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Firefighters Extinguish Two Vehicle Fires (
Turkey Trail fire
Letters and packages save by carrier
(Cleveland)- White County firefighters were kept
busy Tuesday morning with two vehicle fires. One
involved a rural mail carrier’s vehicle. In both
cases no one was injured, but both vehicles were
White County Fire Department Spokeswoman Ana
Newberry said the first fire occurred at 8:37 AM at
the Chevron Convenience Store on East Kytle Street
in Cleveland. Newberry said, staff firefighters were
able to extinguish the fire. Newberry said, “thank
goodness it was not right at the gas pumps.”
The second fire involved a rural mail carrier
vehicle and occurred around 10:30 AM on Wild Turkey
Trail, Cleveland. The female carrier was shaken up
but, was able to save most, if not all, mail in the
Cleveland Fire Department Presents Education Programs
(Cleveland)- Cleveland Fire Department has performed
a couple of projects Thursday for youth in
the area during their summer learning time.
Cleveland Fire Chief Ricky Pruitt said firefighters
Thursday morning presented a program at the
White County Library in Cleveland as part of their
Summer Reading Program. Pruitt said, the children
were shown all the equipment on the fire trucks and
Cleveland Fire Department also did an educational
class for a group of you at St. Paul Catholic
Church. Pruitt said, we show them the fire truck,
equipment and demonstrated the equipment including
the Thermal Image Camera. He said, that’s the
equipment used to search a smoke filled building to
locate people who might be trapped and to locate hot
spots after a fire.
The fire chief, explained to the children that the
cameral can also be used to locate lost children and
adults in the dark, since it picks up body heat.
At both locations firefighters answered lots of
questions form the youth.
Good News For Highway 129 South Motorist ( 6/12/13)
(Cleveland)- Good news for motorist traveling south
of Cleveland on Highway 129/ State Route 11,
construction crews have reopened the southbound
left turning lane at Donald Thurmond Parkway. Back
in April as part of the construction of the
Cleveland Bypass interchange the center turning lane
was removed and traffic shifted to the west to allow
for new traffic lanes to be constructed on the east
side of Highway 129.
Georgia Department of Transportation Spokeswoman
Teri Pope said Wednesday, that work has been
completed and crews made a traffic shift late
Tuesday. All traffic has been shifted over to the
east side now and closing the far right southbound
lane. Pope said they will be installing a more
secure concrete barrier of the west side of the
road so crews can now begin work raising the grade
of the road to match the bypass.
Pope indicated this part of the construction will
last 3 to 4 months. Even though the left
Walmart turning lane has been put back in place
motorist are urged to pay close attention to the
shift in traffic lanes as you travel in that area.
More Details About Tuesday Drug Trafficking Arrests
(Cleveland)- A few more details have been released
on the almost twelve hour operation Tuesday in
White County that was targeted at shutting down a
complex drug trafficking network in the county and
across north Georgia.
White County Sheriff Neal Walden said this Wednesday
morning that they have 47 suspects in custody with 8
warrants still to be served. Walden said in
addition to the suspects they seized about 10 lbs of
Marijuana, four to five thousand dollars in cash
and three stolen weapons were found with the arrest
made in East Point.
It was a massive operation performed by some 100
officers, from various law enforcement departments.
Now the task is to get the other suspects in custody
and build the case against the illegal drug
operation allegedly led by Cleveland resident
Demetrick Deon, aka D.D. Tate.
Drug Roundup Nets At Least 50 People Most In White County
(CLEVELAND) – An army of well over 100 law
enforcement agents have spent the day Tuesday
executing search warrants and making arrest in a big
illegal drug operation that was centered in
Cleveland. White County Sheriff Neal Walden said
this is an operation that has been underway for
almost a year. Walden said it’s not just a local
operation “ The tentacles on it just go everywhere,
we really got into a drug operation. This man we
were looking at, its just unreal how this thing is
un folding and all of the arrests we have made as a
result of it.” Walden said, “over the past 10
month they have spent countless hours on this
investigation.” “ The Appalachian Drug Task Force ,
with the cooperation of the White County Sheriff’s
Office and the District Attorney’s office, used all
available investigative techniques at its disposal
to bring down a complex drug trafficking network. “
Law Enforcement Officers fanned out all over the
county and other parts of Northeast Georgia serving
50 arrest warrants for members, suppliers and
customers of Demetrick Deon Tate’s drug
Demetrick Deon (D.D. Tate)
Sheriff Walden said, “ Multiple criminal charges
will be brought against these persons under the
Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organization (RICO)
statute. Tate and his organization have been
active in White County and surrounding communities
for many years. “ Walden said Tate was one of
the first they targeted in making these arrest, he
was one of the first of the group to see the inside
of White County Detention Center.
Posey, Commander of the Appalachian Drug Task Force,
headed up the days operation he told us about the
raid on D.D. Tate’s home, “We did
simultaneous search warrants on his house,
Clarence's ’s house, and his mother Susan Andrews’
house. So all of those people were arrested during
the execution of the warrants.”
agents seized at least 10 lbs of Marijuana with a
street value of $10,000. Posey said Tate has a
host of people who worked in his organization, "Well
there were a lot of people helping him run his
organization and there wasn’t always necessarily
specific people. Some times he would pick and
choose, but I don’t know how he would do that.
Commander Posey said, “ they were a
criminal organization “, and citizens of White
County see the benefits of this operation in White
Law enforcement raid residence on
Campbell Street- Agents plan
their next arrest operation
Agencies involved included the Appalachian Drug
Task Force (ADTF), White County Sheriff’s Office,
Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) and the
Georgia State Patrol with assistance from the Enotah
Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office, Lumpkin
County Sheriff’s Office, Towns County Sheriff’s
Office, Union County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia
Department of Corrections, Probation Division and
the City of Cleveland Police Department. Sheriff
walden said, “ The hard work of these Law
Enforcement Officers and Prosecutors has dismantled
this destructive organization.”
No Serious Injuries In Afternoon Accident (
(Cleveland)- A female driver suffered only minor
injuries in a two vehicle accident in the city of
Cleveland Monday afternoon. The passenger car
operated by the female slammed into the rear of a
Cleveland Fire Department Chief Ricky Pruitt said,
the accident around noontime occurred at the
intersection of East Kytle and Cemetery Streets.
Pruitt said she declined treatment and transport by
White County Emergency Services.
Cleveland Fire Department Responded and checked out
the scene for hazards and assisted Cleveland Police
Checks Net Drug And DUI Violators
(Cleveland)- A couple of weekend road checks by
White County Sheriff’s Deputies has resulted in some
drug and DUI arrest. Sheriff’s Department Spokesman
Tim Chapman said, the checks conducted early
Saturday and Sunday morning resulted in four people
being arrested on drug charges and one Driving
Under the Influence.
Chapman said in addition to the road checks officers
on patrol made four additional DUI arrests.
Warrior Broadcast Team Receives Top Award ( 6/8/13)
(Atlanta)- The WRWH Warrior Broadcast Team has been honored by the Georgia
Association of Broadcasters (GAB) with “ The Gabby “ for the Best Sports Play by
Play, for Class A radio stations in the state. The Gabby is a prestigious
award presented annually by GAB, to radio and television stations, for
excellence in broadcasting.
The Warrior Broadcast team, Drew Harris, Shane
Welborn and Brent Maddox provide live play by play
of all White County High School Football and
selected Basketball games on News-Talk 1350 WRWH.
The award was made Friday night in Atlanta at the
Georgia Public Broadcasting Studios.
Shane Welborn, Drew Harris Brent
WRWH’s broadcast engineer Dan Davis was one of
four people awarded the first Angelo R. Ditty, Jr.
Broadcast Engineer Award. This award was established
in honor of Ditty, a long time Engineer in Charge
at the Atlanta office of the Federal Communication
Commission. Ditty passed away December 2nd,
Commissioners Tackle New Budget (6/7/13)
(Cleveland)- The White County Board of Commissioners
got their first hard look Thursday at the proposed
county "General Fund" budget for next year.
County Manager Mike Melton presented an overview
of the budget at a budget hearing at the courthouse
in Cleveland. When presented the budget calls for a
little over $16-million dollars in expenditures.
During the meeting the commissioners examined each
line items and were able to trimmed around
Commission Chairman Travis Turner said at first look
the bottom line figures it’s up quite a bit from
last couple of year, but Turner said they have
moved some special funds around, “we have taken
these special funds setting out there and
incorporated them into individual line items within
the general fund.”
The new budget does include the re-instatement of
retirement funding for county employees.
Chairman Turner said, they are still committed to no
tax millage increase for county residents, he said “
we have been able to cut expenses the last few years
to an acceptable manor that is allowing us, so far,
looks like we are going to be able to do this 2014
budget with no millage rate increase, not even a
If the commissioners are successful in not having
to increase the millage rate it will be the fifth
straight year that there has been no millage rate
increase for property owners.
Truck Crashes Into North Lawn Of Historic Courthouse
(Cleveland)- No one was injured in an accident
Tuesday afternoon on the square in Cleveland,
when a tractor trailer driver ran up onto the
north lawn of the old historic courthouse.
According to the accident report from the Cleveland
Police Department, the accident occurred at 2:30 PM
and involved one vehicle, a tractor trailer. The
accident report states the driver, identified as
Richard Carette of Braselton, was heading south. He
stated that a black truck pulled out in front of
him and he hit the gas pedal instead
of the brake. The truck ran through a concrete
curb, then across another roadway over another curb
ending at a rest after striking the courthouse wall.
White County Historical Society spokeswoman
(Picture by Mike Melton)
Judy Lovell said, the truck crashed through the 150
-year - old water pump, some shrubbery, a park
bench, and into the rock wall.
The accident reports witnesses stated that they did
not see a black truck pull out in front of the
driver of the tractor trailer. The driver, was
issued two citations “too fast for conditions” and
“failure to maintain lane” according the report.
Adult Literacy Volunteers Recognized (
(Clarkesville )- Nine White County residents were
among several Adult Literacy volunteers that were
recently honored at North Georgia Technical College.
Throughout Northeast Georgia, North Georgia
Technical College’s learning centers offer free
classes to those who wish to attain their GED or
prepare for college entrance tests. The level of
service and individual help given to those students
would not be possible without the help of a large
number of volunteers.
White County volunteers honored at the luncheon
included Corey Hyde, Gene Anderson, Olav Buchel,
June Lawhorne, Sharon Rummage, Michelle Black, Cindy
King, Pam Perlick, and Neal Walden.
NGTC President Dr. Gail Thaxton said in honoring the
volunteers, “I’ve seen you in action, working the
whiteboard with algebraic equations, reading with
enthusiasm and patience as you support, listen,
coach, mentor, model, and explain,” She further
state, “ You are a champion to every student you
meet. The students tell me they would not make it
through without you. We appreciate all that you do
for the students, the Adult Ed program and NGTC.”
This event was sponsored by the Stephens Education
Literacy Foundation Volunteers for Literacy (VFL),
and North Georgia Technical College. Flowers were
donated by Cornelia Florist. This luncheon honored
Friends of Adult Education in Franklin, Habersham,
Rabun, Stephens, and White Counties.
Amateur Radio Club Makes Donations To W.C. Library
(Cleveland)- The Gateway Amateur Radio Club has donated nine new amateur radio
books to the White County Public Library. The books include licensing manuals,
works on radio and electronic principles, and practical guides for building and
operating radio equipment.
Tom Knecht, W4TWK, President of the GARC Club said, " There has been increased
interest in the local area about amateur radio, and the club felt this would be
a good way to help those who want to learn more about the hobby." The
books were presented to Michael Humphries, White County Public Libraries Program
The new resource material will be available for library patrons to check out at
the Cleveland Library only.
The Gateway Amateur Radio Club meets at 7:00 pm on the second Tuesday of each
month at the White County Emergency Operations Center in the lower level of the
Mauney Building on Helen Highway. Visitors are welcome.
Youth Escapes Near Drowning ( 6/3/13)
(Cleveland)-A 4 year old White County youth was
transported to the hospital Sunday night following a
near drowning incident on Asbestos Road north of
Cleveland. Captain Tim Chapman, with the White
County Sheriff’s Office said, “ the juvenile had
gotten outside the house, which had alarms on the
doors and he was found in the pool.”
Chapman said, the incident report advised that the
child was crying loudly in the ambulance while
being transported to Northeast Ga. Medical Center,
which he indicated was a good sign.
Officials first wanted to transport the child to
Children’s Healthcare in Atlanta, but were unable to
do so because of weather conditions. There was no
update on the child’s condition today.
Motorcyclist Injured In Accident Saturday ( 6/3/13)
(Cleveland)- The operator of a motorcycle suffered
injuries Saturday in a two vehicle accident on the
Helen Highway at Smokerise Drive. White County
Sheriff’s Department spokesman Captain Tim Chapman
said, the accident involved a motorcycle and a
According to Chapman, the car was stopped to make a
turn onto Joe Black Road, the motorcycle was not
able to stop and he tried to go around the car and
side swiped the car.
Chapman said, the driver of the motorcycle had
visible injuries to his face and shoulder. He was
transported to Northeast Ga. Medical Center by White
County Emergency Medical Service ambulance.
No Injuries In Cleveland Accident ( 5/31/13)
(Cleveland)- No Injuries were reported in a single
vehicle accident Thursday evening on Campbell Street
in Cleveland. Cleveland Fire Chief Ricky Pruitt
said, the call was received at 6:15 PM and when they
arrived the found a vehicle down an embankment.
According to Pruitt the driver of the vehicle lost
control and ran off the roadway and struck a tree.
All occupants were out of the vehicle when
emergency units arrived and each declined evaluation
by White County Emergency Medical Service personnel.
The accident could have been worse, according to
Pruitt if the vehicle had not come to rest against
the tree it would have traveled about 50 ft. down
the embankment into a Creek.
Mt. Yonah Elementary Awarded State
Grant ( 5/31/13)
– A White County School chosen to receive a get a
SHAPE grant. The Georgia Department of Public
Health and the Governor’s SHAPE Initiative have
announced that 20 schools have received a total of
$88,000 in Georgia SHAPE school grants.
The schools include elementary, middle and high
schools throughout the state. Fourteen schools
received up to $5,000 each to implement or improve
physical activity and nutrition plans. Those plans
are determined by health-related school assessments
that prioritize the schools’ needs. The money will
also be used for training and technical assistance.
Six schools received up to $3, 000 each to develop
physical activity and nutrition plans. Research has
shown that children are much more physically active
if they attend schools that schedule, promote and
supervise opportunities such as structured recess,
short classroom-based activity breaks and before and
Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, commissioner, Georgia
Department of Public Health. “We must teach our
children the importance of physical activity and the
lifelong benefits of healthy eating, lessons they
hopefully will carry with them throughout their
Two north Georgia schools received grant funds; Mt.
Yonah Elementary School in White County received a
Planning grant and McEver Arts Academy in
Gainesville was awarded an implementation grant.
Morris Completes Basic Training ( 5/30/13)
(Undated)- Army Pfc. Brandon T. Morris has
graduated from basic combat training at Fort
Jackson, Columbia, S.C. During the nine weeks of
training, the soldier studied the Army mission,
history, tradition, military courtesy, military
justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and
field training exercises.
Morris is the son of Mariah Martin and grandson of
Paul Morris, both of Cleveland.
He is a 2012 graduate of White County High School,
Rep. Rogers Gets Chamber A+ Rating ( 5/30/13)
(ATLANTA) – State Representative Terry Rogers of
Clarkesville has received an ‘A+" rating
from the Georgia Chamber of Commerce for his support
of pro-business measures during this year’s
Rep. Rogers said, “I am honored to receive this
recognition from the Georgia Chamber for my voting
record, but the credit truly goes to the citizens of
the 10th House District” “The citizens of the 10th
District sent me to Atlanta to support pro-growth
policies that will grow jobs, lower the unemployment
rate and help reinvigorate our economy.”
Nearly every lawmaker in both the Georgia House and
Senate earned a passing grade, with an 18-percent
increase in passing scores as compared to the
Chamber’s 2012 report. Last week, the Chamber
released its 2013 Legislative Scorecard, grading
state lawmakers on key business votes during the
2012-2013 General Assembly.
Georgia Chamber President and CEO Chris Clark said,
“What is clear from this year’s scorecard is that
lawmakers – both Democrat and Republican – are
taking private-sector growth seriously. They realize
how important these issues are to the state and to
their constituents and that we must take action to
encourage investment and job creation.”
Minor Injuries In Tuesday Accident ( 5/29/13)
(Cleveland)- Only minor injuries were reported as a
result of an accident in Cleveland Tuesday
afternoon. The accident was in front of Dollar
General Store on Highway 129 south.
Cleveland Fire Chief Ricky Pruitt said, “an Aarons
Rental Truck was stopped in traffic and a pickup
truck pulling a trailer with another pickup on the
Trailer was unable to stop and hit the rental truck
in the rear. According to Pruitt the pickup
pulling the trailer sustained heavy front end
Pruitt urges all motorist to use extreme caution in
the area of highway 129 south due to the bypass
construction and traffic backing up.
Sheriff's Office Holds Weekend Road Checks (
(Cleveland)- A couple of weekend road checks by
White County Sheriff’s office resulted in several
arrest and citations being issued. The road checks
were conducted Friday night and early Sunday
Captain Tim Chapman with the White County Sheriff’s
office advised officers made 4 DUI arrest, 5
people were cited for suspended license, 2 for
seatbelt violations and 6 other various citations
The Sheriff’s Department had no major accidents
during the Memorial Day holiday weekend.
Congressman Doug Collins Mobile Office Hours Wednesday
(Cleveland)- U.S. Congressman Doug Collins announces
that his staff will be available this Wednesday at
the Mauney Building north of Cleveland. This is
part of his “ Mobile office hours” series
conducted across the ninth district.
Collins office staff will meet with constituents
from 9:00 AM until 11:00 AM in the down stairs
conference room of the Mauney building. Staff
members will be available to discuss specific
casework issues and listen to citizens concerns
about pending legislation.
Wilco/Orbit Employees Reunion Planned (
(Cleveland )- The White County Historical Society
has planned a reunion for employees of a
couple of pioneering manufacturing operations in the
county. Both businesses are no longer in operation,
but historical society officials are asking all
former employees of Wilco Hosiery Mill and Orbit
Manufacturing Company of Helen to gather for a time
Janet Cox, historical society member and event
coordinator said, the event will be held Saturday
June 8th from 2- 4 PM at the historic
courthouse on the square.
The Helen Hosiery Mill began production of wool
and cashmere argyle socks in 1946. it later became
Wilco Hosiery and operated for 12 years by owner
Jimmy Wilkins. In 1962, Wilkins started Orbit
manufacturing which produced ladies apparel. At
it’s peak Orbit operated 10 sewing plants in the
Northeast Georgia area. That operation closes in
Cox says, “ all employees are urged to attend and
enjoy the fellowship.”
March Against Monsanto Draws Attention Against Chemical Giant
(Cleveland)- White County’s link to a worldwide
environmental protest attracted some 80 plus
participants Saturday. The event was the “ March
Against Monsanto” and protesters voiced their
opposition to among other things Genetically
Modified plants and food products.
Co-organizer for the event in Cleveland Carol
McLemore said, this event was being held
simultaneously in 55 countries around the word.
