Anonymous Donation to Fund Completion of Habersham County's Wall of Honor Veterans Park

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The Habersham County Wall of Honor Veterans Park has received an anonymous donation that will enable completion of the current plans for the facility.

0:27 {WHITFIELD: “We hope to, by the end of July – middle to end – we’re going to have the paving done. Hopefully, by Veterans Day we’re going to have it all. I also want to state the fifth wall, as we speak, is being lettered in Elberton. It’s all been cut, all the black granite, so we hope by Veterans Day to have it completed, too. This will be a wall we can add onto. There’s a little better than 100 names that will be on this wall, on the fifth wall.”}

That’s Larry Whitfield of the Wall of Honor Committee, who says he is thankful things are finally coming together to complete all current phases of the project.

The Georgia DOT has approved construction of the permanent driveway where the temporary driveway has been located, and parking will be located behind the memorial, adjacent to the Habersham Chamber of Commerce parking lot.

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The Habersham County Board of Education has ratified the sale of 5.65 acres at the corner of Highway 365 and Demorest-Mt. Airy to county government for construction of a headquarters emergency services station.

0:16 {COOPER: “It’s one of the most dangerous intersections in the entire county. And you hate to say it’s nice to have EMS right there, but it is. Unfortunately, that is such a dangerous intersection. This will probably save lives. I’m not trying to be dramatic, but the county choosing that piece of land will probably save lives.”}

That’s School Superintendent Matthew Cooper, who says location of emergency personnel just off the Demorest Elementary School campus is a win for both the schools in the area and county residents.

Purchase price for the property is $249,600.

Emergency Services Director Chad Black says if opened today, the planned station would staff nine operational positions, including the two shift supervisors and all administrative staff.

The facility is a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax 7 project, though no target start date for construction has been given.

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Cornelia drivers, get ready for some headaches.

The long-awaited Level Grove Sidewalk Project Phase 2 will begin Wednesday, June 23, and will result in road closures between Wayside Street and Highway 441 Bypass over the course of the project.

Message signs will be in place and the city will utilize Nixle alerts to inform the public when crews need to close the road to inside new sanitary sewer and storm pipes, says City Manager Donald Anderson.