Rabun Co. Commission approves Easement with GA Power
At the February monthly meeting of the Rabun County Board of Commissioners, an easement with Georgia Power was approved, explains Rabun County Administrator Darrin Giles. “The utility companies put all their infrastructure on the GDOT right of way and prior to any projects they try to tie down any loose ends that they may have before a project is let for construction. So, we had questions about the utilities on the easement basically because their guide wires were anchored off the right of the way onto the county’s property. So, Georgia Power had ensured us that they would anchor their easements on GDOT right of way. Colony Lane is going to be realigned where it intersects 441 at a perpendicular angle for sight distance and there was a pole on Colony Lane that we were concerned about as well, which was just used for a tension pole for the power line on Colony Lane. We wanted to make sure that pole was moved to the north side of Colony Lane because there is a conceptual drawing that shows a helipad in that area and we want to keep that area clear for the helicopter approach.” Giles said the pole will need to be moved to allow for the future widening of Highway 441, but there is no timetable for the project. “I’ve been to state meetings and it is a State Transportation Improvement Project and in that meeting, it was supposed to have been let in November of this year and it was supposed to have been let in November of last year but I think they are looking at it, budget-wise, that it might be better to break that project from Clayton to the North Carolina state line in three different projects. The first of that project would be from the North Carolina state line down to Kelly Creek Road. So, the property on Betty’s Creek that is a future fire/EMS building falls into that first section of that project.” The easement was unanimously approved on the condition that the pole on Colony Road be moved to the north side of Colony Lane.
Felony Theft under Investigation in Clayton
The Rabun County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a felony theft by taking case in Clayton. On February 22, 2024, a deputy took a stolen property report from a woman who lives on Bradford Road in Clayton. She said that a package was delivered to her address and it had been opened and emptied. It was a Samsung Galaxy Fold 4 phone, valued at $1,899. She told the deputy that she had already contacted Samsung about the incident but needed a report for them to do anything.
Absentee Voting Totals in Rabun County
The Board of Elections and Registration of Rabun County reports these Absentee Voting Totals for the election on March 12, 2024, as of February 28, 2024. Number of Persons to whom absentee ballots have been issued by mail total: 175. Republican: 136. Democrat: 34. UOCAVA Rep.: 4. UOCAVA Dem.: 1.
Drug bust leads to arrest of illegal immigrant in North Georgia, deputies say
A man has been taken into custody after officials say he was in the country illegally.
Rabun Co. Rec hosting State Basketball Tournament
The Rabun County Recreation Department will be hosting the GRPA Class C Girls State Basketball Tournament this weekend. 8U and 12U Girls both play Friday and Saturday. Both play at 5pm Friday.
Sky Valley updates Water Line Break
The City of Sky Valley is pleased to announce that some water has been restored to citizens and all homes should have running water soon. As the tanks continue to refill, the city kindly asks for your cooperation in conserving water. Once water is available at your residence, please observe the Boil Water Advisory currently in effect. The city will promptly notify you when water samples are tested and cleared in a day or so. The city thanks you for your support and thanks the Sky Valley Public Works Crew for their dedication.
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Power Outages After Wednesday Storms in Oconee County
Severe winds swept across the Carolinas on Wednesday, causing widespread damage and power outages. A thunderstorm warning had been issued due to wind gusts of up to 50 mph. Notable damage included a fallen tree at Seneca Gardens Apartments and four broken transmission-line poles in Oconee, which affected nearly 9,000 Blue Ridge Electric and over 6,000 Duke Energy customers. Despite the extensive damage, repair crews made significant progress. As of late Wednesday night, about 7,400 Blue Ridge Electric customers were still without power, but it was expected to be restored by early this morning.
Wanted man captured
An early morning capture near SC 183, the Walhalla-Westminster Highway. At an address on Chris Court, the sheriff’s office reports, a 30-year-old Christopher Edward Burrell was taken into custody and booked into jail just after 1:30 this morning. The sheriff’s office issued a tamper alert last week to find Burrell after, it said, there was a violation of bond requirements when an ankle monitor was removed.