Cleveland was one of five cities in Georgia
The protesters not only were voicing their
opposition and educating the public about the
dangers on the ground but participant Chris Elliott
told the gathering prior the their march through
downtown Cleveland, that there dangers way up in the
air, as he pointed to jet vapor trails. He said,
“now they are finding out that there is aluminum,
barium and other chemicals in that vapor trail up
there, which is affecting our health.” Elliott
pointed to chemical giant Monsanto is tied to these
Following a short rally the marchers shared their
message to motorist traveling around the square in
downtown Cleveland and then marched the sidewalks
spreading the word.
WCHS Holds 100th Graduation Ceremony (5/25/13)
(Cleveland)- With a cool breeze punctuating the
evening White County High School Class of 2013
walked proudly across the platform on the football
field to receive their diplomas Friday night. It
was the 100th graduating class for the
school and 264 student received their diplomas,
including one student who was thousands of miles
away. Senior Calab Anderson spent his senior year
studying in Germany, he participated in the ceremony
with the technology of Facetime.
Class Salutatorian Cassie Carter talked about the
past four years, she said, “the past four years have
been filled with major triumphs such as the girls
softball team winning state, the marching band
finally getting superior rating at festival and the
basketball team and the basketball girls team making
Patrick Morgan, class Valedictorian in has address
talked about the classes determination, Morgan said,
“ over the past few years I have had the distinct
honor of be a part of a class that has learned to
overcome every obstacle that came our way, from
getting lost in the woods when Mr. Dalton gave us
the wrong GPS coordinates, to all trying to get to
school on time when all the roads in White County
were frozen over, our class has proven our class has
proven we have the determination to overcome
everything life throws at us.”
The seniors were presented their diplomas by
Principal John Osborne and congratulated by
Superintendent Dr. Jeff Wilson. The ceremony was
capped with a spraying of confetti over the
graduates, as they tossed their caps in the
Protest March Saturday In Cleveland ( 5/24/13)
( Cleveland)- Northeast Georgia residents are
scheduled to join a worldwide protest march this
Saturday in Cleveland. Carol McLemore one of the
organizers for the event said, “ The “March
Against Monsanto”, a multinational agricultural
biotechnology corporation, is being held to educate
the public and help spread awareness about the
harmful effects of genetically modified foods and
protect our food supply” and their connection with
the chemical giant.
McLemore stressed this is a non-violent family
protest. The group received a permit this week from
the City of Cleveland to hold their rally and march
in the downtown area. Participants will be
gathering in the parking lot behind the White County
Courthouse on East Kyle Street.
According to McLemore at 11:00 AM they will have
short program with speakers and then the actual
march will get underway at 11:20 AM. The marchers
will remain on the sidewalk during the protest.
Unemployment Rate Down In April
(Atlanta)- White County’s preliminary unemployment
rate for April declined to 7-point 8 percent. That
rate is down from the 8-point 3 percent revised
data released Thursday by the labor department
White County’s labor force in April was 12,771 of
those 11,778 had jobs and 993 were unemployed.
The unemployment rate in the Northeast Georgia
region declined to 7.0 percent in April, down
four-tenths of a percentage point from 7.4 percent
in March. The rate was 8.0 percent in April a year
County Delays Pool Renovation and
Repair Work (5/23/13)
(Cleveland)- The community outdoor swimming pool at
the White County Parks YMCA will be used another
season before major repairs and upgrades are made.
White County Manager Mike Melton told the County
Commissioners at Monday’s work session/meeting that
they received two bids recently for the refurbish
work, but he said the job will require the pool to
be down about half of the season.
Melton suggested the commissioners wait until the
fall to rebid the work and do what needs to be done
now to get it open.
Parks Director Lynn Adams said the biggest thing
that needs to be done is replace two pump motors.
The commissioners decided to wait until October to
rebid the project and instructed Melton and Adams to
do what needs to be done to get it open for this
season as soon as possible.
W.C. Graduation Rate Among The
(Cleveland)- Graduation for White County Seniors
will be held Friday at the High School Stadium and
the White County School System learned this
week the county has place high in the just released
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jeff Wilson says the
county system is listed third in the state in new
cohort graduation rate for county systems, that’s 3rd
out of 152 systems and seventh in the overall state
cohort graduation rate that’s 7th out of
182 systems. The latest figures places White
County’s graduation rate at 90.11 percent and Dr.
Wilson said that’s something we all should be proud
According to Wilson there is some students who will
never make the grade, but there is 2- 3 percent of
the students they want to work with and get the rate
even higher. He said, “ I hope we can continue to
get better by concentrating on the college and
career readiness.” He said, the extras, like
sports, ROTC, music, Warrior TV and FFA help to
keep the students interested in staying in school.
Dr. Wilson said they have had some inquires from
students in surrounding counting interesting in
attending schools here, because of the great rate.
He said,” I’m not looking at putting an extra burden
on the taxpayers, but if they are will to make up
the difference in a tuition fee and we have room,
it’s something the board might look at.”
Cannon Named Tax
Commissioner Of The Year (5/22/13)
(Cleveland)- White County Tax Commissioner Cindy
Cannon has been named the 2013 Tax Commissioner of
the Year for the state of Georgia. Cannon received
the award last week in Athens, during the annual
meeting of Tax Commissioners around the state.
When contacted this week Cannon said she was not
expecting it, “ it was a true surprise, and a great
honor to be recognized and honored by my peers is
a tremendous blessing. I try to help the citizens
of our county and I try to help our organization to
become better across the state and to be given this
honor is a true blessing.”
The state is divided into tax districts and
commissioners in each district nominates a person
for the award, who has gone above and beyond the job
to serve and benefit the organization as tax
commissioner. Cannon said what makes this so
special is comes from my peers.
Future Site Committee Named For
OTP Site ( 5/22/13)
(Cleveland)- The White County Board of
Commissioners have named a Future Site Committee for
the former Outdoor Therapeutic Program property
north of Cleveland. The county finalized, earlier
this year, a lease agreement with the Georgia
Department of Natural Resources that allows the
county to take advantage of the property owned by
the state and use it for a variety of programs.
This new committee will be charged with developing a
plan for the highest and best use of the property.
Commission Chairman Travis Turner said they wanted
all aspects of the county represented he said, “
the board is comprised of variety of folks in our
community, everyone from educators to historians, to
avid outdoors people, people who have a vested
interest in our community and really want to see us
do this right.”
The 11 member committee will be chaired by Dr.
John Crumpton of Cleveland and will be reporting
back to the commissioners every 90 days and will be
asked to have a final report ready by next July.
Turner said the 1,000 acre site is about 1/3
buildable, with the other areas to be use for
jogging/ hiking trails and other activities.
Opened For Major Sewer Project In Cleveland
(Cleveland)- The City of Cleveland opened bids
Monday for a major sewer improvement project for the
south side of the city that is expected to have a
major impact on the commercial development in that
area. The Truelove Road Sewer project was split
into four different division with bids received in
Cleveland City Engineer Brian Rindt said the
commercial sewer system on highway 129 south
reached it’s capacity several years ago. He
said," the city had to turn down potential
development of people who what to come in and build
restaurants and things like that in that
corridor, this project totally opens up that
corridor for development, commercial development."
City Engineer Brian
Rindt Inspects Bids
A total of nine contracting firms placed bids on the
different phases of the project. Rindt, opened the
bids and announced the apparent low bidders for each
division. He said they will review the bids, to
make sure everything is proper, and they will submit
a formal proposal to the city council for their
approval. Rindt said they hope to get started on
the much anticipated projects within 30 days.
According to Rindt, four different funding agencies
are involved in the this expansion project.
Carrier Injured When Vehicle Overturns (
(Cleveland)- A rural mail carrier was injured Monday
when the delivery vehicle he was using overturned in
White County. The accident occurred just before
12-noon in the Jenny’s Cove area at the
intersections of Randy Road and Martin Drive.
Captain Tim Chapman with the White County Sheriff’s
Office said, the carrier Samuel Sparks , was
delivering mail, while looking at the mail he ran
off the road, over corrected causing the 1969 Jeep
vehicle to overturn.
Sparks was transported to the Northeast Georgia
Medical Center for Treatment of his injuries, which
were not serious.
Ray And Odessa Davis
(Cleveland)- A White County couple was recognized
for their dedication and community service. During
Monday nights regular monthly meeting of the White
County Republican Party Ray and Odessa Davis were
honored for their leadership in raising funds for
the expansion of the White County Senior Center and
their service to the Republican Party.
During the meeting White County Commission Chairman
Travis Turner presented a proclamation designating
the day as “ Ray and Odessa Davis Day in White
The couple was also recognized for their service by
the White County Republican Party, Congressman Tom
Graves and State Representative Terry Rogers, who
was the featured speaker for the evening.
Odessa & Ray Davis (L) w/ Jeff
Hunt W.C. Republican Vice-Chair
Commissioners Travis Turner &
Ray Davis was brought to tears by the recognition,
Mrs. Davis said they had no idea, “ It was
defiantly a surprise, a big one! I appreciate it, I
really do. We wanted so much to enlarge the center
and have a place for everyone to enjoy”.
The couple was the
driving force for the community and county
commissioners in getting funds for the recently
completed White County Senior Center.
FAA To Investigate Small Plane Crash
Few details are available about the crash of a
small aircraft at the White County Airport south of
Cleveland. The accident occurred Saturday night
around 8 PM at the private grass landing
White County Sheriff’s office spokesman, Captain Tim
Chapman said, the plane went off the runway into a
pond and struck a small boat. According to Chapman,
no one was injured.
Chapman said he didn’t know the type of aircraft it
was, but the pilot had flown the aircraft in from
The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to
conduct an investigation.
Photo by Rob
Local Minister Joins Bible Battle
(ATLANTA) – A White
County minister was one of many in Georgia who stood
up and took a stand against a directive by the
Georgia Department of Natural Resources to remove
Bibles from rooms at state facilities. Rev. John
Yarbrough current pastor at Mt. Yonah Baptist Church
said he received notice of the action early
Wednesday morning. Yarbrough said he felt it was
time for he and others to speak up.
He said, “ with all
that is going on with our culture it seems
Christians have been pushed out more and more out
of the main stream culture and it’s time for us to
just say, enough is enough and to say we’re going
to stand and when we’re pushed we’re going to stand
up and say wait a minute.”
In a short time
Governor Nathan Deal announced that the Bibles will
be returned to rooms, “rather quickly”. The Gideons
traditionally place Bibles in guest rooms at no cost
to the state. Yarbrough said he was not seeking
special treatment. “ I have no problem with other
groups if they want to fund the placement of their
books in hotel rooms or lodges or prisons as the
Gideon’s do for the bible, then so be it, I’m not
afraid for our God to participate and compete in an
open market. But to automatically say pull those
Bibles out because of one protest or threat of
governor said he and Georgia Attorney General Sam
Olens believe the state is on firm legal ground to
return the Bibles to rooms.
Charles Barrett A Finalist For
Georgia Racing Hall Of Fame (5/16/13)
(DAWSONVILLE) - The announcement of the newest
inductees into the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame in
Dawsonville moved one step closer this week, as the
Hall of Fame announced the “Fast 15” semi-finalists
for the class of 2013. The list includes White
County’s Charles Barrett.
Barrett – Winner of approximately 250 feature events
– Won 27 Late Model sportsman features in 1972 – Won
the 10th anniversary 150 lap Sportsman championship
race at Anderson in 1972 – 1968, 69, 70 Anderson
track champion- Won several championship events at
Anderson between 1967-1972 - Competed in several
NASCAR Sprint Cup events for car owner George
Elliott, including a 10th at Talladega in 1973, 18th
at Atlanta in 1973.
Others on the list include Dick Anderson of
Chamblee, Hank Blalock of Decatur, Dick Brannan of
Dawsonville, Charlie Burkhalter of Athens, Frank
Christian of Dahlonega, Tommie Clinard of Macon,
Freddy Fryar of Chattanooga, Tenn., Bobby Johns of
Miami, Fla., Jabez Jones of Toccoa, Huston Platt of
Buford, Sam Sommers of Sylvania, Jimmy Thomas of
Columbus, Charles Tidwell of Macon, and Frank Warren
The five new GRHOF inductees will be chosen by an
18-member panel of voters. The announcement of the
2013 Georgia Racing Hall of Fame inductees will be
made during the Hall of Fame’s fourth annual
Memorial Day Weekend event, scheduled for Saturday,
WCHS Yearbook Staff Recognized
(Cleveland) The White
County High School yearbook program has been
recognized as a 2013 National Year book Program of
excellence. The award announced by Jostens, the
leading producer of yearbooks and student-created
content. The Program of Excellence designation
recognizes dynamic school yearbook programs along
with yearbook staffs and advisers who create
engaging yearbooks for their school communities.
White County High School Yearbook Staff was one of
only 15 schools in Georgia to receive this award.
The White County High
School award winning yearbook program is led by
editor, Sydney Chacon under the direction of Mrs.
Kathy London, WCHS yearbook adviser. London
yearbook staff is comprised of the most creative and
intrinsically-driven students in the school. I’m
thrilled that their hard work has been recognized on
a national level.”
The Award recognized
three areas that the School yearbook program
achieved: creating an inclusive yearbook,
generating school engagement, and successfully
managing the yearbook creation process. The White
County High School yearbook program received a
plaque to display in the yearbook area and a banner
to display in school, so the entire school community
will be aware of this outstanding achievement.
Nix District Two ACCG
(Atlanta)- White County Commissioner Edwin Nix was
recently sworn in as Association of County
Commissioners of Georgia 2nd District
Representative during a special installation
ceremony conducted by Georgia Speaker of the House
David Ralston. The installation was held at the
Savannah Civic Center as part of the 2013 ACCG
ACCG is Georgia’s county association and works on
behalf of county officials and their communities by
providing public policy and legislative advocacy,
leadership development, civic and community
engagement initiatives, insurance and retirement
programs that specialize in local government needs
and other cost-saving programs.
Nix said, “I am very humbled by the confidence that
the leadership of ACCG has shown in me.”
“Representing the 13 counties in Northeast Georgia
that make up District 2 will certainly be a
challenge; however the love I have for this area and
the respect that I have for the citizens and elected
officials in the District will make me work hard to
ensure that the programs, public policies, and
initiatives that ACCG provides to the counties can
save taxpayer dollars, provide better services, and
can be used to maintain the quality of life the
citizens of North Georgia have become accustomed to
and expect.” He was re-elected in 2010 to serve as
White County’s District 3 commissioner.
Nix is chairman of the White County Water and Sewage
Authority and has also served as 2nd vice
chair of the Statewide Natural Resources &
Environmental Policy Board for ACCG. He is a member
of the Upper Chattahoochee Soil & Water Conservation
District and a member of the RC&D Council where he
serves as vice president of the executive board.
This year’s ACCG officers include: President and
Dawson County Chairman Mike Berg; First Vice
President and Walton County Chairman Kevin Little;
Second Vice President and Bibb County Chairman Sam
Hart, Third Vice President and Gwinnett County
Chairman Charlotte Nash; Immediate Past President
and Taylor County Vice Chairman Clinton Perry.
Home Destroyed By Fire South Of
(Cleveland) White County Fire fighters responded
to a residential fire Friday morning south of
Cleveland on Westmoreland Meadows Drive. White
County Public Safety Director David Murphy said, “
the call came in to 9-1-1 dispatch around 8:30AM,
stations 4 and 5 were dispatched with mutual aid
from Cleveland Fire Department as well as the Lee
Arrendale Fire Brigade.”
According to Murphy the home was a total loss and
appears to have started in or around the front porch
area. Murphy said, ”The occupant were at home at
the time of the incident, and escaped without
The American Red Cross was called to assist the
family immediate needs. Murphy said, the State Fire
Marshall was called and is investigating to
determine the exact cause.
New Principal At W.C
(Cleveland)- A new principal for White County
Middle School was announced Thursday night.
Following the recommendations by Superintendent Dr.
Jeff Wilson, the board of education approved hiring
Kristi Gerrells for the position. She replaces
Stephen Gill, who is leaving to take an active
leadership position at his church.
Gerrells is currently Assistant Principal at
Riverview Middle School in Dawson County.
Dr. Wilson said she come highly recommended.
Gerrells, who lives in Lumpkin County said this
school is just 12 minutes from her home and she
looks forward to the position.
School System Finds Funds To Trim
Teacher Furlough Days ( 5/10/13)
(Cleveland)- It was a night of good news for White
County Schools Thursday night. Superintendent Dr.
Jeff Wilson, during a called Board of Education
meeting reported that the newly released county tax
digest was better than they expected and that means
they will be able to better meet the budget and ease
back on the number of furlough days for teachers.
Wilson said, when it’s all said and done they will
have to used some fund balance money to make up for
a $300,000 deficit, but he said they will be able
to reduce down to four the number of furlough days
for county teachers. Wilson said he and the board
are committed to erasing all those days.
With the elimination of those furlough days that
means that some changes had to be made in next years
school calendar, which will get the schools closer
to the 180 days required attendance.
Wilson also shared the news that White County
Schools were in the top ten category in the new
College and Career Ready Performance Index scores
released by the state this week.
White County In the Top Ten
Percent In New Test Scores (5/8/13)
(ATLANTA) - The Georgia Department of Education on
Tuesday launched its new report card for the state's
public schools, with an online tool that allows
parents to look up school and district scores across
the state. The College and Career Ready Performance
Index is designed to create a more comprehensive
look at how schools are doing and replaces the old
``adequate yearly progress'' system implemented
under the federal No Child Left Behind law.
White County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jeff
Wilson said, he is pleased with White County scores,
“ we were in the top 10 percent across the board and
we’re real proud of that, a lot of hard work for
students and teachers. We’re not where we need to be
if you look at individual schools there were some
systems that had schools higher than we were. In
RESA we were 1,2 or three in every category.”
Wilson said they are making progress and will
continue to work to improve on the current scores.
Every school, district and the state as a whole is
assigned a numerical score out of 100 points
possible. The scores are based on a mix of student
achievement, student progress and success in closing
achievement gaps on state tests.
Senior Honors Night Held
(Cleveland)- White County High School held senior
recognition Tuesday night at the high school
cafeteria. Along with the senior academic honors
academic and athletic scholarship awards from
community groups, businesses and college were
Senior Patrick Morgan was recognized for being
selected as class Valedictorian and STAR student.
Patrick and teacher Dustin Keener were presented
with a special Georgia Senate resolution by State
Senator Steve Gooch.
The scholarships that were awarded ranged from
individual $500 awards to nine academic and athletic
scholarships presented by Young Harris College that
will totaled over half a million dollars for four
Dustin Keener (L) Patrick
Morgan (R) w/ Sen. Gooch
Commissioners Approve One Software
Update Puts Another on Hold (5/7/13)
(Cleveland)- The White County Board of Commissioners
Monday night approved the purchase of one set of
updated computer software and put another on hold.
The board said yes to new software for the White
County Sheriff’s office, because Sheriff Neal Walden
said his department’s budget has the funds to allow
the purchase. Cost of the new software is $112-
said, “ It will be an asset not only to my
department but the citizens of the county, I will be
able to more efficiently do the booking procedures,
the reports they need. So it will be great for the
whole operation and benefit the county.” The
sheriff said their current computer system is
operating with 17 year old software, this update
will make things more efficient, “ this will really
update us up there and get us where we can keep up
with the times. It integrates 9-1-1 with our
operations, this will tie everything together it
will make everybody’ s job in the law enforcement,
the public safety side more efficient.”
