co. - Today is the last day to register to vote for Georgia’s March 24 presidential primary. 

Early voting for this election will begin March 2 and will go through March 20.

There...

Driver Strikes Sign, Sustains No Injuries

Clarkesville - If you drive by the Habersham County Administration Building right now, chances are you will find the sign at the entrance in a pile of rubble.

According to Assistant Post Commander for Georgia State Patrol Post 7 Toccoa,...

Running Traffic Light Leads To Drug Related Arrest

Baldwin - Baldwin Police Officer Ryan Thomas pulled over Johnny Ray Jordan of Mt. Airy after he allegedly ran a stoplight.

During a traffic stop Monday, Feb. 17 , Thomas notes in the report that he was “sitting sationary...

Shots Fired In Baldwin Apartment

Baldwin - Baldwin Police Department were dispatched to an apartment complex early Monday morning after accidental gunfire.

At approximately 12:15 a.m. Monday, Feb. 17, officers with the Baldwin Police Department, assisted...

NGTC Awards Welding SkillsUSA Winners

Clarkesville - PRESS RELEASE — North Georgia Technical College’s welding program recently awarded the three area high school student SkillsUSA region winners with numerous welding supplies that were generously donated by local companies.

The...

INSURING VALENTINE’S DAY JEWELRY

ATLANTA - (PRESS RELEASE) - With Valentine’s Day nearly upon us, Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John F. King would like to remind Georgians to check their homeowner’s insurance policies to see if they include coverage for expensive jewelry.

“Diamonds,...

Flash Flood Watch until 7 p.m. Tuesday

Demorest - The City of Demorest is warning of a Flash Flood Watch until 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11.

"HEAVY RAINFALL AND POTENTIAL FLASH FLOODING THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH TUESDAY," the alert reads.

A slow-moving frontal boundary will continue...

Tacky Prom Coming To Cornelia Soon

CORNELIA - (PRESS RELEASE) - The City of Cornelia and the Cornelia Hospitality & Tourism Board will host the Tacky Prom on Friday, February 21, 8-11 PM at Common Ground Cornelia, 643 Irvin St., Cornelia.

The theme for...

Clarkesville Residents Awakened By Fallen Tree

Habersham Co. - Earlier this morning, Clarkesville residents were awakened by a tree falling on their home.

At 5:37 a.m. Friday morning, Feb. 7, Habersham 911 received a call for a tree down on a residence at 220 Park Place Drive in Clarkesville...

2 HR Delay For Habersham Schools Friday

Habersham Co. - Habersham County Schools will be on a two-hour delay Friday, Feb. 7.

The delay is for both students and staff.

The delay is said to allow road officials to be able to access the road conditions in the morning.  Superintendent...

Remembering Sam Tolbert

Habersham Co. - Samuel Linton Tolbert, 72, of Clarkesville passed away in the early morning hours of Wednesday, Feb. 5 following a battle with cancer.

Born in Mt. Airy, Georgia on March 28, 1947, Tolbert was the youngest son of Boyd...

Habersham Sheriff Joey Terrell Seeking 4th Term

Habersham Co. - Earlier this week, Habersham County Sheriff Joey Terrell made the announcement that he will be seeking re-election as sheriff.

“I thank the Lord every day that I’ve been blessed to serve as the sheriff...

Demorest Man Arrested After Car Chase

Habersham Co. - What was called in as a reported drunk driver let officers on a car chase to catch the suspect.

This past Sunday, Habersham County issued a BOLO (Be On The Lookout) for a silver 2005 Ford Explorer with a potentially intoxicated...

3 Injured in Sunday Night Wreck

Three people were injured during a wreck on Toccoa Hwy in Clarkesville Sunday night.

The accident is reported to have occurred at 7:45 p.m. on Toccoa Hwy at the intersection with Ellison St.

Vehicle...

Ferguson Resigns from HEMC Board of Directors

Habersham Co. - Jeff Ferguson, Chairman, Habersham EMC Board of Directors, announced his resignation at the close of today’s monthly board meeting.

Ferguson cited his growing business and time demands in his resignation.

"After...

Red Slips Going Out Feb. 1st For Property Taxes

Habersham Co. - Anyone who has not paid their property taxes will likely find a red slip coming their way Saturday, Feb. 1.

Habersham County Tax Commissioner June Black-Warren talks about how the past tax collection went.

“It...

Cornelia Train Depot is a Super Museum

Cornelia - PRESS RELEASE - The Historic Cornelia Train Depot Museum will take part in the Georgia Historical Society’s Super Museum Sunday for a second year.

Over 100 sites across Georgia will participate including the...

Deitra Gray Named NGTC’s 2020 GOAL Winner

Clarkesville PRESS RELEASE — Deitra “Didi” Gray from Toccoa, Ga., was named North Georgia Technical College’s 2020 Georgia Occupational Award for Leadership (GOAL) student at today’s Habersham Rotary meeting. Nominated by her instructor...

Habersham Commissioner Announces Bid State Senate

Habersham Co. - Days after his announcement of not seeking re-election as Habersham County Commission Chairman, Dr. Stacy Hall announced that he will place his hat in for the State Senate race.

"Our North Georgia way of life is under attack,"...

TFS Announces 2019 STAR Student and Teacher

Tallulah Falls - PRESS RELEASE - One of the most anticipated highlights of the Tallulah Falls School academic year is the announcement of the STAR Student and Teacher. 

Senior Jihee Han of South Korea earned the highest...

Local Artist Opens Door To Creativity

Tallulah Falls - PRESS RELEASE - Upper school art students at Tallulah Falls School learned more about the art world through the lens of a working artist on Jan. 24. 

Tam Tilley of Tallulah Falls is a painter who works...

Traffic In Clarkesville Beginning Wednesday At 8 A.M.

Clarkesville - The City of Clarkesville issued a traffic alert for Wednesday, Jan. 29, beginning at 8 a.m.

The alert reads "Swain Drive from Bartley Wilbanks Road to Leyland Hills will be closed due to construction. The road should reopen around...

Mt. Airy Wreck Suspected To Be Result Of Road Rage

Habersham Co. - An accident in Mt. Airy is suspected to be the result of road rage between two vehicles.

