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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...

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...

Remembering George H. W. Bush

George Bush, the 41st president of the United States and the father of the 43rd,  died on Friday night at his home in Houston. He was 94.  In the announcement from his son, and 43rd President of the United States, George W. Bush says, "Jeb,...

First Lady Deal Completes 1,000th School Visit

OAKWOOD - First Lady Sandra Deal was today joined by Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) Commissioner Amy M. Jacobs to visit The Academy Child Development Center in Oakwood, marking Mrs. Deal’s 1,000th school...

SEC Championship Preview

SEC Championship Preview:

The #4 Ranked University of Georgia Bulldogs (11-1) find themselves as a 13 point underdog to the #1 Alabama Crimson Tide (12-0) in Saturday’s match up for the SEC Championship.

With the winner being almost...

Facebook Activity Leads To Arrest In Habersham County

CLARKESVILLE - A local man has been arrested on a parole warrant that was issued by the Habersham County Sheriff's Department.  Sheriff Joey Terrell states that Josh Collins is under investigation for what what was described as "inappropriate activities...

Early Voting Underway In State Runnoffs

CLARKESVILLE - Early voting starts today for the two statewide runoffs.  For the elections of Secretary of State between Brad Raffensberger (R) and John Barrow (D), and for Public Service Commissioner between Chuck Eaton (I) (R)  and...

Alto Woman Facing Life Sentence In Gang Takedown

SAVANNAH, GA - An Alto woman has been indicted in what is being described as, “one of the largest takedowns of Ghost Face Gangsters to date,” by Attorney General Chris Carr.  Meagan M. James, a/k/a “Meagan M. Cooke,” “Amanda Gail...

Boil Water Advisory in Baldwin

City of Baldwin Public Advisory

BOIL WATER NOTICE

Due to a water main Break in the 1400 block of B.C. Grant rd. and the Loss of Required Pressure, City of Baldwin Water Customers in the B.C. Grant Rd. area from Charlie Davis Rd. to...

Habersham EMC Announces $2.5 Million Rate Decrease

CLARKESVILLE, GA - Habersham EMC's Board of Directors has approved a rate decrease for its members by reducing the Wholesale Power Cost Adjustment (WPCA) factor for the remainder of 2018. This reduction will benefit almost every Habersham EMC (HEMC)...

Habersham Community Theater To Receive Upgrade

A dozen Georgia theaters and one in Alabama are receiving nearly $480,000 in grants from the Fox Theatre Institute. Of those receiving the grant, Habersham Community Theatre in Clarkesville will receive $48,400 for a project that includes the stabilization...

Veterans Day Discounts

Local Discounts:
  • Chick-Fil-A in Cornelia -  Veteran Appreciation Night on Monday night.  Free meal from 5-8 pm from select menu
  • The Bed Shoppe - An additional 10% off our already low sale prices
  • Dairy...

Multi-family Development Approved in Cornelia

Cornelia, GA - The city commission of Cornelia voted unanimously in favor of a site plan for multi-family development at 400 Stonecypher Street, requested by Habersham 1, LLC.  The group is currently in negotiations to...

Collins Retains in the 9th

Rep. Doug Collins was able to hold on to his seat as the representative for the U.S. House in Georgia's 9th congressional district on Tuesday night.  In an election that many viewed as a sure thing, Collins' opponent, Josh McCall was...

Local Midterm Election Results 2018

Local County Elections:
T-SPLOST - NO 7,829 (53.96%)
Spirit Alcohol by the drink - YES 9,385 (63.04%)
Spirit Alcohol by the drink Sunday - YES 8,338 (55.93%)

Clarkesville:
City Council Post 2 -  Roxie...

City of Clarkesville Alcohol Permits Renewed

The Clarkesville City Council met last night, and new business consisted of unanimous votes in favor for the approval of the 2018 Property tax due date resolution; the renewal of alcohol licenses for Copper Pot, Hawg Wild, Harvest Habersham,...

Tallulah Falls Teacher Recognized For 50+ Years

Tallulah Falls School math teacher Linda Harris was honored at the Georgia Independent School Association annual conference on Nov. 5 for 50-plus years of dedicated service to students.
Shown, TFS President and Head of School Larry A. Peevy delivers...

Georgia's Business Climate Ranked #1 in US

Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Georgia’s business climate has been ranked No. 1 in the nation for the sixth consecutive year by Site Selection, a leading economic development trade publication. According to Site Selection, Georgia is the first...

Over 10,000 Voted Early in Habersham

Leading up to Election Day voting, over 43.5% of registered Habersham County voters have already cast their ballots.  In a press release issued Friday night, Election Supervisor/Chief Registrar, Laurel Ellison states that 5,583 voters voted...