According to Walden they will switch to the new
system within the next 3 to 4 months and start with
the jail system and bring the other areas online
The Commissioners said they wanted to wait until
they get a better look at next years budget before
they approve the funds for another software update
for the Financial, Human Resources, Permitting and
Licensing departments. The commissioners agreed it
will make the departments more efficient, but they
want to see what funds are available when they
finish their current budget planning.
Frozen Food Give-Away Wednesday
(Clermont)- Caring Hands Ministries has announced
they will hold a frozen food give away this
Wednesday from 5:30-6:30 pm at their multipurpose
center 6483 Cleveland Hwy Clermont, next door to
Papa's Pizza. The give away is open to anyone in
Northeast Georgia who needs food.
Ann Fleming, Executive Director said, please bring
a grocery bag to hold your food. She said, “
Americans Helping Americans is again blessing people
in this area by sending a shipment of food.
Americans Helping Americans has been a valuable
partner for Caring Hands Ministries, helping to
serve over 2000 people in northeast GA in the past
Fleming advises they will not know until the truck
comes Wednesday afternoon exactly what food will be
included in the shipment.
GDOT Announces White County Road
Projects ( 5/7/13)
(ATLANTA) – Two road resurfacing projects in White
County are among 34 across the state that were
announced Monday by the Georgia Department of
Transportation Board. The work, collectively is
valued at approximately $75 million dollars.
The White County projects include 7.03 miles of
resurfacing of State Route 348, the Richard Russell
Parkway, from State Route 75 Alternate to the Union
County line. The other project is 7-point 38 miles
of resurfacing of State Route 11/129 from the Hall
County Line to Allison Drive/Kennimer Streets
on the north side of Cleveland. Both projects were
awarded to Colditz Trucking . Other area projects
were announced for Franklin and Habersham Counties.
GDOT also announced a contract to upgrade traffic
signals on State Route 15 and on Sate Route 11
Business in Jackson County. These new signals will
be LED and include video detection systems
Commissioners To Consider
Appointments ( 5/6/13)
(Cleveland)- The White County Board of Commissioners
will be meeting today ( Monday) at the White County
Courthouse in Cleveland. This is the monthly
meeting for the commissioners and on the agenda, the
commissioners are expected to consider approval of
the purchase of two patrol vehicles for the White
County Sheriff’s Office and the purchase of a truck
for White County Animal Control.
The commissioners will consider purchasing upgrade
software for the County financial, human resources,
permitting and licensing department as well as the
update software for the Sheriff’s office.
They will also consider making
appointments to several county boards and
Rainfall Surplus 10.5 Inches
(Cleveland)- We all agree it was a wet weekend with
continues showers and windy conditions, but the
total rainfall recorded here was much lower than
other areas of the state. WRWH weather reporter
Bill Kinsland said, as of Monday morning the
county’s average weekend rainfall was 3 ½ inches.
The totals from the three different weather stations
in the county were; 3-point 24 inches in Helen,
3.38 in Cleveland and Bill reported 3.87 inches at
the Sautee weather station.
Kinsland said with the weekend rainfall the county’s
year-to-date rainfall surplus is now at 10 ½ inches,
a sharp contrast from one year ago.
State Patrol Continues To
Investigate Saturday Accident (5/6/13)
Rob Moore contributed to this story
(CLEVELAND) - The Georgia State Patrol say they are
continuing to investigate an early Saturday morning
accident in White County that seriously injured
former White County High football stand out and a
safety at the University of Kentucky.
Sgt. 1st Class Chad Johnson of GSP Post 6 in
Gainesville said, the single-vehicle wreck on Town
Creek Road involved a 2008 Nissan Altima that
traveled off the roadway, overturned several times,
and ejected the driver some 100 feet from where the
vehicle came to rest.
20-year old Ashley J. Lowery, was taken to Northeast
Georgia Medical Center by ambulance after medical
helicopters were unable to fly due to weather.
A published report said Sunday morning that Lowery
was responsive and recognized family members.
Trooper Johnson said, "It's not known yet as to why
he traveled off the roadway." He said, Lowery, was
not wearing a seatbelt.
Arrest Made In Connection With
Helen Death ( 5/4/13)
(Helen)- Officials have made two arrest in
connection with the death of a Helen man Thursday
morning. In a news release Helen Police Chief Jim
Couch said, due to the nature of the call and
circumstances surround the death he requested the
Georgia Bureau of Investigation assist in the
Couch said Friday, after further investigation
arrest warrants were obtained for 21-Year old Jason
William Bowlen of Dallas, Georgia and 52 –year old
James Patrick Thigpen, of Mableton. Couch said both
were arrested and charged with concealment of
person’s death and giving false statements.
According to Couch, the investigation is continuing
while officials await information from the Georgia
Bureau of Investigation state crime laboratory.
Enotah Judicial Circuit Budget
Meeting Held ( 5/3/13)
(Helen)- Enotah Judicial Circuit county officials,
from White, Lumpkin, Towns and Union counties, met
Thursday night to tackle the circuits
budget. At the beginning of the meeting, held at
Unicoi State Park Lodge, county representatives
approved an overdue item, approving this years
budget something that was left unattended when the
group met a year ago in April.
They were then presented with a draft of an updated
intergovernmental agreement between the counties,
which included a establishing a circuit financial
director. They talked about the funding for public
defender, District Attorney and Superior Court
Judges budget funding. In each case they were
informed about an increase a lot dealing with health
care and retirement mandates.
Chief Superior Court Judge Murphy Miller shared
with the county officials new non-funded mandates
coming down from the federal government that will
have a dramatic impact on their budgets in the
After the meeting, Union County sole commissioner
Lamar Parris said they have some great challenges
keeping the circuit budget within limits. He said,
“It is so frustrating and you feel so helpless when
they keep throwing out that a federal judge came up
with this ruling with this guideline and the
legislature come up with guideline and we just
sitting here having to take it. “ Parris said, “
there is no end what’s being dump down on the county
There will be other sub committee meeting in the
next few weeks to fine tune the Intergovernmental
Agreement and check out all the aspects of the
Police Probe Suspicious Death In
By Rob Moore
(HELEN) – The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was
called in Thursday morning to assist Helen
Police Department with its probe of a suspicious
death in the city. Helen Police Chief Jim Couch
said the death occurred at 21 Hollytree Place off
Escowee Drive and was reported after 9:30 a.m.
Couch said, “Officers responded there, they were met
by two individuals that were from Dallas, Ga., who
said that their friend had passed away. They found
their friend – the victim, I guess you could say -
inside the residence.”
Couch and White County Coroner Ricky Barrett decided
that due to a delay in the reporting of the death,
the Georgia Bureau of Investigation should be called
in. Chief Couch said, “We subsequently called the
GBI in to assist with the investigation, just to
make sure that the investigation was done properly
since it was suspicious in nature.”
The Chief identified the victim as
65-year old John Terry Sliger, of that address in
Helen. Questions persist regarding when the other
people at the home knew about Sliger’s death and why
there was a delay in notifying police.
Couch said, “We know that they were aware of the
death earlier at night, we’re trying to make a
determination as to exactly what time the death did
occur. Mr. Sliger did have previous medical
The home is located near the Chattahoochee River not
far from the former Remember When Theater.
National Day Of Prayer Observed
Helen Prayer Group
Cleveland Prayer Group
(White County)- Several residents of White County
didn’t let the threat of inclement weather stop them
from taking a few minutes to observe National
Day of Prayer, Thursday. The White County
Ministerial Alliance conducted two events in the
county, one in downtown Helen and another in front
of the White County Courthouse in Cleveland.
In Helen just prior to a message and prayer time
Helen First Baptist Church Pastor Jim Holmes said
he takes issue with the nations spiritual views
expressed by President Obama, he said “ a few years
ago he said we are no longer a Christian nation and
I beg to disagree with that. We have been formed on
Judeo Christian principals and that has not
Just after noon a large group gathered in front of
the courthouse as seven different people prayed for
different areas such as schools, businesses, farmers
and first responders. Jeff Groves, Executive
Pastor of the Bridge Church in Cleveland and
President of the White County Ministerial Alliance
shared with the crowd there the official National
Day of Prayer scripture , “ In his name the nations
will put their hope.”
Child Not Injured When Vehicle
Bumps Into Building ( 5/1/13)
(Cleveland)- A two year old child took
a short ride by himself while in his car seat last
night in Cleveland. Cleveland Fire Chief Rickey
Pruitt said, “ the father had stopped for gasoline
at the Country Cupboard on West Kytle Street, when
he got out he apparently did not put the car into
According to Pruitt the car drove it’s self into
the doors at nearby Cornutt’s Laundry. Chief
Pruitt said, the child was not injured and the was
not damaged, but the vehicle did put a slight dent
in a metal door at the laundry.
The Child who was very playful as White County
Emergency Medical Service personnel checked him
HEMC Releases New Book And CD
(CLARKESVILLE) - Habersham Electric Membership
Corp. has released a new book and CD travel guide
called "Experience Northeast Georgia — John
Kollock’s guide to 75 Special Places." The
well-know artist narrates the guide, which was
produced to commemorate HEMC’s 75th anniversary, the
guide highlights 75 “must see” locations in eight
Northeast Georgia counties.
Todd Pealock HEMC President/CEO said, “We wanted to
do something that would promote this area and give
back to the communities we serve through economic
development at the same time.” “So we asked artist,
John Kollock, and writer, Emory Jones, to team up
and create something memorable. The result exceeded
our wildest expectations. This is not only
entertaining and informative, but it also preserves
an incredible amount of history. In addition, all
HEMC proceeds will be used to support the promotion
of the product for the region and local chambers of
In addition to the book and CD set, HEMC has created
something called The My 75 Club. Susan Baker,
Director of HEMC Marketing and Contact Centre says,
“When you visit any of the 75 locations, or just
listen to them on the CD, you’re automatically a
member.” She said, “There are no dues, fees or
meetings. But there is a website featuring My 75
Club apparel and other items.
There are also Facebook and Twitter accounts for the
Club so members can post their pictures and thoughts
about their visits.
The travel guide is available at HEMC headquarters
in Clarkesville, Yonah Mountain Treasures in
Cleveland, and many other North Georgia locations.
Helen Photos Needed (
(HELEN) - The City of Helen's 100th birthday is set
for August 18th and the Helen Arts &
Heritage Center (HAHC) is asking you to thumb
through picture albums and search the attic for old
photos that go back as far as 1913.
Some will be used in a coffee table picture book the
Helen Arts & Heritage Center is putting together to
celebrate the town's diverse first century. Those
and others may also be used in upcoming displays at
the Center's history room.
Digital copies of pictures can be e-mailed to
[email protected] or prints can be
dropped off to be scanned at the Helen Arts &
Heritage Center at 25 Chattahoochee Strasse. For
more information, call 706-878-3933.
Rainfall Surplus Over Eight Inches
(Cleveland)- The rain over the weekend played havoc
with many outdoor events in the area, but did add to
the rainfall surplus total for White County. WRWH
weather reporter Bill Kinsland advises that since
7:00 AM Friday the three weather stations in the
county reported the following totals: Helen 3-point
94 inches, Cleveland 3-point 97 and Bill recorded
4-point 44 inches at the Sautee weather station.
According to Kinsland the county’s average rainfall
year-to-date surplus from the three station is
8-point 31 inches.
In addition the Chattahoochee River in downtown
Helen crested at 2.44 feet at 6:30 PM Sunday. At
6:00 AM this morning the river was 1-point 93 feet,
that is 1-point 03 feet above normal.
Several Advance To State Track and
Field Finals ( 4/29/13)
w/ help from Brent Maddox
White County High School freshman Jenna Gearing and
sophomore Kristin Mitchell finished first and
second in the girls1600 meter race in Saturdays
Class- AAA highs school track and field sectionals
held at Southeast Bulloch.
Other top finishers,
White County sophomore Austin Thompson was 4th in
the boys 1600 meter race, Kaitlyn Gering finished
second in the 400 meter race . Dalton Whitfield
took top honors in the discus throw and Dylan
Freeman came in 8th. Andrew Manley placed 6th in
pole vault, Kaitlyn Gering was a 4th place finisher
in the high jump, Chloe Maddox place 3rd in pole
vault, Caleb Stephens finished 6th in 400 meter,
Kristin Mitchel and Sinead O’Bryant finished first
and 4th in the 800 meter race. Katie Adams was a 3rd
place finisher in the 300 meter hurdles, Jenna
Gearing took top honors in the 3200 meter race ,
Paige Thomas, Kaitlyn Gearing , Jenna Gearing and
Kristen Mitchell finished first in the 4/400 race.
All will advance to
the state finals that will be held in Albany.
New Website For Enotah Anti-Drug
Coalition ( 4/29/13)
(Cleveland)- The Enotah Anti-Drug Coalition
has launched a website devoted to information on
substance abuse. The website offers an
exciting array of information and services provided
in White County for families looking for solutions.
Vickie Daniel, coalition executive director said, “
It shares information about how you can become
involved in educating about or preventing substance
abuse by joining our new volunteer corps.
Volunteers are an integral part of the work of the
coalition.” She said, We also have other areas
for volunteers to serve such as working events. See
Upcoming Events on the Home Page. The group is
currently developing a Youth Ambassador program that
will be geared specifically to training youth to
make a positive social change by teaching them to
serve in their school, community, nation and the
The new website has a growing resource section.
Daniel said, the website is a great resource for
White County residents. It will continue to grow
and develop. You can access the site at www.enotahanti-drug.org
Parents Ask Board To Review Book
(Cleveland)- The White County Board of Education has
been asked by parents of a 10th
grade student to examine a book that the youth was
assigned to read. Amy and Doug Freeman of
Cleveland appeared before the board Thursday night
with the request.
Amy Freeman said the book, “ The Glass Castle” has
content that students like her son should not be
reading. She said, “ not just the profane
language or one particular thing, its many different
levels, that I just want them to be aware of what
our students are reading” .
Freeman said she and another parent requested that
their children be assigned another book to read and
that request was granted, but she wanted the board
to be aware of it. Superintendent Dr. Jeff Wilson
said they have a review process and will look at the
book to see if the review board feels it is
appropriate for those students.
Juggling Teacher Furlough Day
(Cleveland)- White County teachers heard last month
that next year there could be more furlough days,
Thursday night Superintendent Dr. Jeff Wilson told
the board of education there might be funds to hold
the line on those days.
Wilson said they could use some fund balance money
to make it happen. He said, “ I’m not able to say
right now absolutely 100% but I believe strongly
enough that I wanted to mention it because our
teachers do a fantastic job and we’re paying them
less money every year it seems to do the same job. I
really want to get those furlough days."
Wilson said they’ve had 6 furlough days for awhile,
he proposed earlier to bump that to ten to help
meet the budget. He indicated he would like to see
all furloughs eliminated in the future.
Wilson said they will know a little more at a
special meeting on May 9th and by the
end of May know exactly where they are.
White Earns Top Region Golf Titles (
W/ help from Jeff Hart, accessnorthga.com
(CLEVELAND) –White County High School
golfers pick up individual and school region titles this week. After
going toe-to-toe with North Hall junior Clay Hoffman over the final four
holes of regulation, White County senior Eli Crumley made par on the
first playoff hole to edge Hoffman for the Region 7-AAA individual boys
golf title Wednesday at Mossy Creek Golf Course
Crumley’s 74 helped the Warriors capture the team title with a score of
313, which automatically places them for the state tournament.
Buford finished with a 323 to take second and North Hall fired a 328 for
third and both teams qualified for the Class AAA Sectionals May 6th
at Cateechee Golf Course in Hartwell.
White County senior Eli Crumley
Missing Elderly Woman Located Ok ( 4/25/13)
(Cleveland)- Some tense moments Wednesday night in
White county when officials were alerted that an
elderly female who was reportedly suffered from
dementia was missing. The woman who went missing for
over four hours was identified as Ellen Taylor, age
60, of Cleveland.
A search was conducted in the area of Leatherford
Road. Chief Deputy Bob Ingram of White County
Sheriff’s office said Mrs. Taylor wandered off and
was reported missing around seven pm. There was a
helicopter initially called, but it was cancelled.
Ingram said Taylor was found approximately a mile
from her home next to Leaf Groceries. He advised
that she was unharmed and in good condition.
Vehicle Chase Ends In White County
(CLEVELAND) - A vehicle chase Wednesday afternoon
involving the Georgia State Patrol and several local
jurisdictions in northeast Georgia ended when the
fleeing vehicle turned onto a dead end private
road, in White County, and was surrounded by
Sgt. First Class Chad Johnson with the Georgia State
Patrol said, Dillard PD attempted to initiate a
traffic stop on a red Ford Ranger that had come
across the state line in Rabun County. Johnson
said, “ the subject was on the wrong size of the
road at that time, followed the subject with the
subject still on the other side of the road for a
distance, subject did stop as the officer
approached, then took off again.” The chase perused
through Rabun, Habersham and into White County.
Habersham County Sheriff Joey Terrell said, "Our
units got involved, but he started driving like a
maniac so they backed off and let him go."
At least 13 law enforcement units ended up at the
location where the chase ended on TS Drive off
Westmoreland Road south of Cleveland. Those units
represent Dillard and Baldwin police, Habersham and
White County sheriff's offices, and GSP. A State
Patrol helicopter was close by and flew around the
area for assistance. Two GSP vehicles received
damaged when they attempted a pit maneuver on the
fleeing vehicle. No one was injured.
According to Sgt. Johnson there were four people in
the pickup truck, two male and two female, when the
vehicle came to a stop they fled the scene but were
captured. When asked a reason for them fleeing
Johnson said, Located some contraband in the
vehicle, also believe the driver does not have a
license at this time.” All four subjects, who were
not identified, were arrested and taken to White
Compensation And Benefits
Discussed By Commissioners
(Cleveland)- This weeks discussion about health
insurance for county employees by the White County
Board of Commissioners also led to a discussion
about possibly of reinstating the county’s
participating in a retirement contribution for the
employees plus a question about county employee
During the work session Monday County Clerk/ Human
Resource Director Shanda Murphy told the
commissioners, “ we have excellent benefits, but
more and more we’re competing with counties that
still offer a retirement program, they’ve done away
with furlough days.” She indicated it’s getting
harder to compete with them for quality employees.
White County Sheriff Neal Walden told the
commissioners that right now is employee situation
is stable, but when they interview candidates one of
the first question asked is does the county have a
Further discussion by the commissioners led to the
commissioners asking for a pay study for county
employees. The last time a salary study was
conducted here was in 2003.
Commissioners Decide On Employee Insurance
(Cleveland)- The White County Board of Commissioners
have made one big decision in setting up next years
budget, it involves the insurance coverage for
county employees. The commissioners, at Monday's
work session, discussed a couple of different
options but decided to go with a plan that would
hold the line on employee premium cost.
Commission Chairman Travis Turner gave the details
after the vote, he said, “ the Board of
Commissioners are taking the hit on this to keep the
employees premium the same, that will be an
approximate $72,000 increase to the county’s bottom
line”. Turner said these decisions are not easy.
Commissioner Craig Bryant commented that, it’s going
to get one day when we have to go up on the
contribution, because we can't continue to absorb
the increased cost.” Another option explored by the
commissioners would have asked the employees to pay
more premiums, but would reinstate a retirement
contribution by the county.
Another big budget issue facing the commissioners
will come up next week when they discuss the Enotah
Judicial Circuit budget with other county officials
in the circuit. The Enotah circuit budget has
escalated similar to the health coverage costs.
