• 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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  • Southeast Victory Motorcycle Rally Under Way in Helen

    HELEN, Ga. — Hundreds of motorcycle enthusiasts from around the nation descended on this tiny little Alpine village in the north Georgia mountains Thursday to kick start the 11th annual Southeast Victory Motorcycle Rally. The three-day event is held in conjunction with the 16th annual US Riders New Reunion Run. By days end, event organizer […]

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  • Walden, Bryant and Jarrard Win White Co. Races

    WHITE COUNTY, Ga. — White County voters chose to return two incumbents to office and replace another Tuesday in the General Primary election Sheriff Neal Walden received 2,790 votes to defeat challenger Aaron Autry’s 1,459. District 4 Commissioner Craig Bryant, who has served on the Board for 14 years, fought off a challenge from U.S. […]

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  • White County Election Results

    General Primary Election May 24, 2016 100 Percent of Precincts Reporting U.S. House 9th District Doug Collins 50,332 Paul Broun 18,045 Roger Fitzpatrick 8,667 Mike Scupin 2,795 Bernie Fontaine 2,269 Sheriff Neal Walden 2,790 Aaron Autry 1,459 County Commission, Dist. 4 Craig Bryant 671 Shawn Henderson 477 Board of Education Chair Missy Jarrard 2,215 Kendyl […]

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  • ATV Crash Injures White County Youths

    WHITE CO., Ga. –Two White County youths were airlifted after their dirt bikes collided shortly after noon on Sunday. Corporal Austin Allen of the Georgia State Patrol said the accident occcurred in a heavily wooded area on Far Winds Road. “Both drivers misjudged their clearance and contact was made between the left side of vehicle […]

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  • Missy Jarrard, Candidate School Board Chair

    CLEVELAND, Ga. — Missy Jarrard is a veteran educator with 23 years experience, including nine years as an elementary and middle school teacher and 14 years as a school counselor. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Education from the University of North Georgia and a Masters in School Counseling from the University of Georgia. She […]

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  • Kendyl Brock-Hunter, School Board Chair

    CLEVELAND, Ga. — Kendyl Brock-Hunter has been at the helm of an award-winning school system the past 12 years and would like to serve for four more, which is why she is running for a fourth term as White County School Board Chair. She is a healthcare professional, a successful business owner who has worked […]

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  • White County Athletes Compete in Special Olympics

    CLEVELAND — White County will be well represented at the Special Olympics State Summer Games at Emory University Friday and Saturday. White County Special Olympics Chairperson and Coach Sharon Brown said the four White County athletes are Carter Cruce in the long jump, and 200 Meter run, Robby Edge in the long jump and 100-Meter […]

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  • White County Schools Ranked Number 1

    CLEVELAND, Ga. — The state of Georgia College and Career Readiness Performance Index Scores (CCRPI) were released last week. White County Public Charter School System schools found themselves ranked #1 in the region in elementary schools performance, #1 in high school performance and the school system ranked #11 overall in the state. White County School […]

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