• UPDATED: Suicide at Union County Courthouse

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    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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  • Commissioner Paris proud of coordinated efforts during storm

    BLAIRSVILLE, Ga. – Union County Sole Commissioner Lamar Paris posted a word of thanks on Facebook late Sunday evening, Dec. 10, to all who helped across the county during the fallout from Winter Storm Benji: The Road Dept, as usual, has done an exceptional job. Forecast Temps tomorrow will be between 45° and 50° by […]

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  • Board of Education approves 2018-19 tentative budget

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    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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  • Conley property annexed, Sheriff Mason recognized at council meeting

    BLAISVILLE, Ga. – Annexation of the Conley property off of Pat Haralson Memorial Drive was approved and Sheriff Mack Mason was recognized during the Blairsville City Council meeting Tuesday, April 3. Last month, annexation was delayed when Daniel Davenport, owner of a 1.47-acre tract of land within the annexation route, requested access to city utilities before […]

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

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    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

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    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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  • Expansions viewed, accomplishments discussed at Union General board meeting

    BLAIRSVILLE, Ga. – During the Board of Directors meeting Tuesday, Feb. 27, administrators of Union General Hospital got a first-hand look at some the hospital’s newest expansions and renovations on the campus. Lewis Kelley, chief executive officer of Union General, took officials on a guided tour of the hospital’s forthcoming orthopedic wing to be shared […]

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  • Wastewater issue discussed at Blairsville City Council meeting

    BLAIRSVILLE, Ga. – In his wastewater treatment plant report, Supervisor Jody Cook told the Blairsville City Council at their Tuesday, Feb. 6, meeting that recent testing has found an increased level of chemical pollutants flowing into the city’s wastewater facility. Cook reported to city officials that it was determined that the chemicals were coming from […]

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  • Union County Schools, Courthouse closed Friday

    BLAIRSVILLE, Ga. – According to the official website for the Union County School System, all county schools are closed today (Friday, Dec. 8) due to inclement weather. The winter weather began early Friday morning and is expected to continue and worsen throughout the day and into the evening in north Georgia. Also, the Union County […]

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  • 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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  • 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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  • Paris approves city annexation, announces multiple proclamations

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    BLAIRSVILLLE, Ga. – Union County Sole Commissioner Lamar Paris approved city annexation from the city of Blairsville for a tract off of Pat Haralson Memorial Drive and approved several proclamations in his monthly meeting Thursday, April 19. Paris explained a senior-living apartment development and a Fellowship of the Hills building project will be the main […]

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  • Ratio for Union County uncertain this year

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    BLAIRSVILLE, Ga. – At the March 28 Union County Board of Assessors (BOA) meeting, Chief Appraiser and BOA Chairperson Susie Phillips reported sales for ratio had been submitted to the Georgia Department of Revenue (DOR) audit department March 9. “I don’t know what the ratio is going to be,” Phillips told board members Jeff Carlin […]

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  • Rayfield presents school security and safety update

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    BLAIRSVILLE, Ga. – During the Union County Board of Education (BOE) work session Tuesday, Feb. 20, Dr. Fred Rayfield, superintendent for Union County Schools, delivered an update on school security and safety procedures in the wake of the recent school shooting in Florida. Rayfield stated there are three non-negotiable duties for which all employees of […]

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  • Widespread flu in Georgia

    ATLANTA – If you have not gotten a flu shot yet, do not wait any longer! Flu is widespread in Georgia, and more than 300 individuals have been hospitalized with flu-related illness. The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) has confirmed four flu-related deaths so far, but that number is expected to increase. The predominant […]

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