Senior Center Ribbon Cutting/Open House Held (
Center Director Bonnie York speaks to the
(Cleveland)- White County officials held an open
house and ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly
expanded White County Senior Center Sunday
afternoon. County Commission Chairman Travis Turner
said this project has been years in the making, but
with the combined efforts of the seniors, federal
grant money along with local sales tax funds,
there’s no debt.
He also said this senior center is more than just a
building, he said, “ folks this is just not a
building, its not about a building, it’s about
people doing what God has called them to do.”
Commissioner Turner paid special recognition to the
Westmoreland family for the donation of land that
enable the expansion project to take place and to
the contractor for the project Scoggs and Grizzle
Contracting, Inc. Turner said, they built a great
building making a seamless transition from the old
section to the new part.
Senior Center Director Bonnie York told the crowd on
hand that a lot of people played a part in this
project, “ dreams take a lot of work, a lot of
patients, and a lot of community support, and we’ve
had that. And we’ve had God’s strength to help us
when we thought we were to week to make it, because
at times it seemed we wanted to throw up our hand
and quit but that is something we can’t do, we have
to always persevere keep going and have faith.”
Two people who played a big part were Mr. and Mrs.
Ray Davis, they have worked for several years
helping raise funds for the project. Mr. Davis told
us yesterday about the building, “ it’s really nice,
it’s beautiful, more than we ever expected, sure is
and we appreciate all the people who helped us.”
According to Chairman Turner, the money raised by
the seniors has been used to furnish the center.
Family Promise Holds Ribbon Cutting And
(Cleveland)- It has been a long journey for Family
Promise of White County as they have worked to get
the organization set up and reach out and help
homeless children and their families. Anna and
Jessie Nix have spearheaded the efforts.
Thursday the group held a Chamber of Commerce
ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony for a
house, located south of Cleveland, that will be
used as the Day Center for the group. Jesse Nix
talked about the long journey and the people who
have made it with them, he said “ it was really
amazing the outpouring we have here in White County,
we found out how giving this community is.” “we’ll
continue to need the support as we’re moving along,
keep doing what we’ve been doing it’s been very,
The group dedicated the Day Center in memory of
Reverend Ed Cundiff of Episcopal Church Of The
Resurrection, he gave endless hours to the Family
Promise cause. The Day Center will be used as the
Family Promise office and a place for the adult
family members they are helping, to use in search
for a job.
Pastor Scott Kidd of the Episcopal Church talked
about the service Ed Cundiff gave, Kid said, “ he
knew doing things like this, building up Family
Promise, is a part of what makes a community
There is still lots o work to do, the group say they
hope to name a director for the Day Center within
the next couple of weeks then they can begin
serving the homeless in the county.
Helen Police Activities Report
(Helen)- Helen Police Chief Jim Couch has released
a monthly activities report for his department for
March. The report shows 6 aggravated
assault/battery calls, 6 criminal trespass, three
domestics and four family violence calls. Couch
said there was 4 misdemeanor arrest, three family
violence arrest and 1 person arrested on felony
charges. Total arrest during the month was 18.
In the traffic enforcement area three was 1 accident
investigated, 19 citations issued along with 5 DUI
According to Chief Couch police made 522 residence/
business checks, 14 medical calls and 15 calls were
made were officers assisted motorist.
HELEN POLICE DEPARTMENT
GENERAL SERVICE CALLS
ASSIST OTHER AGENCY
CREDIT CARD FRAUD
UNDER AGE CONSUMPTION
DAMAGE TO PROPERTY
ENTERING AN AUTO
OTHER CODE ENFORCEMENT
THEFT BY SHOPLIFTING
THEFT BY TAKING >$1500
THEFT BY TAKING <$1500
THEFT BY TAKING VEHICLE
ARREST WRTS OBTAINED
CASES CLEARED BY ARREST
SEARCH WRTS OBTAINED
United Way Tournament A Big Success (
(Helen)- This week’s United Way of White County
celebrity golf tournament has been hailed as a big
success. Carol Powell, United Way President said
this was the 11th year for the even,
held at Innsbruck Golf Club and Resort in Helen.
She said when it’s all totaled up the tournament is
expected to earn just over $60,000 for United Way.
She said this is money that will benefit White
County residents, because the funds stay in White
County. The tournament, scheduled as a two day
event with golf played on Tuesday, and a total of
130 golfers participating.
Fox 5 news reporter Paul Miliken
interviews Darrel Chaney
Powell said the success of this tournament will help
them look positively when they get ready to make
agency allocations next February. She said, “
Maybe we can give the agencies all they request “
The major sponsor for the event is Gun Broker dot
com and Powell said they are appreciative of their
commitment and all of the sponsors plus the many
local volunteers who work all year to make this
happen. You can find out more about the local
United Way organization by logging on to
9-1-1 Appreciation Week (4/18/13)
(Cleveland)- This week has been designated as 9-1-1
appreciation week. It’s a week to celebrate those
who work to keep us safe. The men and women who
work as emergency dispatcher are our first line of
defense in times of trouble. They provide us with
the calm reassurance we need when things are going
wrong. They know just who we need to help us and
they are diligent in seeing that that need is met.
White County Emergency Service/ 9-1-1 Director David
Murphy said, “you may never see their faces, but
you hear their steady voice and you know that you
will be taken care of. White County is blessed to
have some of the finest dispatchers in all of
During 9-1-1 appreciation week take some time this
week to let them know you are glad they are there.
Fire Station 2 Park Gets New Equipment And Life
County Mgr. Mike Melton, Commission's Travis
Turner, and Lyn Holcomb put finishing touches
on playground equipment.
(Cleveland)- White County Commissioners and county
fire officials announced Saturday the revitalization
of a community park located at fire station 2 on
Duncan Bridge Road east of Cleveland. The mini park
complete with swings, slides, playground equipment
and a small walking track has been at the fire
station but the playground equipment had become
unsafe and unusable.
The White County Commissioners approved funding for
the equipment and volunteer firefighters and
administrative staff at the fire department
installed the equipment and cleaned up the park
White County Public Safety Director David Murphy
said Saturday, “ the volunteer firefighters are the
foundation of the fire department in White County,
we could not do what we do in serving the community
and the public with out the men and women that work
at all our stations across this county. They are
an integral part and we support everything they
Katie Beth, future firefighter,
first to try out the
2-year-old Molly Mae Murray
fire engine #9
enjoys the big yellow slide
County Commissioner Lyn Holcomb said this park can
now be put back in use by area residents. He said,
“ not only people surrounding her but a lot of
people use this, it’s exciting to see us do
something and do this with the fire department.
Sick Hiker Rescued
From Appalachian Trail (4/15/13)
(Helen)- White County first responders and
Emergency Medical Service personnel were busy
Sunday afternoon with a lengthy rescue operation.
County Public Safety Director David Murphy said,
9-1-1 received a call at 1:48PM concerning a
44-year old male patient with flu like symptoms and
The patient was located at Low Gap shelter which is
approximately 5 miles along the Appalachian Trail
from Hog Pen Gap off Richard Russell Hwy.
Murphy said, First Responders from Helen Fire
Department, and County Station 3 along with White
County EMS responded to the incident. Rescue
personnel made patient contact at 6:11PM.
After about three hours of work, the patient was out
of the woods, in an awaiting ambulance and on the
way to Union General Hospital in Blairsville.
The American Red Cross was summoned to provide
Rehab/Canteen Services to the first responder teams.
43 Arrest or Citations In Weekend
Seatbelt Check (4/15/13)
(Cleveland)- Troopers with Post 6 of the Georgia
State Patrol in Gainesville conducted a night time
seatbelt check and DUI checkpoint Friday night in
the downtown Cleveland square. The operation was
conducted between 8:30 until 10:30 PM, resulted
in 54 stops.
The state patrol reported a total of 43 arrest or
citations for non compliance of seatbelts, 6 other
arrest were made. There was 1 Driving under the
Influence, 1 felony drug arrest, 1 Driving under the
influence and 1 misdemeanor drug arrest.
Drug Take-Back Program
Announced ( 4/15/13)
(Cleveland)- The White County Sheriff’s
Office (WCSO) and the Appalachian Drug Task Force (ADTF)
have announced they will partner with the Enotah
Anti Drug Coalition to participate in the nationwide
prescription drug “Take-Back” initiative that seeks
to prevent increased pill abuse and theft.
The White County Sheriff’s Office and the ADTF will
be collecting potentially dangerous expired, unused,
and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction at
Wal Mart in Cleveland on Saturday, April 27th
from 10 A.M–2 P.M. This service is free and
anonymous, no questions asked. This initiative
addresses a vital public safety and public health
Sheriff Neal Walden said, these drugs are all around
our homes, “ these drug are sitting in our medicine
cabinets and out countertops and whatever at home,
not using them or had them for a while or not
taking them anymore, that’s what this take back
program is for, they can bring those things there
and drop them off. That way it will get them out of
the hands of these kids that are getting the and
having these parties.”
Walden said he has a prescription drop off box
located in front of the Sheriff’s Office it you
can’t get by during this special campaign. Walden
said people do not know how to properly dispose of
their unused or unwanted medication, often flushing
them down the toilet or throwing them away; both
potential safety and health hazards.
Sheriff Walden said, “The partnership with the
community is key in our efforts to reduce
prescription drug abuse and misuse.” Sherriff
Walden said the number of deaths this past year was
reduced because of these types of programs.
Olympics Games Held (4/1213)
(CLEVELAND) – The skies cleared up after a stormy
night and bright sun and lots of smiles were
shining brightly Friday in Cleveland for the annual
Special Olympics Games at Warrior Stadium at White
County High School. As part of the opening ceremony
four athletes carried the Special Olympics Torch,
escorted by White County sheriff’s officers.
Special Olympics Committee member Joan Curtis said,”
everybody has a great time, the joy that the
spectators feel when they leave is amazing.”
Blake Ivey receives Sarah
Loudermilk Memorial Award
annual Sarah Loudermilk Memorial Award this
year was presented to Blake Ivey, a White County
Middle School student/athlete. The Loudermilk
family was on hand for the awards presentation.
Student athletes competed in a variety of events,
from running to skills competitions. Curtis said, “
everyone is a winner, no one leaves here as a
Cleveland Fire Department Monthly
Report ( 4/10/13)
(Cleveland)- The Cleveland Fire Department has
released their activities for the month of March.
Fire Chief Rick Pruitt in a report to the Cleveland
City Council this week said the department had a
total of 47 call during the month, 18 were in the
city and 29 were county assisted calls.
Those calls included 5 structure fires, 2
woods/brush fires, 15 medical calls, 3 auto
accidents and 4 fire alarm calls.
Commissioners Want Answers To SPLOST Tax
(Cleveland)- The White County Board of Commissioners
say they are not going to let a shortfall of over a
hundred thousand dollars in Special Purpose Local
Option Sales Tax revenue they should have receive
from the state just go by without a fight.
The county received a check from the state that was
short by about $120,000 in February, that was for
the SPLOST taxes that were collected in January. At
Monday’s commission meeting County Manager Mike
Melton told the commissioners that he sent a letter
to the Georgia Department of Revenue asking for an
explanation, Melton said the reply he go back just
detailed the funds the county had received, no
real explanation. During their discussion the
commissioners found out that White County is not
the only county in this deficit boat. Commissioner
Edwin Nix said if we don’t pursue this it could
happen again, he said “ you know if the state sets a
trend on this and people set back and let it happen,
there ain’t nothing from keeping it from happening
The commissioners were wondering out loud during the
meeting about the timing of the county’s shortfall
in funds and the Department of Revenue announcing a
large increase in their revenue for The month.
After several minutes of discussion Commission
Chairman Travis Turner said they will be taking
steps to get to the bottom of this. Turner said, “
in the next couple of weeks we’re going to be
scheduling a time to go down and visit with the
department of revenue, we owe that to the citizens
of White County. “
The shortfall in fund not only affected the county,
but both the cities in the county, Cleveland and
Commissioners Approve Fire Department Requests (
(Cleveland)- The White County Board of Commissioners
Monday night approved a fire
department staffing increase for full time positions
in the White County Fire Department and replacing
some fire department vehicles.
The staffing increase is part of a restructuring
proposal by County public safety director David
Murphy who had proposed to the commission the
placing two full time personnel at north and South
fire stations and two at the central office during
the daytime. Murphy told the commissioners this
proposal would require the hiring of three
additional trained firefighters, filling some vacant
positions and promotion or reassigning of others.
The funding for the increase in personnel will be
handled with this years as well as Fiscal year 2014
The commissioners also approved a proposal from
Murphy to replace a total of four fire department
vehicles, two of those funded during this fiscal
year and two in next years budget. Commission
Chairman Travis Turner said, “ both immediate needs
and fiscal year 2014 needs not to exceed, this is
total 13 and 14 $839,000.”
Additionally the commissioners approved the
replacement of a fire department breathing air
compressor. That unit is used to fill air packs
used by firefighters when they enter structure
fires. Murphy told the commissioners this
compressor is worn out and beyond repair.
Commissioners Pay Special Recognition
Cooper Vandiver with White County
(Cleveland)- The White County Board of
Commissioners took time out from their regular
meeting Monday to acknowledge and recognize several
individuals in the county. The commissioners
approved a proclamation recognizing Special
Olympics week this week and Special Olympic games
this Friday at 10 AM at the White County High School
Commissioners approved a proclamation to recognize
the work of the White County Ministerial Alliances
in honor of the 2013 National Day of Prayer that
will be held Thursday May 2nd at 12-noon
on the front steps of the White County Courthouse
Another proclamation was approved recognizing the
accomplishments of the White County High School
Warrior TV team. The commissioners in their
proclamation designated Thursday April 11th
as WTVN Day in White County.
The Commissioners recognized Mr. Marvin Cowart,
Maintenance Supervisor at White County YMCA.
Coward was selected as the 2013 employee of the year
for the Georgia Mountains YMCA.
The commissioners proclaimed April as National
Donate Life Month in White County in connection with
National Donate Life Month.
The commission board
took time during their meeting to recognize a group
of teens who are members of the White County Chamber
of Commerce 2013 Youth Leadership Class. The
leadership class attended the commission meeting as
part of their leadership training.
Seniors Now Using New Center ( 4/8/13)
SS Director Bonnie York
Robert Hamrick W.C. IT Director
Shows off new expande center
Checks out new Audio/Video system
(Cleveland)- The newly expanded White County Senior
Center is open. Participants were scheduled to
start using the new facility today (Monday), but
Director Bonnie York said they had the tables set up
so they decided to start using it last Friday.
York said the seniors have been meeting at the
Bridge Church for the past five months, while the
facility has been expanded.
York says they all love the extra space. She said,
“there is so much space so they don’t have to
squeeze between chairs, its so nice to have the
space, its so bright we’re so happy.”
York said they don’t really have time to enjoy the
new facility yet because there is so much work that
has to be done, “ we don’t have any pictures hung
yet no decorations up, our offices are a mess, it
will take us a while to get everything organized.”
In addition to the expanded space the new facility
has a new video and sound system, which will help
facilitate the programs at the center. The county
is expected to hold an open house and give everyone
a chance to see what the seniors are proud about.
Two Injured Injured In Weekend
Accidents In The County (4/8/13)
(Cleveland)- Two people were injured in separate
accidents Sunday afternoon in White County. The
first accident occurred around 5:30 PM on Lonesome
Pond Road. Captain Tim Chapman with the White
County Sheriff said the victim was riding a dirt
bike on a track and wrecked while making a landing
from a jump with the dirt bike.
According to Chapman the subject injured his
shoulder, but refused transport to the hospital by
White County Emergency Medical Service.
Another accident occurred around 6 PM on Tray
Mountain Road. Chapman said in this accident the
victim was riding a 4- wheeler on an embankment when
the vehicle turned over. According to Chapman
that person was transported to Northeast Georgia
Medical Center for treatment of injuries.
Weekend Fire Destroys House In
(Cleveland)- A residential fire was reported just
before midnight Saturday night at 632 Northwind in
the Skylake area of White County. County
firefighters with the assistance from Helen Fire
Department and the Lee Arrendale Fire Brigade
Upon arrival of first units they found the
structure approximately 50% involved with flames
through the roof.
White County Public Safety Director David Murphy
said, the fire Investigator was called to the scene
and has yet to rule on a cause. Murphy said, “ The
fire is not suspicious but still under
investigation.” No one was injured in the blaze,
firefighters remained on the scene until
approximately 4AM, Sunday.
Motorcycle Operator Injured
In Accident ( 4/8/13)
(Cleveland)- A female motorcycle operator was
injured in a single vehicle accident that occurred
in the city of Cleveland Saturday afternoon.
Cleveland Fire Chief Ricky Pruitt said the woman was
taken by White County Emergency Medical Service
ambulance to Northeast Georgia Medical Center for
The accident happened at the intersection of South
Main Street and only Highway 75 in the city.
Cleveland police investigated the accident and as of
Saturday afternoon officers were still trying
to determine how the accident happened. The
injuries were not believed to life threatening.
Cause Of House Fire Announced (
(Cleveland)- White County Fire officials have
determined what started that residential fire
early Tuesday morning in White County. Fire
Department spokeswoman Ana Newberry said, “
according to Robi Wilkins our fire investigator the
fire at Spring Crest Road was accidental in nature
and was caused by an electrical problem.”
The blaze at 622 Spring Crest Road, which is off
Alternate Highway 75 north of Cleveland totally
destroyed the home. The fire, which was spotted by a
neighbor, was reported to 9-1-1.
The homeowners were out of town, no injuries were
Vehicle Runs Into Sautee-Nacoochee Post Office
By: Rob Moore
(SAUTEE-NACOOCHEE) -- The Sautee-Nacoochee Post
Office was damaged Thursday night when a vehicle
drove into the wall of the facility. A Chrysler
sport-utility vehicle jumped the curb in front of
the building and continued through the brick
outside side wall, roughly between two windows.
White County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Tim Chapman
advised that the drive was pulling into the parking
lot when the vehicle accelerated and the driver, who
was not identified, was unable to stop. Chapman
said the report did not indicate if the accelerator
Picture by: Rob Moore
For the public’s protection, firefighters barricaded
the customer mail box side of the building’s
interior because of some structural damage. No one
was hurt in the collision.
Friends And Neighbors Helping Fire Victims
(Sautee)- Friends and neighbors of a family who lost
their home and contents in a fire earlier this week
are reaching out to help. The Mike and Susan Hughes
family was on a Spring break vacation when the fire
occurred early Tuesday morning, at their home off
Alternate Highway 75.
According to a Facebook posting the family has
secured a furnished cabin to stay for the short
term. Clothing and other items are being collected
and a donation center has been setup at the Sautee
Nacoochee Community Association across from
Nacoochee Presbyterian Church on Highway 255.
In addition to mom and dad, they have a daughter and
son. Clothing and other items are needed along with
For additional information contact the Sautee
Nacoochee Community Association at 706-878-3300.
Grand Jury Presentments Made (4/4/13)
(Cleveland)- The April term of the White
County Grand Jury has made their presentments and recommendations. The
Grand Jury met this week and address 36 bills of indictment with all
were true billed. The body in their recommendations said the county
should address problems with heating, cooling and ventilation at the
courthouse, including the Grand Jury /Commissioner’s meeting room.
The grand jurors heard from county
departments and found all in order. The presentiments were made
Tuesday before the honorable Stan Gunter, Superior Court Judge, Enotah
The grand jury said they will convene at
9:00 AM on July 9th.
