• District 2 Public Health announces new hours of operation

    District 2 hours of operation testing guidelines vaccinations

    GAINESVILLE, GA – District 2 Public Health announces new hours of operation for all 13 county health departments. The new hours will offer health department services until 7:00 pm every Tuesday. These extended hours will add convenience for individuals whose schedules may not allow them to come to the health department during the 8:00 am […]

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  • Party in-fighting erupts among Georgia Republicans

    ATLANTA, Ga – Republican Senators David Perdue, Kelly Loeffler, and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) trade barbs concerning the integrity of Georgia’s election process. In a joint statement, Perdue and Loeffler requested the resignation of Raffensperger, citing “the management of Georgia’s elections has become an embarrassment for our state” and failure to deliver honest […]

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  • Crews are working to ensure safe roads and timely rescues after Zeta

    Zeta

    HABERSHAM COUNTY, Ga – The Habersham County Sheriff’s Office issued the following press release concerning tropical storm Zeta rescue and cleanup efforts. “Hurricane Zeta has impacted Habersham County with high winds and heavy rainfall. These impacts are even more destructive due to the recent effects of Hurricane Delta. County officials are working quickly to reopen […]

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  • Cornelia woman killed in structure fire

    Cornelia woman fire

    ATLANTA – The Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John F. King announced today that a Habersham County woman was found dead in a structure fire around 1:00 p.m. on Monday, October 19. The fire occurred at 1689 Heads Ferry Road in Cornelia. When Habersham County officials arrived at the scene, the 22-year-old, 4,367-square-foot […]

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  • DPH Urges All Georgians to Get a Flu Shot

    flu shot

    Atlanta – The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) has a message for Georgians: Everyone needs a flu shot. Yes, you! That’s the focus of a new campaign urging all Georgians over the age of six months to get a flu shot this year. “Now more than ever, influenza vaccination is critical not only to […]

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  • North Georgia Technical College President dies of COVID-19

    North Georgia Technical College

    CLARKESVILLE, Ga – On September 13 at 8:17 a.m., North Georgia Technical College announced on social media that its President Dr. Mark Ivester passed away from COVID-19 on September 12, 2020. Ivester, 57, battled the virus for several weeks before passing away late Saturday evening in a Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Braselton, Ga. The […]

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  • District 50 recount confirms Hatchett win, Hall concedes

    recount Hatchett

    HIAWASSEE, Ga – The recount of the August 11 runoff confirmed the original results with Bo Hatchett winning the majority of the vote. He even picked up a few in some counties. Stacy Hall, who requested a recanvassing, announced that he had conceded the race just before 8 p.m. on social media. “With nearly 25,000 […]

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  • Secretary of State unveils new absentee ballot request portal

    absentee ballots

    ATLANTA-Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger unveils a new online portal to make it easier for Georgia voters to request absentee ballots for the November elections. Georgia voters with a driver’s license or state ID card will now be able to request an absentee ballot entirely online. “Georgia is constantly searching for new and innovative […]

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  • State senate recount on Monday, Hall claims ballot mishandling

    hall vote recount recount ballot mishandling

    HIAWASSEE, Ga – Georgia State Senate District 50 recount will occur on Monday, August 31, across all eight counties. The recount will include all ballots from the August 11 runoff with counties beginning at 9 a.m. District 50 includes Franklin, Habersham, Towns, Rabun, Stephens, and Banks counties and parts of Hall and Jackson counties. Secretary […]

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  • Hall intends to ask for a recount in District 50

    hall vote recount

    HIAWASSEE, Ga – On Monday, August 17, State Senate District 50 candidate Stacy Hall announced his intentions to ask for a recount in the runoff election held last week. The runoff election results put lawyer and District 50 candidate Bo Hatchett ahead by 34 votes. Since then, the Hall campaign has been canvassing local election […]

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  • Andrew Clyde declares victory in Georgia’s Ninth District

    Clyde victory Ninth District

    NORTH GEORGIA – Earlier tonight, Andrew Clyde said, “I’m declaring victory tonight” to a room full of supporters in Commerce, Ga. after he clinched the GOP nomination for the U.S. House of Representatives Ninth District seat. The night ended fairly early for gun shop owner and Navy Veteran with the race being called before 10 […]

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  • Habersham County August 11 runoff election returns

    General Primary runoff election

    HABERSHAM COUNTY, Ga – The polls have closed for the August 11 runoff election. To review the unofficial election returns for your local, state, and federal races, check out the list below. Please remember all the results are unofficial until certified by the Secretary of State. Precincts: 100% reporting COUNTY Commission District 1 Republican  Jeffrey […]

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  • COVID-19 testing site changes effective June 28

    testing

    GAINESVILLE, GA – District 2 Public Health announces updates to specimen collection site (testing site) schedules effective June 28. Due to the much warmer summer temperatures, all sites will now close by 1:00 pm. For convenience, an appointment is recommended at each of the Specimen Point of Collection sites. Please call your local health department […]

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  • FYN sends our condolences to the family of Bill Kokaly

    Kokaly

    FYN’s saddened to report the passing of dear friend and longtime Field Representative for Congressman Doug Collins, Bill Kokaly. He moved on to a better world on Friday morning of June 12 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Kokaly loyally served Collins since the congressman’s first campaign and was instrumental in managing the military academy […]

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  • See who’s in the August 11 runoff elections

    General Primary runoff election

    NORTH GEORGIA – Now that the General Primary is over, several candidates are facing runoff elections across North Georgia. The runoff is scheduled for Tuesday, August 11 and only those who voted in the General Primary may vote in it. Early in-person voting will begin on July 20, 2019. For a breakdown of the runoff […]

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  • Operation changes to COVID-19 specimen collection sites

    specimen collection sites

    GAINESVILLE, GA – Nine specimen collection sites operated jointly by the Georgia National Guard and Augusta University ended operations effective May 30. As of June 1, several sites changed their operating hours. Those interested in receiving a COVID-19 test are strongly encouraged to call and make an appointment. The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) […]

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