On Saturday, Jan. 25, emergency personnel was called out to GA 365 South near Cody Road in response to an overturned...

Community Help Needed To ID Theft Suspect

Habersham Co. - Habersham County Sheriff's Office is asking for the community's help in identifying an individual involved in a theft investigation.

On Dec. 7, 2019, deputies were advised of an entering auto that occurred at the Habersham Aquatic...

UPDATE: Arrest Made In Overnight Apartment Fire

UPDATE - Demorest - 22-year-old Logan Joel Michael has been arrested and charged with first-degree arson in response to the late-night apartment fire.

The fire occurred at the residence of 2299 Double Bridge Rd. in Demorest...

1 Arrested In Overnight Demorest Fire

Demorest - An overnight structure fire in Demorest is being ruled arson.

The fire occurred at the residence of 2299 Double Bridge Rd. in Demorest Tuesday night.

Habersham County 911 dispatched emergency...

Tuesday Afternoon Wreck Leaves 1 Dead

Habersham Co. - A Tuesday afternoon wreck claimed the life of one Athens woman.

Emergency personnel was dispatched to Ga 365 in Demorest, south of Double Bridge Road, at approximately 3:40 p.m. Tuesday. 

When...

Helen Sailor Serving Aboard USS Gerald R. Ford

A Helen sailor is sailing on the Atlantic Ocean while serving aboard the USS Gerald R. Ford.

Aviation Electronics Technician 1st Class Anthony Thompson, from Helen, is assigned to USS Gerald R. Ford's (CVN 78) aircraft intermediate maintenance...

Attention Ga Lottery Players: Be Aware of Scams

Habersham Co. - Habersham County Sheriff took to Facebook once again to warn the community of another scam.

The post reads, "Beware of scams that claim to be affiliated with the Georgia Lottery Corporation."

"If...

TFS Celebrates Loan Pay-Off

Tallulah Falls - PRESS RELEASE - With a dramatic flourish, school leadership celebrated the pay-off of outstanding debt incurred in 2002 for dorm renovations at Tallulah Falls School. The school retired the $3 million loan for Westmoreland Hall and...

Cornelia Drinking Water Safe

Cornelia, Ga – The City of Cornelia announced today that the drinking water is safe.

In an email statement, City Manager Dee Anderson writes "In December we announced that our annual lead and copper tests yielded a high...

Search Continues For Suspect Who Fled On Foot

Habersham Co. - The search continues for the suspect who fled on foot after the Wednesday morning wreck.

Habersham deputies resorted to a K9 search after the incident the occurred Wednesday, Jan. 8, around 5:30 a.m. on “GA 115 West of Habersham...

NGTC Open House Scheduled for March 2020

Clarkesville - High school students and family members interested in learning about potentially enrolling at North Georgia Technical College are invited to the Spring 2020 Open House in March on all three campuses.

The Blairsville open...

Richard Navarro Wins Spelling Bee

Habersham Co. - South Habersham Middle School's Richard Navarro was recently titled the Habersham County 2020 Scripps Spelling Bee winner. 

The System Spelling Bee is an annual event and was held in the Habersham Central Performing...

NGTC and UNG Sign Agreement Allowing Students To Transfer

Habersham Co. - North Georgia Technical College (NGTC) and the University of North Georgia (UNG) recently signed a new articulation agreement that allows students to transfer additional credit courses between the institutions. Under this new Complete...

Morning Wreck Causes Suspect To Flee Scene

Habersham Co. - Habersham deputies resorted to a K9 search after an early morning wreck led to one suspect fleeing on foot.

The incident occurred Wednesday, Jan. 8, around 5:30 a.m. on “GA 115 West of Habersham Mills Road,”...

NGHS Reaches Agreement with Anthem

PRESS RELEASE - Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) and Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield have announced an agreement on a new contract that covers the care NGHS provides to Anthem commercial (employer-sponsored) health plan members.

“I’m...

HEMC CONTRACTORS WORKING ON SYSTEM INVENTORY

Habersham Co. - An HEMC contractor, Davey Resources Group (DRG), will begin an electric system inventory in the Baldwin area this week. Affected areas at this time include Duncan Bridge Road, Hwy. 365, BC Grant Road, Charlie Davis Road, Wilbanks Road,...

Pre-Legislative Breakfast Coming Up

Habersham Co. - Today is the last day to RSVP for the Pre-Legislative Breakfast being held next Tuesday.

Senator John Wilkinson along with Representatives Terry Rogers and Chris Erwin will be on hand Tuesday morning, January 7, at 7:30 a.m.,...

Georgia Launches 2020 Census Campaign

PRESS RELEASE - Today Governor Brian P. Kemp announced the official launch of Georgia's 2020 Census campaign - Every. One. Counts. - led by the state's Complete Count Committee. Every. One. Counts. is a marketing campaign to secure strong participation...

What To Do For "Non-Emergency" 911 Calls

Habersham Co. - If you've ever thought of what you should do if you have an emergency that is not big enough to call 911, you're not alone. 

Habersham County 911 receives on average 120,000 “non-emergency” calls...

HEMC News

Habersham Co. - Habersham Electric  Membership Corporation is asking the public to "Please disregard any collection notices received from third parties."

In a release, HEMC says "These notices are coming from information...

Ongoing Investigation For Car Pellet Gun Shootings

Habersham Co. - The Habersham County Sheriff’s office is investigating reports of three vehicles that have had windows shot out.

According to Habersham County Sheriff's Office Facebook, "One incident occurred near Burger King in Cornelia,...

Early Morning Fire Destroys Clarkesville Home

Clarkesville - Fire investigators are working to find the cause of an early morning fire in Clarkesville.

According to Habersham County Emergency Services Director Chad Black, "Habersham County 911 received a call at 01:54 this morning reporting...

TFS senior awarded Georgia College Trustee scholarship

Tallulah Falls - A surprise visitor delivered welcome news to Sarah Edwards, a Tallulah Falls School (TFS) senior from Sautee Nacoochee. Jillian Bolak, regional admissions counselor for Georgia College was on campus Dec. 13, to present Edwards with...

