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Steamboats on the north Georgia Rivers


By Alice Chapman Newgen
Contributing writer
    Steamboats were a fairly common mode of transportation in the 1800s traveling up and down rivers that were wide and deep enough to carry them to cities and towns along the riverbanks. Flatboats carried cargo including whiskey, pork, vegetables, and furs to many marketplaces before steamboats became more popular. These flatboats would occasionally transport passengers to various destinations.

Stained glass unveiling at Our Lady of the Mountains on Saturday

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One of the many new stained glass windows at Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church.

By Jean Curran   
    On Saturday, Sept. 10 Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. to celebrate the completion of the church’s new stained glass windows. The contract with Beyer Studio of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the design and installation of 18 windows and two doors in the church was signed in April, 2014. The last windows were installed August 1-3, 2016, and all were generous gifts from the church’s own

40 Days left to register to vote in November election


ATLANTA, GEORGIA – With forty days left for Georgia citizens to register to vote in the November General Election, Secretary of State Brian Kemp encourages eligible individuals to apply now.

“It has never been easier to register to vote in our state,” said Secretary of State Brian Kemp. “For the first time in Georgia, voters can register to vote or update their information online, via text, or by using my office’s smartphone app.”

Georgia citizens can submit an electronic voter registration application using their Georgia driver’s license number or state-issued identification card number on several platforms: Online Voter Registration (OLVR), the free “GA SOS” mobile app for Apple and Android devices, and the recently announced “2VOTE” text messaging pilot project. Individuals can also mail in hard-copy voter registration applications to their county registrar to register to vote by the deadline on October 11, 2016.

Dollar General Literacy Foundation awards grant to local Boys and Girls Club





     The Dollar General Literacy Foundation announced Boys & Girls Clubs of North Georgia received a $3,500 youth literacy grant today.  This grant is part of $4.5 million in youth literacy grants awarded to approximately 1,000 organizations across the 43 states that Dollar General serves. Given at the beginning of the academic school year, these grants are aimed at supporting teachers, schools and organizations with resources to strengthen and enhance literacy instruction.

Elephant tranquilizer tied to numerous overdoses among drug users

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GBI Press Release 

  Decatur, GA – Within the past week, the GBI Crime Lab’s drug identification unit received three cases from separate seizures of the synthetic opioid carfentanil.  Carfentanil is a fentanyl analog used as a tranquilizer on large animals such as elephants.  It is purported to be 100 times stronger than fentanyl and suspected of playing a role in hundreds of overdoses in the Midwest part of the country this past month.  It can be inhaled or absorbed through the skin and very toxic in small quantities. 

   The cases that came in the lab were from the metro Atlanta area and were all suspected to be heroin.