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Obituary – William O. Hart

William Otis Hart, 80, of Carnesville, passed away Monday afternoon, October 8th at the Brown Convalescent Center in Royston. Services will be at 2pm Thursday afternoon at the B>D> Ginn Memorial Chapel with Rev. Cory Pulliam. Burial with military honors will be in the Franklin Memorial Gardens North. Ginn Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangments.

Gordon Church Singing

Franklin Downs & Just Passing Through will be signing at Gordon Church on Saturday, October 20th at 7:00pm. Gordon Church is located on Highway 106, 9 miles south of Carnesville in the Cromer’s Mill Community. For more information, call (706) 245-9636.

Lions Club Pancake Breakfast

The Royston-Franklin Springs Lions Club is having its 4th annual all you can eat Pancake Breakfast, including sausage, eggs & beverage. The event takes place Saturday morning, October 13th, 2012 from 7:00am to 10:00am at the Royston First United Methodist Church. Tickets are $6.00, children under 5 are free. Proceeds will go to hearing and sight programs for our community. Tickets will be available at the door on the morning of the event. For more information call, (706) 245-0591.

Buddy Walk

Taylor & Friends, Inc will be having their 8th annual Hart County Buddy Walk on Saturday, October 13th, 2012 from 10:00am to 2:00pm at the Hart County Recreational Department on Clay Street in Hartwell. The Buddy Walk was developed by the National Downs Syndrome Society, the Buddy Walk is open to all that can participate. Registration is $10 for adults and $5 for youths. The fee includes your Buddy Walk T-shirt and access to all of the day’s events. For more information call (706) 377-2192 or (706) 436-2374.

Unemployment Claims down in Madison County

Fewer people applied for first time unemployment benefits in Madison County in October but that is the only even slightly bright spot in the area’s jobs picture.

166 folks went on the dole in Madison County. That’s down 9 from the 175 that sought assistance in September.

Initial unemployment claims were up by 10 in Franklin County where 174 people signed up while in Hart County 228 people found themselves out of work and in the unemployment line.

Georgia Initial Unemployment Claims




Oct 2011


Sept 2011


Oct 2010

Sept to Oct 2011

Net      Percent

Oct 10 to Oct 11

Net        Percent

Franklin 174 164 154 10           6.1%   20            13.0%
Hart 228 202 197 26         12.9%   31            15.7%
Madison 166 175 214 -9         -5.1% -48           -22.4%

The number of first-time claims for unemployment insurance  benefits statewide rose to 55,865, up 4,598, or 9.0%, from 51,267 in September.

Most of the first-time claims were filed in manufacturing, administrative and support services, and construction. There was an over-the-year decrease of 1,629 initial claims, or 2.8%, from 57,494 filed in October of last year.

The number of long-term unemployed workers increased 2,400 to 259,300 from September to October. That represents a 7.8% increase from October of last year.

The long-term unemployed account for 53.6 percent of Georgia’s 483,605 jobless workers. October is the 51st consecutive month Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, coming in at 10.2%.

Hart County High Reclassification Delayed

HARTWELL, GEORGIA – The Hart County Bulldogs will have to wait a while to find out if they will move up in the Georgia High School Association classifications next season.

The GHSA was to vote on a reclassification plan yesterday but delayed after some members complained about a loophole that could allow larger schools to squeeze into a smaller class.

Rules say schools can reduce their enrollment numbers by discounting some developmentally disabled students but GHSA executives say there is no set standard for judging which of those students can be left out of the count.

Once things get back on track, it is projected that Hart County will move up a class.

Georgia High School Football Daily website took new enrollment numbers from the state and whipped up some projections of where schools might land under reclassification.

Hart County is projected to move up from AA to AAA. Right now, it looks like Franklin and Madison Counties will stay in their current class but we won’t know for sure until after next week’s meeting.

Health Fair Friday

HARTWELL, GEORGIA - Ty Cobb Healthcare System is sponsoring a community health fair on Friday.