Holiday Hours For Habersham County

Habersham Co. - Holiday-Trash Pickup Schedule for the City of Demorest:
Next week, there will only be ONE garbage pick up - on Monday, December 23.
If your garbage is normally collected on Tuesday, please have your garbage out...

PSA: Cornelia Drinking Water

Cornelia - The City of Cornelia released a public service announcement today regarding lead in the city’s drinking water.

“Why should everyone want to know the facts about lead and drinking water,” the announcement...

Georgia posts record-breaking November

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said today that Georgia’s unemployment rate hit a historic low in November even as the state set records for employment, jobs, and workforce.

The series of records in November add up...

Georgia Businesses To Get Tax Break

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler announced today that nearly 250,000 Georgia businesses will get a tax break in 2020.

The $45 million cut in unemployment insurance taxes is due to the state’s booming economy.

“I’m...

NGTC Announces Distinguished Award Winners

North Georgia Technical College (NGTC) announced the college’s distinguished award winners for the Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Instruction and the Employee of the Year at the college’s recent annual awards holiday gathering.

Allyson...

NGTC Received 3 Top Awards

North Georgia Technical College (NGTC) received three top awards honoring board members and volunteers at the annual Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) Leadership Conference in Savannah recently.

TFS Names All In Students Of The Month

Tallulah Falls - Tallulah Falls School faculty and staff members have named the All In Students of the Month for November for exhibiting patriotism, the highlighted theme for the month. 

Honored students are freshman Aarington...

Demorest Councilman John Popham Retirement

Demorest - The City of Demorest took to social media to invite the public to attend Councilman John Popham's retirement.

The post says, "Join us in celebration of 44 years of service to the City of Demorest Tuesday evening, December 17, 6:00-7:00...

NGTC Machine Tools Program Receives Donation from Haas

Habersham Co. - (PRESS RELEASE) - North Georgia Technical College Foundation recently received a $12,000 grant from the Gene Haas Foundation to support student scholarships and student competition teams. The scholarships will be awarded to students...

Chamber Holds Ribbon Cutting For AirLife Georgia

Habersham Co. - The Habersham Chamber of Commerce welcomed the new AirLife Georgia base to the neighborhood with a celebratory ribbon-cutting Wednesday morning.

Back in July of this year, the Habersham County Board of Commissioners...

Johnston & Stamey Responses To Election Results

Habersham Co. - Tim Stamey won the race for the vacant District 5 County Commissioner seat according to the runoff election results.

Runner up, Darrin Johnston took to social media to congratulate Stamey on his win. He writes, "Today was a great...

Gov. Brian Kemp Remarks On Loeffler

Governor Brian Kemp recently announced his pick to replace Senator Johnny Isakson at the end of the year.

Kemp's remarks are below:

From the farm to the New York Stock Exchange, Kelly Loeffler has...

ARDEO Makes Gang-Related Arrests

A several month-long illegal drug and criminal street gang investigations conducted by the ARDEO ended with two search warrants being executed at two residences in Habersham County, GA. Multiple arrests was made from Tennessee and Georgia for various...

Remembering Rep. Jay Powell

With the recent passing of State Rep. Jay Powell, Georgia officials are expressing their feelings regarding the loss.

Representatives Terry Roger, Doug Collins, along with Governor Brian Kemp are among those mourning...

Burglary Suspect Wanted

Habersham Co. - Habersham County Sheriff Joey Terrell took to Facebook to ask the public for help regarding an alleged burglary.

Terrell writes that "On 11/24/19 at approximately 100 hrs. (1 a.m.), a silver in color hatchback passenger car drove...

Community Thanksgiving To Be Held Thursday

Habersham Co. - For those who need some Thanksgiving Day company, you can find it at the Cornelia Community House this Thursday.

Phillip Kimbrell and his wife Paula will be hosting another Thanksgiving dinner for those who...

Car Explosion Leaves 1 Injured

Habersham Co. - An explosion call reported earlier this morning near Living Faith Lane. 
 
At 10:12 this morning, Habersham 911 received a call reporting some “type of explosion,” at Faith Lane off Hwy 105, Director...

Early Voting Ends Tomorrow

Habersham Co. - If you are planning to vote in the upcoming runoff election, here is what you need to know.

The runoff election is set to be held on Dec. 3. 

Early voting is set to end tomorrow,...

Thanksgiving Travel Forecasts

If your Thanksgiving Day travels involve driving through Atlanta, here’s what you need to know.

The Georgia Department of Transportation (DOT) has released

Chicken House Fire In Mt. Airy

UPDATED: Mt. Airy - Emergency personnel was called out to a chicken house fire in Mt. Airy earlier this morning.

According to a report sent out by Emergency Services Director Chad Black, the fire was reported at 313 Morris...

Habersham First Responders Get Recognized

Habersham Co. - Habersham County E911 recently stated in an online post, that “Cornelia United Methodist Church presented an appreciation plaque and a letter from Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan and Representative Terry Rogers to Cornelia Police Dept.,...

NGTC Announces Top Four GOAL Student Nominees

Clarkesville - North Georgia Technical College recently announced the top four students nominated to become the college’s 2020 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) recipient.

GOAL candidates are nominated by...

Rabun County Fire Ruled Arson

Rabun Co. – Fire Investigators with the Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner’s Office are currently searching or information regarding a November 18 house fire that occurred around 4:05 P.M. in Clayton, Georgia.

“The...

Multiple Injured In Morning Wreck

Habersham Co. - A morning wreck on Camp Creek Road in Cornelia left four individuals injured.

The wreck happened around 8 a.m. Wednesday morning, Nov. 20. 

According to emergency personnel, two individuals are suffering from minor...

Investigation Involving School Sexting

Habersham Co. - After an explicit video making its way through Habersham County Schools, there is an investigation to see where the video started.

“Last week, some of our high schools dealt with a situation where a pornographic...

Early Voting Happening Now

Habersham Co. - Early voting for Habersham County began Monday, Nov. 18 and is still underway.

There will be a runoff election on Dec. 3 for the Habersham County Commissioner District 5 seat that was left vacant after the...

