Royston, GA

GBI Makes Arrest in Theft Investigation

Danielsville, GA (September 29, 2022) – The GBI has arrested and charged Melissa Branyon Tolbert, age 42, of Danielsville, GA, with five felony counts of theft by taking. On July 29, 2022, the Northern Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office requested the GBI investigate stolen funds from the Constitutional Officers Association of Georgia (COAG) bank account. The theft, originally reported by officers of COAG, concerned several unauthorized transactions while Tolbert was employed with COAG from May of 2018 to June of 2022. During this time, she had access to the stolen funds.

Football: Tigers score 14 in final 2:11 to rally for road win

MACON — Commerce scored 14 points in the final 2:11, aided by a key interception, to rally for a 31-26 win over First Presbyterian on the road on Thursday. Sophomore Jaiden Daniels scored on an 17-yard TD run to give the Tigers (4-2) a 24-20 lead with 2:11 left in the game. Following a Jackson Morris interception moments later, Daniels sealed the win with a 49-yard yard blast with 1:28 remaining.
Franklin County Citizen & The News Leader

Looming Ian changes schedules

By Shane Scoggins Publisher and Dave Williams and Rebecca Grapevine Capitol Beat News Service The remnants of Hurricane Ian are expected to bring heavy rain and high winds to Franklin County…
Hartwell Sun

Hart County loses friend to many

A ripple ran through Hart County on Monday and the effects of it are life-altering. Our friend, our family, and our confidant Cedric (Satchamo) Martin transitioned from this life to the next. While the community is in shock and mourns his untimely passing, the best tribute I believe we can give is to share our gratitude to him for welcoming us into his life. It has truly been an honor and pleasure.

As Governor declares state of emergency, Ian impacts sports in Athens, NE Ga

Governor Brian Kemp declares a state of emergency in advance of Hurricane Ian, which is intensifying in strength as it nears the Florida coast. The Governor’s declaration, which comes with the call-up of 500 National Guard members, is for all 159 counties in Georgia. Forecasters say the state could receive heavy rains and gusty winds into the weekend. There’s also the possibility the storm could make a second landfall near Savannah.

Driver ejected from vehicle, killed in I-85 wreck in Franklin County

A Northwest Georgia man was killed when the SUV he was driving crashed into the cable barriers and overturned on Interstate 85 North in Franklin County. The Georgia State Patrol identifies the deceased driver as 19-year-old James Allen Hardin of Hiram. The crash happened during the early morning commute Monday,...

Lake Hartwell Fishing At Its Best Ahead Of Final Bassmaster Southern Open

ANDERSON, S.C. — With 7-, 8- and even 9-pound bass being caught on a regular basis this year, South Carolina native Jayme Rampey says Lake Hartwell is fishing the best he has ever seen, and he expects that to continue when the final St. Croix Bassmaster Southern Open presented by Mossy Oak Fishing begins next week.

Johnson dominates for Roger Cooper Memorial at WBS

Jimmy Johnson led flag-to-flag en route to the Stock V8 victory in Saturday night’s Roger Cooper Memorial at Georgia’s Winder-Barrow Speedway. The victory was worth a $1,437 payday for the Danielsville, Georgia speedster for the win at the ¼-mile clay raceway. Johnson started the night on the...

The creative minds behind our art teachers

Teachers help build the vibe of a school — not just individual teachers themselves, but academic departments as a whole. For instance, everyone knows social studies classes are the most chill departments, whereas English classes are a little more interactive and outgoing. Our previous art teachers established a culture of their own that their students really responded to. To have the whole department replaced is a lot to handle all at once. To be honest, the students were a little nervous, not knowing if they would like their school’s new art teachers. As we get to know them, however, we see that they were not as bad as we thought they would be. They brought a life of their own for students going through a heavy transition. Let us take a closer look at what makes them so unique and special. This year at Madison County High School, we have not one, but two, new art teachers: Alondra Arevalo and Emily Rampley. If and when you have the opportunity to meet them, they are nothing short of awesome!

Volleyball: Chestatee sweeps Madison Co. in 8-4A

GAINESVILLE, Ga. — Chestatee remained in second place in Area 8-4A after sweeping Madison County, 25-16 and 25-11, at home on Tuesday. The Lady War Eagles (22-14, 6-1 Area 8-4A) close out their Area 8-4A schedule on Thursday against Johnson and East Hall in a tri-match at Johnson. Against...
FOX Carolina

One person and two pets exposed to rabid skunk in Anderson Co,

ANDERSON COUNTY, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) confirmed that a skunk found in Anderson County recently tested positive for rabies. Officials said the skunk was found near Conneross Road and Circle Drive in Townville, SC. One person was exposed to the...