• Union Health Department hosting back to school vaccinations

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    BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – The state of Georgia requires certain vaccinations for children starting Pre-K, Headstart, Kindergarten, Seventh, and Eleventh Grades. Some of these vaccinations are for meningitis and TDAP. At this time, the COVID-19 vaccination is not required for children starting or returning to school by the state. The Georgia Department of Public Health is […]

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  • 2020 audit reveals revenue up, expenses down in Union

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    BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – Union County received a clean/unmodified opinion concerning its 2020 audit from Rushton and Company, a CPA firm. Clay Pilgrim, CPA, CPE, CCF, delivered the information during the July County Commission meeting. “I do have great news, this is real riveting information this audit, so I’m glad you joined us,” Pilgrim told the […]

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  • Packed room voices opinion on Union’s property reevaluation

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    BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – A raucous crowd turned out in force to discuss taxes and property reevaluation after notices hit residents’ mailboxes at the start of the month. The meeting was moved to the jury assembly room and some still had to stand for the 2-plus hour-long meeting focused on property values and taxes. Assistant Police […]

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  • Candidate Vernon Jones drums up votes in Union County

    Vernon Jones in Union County

    BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Vernon Jones visited Union County on Saturday, July 17. He fired up the crowd of over 100 people at the Pat Haralson Civic Center. Much of Jones’ rhetoric focused on topics he had addressed before such as his decision to become a Republican, his love of Donald Trump, and […]

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  • Ralston calls for GBI investigation into Fulton County elections

    Richard Barron election investigation

    ATLANTA, Ga – Elected officials are taking aim and Fulton County and its elections director Richard Barron, following new details regarding the 2020 election. Today, Speaker of the House David Ralston (R – Blue Ridge) released the letter he sent to Fulton Elections Director Richard Barron. In the letter, Ralston requests Barron ask the GBI […]

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  • Information concerning Union County property reassessment

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    BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – Union County issued the following information concerning the recently mailed property assessments. “First, please do not panic. The assessment notice you recently received is only the newly assessed value on your property. IT IS NOT YOUR PROPERTY TAX BILL. Until the 45-day appeals process is complete, we do not even know the […]

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  • Blairsville City Council approves agreement with county to receive TSPLOST funds

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    BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – Blairsville City Council approved the intergovernmental agreement with Union County for the Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (TSPLOST) referendum during the July 2021 meeting. The approval is one in a series of steps necessary for TSPLOST to appear on a special election ballot in November 2021. The intergovernmental agreement allows […]

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  • Blairsville becomes a Purple Heart City

    Purple Heart City

    BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – Blairsville City Council officially proclaimed the city a Purple Heart City at the July 2021 meeting. “City of Blairsville has a highly decorated veteran population including Purple Heart recipients, and Blairsville appreciates the sacrifice of the Purple Heart recipients made in defending our freedoms and believe it is important and we acknowledge […]

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  • Union County’s Youth Sports Complex progressing

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    BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – The SPLOST funded Youth Sports Complex will be located behind the farmers market and Sole Commissioner Lamar Paris hopes to have it completed by next season. The Youth Sports Complex will feature four ballfields catering toward the younger age ranges from T-ball to coaches’ pitch, and eight and under leagues. Paris explained […]

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  • Newly renovated View Grill at Butternut Creek reopens

    The View Grill at Butternut Creek

    BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – The View Grill at Butternut Creek is ready to roll with a new and improved dining area for its guests. The restaurant closed in January for the renovations and just reopened on Tuesday, June 29. Earlier in the year, the county entered into a contract with Winkler and Winkler to expand the […]

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  • Independence Day celebrations back on for 2021

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    BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – Many Independence Day festivities are returning to Union County in 2021 after COVID-19 resulted in a cancellation last year. Those interested can start enjoying the long weekend on Friday with a courthouse concert. Don Byers will be performing, beginning at 7 p.m. Lucky’s Tacqueria just down from the square will also have […]

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  • UCS revises schools 2021-2022 calendar

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    BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – The Board of Education approved revisions to the 2021-2022 school calendar in the June 15 meeting. The revisions designate six online learning days and add two student learning days for a total of 175 student days. The first day of school is on August 12, 2021 and the last is May 20, […]

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  • Several construction contracts approved at county meeting

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    BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – Union County’s moving forward with a few construction projects to upgrade various community services. Sole Commissioner Lamar Paris accepted a contract with Hayes, James, and Associates for professional design services for concept site plans, preliminary engineering, clearing, and grading plans, and land development permitting for the Youth Sports Complex. The facility will […]

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  • Union County becomes a Purple Heart County

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    BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – Commissioner Lamar Paris proclaimed Union County as a Purple Heart County at the June commission meeting. “The contributions and sacrifices of the men and women from Union County who served in the Armed Forces have been vital in maintaining the freedoms and way of life enjoyed by our citizens,” the proclamation reads. […]

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  • Georgia Ag Commissioner Gary Black launches Senate campaign

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    JEKYLL ISLAND, GA – Gary Black, Georgia’s Agriculture Commissioner who received more votes than any candidate for U.S. Senate or Governor in 2018 and 2014, today launched his campaign for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Raphael Warnock. “Warnock and Biden promised to ‘fundamentally change America,’” Black said. “They’re five months into it and […]

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  • Union County Farmer’s Market opens June 5

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    BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – The Farmer’s Market will open this Saturday, June 5 at 7 a.m. The market’s purpose is to encourage the “development of local agriculture” and serves as a gathering place for vendors and customers to meet. Local artisans are also encouraged to open a booth at the seasonal event. It will be open […]

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