Sheriff Warns Of Electric Bill Scam

Habersham Co. - Habersham County Sheriff Joey Terrell is warning the public of an electric bill scam. 

In an online post, Terrell says “People are posing as electric company employees calling and asking you to pay...

Clarkesville Man Dies In White County Wreck

White Co. - A Monday afternoon crash in White County left one dead.

70-year-old Edgar H. Jones, of Clarkesville, was driving a 1990 Toyota pickup truck on Lynch Mountain Road. 

Authorities state...

Baldwin P.D. Needs Help Identifying Woman

Baldwin - The Baldwin Police Department took to social media to ask the public for help in identifying a woman they believe mistakenly took someone else’s car keys.

The Saturday post states, “Okay Baldwin we need your...

Terry Rogers Reappointed To Georgia Film Commission

On Wednesday, November 13, Governor Brian Kemp conducted swearing-in ceremonies for 18 appointees to serve on the Georgia Film, Music, and Digital Entertainment Commission.
Among those 18 was Georgia Representative Terry Rogers.

Rogers...

Two Arrested In White County Traffic Stop

White Co. - On Friday, September, 13, at approximately 02:04 a.m., White County Sheriff’s deputies conducted a traffic stop on Hwy 129 in the area of Poppy Dr.

The traffic stop resulted in the seizure of approximately...

UPDATE: Baldwin Home Invasion Suspects Arrested

Baldwin - The second suspect in the Oct. 13 home invasion has been arrested and is being held at the Habersham County Detention Center.

Warrants were been issued for Kevin Knox, 44, of Union, South Carolina for his involvement with the home invasion....

Georgia Sets Records in October

PRESS RELEASE - State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said today that Georgia’s unemployment rate fell in October to tie the state’s all-time low, matching a record set nearly 20 years ago.

That record wasn’t the only...

Banks County Fire Ruled Arson

Banks Co. -  Fire Investigators with the Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner’s Office have determined a fire that occurred just after 8:20 p.m. on Friday, November 8, at a Banks County storage building was intentionally set.

The...

Subfreezing Temps Expected for Tonight

Habersham Co. - Subfreezing temperatures are expected tonight with lows forecasted to be in the low 20's.

The public is asked to "Please protect your outside faucets and allow indoor faucets to drip. This will aid in preventing...

Home Heating Safety Tips

PRESS RELEASE - With below-freezing temperatures expected in parts of Georgia this week, Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John F. King has several important home heating safety tips for Georgia consumers to ensure they are protecting their...

13 Arrested in Rabun County Investigation

Rabun Co. - The Rabun County Sheriff’s Office and the GBI - Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office (ARDEO) has successfully conducted a lengthy, joint investigation which included violations of Prohibited Activities under the Racketeering...

Family Loses Everything Due to Late Night Fire

Habersham Co. - A pregnant woman of 32 weeks is among the two residents who lost their home late last night due to a fire.

“Last night at roughly 10:36 p.m. we received a call for a report of a structure fire in the 100...

Cleveland Restaurant Catches Fire

Cleveland - A Cleveland restaurant caught fire this morning, just before 11 a.m.  

Authorities were dispatched to J.W. Reed’s Tavern, located at the corner of North Main Street (U.S. 129) and Ga. 75, to find it...

Man Arrested In Rabun Co. Faces 17 Charges

Rabun Co. - On Oct. 30, dispatch provided a BOLO to all law enforcement officers in the county for a possible impaired driver. 

The 911 caller stated that the vehicle was driving all over the roadway. Our deputy was...

Habersham Under Flood Watch

Habersham Co. - Habersham County is under a flood watch until Thursday, Oct. 31.

According to the alert sent out by City of Cornelia:

FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT TONIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY....Widespread...

TFS Yearbook Ranked ‘Superior’ In State

Tallulah Falls (PRESS RELEASE) - Tallulah Falls’ yearbook staff, Legend, received grand recognition from the Georgia Scholastic Press Association for their 2018-19 book, “All Who Wander.”

The book received the ranking...

Piedmont College To Host Concert, Open House Oct. 29

Demorest - The Piedmont College a cappella group, Cantabile, will present a free concert featuring works associated with the letter “B” at 5 p.m., October 29 in the Conservatory of Music recital hall. Afterward, the college will host a community...

UPDATE: Shooting Investigation For Hall County

Hall Co. - The Hall County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division is investigating a shooting that injured a man on Sunday evening, October 27.

Sheriff’s Deputies along with Gainesville Police, Hall County...

City of Demorest Hosting Candidate Forum Next Week

Demorest - The City of Demorest recently announced that it will host a Candidate’s Forum on Tuesday night, October 29, prior to the City Council Work Session.

The three candidates for Demorest City Council (Nathan Davis, Jerry Mobley,...

House of Rep. Passes CASE Act

Washington (Press Release) - The House of Representatives today passed the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act (H.R. 2426), introduced by Reps. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, and Hakeem...

Political Forum 2019

Habersham Co. - Those running for the District 5 County Commission seat will be answering questions from Habersham County voters tonight at the political forum.

The forum is hosted by the Habersham County Farm Bureau and...

Georgia Lottery Helps Aid Education

Habersham Co. - “I couldn’t believe it when I saw it.” This is what Superintendent Matthew Cooper says after seeing how much money from the Georgia Lottery has aided in educational efforts across the state.

During the...

Homer Man Arrested For Local Park Assault

Homer (PRESS RELEASE) - Hall County Sheriff’s Office Warrants Unit Deputies recently arrested a Homer man who was wanted in connection with a Friday, October 18, assault at a local park.

Deputies took Kyle Eddward McCormick,...

First Frost Advisory of the Season

Habersham Co. - Frost advisory until 09:00 a.m. Friday, Oct. 18.

According to the alert the City of Cornelia sent out, "Temperatures in the mid-30s, combined with light winds and clear skies, will result in frost formation. From midnight...

Tallulah Falls School Inducts New Members to NHS

Tallulah Falls (PRESS RELEASE) - Tallulah Falls School recently inducted new members to the school’s National Honor Society chapter.

Shown, front row, from left, are McKinlee Chatman, Kaylee Taylor, Emily Wolfe, Maggie...

