April “showers” bring May disasters in Franklin County

April showers may bring May flowers, but in much of Franklin County and some surrounding areas it brought trouble this past Friday. Torrential rains flooded several areas in Northeast Georgia with Commerce registering 5.95” of rain, Toccoa reporting 5.34”, Carnesville with 4.88” and Lavonia with 3.65” of rain. Hartwell escaped disaster with just .9” inches of rain. Franklin County Emergency […]

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Cannon found not guilty of molestation charges

After a five-day trial and about two and a half hours of deliberation, a Hart County jury found a former South Hart Elementary School second-grade teacher not guilty of four counts of child molestation. In December 2017, 29-year-old Brandon David Cannon of Bio Church Road was arrested and charged with immoral and inappropriate acts to two children. According to the […]

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Missouri trucker dies of heart attack on I-85

According to an article by The Journal (an Upstate South Carolina newspaper), a 55-year-old Poplar Bluff, Missouri truck driver has died after experiencing an apparent heart attack which forced him to pull off I-85 near the state line on Friday morning. According to Oconee County Coroner Karl Addis, a minor collision involving a tractor-trailer at approximately 2:40 a.m. on Friday. […]

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Martin-Wells tabbed as EC fishing team head coach

Pam Martin-Wells has been named head coach of the newly formed bass fishing team at Emmanuel College. Martin-Wells joins Emmanuel after a very successful career as a professional angler. The new coach hails from Bainbridge, where she lives with her husband Steven. She is the women’s all-time leading money winner and is a 27-time Classic qualifier. Some of her most […]

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BOIL WATER ALERT ISSUED FOR BANKS CROSSING

City of Commerce government officials are advising anyone who lives in the Banks Crossing area to boil any water they want to use for consumption. Excessive floods in the area from Friday morning’s storms have caused low water pressure for businesses and residences in the area. The Boil Water Advisory is in effect until further notice.

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