• Commissioners Hold First Public Hearing on FY 2017 Budget

    CLEVELAND, Ga. — The White County Board of Commissioners held the first public hearing on a FY 2017 proposed General Fund budget of $16,161,230 Thursday morning. The next public hearing is set for June 30. The budget is about $127,000 higher than last year’s mid-year amended budget request of $16,034,021. About 49.2 percent of the […]

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  • City Council Approves Audit Firm

    HELEN — The City of Helen unanimously approved Walker, Pierce and Tuck Certified Public Accountants to audit the county’s finances for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016 at a cost of $17,250 during yesterday’s city council meeting. Council also denied a zoning variance request by Councilwoman Cinnamon Spurlock and her husband to use a […]

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  • GDOT Abruptly Closes Ga. 75 in Helen

    HELEN — The Georgia Department of Transportation abruptly closed Ga. 75 in Helen from Hamby Street north to Ga. 356 in Robertstown yesterday from 8 p.m. until this morning around 3 a.m. due to damage to the roads caused by washout from natural springs in the area. Public Works Director Ross Hewell said the highway […]

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  • Fire Chief Ricky Pruitt: “It Could Have Been a Lot Worse”

    CLEVELAND, Ga. — “We had some property damage, but fortunately nobody was injured,” Cleveland Fire Chief Ricky Pruitt said after a severe thunderstorm accompanied by multiple lightning strikes and hail blitzed downtown Cleveland Monday afternoon. Some power outages were reported as trees fell across power lines and roadways during the 45-minute storm. A tree fell […]

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  • Commissioners Look for Budget Cuts to Avoid Millage Increase

    CLEVELAND, Ga. — In a marathon two-and-a-half hour called meeting Monday, the White County Board of Commissioners grappled with the inevitable, a slight millage increase in the FY 2016-17 budget. Currently, it looks like the increase will be one-half mil which translates to about $20 annually on a $100,000 home when the proposed budget is […]

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  • Major Drug Bust in White County

    CLEVELAND, Ga. — A major drug bust was reported in White County over the weekend. Six Cleveland residents and one man from Dahlonega were arrested following a year long investigation by agents from the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office (ARDEO). Special Agent In Charge Mitchell Posey said the drugs seized had a street value of […]

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  • White Co. Homeowners May See Tax Hike in 2017

    CLEVELAND, Ga. — White County taxpayers have not seen a millage increase in eight years. In fact, the county commissioners reduced the millage rate from 9.19 to 9.168 mils four years ago. But things might not be so rosy next year year. At Monday’s commission meeting, County Manager Mike Melton presented a proposed FY ’17 […]

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  • City of Helen Approves New Budget

    Helen City Commission

    HELEN, Ga. — The Helen City Commission met Tuesday and unanimously approved the FY 2016-’17 General Fund budget of $2,969,727. Key expenditures, include General Overhead ($997,015), Police Department ($788,000), Public Works ($500,000), Administration ($271,331) and Fire Department ($239,471). The Commission also agreed to spend $650 to enhance features of the city’s website, including Constant Contact, […]

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