Hepatitis A Infections Surging In Georgia

Georgia Health News says that public health officials say they’ve seen a big increase in acute hepatitis A infections in Georgia. Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection. It can range from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months.

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Fence Damaged On Lyerly Highway

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A Chattooga County Deputy responded to a call on the Lyerly Highway (Highway 114) in the pre-dawn hours of Thursday regarding damage to property.

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Arrest Report – Sunday – March 17, 2019

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Sunday, March 17, 2019:

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GA Lawmaker Wants To End Daylight Saving Time

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A Georgia lawmaker says it’s time to leave the clock alone and to stay on daylight saving time.  Representative Wes Cantrell, who represents Cherokee County, said Georgia shouldn’t be bouncing back and forth with the time.

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Special Opportunity Turkey Hunting Season For Youth & Mobility-Impaired Hunters

The statewide turkey hunting season opens on March 23. However, youth and mobility-impaired hunters utilizing private land have a chance to harvest a bird during a special early opportunity turkey season on March 16–17, 2019, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.

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Walker County Getting Tough On Derelict Properties

Walker County Sole Commissioner Shannon Whitfield has adopted an ordinance that will address derelict properties.  The “clean and lien” ordinance is aimed to clean up Walker County, according to Commissioner Whitfield.

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Lenderman Resigns – BOE Mostly Silent

Chattooga County School Superintendent Jimmy Lenderman resigned on Friday afternoon, and only one Chattooga County Board of Education member has responded to a request for comment on the superintendent’s resignation.

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Arrest Report – Saturday – March 16, 2019

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Saturday, March 16, 2019:

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Mullis Expresses Support For Voting System Bill

State Senator Jeff Mullis released a statement on Friday expressing his support for House Bill 316 that will allow the state to purchase new voting machines for all 159 counties in Georgia.  The machines will be touchscreen that prints out choices on a paper ballot so voters can review the ballot before submitting their vote. Mullis says that this will allow for an audit in every election with both a digital record and a paper trail.   The new voting machines will also account for handicap and elderly accessibility.  Mullis says, “These new voting machines will make sure that we have a secure elections system and will provide the people of Georgia with a safe and accessible voting system that we can trust.”.  You can read Mullis’ full statement below:

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Early Voting In SPLOST Election Comes To An End

Early voting is now over for the March 19th SPLOST (special local option sales tax) in Chattooga County.  Early voting ended at 5 PM on Friday afternoon, and the turnout appears to be higher than the last SPLOST election.

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