Regional

Wilkinson to run for Collins' Congressional seat

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   Political dominoes are falling all over Northeast Georgia.    With U.S. Rep. Doug Collins (R-Gainesville) throwing his hat in the ring for the U.S. Senate, his seat in the House of Representatives will be up for grabs with no incumbent running for the first time since 2012....

Fatal wreck shuts down part of Highway 365

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   A one-car wreck on Georgia Highway 365 on Tuesday afternoon claimed the life of an Athens woman as the car she was riding in crashed through a guardrail and into the trees below.    Gemma Musngi, 74, of Athens was killed after the Toyota 4 Runner driven by her husband...

Mead maker taps into brewery market

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While some would say Dahlonega is late to the local brewery party, which has exploded in Georgia over the past few years, when the city’s first brewery opens later this spring, it’ll be the first of its kind in the state. Etowah Meadery, which opened in 2017, will be opening up Dahlonega...

Death row inmate granted clemency

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   Jimmy Fletcher Meders, who was condemned to death after being convicted of a murder in Glynn County in 1987, had his sentence commuted Thursday to life in prison without the possibility of parole.    The State Board of Pardons and Paroles made the ruling after considering...

A woman ahead of her time

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Helen Dortch Longstreet was no stranger to controversy or fighting for the causes she believed in by the time the Georgia Railway and Power Company began work to dam Tallulah Falls in the 1910s. By that time, Longstreet had fought and won a change to state law to allow women to be state...

High flu activity runs throughout state

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Flu activity remains high throughout Georgia, and state public health officials are encouraging those who haven’t gotten a flu vaccine to avoid putting it off any longer. The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) has confirmed more than 200 hospitalizations and two flu-related deaths...

UNWIND: Living in the Lavender

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“It’s about giving back to the community.” For Tina and David Duffey, operating the Red Oak Lavender Farm is a way to interact with the community and to stay active postretirement. Originally from Atlanta, Tina has always preferred the outdoors and living in the country. Ten years ago, she...

Loeffler tapped over Collins as new Georgia Senator

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   Gov. Brian Kemp went against President Trump’s recommendation Wednesday when he selected businesswoman Kelly Loeffler over U.S. Rep. Doug Collins (R-Gainesville) to fill the U.S. Senate seat left by the retiring Johnny Isakson.    Loeffler will represent the state of...

UNWIND: Finding a happily ever after among the vines

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Our local wineries go out of their way to prevent Bridezilla meltdowns. They start with picture-perfect views of rolling hills crosshatched with vines that lend a spirit of symmetrical harmony to the scene, along with a liberal pouring policy with their homegrown libations. “I was worried...