• COVID-19 vaccine moving off-site at some health department locations

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    GAINESVILLE – In anticipation of the upcoming flu season and to prepare for the approval of the COVID-19 booster dose for the general population, District 2 Health Departments will be re-opening some of its off-site COVID-19 mass vaccination sites. Approval for the booster dose is still pending; however, starting Monday, September 20, Forsyth and Hall […]

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  • Senate releases proposed Congressional Map, moves Clyde out of Ninth?

    proposed congressional map

    ATLANTA – The proposed Senate Congressional Map, presented by Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan and Senator John F. Kennedy, Chairman of the Senate Redistricting and Reapportionment Committee, makes significant changes to the Ninth District. The map places Jackson County in the Tenth District. Ninth Congressman Andrew Clyde (R-Ga) resides in Jackson County. If the proposed map […]

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  • Hall County Health Department providing vaccines on Labor Day

    Labor Day vaccines

    HALL COUNTY – Labor Day weekend will look a little different this year due to an increased need to be vaccinated due to the Delta surge.  Hall County Health Department will be working on Labor Day to vaccinate the community. On Friday, September 3, Governor Kemp is providing paid time off for state employees to […]

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  • Jeepfest associated road closures for Friday, September 3

    JASPER, Ga – Pickens County Sheriff’s Office working hard on this year’s Jeepfest and taking everyone’s safety into account. In addition to Main Street, Hwy 53 will be shut down on Friday, September 3 with closures beginning at 3 p.m. and lasting until 11 p.m. South and North Main will close at 4 p.m. Hwy. […]

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  • Qualified candidates for Jasper, Talking Rock, and Nelson

    Roberts Elections Supervisor

    JASPER, Ga – Qualifying candidates for city councils in Pickens County closed last week. Check out the lists below for who is qualified and where. City of Jasper Anne Sneve- City Council Folsom Proctor- City Council Ryan O’Dea- City Council City of Talking Rock Anthony Hawf-City Council Steven Lewis- City Council James Bryant- City Council […]

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  • Georgia sending more state-supported staff to help hospitals

    ATLANTA – Governor Brian Kemp announced the state will increase the total number of supported staff in hospitals to 2,800 from the original 1,300. Across the state, hospitals told the governor’s office that they needed more staff to treat the influx of COVID-19 patients as well as other patients. Through October 2021, Georgia had committed […]

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  • Ralston calls for GBI investigation into Fulton County elections

    Richard Barron election investigation

    ATLANTA, Ga – Elected officials are taking aim and Fulton County and its elections director Richard Barron, following new details regarding the 2020 election. Today, Speaker of the House David Ralston (R – Blue Ridge) released the letter he sent to Fulton Elections Director Richard Barron. In the letter, Ralston requests Barron ask the GBI […]

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  • Georgia Ag Commissioner Gary Black launches Senate campaign

    Gary Black

    JEKYLL ISLAND, GA – Gary Black, Georgia’s Agriculture Commissioner who received more votes than any candidate for U.S. Senate or Governor in 2018 and 2014, today launched his campaign for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Raphael Warnock. “Warnock and Biden promised to ‘fundamentally change America,’” Black said. “They’re five months into it and […]

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  • Pickens County Man Arrested for the Sexual Exploitation of Children

    Sexual Exploitation of Children

    Ball Ground, GA (June 2, 2021) – On Tuesday, June 1, 2021, Frederick Austin Homonek, age 33, was arrested and charged with four counts of Sexual Exploitation of Children (Possession of Child Pornography) by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes (CEACC) Unit. The GBI CEACC Unit began an investigation into Homonek’s online […]

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  • Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan announces he won’t be running for reelection

    Geoff Duncan

    ATLANTA – Earlier today, Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan released a statement on his decision to not run for reelection. He plans to focus on forging a new version of the Republican Party. Duncan’s political energy will go toward the organization GOP 2.0. The group seeks to reform the Republican Party through policy, empathy, and tone, […]

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  • Kemp and State Labor Commissioner to end federal unemployment programs

    bars federal unemployment programs

    ATLANTA – Governor Brian Kemp and Georgia Department of Labor Commissioner Mark Butler outlined a plan to combat the labor shortage and jumpstart Georgia’s economic recovery. Federal pandemic unemployment programs will end on Saturday, June 26, 2021. State officials will provide resources for job search support, education and training opportunities, childcare and transportation services, and […]

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  • Gooch asks Kemp to end federal unemployment relief

    federal unemployment relief

    ATLANTA – Majority Whip and State Senator Steve Gooch (R-51) has asked Governor Brian Kemp (R) to halt the federal unemployment relief in Georgia. In a letter sent to Kemp’s desk today, Gooch details how many small businesses are struggling to find people to work. Many restaurants can’t fully open because they don’t have the […]

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  • Ralston and leadership issue Israel statement of support

    ATLANTA – Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge), Speaker Pro Tempore Jan Jones (R-Milton) and the leadership of the House Majority Caucus issue the following statement in support of Israel: “In the last two days, more than 1,000 rockets have been fired at innocent men, women and children in Israel. The Israeli people are being attacked […]

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  • Burn ban goes into effect Saturday, May 1

    burn ban

    On May 1, a ban on outdoor burning begins in 54 Georgia counties, primarily in the northern half of the state. Affected residents are asked to refrain from burning yards and land-clearing debris during the hot summer months because smoke can negatively impact the state’s air quality by contributing to high ozone levels. These conditions […]

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  • Kennesaw suspect named in connection with bank robbery, high speed chase

    BLUE RIDGE, Ga -Kennesaw man Brandon Nunnelley gave chase to Gilmer County deputies after allegedly executed a bank robbery in Fannin County. In the warrant issued by Fannin’s Magistrate Judge Brian Jones, it named Nunnelley as the suspect in a bank robbery that occurred at BB&T on the morning of April 29. Nunnelley allegedly intimidated […]

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  • Doug Collins officially bows out of 2022 election cycle


    GAINESVILLE, Ga – Former Ninth District Congressman Doug Collins (R) announced his intentions to not run in 2022 for either the governor or U.S. Senate. Collins joined a law firm and started his own radio program following his loss in the 2020 primary for retiring Senator Johnny Isakson’s (R) seat. Raphael Warnock (D) went on […]

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