• Paris shares TSPLOST information ahead of election

    BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – Before early voting started, Sole Commissioner Lamar Paris had a quick Zoom meeting concerning the TSPLOST referendum. If passed, TSPLOST will add one cent to the county’s sales tax. Bringing it up to eight percent. Currently, four percent of the sales tax goes to the state, one percent is ESPLOST for local […]

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  • Early voting starts October 12 for TSPLOST

    early voting

    BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – Early voting for the Transportation Special Local Option Sales Tax (TSPLOST) referendum begins on Tuesday, October 12. Union County voters have three weeks of early voting with two mandatory Saturday voting days on October 16 and 23. The Jury Assembly Room located on the first floor of the courthouse will be open […]

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  • Union County TSPLOST virtual town hall tonight at 6 p.m.

    TSPLOST Town Hall

    BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – With early voting starting this week, Sole Commissioner Lamar Paris is hosting a virtual town hall on October 11 at 6 p.m. The event will take place over Zoom and all are welcome to attend. The meeting information is below: Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81023567099… Meeting ID: 810 2356 7099 Passcode: 295701 One […]

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  • Sorghum Festival returns this weekend and next weekend

    Blairsville Sorghum Festival

    BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – The annual Blairsville Sorghum Festival is back in 2021 for the second and third weekends in October at Meeks Park. COVID-19 protocols resulted in the cancellation of the festival in 2020, but 2021 will give everyone the opportunity to learn about the syrup process again. In 1969, the festival was held at […]

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  • Flash Flood Watch in effect through Thursday

    BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – Union County remains under a flash flood watch until October 7 at 8 p.m. Much of north Georgia is under the watch including all surrounding counties. The National Weather Service Office out of Peachtree City (NWS) cautioned residents to pay attention to later forecasts in case they need to take action. In […]

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  • City discusses sewer update and local potential hazard

    Blairsville Sewer

    BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – The state fiscal recovery grant would assist in extending city sewer toward the Blairsville Movie Theater and bowling alley. Currently, $250 million is on the table for municipalities to apply for by October 31. The extension could cost around $2,282,000. It would begin around Rib County and include a pump station around […]

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  • Halloween trick-or-treat event at Meeks Park

    Halloween trick-or-treat

    BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – The spirit of Halloween remains strong in Union County with the Chamber of Commerce stepping up to host a trick-or-treat event for the spooky holiday. Previously, Blairsville announced that Halloween on the Square was canceled for 2021 because of COVID-19. Union County Chamber of Commerce announced a Halloween event would take place […]

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  • September 17-23 is Constitution Week in Union County

    Constitution Week

    BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – Constitution Day will be observed on September 17 with Constitution Week lasting until September 23, 2021. “On this day in 1787, the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution of the United States of America. With this proclamation, we’re giving official recognition to this document and the anniversary of its signing,” read Sole […]

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  • Senate releases proposed Congressional Map, moves Clyde out of Ninth?

    proposed congressional map

    ATLANTA – The proposed Senate Congressional Map, presented by Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan and Senator John F. Kennedy, Chairman of the Senate Redistricting and Reapportionment Committee, makes significant changes to the Ninth District. The map places Jackson County in the Tenth District. Ninth Congressman Andrew Clyde (R-Ga) resides in Jackson County. If the proposed map […]

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  • COVID-19 case numbers as of September 16

    COVID-19 case

    NORTHEAST GEORGIA Health District Two – The following information is a breakdown of COVID-19 case numbers within Georgia Department of Public Health District Two. This includes most of Northeast Georgia. Banks Cases (last 2 weeks): 202 Cases Per 100k (last 2 weeks):  1,011 Positive PCR Tests (last 2 weeks): 26.2% Vaccines Administered:  10,650 One Dose:  […]

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  • COVID-19 vaccine moving off-site at some health department locations

    Labor Day vaccines health departments covid

    GAINESVILLE – In anticipation of the upcoming flu season and to prepare for the approval of the COVID-19 booster dose for the general population, District 2 Health Departments will be re-opening some of its off-site COVID-19 mass vaccination sites. Approval for the booster dose is still pending; however, starting Monday, September 20, Forsyth and Hall […]

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  • Blairsville Halloween on the Square canceled for 2021

    Halloween canceled

    BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – Halloween on the Square will not be back in 2021 because of COVID-19 currently peaking in Southern states. However, Lake Nottely Marina is hosting a three-night event to celebrate the spooky season. The event will begin on Friday, October 29 and lasts through Sunday, October 31. The marina is asking that trick-or-treaters […]

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  • Union Board of Education accepts 2021 millage rate rollback

    2021 millage

    BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – Union County Board of Education adopted the rollback for the 2021 millage rate in a called meeting. The millage rate will be dropping to 9.734 mills. The previous rate was 11.749 mills. It’s some good news for Union County citizens who recently experienced a property reevaluation and many experienced significant property increases. […]

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  • Special Election called for the Blairsville City Council

    emergency declaration qualifying election

    BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – Blairsville City Council will be holding a special election on November 2, 2021 to fill the vacancy left by Council Member Betty Easter’s passing at the beginning of September. Easter’s seat wasn’t one of the three up for reelection in 2021, so a special election is necessary. Once elected, the individual will […]

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  • Blairsville to add third sewer-only rate for developers

    Blairsville Sewer

    BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – The city of Blairsville decided to change its processes concerning the delivery strategy for sewer services by adding a third rate for wastewater-only services. The service delivery strategy act was last addressed in 1997. Union County Development Authority Director Mitch Griggs presented the proposal to “We have a bit of a challenge […]

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