TCHS Baseball Coach Moss is set to retire Page 10A Letters to the editor Page 4A Volume 01 Issue 11 Visit us on-line at www.townstribune.com One section 12 pages May 4, 2010 50¢ Things are looking up for United Community Bank Bank benefits from failed rivals & buyout deal Becky Landress Tribune Editor first quarter of 2010. Thus far, the year is looking up for the third largest banking company in Georgia. UCB holds the major market share in Northeast Georgia. UCB had a net loss of $35.9 million and a loss per share of 38 cents, compared with a net loss of $103.8 million and a loss per share of $2.20 in the first quarter of 2009. The ratio of non-performing assets to total assets at the end of the first quarter of 2010 and fourth quarter of 2009 was 5.32 percent and 4.81 percent, Blairsville- based United Community Bank was one of the first three major banks to report the respectively. UCB is currently undergoing a swap deal with a private buyer, Fletcher International, which will give the bank another push forward. The complex transaction involves a buy out of the bank’s non performing assets for an ownership stake in the bank. The transaction covers over $100 million in nonperforming commercial as well as some residential see UCBANK on page 6A University of Georgia Student dies at near-by Tallulah Gorge State Park Becky Landress Tribune Editor Friday, a freshman student at UGA lost his life while rock climbing at near-by Tallulah Gorge State Park. The Park is located in Clarkesville, Ga, approximately 45 minutes from Towns County. Tallulah Gorge is two miles long and nearly 1,000 The New Tank is In Mayor Gibby thanks Young Harris residents feet deep. Trails entering or exiting the gorge, as well as those on the gorge floor, are very strenuous. Joshua Robertson, of Peachtree City, was an avid climber and even worked at the climbing wall at the university. He fell while attempting to make a 325 ft. climb at Tallulah. Permits are required to climb at Tallulah, which Robertson and three friends with him, all had. Robertson fell approximately 80 ft. Tallulah Gorge is 2 miles long and nearly 1,000 ft. deep. Chatuge Regional’s Updated E.R. is open and ready for patients Becky Landress Tribune Editor Chatuge Regional Hospital has undergone a few changes lately. Among them, a new updated, state-of-the-art Emergency Room. For several months, patients have been routed through the hospital to a short term E.R. facility, all in preparation for the remodeled Emergency Department to re-open, Mayor Andrea Gibby better than ever. and the Young Harris On Thursday, the new City Council would like to announce that the new 500,000 gallon Storage Tank has gone on line. All tests were done and passed. We apologize for the inconvenience our Submitted article customers experienced, LaRanda Mauldin is with air in their water, seen accepting a $500 while we were filling the check from Towns tank. The old tank will be County Homeowners removed and a new Scada Association President System will be installed. Chris Swett at the HomThe picture above shows eowners general meeting Ken Hapner standing on April 29, 2010. They give the vault, after assisting food to 300-400 family with the online process. E.R. was shown off to many, including the foundation that made it all possible. The hospital foundation raised money to renovate the E.R. and bring it up to state compliance, without a single penny having to be spent by the hospital. The new Emergency Room is now open. The date was stepped up due to the up-coming health fair stated Mr. Lewis Kelley, hospital director. Becky Landress/ Tribune photo (Above) The foundation that made the new emergency department possible by raising money for the project. L-R: Dr. Paul Conrad, Elois Anderson, Ed Reynolds, Virginia Reynolds, Dick Paris and Lewis Kelley.(Right-) Dr. Conrad shows off the new state-orthe-art Triage Room. TCHA Donates to Food Pantry Lake Chatuge Lake level as of 9a.m. Monday, May 3rd 1925.98 Contents Page 2A Calendar page 4A Editorial pages Sports 8A-10A page 11a Classifieds page 12A Coupon page (shop locally) each week and have a new Backpack Program for food for children on the weekends. The potluck dinner brought out over 40 members and guests who heard from T.C. Fire see TCHA on page 6A Chris Swett, President of TCHA is seen presenting a check to LaRanda Mauldin for the Towns County Food Pantry in the amount of $500. Winners of Collegiate Bass Fishing Tournament Announced by Tourism Association The sounds of College Football competition was replaced this past Saturday by the sounds of motorboats and the casting of fishing reels as the Town County Tourism Association sponsored its first Collegiate Bass Fishing Tournament. Colleges from across the Southeast competed under their school banner for Prize Money and Recognition on the waters of Lake Chatuge. Despite the rainy weather, bright spirits was the order of the day as fish after fish participated in seeking the Honor of “Big Fish”. Participating Schools included Georgia Southern (organizers of tournament), Young Harris College, ABAC, Southern Poly Tech (Marietta campus) and the University of South Carolina. The Winners were: 1st place went to ABAC with weight of 11.52; 2nd place went to Young Harris with weight of 11.36; 3rd place went to Southern Poly Tech with weight of 9.98; Kevin from Georgia Southern won the Big Fish Award with a weight of 3.95. “All participants enjoyed their see BASS TOURNEY on page 6A < 1st place went to ABAC with weight of 11.52 (Below) Most fish caught award went to Young Harris College.