Goodger Named Rotary Rock Star (4/3/13)
(Cleveland)- White County Commissioner Terry Goodger
has been selected as the March Rock Star, for the
White County Rotary Club. In recognizing Goodger at
this Tuesdays meeting Rotary President Susan Baker
said, “Terry retired and moved to the area where
his mother and father were already been living.
Terry and his wife are very active members of the
First Baptist Church, he is also active in the
community volunteering with the Caring Hands Health
Clinic, and White County Historical Society.
Goodger has served as District One County
Commissioner since 2011.” She said, "Goodger
is currently serving as Sargent at Arms for the
White County Rotary Club and carries out his duties
each week welcoming Rotary members and guest.”
The Rotary Rock Star award is a recognition made by
each month by Baker for outstanding service by
individual club members.
White County Home Destroyed By Fire (
(Cleveland)- A White County Home was destroyed by
fire early Tuesday morning. White County Public
Safety Director David Murphy said the blaze was at
622 Spring Crest Road, which is off Alternate
Highway 75 north of Cleveland.
The fire, which was spotted by a neighbor, was
reported to 9-1-1 at 3:53AM and involved a
two-story wood frame structure with flames showing
at the time of call. The first unit arrived at 4:10
AM and advised the structure was fully involved and
immediately set-up for defensive action.
said White County Station 6, with mutual aid from
Cleveland City, Helen City and Lee Arrendale Fire
Services responded to the incident. Occupants of
the residence were out of town, no injuries were
reported, according to Murphy.
Photo by Rob Moore
The structure was a totally loss and the cause is
Bypass Traffic Change Next Week
(Cleveland) – Georgia Department of Transportation
has announced the first big traffic change
associated with the Cleveland bypass construction
on US 129/SR 11/Main Street. The change is
scheduled to take affect next Tuesday, (April 9th
) if the weather cooperates. The center
turn lane on SR 11/Main Street will be removed for
about 2,000 feet beginning at Underwood Farms Road
to the Sonic Restaurant entrance. This work is part
of the changes needed to State Route 11 to
accommodate the Cleveland Bypass.
Harold Mull, Georgia DOT District Construction
Engineer said, “The grade of State Route 11 must be
raised by 13 feet. By removing a short section of
the center turn lane, we can shift the northbound
lane of SR 11 over and have room to begin the work
of raising the grade of the roadway. This temporary
shift will be in place for about 2 months.”
The contract to build Phase One the Cleveland Bypass
in White County was awarded to Sunbelt Structures,
Inc. of Tucker. This 1.97 mile long project begins
at Hope Drive at US 129/SR 11 and extends northwest
to SR 115. The contract stipulates a completion date
of December 31st, 2014 for roadwork. The
contract cost is $16,754,384.09.
Police Make Arrest In Purse Snatching
(Cleveland)- Cleveland Police Chief John Foster
reports an arrest in connection with an purse
snatching incident in the city of Cleveland Sunday
night. Chief Foster advised the incident happened
at Family Dollar Store around 7 PM. The purse of
71- year- old Delma Blackburn of Cleveland was
snatched. Witnesses to the incident were able to
get a tag number of the person involved.
Foster said the tag number was checked out and it
came back on a 2004 red Toyota Camry which was
reportedly was owned by 24- year- old Joshua
Garrett of Dahlonega. According to Foster, Garrett
was arrested and charged with robbery by sudden
Chief Foster advises the purse was possibly thrown
from the vehicle on Old Highway 75 south of
Cleveland and he ask if anyone sees the purse to
contact the Cleveland Police Department so they can
process that piece of evidence.
Chief Foster also called on any other witnesses to
the crime that left the scene before talking to
police to also contact the Cleveland Police
Warwick Retires From White County
Sheriff's Office ( 4/1/13)
(Cleveland)- White County Sheriff Deputy Hugh
Warwick has retired after 16 years with the White
County Sheriff’s office. A retirement reception
for officer Warwick was held at the White County
Courthouse Friday afternoon.
His law enforcement career
includes 25 year with the state and 16 years with
White County. That's a total of 41 years in a
In addition to patrol duties, Warwick has recently
worked in the civil warrants division as a security
office at the White County Courthouse.
He was presented with a plaque recognizing his
dedicated service to White County citizens.
BOE Gets First Look At New Budget
(Cleveland)- The White County Board of Education got
a first look at next years education budget Thursday
and Superintend of Schools Dr. Jeff Wilson in
presenting the preliminary budget said last years
budget time was the most painful in his career and
this year could turn out to be close to that.
Wilson said, “the bad news we will have furlough
days, good news were not cutting positions."
Wilson said after the meeting, “ we are hoping that
we’ll be able to use attrition, were as last year we
had to do a reduction in work force for several
individuals. We’re hoping this year we can do it
with retirements and folks who leave the system.
Wilson presenting FY-14 budget proposals
The thing I was hoping we would not have to do is
increase the number of furlough days for our faculty
and staff, unfortunately there are only two choices
raising millage and that’s something this board does
not want to do.”
Wilson said they will be dealing with a
$2.5-million dollar deficit, a big chunk of that
is something they have no control over, He said, “
$400,000 of that deficit is based on the new health
insurance that is coming down from the federal
government, we’ve looked at options, could we be
cheaper going outside the state health system and we
were told you sure can do that but you have to
leave the state retirement system. We got a lot of
people who are nearing retirement and they are not
interested in that at all. I think it’s going to
really impact school systems.”
Wilson said they
are looking at selling a couple of pieces of
property that is owned by the system to help with
the deficit. The board has at least two more
meeting to look at and deal with the new budget
prior to approval.
4-H Club Participates In District
Project Achievement (3/29/13)
(Cleveland)- Last Saturday nine northeast Georgia
counties participated in the 4-H District Project
Achievement competition held in Blairsville.
White County 4-H leader Mrs. Lyn Forrest chaperoned
the group from White County. During the
competition, students presented a short illustrated
talk, or demonstration, on the subject of their
choice, and were judged on delivery of information,
knowledge of their subject, and how well they convey
the information they are presenting.
White County was well-represented with 29
participants; nine of those won top honors in their
chosen category. The first-place winners included
Zoe Bates (General Recreation), Rachel Brock
(Plants, Soils, & Fertilizers), Annabelle Collins
(Flowers, Shrubs, & Lawns), Maggie Davidson
(Workforce Prep), Joshua Franks (Performing Arts:
Vocal), Tristan Greer (Companion Animals), Haley
Mosley (Dog Care & Training), Alexis Pashkovets (Cat
Care), and Izzy Tucker (Companion Animals).
Second-place winners were William Dropla (Companion
Animals), Annalee Griffis (History), Joseph Hewell
(Rabbits), Ansleigh Patterson (Wildlife), Alex
Seabolt (Performing Arts: Instrumental), Destiny
Sentell (Flowers, Shrubs, & Lawns), Caeli Smith
(Conservation & Recycling), and Catherine Westbrooks
Third-place awards went to Raquel Berghoefer (Cat
Care), Kanda Garner (Outdoor Recreation), Gracie
Patterson (Performing Arts: Vocal), and Evelyn
Vanderbunt (Wildlife). Rounding out the list of
competitors were Elvia Garcia (Dog Care & Training),
Michael Martin (Wildlife), Charlotte Sims (Cat
Care), Zoie Weaver (Performing Arts: Vocal),
Scarlett Dispain (Sports), Adam Durfee (Marine &
Coastal Ecology), Elizabeth Tucker (Sports), and
Franklin Corn (Sports).
The projects with the largest amount of competitors
on Saturday were Wildlife, Performing Arts: Vocal,
and Dog Care & Training. Congratulations to each and
every participant who completed their research,
developed visuals, and practiced, practiced,
Child Burned After Falling Into A
Burn Pit ( 3/27/13)
(Cleveland)- A 5-year old Cleveland girl suffered
burns on an arm and hands when she fell in a burn
pit at her home Wednesday night. The burns were
serious enough that emergency medical personnel
decided to have her flown to an Atlanta hospital for
According to the child’s mother Joyce Sykes, she and
the child had just returned from the grocery store,
when they got out of the car the five year old,
identified as Raven Ellenger, ran toward the fire
pit. Sykes said the child tripped and fell into the
pit that had mostly hot coals.
According to Sykes, Raven suffered second and third
degree burns on her hands and arm. The incident
happened at the child’s home, but she was
transported to Cleveland Fire Department where they
met a medical unit and waited for the helicopter to
The child was flown by Emory Life Flight to
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston for
treatment of injuries.
Cleveland Man Has Kidney Removed
By Robotic Surgical Procedure
(GAINESVILLE)- A Cleveland man has become the
first Northeast Georgia Medical Center patient to
ever undergo a robotic surgical procedure to remove
a kidney and the ureter, the tube that leads to the
bladder. 74-year old Jerry Fordham wasn’t truly
alarmed when he started losing weight two years ago,
but by this past December he had lost 80 pounds.
His Doctor John McHugh a Urologist with Northeast
Georgia Urological Associates, performed some test
and confirmed there was cancer.
According to a news release from the medical center
Fordham and Dr. McHugh began exploring options to
remove the cancer. Weak from the weight loss and
other serious health issues, and his age Fordham
worried his body wouldn’t tolerate the surgery well.
Fordham’s wife Dot also was also concerned, she
said, “ he has emphysema and breathing problems and
that can complicate even a simple surgery. I just do
not feel if they had done the surgery the old
fashion way of cutting from the front to the back
and taking it out he probably would have gotten
pneumonia and not made it.”
Fordham decided to go with a less invasive
procedure called nephroureterectomy, which was
performed by Dr. Brent Sharpe. The procedure
involves making a series of small, keyhole
incisions. Smaller incisions mean less
post-operative pain and decreased blood loss for
patients like Fordham. Other advantages of the new
procedure include a shorter hospital stay and
quicker recovery. Fordham was able to go home
within 24-hours of surgery.
Mrs. Fordham said, they are thankful for Dr. Sharpe
and the team that performed the surgery, but she
said did express to him a non-medical concern she
had, she said, “ we pray about everything and in our
pre-surgery talking I just looked at him and said,
I’m not sure I’m going to let you operate on my
husband unless I know you are a Christian.” She
said Dr. Sharpe responded, “ these hand will be
guided by him, I’m just an instrument of God, and he
will be in charge in the operating room.”
Jerry Fordham said, “This procedure has been a
life-saver for me it has returned me to a better
quality of life.
Winter Weather Still Holding On
(Helen)- Winter doesn’t want to turn loose it’s grip
on Northeast Georgia after three days of Freeze
Warnings from the National Weather Service
temperatures continue to stay below the normal
readings for this time of the year. Bill Kindsland,
WRWH weather report travel to the top of Richard
Russell Scenic Highway Tuesday afternoon and
discovered the temperatures stayed below freezing
during the day and the rock formation along the
highway at Hogpen Gap has a heavy coating of ice.
Bill said the temperature was 29 degrees at the
White-Union County. Kinsland said some of the ice
icicles on the side of the road were 25 to 35 feet
The National Weather Service advises again Thursday
morning another freeze warning will be in effect.
Photo by Bill Kinsland
Commissioners Hear Fire Department
Restructure Proposal ( 3/26/13)
(Cleveland)- The White County Board of
Commissioners have been asked to look at a plan that
calls for placing paid fire personnel at some of the
county fire stations during daytime hours. County
public safety director David Murphy presented the
proposal to the commissioners at Monday’s
commission work session, that calls for placing two
personnel at north and South fire stations and two
at the central office.
Murphy told the commissioners this proposal would
require the hiring of three additional trained
firefighters and promotion or reassigning of
others. Volunteer firefighter participation has
decreased in recent years and this plan is seen as a
way to fill the protection gap during the time when
most volunteers are at their regular job.
Murphy also proposed to the commissioners that two
firefighting trucks be replaced due to their age and
Commission Chairman Travis Turner was unable to
attend the work session due to an illness, vice
Craig Bryant, said following the appointment of
Murphy as Public Safety Director back in December
they requested he do a complete review of the
department and this was the results of those
findings. Bryant said the commissioners will be
reviewing the proposal prior to making a decision,
but indicated they are aware some action is needed.
Bryant said, “ we’re hoping within the next month
or two White County citizens can see some real
changes in their fire department.”
Rainy Weekend Good And Bad News
(Cleveland) - The
northeast Georgia area received close to two inches
of rain over the weekend, that was bad news for
some early Easter eggs hunts and other festivities,
but here in White County a break in the rain
allowed organizers to hold most of the Easter
Eggstravaganza activities including the parade in
downtown Cleveland and egg hunt at Babyland General
The rain was good
news as the drought continues to loosen its grip on
the state. The level of Lake Lanier is responding
as well, early this morning the lake level was
1069.24, about nine inches away from full winter
pool of 1070.
City of Cleveland Receives Best
Overall Design adard
Warrior TV Honored By State
White County High School’s WTVN- Warrior TV
broadcast team was honored by the Georgia House and
Senate Friday in Atlanta with resolutions presented
on the floor of both houses recognizing and
commending Warrior TV for winning the Best Station
in the Nation at the Student Television National
Convention in Los Angeles earlier in the month.
House Resolution 781 was sponsored by House
Representative Lee Hawkins from the 27th and
Representative Terry Rogers from the 10th
district. And Senate Resolution 562 was sponsored
by State Senator Steve Gooch from the 51st district,
Senator Butch Miller of the 49th, Senator
Mullins of the 53rd and Senator John Wilkins
of the 50th.
TV Crew With Former State Senator Carol
Senator Steve Gooch
The students and faculty
was hosted by former State Senator Carol Jackson.
The event was streamed live and was viewed by some
White County classrooms. Congratulations to the
Warrior TV broadcast team.
Natural Gas Leak Shuts Down Main
Street In Helen (3/22/13)
(Helen)- Officials shut down main street on the
south side of Helen for a time early Friday
morning following the discovery of a natural gas
leak. Police Chief Jim Couch said one of his
officers was on patrol around 2 AM when he noticed a
gas smell and during an investigation
hear a hissing sound. The sound was coming from a
valve located across the Circle K convenience store
on South Main Street.
Couch said, officers shut down the road and rerouted
traffic while they awaited personnel from Georgia
Natural Gas to arrive and correct the problem.
Couch said there was no major problem and no one was
evacuated during the incident.
White County Ranked 38th
Healthiest In State (3/22/13)
(Undated)- A new
report out lists Forsyth County as the healthiest
county in Georgia. Hall County is 11th on the list
and White County is listed as 38th. The
data was released by the Robert Wood Johnson
northeast Georgia counties, Lumpkin was 12th,
Habersham 16th, Dawson 18th and Union 20th.
In fact, most counties in the region are ranked in
the top 40.
According to the group's Website, "the Rankings are
based on a model of population health that
emphasizes the many factors that, if improved, can
help make communities healthier places to live,
learn, work and play.
GDOT Maintenance Work
Schedule ( 3//19/13)
(GAINESVILLE) - The Georgia Department of
Transportation announces their maintenance plans for
this week in White County includes a crew will trim
vegetation growing in the right of way on State
Route 17 and State Route 75 Alternate. DOT
officials advise that crews will be working each day
through Friday from 7:00 AM until 5:30 PM. Most
activities will only require shoulder or median
This is a tentative schedule; if emergency response
is needed at a crash scene or if emergency repairs
are necessary this schedule will change.
Fire On Runway Circle Threatens
Hangers ( 3/18/13)
(Cleveland)- A Saturday afternoon brush/ grass
fire at the White County Airport threatened some
of the airplane hangers located nearby. White
County Public Safety Director David Murphy said, the
call was received at 12:57 PM to 843 Runway
Murphy advised that approximately 2 ½ acres was
burned. White County fire station four with the
assistance from Georgia Forestry responded to the
Murphy state that the fire was started by a lawn
mower being used on the property.
Kick Butts Day At Ninth Grade
Academy ( 3/18/13)
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Students at White
County’s 9th Grade Academy in Cleveland will join
other students around the state and nation to
stand up against tobacco this Wednesday during
the 18th annual Kick Butts Day. More
than 1,200 events are planned across the nation.
Organized by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and
sponsored by United Health Foundation, Kick Butts
Day is an annual celebration of youth leadership and
activism in the fight against tobacco use. On Kick
Butts Day, youth will encourage their peers to stay
tobacco-free. They will also educate their
communities about the dangers of tobacco and the
tobacco industry’s harmful marketing practices.
White County Ninth Grade students will have an “
airing out Big Tobacco’s Dirty Laundry”, display
along with 46 pairs of shoes during their lunch
break to spread awareness about the harmful effect
Friday Fire Damages Barn
(Cleveland)- White County firefighters were
dispatched to 1135 New Bridge Road at 5:14PM on
Friday to a structure fire. David Murphy, White
County Public Safety Director said, the caller
reported smoke coming from the barn. Upon arrival
firefighters found a chicken house that had been
converted into a barn.
Murphy said, the fire was contained to the building
and was by a knocked down in just a few minutes. No
injuries reported and the cause has not been
determined. Station 2, 4, Cleveland Fire
Department and Lee Arrendale Fire Brigade were all
dispatched to the scene.
Crouch Named New HEMC Board Member
(Clarkesville)- David Crouch of Habersham County has
been appointed as a new director on the Habersham
EMC Board. Due to the recent resignation and
passing of Director Carl Tallent, Jr., a Special
HEMC Board Meeting was held March 13th to fill the
unexpired term of Mr. Tallent. According to the
bylaws, it is the responsibility of the Board of
Directors to make an appointment for his
replacement. Crouch will serve the remaining term
that will expire at the Annual Meeting July 25th
Mr. Crouch has lived in Georgia his entire life,
moving to Habersham County in 1982. He is the owner
of Coon Dog Auto Parts, Inc. in Clarkesville. Crouch
and his wife, Teresa, reside in Turnerville, where
they raise beef cattle, meat goats and a small flock
of chicks at their Turkey Crest Farms.
Crouch said after the appointment, “I am extremely
humbled, honored and blessed to be appointed to the
HEMC board. I feel I’ve been given a gift of servant
hood and want to apply that to serving the HEMC
Fire Units Respond To Brush Fire
(Cleveland)- White County Fire units from stations
2 & 4 responded to a report of a grass fire with
exposures in the area of 471 Barrett London Road on
Thursday afternoon. White County Public Safety
Director David Murphy said, upon arrival
firefighters found approximately 1/10 of an acre
involved. Georgia Forestry had been called but was
Dry fuel conditions and high winds expected today
your are urged to reframe from burning outdoors.
White County Unemployment Rate Up
In January ( 3/14/13)
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor has
released January unemployment rates around the
state. Here in White County the unemployment rate
actually went up from the 8-point 7 percent in
December to 9-point 4 percent in January.
The labor department said the labor force in January
was 12, 746, of those 11,552 were employed while
1,194 were unemployed. The rate one year ago was
10- point 1 percent.
The unemployment rate in the Northeast Georgia
region rose to 8.2 percent in January, up
three-tenths of a percentage point from 7.9 percent
in December. The rate was 9.0 percent in January
White County Student Selected For
Washington Youth Tour ( 3/14/13)
(Clarkesville)- White County High School student
Ella Padawer and Habersham Central High School
student Megan Fain and received what some describe
as life-changing news: they have been selected to
attend the Washington Youth Tour, an all-expense
paid leadership trip sponsored by the electric
membership corporations in Georgia, including
Megan and Ella will be among 105 high school
students during the event set for June 13-20 with
stops in Georgia and Washington D.C. As Georgia’s
oldest leadership program for teens, the Washington
Youth Tour is designed to teach students about U.S.
history, the role of government, and the importance
of community and public service.
