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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. ...

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...