You can get discounted cholesterol, thyroid, and PSA lab tests as well as some free health checks for blood pressure, bone density, oxygen saturation and sleep apnea.

For a detailed listing of what will be offered check out www.tycobbhealthcare.org.

The event is Friday Nov. 18 at First United Methodist Church of Hartwell from 7 to 10 a.m.

HCHS Move to AAA in GHSA Reclassification?

HARTWELL, GEORGIA – Next season the Hart County Bulldogs may be moving up a class in high school sports.

Georgia High School Football Daily website took new enrollment numbers from the state and whipped up some projections of where schools might land in the Georgia High School Association reclassifications.

Hart County is projected to move up from AA to AAA when the Georgia High School Association meets next week.

Right now it looks like Franklin and Madison Counties will stay in their current class but we won’t know until after Tuesday’s meeting.

We’ve got a link to all the projections at our Fox News Radio 810 facebook page.

Lavonia VFW hosts Veterans Weekend

LAVONIA, GEORGIA – VFW Post #5897 will host a free Veteran’s Day hamburger and hot dog dinner at 6 pm on Friday.

All are invited to come celebrate and thank all our veterans on this special day.

On Saturday they’re hosting a dance with music provided by Beaver Dam Connection. The band begins at 8 pm. The cover is $5 per person at the door.

Post #5897 is situated at 144 E. Main St. in Lavonia. You do not have to be a member to attend.

Franklin, Hart, Madison Election Results

ROYSTON, GEORGIA – Voters in Franklin, Hart and Madison Counties changed the face of local governments and rejected the first local test of Georgia’s new law allowing Sunday alcohol sales.

Madison County


Incumbent Jamie Spurlin keeps Seat 1 on City Council defeating Tobye Keith Payne by just 3 votes. Fellow Councilman Ron Faust was not able to hold on falling to challenger Tim Stamps by a sizable margin.


Carlton Mayor Rufus Kid has survived the first challenge for that office in what seems like forever. Kidd received a clear majority over Council Member Mike Jones.

Seats on Carlton’s City Council will go to the top five vote getters in the field. Current council members Claudia Thornton, Terry Kidd and David Seawright will be joined by newcomers Brad Bird and Ron Turner. Joey Cash is out after receiving the least votes


Comer Voters delivered a solid defeat to a plan that would allow them to buy alcohol in grocery stores on Sundays. 190 people cast ballots with 101 coming down against the idea.

Former Comer Mayor Billy Burroughs will not be returning to that office after Challenger Jody Blackmon got five times the votes Burroughs did in the final unofficial tally.

Brian Fortson picked up a win for the open District 2 seat on Comer City Council.

The only incumbent seeking reelection in Comer lost his District 3 seat Howard Threlkeld fell to Estelle Gilstrap.

Hart County


For Hartwell City Council, Challenger Tony Haynie defeated Van Senkbill, while an open seat on Council will go to Michael McNabb.

Franklin County


Incumbent Mayor Harris Little will keep his seat after surviving a challenge from Franklin County Marshal Chris Ayers.


Three seats on Royston City Council were on the ballot. Incumbents Wayne Braswell and Keith Turman will be joined by Lee Strickland on the board. They were the top vote getters Tuesday.

Franklin Springs

Franklin Springs City Council will remain the same as incumbents Bill Bell and Jim Ganey were the top two vote getters with challenger Dorothy Powell scoring a distant third.


Incumbent Harold Harbin managed to hold off a challenge for his Post 4 City Council seat. Harbin bested Gene Lewis by nearly a 3 to 1 margin.

Older homeowners in Lavonia will get a $100 break on their property taxes after voters approved a new Homestead Exemption. Those 65 and over will be able to discount their home’s value by $10 thousand starting in 2012.


Incumbent Canon City Councilman Hugh Peebles is out after running fourth in the race for two seats. Charles Bradley will return to council and will be joined by newcomer Bobby Locke after each received 79 votes.

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