Nicole Dover, spokesperson for Habersham EMC said,
“the Youth Tour is an opportunity for exceptional
students to meet face-to-face with members of
Georgia’s congressional delegation and visit
historical points of interest in Georgia and the
She said, “Making the pilgrimage to D.C., with an
emphasis on the Nation’s rich heritage, is something
many adults, and certainly high school-aged kids,
Development Authority Updated On
Economic Programs ( 3/14/13)
(Cleveland)- White County Development Authority
heard about a couple of economic development ideas
for the county at their meeting Tuesday. Tom
O’Bryant, White County Economic Development
Director shared with the board about work that is
currently underway to set up group wine tours in the
county as a way to, as O’Bryant said, “ help grow
and diversify the agri-tourism industry.” He said
plans are still being worked out at this time.
O’Bryant also shared with the board an interest from
a California company that want to work with Georgia
Power to setup solar power sites in the county.
Some of the board members had concerns about where
there facilities would be located and this type of
business should be considered in a land use plan.
The development authority also heard a presentation
by Niki Duncan about the Georgia Mountains Regional
Commission workforce on-the-job training program
and Chip Pearson, with Pendleton Group talked with
the board about an economic development study or “
Jump Start” plan that his company offers for
municipal and county governments.
Emergency Training At WCHS
(Cleveland)- White County Superintendent of
Schools Dr. Jeff Wilson has advise said Monday
the White County Emergency
Management Office, the Cleveland Police
Department, the White County Sheriff's Office
and the White County Schools will be holding an
emergency training session at White County High
Dr Wilson advises, there will be a number of
emergency vehicles around the high school when
this exercise takes place.
Monday is a student holiday in the county
and administrators and teachers we be
participating in the drill.
Dr. Wilson said, “ We wanted to make the
public aware of this emergency drill, if they
see a large number of emergency vehicle around
the school ."
Warrior TV " Best in The Nation"
(Los Angeles )- White County High School’s WTVN-
Warrior TV broadcast team won first place at
the Student Television National Convention in
Los Angeles Sunday. Charles Dewalt
Warrior TV Executive Producer said, the
first prize award is for "Best
Overall Broadcasting" school in the nation and
it comes with $10,000.00 in prize money.
Dewalt said, “ We are extremely proud of the
students and what they have accomplished.”
According to Dewalt, several people
are planning to meet the student at the airport
in Atlanta when the group arrives back in
Georgia Monday night around 8 pm.
The convention held over the weekend was the
largest in Student Television Network 's history
with over two thousand students from across the
Last year at the national convention in Dallas
Texas, White County took home two first place
awards and $10,000.00 in prize money.
Man Burned While Burning Leaves
(Cleveland)- A White County received serious burns
Thursday night while burning leaves. The incident
occurred around 8 PM on Highway 254. White County
Public Safety Director David Murphy said, the victim
was conducting a control burn when a jar or
something exploded burning him.
He was transported by private vehicle to Mossy Creek
Grocery where emergency personnel were dispatched.
Murphy said the man suffered burns over the front
part of his body.
After evaluating the patient White County Emergency
Medical personnel determined he needed to be
transported by helicopter to a burn facility.
White County Fire personnel set up a landing zone
for the helicopter.
Murphy advised he was unaware of the extend of the
injuries and where the patient was transported.
Students Attending National Television
(Los Angeles)- Seventeen students and three
staff members from White County High School's
WTVN-Warrior TV broadcast program are in Los
Angeles, California. The group is there for the
National Television Convention. The White
County students will compete for prizes and
money at Student Television National Convention.
The convention is the largest in STN's history
with over two thousand students from across the
This year's convention is held in downtown Los
Angeles and runs through Sunday. The awards
ceremony will be Sunday at 1 PM eastern
time and broadcast live on the US Education TV
Last year at the national convention in Dallas
Texas, White County took home two first place
awards and $10,000.00 in prize money.
White County students attending are: Kayla
Everett, Kanan Patel, Samuel Pruitt, John
Jackson, Michael Kliewer, Tiara Olson, Haley
Haynes, Hanna Skelton, Jordan Suggs, Tanner
Whitehead, Justin Abad, Allie Mills, Breanna
Harkins, Kiran Patel, Taylor User, Casey
Seabolt, and Cade Fortner.
White County High School staff attend is Nancy
Wyszynski, Pete Talton and Charles Dewalt.
GDOT Working Snow
(GAINESVILLE) – The Georgia Department of
Transportation continues to actively battling
winter weather as snow falls in Lumpkin, Towns,
Union and White Counties. DOT spokesperson Teri
Pope reports, twelve dump trucks are plowing
snow and spreading salt and stone to provide
additional tractor for motorists. She said,
crews began plowing snow at 1 a.m. as Old Man
Winter visited Towns County. By 3 a.m., snow
spread to other Mountain Counties requiring
Georgia DOT to plow snow in seven counties
utilizing sixteen dump trucks at the height of
Billy Cantrell, Georgia DOT Maintenance Engineer
for Northeast Georgia said, “Snow has continued
to fall so we continue to urge you to use
caution and stay off the roads if possible until
the snow stops and temperatures are well above
freezing. Right now Towns and Union County the
hardest hit areas. We have six dump trucks
working in just Union County. Please don’t make
matters worse by driving if it’s not an
Commissioners Split On
Indigent Service Budget Vote
(Cleveland)- The White County Board of Commissioners
were split in their vote Monday night in approving
an Enotah Judicial Circuit Public Defender’s office
2013 indigent service budget agreement. The vote
to approve was 3 -2 with Commissioners Craig Bryant
and Edwin Nix voting no.
There was at least two factors that caused the two
commissioners to vote against budget. First the
budget was due last July and was just now being
presented for approval, second the budget contained
an item that provided 14.9 percent state mandated
Commissioner Nix the later was the biggest factor in
his decision to vote no. He said, “ I don’t feel
like that we should be funding those kind of
retirement funds at 14.9 percent for state employees
who get paid with county money. The county
employees work just as hard as state employees, we
took their retirement away, we can’t make
contributions to them, yet the state looks at us and
says your going to have to give our employees a
14.9 percent contribution their retirement, whether
you like it or not and I just wanted to make a
state, I don’t like it”
The agreement was approved but with a condition
attached that no funds will be allocated next years
until a budget has been submitted and approved.
Commission chairman Travis Turner said, “ this is
embarrassing for the Indigent Defense office.”
Turner also said prior to the vote, “ if we approve
it, we all reluctantly approve it.
White County Damaged By Fire
(Cleveland)- A White County home was damaged as a
result of a fire last night. The blaze was reported
around 8:30 PM at 210 Copperhead Drive off Shoal
Creek Road. White County Fire units 4 and 5 along
with the city of Cleveland responded.
Cleveland Fire Chief Ricky Pruitt said the
homeowners advised there was a fire there earlier in
the day and they though they had it extinguished.
The fire had spread to the upper sections of the
home and it took firefighters some time to get the
blaze completely out.
No one was injured.
Cleveland Man Dies Following
A Tree Cutting Accident
(CLEVELAND) - A 45-year old Cleveland man has died
of injuries he suffered in a tree cutting accident
in White County last Friday. White County Deputy
Corner Josh Barrett said Jeffery Glenn Justice was
cutting a tree when a tree limb fell and hit him.
Barrett said Justice passed away Monday at Gwinnett
Medical Center. The accident happened Friday around
9:30 a.m. off Webster Lake Road.
At the time of the accident, Justice was flown by
air ambulance to Gwinnett Medical Center.
Master Gardeners Announce
Lunch And Learn Program (3/4/13)
(Cleveland)- The Headwaters Master Gardeners
Association of Habersham and White Counties invites
the public to a free Lunch and Learn Tuesday, March
12th at 12-noon at Cleveland United
Methodist Church. The program will be presented by
Gilbert Barrett of the White County Farmer’s
He will speak about vegetable gardening and the
latest products available, and will draw from his
vast experience to answer vegetable gardening
questions. In addition to a free lunch, guests may
be eligible for door prizes. There is no charge
for the program, but attendees MUST pre-register at
706-754-2318 by this Friday March 8.
This program is sponsored by Mountain Valley
Historical Society Program To
Feature Indian Cultural Heritage (
(Cleveland)- At this month meeting of the
White County Historical Society there will be a
program on Indian Cultural Heritage. The program
will be Thursday March 7th at 7:30 PM at
the Historic Courthouse on the square.
The program entitled “ In the Presence of the Elders
“ will be presented by Don Wells and will feature
video clips and stories of the Indian way of life
and the gradual loss or forgotten culture of their
According to Wells, Native Americans walked the
trails of White County long before white settlers
arrived. Remnants of their presence can still be
found all around the county, as well as most of
Georgia and the Southeast. Many of us can recall
the stories of how they were removed from their
native lands on the “Trail of Tears”.
Cancer Survivors Dinner
Held ( 3/2/13)
(Cleveland)- The White County American
Cancer Society, cancer survivors dinner
was attended by over 400 people Friday night
in Cleveland. Rena Pendley, American Cancer
Society community manager for North Georgia
said, this is the 13th annual
dinner and 221 survivors signed in for the
Pendley said, “we like to recognize all of
our survivors, because relay is all about
survivorship with cancer and we like to
recognize them outside the relay event.”
She said they do it on a Friday night,
because it’s kinda’ like a date Night, they
can meet other people and have fun. It’s
not about fundraising.
This years dinner was provided by the
children of the late Barbara and Jerry
Pendley said this year will be the 19th
Relay for Life event and will be held a
week earlier this years, on May 3rd.
This year relay will be held a little
different running from 6 PM until Midnight,
not an overnight event as in the past. This
year in addition to the usual survivors walk
at 6 pm they will have a caregiver walk,
after the survivors walk.
Gill And King
Leaving The School System ( 3/1/13)
(Cleveland)- White County School System is losing
two key administrators. In a surprise move Thursday
night the White County Board of Education accepted
the resignation of Middle School Principal Stephen
Gill. According to Superintendent Dr. Jeff
Wilson, Mr. Gill has been asked to take a active
leadership position at the church he attends in the
Wilson said, it’s going to be a great loss in our
school leadership, but it’s an opportunity for a new
start and continue to move forward at the Middle
School. Gill has
- Jennifer King ( pictures from school website)
been with the White County School System since
2007, the majority of that time he served as
Principal of the Ninth Grade Academy.
Another person that will be missed within the
school system is Mossy Creek Elementary School
principal Jennifer King, she is retiring at the end
of this school years, after being serving in the
school system for 27 years, as teacher and
King said she is has loved her time in the school
system however I’m looking to the next phase of my
life retirement and spend more time with her
family. She also said, “It’s been an honor
through the years to work beside some of the best
educators in the state I’ve been truly blessed.
It’s been an honor to serve the families and the
precious children of White County and I feel like I
have been very fortunate to work for superintendents
and board members that have always been able to find
ways to provide the best education possible for our
boys and girls. “
Dr. Jenkins said the timing of these departures will
give them time to seek qualified candidates to fill
these positions before the next school year.
Here is a complete list of personnel action from
Thursday's BOE meeting:
Retirement: Jennifer W. King –
Principal at MCES effective 5-31-13
Sosebee – Teacher at JPN effective end of SY 13
Heykens – Special Education Teacher at MYES
effective end of SY 13
Greene – Occupational Therapist effective end of SY
Bartlett – Bookkeeper at WCIS effective 5-31-13
Resignation: Donna Lynn Jordan
– School Nutrition Assistant at JPN effective
Gill – Principal at WCMS effective 6-30-13
Appointments: Substitute School
Bus Drivers & Monitor
Misty Callihan - Substitute Bus Driver
pending completion of training
Angie Sotelo - Substitute Bus Driver
pending completion of training
Juanita Partin - Substitute Bus Monitor
affective February 28th,
Sartain – Substitute School Nurse
Cruce – Substitute Teacher
Remaining Non-Judicial office
Could Soon Be Moved Out Of The Courthouse
White County could soon move the remaining
non-judicial offices out of the courthouse in
downtown Cleveland to the old county jail facility
north of Cleveland. That idea was discussed during
the county commissioners work session
Monday. Already relocated is Tax Commissioner, Tax
Assessors and Voter Registrars offices.
County Manager Mike Melton told the commissioners
they have furnishings from the current senior center
expansion housed there. When those items have been
moved out, Melton said he would follow the
directive of the commissioners on how to proceed.
The commissioners are expected discuss further and
possible vote on that item at next Mondays meeting.
As far as the expansion project at the White County
Senior Center, Melton reported that work there is
just about complete. Melton said they are very
close, in fact it could be completed this Friday.
After a couple of weeks to get things back in order
at the center, the commissioners indicated they
would like to have an open house and invite the
public to stop in and see the expanded facility.
Also at Monday’s works session County Manager Melton
reported that the outdoor kennel at the White County
Animal Control Facility south of Cleveland has been
completed. Animal Control officer Pat Cooper told
the commissioners that “ you would not believe the
number of people who have been commenting on it.”
The commissioners were complementary of the job done
the contractor for this project Bryan Lee of
Precision Metal of Cleveland.
Warning About Incorrect Emergency
Phone Number ( 2/28/13)
(Cleveland)- White County
Public Safety Director David Murphy is advising area
residents to be aware that some social media
postings are urging American to call an incorrect
emergency number. Murphy in a news release
Wednesday said, “ You may have seen recent posts on
social media sites urging people in the U.S. to dial
1-1-2 rather than 9-1-1 in certain emergencies.
This is bad advice.”
The posts claim that
1-1-2 is especially effective if you are being
pulled over in your car and want to ensure that you
are dealing with the police. It also claims that by
dialing 1-1-2, your call will be answered faster
and may go directly to the police. All these are
Murphy pointed to these
facts: 1-1-2 is the European emergency number.
While dialing 1-1-2 in the United States may work
on certain devices and on certain wireless networks,
the only way to ensure that your call for emergency
assistance gets through is to dial 9-1-1.
He further advises, No
one should ever call 1-1-2 just to "test, if it
works; you’ll tie up public safety resources and
waste valuable time for people facing real
The bottom line is that
anyone calling for emergency assistance in the
United States or Canada should always dial 9-1-1 for
the fastest and most effective response.
Commissioners Don't Like New
Health Care Mandates ( 2/26/13)
(Cleveland)- We’ve been
hearing a lot about the new mandated health care
legislation, also know as ObamaCare, that soon will
go into effect. The White County commissioners
and county employees will have to make some
unpleasant decisions as a result of the
legislation. At Monday’s commission works session
the board heard a report about the requirements the
healthcare reforms will bring.
Matt Bidwell, with MSI
Benefits Group the insurance agency broker that
provides county employee benefits coverage, told the
commissioners that they will see an increase in the
coverage cost and there are several mandated aspects
of the healthcare plan that that will cost the
county an extra $70,000.
White County Commission
Chairman Travis Turners commenting after the work
session said this is something they are not looking
forward to dealing with. Turner saying, “ These are
items that unfortunately are going to be passed on
to either our employees as a result of possibly
higher premiums or don’t want to some counties may
have to raise property taxes to cover these
additional fees, that ObomaCare is being forced on
us.” If the county or employees don’t comply with
the mandates they will face penalties.
The commissioners and
county personnel will continue to work with the
insurance provider to figure out what they need to
do to meet the new regulations.
Sheriff Department Looks
At Refurbishing Old Patrol Vehicles
(Cleveland)— White County Sheriff Neal Walden says
he wants to try a new program that refurbishes old
patrol cars rather than buying new ones. Walden
shared the idea with the White County Board of
Commissioners Monday during their work
The sheriff said he has a couple of vehicle
that have 170,000 plus miles on them and they can
get them completely refurbished for $12-15-thousand
dollars per vehicle that compares to $32,000 for a
fully equipped new vehicle.
Sheriff Walden said Greene Ford in Gainesville is
offering this service for law enforcement vehicles.
Walden told the commissioners that he would like to
try a couple of vehicles and evaluate it. The
commissioners agreed it was worth a trial.
No Injuries IN Saturday Night Fire
(Cleveland)- White County
Fire Department responded to a reported residential
fire in the 1000 block of Pless Road Saturday
evening. David Murphy, White County Public Safety
Director said, “the call received at 6:07 PM
reported smoke coming from the residence.
Volunteers from Station 2
and 3 with mutual aid from the City of Cleveland and
the LACI Fire Brigade responded to the incident.
Murphy said, the fire
was quickly knocked down by firefighters and
appeared to have started in the kitchen. American
Red Cross responded to the scene to provide family
Two Injured In Saturday Night
Accident ( 2/25/13)
(Cleveland)- Two people
were injured and the driver of a vehicle involved in
a Saturday night accident in White County faces
several charges. According the Georgia State Patrol
the accident occurred around 10:30 PM on Post Road
south of Cleveland.
Sgt. 1st Class Chad Johnson of GSP Post 6 in
Gainesville said there
was only one vehicle involved, it was driven by 20-
year old Dillon Anthony Fowler of Cleveland. He
and a passenger Jesse Owenby, age 19 also of
Cleveland were injured.
Sgt. Johnson said Fowler
was traveling north on Post Road when he ran off the
road and lost control, the vehicle ran off the
shoulder of the road and overturned several times
hitting a highway sign and some trees. Both victims
were transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center
with what was described non-life threatening
According to Sgt.
Johnson, alcohol was involved, saying the driver
faces several charges including Driving under the
influence, failure to maintain lane and open
W.C. Fire Department Busy Thursday
(Cleveland)- White County Fire Department had a
active day Thursday with several reported fires in
the area. White County Public Safety Director David
Murphy said, “Along with two reported brush fires,
and a heavy equipment fire the volunteers responded
with a report of two structure fires.”
Murphy said, the first structure fire was reported
at approximately 4 PM at 378 Jenny’s Cove Road.
Upon arrival firefighters found an outbuilding and
approximately ½ acre of woods on fire. Responders
quickly extinguished the flames. Firefighters from
Station 6, Station 5 with Automatic Aide from the
City of Cleveland responded to the blaze. No
injuries were reported or cause had been determined.
The second structure fire was reported at 10:21 PM
Thursday night in the 1100 block of River Bridge
Trail. The first arriving unit reported cabin
totally involved in fire. Firefighters from Station
3, Station 7, and mutual aid from Helen Fire
Department, Habersham Fire Department and the fire
brigade from Lee Arrendale Institute responded to
The American Red Cross responded to the scene and
the State Fire Investigator was requested to
investigate the cause. According to Murphy, fire
units remained on scene to extinguish hot spots
until after 5:00AM Friday morning.
Liberty University Wind Ensemble
To Perform In Cleveland ( 2/21/13)
(Cleveland)- Mount Yonah Baptist Church in Cleveland
has announced that the Liberty University Wind
Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Stephen Kerr
will be performing at the church on Sunday March 10th.
The Liberty University Wind Ensemble has toured
throughout the Eastern United States, performing a
variety of music that appeals to a diverse audience.
Over the past five years, the Liberty University
Wind Ensemble has produced five CD’s, “ High
Flight”, “Ghost Train”, ”Radiant Joy, “ Exultate”
and “ edge of Space”.
The length of the concert is typically one hours,
the public is invited to attend. The concert begins
at 6:00 PM, there is no admission charge.
