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Georgia elections chief punts to governor, legislature on delaying May 19 primary

By Beau Evans Staff Writer Capitol Beat News Service Georgia’s elections chief is leaving it up to the governor and state legislature whether to postpone the May 19 primaries another month after a prior delay in the face of coronavirus. Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger already has put back Georgia’s originally scheduled March 24…

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Summerville Isolates Some Of The Contaminated Water

Summerville provides drinking water to its customers by pumping out of Raccoon Creek and Lowe Springs. The U.S. EPA tested both sources and found the creek contained two man-made chemicals. The spring, however, was clear of those contaminants. Since then, the city has worked to isolate portions of its water system and now the water…

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Summerville To Hold Special Meeting

The Summerville City Council will meet at 1 p.m. tomorrow at the Summerville Recreation Center to discuss a myriad of topics, according to the official agenda. In new business it includes: (7) New Business a. Approve The City of Summerville, Second Declaration of a Local State of Emergency related to COVID-19 effective Tuesday, March 31…

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Three Confirmed Cases Of Covid-19 In Chattooga County

The number of coronavirus cases in Chattooga County has increased to three, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health. The county stayed at one confirmed case for several days. Then during the 8 p.m. update on COVID-19, Chattooga’s numbers jumped. Also, Dade County had zero cases until today. During the 8 p.m. update, Dade’s…

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House Speaker urges primary delay in Georgia as secretary of state holds firm

By Beau Evans Staff Writer Capitol Beat News Service Georgia House Speaker David Ralston has doubled down on his request to delay the state’s primary elections by about a month due to concerns over coronavirus, after the state’s elections chief balked at that request last week. In a letter Sunday, Ralston reiterated his stance that…

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Virus Watch: Still Only One Case; Commissioner Extends Order

Salons, barbershops and other businesses that require physical contact between the provider and client is being asked to close, according to Chattooga County Commissioner Jason Winters. Commissioner Winters’ order extends the current state of emergency until April 24. Here are the changes according to Winters: 1.) Extends State of Emergency until April 24, 2020 at…

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Coronavirus vaccine clinical trials start at Emory in Atlanta

By Beau Evans Staff Writer Capitol Beat News Service Clinical trials to study a potential new vaccine for coronavirus began Friday morning at Emory University in Atlanta, the school announced. The study trials, which started earlier this month in Seattle, are the first phase of a process expected to take at least a year to…

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(Updated) Justin Owens

Mr. Justin Alexander Owens, 25, of Rome,  passed away Friday, March 27, 2020, at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. Mr. Owens was born May 11, 1994, in Lauderdale, MS, son of Joe Ray Owens and the late Glenda Faye Harris Taylor. He was a graduate of Chattooga High School where he excelled in the High…

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Connie Diann Reed

Mrs. Connie Diann Reed, age 49 of Summerville, Georgia passed away Sunday, March 29, 2020 following an extended illness. Connie was born in Summerville, Georgia on April 23, 1970, daughter of the late Hubert Cook and Marie Helton Cook. She was employed in the food service industry and was also a CNA. Connie loved taking…

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Rodney William Brown

Rodney William Brown, age 58, of LaFayette passed away Friday, March 20, 2020. He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy Lee Brown and Doris Bowling Brown; and brother, J.W. Brown. He is survived by his sons, Jason (Cassie) Brown of Hawaii and Nathan (Blakely) Brown of Summerville; several grandchildren; brothers, Roy Lee (Merita)…

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Nancy Joyce Watts

Nancy Joyce Watts, age 65 of Lafayette, Georgia passed away Monday, March 23, 2020 at the Erlanger Medical Center. Mrs. Watts was born in Hampton, Virginia on August 22, 1954, daughter of the late Curtis Olga Scearce and Madie Marie Cook Scearce. Prior to her retirement, she was employed with Roper Corporation. Mrs. Watts is…

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Jimmy Allen Trammell

 Jimmy Allen Trammell, age 51 of Summerville, GA passed away Monday, March 23, 2020 at his residence following an extended illness. Mr. Trammell was born in Summerville, Georgia on June 16, 1968, son of the late Billy Hoyt Trammell and Rose Nell McGraw Trammell. He was an avid motorcycle enthusiast, enjoyed working on small engines,…

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G.F. Timmerman

Mr. G.F. Timmerman, age 81 of Trion, passed away Monday, March 23, 2020 at Redmond Medical Center. Mr. Timmerman was born on February 6, 1939, son of the late Goody Frank Timmerman and Fannie Louise Sexton Timmerman. He was a veteran of The United States Navy, and formerly owned and operated the Timmerman T.V. Service…

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Kathryn Blalock Vernon

Kathryn Blalock Vernon, age 91, of Lyerly, GA, passed away Tuesday, March 24, 2020, at Oakview Health and Rehabilitation. Mrs. Vernon was born November 12, 1928, in Broomtown, AL, daughter of the late Calvin and Lula Don Hartline Blalock.  She was a homemaker and was the oldest member of Mount Bethel Baptist Church in Broomtown. …

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