• Firefighters kept busy during first weekend in August

    PRESS RELEASE WHITE COUNTY, Ga. — White County firefighters were kept bus during the first weekend in August responding to vehicle accidents, medical emergencies and other incidents, three notable calls were handled by the department. On Friday July 31 st , at approximately 5:45PM, units were dispatched to a mountain/wilderness rescue at the Raven Cliffs […]

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  • Cleveland Council to set millage rate Monday

    CLEVELAND, Ga. — The Cleveland City Council will hold its third and final public hearing on the FY 2020 millage rate Monday (Aug. 3) at 6:30 p.m. in the Cleveland Community Center, 342 Campbell Street. The county has called for keeping its millage rate steady at 10.75 mils Council will also hold a public hearing […]

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  • Clear the Shelters nationwide campaign starts Aug. 1

    WHITE COUNTY, Ga. — Beginning on August 1st, individuals and communities around the country are coming together to find loving homes for pets in need with NBC Universal and Telemundo owned stations’ Clear the Shelters campaign. White County Animal Control will be one of those participating organizations and we need your help. Will you join […]

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  • Gainesville man killed in Monday morning crash

    WHITE COUNTY, Ga. – A 36-year-old Gainesville man lost his life in a single-vehicle accident on Skitts Mountain Road in Clermont Monday morning. Georgia State Patrol Troopers from Post 6 investigated the accident. According to the report, Jake Chambers was driving west on Skitts Mountain Road in a 2000 Ford Mustang when he failed to […]

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  • 50th Oktoberfest postponed until 2021

    HELEN, Ga.–The Greater City of Helen Chamber of Commerce announced Friday (July 24) that will postpone its 50th anniversary celebration of Oktoberfest until next  year. The Festhalle is considered a Live Performance Event facility under  Gov. Brian Kemp’s guidelines for COVID-19 response and reopening. A prepared statement issued by the Chamber read, “This has been […]

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  • Millage rate public hearing set Monday

    WHITE COUNTY, Ga. — The White County Board of Commissioners will hold the first of three millage rate public hearings and a called meeting on Monday (July 27) at 8 a.m. in the County Administration Building on Helen Hwy. The Board will present the proposed millage rate then call for comments from the public in […]

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  • Traffic accident closes Hwy. 365 South for three hours

    HABERSHAM COUNTY, Ga. – Two Hall County residents suffered what appears to have been non-life threatening injuries Wednesday when their vehicle turned into the path of a tractor trailer driven by Johnny Cochran, 24, of Cleveland. According to the Georgia State Patrol accident report , Tonya Wilkes, 57, was driving north when she attempted to […]

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  • Guidelines for summer safety

    NEWS RELEASE WHITE COUNTY, Ga. — Public Safety Director David Murphy issued the following guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and injury or illness from the summer heat. As our community continues phased re-openings in light of COVID-19, please continue to follow the safety guidelines to prevent the spread, and don’t forget to […]

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  • City Council to hold public hearing on wastewater system improvements

    CLEVELAND, Ga. – Cleveland City Council will meet and hold a public hearing on the need for wastewater system improvements at 6:30 p.m. Monday July 13 in the Cleveland Community Center, 342 Campbell Street. Meg Mbugua of Rindt-McDuff, a consulting firm that has been providing engineering and technical services to commercial, industrial, municipal and private […]

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  • Cleveland couple, charged with aggravated child molestation

    HALL COUNTY, Ga. – A Cleveland man and woman have been arrested on charges of aggravated child molestation involving a male victim under the age of 16. Brittany Elizabeth Hayes, 28, and Timmy Allen Williamson, 39, were arrested by Hall County Sheriff’s Office deputies Wednesday (July 1) and booked into the Hall Count Jail. In […]

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  • GBI, White County deputies investigate murder

    CLEVELAND, Ga. — The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and White County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the shooting death of 41-year-old Mitchell Smallwood. Deputies received a 911 call to 32 Happy Hollow Road in Cleveland on June 30 where they found the victim deceased. Rita Sanders-Luse, 66, has been charged with murder. No other details were […]

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  • BOC meeting scheduled Monday

    WHITE COUNTY, Ga. – The White County Board of Commissioners will meet in a combined work session and regular meeting Monday (June 29) at 4:30 p.m. in the County Administration Building, Helen Hwy. in Cleveland. Patrick Brennan, executive direct of of Sautee Nacoochee Community Association will present information on the organization and the Explore Helen […]

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  • Board of Education meets Tuesday

    WHITE COUNTY, Ga. – The White County Board of Education will meet in a voting session Tuesday (June 23) at 8 a.m. School Superintendent Dr. Laurie Burkett will review the voter-approved 2020 education special purpose local option sales tax. White County voters gave an overwhelming thumbs up to the $29,500,000 one percent tax on June […]

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  • Voting went smoothly in White County

    WHITE COUNTY, Ga. — Voting problems that were reported in Fulton and DeKalb counties last week did not materialize in many rural north Georgia counties. In Dawson, White, Lumpkin and Habersham counties, voting went smoothly. Gilmer County did experience an internet issue that caused a 30-minute delay in opening. But the problem was corrected and […]

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  • UPDATE: COVID-19 status report 8/2

    Updated 8/2 at 3 pm Georgia Department of Public Heath (DPH) reported at 3 pm As of Sunday (Aug. 2) the state of Georgia reported 193,177 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 3,840 deaths and 19,064  have been hospitalized. There are 301 confirmed cases in White County resulting in five deaths. The DPH updates statistics daily at […]

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