• Union County $2.2M Over Budget in 2018


    Blairsville, Ga – Union County went $2.2M over budget in 2018 due to unexpected health care costs and rises in service expenses. Auditors advised the amending of the 2018 budget after expenditures exceeded expectations for the year. The total operating budget for 2018 amounted to $18,908,000. Several areas of the operating budget experienced higher costs […]

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  • Union Reappraising Land and Homes Values Per State Guidelines

    reappraising land

    Blairsville, Ga – Union County to begin reappraising property values due to sales of homes and property far outpacing actual lvalue with assistance from an outside organization. Georgia Mass Appraisal Solutions (GMASS) and Union County entered into a contract for the organization to handle the bulk of the reappraisals for $620,000 and went into effect […]

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  • Increased Security At Union County Schools

    Security Key Card Doors

    Blairsville, Ga – After years of planning, Union County Schools (UCS) are installing key card access doors to increase security on campus. Beginning next school year, all exterior doors in the school district require key card access. No one without an authorized card can enter school buildings unless accompanied by a member of administration or […]

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  • Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Honors Union County Schools

    Georgia Agriculture

    Blairsville, Ga – Representative from the Georgia Department of Agriculture presented Union County Board of Education with the Georgia Grown System of Distinction Award. Misty Freeman served as Georgia’s Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black’s spokesperson to congratulate Union County School’s (UCS) Nutrition Program Director Courtney Waller on her efforts to provide students with locally sourced meals. […]

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  • Union and Towns Partner for the 2020 Census

    2020 Census awareness

    Blairsville, Ga – Union and Towns County formed the Trusted Voices committee for assistance with the 2020 census. With the 2020 Census rapidly approaching – April 1, 2020, Union, Towns, Blairsville, Hiawassee, and Young Harris partnered with the Patrick Malone to form the Trusted Voices committee to ensure maximum participation. “We had a meeting six […]

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  • Wastewater Plant Starts Processing Landfill Runoff

    Blairsville, Ga – Blairsville’s Wastewater (WWTP) plant to begin processing leachate from local landfills after City Council approves a partnership with The Water Authority (TWA). TWA approached Superintendent of WWTP Jody Cook two months ago about allowing the company to use the plant for leachate processing. Blairsville’s WWTP makes a good candidate to take on […]

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  • Timberlake Pleads Case to City Council

    Blairsville, Ga – Timberlake Custom Homes pleaded with the council to grant the variance permit after it was denied last month. The variance was denied in May’s meeting due to being 28 square foot oversized.  The city’s sign ordinance stated that all freestanding signs must be 60 square-foot and 20 feet high. Managing Partner Chip Shively […]

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  • $2M UCS Field House Under Reevaluation

    Blairsville, Ga – New field house being reassessed after bids come in $1M over the initial budget. Board of Education elected to reevaluate the scope of the field house project after bids for came back around $2M. “I had anticipated a million. This is way more than I anticipated,” stated Chair Cynthia Odom. “When we […]

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