Political Forum 2019

Clarkesville (PRESS RELEASE) - All are invited to participate in Political Forum 2019 hosted by Habersham County Farm Bureau and co-sponsored by Habersham County Chamber of Commerce.  The forum’s agenda will highlight the District 5 Commissioner...

Alto Fire Ruled Arson

Alto - A recent house fire in Alto has been ruled as arson according to Safety Fire Commissioner John F. King.

A fire investigator with the Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner’s Office has determined a fire that occurred...

Georgia Receives $180 Million for Literacy

(PRESS RELEASE) - The Georgia Department of Education has been awarded nearly $180 million to support literacy efforts in the state’s K-12 public schools through the federal Comprehensive Literacy State Development Grant, Governor Brian P. Kemp...

Hwy 365 Shut Down Due To Chicken Waste Truck Overturn

Baldwin - Hwy 365 is completely shut down on the southbound side at level grove due to a serious crash/spilled chicken parts 365/Duncan bridge clean up will take several hours.

Baldwin Police Departement notes that "Crews are on the scene...

Video On Detention Center

Habersham Co. - A recent video has been produced by Larry Snyder to show the citizens the current and deteriorating state of the Detention Center.

This comes amidst the Town Hall meetings where Habersham County Commissioner Stacy Hall, County...

OCTOBER 2019 WHOLESALE POWER COST ADJUSTMENT

Habersham Co. - Effective October 1, most Habersham EMC members will see a decrease on their October 2019 bills due to the Wholesale Power Cost Adjustment (WPCA) factor.

The WPCA Factor reflects the fluctuations in HEMC’s cost of...

Clarkesville Woman Arrested For Murder

Cornelia - 22-year-old Anslee Danielle Foster of Habersham County has been charged with Murder of Christopher Elderth, age 36 of 856 Straight Street. 

Foster was arrested in Myrtle Beach, SC at a Homeless Shelter by...

Clarkesville Meeting Tomorrow

Clarkesville - The Mayor and Council of the City of Clarkesville have a meeting scheduled for Tuesday, October 1, 2019, at 5:30 p.m. at Clarkesville City Hall.

There will be a quorum in attendance.

The...

Remembering Tim Lee

Habersham Co. - Habersham County Commissioner Stacy Hall and County Manager Phil Sutton remember former Cobb County Commission Chairman Tim Lee who passed away yesterday, Sunday, Sept. 29 after losing his battle with cancer.

TheOffice of County...

Habersham County Canning Plant Season Ending Date

Demorest - After a busy summer, the Habersham County Canning Plant season will soon be coming to an end.

The canning plant will be closed on Mondays starting Oct. 14th.  We are still open Tuesdays from 4:00 pm-8:00...

GBI Investigating Fatal Situation on Straight Street

Cornelia - Cornelia Chief of Police Chad Smith spoke on the call his department received yesterday, Sunday, Sept. 29, regarding an incident on Straight Street.

Smith said that on Sept. 29, 2019, around 10 a.m., officers responded...

Driver Killed In Clarkesville Wreck

Clarkesville - A driver was killed in an afternoon wreck on Rockford Road off of GA 15/US 441.

The wreck occurred around 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19. Public Safety Personnel were still working on the scene around 2 p.m.

An adult was confirmed...

80-Year-Old Man Found Dead In Camper Fire

ATLANTA (PRESS RELEASE) – Shortly after 2:30 A.M. on the morning of September 17, Big Smith Volunteer Fire Department responded to a residential fire located at 3494 Oak Valley Road, Lot # 28, in Toccoa, Georgia.

When emergency...

BOIL WATER ADVISORY FOR CLARKESVILLE

Clarkesville - There is a boil water advisory for Clarkesville water customers. 
Alert! The City is working on a major water leak on Gabrels Drive. Please avoid the area if possible. Updates will be posted when available. Thank you...

Alert! Water Leak On Gabrels Drive

Clarkesville - Alert! The City is working on a major water leak on Gabrels Drive. Please avoid the area if possible. Updates will be posted when available....

RABUN COUNTY MAN ARRESTED FOR ARSON

ATLANTA – On Wednesday, September 11, Al L. Lococo Jr, 35, of Clayton, Georgia, was arrested and charged with 1 Count of Probation Violation, 1 Count of Arson First Degree, 1 Count of Criminal Attempt to Commit Murder, 1 Count of Aggravated Battery,...

Update On Morning Wreck That Killed 1

(UPDATE) Habersham Co. -  Habersham County Emergency Services Director Chad Black said in an email statement that Habersham County 911 received a call at 08:37 a.m. reporting a two-vehicle accident at Ga. 15 and Old 441 near the Rabun County line.

"Engine...

Bradley Hicks Departs From HEMC

Habersham Co. - Habersham Electric Membership Corp. is in search of someone to fill their vacant CEO position.

According to Nicole Dover, HEMC’s spokeswoman, a statement was published on their site “to inform personnel”...

Victim Identified From Overnight Stabbing

UPDATE: September 10, 2019 
The victim has been identified as Jesus Gilberto Arizaga 20-year-old male who resided in Habersham County, Ga. 

Original Story - On September 8, 2019, at 5:11 a.m., the Forsyth...

Rabun County Camper Fire Under Investigation

Rabun Co. - Fire Investigators with the Safety Fire Commissioner’s Office are currently searching for information regarding a September 4 camper fire in Rabun County. The fire occurred around 8:10 P.M. that Wednesday night.

“This...

TFS Coaches Name Indians of the Month


Tallulah Falls (PRESS RELEASE) - Tallulah Falls School coaches have selected their Indian Athletes of the Month for August. 

MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRL

Eighth-grader Julianne Shirley of...

Clarkesville Man Sentenced To 20 Years

Habersham Co. - 46-year-old Christopher Hugh Kinney of Clarkesville has been sentenced to 20 years in prison. 

In a press release from District Attorney George Christian, “On August 27, 2019 Christopher Hugh Kinney...

Cornelia Approves "Brunch Bill" Referendum

Cornelia - A new item will be on the Nov. 5 municipal election ballot for the City of Cornelia.

Voters will be able to decide if they want the city’s restaurants to be able to serve alcoholic beverages an hour and a half...

