• 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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  • New Mexico Native Wins Helen to Atlantic Hot Air Balloon Race

    HELEN, Ga. — Weather may have delayed the start of the 43rd annual Helen to the Atlantic Hot Air Balloon Race over the weekend, but it didn’t dampen the spirit of the pilots, their crews or the spectators who gathered along the banks of the Chattahoochee River. Jonathan Wright, who traveled all the way from […]

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  • Truett McConnell Nursing Program Receives Full Accreditation

    CLEVELAND, Ga. — Truett McConnell University’s (TMU) Division of Nursing has received full accreditation for its nursing program from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Celeste Dunnington, RN, MSN, and Chair of TMU’s Division of Nursing said, “CCNE accreditation signifies our program is a nationally-accredited program, opens opportunities for our graduates, and affirms our […]

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  • White County Man Injured When Trench Collapsed

    CLEVELAND, Ga. — A White County man suffered non-life threatening injuries Wednesday afternoon while installing a waterline for Freeman Electric and the ground around him caved in. Cleveland Fire Chief Ricky Pruitt said the man suffered back and leg injuries and was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville. Units from the Cleveland Fire […]

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  • White County Schools Among the best in Climate Ratings

    CLEVELAND, Ga. — White County schools rank among the best in the state. They have grown accustomed to winning awards. Another one came their way this week when the Georgia Department of Education released its most recent findings in the 2015 School Climate Star Ratings which ranks the quality and character of school life, or […]

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  • Helen to the Atlantic Hot Air Balloon Race Begins

    HELEN, Ga. — Thursday’s weather was perfect for the 500 or so motorcycle riders who descended on Helen for the three-day Southeast Victory Motorcycle Rally, not so much for those 25 or so participants in the 43rd annual Helen to the Atlantic Hot Air Balloon Race. The sky was clear and the morning temperature was […]

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