• 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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  • Trees down, but roads clearing in Union

    BLAIRSVILLE, Ga. – Lieutenant Brent Long, of the Union County Fire Department, reported to Fetch Your News Saturday morning that crews are working this morning (Saturday, Dec. 9) to clear about 30 fallen trees from roadways throughout the county. Long stated there was no specific concentration of downed trees and that incidents of such were […]

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  • Union General talks parking expansion during monthly board meeting

    BLAIRSVILLE, Ga. – Chief Executive Officer of Union General Hospital Lewis Kelley recommended to the hospital’s Board of Directors at their monthly meeting Tuesday, Nov. 28, to proceed with plans to expand parking at its Blairsville facility. Kelley explained the hospital owns a forested strip of a land adjacent to Union General that, if cleared, […]

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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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  • Gubernatorial candidate Williams addresses Presidents Team

    BLAIRSVILLE, Ga. – The Towns/Union County Presidents Team heard from two candidates in the upcoming May 22 primary at their Monday, April 9, meeting in Blairsville: Georgia gubernatorial candidate and current state Senator Michael Williams and local candidate for the Union County Board of Education District 4 seat William McQuillan. Williams presented an overview of […]

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  • Technology upgrades headline Mountain Regional Library System meeting

    BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – Several technology upgrades throughout all four Mountain Regional Library System (MRLS) locations were discussed during the quarterly regional board meeting Wednesday, Feb. 7, in Blue Ridge. All four locations – Towns County Public Library in Hiawassee, Mountain Regional Library in Young Harris, Union County Public Library in Blairsville and Fannin County […]

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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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  • 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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