Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for New Boys and Girls Club Location in Habersham County


A crowd gathered yesterday in Mt. Airy for the grand opening of the new Boys & Girls Club in Habersham County. A club named for the late Tim Lee, former head of economic development for the county

Habersham County Advisory Committee Chair Wade Rhodes says community support has been crucial in the club’s success already.

0:10 {RHODES: “It’s amazing that we could pull this off for a summer camp starting June 1 for 100 kids, so this community has really pulled together. It’s quite amazing.”}

Rhodes said the local committee already had raised $825,000 prior to Thursday’s event, with checks still coming in – and the first donation was not received until December.

Also participating in the ceremony were former Gov. and First Lady Nathan and Sandra Deal, who spoke of the impact they have seen of Boys & Girls Clubs.

Gov. Brian Kemp delivered remarks by video about great futures being developed in a place where young people feel safe, feel connected, and belong, such as the Tim Lee Club.

Boys & Girls Club alumnus Damien Horne, an international recording artist, top 20 hit songwriter, Lewis Hine Award Winner and more, spoke of how attending a Boys & Girls Club changed his life.

To learn more about the organization, check out boysgirlsclubs.com.

Financial donations are always accepted, Rhodes says.

U.S. Representative Andrew Clyde, Republican representing Northeast Georgia, says Democrats are afraid of what could happen during the next elections for U.S. House and U.S. Senate, and therefore hiding behind legislation in hopes of not losing control of both bodies.

0:31 {CLYDE: “They normally lose between 20 and 30 seats. They only have to lose five for us to take the House and just one for us to take the Senate, so this is very real. I think they realize it, they know it, and so they’re pushing hard to institute their agenda, which is why HR1 – basically the federal takeover of elections – is so dangerous, because if they get HR1 through that’s their safety net, that’s their life preserver, that they can go in and then federalize these elections and federalize cheating.”}

Clyde says it is imperative for Republican voters to stand strong at the ballot box and for Republican elected officials to vote against anything resembling HR1.

No injuries were reported Thursday afternoon when a garbage collection truck became tangled in utility lines on Copperhead Road off Duncan Bridge Road.

This is at least the second incident of its kind in 24 hours.

Copperhead Road is a mostly single-lane road, so while locals were blocked there was no widespread traffic issue.

And, the Habersham County Canning Plant opens for the season on Monday.

Hours will be 7 a.m. to noon on Mondays and Thursdays, 4-8 p.m. on Tuesdays.

Cost to use the canning plant is 35 cents per jar (user provides the jars), or 90 cents per can if the canning plant provides the can and lid.

The canning plant is located at 901 Fairview School Road, Demroest.