BBB Warns Of Hurricane Dorian Scams

Arlington, VA (PRESS RELEASE) – As Hurricane Dorian approaches the Florida coast, BBB Wise Giving Alliance (BBB’s Give.org) and Better Business Bureau encourage donors to support experienced disaster relief organizations. It’s also important...

Ray Holcomb Withdraws From Election

Habersham Co. - The City of Baldwin will not be holding elections in November.

This decision comes after Ray Holcomb removed his name from the ballot for Baldwin City Council Post 3. He was running against Stephanie Almagno.

Holcomb...

(UPDATE): Cornelia Wreck Injures Three

Cornelia (UPDATE) - A three vehicle accident left three individuals injured.

The accident happened around noon, Tuesday, Sept. 3 at the intersection of J. Warren Road and US 441 in Cornelia. The wreckage was cleared for traffic...

Update On Subdivision Thefts

CLARKESVILLE - (UPDATE) Sheriff Joey Terrell took to Facebook to give Habersham residents an update on the vehicle break ins that happened Thursday, August 29. Below is his statement:

"The images above are from a security...

Kemp Family On Isakson's Resignation

Atlanta (PRESS RELEASE) – Following Senator Johnny Isakson's statement regarding his resignation from the U.S. Senate, effective December 31, 2019, Governor Brian P. Kemp and First Lady Marty Kemp issue the following statements:

“No...

One Qualifies For Alto Seat

Alto - The town of Alto reopened their qualifying period yesterday to give anyone a chance to be on this years ballot.

Only one person qualified.

The extended qualifying period ended yesterday, Aug. 27, at 5 p.m. and James M. Turner...

Road Work For Clarkesville

Clarkesville - There will be road work at Washington and Llewellyn St. in Clarkesville. Expect delays and congestion in the area. 

Instructions:
Use alternate routes if possible to avoid area.

Updated Qualifiers List

An updated list on who has qualified for the November 5th elections has been sent out. Laurel Ellison released the new list via email, stating "A name was left off the list on Friday. The City of Cornelia had Mark Reed to qualify for City Commission,...

Two Arrested After Traffic Stop

Rabun Co. - Rabun County authorities made two arrests after conducting a traffic stop.

On August 3, a deputy with the Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle on Ga. 15 at Terrora Circle for a traffic violation. 

Upon...

Cornelia Splash Pad Temporarily Closed

Cornelia (PRESS RELEASE) - The City of Cornelia sent out the following press release yesterday evening.

Splash Closed for general maintenance until 12 p.m. on Thursday, August, 8. Our apologies for the inconvenience, but we want to make sure...

ARDEO Arrests 3 In Franklin County

Franklin Co. (PRESS RELEASE) - On Friday, July 19, 2019 the Franklin County Deputies, the Department of Community Supervision and the Appalachian Drug Enforcement Office were working together checking addresses where reports...

GDOT announces lane closures

Cornelia, GA (PRESS RELEASE) - Lane closures will start Sunday night on the State Route 365 Commerce/Athens exit onto State Route 15/US 441 to allow maintenance work on the State...

Demorest reports water issues

DEMOREST - Earlier today, the City of Demorest announced in a Facebook post that there are currently, "2 main water breaks on East Mize Road and Double Bridge Road affecting the surrounding areas."  The water is currently off while the issue...

[VIDEO] Rep. Doug Collins speaks on tuition

WASHINGTON - In a tweet yesterday, Representative Doug Collins stated that “We must find ways to drive higher education costs down so taxpayers aren’t left holding the bag. The price of going to college should not be going into bankruptcy.” 

Thunderstorms Still A Threat Throughout The Day

CLARKESVILLE - The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for today in Habersham County. Numerous thunderstorms are expected to develop across the region this afternoon and early evening ahead of an approaching cold front. At...

Sheriff Terrell's Summer Safety Tips

CLARKESVILLE - WCHM sat down with Sheriff Joey Terrell earlier this week to discuss summer safety. With firework season in full swing, Terrell talked about the importance of safely using celebratory fireworks and the biggest complaint he receives...

ARDEO investigation leads to arrest

Mt. Airy - A 3-month narcotics investigation concluded on Thursday with the arrest of David Chase Anderson, 21.  During the search, Agents from the Habersham County Sheriff’s Office and the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office...

[VIDEO] Rep. Doug Collins speaks on prescription drugs

WASHINGTON - Rep. Doug Collins gave statements yesterday to address a number of topics regarding prescription drugs in the United States.  He gave the opening statements on the CREATES Act and Stop STALLING Act, while also contributing to...

National Day of Prayer schedule

Cornelia - The National Day of Prayer will be held tomorrow, May 2nd, at the Cornelia Depot.  The format has changed this year as there will be 12 straight hours of prayer, with each hour being led by a different ministry.  Full schedule...

Cornelia announces road closure

Cornelia, Ga – Elrod Street will be closed between Farlinger Street and Sugar Creek Subdivision beginning at 7:00 AM on Saturday May 4th until 7:00 AM on Monday May 6th. The purpose of the road closure will be to install a storm culvert pipe under the...

5.4% growth rate estimated for Habersham County

Suitland, MD - One year before the 2020 Census, the United States Census Bureau has released their annual estimates of population size for each county in the United States.  Habersham county ranked 44th in the state of Georgia with a population...

Flood Warning through 9:00 pm

CLARKESVILLE - The National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg has issued a Flood Advisory for Habersham County in northeastern Georgia until 9:00 pm.  Doppler radar indicated heavy rain due to thunderstorms. This will cause minor flooding...

Thunderstorms expected throughout the weekend

CLARKESVILLE - The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for this weekend in Habersham and surrounding counties. Multiple rounds of thunderstorms are expected Friday through Sunday.  Some thunderstorms may be strong to...

Cornelia mother arrested for murder of infant

CORNELIA - The mother of a three year old infant that passed away on April 8, 2019 is currently in jail on the charges of Murder, Cruelty to Children 1st Degree and two counts of Aggravated Battery.  Elba Maureen Santiago was charged...