Suspect wanted for removing ankle monitor after leaving jail in custody
The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office said a wanted suspect who reportedly removed his ankle monitor after leaving jail on bond has taken into custody.
A Toast to Cashiers: Unveiling the Top 3 Pubs for a Memorable Night Out
In this article, we are exploring three charming pubs located in Cashiers. Have you had the opportunity to visit any of them? If you have, we'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below!
Indians Pick Up Win at Rabun
Konnor Loudermilk induced a ground ball to Nate Ivester with two outs and a runner at 3rd base, and the Stephens County Indians held on for a 5-4 victory at Rabun County on Thursday night. The Indians took an early 2-0 lead in the top of the 1st inning aided...
Patrolman Clark named the Best First Responder
The City of Sky Valley is congratulating Patrolman Dottie Clark of the Sky Valley Police Department for being named the Best First Responder for the second consecutive year. The city said on its Facebook page, “It’s evident that Dottie’s dedication, exceptional performance, and positive impact on the community have been recognized and appreciated. Her commitment to protecting and serving, along with her kindness and knowledge, truly makes her a valuable asset to the Sky Valley Police Department.”
Rabun County Schools earn Ready Georgia Seal of Preparedness
Rabun County Schools proudly announces that all four schools in the Rabun County School District have earned the Ready Georgia Seal of Preparedness. This recognition was created by the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) along with the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency to commend schools for going above and beyond to increase school safety and minimize risk factors. According to GaDOE, schools that have achieved this status are striving for school safety best practices. Their diligence and commitment to preparation and risk mitigation have put them on the forefront of emergency preparedness efforts in Georgia.
Craving Pizza in Clayton? Here are 3 Unmissable Options!
In this article, we're exploring three outstanding pizzerias located in Clayton. Have you had the chance to experience any of these culinary delights yet? If you have, we'd love to hear your thoughts, so please leave your comments below!
Deputies in Oconee County, South Carolina announce additional arrest in 2023 drug round-up
OCONEE COUNTY, S.C. — The Oconee County Sheriff's Office has announced an additional arrest in their second drug round-up of 2023. (Video above: Evening headlines from WYFF News 4) The OCSO says they began operations with a meeting on Sept. 28, 2023, at the Law Enforcement Center in Walhalla.
TWSA’s Horsepasture River project reopens bids
The Tuckaseigee Water and Sewer Authority has experienced more delays on the decades-long plans to install a wastewater treatment plant across from the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society along the Horsepasture River. The TWSA board held a regular meeting on Feb. 20 where Daniel Manring, executive director, gave an update on the...
Info on Lady Cats trip to Final Four
Rabun County Schools has some information you may need to know if you plan on attending the Girls Basketball Final Four Game on Friday, March 1, 2024, at 1pm in the Centennial Center on the campus of Georgia College and State University, 251 South Clark Street in Milledgeville. Tickets must be purchased through GoFan at https://gofan.co/event/1436941?schoolId=GHSA. No cash entry. There will be a clear bag policy for spectators, and the site prohibits the use of artificial noisemakers, banners, etc. All spectators must wear shirts and shoes at all times. Good luck Lady Cats!
Restraint methods allegedly used at Trails Carolina point to link between troubled teen industry, discredited ‘attachment therapy’
LAKE TOXAWAY, N.C. (WGHP) — The mental image of a child strapped down or held in place by multiple adults might conjure the image of an exorcism movie to most. However, away from Hollywood movie magic, there are real-world cases in which parents tie or hold down children as if they’re possessed and call it […]
Late Night Arrests in Rural Retail Store Parking Lot
Following a late-night inquiry, deputies from the Oconee Sheriff’s Office made two arrests over the weekend in a rural retail store’s parking lot. Officials said charges were filed against Crystal Dewyna Baker and Kevin Eugene Jackson, following a deputy’s suspicion of a car parked near the Dollar General on Ebenezer Road.