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Local Election Final Results

ROYSTON, GEORGIA – Franklin, Hart and Madison Counties have a brand new congressman for the first time since 2007.  Gainesville Attorney Doug Collins easily defeated Democrat Jody Cooley to take the newly redrawn 9th Congressional District Seat – he’ll be sworn in at the US Capital in Washington D.C. at the first of the year.

The state house delegation for Franklin Hart and Madison will stay the same in the upcoming legislative session as Representatives Alan Powell and Tom McCall return to the Gold Dome.

In the Senate, Frank Ginn and John Wilkinson will represent Franklin and Madison Counties in the state senate but Hart County has moved into an entirely different senate district that stretches all the way down to Augusta. Hart voters will now be represented by Senator Bill Jackson of Colombia County.

Independent Candidate Stephanie Burton avoided a runoff in a three woman race for Board of Education Post 1 in Hart County – She finished with 51 percent of the vote unseating incumbent Brenda Jordan. Burton will be joined on the Board by republican Greg Fleming who held of a Democratic Challenge from Brenda Herring in Post 3 while Post 5’s Angela McGee easily won re-election on Tuesday.

DeWitt Bond easily held on to his District 2 seat on the Madison County Commission winning by a 3 to one margin. In the Madison County Sheriff’s race the margins weren’t quite as big but the result was the same – Incumbent Sheriff Kip Thomas keeps his badge with a  2 to one margin in the final vote

There is no doubt whatsoever who the folks in Franklin County want as Sheriff – 81% of voters chose to keep Stevie Thomas in office for another term.

Latest Local Election Results

Madison, Hart and Franklin County Election Results

Click on any of the following links for Official Results from the Secretary of State’s Office.

US Congress District 9 (All Counties)

State Senate District 47

House District 32

State Representative, District 33

Franklin County



Madison County



County Comm 2 

Hart County 






Franklin, Hart and Madison Runoff Election Results

ROYSTON, GA – Voters returned to the polls today to finish what they started in the July 31st primary.

Several races remained unsettled on the local level and a Republican candidate for congress had to be chosen for the newly drawn 9th District which includes all of Hart, Franklin and Madison Counties.

Click on any of the following links for Official Results from the Secretary of State’s Office.

US Congress District 9 (All Counties)

Franklin County (All Races)

Commission Chair

Probate Judge

Chief Magistrate

Madison County (All Races)




Hart County




Primary Election Results

ROYSTON, GEORGIA – A number a local offices, a new tax for transportation and a congressional race are on the ballots in Franklin, Hart and Madison Counties. Follow the links below for up to the minute elections results.

Franklin County Results

Hart County Results

Madison County Results

District Attorney Results

District 9 Congressional Results

Local TSPLOST Northeast Georgia Region (includes Madison County)

Local TSPLOST Mountain Region (includes Franklin and Hart Counties)

Check Your Sample Ballot Here

ROYSTON, GEORGIA – Voting is underway now for the July 31st primary.

Elections offices in Franklin, Hart and Madison Counties have early voting sites set up and manned daily now through Saturday.

This primary includes a number of local races, a congressional contest and a binding referendum that would set up a new tax for transportation.

To help you get ready for your time in the booth, News Talk 810 requested all area ballots from Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s office. They refused to help so we did some digging and came up with links to as many as we could find.

This may not be a complete list because we could not get the information we needed from the state.

Franklin County

Hart County

Madison County

Hartwell Man wins Fantasy Five

Hartwell Lottery Winner

HARTWELL, GEORGIA – Ernest “Zeno” Thomas Jr. of Hart County has several reasons to celebrate this month, his birthday, Independence Day and winning nearly a half million dollars in the Georgia Lottery.

Thomas was one of two players from the July 4 Fantasy 5 drawing to match all five numbers. He won a $471,522 jackpot prize then celebrated his 46th birthday on July 6.

“I still can’t believe it,” he said. “I really don’t know what to say except for ‘Yay!’”

Thomas, a father of five, purchased a Fantasy 5 Quik Pik on a whim while buying a Powerball ticket at the Royal Food Store on Lavonia Highway in Lavonia.

