• Commissioner declares World Polio Day and Wilonell Dyer Day

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    BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – In the Union County Commission meeting, Sole Commissioner Lamar Paris signed two proclamations for World Polio Day on October 24 and Wilonell Dyer Day on October 11. Members of the Rotary Club were in attendance to accept the World Polio Day proclamation. Over 1.2 million professionals and business leaders make up Rotary […]

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  • Huge turnout among early voters in Union County

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    BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – Long lines continued all week at the Union County Courthouse as residents eagerly cast their early votes for the 2020 General Election. With over 1,885 ballots cast thus far, Union voters are out in force four days into voting. The total doesn’t include absentee ballots. Sources say they empty absentee ballot box […]

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  • Daughters of American Revolution recognize author Doris Durbin

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    The October 10th meeting of the Old Unicoi Trail Chapter fulfilled the three-fold DAR mission of Historic Preservation, Education and Patriotism. To kick off the program the Chapter recognized Doris Durbin, Author, of Blairsville, with a National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) Women in the Arts Recognition Award. This is a […]

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  • 2020 city millage rate approved; 2021 budget hearing

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    BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – In the October 2020, Blairsville City Council meeting it approved the 2020 millage rate at 1.895 percent. The rate remains the same as the previous year. According to the tax digest, the city will receive $899 less in taxes by maintaining the current millage rate. The council also held the first public […]

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  • DPH Urges All Georgians to Get a Flu Shot

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    Atlanta – The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) has a message for Georgians: Everyone needs a flu shot. Yes, you! That’s the focus of a new campaign urging all Georgians over the age of six months to get a flu shot this year. “Now more than ever, influenza vaccination is critical not only to […]

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  • Preparing for a safe and spooky Halloween

    BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – As families and businesses navigate Halloween during a pandemic, Union County is preparing a socially distanced October 31 for the local children. Halloween at the Market will transform the farmer’s market into trick-or-treat central from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The event is replacing Halloween on the Square in order to keep […]

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  • How to cast ballots for the 2020 General Election

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    BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – The 2020 General Election is right around the corner and many are wondering the best way to cast their ballots. In Georgia, early voting begins on October 12 and runs through October 30, 2020. In Union County, residents can vote early at the courthouse on the lower level during regular courthouse hours. […]

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  • Union County Schools approves 2021 budget

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    BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – Union County Board of Education approved the fiscal year 2021 operating budget during the September meeting. The approved budget matches the previously presented tentative budget. “The challenges we faced in this budget is the very large TBE cut for the state of Georgia…and the added cost of mitigation for COVID-19, which is […]

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  • Dispose of old electronics on October 24 at NGTC

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    BLAIRSVILLE, GA – Keep Union County Beautiful (KUCB) in partnership with Document Destruction Services and Atlanta Recycling Solutions are taking old electronics on Saturday, October 24 from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m at North Georgia Technical College. It will be rescheduled if rain is forecasted for that weekend, so please check with KUCB before making […]

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  • Greystone Building fire appears to be accidental

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    BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – The Georgia Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner investigators are looking into the evening fire at the Greystone Building off Hwy. 515. UPDATE September 29: As of 12:30 p.m., the Union County GOP announced that the fire appeared to be accidental. The group’s headquarters was inside the Greystone Building. The fire […]

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  • UPDATE: Camper explosion injures four people, kills one

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    BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John F. King announced today that a Union County woman was killed and four others were injured in an accidental fire at the Rivers Edge RV Park around 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 22. The explosion involved a camper being used by an elderly couple […]

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  • October 1 is Environmental Awareness Day in Union County

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    BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – To demonstrate good faith and commitment to a clean future, Union County Sole Commissioner declared October 1, 2020, as Environmental Awareness Day in the county. “The citizens of Union County shown great concern regarding the water quality of rivers, lakes, and streams in Union County, whereas the rivers, streams, and Lake Nottely […]

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  • September is Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month

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    BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – Union County had the third-highest suicide rate per capita in Georgia in 2018, according to the CDC. Sole Commissioner Lamar Paris proclaimed September 2020 as Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month in Union County with Change in Our World Director Rebecca Brendle. Beginning in 2015, Change in Our World had brought awareness and […]

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  • North Georgia Technical College President dies of COVID-19

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    CLARKESVILLE, Ga – On September 13 at 8:17 a.m., North Georgia Technical College announced on social media that its President Dr. Mark Ivester passed away from COVID-19 on September 12, 2020. Ivester, 57, battled the virus for several weeks before passing away late Saturday evening in a Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Braselton, Ga. The […]

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  • Preparing for potential fallout from Hurricane Sally

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    BLAIRSVILLE, GA –  North Georgia is expected to receive heavy rainfall and possible flash flooding as Hurricane Sally moves across the state. Isolated thunderstorms are possible starting on Tuesday night. The main hazards will be occasional lightning and locally heavy rainfall. You can`t rule out a strong thunderstorm over portions of central Georgia with gusty […]

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  • Blairsville City Council ends Leachate Processing

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    BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – In a unanimous vote, Blairsville City Council decided to halt all leachate related-contracts and remove the chemicals from the waste treatment facility. Citing the concern of the mayor and council, Mayor Jim Conley, made a motion to discontinue the leachate processing contract. All present councilmembers accepted the contract dissolution. Councilmember Mary Ruth […]

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