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Clayton council approves tax hike

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CLAYTON— Clayton City Council members passed a motion to increase the millage rate to 8.7685, or 8.769 rounded up, for the FY 2020 budget in a 3-2 vote at the Clayton City Council meeting on Tuesda

Rabun aims to even series vs. Bremen in Erk Russell Classic

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TIGER — When the Rabun County football team traveled to Statesboro to open its regular season at the annual Erk Russell Classic last year, it had a lot to endure. Bremen’s defense kept the game gridlocked at 10 and thunderstorms delayed the contest on two separate occasions. The Blue Devils ran the ball inside the red zone and Evan Fuller’s successful field goal kick as time expired sent the Wildcats back to Rabun County with a loss in their first game.

Stockton has 5 TDs, Wildcats roll past Panthers in preseason game

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TIGER — The Rabun County football team rang its victory bell for the first time this season. Gunner Stockton threw four touchdown passes and ran for another as the Wildcats scored on all five offensive possessions and rolled past Franklin (N.C.) 37-0 in two quarters of a preseason game at Frank Snyder Memorial Stadium last Friday night. “I thought we executed our offense. Each guy did their job and it resulted in some big plays for us, but we still have a long way to go to reach the point we are wanting to get to,” coach Jaybo Shaw said.

PREP ROUNDUP: Tallulah Falls hosts Rabun County for cross country meet

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CROSS COUNTRY The Tallulah Falls cross country team hosted Rabun County and Peachtree Ridge for a three-man, 6-mile relay last Thursday. TFS’ Chris Geiger (5:15, 6;13), Grey Bourlet (5:33, 5:27) and Evan Prince (5:10, 5:35) won the boys’ relay with a total time of 32:44. Peachtree Ridge took the next three team places, based on time. Rabun County placed fifth.

Rotary Club tours Rabun County’s athletic facilities

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TIGER — Rotary Club of Clayton met with Rabun County’s new head football coach and athletic director Jaybo Shaw and toured the school’s athletic facilities during their meeting last Thursday. Shaw, who coaches his first regular-season game as the Wildcats’ leader in Statesboro on Saturday night, talked about his playing and coaching background. From playing quarterback in high school at Flowery Branch to playing collegiately at Georgia Tech and Georgia Southern, Shaw has always been around sports. He knew what career he wanted to pursue when he graduated high school.