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Cornelia to host Neal McCoy country music concert May 21

Visitors to Saturday’s Mountain Laurel Festival in Clarkesville can keep the party going after the festival ends by heading south to Cornelia. On May 21, Cornelia’s Hospitality & Tourism Board will host a free, live country music concert featuring Neal McCoy. The concert is scheduled from 5-10 p.m. with opening acts, the Joe Higgins Band, Fred Anderson, and Mason Parker.
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This long-awaited bridge over Lake Lanier is now open to traffic

The new Dawsonville Highway/Ga. 53 westbound bridge over Lake Lanier opened Friday, May 20, with demolition of the old bridge expected to start later this month. Even as traffic is shifted to the new structure, work will continue around the bridge. “Continued construction activities in completing the project include placement...

Clarkesville to celebrate 60th Annual Mountain Laurel Festival Saturday

Four-thousand people are expected to descend on Clarkesville this weekend for the city’s 60th annual Mountain Laurel Festival. On Saturday, May 21, the event runs from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. in historic downtown Clarkesville. The day’s events include a parade, arts & crafts, music, cars, and food. Also, there will be a plant sale from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Mauldin House garden located at 458 Jefferson Street. And, at 3:45 p.m., Volunteers for Literacy of Habersham County will host its 11th annual VFL Duck Race on the Soque River at Pitts Park, just off the Clarkesville Square.

Flowery Branch man convicted in child molestation case

A Hall County jury on Wednesday convicted a Flowery Branch man on charges related to the sexual abuse of a 10-year-old girl. Korentheus Bailey, 32, was found guilty of aggravated sexual battery, attempted rape and six counts of child molestation. District Attorney Lee Darragh said Bailey knew the girl. The...
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Man arraigned on simple battery charge for allegedly touching toddler inappropriately at Dawsonville Walmart

A Dawsonville man has been arraigned on one misdemeanor simple battery charge after allegedly inappropriately touching a toddler at the Dawsonville Walmart in November. The Dawson County Sheriff’s Office arrested Manuel Morales-Tzaj, 47, the evening of Nov. 13, following an incident at the Dawsonville Walmart. Morales-Tzaj’s warrant, and indictment...

Gainesville garage damaged in morning fire

No one was injured, but a garage at a Gainesville home was damaged by fire Friday morning. According to a press release from the Gainesville Fire Department, crews responded at about 7:30 a.m. to the home in the 100 block of Thompson Place. Crews found light smoke showing from the...

Flowery Branch man sentenced in attempted rape of 10-year-old

A Flowery Branch man was convicted Wednesday, May 18, on charges of attempted rape and child molestation involving a 10-year-old girl, according to authorities. Korentheus Bailey, 32, was also found guilty by a jury on aggravated sexual battery Wednesday following roughly 90 minutes of deliberation. The indictment included six counts...

Gainesville 'barely above' national average in annual index

GAINESVILLE –– AARP released its annual livability index this week; the information ranks every city in the country in seven categories. "Gainesville is in that top half of the country but just barely in the top half," Dr. Rodney Harrell, AARP Vice President for Family, Home, and Community, said. "Like most places, that means there are things that could be improved on."

Missing woman last seen off Jesse Jewell Parkway in Gainesville

A missing woman last seen in Gainesville has authorities asking for the public’s help in finding her. Bryce Elaine Winters, 27 of Gainesville, was last seen Wednesday morning getting into a white Toyota Corolla at J&J Foods on Jesse Jewell Parkway. She is described as a white female, 5’3” tall and 130 lbs. The Gainesville Police Department says she was last wearing a gray shirt, black cargo shorts and blue shoes. “Investigators would like to ensure the proper welfare of Winters, as they are concerned with her mental state,” says the department.

After stellar performance at state, Gainesville's John Jessup gearing up to run the 800 at Wingfoot Night of Champions

John Jessup is always chasing that next milestone. He’ll certainly have that opportunity Saturday at Georgia Tech. After running a new personal-best time of 1 minute, 54.7 seconds in the 800-meter run and earning second at the recent Class 7A state championship meet, the rising Gainesville High senior will take part in the Wingfoot Night of Champions against all eight GHSA state champions in Atlanta.