Regional

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...

Cities refute 'speed trap' report data

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   As local drivers took to the roads this week for the official beginning to the holiday season, they had to watch their speedometer closely as they headed to grandmother’s house.    Two cities in Habersham County and three in Rabun County were listed in a report by Fox 5...

UNWIND: Brew Gurus. Business is hopping at Tantrum

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Ross Crumpton just couldn’t bring himself to sign on the dotted line. It was 2016 and the White County native was about to start a life in Oklahoma with a longterm career in natural gas power generation.  There was only one problem. “I absolutely hated it,” he said. Still, the...

UNWIND: Man and the moonrise

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A small, family-operated craft distillery in Rabun County is poised to make a big splash in the world of artisanal whiskey. Moonrise Distillery is not just another company seeking to cash in on the growing craft distillery business in Georgia. It’s a family affair that takes whiskey-making...