Candidates react to Erwin win

CLARKESVILLE - Chris Erwin defeated Dan Gasaway in the House District 28 special election last night by a final vote count of 4,586 to Gasaway's 1,490.  In his first public comment, Erwin expressed gratitude and honor from the support he got. ...

Thunderstorms expected throughout the day

Clarkesville - The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for Habersham and the surrounding counties.  There is a risk of severe thunderstorms this afternoon and tonight over the entire forecast area. The primary threat is...

[VIDEO] Collins on infanticide

WASHINGTON—Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) released the following statement after signing Whip Scalise’s (R-La.) discharge petition. This petition will force the House to consider the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which would require...

Commissioners to vote on new jail

CLARKESVILLE - One month after striking the discussion off of the agenda before the start of the February County Commissioners meeting, the Habersham County Board of Commissioners will once again look to vote on the consideration or approval of one...

78 year old man arrested for trafficking meth

DEMOREST - On March 7th, the Habersham County Sheriff’s Office, the Demorest Police Department, and the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office concluded a 6 months undercover narcotics investigation after executing a search...

Roadwork underway on SR 15

CLARKESVILLE - Roadwork is underway on SR 15 between Clarkesville and Tallulah Falls.  Sheriff Joey Terrell warns that even though the speed limit remains at 65 MPH, we need to, "be mindful and use caution when workers are present," adding, "we'll...

Georgia House approves new electronic voting machines

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia House lawmakers on Tuesday approved moving the state to new electronic touchscreen voting machines that print a paper ballot, a big step toward replacing the current outdated system that offers no verifiable paper trail.

But...

[VIDEO] Rep. Dog Collins speaks on border crisis

WASHINGTON - Rep. Doug Collins recently spoke in the House about the border emergency declaration.  In a Facebook post, Collins states, "President Donald Trump's authority to redirect military funds for a national emergency is affirmed in a law...

Flood Warning issued through 12:15

Clarkesville - The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Warning for Central Habersham County in northeastern Georgia until 12:15 pm.  At 9:11 am, Gauge on the Soque river is just above flood stage due to heavy rain overnight.  Some...

Commissioners to vote on new jail Monday night

CLARKESVILLE - The Habersham County Board of Commissioners will vote to consider or approve one of three options in regards to the funding of a new county jail located on the property adjacent to the current jail on West Water St. in Clarkesville. ...

Road closing in Clarkesville next week

CLARKESVILLE - On Tuesday Feb 19th one lane of traffic will be closed on Washington Street from Rite Aid to Rocky Branch. Work will begin at 8am. The City of Clarkesville asks that you please use Madison or Jefferson Streets to avoid congestion.

Second House District 28 redo set for April 9

The 2nd redo in the House District 28 primary now has an official date to take place.  Judge David Sweat signed the official order selecting April 9, 2019 as the date, and also vacated the seat that was won by Chris Erwin in the December...

Cornelia officials to vote on municipal complex builder

CORNELIA - The City of Cornelia could be one step closer to the ground breaking of the proposed municipal complex.  City officials will vote tomorrow night on who will be awarded the bid to build the complex based on the architect’s recommendation. ...

Crawford addresses ad appearance

County Commissioner and Vice Chair of the Commission, Natalie Crawford, addressed the criticism received over her decision to appear alongside former Gubernatorial candidate, Stacey Abrams.  “Make no mistake, I am Republican, and I believe...

Clarkesville to vote on "Brunch Bill" tonight

CLARKESVILLE - The Clarkesville City Council will meet tonight at 6:00 pm.  Two new items of business that will get voted on with both pertaining to the upcoming 2019 general election. Resolution 2019-1 seeks to establish the date and time...

HCSO chase ends in one car accident

CORNELIA - Last night Habersham County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were involved in a motor vehicle pursuit on HWY 105, ending when the vehicle in pursuit crashed in Cornelia.

A BOLO was issued for a green Toyota truck that...

Collins calls out Abrams

Representative Doug Collins has challenged Stacy Abrams and other local democrats to speak up about their stance on the increased term limits for abortion being passed and discussed in New York and Virginia.  “Stacey Abrams, and many in...

Kemp Closes State Offices Due To Winter Weather Threat

ATLANTA - All State offices in Habersham County will be closed tomorrow due to the threat of snow and ice, this coming from the Governor's office.  Early indications are that offices in Banks and Stephens counties will not be effected.  Full...

Winter Weather Watch Issued For Surrounding Counties

CLARKESVILLE - A Winter Weather Watch has been issued for several of the surrounding counties of Habersham, including White, Hall, Towns, and Dawson.  THe Winter Weather Watch goes into effect tomorrow morning at 4:00 am, and will last through 10:00...

High Speed Chase Leads To Drug Bust

Cornelia - Yesterday at 4:35 pm Habersham County Sheriff’s Deputies were involved in a vehicle pursuit.  Deputies stopped a black in color Ford Focus on Georgia Hwy 385 just before the traffic light at Camp Creek Rd, Cornelia, Ga for a minor...

Winter Weather Advisory Issued

Greenville - The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Habersham County.  As a warm front develops tonight above cold air sitting over northeast Georgia, precipitation will develop. In the parts of our area where...

Local Nonprofits Hurt By Shutdown

CLARKESVILLE - Circle of Hope Executive Director, Suzanne Dow recently spoke to WCHM about the government shutdown, and its effects on nonprofit organizations in the community.  With Circle of Hope operating with 65% of their resources coming...

Local And State Officials Welcome Kemp, Thank Deal

ATLANTA - Shortly after Brian Kemp was sworn in to the office of Governor for the state of Georgia yesterday afternoon, many local and state officials took to social media to congratulate Kemp on this step, and would go on to thank outgoing Governor Nathan...

Hall Named Chairman Of County Commission

CLARKESVILLE - The first item on the agenda for last night's Habersham County Board of Commissioners meeting was to elect the Chairman and Vice Chair for the commission.  Natalie Crawford motioned right away to nominate District 1's Stay Hall. ...

Deal Thanks Georgia, Congratualtes Kemp

ATLANTA - Moments before the Brian Kemp was to be sworn in as the new Governor of the state of Georgia, outgoing Governor, Nathan Deal, took a moment to thank those he served in Georgia, wish Kemp luck, and thank those that helped him, "make Georgia an...

