Alto Storefront Damaged From Crash By Underaged Driver


The mother of an unlicensed teen driver faces charges after the 15-year-old drove a vehicle into the front of Alto Grocery Sunday morning.

The unidentified teen was accompanied by two others when he mistook the gas pedal for the brake Sunday morning and struck the front wall of the metal building, GSP says.

GSP cited the mother for allowing an unlicensed person to drive.

No one was hurt in the incident, which damaged the front wall of the store.

The Habersham County Sheriff’s Office HEAT Unit is continuing to receive awards.

This time, it was Deputy Brandon Holcomb who is assigned to the HEAT Unit with Corporal Kris Hall, who received a prestigious DUI enforcement award during Thursday night’s quad traffic network meeting in McCaysville.

The annual award Holcomb received is named for a former Habersham County sheriff’s deputy who died in a wreck on Highway 365 headed home to Clarkesville from his job at Braselton Police Department on July 25, 2005.

0:37 {TERRELL: “The Todd Helcher DUI Award – Todd was a member of our department several years ago, back when Ronnie James was our sheriff. He was a DUI enforcement officer and was a drug recognition expert when that was just coming out in our state. We lost him in a traffic accident so our network named this award for Todd for outstanding DUI enforcement, and Brandon Holcomb received that award with 182 DUIs in the past year, so that’s outstanding work. I can’t be more proud of Brandon and of Kris for all the work they’ve done trying to make the roads safe and keep our families safe as they travel inside Habersham County.”}

Also local honorees from the North East Traffic Enforcement Network were Cleveland Police Department being named Agency of the Year, and Officer John Groves of Alto Police Department recognized for DUI enforcement.

District 2 Public Health wants to make getting a flu vaccine easier for Habersham County residents by offering a drive-through location for residents 18 and older on October 4 at the health department on Scoggins Drive.

0:23 {YOUNG: “From 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. You don’t have to pay for the vaccine unless you don’t have insurance, but Medicare, Medicaid, and most commercial insurances are accepted at our flu clinics, so you shouldn’t have any out-of-pocket costs. It’s usually no co-pay, no cost for co-pay, because most of the time it is covered by insurance.”}

That’s Natasha Young of District 2 Public Health, who says people can call their local health department or walk in today for a flu vaccination if they don’t want to wait almost three weeks for the drive-through event.

The quadrivalent (four-in-one) will serve as the regular flu vaccine this year and will protect against four different strains of flu, both A and B strains of the influenza virus.

The high-dose vaccine, also a quadrivalent, is available for persons 65 years and older.

And, District 50 State Senator Bo Hatchett and District 10 State Representative Victor Anderson joined the Chattahoochee Mountain Fair Saturday to honor local emergency responders.

On the 20th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, the crowd paused to remember and pay tribute to current responders and American Red Cross volunteer Joanna Griffin, a nurse who responded with a group and supplies after the 9/11 attacks and continues to volunteer with the Red Cross.

Both Hatchett and Anderson honored those who currently serve while remembering the heroism that followed the attacks.