“I saw how large the Fantasy 5 jackpot had grown,” he said. “I bought a ticket, and I told the clerk and my wife that I was going to win.”

His lucky numbers were: 9-22-25-30-35.

Lavonia Old Fashioned Independence Day

LAVONIA, GEORGIA  - Tugaloo State Park hosts Lavonia’s Old Fashioned Independence Day Celebration on Wednesday.

Events begin with a bicycle parade at 10 a.m. Old time games will follow on the ball field at 11 a.m. These will include sack races, three-legged races, egg and water balloon tosses, and other events.

At 3 p.m., the annual putt-putt tournament will be held. Cost is $4 for the putt-putt tournament, with other events free.

Parking fee is $5.

Old Fashioned Independence Day

10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Tugaloo State Park,

1763 Tugaloo State Park Road, Lavonia.

Colbert July 4th Celebration 2012

COLBERT, GEORGIA – Every year the Madison County town of Colbert draws thousands to their Independence Day events.

This year’s event will be held on Wednesday July 4th. The theme is “Home of the Brave” and Veterans of Vietnam will serve as grand marshals for the parade. That steps off at 9am with other events are set throughout the day.

BBQ plates will be available for $8; arts, crafts and lots of entertainment will be enjoyed by all.

Everyone is invited to Colbert as we celebrate our great nation!

Hartwell Pre-4th Celebration

HARTWELL, GEORGIA – A weekend of activities is planned as Hartwell and Hart County celebrate Independence Day a little early.

Dancin’ on Depot (June 29, 2012) – Part of the Pre-4th celebration, Dancin’ on Depot is a fun street dance that kicks off this annual tradition the night before the annual craft show and fireworks! Sponsored by the Downtown Development Authority, this street dance is held on Depot Street in downtown Hartwell. Music begins at 5:30pm. Don’t forget to bring your children, lawn chairs & dancing shoes!

Contact Michael Crump at the Hartwell Downtown Development Authority for more information at 706/376-0188.
Hartwell Service League’s 35th Pre-4th Extravaganza Craft Fair (June 30, 2012 ) – Come celebrate the 4 th , just a little early! This annual fourth of July celebration features a large variety of arts & craft vendors, games, and tasty food. Friday downtown businesses around the Square have a sidewalk sale, followed by the Dancin’ on Depot event. Saturday the sales begin again at 9am with a variety of vendors filling the downtown Square block until 3pm. The Children’s Parade begins at 10am, where local children dress in the Fourth of July best to celebrate the Holiday! The Hartwell Service League’s Pre-4th extravaganza Craft Fair has been a local favorite for the past 35 years. Admission is free.

Contact Sandra English for vendor information at senglish-weakin@comcast.net or 706/376-5524
Hart County ‘s “The BIG 5-0″ Fireworks and Boat Parade (June 30, 2012)
Saturday evening is at Big Oaks Recreation area, where starting at 5pm the fun begins on the water. Jetski Demos, Kayak races, and a Boat Parade with a colorful patriotic display of boats, then Kids activities, Food and Fun lead up to “The Big 50 Fireworks” display over the Dam. Our local “Community Band” will be performing.

If you are interested in entering a Boat or being a vendor for The BIG 50 Fireworks and Boat Parade, contact the Hart County Chamber of Commerce at
hartchamber-nicki@hartcom.net or call 706-376-8590.

Lavonia Man Wins a Million at Hartwell Store

HARTWELL, GEORGIA – A Lavonia man recently kicked off his birthday weekend as a new millionaire.


Lottery Winner Joseph Emmons and his Sister

43-year-old Joseph Emmons won $1 million playing the new Georgia Lottery instant game Georgia Millions.

“It’s still sinking in,” he says. Emmons celebrated his birthday Sunday and says he had a lucky feeling before purchasing the ticket “Something just felt right on Friday.”

Emmons plans to use his winnings to invest and help his family.

He bought the ticket at the Max Saver, on Liberty Hill Church Road in Hartwell.


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