City Of Cornelia Approves Urban Redevelopment Plan

CORNELIA - At Tuesday night’s Cornelia City Commission meeting, the main point of discussion was the newly proposed Urban Redevelopment Plan, with a stated goal of providing the exciting opportunity for enhanced livability, economic opportunity,...

[VIDEO] Senator David Perdue On Securing The Border

WASHINGTON - Sen. David Perdue was on Bloomberg TV yesterday morning discussing the border security.  In a tweet, Perdue says, "We have a national security crisis on the southern border. Even President Obama called it out. It’s time for people...

Rogers Backs Plan For Veteran Proceed Lottery

CLARKESVILLE - Representative Terry Rogers says he’s open to the recommendations of a Senate study committee that wants a new lottery game to send proceeds to assist military veterans in Georgia, this according to WGAU.  A State Senate press...

Habersham's Most Wanted Arrested In NC

FRANKLIN - One of Habersham County's Most Wanted was arrested Saturday morning during a routine traffic stop conducted by the Macon County Sheriff's department.  Christopher Wikstrom, wanted in Habersham County for Fraud and Home Invasion...

January 4th Flood Watch

CLARKESVILLE - Periods of moderate to heavy rainfall late tonight through Friday combined with already saturated soils and elevated water levels will likely lead to flooding of area streams and mainstem rivers. Rainfall amounts of 1 to 2.5 inches, isolated...

Jury Duty Instructions For 1/3

CLARKESVILLE - The Habersham County official website has indicated that all jurors summoned for tomorrow will need to show up.  "For all jurors summoned to report on January 3, 2019, you will need to report. Please arrive at the new courthouse no...

Hazardous Weather Outlook

CLARKESVILLE - The National Weather Service has placed Habersham County under a Hazardous Weather Outlook for the next three days, stating that, "widespread rain will develop across the region late Wednesday into early Thursday as a frontal system moves...

Flood Watch & Wind Advisory Issued

CLARKESVILLE - The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory for Habersham County, lasting through tomorrow afternoon at 1:00 PM.  NWS states that, "between intense low pressure in the middle of the country and a ridge of high pressure...

Rep. Doug Collins Speaks On Border Security

WASHINGTON—Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) released the following statement concerning safety at America’s southern border.

“Every parent’s heart shudders when we learn of the deaths of seven- and eight-year-old children....

Gasaway Files Lawsuit, Banks County Sheriff Responds

ATLANTA - On Wednesday, Fox 5 Atlanta first broke the story of Dan Gasaway being back in court, asking a judge to once again throw out the results of an election he lost by two votes.  Gasaway told Fox 5 that, "we are just focused on the fact that...

Georgia Senators Vote Yes On Prison Reform

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators David Perdue and Johnny Isakson both  vote for what Perdue calls ‘the improved’ version of the First Step Act.  Perdue worked with the Trump Administration and bill sponsors to secure several major...

No Change After HD 28 Recount

ATLANTA - Yesterday, Georgia Secretary of State Robyn Crittenden directed the superintendents of Habersham, Stephens, and Banks Counties to recount all of the ballots cast in Georgia House District 28 contest held on December 4, 2018 as requested...

Habersham County Government Announces Holiday Closings

CLARKESVILLE - All County Offices, excluding the Landfill, will be closed Monday December 24, 2018 for the Christmas Holiday.  The Landfill will close at 12 noon on Monday December 24, 2018.

All County Offices, including the Landfill, will...

Full Consent Agenda Passes, Short Term Rental Tax Tabled

CLARKESVILLE - Concerned citizens spoke out in opposition yesterday to a proposed amendment to the Habersham County Code of Ordinances Chapter 58 Taxation, Article III that would place short term rentals (AirBNB, VRBO, etc.)  in the same category...

House District 28 Recount To Take Place Tomorrow

ATLANTA – On Friday, Georgia Secretary of State Robyn A. Crittenden certified the election results of the December 4, 2018 General Election Runoff and State House District 28 Special Republican Primary. In accordance with state law and judicial orders,...

ARDEO Finds $20,000 Of Drugs, Cash, and Gun

Baldwin - Two weeks removed from a major sweep of White County, the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office has made an arrest in another investigation.  On Wednesday December 12th, 2018, the Habersham County Sheriff’s Office, the Department...

Georgia Senators Tout Work On 2018 Farm Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, secured numerous provisions important to Georgia in the final negotiations of the 2018 Farm Bill.

“Getting a good Farm Bill...

Rogers Named As Floor Leader

(Atlanta, GA) – Today, Governor-elect Brian Kemp named his House and Senate Floor leaders who will champion legislation that puts hardworking Georgians first. Kemp also announced his Director and Deputy Director of...

Erwin's First Statement After HD 28 Win

In his first public comments since winning the House District 28 seat by only two votes, Chris Erwin states that it's time to, "put campaign politics behind us and work together to do what’s best for our District."  In a race that many believe...

Chris Erwin Wins House District 28 Redo By 2 Votes

CLARKESVILLE - Habersham County Commissioner Stacy Hall broke the news today that Chris Erwin has won the House District 28 seat by just [two] votes.  After election night, the race was too close to call as Erwin led by 3, with many outstanding and...

Brad Raffensperger Wins Georgia Secretary of State

ATLANTA - In the Georgia Secretary of State runoff election, Republican Brad Raffensperger has defeated Democrat John Barrow.  Both candidates failed to receive the required majority vote for this seat in the November 6th General Mid-Term Election. ...

Chris Erwin Leads House District 28 Redo (UPDATED)

With 100% of the precincts in Habersham, Banks, and Stephens counties reporting, challenger Chris Erwin is leading Incumbent Dan Gasaway for the House District 28 seat by just 3 votes.  In the end, Erwin received 3,516 votes to Gasaway's 3,513.   Elections...

December Clarkesville City Council Recap

CLARKESVILLE - The Clarkesville City Council met last night for the monthly meeting, with the bulk of the meeting being a discussion about growth and planning.  After Clarkesville Zoning Administrator Caleb Gaines gave his monthly reports, City...