• Commissioners Pass $16.3 Million FY17 Budget

    CLEVELAND, Ga. — In a marathon three-hour meeting Thursday, the White County Board of Commissioners adopted a $16.3 million FY’17 budget. The balanced budget calls for $16,299,730 in both revenue and expenditures and for maintaining a fund balance of 2.8 months or $3,404,837. Generally, the Board tries to maintain a three-month reserve. Special Revenue totals $4,191,724 […]

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  • No Motive Yet in Fatal Shooting

    CLEVELAND, Ga. — White County Sheriff Neal Walden said Tuesday that no motive is apparent yet in the shooting death Friday of 21-year old Savon Smith of Cleveland. Christopher Courville, 17, of Michigan was arrested at the scene and charged with murder. “Courville’s first appearance was held Saturday in White County Magistrate Court,” Walden said. […]

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  • Man Killed in Crash Near Sautee Thursday

    SAUTEE, Ga. — The passenger in a pickup truck was killed and the driver was injured and faces possible driving under the influence charges following a single-vehicle accident just north of Cleveland late last night. Christian Culp, 24, died when the 1999 Chevrolet pickup truck he was a passenger in went off Joe Black Road […]

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  • 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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