Lady Warriors Eliminated In State
(Cleveland)- The White County Lady Warriors were
knocked out of the state playoff action after
falling to Golden Lions at St Pius 55- 30 Tuesday
scores in the Class triple- A class:
girls 56, Woodward Academy 38
Dawson County girls beat Blessed Trinity 68- 54
and St. Pius boys edged East Hall 47 - 45
Heavy Rain In Weather Outlook
(Peachtree City )- A heavy rain pattern appears to
be heading our way in the next couple of days, the
National Weather Service says several rounds of rain
and thunderstorms are possible. The weather service
says an active weather pattern will lead to the
possibility of flooding and even flash flooding on
Friday into Saturday.
There is also a chance of isolated thunderstorms.
Monday and Tuesday there is another chance for heavy
rain and flooding and flash flooding once again,
isolated thunderstorms appear likely as well on
New Police Vehicles To Patrol
Helen Soon (2/20/13)
By Rob Moore:
HELEN – Helen Police Department soon will have
three replacement patrol vehicles on the
Exactly what those vehicles will look like
remains to be determined, but should become
clearer in two weeks.
At Tuesday afternoon’s Helen City Commission
meeting, Police Chief Jim Couch presented
commissioners with some concept pictures of
potential markings for vehicles in the
On Monday, the department picked up two
off-lease white Ford Crown Victorias from a
dealership in Unadilla.
“We got a good deal on those two that are out
there,” Couch said. “They’ve got about 70,000
miles on them. They came from Texas. They went
off-lease from a department out there.”
The cars replace aging Chevrolet Impalas with
double that mileage.
Couch said the department will be replacing
markings on its six patrol vehicles with
reflective decals. It’s how the vehicle markings
will look that commissioners felt needs
“I wanted to do a theme that was a German theme
to go with the city,” Couch said. “I wanted to
be able to include that in all types of vehicles
that we have.” That can be a challenge for
a department like Helen that utilizes multiple
“To me, it looks too busy,” said Commissioner
Dona K. Burke. “I like what we’ve got on our
cars now. The new one does not have a phone
number. I don’t think we need a website on a
police car – most people are not going to get on
the website. If anything, I think there needs to
be a phone number and I think it needs to be
visible.” Burke said most people don’t
know the red, yellow and black are German
colors. “We want the policemen to be
friendly and happy, but I’m thinking it almost
looks like a circus car,” Burke said.
Commissioner Helen Wilkins said the bright
colors also caught her attention. “I don’t
know that people will even notice or care one
way or the other,” Wilkins said. “It did kind of
trouble me at first, but I understand what it is
now, and it makes sense.”
Burke questioned the rationale behind changing.
“Why are we changing what we’ve got?” Burke
Couch said the change is to standardize markings
on all types of vehicles and increase reflective
surface on the sides. “If you don’t like
the German flag, we can remove it,” Couch said.
“This yellow jumped out at me,” said Vice Mayor
Jeff Ash. “I’m like y’all. I didn’t know it was
the colors on the German flag.” Ash
suggested changing the yellow to the gold that’s
seen on the logo patch.
Burke again reiterated placing a telephone
number on the car rather than the city website.
Couch said if the commission doesn’t like the
colors, those could be removed and Helen Police
could be reflective.
Commissioners said the vehicles without the
stripes would be too plain.
City Manager Jerry Elkins suggested that Couch
develop two or three different designs in order
to try to reach consensus or, alternately, to
allow commissioners to pick elements they like
Commissioners said they don’t mind the three
German flag colors being used, but not as large
as the concept. Instead, they prefer the larger
Helen patch if possible.
“We need to be sure that we choose something
that everyone’s good with,” Elkins said.
Following a 15-minute discussion on the issue,
Ash told Couch the council would reach a
decision on vehicle markings at its meeting in
two weeks (March 5).
Rain, Snow And Sleet In Northeast
Georgia ( 2/19/13)
(GAINESVILLE)- Georgia Department of Transportation
rolled out early Tuesday morning with snow plows to
clears some north Georgia roads. Spokeswoman Teri
Pope said by 7 a.m., snow spread to other Mountain
Counties requiring Georgia DOT to plow snow in
Towns, Union and White counties. Ten crews were
dispatched to plow snow and spread salt and stone
to provide traction on roadways.
The crews will continue monitoring road conditions
and removing snow and slush as needed. Pope said,
“Snow has stopped falling now but, we have about an
inch and a half of heavy, wet snow in the higher
elevations. Until temperatures get well above
freezing the danger of icy patches is possible.
Billy Cantrell, Georgia DOT Maintenance Engineer for
Northeast Georgia said, “You are urged to limit
your travel in these mountain counties if possible.”
White County school operated a normal scheduled
Tuesday...some of the extreme northern county school
systems either cancelled classes or operated on a
delayed schedule today.
Lady Warriors Meet St Pius In
First Round Of State Playoffs
(Cleveland)- The White County High School Lady
Warriors will participate in the first round of the
Georgia High School Association playoffs
starting Tuesday. The Warriors will meet St. Pius
at 6:00 PM at St. Pius.
WRWH Warrior broadcast team of Drew Harris, Shane
Welborn and Brent Maddox will be bringing you the
play-by-play on News-Talk 1350, beginning with the
pre-game at 5:45 PM.
WRWH would like to thank the following Warrior
supporters for making the game possible: United
Community Bank, Barrett Funeral Home, Tim Hunt State
Farm Insurance, Jack Jones Ford, Lamar Canup State
Farm Insurance, Pro Therapy of Cleveland, White
County Farm Bureau/Georgia Farm Bureau insurance ,
and Adam’s Foods IGA.
Drug Search Dogs Visit Two White
(Cleveland)- Drug search dogs paid a visit to two
White County schools Thursday. The K-9’s and
their handlers first showed up at the Ninth Grade
Academy and then White County High School.
Principal John Osborne said, “ We got a clean bill
of health, ” as a result of the sweep.
Osborne said this was part of the periodic visits by
the dogs to the school. He said he doesn’t even
know when the dogs will show up. Both schools were
placed on lockdown during the search of the
buildings, and parking lot area. According to
Osborne said administrative personnel assisted dog
handlers as they moved through the schools.
In a continued effort for a drug free school
environment Principal Osborne said they have
recently reinstated random athletic student drug
testing at the high school.
Sheriff's Department Investigating Animal Cruelty
The White County Sheriff’s office is investigating
a cruelty to animal incident that occurred sometime
Wednesday afternoon. Captain Tim Chapman, with the
White County Sheriff’s Office said the incident was
at 40 Hawthorne Drive off Asbury Mill Road.
According to reports a family’s dog that was
chained in the back yard of the residence was
Chapman said an officer spoke with neighbors who
report they did not hear anything. The incident
remains under investigation by the sheriff’s
STAR Student And Teacher Announced
(Cleveland)- White County's 2013 STAR student
and teacher were recognized Monday night at a
special meeting of the Cleveland Kiwanis Club.
STAR, is a Student / Teacher recognition
sponsored by the Professional Association of Georgia
Educators and locally by the Cleveland Kiwanis Club.
William Patrick Morgan the son of Nathan and Ann
Morgan is the STAR Student. Patrick selected
agriculture teacher Dustin Keener as his STAR
teacher. Morgan who has the highest SAT score among
his senior class is also the class Valedictorian and
plans to continue his education at Southern
Polytechnic State University Tech. He said
this is quite an honor, and " a lot of hard
work paid off .”
Dustin Keener, Star Teacher-
Patrick Morgan, Star Student
Keener had loads of praise for Morgan as more than
just a student. He said, "besides his grades he is
a really good sound individual that stands for what
he believes in."
Kiwanis President Amy Allen said they look forward
to recognizing the STAR winners. She said, “ it's
not all about the A & B’s but wanting to go out
into the community and help and which is what
Kiwanis is about…serving the students, serving the
children of our community and that’s what both
Patrick and Dustin have done. “
Prescription Discount Cards
Available ( 2/12/13)
(Cleveland)- White County has joined the Coast
2Coast Rx Card program, a
nationwide discount prescription card program
servicing over 300 governmental entities. The White
County Board of Commissioners approved the program
last September and county officials have been
working since then to get the system set up and
The discount cards are available at the Board of
Commissioners Office, Health Department, Senior
Center, the Library and pharmacies. The discount
card allows all County residents, regardless of
income, age, or health status to participate in the
program and save on the cost of their medications.
The Rx card is distributed free of charge and may be
used at all pharmacy chains and most independent
pharmacies in White County. This program saved
cardholders throughout the nation an average of 60%
in 2012 on the cost of prescription drugs.
White County Commission Chairman Travis Turner said,
“With healthcare costs on the rise, prescription
drug discounts will help ease some of the financial
burdens individuals and families are facing at a
time when they need it the most. ”
Besides the discount on prescriptions, the card also
provides discounts on dental, vision, veterinary,
hearing services, lab and imaging tests and diabetes
supplies/equipment for all family members.
Residents my print the Rx card and view the nearest
participating locations at www.coast2coastrx.com
Other counties in the are where the discount cards
are available include Banks, Habersham, Jackson and
Cleveland Man Struck By
(Cleveland)- A 26- year old Cleveland man was last
reported in stable condition at Atlanta Medical
Center after he was struck by a vehicle Saturday
night in Cleveland.
Lt Wesley Addis with the Cleveland Police
Department said Kevin Trowell was hit by a
vehicle on North Main Street, in front of the
Kangaroo Convenience store. The Accident happened
Saturday night around 8:10 PM. Lt. Addis said the
victim was life flighted to the Atlanta Medical
The Georgia State Patrol was called to investigate,
due to the nature of the accident and injuries. No
further details are available.
The Cleveland Fire Department and White County
Emergency Medical Service were also dispatched to
Early Morning Fire Destroys White
(Cleveland)- A White County home was destroyed by
fire early Friday. White County Fire Services
received a report of a structure fire at 6:35 AM
at 544 Old Deer Path Way, west of Cleveland.
White County Public Safety Director David Murphy
said, “ firefighters arrived on scene to find an
approximately 1,000 square foot wood frame structure
a total loss. “
Firefighters from Station, 5, and 4 with mutual
aid from the City of Cleveland Fire Department
responded to the incident.
According to Murphy, the occupants of the home were
not present at the time of the blaze. The American
Red Cross was called in to provide assistance to
Murphy said, the fire is under investigation by the
State Fire Marshall’s Office.
United Way of White County Makes
Powell United Way President
United Way fund recipients
(Cleveland)- The United Way of White County held
their annual allocation luncheon Thursday at the
Roy Ash Community Center in Cleveland. Carol
Powell, United Way President said they have had to
trim back their fundraising goal recently from
$100,000 down to $80,000 because of the economy.
Powell said they rely heavily on three major
fundraisers to reach their goal, those are the
Celebrity Golf Tournament, Hillbilly Hog BBQ
Throwdown, and Festival of Trees. Powell said,
even with the decrease in funds, “ We are doing some
amazing things here in White County.”
The 18 non-profit service groups that provide serve
to residents of the county received their funding
checks from Powell during the meeting.
Powell said anyone interested in the United Way
goals and the agencies they fund can get more
information by going to their
Motorcycle Wreck On Town Creek
Road ( 2/8/13)
(CLEVELAND) - A motorcyclist suffered injuries in a
wreck on Town Creek Road west of Cleveland late
Wednesday afternoon. The crash, at Dozier Drive,
was reported just before 6 p.m. A medical helicopter
was called to airlift the victim to a hospital for
treatment of injuries. No other details were
White County Is Drought-Free
( Undated)- The
northern tier of counties across Georgia - including
White and surrounding counties are now considered
drought-free. That's according to the weekly update
from the U.S. Drought Monitor, which was released
The report is based
on data collected Tuesday which shows the
drought-free zone is primarily along and north of a
line from the Rome and Dalton areas to Toccoa.
This is the first
time in several months that all of these counties
have been considered by the drought monitor to be
drought-free and comes following a wet January when
several inches of rain were reported in most places.
The rest of the
state, including most of metro Atlanta, is still
considered to be in a drought, to one degree or
Damages White County Home ( 2/6/13)
(Cleveland)- An early morning fire Wednesday
has heavily damaged a home north of Cleveland.
White County Public Safety Director David Murphy
said “firefighters responded to the 200 block of
Kellum Valley Road at approximately 6:30AM.”
When they arrived Murphy advised they found the
single story 1600 square foot wood frame structure
about 30 percent involved. Firefighters from Station
5 & 6 with mutual aid from Cleveland Fire Department
and Lee Arrendale Fire Brigade responded to the
According to Murphy, the home was occupied and
there were no injuries. He also said the fire is
under investigation by the state fire marshal’s
Announced ( 2/6/13)
The White County School System has announced
kindergarten registration for next years students
will be held next Tuesday, February 19th,
from 9:00 AM to noon and 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Parents
will register their child/children at the school
they will attend in the 2013-2014 school year. If
you need additional information regarding your
attendance area, please contact Donna Dalton,
School Transportation Director, at (706) 865-4720.
Your child must turn 5 years of age on or before
September first this year in order to register.
You may pick up a registration packet at the school
and bring the completed forms to registration.
Packets will be available at the schools beginning
What to Bring:
of Residency – examples – utility bill addressed to
parent at physical residence or lease agreement (No
phone bills as proof of residence)
Attendance Immunization Certificate
Child’s Social Security Card
Screening – (Can occur at registration)
Guardianship Papers (Only if child is not registered
Cleveland Fire Department Activities
Reports ( 2/6/13)
(Cleveland)-Cleveland Fire Department had a total of
46 calls during the month of January. Fire Chief
Ricky Pruitt reported that there were 24 calls in
the city and 22 in the county.
The calls include 4 structure fires, 2 woods/ brush
fires, 11 medical calls, 5 auto accidents and 6
public assist calls.
No Serious Injuries In
School Bus Accident ( 2/4/13)
(Cleveland)- No serious injuries were reported when
a White County School Special Needs bus was
involved in a minor two vehicle accident Monday
afternoon. The accident occurred around 3:30
PM on Brookwood Village Lane south of Cleveland.
Dr Jeff Wilson, White County Superintendent of
Schools said it was just a fender bender, “ we had a
car that backed into the bus as the bus was pulling
off from a stop. ” There were three students on
the bus, two students and the bus drive had
The student with a complaint, who was in a wheel
chair. was transported by White County EMS
ambulance to Northeast Georgia Medical Center to be
One Injured In North Main Street
(Cleveland)- A two vehicle accident in Cleveland
Monday afternoon around 12:30 PM sent one person to
the hospital with what was described as laceration.
Cleveland Fire Chief Ricky Pruitt said, the accident
occurred on highway 129 north in Cleveland at
Allison Drive and involved a pickup truck and SUV
type vehicle. The driver of the other vehicle
refused treatment or transport by White County
Emergency Medical Service.
January Inspection Scores
(Cleveland)- The White County Environmental Health
office has released their January inspection
scores. There were only two food establishments
inspected those were The Cottage house Restaurant
which scored 100 with no violations and Monday’s
they received a 95 score.
Inspection scores must be posted in public view at
all times. To register a complaint against a food
service establishment or tourist accommodation you
should contact the White County Environmental Health
Office at 706-348-7698.
County Receives Final Approval On
Lease Of State Property ( 1/30/13)
(Cleveland)- White County has finalized an
agreement with the Georgia Department of Natural
Resources that will allow the county to take
advantage of 1,000 acres owned by the state and use
it for a variety of programs. During Monday’s
commission meeting Commission Chairman Travis
Turner announced that he and fellow commissioners
Edwin Nix and Terry Goodger along with county Director
of Community and Economic Development Tom
O’Bryant attended last week’s DNR board meeting in
Atlanta where the agreement was approved.
Turner said “We are truly excited.” He said this
50 year lease for the former OTP property off
Malden Road will enable the county to explore many
Picture – Left to Right --- White Co Commissioner
Terry Goodger (Dist 1),
Deputy Commissioner Homer Bryson, BOC Chairman
Commissioner Mark Williams, White Co Commissioner
Edwin Nix (Dist 3)
the DNR board ratified contract on the 1,000 acre
White County for 50 years.
Turner advises it will still be some time before
they will be able to open it up to the community
due to insurance requirements given the large scope
of the property and he said they have some planning
to do, like develop an overall site plans for the
Turner said, “I hope to at least have an “open
house” later in the year to give citizens an
opportunity to view the property and maybe even let
folks do a little fishing in the lake. But again
several items have to be covered before we can allow
that.” He said, this tremendous opportunity should
take care of our needs for generations to come.”
Sheriff's Department Helps
In Gun Permit Processing (1/30/13)
(Cleveland)- The surge of people obtaining gun
permits in the county has prompted the White County
Sheriff’s Office has taken steps to help speed up
the process here. Those wishing to apply for a
permit first must go to White County Probate
office, located in the courthouse to fill out the
paperwork. Following that you will be required to
be fingerprinted and a background check made.
Until recently those needing to be fingerprinted for
the permits you were required to go to the sheriff’s
office to have that done. Sheriff Neal Walden
recently authorized the moving of an old
fingerprinting machine at the courthouse.
Deputy Mike Long fingerprints Gun
Permit Applicant Shane Ray
Deputy Mike Long performs the fingerprinting at the
White County Courthouse and he says people like the
new setup and it’s a quicker process. He said, “
when ink pints were being made it would take up to
3 to 6 months to get a permit back, now we’re
getting them back in two to three weeks. This is
automatic once I finish with their fingerprints and
add them to the system they are transmitted
electronically to the GBI and The FBI to be
identified and checked for criminal record.” Long
said they do fingerprinting between 1 and 4 PM
Shane Ray of Cleveland was going through the gun
permitting process yesterday at the courthouse and
he said this was his first permit but he felt he
need to get one. He said, “ with all this stuff
that’s been going on lately I had rather be safe and
have one and needed and not have one.”
The White County Probate office reports they have
taken 137 application for gun carrying permits since
the first of January, normally they issue about 30
Victim Seriously Injured
At Helen Highway Fire
By: Rob Moore
(HELEN) - One person was seriously hurt
at the scene of a structure fire in the
4800 block of Helen Highway north of
Cleveland late Monday afternoon.
White County Public Safety Director
David Murphy said the fire, located in a
two-story, wood-frame structure across
from Smithgall Woods Animal Shelter, was
reported shortly after 5 p.m.
Firefighters from White County Station
3, Helen Fire Department, and Cleveland
Fire Department were called to the
scene, along with White County EMS. A
medical helicopter was requested due to
an injured person on the scene. "The
helicopter could not fly due to
weather," Murphy said. The victim was
ground transported to Northeast Georgia
Asked about the nature of the victim's
injuries, Murphy said, "It was injuries
sustained when [the victim] fell from
the balcony. I would say the victim had
Fire was contained to the downstairs of
the building, Murphy said.
The cause of the fire was not
immediately released. "It appears
to be accidental, but it's still under
investigation," Murphy said.
Increased Per Call
(Cleveland)- White County Commissioners have
approved a $5.00 increase per call run payment for
county volunteer firefighters. During a combined
work and voting session Monday the commissioners
heard a request for the increase from White County
Public Safety Director David Murphy. He shared with
the commissioners a overview of the number of
volunteers and calls made last years by the
Murphy said currently the county has 62 volunteers
on the roster with seven new recruits currently
under training. Murphy said station 4 in the Mossy
Creek area had the largest number of calls last year
with 216 runs, with 12 volunteers assigned to that
station. Following his presentation Murphy
recommended to the commissioners that the pay per
call be increased from $10.00 to $15.00.
Retroactive to November 1st, the
beginning of pay cycle.
