• Audit for 2017 presented to Blairsville City Council

    BLAIRSVILLE, Ga. – At their Tuesday, June 5, meeting, the Blairsville City Council heard from Clay Pilgrim, of the accounting firm Rushton & Company, who presented the city’s financial audit for fiscal year 2017. Pilgrim explained this was the first year that Rushton & Company conducted an audit for the city of Blairsville. “Things did go […]

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  • Board of Education approves 2018-19 tentative budget

    BLAIRSVILLE, Ga. – The Union County Board of Education (BOE) reviewed a tentative budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year during its May 15 meeting. According to Karen Bundy, Union County Schools finance director, the school system will enter the 2018-19 fiscal year with a fund balance of $11,130,345. Revenue projections for the next fiscal year […]

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  • UPDATED: Suicide at Union County Courthouse

    BLAIRSVILLE, Ga. – Lt. Russell Walker with the Blairsville Police Department confirmed a suicide occurred outside of the Union County Courthouse sometime before 11:00 a.m. Monday, May 21. Criminal Investigator Lt. Tom Mangifesta, of the Union County Sheriff’s Office, stated the victim was 59-year-old Elmore Martin Putney III, a Blairsville attorney who had been practicing […]

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  • Paris declares National Trails Day, county enters opiod litigation

    BLAIRSVILLE, Ga. – In his monthly meeting Thursday, May 17, Sole Commissioner Lamar Paris declared June 2, 2018, to be National Trails Day in Union County. According to the proclamation read by Paris, the purpose of the day is “to increase public awareness of Union County’s trail opportunities and diverse outdoor recreation activities, and promote […]

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  • Gurtler takes second term, school sales tax passes

    BLAIRSVILLE, Ga. – Georgia House District 8 Representative Matt Gurtler won re-election over challenger Mickey Cummings and the county referendum for the Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (ESPLOST) passed in last night’s primary election. Gurtler, the Republican incumbent, took 5,965 overall votes (60.18 percent) across the district, which is comprised of Union, Towns, […]

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  • Downtown parking a hot topic at city council meeting

    BLAIRSVILLE, Ga. – At the Tuesday, May 1, Blairsville City Council meeting, Michael Collins, owner of Michaelee’s Italian Life Caffe, spoke to council members during public commentary about the parking situation in downtown Blairsville. Collins described parking in the downtown area as a problem that is “getting worse.” The restaurant owner explained he was told […]

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  • School sales tax debate heating up in Union as May 22 primary approaches

    BLAIRSVILLE, Ga. – With the May 22 primary election just weeks away in Union County, the debate over the one-cent Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (ESPLOST) referendum is growing. ESPLOST is a 1 percent countywide sales tax collected to help fund school improvements. Money generated from ESPLOST can be used for capital projects […]

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  • Union Board of Education discusses strategic planning, hears audit report

    BLAIRSVILLE, Ga. – Superintendent Dr. John Hill presented a proposal for strategic planning and the Union County Board of Education heard the results of a communication audit at the board’s Tuesday, April 17, meeting. Last month, the board voted to accept the Georgia Vision Project as a guideline of recommendations and suggestions for school boards […]

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