Fire Units Respond to Two Weekend Calls


CLEVELAND, Ga. –- Public Safety Director David Murphy  reported on Monday that  the White County Fire Department along with automatic aid from the City of Cleveland Fire Department responded to two fire calls over the weekend.

On Saturday, fire units responded to a call at a residence on Driskell Road at 7:23 p.m. Murphy said the first units on the scene used a thermal imaging camera in the crawl space on the side of structure and discovered that a water tank had shorted out due to water damaging the electrical components. There was no fire or smoke at the scene.  Fire personnel advised the homeowner to replace the damaged water tank.  Fire personnel secured the water and power to the appliance.

On Sunday, at approximately 5:39 p.m., fire units responded to a fire at Affordable Auto Repair on Highway 115 West. Cleveland fire units were the first to arrive and found a homemade heater that had malfunctioned sending flames from the side of the heater.  The heater was quickly extinguished and no injuries were reported.



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Mr. Buford Cleveland Wade: Obituary


Buford Cleveland Wade, age 78 of Cleveland, passed away on Monday, March 20, 2017 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

Mr. Wade was born on May 30, 1938 to the late Cleveland and Margie Crenshaw Wade. He was a saw miller for Irvin Lumber Company and also a member of Chattahoochee Baptist Church. Mr. Wade was preceded in death by his brothers, Roosevelt Wade, Dewey Wade, Richard Wade, Grady Wade, and Paul Wade; sister, Grace Lynch.

Survivors include his wife, Rita Carson Wade, Cleveland; daughter and son-in-law, Sheri and Kevin Fancher, Cleveland; grandchildren, Patrick and Amanda Squires, Anchorage, AK, Shanna Squires, Cleveland; great grandchild, Xander Vandiver, Cleveland; sisters, Sophronia Petitt, Cleveland, Charlotte Freeman, Demorest, and Joyce Turner, Demorest.

Graveside services are scheduled for 3:00 P.M. Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at Chattahoochee Baptist Church Cemetery. The Rev. Bill Gravley will officiate.

The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Online condolences can be made to the family at

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