The commissioners gave unanimous approval to the
recommendation. Chairman Travis Turner pointed out
this is not an hourly rate, some of these calls can
last for hours. He said after the meeting that we
need encourage the firefighters to respond to calls,
saying “ when I call 9-1-1 I don’t care who comes,
Sautee Rental Cabin Destroyed By
Fire ( 1/28/13)
(Cleveland)- White County firefighters responded to
a rental cabin fire shortly before 6:00 p.m.
Sunday. According to Public Safety Director David
Murphy, the fire was at 238 Sweetheart Lane in
Sautee. According to Murphy, the rental cabin had
already collapsed upon arrival of fire department
personnel. Murphy said, "There were no injuries on
this fire, and no one at home at the time of the
blaze, the fire is under investigation.” County
volunteers from Station 3, & 7 with assistance from
City of Helen and Lee Arrendale Fire Brigade
responded to the blaze.
White County Senior Finally Gets Her Diploma
(Cleveland)- A 2012 White County High School senior
who came up short on the requirements to graduate
with he classmates last May has seen her dream
come true after receiving her diploma last week.
White County High School Principal John Osborne said
Ariel Simmons was one of a few students who were
unable to meet the graduations requirements at that
time, but Osborne said Ariel didn’t let the
challenges stop her from reaching her goal. He said,
“ she just persevered, she just kept on and kept at
it studying and finally got through the state
required graduation test, where so many kids won’t,
don’t have that stick to it lit she did and we are
so proud of her.”
White County Superintendent of Schools
Dr. Jeff Wilson presented Ariel with her diploma in
what was called Second chance graduation ceremony,
that was held last week during the White County
Board of Education.
Ariel Simmons w/ Dr. Jeff Wilson
White County adheres to strict graduation guidelines
and Osborne says they are there for a reason
saying, “it’s a good policy, they don’t let you
walk unless you have fully graduated and part of
the reason they do that is the reason we have such a
high rate of graduations, we’re higher than anybody
Principal Osborne said there were 3 or 4 other
students who were able to meet the state
requirements just like Ariel, but choose not to
participate in the first ever Second Chance
ceremony in White County.
A large number of family and friends attended the
special graduation ceremony in support of Ariel.
Fire Damages Cleveland Home
(Cleveland)- White County firefighters battled a
house fire shortly after 1:30 p.m. Friday. Public
Safety Director David Murphy, said the
blaze was reported, east of Cleveland. Murphy said,
the approximately 3,000 square foot single-family
home was located at 429 Heather Way. According to
Murphy, the blaze started in the chimney in quickly
extended into the structure.
Murphy said, "Firefighters made an interior attack,
worked very hard to save many of the contents and
had the fire under control by 2:20p.m."
"There were no injuries on this fire. The fire right
now is under investigation, and Red Cross is
providing family assistance," Murphy added.
Several fire units responded including county
volunteers from Station 2, 3, & 4 with assistance
from City of Cleveland and Lee Arrendale Fire
Firefighters also responded to assist sheriff’s
department and emergency medical units with several
White County Man Charged With
Aggravated Assault (1/23/13)
(Cleveland)- The White County Sheriff’s office
reports a 60-year-old Cleveland man Hoyt Sosebee
was arrested earlier this week after he allegedly
hit his wife on the head with a hammer. Captain Tim
Chapman, said the incident occurred early Monday
morning at 890 Skitts Mountain Road.
onna Sosebee was transported to Northeast Georgia
Medical Center for treatment of injuries. Chapman
said, Mr. Sosebee was charges with aggravated
assault and was taken to the White County Detention
White County Has Year-To-Date
Rainfall Surplus ( 1/22/13)
(Cleveland)- With last weeks rainfall, WRWH weather
reporter Bill Kinsland says White County has
received 196 percent of normal year to date
rainfall. Bill said last week’s average rainfall
in the county was 6-point 54 inches with northern
part of the county getting more rain than the
According to Bill year-to-date rainfall in
Cleveland is 7-point 69 inches which is just over
three inches above normal. In Helen 10-point-45
inches observed which gives it a 5-point -8 inch
surplus. At Sautee Bill has recorded 9-point-77
inches, that’s 5-point o4 inch surplus above normal
White County Students
Area Winners In Poster Contest
(Atlanta)- The Georgia
Department of Education has announced that two White
County Ninth Grade Academy Students are regional
winners in a statewide poster contest to promote a
national hotline for reporting and preventing Human
Submissions were judged
by a panel of state officials representing multiple
areas of expertise. Two winners from each of our 16
Regional Education Service Agencies areas – one for
an English poster and one for a Spanish poster
– were chosen and
will now be printed and sent to the respective RESA
for distribution to the schools in that area. The
winning posters will be prominently displayed in
schools within their region.
The English winners from
White County is Logan Helton and the first runner up
was Becca Pontes. The regional winners will
receive a cash prize
1st place wins $100, 2nd
place wins $50.
It is estimated
that 5,000 girls a year are victims of sex
trafficking in Georgia. Because of its
international airport and sprawling landscape,
Atlanta is the center for this crime.
No Serious Injuries In Tuesday
(Cleveland)- No serious injuries were reported in a
two vehicle accident that occurred just after 5 PM
Tuesday in the city of Cleveland. Cleveland
Fire Chief Ricky Pruitt said, one vehicle was
traveling highway 129 north approaching the
intersection with highway 75 north. The Other
Vehicle was Coming off Wilford Ash Parkway heading
north on highway 75, when they collided.
Pruitt said a White County Emergency Service
Ambulance was responding to another call, but
stopped to render aid. According to Pruitt
occupants of the vehicles were checked out, but all
declined to be transported to the hospital.
Helen Council Vote To Hold
Centennial Celebration (1/16/13)
By Rob Moore/ accessnorthga.com
(HELEN) – The Helen
City Commission voted Tuesday to hold a
centennial celebration for the city later this year.
Resident David Greear, and author who attended the
meeting said, “The formal charter of the Town
of Helen was in 1913, then when it became a city
was in ’69.”
Ash made a motion to establish a centennial
committee, with City Manager Jerry Elkins as
chairman. The committee will include Greear,
representatives from the chamber and CVB, Helen Arts
& Heritage Council, area media, and all five members
of the city commission.
Several options were discussed, from a week-long
observance to a three-day event. Ideas proposed
included a street dance, barbecue and beer, and a
George Rotary Club's Newest Member
(Cleveland)- White County Rotary Club’s newest
member is Enotah Superior Court Judge Raymond
George was inducted at the clubs weekly meeting
Tuesday by Rotary Club President Susan Baker.
Baker Named January Rotary Rock
Star ( 1/16/13)
(Cleveland)- White County Rotary Club President
Susan Baker was surprised Tuesday during the clubs
weekly meeting when she was awarded the clubs Rock
Star award for the month.
It’s Baker who normally selects and awards the
club’s Rock Star, to a club member for exceptional
work within the club and the community. This month
members turned the table on Baker and recognized the
outstanding work and leadership she has provided to
the club and for her leadership in community
activities as well.
Hogpen Hill Climb And Piglet Run
This Saturday (1/15/13)
(Cleveland)- Officials are finalizing the event
activities for the 34th annual 18k
Hogpen Hill Climb and 5k Piglet Run in White
County. The annual event that will be held this
Saturday, benefits Habit for Humanity of Northeast
The race, described as the, “ one of the toughest
races in America” and a Run and See Georgia Grand
Prix Event, will start at Unicoi State Park north
of Helen and end at Hogpen Gap on the Richard
Russell Parkway. Awards will be presented to
overall male and female finishers in each age group.
An awards ceremony will be held at the Unicoi Park
beach house after each race. Online registration
deadline is Thursday at midnight. For additional
information go to
Participates In Reading Of Constitution
(Washington, D.C. )- In participation with house
resolution 5, the U. S. House Rules Package
sponsored by Majority Leader Eric Canter, North
Georgia Congressman Doug Collins spent Tuesday
morning with his colleagues reading the United
States Constitution in its entirety.
Following the reading, he released the following
statement: “Every action I take in Congress will be
done with careful precision to what our Constitution
defines and proclaims,” “I took it very seriously
when I swore an oath to defend and protect this
sacred document, both as an airman in the United
States Air Force Reserves and as a member of
He said, "Our Constitution is the
unyielding force that unifies our nation,
legitimizes every action of our government and
protects the inalienable rights of American citizens
– it is precious. As long as I have the honor to
represent the Ninth District of Georgia everything
in my power will be done to protect its sanctity.”
2012 Weather Full Of Mysteries And
Surprises ( 1/11/13)
(Sautee)- WRWH weather reporter Bill Kinsland has
just released his review of White County
weather data for this past year, and he says
2012 was a year of mysteries and surprises
weatherwise. Reviewing some of the highlights, Bill
said, the year started with a remarkable swing in
According to Bill, on January 2nd, the high
temperature was 60 degrees. Two days later the high
was only 27 degrees. By the middle of the month, the
weather was so mild that daffodils and other
spring flowers were already above ground with
several blooms opening. Wild temperature swings
and other anomalies would characterize the rest of
the year's weather.
Rainfall patterns were remarkably unusual as well.
Normally, Helen records the most annual rainfall
and WRWH Radio in Cleveland records the least. This
year saw dramatic reversals of this pattern.
Rainfall totals continued to diminish and by
summer's end, White County was again in a mild
The highest temperature recorded during the years
was 102 degrees on June 30th and July 1st at Helen
City Hall, that’s the highest temperature ever
recorded in its 56-year history. Also 102 degrees
was recorded at WRWH Radio on July 1st and 2nd, the
highest in its 13-year history of temperature
records. Sautee recorded 100 degrees on July 2nd,
the highest temperature ever at that station in
its 15-year history. Lowest recorded temperature was
12 degrees, at WRWH on January 4th and February
13th. Altogether, an average rainfall total of
56.52 inches, was recorded, that was 11.36 inches
below normal. The Highest 24-hour rainfall was
6.38 inches on October 2nd at WRWH.
The wettest month was December when an average of
7.31 inches of rain fell, some 1.32 inches above
normal. According to Bill 6 of the past 7 years
have ended with rainfall deficits.
You can find Bill Kinsland' s full report here..
Development Authority Sets Goals
(Cleveland)- The Development Authority of White
County is gearing up for what they hope will be a
very productive year. At a meeting this week board
Chairman Bob Oliver said he feels they need to
have a plan or goals for the year. The board is
currently in the process of developing a print
brochure that will be used to help promote the
During their meeting they talked about different
things they would like to do including traveling to
Atlanta to meet with state economic developers and
the areas legislative delegation. They also agreed
they need to need to meet more frequently that the
four times per year they have been meeting.
Oliver said laying our a plan is a big step for the
group. He said, “I think the main thing is we have
to have a plan, if we don’t have a plan, if we don’t
write it down we won’t get anything done. We’ve
been pretty much a dormant committee for a lot of
years I’ve been on the board and like I said I
don’t think the county commissioners realize what
we do or what we’re capable of doing. And once that
happens then maybe we’ll be a little more
The Development Authority will be meeting every
other month or more frequently if needed to
accomplish their goals.
Cleveland Fire Department Call
Data ( 1/10/13)
(Cleveland)- Cleveland Fire Department Stats for
December and the year 2012 have been released. Fire
Chief Ricky Pruitt said in December they had a
total of 55 calls, with 29 of those in the city and
26 in the county.
said during 2012 they had a total of 529 calls,
with 268 of those in the city 261 in the county. He
said, “ it was a busy year.”
Commissioners Deal With Open
Records Law ( 1/9/12)
(Cleveland)- The White County Board of Commissioners
addressed issues during their meeting on Monday
that concerned open records laws. One of those
issues that received the most concern was one
dealing with the right the news media has to, in
certain cases, obtain the date of birth and Social
Security number of an individual that the county
has on record.
Commission Chairman Travis Turner said, after a
lengthy discussion, we might have made a mountain
out of a mole hill but he said, “ I wanted T’s
crossed and I’s dotted on this because I don’t want
anyone to infer their identity was stolen through
anything doing with us.”
The commissioners approved an internal county
policy that says if the county receives a request
for Social Security and Date of Birth information
that the board and county attorney be notified of
such request and then they will decide if the
request will be honored. Commissioners Edwin Nix
said, “ I can tell you how I’m voting on that
The commissioners also approved the selection of
Commissioner Craig Bryant to serve as Vice-Chair
during next year.
Commissioners Honor Dr. Lumsden
(Cleveland)- The White County Board of Commissioners
at their meeting this week took time to recognize
the accomplishments and dedication, to the
community, of local resident Dr. Tom Lumsden.
Commissioner Craig Bryant read a resolution honoring
Bryant said, Dr. Lumsden was born in 1925 and
received his medical degree from Emory University in
1949, he served in the U.S. Army. Bryant also said,
“ Dr. Lumsden devoted his life to practicing family
medicine in the north Georgia area, opening a family
practice in Helen in 1953. Later being one of the
founding members of the Habersham Medical Group in
1955 and working along side other physicians’ to
achieve accreditation for Habersham County Medical
Center in 1957.”
Dr. Lumsden has delivered 4,000 babies during his
career and according to the proclamation, he is know
as the grandfather of all Cabbage Patch Kids,
because he delivered Xavier Roberts, creator of the
world famous babies. He is an author and local
Dr. Lumsden retired from medical practice in 1993
after 40 years.
Mobile Home Damaged By Fire
(Cleveland)- White County Fire Department responded
to a reported of a mobile home fire just before 9 AM
Tuesday at 138 Opel Drive, east of Cleveland.
White County Public Safety Director David Murphy
said, “ the complainant reported smoke coming from
According to Murphy fire units arrived at 9:12 AM
and advised they had a knock down on the fire
just before 9:30. Murphy said, there was moderate
smoke upon arrival with the fire contained to
living room area. There were no injuries reported.
The fire is under investigation by the State Fire
Marshal’s Office. The American Red Cross was called
to assist the family with immediate needs.
Firefighters Respond To
Alarm At Truett McConnell College (1/8/13)
(Cleveland)- Firefighters responded to a
fire alarm call at a dormitory on the campus of Truett
McConnell College in Cleveland late Monday
afternoon, but Cleveland Fire Chief Ricky Pruitt
said, there was no fire.
He explained that maintenance on the heating
system had been performed and when they fired the
system up after the Christmas break some dust or
smoke created by the dust set off the alarm.
Several fire units responded to the call.
According to Pruitt they used thermal imaging
cameras to check the building out, but found not
According to Pruitt when they arrived the
building had been already evacuated.
Warrior TV Receives Donation From
Atlanta TV Station ( 1/8/13)
By: Bryan Pirkle/ Accessnorthga.com
(CLEVELAND) - Thanks to a donation from Atlanta
Television station 11-Alive, White County High
School has received a television news set to use in
its student-led TV productions.
According to principal John Osborne, a group of
students were touring the 11Alive production
facilities two months ago when they were told the
studio was planning on replacing the set currently
in use. Subsequent conversations led to an
agreement that would see 11-Alive donating the set
in its entirety to the school when the new set was
being installed earlier this month.
Osborne indicated the new set would be
integrated into their current efforts, saying:
"We'll use this for our stuff we do around school
and in our training ground for our students."
A group of students Monday traveled to Atlanta,
with the Executive Director for the schools TV
program, to pick up the set in Atlanta.
Health Department Inspection
Scores Released (1/7/13)
(Cleveland)- The White County Health Department,
Environmental Health Division, has released a list
of the latest food service businesses that were
recently inspected in the county. The inspections
were made during December.
Food services inspected and their scores…..
Wendy’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers: 99
Inspections of food service and tourist
accommodations in the county are made on a periodic
basis, if you would like to register a complaint
against a food service establishment or tourist
accommodation, contact the White County
Environmental Health Office at (706) 348-7698.
Hiker Rescued After Falling At
Raven Cliffs ( 1/4/13)
(Helen)- A male hiker had to be rescued Friday
afternoon after he fell approximately 10 feet down
Raven Cliffs, which is located off Richard Russell
Scenic Highway in White County. White County Public
Safety Director David Murphy said the man was with
two others when he fell and was injured around 1:00
Helen Fire Department was dispatched initially as
automatic aide along with White County Emergency
Medical Services. Later county fire volunteers
along with ladies from the Lee Arrendale Fire
Department were called in for “man power”. Murphy
said they were working against the clock and the
elements with this operation, he said “ time was of
the essence due to the shorten days we are have and
the temperatures we were experiencing.”
A total of 18 rescue personnel participated in
the operation. Murphy said patient contact was made
around 2 PM, but it took personnel a couple more
hours to get the victim out to and ambulance, which
transported him to Northeast Georgia Medical Center
with unspecified injuries.
Two Arrested On Drug Charges
(Cleveland)- Two White County men were arrested
Thursday on drug charges. Mitchell Posey, Commander
of the Appalachian Drug Task Force said his agents
along with deputies with the White County Sheriff’s
office executed a search warrant at 1087 Alternate
Highway 75, Cleveland.
Posey said as a result they arrested 22-year
old Alex Johnson and 24-year old David Wike. Both
me were charged with Distribution of Marijuana. .
He also said 3 ½ ounces of Marijuana that was
packaged for resale was recovered.
According to Posey, information from the public
played a major factor in making these arrest. You
can call the drug task force at 800-497-6121 and
Blackstock Vineyards Announces
It's Closing (1/4/13)
(Cleveland)- One of Northeast Georgia's pioneer
vineyards has announced they are closing. David
Harris, a California-trained
winemaker and owner of White County’s
Blackstock Vineyards made the public announcement
with an email Thursday night.
In the email to customers and friends Harris said
he was saddened to inform them of the decision,
saying it has been a wonderful experience. He
further stated. “ In the end, we have suffered from
repeated crop losses due to the exceptionally warm
winters and the early bud-break dates. This has
resulted in normal frost dates having a devastating
effect to our crop. We have also felt the sting
from selling fruit in a soft economy and the
importation of grapes and wine into Georgia
wineries, eroding our market when the crop was
Establishing the vineyard in 1996, Harris, who did
not want to comment about the closure when contacted
but revealed in the email the business fate was
sealed on April 12th, last year, that’s when
another late season frost hit the area.
Harris said, “personally, I have been blessed
with another opportunity for which I am passionate
and thankful. Unfortunately, it is going to take me
away from Georgia. “
White County To Get A Gold
(Cleveland)- As a result of a generous donation
White County and Cleveland will finally be
recognized for the discovery of gold. The county
played a major role in the discovery of gold and
the largest gold nugget found east of the
Mississippi occurred here.
White County Historical Society President Judy
Lovell said, in memory of her late husband Gene,
Annette Adams of Cleveland has offered to fund a
bronze statue of a gold miner in Cleveland. Lovell
said, throughout the years several gifts have been
given to White County Historical Society by Gene and
Annette Adams. Each gift has made an impact on
historic preservation in our area.
According to Lovell, this year Mrs. Adams
presented to the Historical Society an idea to have
a bronze statue of a gold miner to be placed in
Cleveland. Adams said, “ What better
advertisement than to place a gold miner on the town
square, I like to see where my money goes.” Through
her donation Adams has made it possible for the
bronze statue to be placed on the lawn of the
historic courthouse museum. The only public marker
related to gold in White County is an historic
marker located on Highway 75 north commemorating
the Dukes Creek gold discovery.
Mrs. Adams and artist
Lovell said an artist has been secured and work
is in progress. Completion of the statue is
expected by late spring at that time a ceremony will
take place recognizing Mrs. Adams along with the
artist Gregory Johnson.